June/July 2016 Update
The MARS Golf Tournament was held on June 23, 2016 at the Red Deer, River Bend Golf & Recreational Area. Given the economic conditions the event was very successful with some 48 golfers registered, as opposed to 72 in better times in 2014. The weather conditions were ideal, the golf course in superb condition and the meal following the golf was excellent. Although the prize contributions were down, as expected, those present dug deep to support the chosen charity, the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. Final financial details will be announced in the next newsletter. Roger Lemieux (VIPCO) graciously accepted to chair the event again this year and did his usual yeoman effort. We all appreciated his efforts this year particularly since he couldn’t golf. Thanks to all the golfers and the sponsors for your ongoing support.
Information regarding the date and location of the 2016 Annual General Meeting and associated activities this fall will be announced in the next few weeks.
Honourary Members Committee
The Honourary Members Nominations committee, chaired by Paul Kirkland, will be accepting honouree applications for 2016 until July 29, 2016.They will review all applications and forward their results to the MARS Board of Directors for final ratification. If you know of someone who would qualify please complete the nominations form and forward it to MARS.
If you are interested in serving on the committee or have any questions on the process please contact Paul directly at 780-935-8504.
Technical Committee Update
As noted in the last couple of newsletters MARS has now entered into a contract with the Standards Council of Canada to have developed a national reference standard using an updated Part 10 as a guide. A RFP for accredited standards developers was released by the Standards Council and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) was the successful developer chosen. Initial material review and organizational matters between the Council, UL and MARS have been initiated.
The development process with the Standards Council is very detailed and extensive and will require some time to advance. The MARS contract with the Council calls for the entire project to be completed by the end of March 2017.
This has been deemed to be a critical project for the industry regardless of the current economic conditions. Its development will bring new recognition for the modular relocatable structure industry across Canada and even into the U.S.
Members Web Site Update
Have you checked out your corporate information on the MARS web site recently? Make sure the company contacts and related information are current and that you are listed in the Products and Services Directory under the appropriate categories. Contact the MARS office with any update requirements.
Web Site Advertising
Advertising page banners (see the spaces at www.marsassociation.ca) are available on the MARS web site. Contact Roger Soucy at the MARS office for details.
MARS 2016 Golf Tournament winning team
Roger Soucy (far right) presenting awards to Chris Gibbs, Vincent Myers, Wes Patterson, and Bob Amyott.