John West, 2013-2014 President
Do you remember when we were children and the older folks would say the older you get the faster times goes by? I guess that’s one of those things you just don’t get until you have lived it, and I can say that this year has flown by. I can remember thinking if I had just a little more time, I could make a difference. But the reality is we make the best out of the time we have, learn to live with our mistakes, and our shortcomings, and then call it experience. As I think back on the events that have come about this year it is so easy to weigh the good against the bad. I have decided to focus on the good. Serving as the IAEI Chapter President this year has been such a blessing to me. To work with such a large group of professionals from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different ideas, who come together for the common goal of making the electrical industry safer and more reliable than ever before. It did my heart good to see all the young men and women at our Southern Section meeting in Wilmington, NC this past week. They are our future, but they are willing to show up to listen, and learn from what we have to say. Let’s not let those opportunities go by without investing some of our time and effort, who knows maybe with our help they can do a little better job than we did.
Our chapter has one more event before the year is out. Please make a effort to come and join us at the Nascar Hall of Fame for the annual chapter meeting of the North Carolina Ellis Canady, IAEI on November 3rd and 4th in downtown Charlotte, NC.
John West, Chapter President
Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
700 North Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28202
See our Meetings Page for up-to-date information
New NC Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Website: www.ncbeec.org
Take a look at the Board’s new website!!! The new website of the State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors went live on August 1, 2013.
The launch of the new website, which offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Board and the electrical contractor community, is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to contractors, inspectors and the general public.
The website boasts a modern, colorful design and is divided into four sections: Consumers, Contractors, Examinees and Inspection Officials. Each page provides detailed information on all four aspects of the organization’s functioning.
The website offers two special features: Ability to search the active licensee database and the ability to renew licenses online. The website’s user-friendly nature provides users with more efficient access to the organization’s resources.
New IAEI Southern Section Website
The International Office of the IAEI has reorganized their website to include a web page for our
Southern Section. There are a couple of ways to get there. You can go to www.iaei.org, then
look under “Groups” on the main menu, Continue on to “Section”, then finally to Southern
Section (5,0,0). The old link also still works, and takes you directly to the
page: www.oaeo.org/southern. Next year’s Southern Section meeting will be in the
Dallas, TX area, check back for more information early next year.
NC IAEI Electronic Newsletter:
Our newsletter continues to be our main form of communication to our members. In addition to our
quarterly newsletters, we have continued to send out special announcements for Continuing Education
classes and job available. Join our mailing list – go to www.nciaei.org (Contact us page).
Robbie Brooks will retire from the NC Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors July 1 of 2014. We thank Robbie for his many years of dedicated service to the NCBEEC, to the community and to Ellis Cannady Chapter IAEI.
Robert L. "Robbie" Brooks, Jr., Executive Director, North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors since July 1, 1985.
Robbie began his electrical career as a field and maintenance electrician in private industry and engaged in the business of electrical contracting as a licensee of the Board. In 1978, he was employed by the City of Wilson where he served as Electrical Inspector. On November 15, 1979, the Board employed him in the position of Field Representative. He held that position until July 1, 1982, when he was promoted to Field Representative ‑ Examination Supervisor. In March of 1984, he was promoted to Assistant Executive Director of the Board until being appointed to his current position of Executive Director.
Robbie, formerly of Edenton, North Carolina, is a graduate of John A. Holmes High School. He further attended Wake Technical College where he received a diploma in Electrical Installation and Maintenance. He has also completed several continuing education courses in the electrical and administration fields.
He has served as Secretary-Treasurer and President of the North Carolina Ellis Cannady Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and is a member of the Electrical Section of the National Fire Protection Association. Robbie is also Past President of the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies.
Robbie is married to Kim Brooks and they have (2) children – Emily, husband Michael and grandson Oliver who reside in California and Matt who resides in Winston Salem, NC. Robbie and Kim reside in Raleigh, NC.
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.
Ella Mae Gentle Ireland, 82, of Lexington went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.
Her funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Church of God, 810 W. Fourth Ave., by Pastors Rodney Merrill and Tim Carter.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at her daughter's home at 4743 Old U.S. Highway 52.
Ella was born in Mocksville to John and Lessie Gentle on May 25. 1931. She retired from Welcome Elementary School. She was a member of the Lexington Church of God and was an active member of her Sunday school class. Her hobbies were spending time with her family and friends, quilting, crocheting, cooking, baking and seeing to the need of others.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband, James Harding Ireland; parents John and Lessie; brothers Walter, Albert and Wayne Gentle; and sister Mary Steelman.
Ella is survived by her daughters, Carolyn (Buddy) Moore and DeWilla (Mitchell) Bryant; grandsons Shane (Amy) Moore, Nathan (Cori) Sink and Jonathan (Kelly) Sink; great-grandchildren Peyton and Cohen Moore MacKenzie and Rylee Sink, Adi and Graci Sink; many nieces and nephews; sisters Daisy Medley and Rosalene Hall, brothers Fred (Betty) Gentle and John (Carol) Gentle; and sister-in-law June Gentle of Yadkinville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lexington Church of God.
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2013 IAEI Southern Section Meeting - October 2013 in Wilmington
The NC Ellis Cannady Chapter IAEI was product to host the 85th IAEI Southern Section meeting in Wilmington, NC. The meeting was well attended, with about 300 total, and we had 32 exhibitors present. Our educational sessions included some of the most knowledgeable NEC experts from across the nation, and the tradeshow featured the latest in electrical technology and services.
Most notably, our new IAEI Southern Section President is Mitchell Bryant. Mitchell is a former electrical inspector and now works for the NC Board of Electrical Examiners of Electrical Contractors. We look forward to his successful year as IAEI Southern Section President. It’s an honor to have North Carolina represented by Mitchell
Winter will soon be upon us, with downed trees and ice storms, here are some tips that may help you prepare for the season:
How to prepare for an ice storm
· Make sure you have adequate food for several days, and also a way to heat it. If you have a gas stove, you’re in good shape (unless you have one of the new ones with spark ignition which use electricity). Have a Coleman camp stove or gas grill for backup if you have to. (DO NOT use a gas or charcoal grill indoors!)
· Have alternative heat: wood stove, gas heater, kerosene heater, etc.
· If you have a generator (a necessity in our neck of the woods), make sure you have several gallons of gas on hand. Also, it’s a good idea to drag the generator out and make sure it will run. You may need new spark plugs, oil, etc.
· Here’s one a lot of people neglect – WASH AND DRY ALL OF YOUR LAUNDRY! If you end up evacuating, an emergency is not the time to worry about whether or not you have clean underwear.
· On the same note: run your dishwasher if you have one.
· If you believe the ice storm will be severe, you can fill the bathtubs with water, along with any other containers suitable to hold drinking water. This can be used to flush toilets if nothing else (a #10 can of water is usually sufficient to flush the toilet if it is poured into the BOWL, not the tank). If the power goes down for an extended period of time, you will eventually run out of water in the supply tanks if they are not gravity fed. WARNING :If you have small children, probably NOT a good idea fill bathtubs with water due to possible drowning hazard. Please take this into consideration. Fill 2 liter bottles or other containers instead as additional water supply.
· Fill up your vehicles with gas – can be used as backup fuel for your generator in an emergency (a siphon for $3 for $4 from Walmart is something everyone should have on hand). Also check your antifreeze.
· Check on your elderly neighbors to see if they need anything. Most of the older people are better prepared than most, but they might appreciate a loaf of bread or gallon of milk from the grocery store.
· Check batteries for lanterns/flashlights, lamp oil for lamps, matches, candles, etc.
· Get a good book or two to read, puzzles for the kids, games, etc. This could be great family time if you’re stuck for a few days!
· Have a Snow shovels and ice melt if you’re in a area that gets snow
· Know how to shut off water to your home in case pipes freeze
· Insulate pipes if needed
· Add insulation to attic
· Replace old windows and doors with new more efficient models
What to do during a Storm
· Stay indoors
· keep dry and wear adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm
· Keep flashlights close in case of power outage
· Don’t travel unless necessary
· Bring pets indoors
· Charge your cell phone
What to do after a Storm
· Check for damage
More information is available from FEMA, WikiHow, and the Red Cross.
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