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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) July 15, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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GAWDA Gives Back
New Cryogenic Tank
Convention Hotel
GAWDA Veterans
Begin your Specialty Gas training in July when you attend the PSGP University sessions.

Basic Gravimetric Mixture Filling
July 22 - 24

This course is designed for specialty gas mixture personnel who need the basics of making SG mixtures. Prior lab experience is helpful but not required. This is a 3-day lecture with hands-on lab exercises. Read More...

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GAWDA Made It Happen

At the 2011 GAWDA Convention in New York City, GAWDA Gives Back gave $101,375 to the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation to fulfill its mission of transporting firefighters, family members and department personnel to and from medical institutions for care and family support. The non-profit, volunteer organization also comforts and supports the families of fallen firefighters in their bereavement. The Foundation has 20 vehicles, including three vans. The newest van is the GAWDA Gives Back van, a 2013 Dodge Sprinter recently put into service. The vehicle is handicap-accessible and can carry two wheelchairs and five people. According to founder Pat Concannon, a retired NYC firefighter, it took five months to retrofit and deliver the vehicle, but it was well worth it. Danny Prince, the organization's treasurer, was driving the van while this interview was being conducted. On his way to pick up a firefighter in need of medical care, Prince says the van is used several times a week. Many of the transports involve helping firefighters who got sick after working at the 9/11 World Trade Center site. The total cost of the van, including accessibility retrofits, was $70,000. The remainder of the GAWDA Gives Back donation is being used to maintain and insure the vehicles. Prince and Concannon are both quick to thank GAWDA members for their generosity. "God bless GAWDA, and thank you very much," Prince says. Concannon adds, "Every time a family gets into this van, they see the name GAWDA. GAWDA made it happen. We are very grateful." In 2013, GAWDA Gives Back will make a donation to two deserving organization's in the Orlando area. Read more about Camp Boggy Creek and Give Kids the World. And if you'd like to know how past donations to GAWDA Gives Back were used, you can read how GAWDA Gave Back.

Senate Committee Passes Helium Legislation

A bill to reauthorize the sale of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve, S. 783, was voted out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on June 18. The bill was a bipartisan amendment to the original Senate legislation and passed through the committee on a voice vote. The amended version of S. 783 continues the bill's original approach of a gradual transition to an auction process for the sale of helium from the reserve. The current allocation system would remain in effect until October 1, 2014, but the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could extend that deadline if the auction program is not ready by that date.In addition, the new version of S. 783 directs the BLM to complete the sale of all Federal Helium Reserve assets by January 1, 2023. The bill must now be considered by the full Senate. No date for debate and a floor vote have been scheduled at this time. Once the Senate passes the bill, a House-Senate Conference Committee will meet to negotiate the differences in the two bills (the House has already passed its version of the legislation). The agreed conference bill will then be resubmitted for a vote in the House and Senate and, if passed by each house, will be sent to the President for his signature.

Administration Extends Employer Health Care Mandate

The Obama Administration hasextended the deadline to January 1, 2015 for employers to providequalifying health insurance coverage to their employees or face fines.The prior deadline was January 1, 2014. The employer mandate applies to all companies with 50 or more full time employees (defined as working more than 30 hours per week on average).

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INOXCA Appoints President of U.S. Operations

Air Liquide Opens World's Largest Helium Unit

$1M Welding Center Approved For State of Ohio

Kalas Opens West Coast Operation

Linde Invests $200+M for Two New Plants in Texas

NASA Test Cryogenic Propellant Tank

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Convention Hotel Rooms Going Fast

GAWDA's Annual Convention will take place at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lake on September 15 through 18 in Orlando, Florida. As of July 10, the GAWDA room block for the convention hotel was 50% sold out. Our special rate is $219 plus taxes. Accommodations can be booked two ways: online with a credit card or by calling 800-266-9432. Mention the Gases and Welding Distributors Association. Make your reservation today.

Since Last We Met
GAWDA Headquarters seeks your help in honoring those we have lost over the past year. Please forward any information for the "In Memoriam" section of "Since Last We Met," a retrospective that plays during the Opening General Business Session, to Natasha Alexis at

Honoring GAWDA's Veterans
GAWDA President Craig Wood and his wife Darlene would like to honor all of our Veteran members with a commemorative lapel pin and front row seating during the Business Sessions at the Annual Convention. Please let headquarters know if you or members in your party are Veterans by checking off the Attendee Registration Form. If you have already submitted your registration, please email Natasha Alexis at

Seven Springs Regional Recap
The Seven Springs Mountain Resort in western Pennsylvania hosted 209 people for a GAWDA Regional Meeting, including 78 Distributors and 126 Suppliers. Attendees participated in a sporting clays tournament, mountain BBQ, golf tournament and three business sessions. Topics included "Financial Planning for Retirement,""CEO Stands for Chief Environmental Officer," and "Value-Added," presented by General Air's Brad Armstrong who led the session on misconceptions about value-added services. Every attendee received a GAWDA travel umbrella as a registration gift. There were several opportunities to donate to GAWDA Gives Back during the event. See more Seven Springs Regional Photos here.

Upcoming Events
July 24-26

Cle Elum, WA Regional Meeting

August 1

Chicago, IL Regional Meeting

August 13

N. Stonington, CT Regional Meeting

August 27-28

Gettysburg, PA Regional Meeting

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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