’80-’89

In 1980 Gerry Kowalyshyn was President and he made sure the golf events were highlights.

During ’81 when Geo Takata from Niagara College was President, Henry Ramsey Pres-Elect, John tuck VP, Frank Parson Secretary, Pete Bevan Treasurer, ASHRAE left NY city as its Headquarters because of a need for more space and more realistic rental rates. As part of the search committee, the Society BOD through the insistence of President Hugh McMillan approved a purchase of a building in Atlanta now worth many millions more than its purchase price. This has been a great investment for the Society. Originally it leased the 2nd floor but now occupies the whole building and was recently upgraded to ASHRAE standards. Great place to visit on Interstate 81. The chapter meeting on April 12th, 1982 featured professors heading up RP project 247-solar heat pumps, which was being paid by our research fund. Dinners cost $12, students $6. Spring golf was at The Galt country Club in Galt at $30 for golf and dinner. On may 10th, a seminar was held at the Royal Connaught prior to the regular meeting at a cost of $5.00.

In 1982, while Henry Ramsey was President, ASHRAE held their Annual General Meeting or summer meeting in Toronto, one of the few times it is held outside of the USA. 1000s of Americans were in Toronto for the last week in June. John Tuck was Pres-Elect, Bob Morris VP, Secretary Brian Kingdon, Peter Bevan Treasurer, meetings were at Royal Connaught Hotel and cost $12, students $6. The fall golf was at the Beverly Golf Club in Copetown @ $18 + $18. In Oct 12th, a tour of the new steel plant at Lake Erie took place with dinner back at the Erie Beach Hotel. Cost was $20.00.

In the fall of ’83 with John Tuck at the helm, we relocated to the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club because of all the construction in downtown Hamilton and the lack of parking. It was at the RHYC where we held our 25th Anniversary event. About this time we renamed our Newsletter “Airways”. Bob Morris was Pres-Elect, Ray Jacobs VP, Secretary Brian Kingdon, Treasurer Pete Bevan, Dinner cost $13, ½ for students. Meal plan with 6 meals cost $80.00.

In ’84 Bob Morris became President and he went on to be Nominating member for the Region for the following 6 years. He is now President of the Life Members Club for the Society and is in charge of fund raising for the Canadian Bursary Fund of ASHRAE. In this year ’84 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary on Monday December 10th, 1984 at the RHYC. Executive Director of the Society Frank Coda presented a special citation to Chapter President Bob Morris.

In ’85 Ray Jacobs was President; and in ’86 Joe “the filter man” Vassallo was President. We had 114 chapter members. Jack Vallentyne “Mr Green” and renowned entertainer was our Christmas and Past President night speaker. You still see him on TV now carrying the world on this back. We also hosted another successful CRC at the Park Hotel in Niagara Falls one of the best ever held in Region 2 and was one of the first CRCs that was financially realistic for the chapters attending… The last low cost registration cost CRC was again run by the Hamilton Chapter in 1997 and with a $15,000 budget broke even – more about this later. The spring golf was at Galt Country Club at $25 + $20 for dinner. For the October meeting we had a distinguished lecturer from the U of Colorado discussing “Zero Energy Growth” who conducted an all day seminar the next day at the RBG sponsored by the Federal Government.

We relocated again now due to what appeared to be the probable closure of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, to the Hillcrest Restaurant on Hamilton Mountain 510 Concession St. Plan “A” cost $110 with annual dues at $35.00. The spring golf was held Hidden Lake in Burlington Wed June 17th, 1987 -$20 golf + $20 dinner. The executive for 86-87 was joe Vassallo Pres, Cliff Schemmer Pres-Elect, Frank Spina VP, randy St.Jacques Secretary, Gary Romagnoli Treasurer, Dave Rasmussen MP chair, Walter Woods SA Chair, Tom McCarthy TEGA, Ray Jacobs RP chair John Reiding Newsletter, Historian George Menzies who remained in that job for the next 18 years… We stayed at the Hillcrest till the fall of ’90 when we relocated to the Pinetree Restaurant on 20 highway at the QEW which was more convenient to the members from Niagara and Burlington regions..

In ’87 Cliff Schemmer was President and we will never forget our Christmas Past President’s night when the City Forensic Pathologist showed slides of decayed bodies – not too great after a full supper. I still vividly recall the slide of contents of the box car behind Gage Park – no one will forget that image! We moved into a new format that year by having summer summits to plan for the following year events and we continue this today.

In ’88 Gary Romagnoli was President and we had chapter member George Buckler as Society Vice-President in attendance at many of our meetings.

In this period, ASHRAE held 2 more Annual summer Meetings in Canada – ’88 in Ottawa, and ’89 in Vancouver. Our American members love Canadian ASHRAE meetings. The next one is in Quebec City in June 2006
In ’89 Jim Buchanan was President and the summer summit was at his home in Ellicottville NY. Chapter meetings continued at the Hillcrest Restaurant. Golf was held the Whirlpool golf course June 13th, 1990 -$28 + $25 for dinner. Race Nite was held April 2nd, 1990 at Mohawk Raceway. The Feb meeting was at the Hillcrest, the March meeting all day at Conestoga College in Kitchener March 12th, $15 members, $20 guests. Doug McCoppen Past-pres died in Dec a regular member for many years. By May the mmetings had switched to the Pinetree Restaurant in Stoney Creek. The upcoming CRC was held in Montreal Aug 23th to 25th,

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