MC&MCA September 2020 Newsletter

September 2020

MC&MCA Golf Outing Recap

In an attempt to feel normal in this abnormal year, we held the 2020 golf outing at Keller Golf Course on Wednesday, August 26 in Maplewood, MN. The event started at 12:30 with 84 golfers, 18 hole sponsors, and 1 retired Gary Botzek who greeted the players and several volunteers in attendance. The scoring was low, so I guess we have some members hitting the links during their downtime this year. We ended up with a three-team tie at 58 (-14) and needed a scorecard playoff to crown our 2020 winners.
  • 1st place team – County Materials
    • Dale Buker, Bret Minger, Greg Johnson & Josh Thorson
  • 2nd place team – Northland Concrete & Masonry
    • Joel Hempel, Justin Johnson, Ted Beckman & Kirt O’Konek
  • 3rd place team – Alex Brick & Stone
    • Neil Jenzen, Clay Hager, Corey Johnson & Mason Johnson
We ended up with two skins going to the teams from Metro Brick/Gresser Co. & LIUNA/MN LECET.
The committee would like to thank the following donors for our VIP Raffle prizes:
Esch Construction Supply – Handheld Stihl Leaf Blower
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union 1 MN/ND – A set of Strata golf clubs w/bag
MC&MCA Golf Committee – Yeti Cooler
And last but certainly not least we want to thank our hole sponsors that helped keep the round entertaining with their personalities and quirky games:
Advantage Scaffold & Ladders
B&D Associates
Bob’s Sparkle Wash
Cement Masons Local No. 633
Carciofini Company
County Materials Corp.
Esch Construction Supply
Gresser Companies
HD Supply White Cap
Lehigh Hanson Cement Co
Promotion Select
RMS Rentals
Scaffold Service, Inc.
Stoneworks Architectural Precast/Cast Stone
TK Products/Fenix Group Brands
U Advisors
Once again, the committee would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and thank all who donated so generously. For 2021 we will shoot for our golf event moving back into late June!
2021 MC&MCA Excellence Contest

After extensive discussions, our committee has decided that this year’s contest will be judged solely from photographs and plans. It was felt it was too much to ask a couple of judges to spend 6-8 hours in a car with two of our volunteers judging. This year’s contest will open Sept 15 and all entries need to be submitted no later than Thursday Oct 15. Watch our website for entry forms and new rules. We have been in discussions with the Masonry Institute of Iowa, which has a very successful awards program that is always judged via photographs. They have been very helpful in sharing their rules which have been updated from year to year to help improve their program. Judging will follow sometime in October. The committee hopes you embrace this change and enter a number of projects.
NCMA's Masonry Checkoff Update
The progress of the Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education and Promotion Order is gaining speed and just passed into the next step of its approval process. On August 24, the Department of Commerce posted the draft order in the Federal Register where it will be open to public comment for 45 days. Anyone who would like to make comments on this draft will have until Oct 8 to do so.  If you would like to read this draft order you can click here, where you will find a copy of the 19-page document outlining the rules of this program. Due to any unforeseen issues the NCMA feels this program will be put out to their membership for voting around the first of the year.

Save the Dates!

September 15 Excellence Awards Registration forms 
October 7 
| NCMA Design Software Seminar

October 13, 20 & 27 | AIA Fall Conference (Virtual)

October 28 | IMI/MC&MCA Masonry University
December  4th/ Wild W
ings Bird Hunt 
February 4 & 5 | MTEEA Annual Conference 


For detailed information on these events check out the MC&MCA website.
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