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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) September 1, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
Compliance Update
Gives Back Report
Member News
Upcoming Events
Why Consider
Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing

Secure, reliable data centers provide industrial distributors – large and small – with an online solution to manage the distribution, billing and tracking of welding supplies, packaged gases and rental equipment.  AND...with cloud computing, you eliminate high, up-front system costs and unnecessary IT expenses. Read more...

Safety & Compliance

Electronic Logging Rulemaking
Sent to OMB

A supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) on all commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review on August 7. Assuming there are no further issues related to the rulemaking, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intends to publish the proposal in the Federal Register sometime in November 2013. The draft proposed rule would establish four things. Read more...

Sleep Apnea Guidance/Regulations Further Delayed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has further delayed new guidance to medical examiners on standards for addressing sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in commercial motor vehicle drivers. The standards will relate to standards for screening, testing, diagnosis and treatment of CMV drivers. Read more...

Liquid Chemical Categorization Updates

The Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security are updating and revising regulatory tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases and compressed gases that have been approved for maritime transportation in bulk, and that indicate how each substance’s pollution potential has been categorized. Read more...

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How GAWDA Gave Back

Since its inception in 2000, GAWDA Members have given almost $1.5 million to local charities in the cities hosting GAWDA’s Annual Convention. Here’s how the money was used…


Featured Articles
What to Wear (and tell your spouse)

The spouses, partners and friends of GAWDA Members attending the Annual Convention have asked that we remind their traveling partners to SHARE the information about the convention, specifically the scheduled activities so they know what to wear and, in many cases, what clothes to pack for you. So please forward this email right now! Otherwise, they may be running off to the Mall at Millenia, Orlando's upscale shopping mall, with your credit card. Keep in mind, the President's Closing Gala is a "semi-formal" event. It's okay to be a little bit confused about the meaning of a semi-formal dress code, as it sits somewhere between "casual" and "formal." Here is what you need to know. For the men who would really like to dazzle, please read this.

New Rules on Thorium in Effect

On May 29, 2013, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Final Rule on the Distribution of Source Material to Exempt Persons and to General Licensees and Revision of General License and Exemptions. The Final Rule imposes new requirements on manufacturers and importers of products containing materials regulated by the agency, including gas mantles and welding rods containing thorium. The Rule also amends regulations governing the distribution, possession and use requirements for small quantities "source materials" such as uranium and thorium. Read more...

PIH Issues Final Report on 2012 GAWDA Gives Back Donation

At the 2012 Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Partners in Housing received a donation of $87,222 from GAWDA Gives Back. PIH Executive Director Mary Stegner sent a report to GAWDA outlining how the money was spent by the organization, indicating that the program achieved the highest outcomes in its 22-year history in no small part due to the generosity of GAWDA members. For specifics on how the money was spent, read PIH’s accounting of how the donation was used. You can also read the organization’s 2012 Annual Report.

GAWDA Gives Back donation forms for 2013 are available here. Thank you to all our members for your continued support.

Member News
Austin Romesburg

Mike Palinkas

WestAir Adds Three Executives


Osborn Adds Products to California Facility


Sherwood Valve Expands US Direct Sales Team

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News from GAWDA
Regionals Rock

On July 24-26, 179 people came to the Suncadia Resort in CleElum, Washington, to attend the GAWDA Northwest Regional Meeting. Presenters included Todd Bishop of GeekWire, whose presentation “The Geek’s Guide to Seattle & Mobile Computing” provided a history of the tech world in the Seattle area. Seattle is the home of Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, and many other tech companies. Bishop also shared insights on how technology is changing the way business is done from mobile phones to tablets, as well as new innovations on the horizon. In his presentation “How to Change Your Luck in 7/10ths of a Second,” motivational speaker John Curley talked about how the choices we make in life can influence the outcome of any situation. Jonda Vance of the Edwards Group tackled the supplier-distributor relationship, particularly changes occurring because of supply chain consolidation and direct sales to end-users by suppliers.
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The Midwest Regional, held on July 31-August 1 at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, WI, was attended by 103 people. Coach Pat Sullivan drew on his years of coaching experience to explain how a positive attitude is usually the difference between good and great. Matheson’s Bill Kroll spoke on current trends in the United States and leadership skills. A reception at the resort’s chalet featured local cuisine, a fire pit on the patio, and awards for golfers.

At the New England Regional, 104 attendees came to the Lake of Isles Golf Club at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. GAWDA President-Elect Tom Biedermann spoke about membership benefits and provided an update on GAWDA events, the Gives Back program and the upcoming management transition. GAWDA Consultant Rick Schweitzer spoke about pending changes to the federal helium supply program and how the Affordable Health Care Act will impact businesses. Tom Chromy detailed the growing market and applications for liquefied natural gas and how manufacturers and distributors can participate in the supply chain. While the golf game was rained out, the contact booth program, dinner and social events offered ample networking opportunities.

Women of Gases and Welding Event

The Women of Gases and Welding will host an Outdoor Adventure during the Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. The adventure will consist of Laser Skeet Shooting and Mini Golf challenges. Sign up today, space is limited. Contact April Yount at or 251-378-4105.

Golf Networking Sold Out

The GAWDA networking golf at the Annual Convention in Orlando is now sold out. Any attendees who have not signed up but may be interested in playing will be put on a waiting list. Please contact Cecilia Barbier for more information.

Welcome New Members

Welcome to new Supplier Members CP Industries Holdings of McKeesport, PA; Fraser, Molloy, Associates of Charlestown, MA; Manufacturer’s Representative C.R. Kinsman & Associates of Euless, TX; and Individual Member Dennis Hulth.

Upcoming Events
Sept 15-18

GAWDA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL

Sept 30-Oct 1

Kansas City, MO, Regional Meeting

Visit the GAWDA website for more information on the Regional Meetings

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