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SME Ann Arbor Area Chapter 079 Annual Summer Picnic – Saturday, July 20th

Message from the Chair

Annual Summer Picnic – Saturday, July 20th

Executive Committee Meetings

Recap of our May Technical Presentation with Employment Law Specialist Attorney, David Nacht

2013 James M. Beavers Lifetime Achievement Award

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May, 2013

Dear Chapter 079 Members,

Our April meeting - Tour of Dowding Industries in Eaton Rapids, Mi was attended by 14 members and guests. I would like to thank Rebecca Roberts for arranging the interesting and informative meeting. Isn´t often that we have the opportunity to visit a facility of such caliber. Dowding is an organization that is helping to keep manufacturing here in Michigan and to bring new jobs to the area. How refreshing!

Keep Tuesday evening, May 14, 2013 open for our next monthly meeting, when we have scheduled attorney David A. Nacht to discuss Non–Compete Agreements. Please review this month´s bulletin for details about the presenter, the time and location.

As is customary, our chapter will not meet during the summer. We do have a summer picnic scheduled for July 20, 2013. Mark that date on your calendar and watch for the announcement in June.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer. Remember, our monthly meetings will resume in September!


Dave Steele
Chair, SME Ann Arbor Chapter 079

Annual Summer Picnic – Saturday, July 20th

Renew old and make new acquaintances with this year's annual summer picnic. Click here for the offical announcement and a map to the Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton.

Executive Committee Meetings

Chapter 079 holds its Executive Committee Meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. This is where we plan the direction of and set both short- and long-term goals for our Chapter. All members are encouraged to become involved in these activities. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd, 6:00 PM at Protomatic in Dexter.

Click here for a map.

Recap of our May Technical Presentation with Employment Law Specialist Attorney, David Nacht

The Executive Committee would like to thank David Nacht (right) and everyone at the office of Nacht, & for the wealth of information and the thought provoking conversation on the topic of non–compete agreements and the law.

Those in attendance learned a great deal about non–compete agreements and the protection of intellectual property: what and who can be protected under the law, how to ensure you and your company are protected and what both employees and employers need to know with respect to the law.

For more information or to reach David Nacht, visit the firm of Roumel, Salvatore, Blanchard & Walker at


Shown above - Dave Steel, 2013 Chair presents David Nacht with a certificate of appreciation from Chapter 079.

2013 James M. Beavers Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2011, the Executive Committee of Ann Arbor Area Chapter 079 approved the reinstitution of the “James M. Beavers Lifetime Achievement Award”. This action coincided with the commitment made with the restructure from Regional Management to the Member Engagement Initiative (MEI) of 2001. It was in 2001 that Ann Arbor Area SME Chapter 079 accepted the challenge to continue tradition by soliciting and implementing the Lifetime Achievement Award to deserving members, recognizing outstanding performance and commitment, within the boundaries of the former Region 6 (our borders were determined to be – all of Michigan and Windsor, Ontario). The official 2013 Award Cover Letter can be found (right-click-and-save) here. The official 2013 Nomination Form and Guide to Nominations can be found here.

Please note: It is important that we receive all nominations no later than October 1st.

The Executive Committee of Ann Arbor Area Chapter 079 is once again pleased to issue to all fellow members throughout the Great Lakes Region the following challenge – “to look hard and thoroughly for persons in your chapter who should be nominated for this award.”

– James M. Beavers, LSME, CMfgE.

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