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45th Annual Changeover

and Business Programs

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Friday - Sunday, October 7 - 9, 2011

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South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, FL
Rooms start at $149 per night with Harbourside up to $349 per night for a 3-Bedroom Bayside Villa
Reservations must be made by 9/16/11
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Note: Online Reservation for Harbourside Unit Only. Villa upgrades must be completed by phone, Call Reservations: 888-707-7888


  • $95 per person before 9/2/11
  • $125 per person between 9/3 and 9/16/11
  • $150 per person after 9/16/11


  • Mike Bell - AWI National Vice President
    Architectural Woodwork Standard (AWS)
    - 2 Years Later
    AWI National Update
  • Teresa Bell - "Wood is Green"
  • John O'Meara - Hafele America Company
    People make things happen, people MAKE things HAPPEN

News from Recent Events -

AWS Program

Orlando, Florida

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The AWI Florida Chapter’s AWS program in Orlando on November 13th attracted 36 Manufacturing and Supplier Members in addition to one local Architect. During the 6 hour program attendees were educated and entertained by Mike Bell of Kentucky Millwork an AWI National Director, Jeff Vaida of JFV Design and John Tavaglione of Häfele America. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to get inside the Standards and to begin to identify the differences between the content and format of the new Architectural Woodwork Standards and the previous edition of the Quality Standards Illustrated. Those who attended Saturday morning’s session found that actually using the AWS to answer specific questions found on the QCP test was particularly helpful. Special thanks to Mike Bell for his “insider’s” view of how the standards developed and his generous service to our industry.

43rd Annual

Change Over Program

South Seas Island Resort - Captiva, Florida

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Your Florida Chapter held one of its most successful Changeover meetings August 28th – 30th at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. Manufacturing and Supplier Members got together at the beautiful resort for “Rest and Relaxation plus Education and Celebration” and the weekend was a success on all levels.

The weekend began with a Welcome Reception Friday evening; then Saturday morning we enjoyed a presentation on one of the most requested topics LEED® specifically covering the recent changes to the program. Rob Ziegelmeier from AWI National did a great job explaining this very complex subject. We followed that with a cook out near one of the Resort’s marinas; with burgers and dogs cooked to perfection by Chapter President Ethan Adams.

Saturday evening we enjoyed cocktails while visiting the Table Top Displays of our Supplier Members (Cabinetware, Dixie Plywood – Orlando, Häfele and Resource Engineering) and judging from the animated conversations the displays were a hit. Next we acknowledged the current Board of Directors with plaques and presented two special awards. Toni Tregear was given the “Special Thanks” award for her outstanding service to the Chapter this year: including assembling, editing and printing the Sourcebook; creating and printing the Changeover flyer; designing, printing and assisting in stuffing the gift bags. Incoming President Phyllis Thornberg was awarded the first “Bill Harris Memorial Outstanding Service” plaque. This award was designed to memorialize Bill Harris of Wood-N-Profile who was a great friend of the Chapter and a great resource to many woodworkers throughout the state. It will be used to acknowledge exceptional efforts that benefit and support the Chapter. After a superb dinner with an Asian flair we gave out a dozen door prizes, introduced the incoming Board of Directors and presented our calendar for the coming year.

Sunday morning Teresa McCain from AWI National gave a presentation on the history of AWI, a National update and provided us with an introduction to the new Architectural Woodwork Standards which were released earlier in August. After an animated discussion it was decided that adding a Q&A session to our upcoming AWS Program (November 13th -14th in Orlando) was essential.

All attendees who were able to stay a little longer enjoyed a chartered nature cruise around the Captiva Islands. We had the opportunity to see many of the private residences which are only accessible by boat and enjoyed watching a school of dolphins frolic in the boats wake.

Chapter members enjoyed numerous networking and educational opportunities despite the resorts beautiful setting. If you weren’t able to join us at Changeover this year we hope you will mark your calendars early as we hope to go back to South Seas next year, probably the first or second weekend in October.

Hope to see you there!!

Next Event!

OCT 7-9

45th Annual Change Over

Business Program



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Chapter Introduces

Bill Harris Memorial Outstanding Service Award

At Recent Change Over Celebration

Bill Harris Memorial Outstanding Service Award - AWI Florida ChapterIncoming AWI Florida Chapter President Phyllis Thornberg was awarded the first “Bill Harris Memorial Outstanding Service” plaque.

This award was designed to memorialize Bill Harris of Wood-N-Profile who was a great friend of the Chapter and a great resource to many woodworkers throughout the state. It will be used to acknowledge exceptional efforts that benefit and support the Chapter.

Bill Harris Memorial Poster - In Memory Of Bill Harris

In Memory: Remembering our friend Bill Harris, who served your Chapter as Director for more than a decade; chairing or lending his expertise on several committees including Newsletter, Membership and Future Planning. He was an invaluable resource for all things wood and Best Friend (BFF) to Woody and Timber.

Fantasy of Flight Tour

Polk City , Florida

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The AWI Florida Chapter held its March Board Meeting at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida (between Orlando and Tampa).

Seven of the eight members of the Board of Directors were in attendance along with five additional chapter members. The meeting focused on two main topics: the 2009 Chapter Source Book and the Board’s decision to minimize programs during this year due to the bad economy and put our efforts towards an extra special Change Over meeting at the end of August or early September. Our goal for the Source Book is to get it print ready by the beginning of May. We can still accept ads if you can get your ad copy to Toni Tregear ( by April 17th.

After the meeting all in attendance enjoyed lunch in the Compass Rose Diner on site at the museum and then took a tour of the facility. Fantasy of Flight houses more than “40 rare and vintage aircraft which have been restored to flyable condition”. One of the highlights of the tour was a walk through of a B-17 Flying Fortress where we were able to experience the excitement of a bombing mission.

Our next Board meeting is scheduled for June 6th in Arcadia, at the home of Chapter President Ethan Adams. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to attend; additional information will be posted on this website along with an opportunity to sign up online.

Enjoy the photos of Fantasy of Flight; it is definitely an attraction worth checking out.

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