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NWSCT Newsletter March 2009

It's finally starting to look a little like Spring outside and everyone will be able to start practicing for the NWSCT Spring Golf Outing before you know it!  Here is a recap of the most recent society events.
Our March meeting was held at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis where our featured speaker was Andrew Balgeman of HALOX.  Andrew's topic was "SOL-GEL CORROSION INHIBITORS."  This talk gave us all valuable information about an environmentally friendly alternative to the use of heavy metals or Cr-based corrosion inhibitors.
Our next meeting will be Education night on April 14, 2009 at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis. This talk will feature Xiaodong Shi, a student at North Dakota State University.  His topic will be "Coating Service Lifetime Prediction."  Relating product service lifetime to material composition by using standardized, artificial exposures, or even natural exposure, is notoriously difficult.  NDSU has developed an approach for service lifetime prediction that incorporates very basic phenomena into calculations of damage accumulation during weathering that can be used to extrapolate from early results gained in any type of weathering exposure.  The calculations include physical and chemical materials' characteristics, the initial state of the coating, and parameters describing the environment.  Predicted trends for gloss, toughness and other properties provide a close match to experimental data.
Everyone invite your co-workers to join us for this meeting and so we can have a very high attendance!
We held the Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament on Friday, February 27, 2009 at the Park Tavern in St. Louis Park.  Congratulations to Peggy Mittlesteadt for winning the tournament.  Full results from the tournament as well as pictures can be found here.  Thanks to Jim Loeffler and Elaine Anderson for organizing this fun event. 
Announcements and Upcoming Events:

The NWSCT is still seeking a Symposium Chair for the 2009 - 2010 Board.  It's a great way to get involved and show your support for the society.  If interested, please contact Elaine Anderson at 651-334-3604 or e-mail her at elaine@commerceindustrialchemicals.com.
- Spring Social:
  Our Spring Social at the Lowery Theater is set for Friday, April 18, 2009 at 5:00 PM.  The show we are going to see and be a part of is "Tony n' Tina's Wedding."  The cost is $70 per person and includes ceremony, reception, dinner, dance, champagne toast, wedding cake and more!  Reservations are required by April 3, 2009 and we must have at least 20 people signed up.  If you have any questions please call Elaine Anderson at 651-334-3604 or e-mail her at elaine@commerceindustrialchemicals.com.  We are hoping for a good turn out for this fun event.  The flyer was sent out in a previous e-mail.  Please fill it out and mail it in as soon as you can.
- Spring Golf Outing:
  The annual Spring Golf Outing is scheduled for June 4th at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake.  This year the event will be held in the afternoon to better accommodate peoples' schedules.  Registration will open at 11:30 AM.  More details will follow, but save the date on your calendar for this very popular and fun event!
Are you interested in advertising on the NWSCT website?  We have ad space available.  Please contact Ron Chock at 612-522-6621 or rchock@hpm.hirshfields.com.


April 14, 2009

Monthly Meeting/Education Night - Jax Cafe

April 18, 2009

Spring Social - "Tony n' Tina's Wedding" at the Lowery Theatre

June 4, 2009

Spring Golf Outing - Majestic Oaks (Afternoon Start)





Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Jax Cafe

1928 University N.E., Minneapolis, MN 

(612) 789-7297

Program Schedule:


   3:45 pm

     Executive Committee Meeting

   5:00 - 5:30 pm

     Dinner Tickets Available

   5:30 - 6:30 pm

     Xiaodong Shi, North Dakota State University Student
      "Coating Service Lifetime Prediction"

     6:30 pm

    Dinner (Includes Beverage, Dessert, Tax and Tip)
Retired Past Presidents - Half Price


Filet Mignon                       $38.00

Walleye Pike                      $36.00

Chicken Marinara              $32.00