Business Meeting and Election of
Officers will take place on Monday, May 16, 2005.
If you haven’t already registered,
please do so by April 15 for earlybird rates. After April 15,
registrants will be charged a $100 late fee.
Meeting Hotel Deadline Approaching
If you are planning to
attend the upcoming Annual Meeting in Niagara, don’t
delay in making your hotel reservations at the Queen’s
Landing Inn. The cut-off for reservations is March 30.
After March 30th, we cannot guarantee room
availability or our WSTDA rate.
Thanks Sponsors for Spring Meeting
Thank you to the sponsors of our
upcoming Spring Meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake:
Ribbon Webbing – Platinum
DUSA International - Gold
American Webbing & Fittings –
The sponsorships from these
companies give WSTDA the ability to offer quality programs and
events at the meeting and reasonable prices.
It’s not too late to become a
sponsor for the Spring Meeting. Do you want to increase your
exposure at WSTDA’s 2005 Spring Conference? Are you unable to
attend the conference but want to make sure you’re still
represented? In either case, WSTDA sponsorship opportunities
will help you to demonstrate your support and commitment to the
Four levels of sponsorships are
Platinum - $1,000
Gold - $ 500
Silver - $ 350
Bronze - $ 200
If you are interested in
sponsoring a particular event, such as the Members’ Banquet or
Welcome Reception, please contact Fred Stringfellow at
443-640-1070 x102 a.s.a.p. as these event sponsorships will be
granted on a first-come-first-served basis.
WSTDA Task Force Exploring Voluntary
WSTDA’s Board of Directors has
appointed a Task Force to explore the interest in developing a
voluntary accreditation program through WSTDA. Accreditation
would be for companies – not specific products.
This accreditation process might
include a written application, and a facility visit whereby an
inspector from an independent testing lab would travel to
applicant’s facility to verify that testing procedures are in
place, manufacturing procedures meet recommended standards and
that records are being maintained. There will be procedural
options for companies who do in-house testing as well as
companies who use outside labs for testing. Information
submitted by member companies will be kept confidential and only
viewed by WSTDA staff and representatives from the independent
An electronic survey was sent to
all members of WSTDA in early March. The Board of Directors will
review the responses at its May meeting and discuss the
viability of such a program moving forward.
Welcome New Members
welcomes six new members to the association.