Meeting Notes from The March ESDA Meeting: Membership Dues, Fall Training Conference, and Upcoming Programs

ESDA Membership Dues

After discussion of membership dues amount and due dates, it was decided at the March 11th, 2015 meeting that going forward, all member dues will fall due on April 1st of each year.

Full membership, with voting rights, web forum access, and other perks, will be $84.00 per year. The non voting, technician-only membership, will remain at $48.00 per year. New web login credentials will be issued each year along with a certificate of membership. Payment will be accepted at the April 8 meeting, with notices being sent via email thereafter. Payment may also be made online at:

Fall Training Conference

Discussion was held at the March meeting regarding the potential for holding a training conference in the late summer or fall of 2015. Frank and Dave will check for available dates and venues in September and October. Membership was asked to provide names of new potential attendees and seminar topics at the April 8th meeting.

Upcoming Programs

Program subjects for upcoming meetings were also discussed and it was suggested that individual members be responsible for obtaining programs. It would be the responsibility of the member to secure an outside program, or provide content of their own. These programs can be of a technical nature, related to better business practices, etc. Program details should be provided as early as possible for promotion purposes,

The following members volunteered at the meeting:

  • May – Chris Chism TBA
  • June – Bob Larson & Bob Newlon
  • July – Johnny Parker
  • August – Ron Mobile
  • September – Arthur Saakov (This may move to October, pending conference scheduling)
  • October – ESDA Board / Fall conference (This may move to September, pending conference scheduling)
  • November – TBD
  • December – No Meeting

(Curtis Danner with a program on component level testing was added to the program after the meeting for April)

Many THANKS to Frank Stillson who gave away many items from his business due to his retirement.

Online Calendar

The ESDA Calendar of Events can now be viewed online at:


March 2014 Monthly Meeting – Frank Stillson, Door Entry & Intercom System Service & Installation

Join us Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 for the March ESDA meeting featuring Frank Stillson’s Door Entry and Intercom System program. Be sure to cheek out this interesting diversification opportunity. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email  Please let us know how many people will be eating, and how many people will be attending the meeting.

The Time

Dinner from the menu begins at 7 pm, with the meeting beginning at 8 PM.

The Location

The Silver Stallion Restaurant
1275 Lee Street  Des Plaines, IL  60018
Phone: 847-298-2656

THANKS to Curtis Danner for another outstanding presentation on Safety in March

THANKS to Curtis Danner of Danneronics and Fermi Lab for another excellent presentation on safety on March 13, 2013. We have created a new forum called “Safety Information” so ESDA members can access this important reference information at any time. THANKS again to Curtis for keeping this issue in our thoughts. We look forward to another presentation at the summer conference.

Big Thanks to Steve Gelman of Sharp

Our thanks go out to Steve Gelman for another excellent evening of training in February!  Steve provided us with some great new information and training on Sharp’s New 90 inch TV  and 80 inch white board sets.  We can’t make these events happen without our industry partners, so the next time you see Steve, make sure to say thanks!

ESDA Meeting Tomorrow Featuring Steve Gelman of Sharp

The next ESDA regular meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13th, 2013, featuring Sharp’s Steve Gelman.  Steve will provide us with training on Sharp’s New 90 inch TV  and 80 inch white board sets.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about these new products! This event is always well attended so PLEASE register online using Brown Paper Tickets.


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The Time

Dinner from the menu begins at 7 pm, with the meeting beginning at 8 PM

The Location

The Silver Stallion Restaurant
1275 Lee Street  Des Plaines, IL  60018
Phone: 847-298-2656

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The Time

Wedneseday, November 14th, 2012
8AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9AM: “What’s New With NEW” – Mike Baumer
10AM: Sanyo Plasma and LCD Training – Steve McNiel
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Sanyo Training Continues
2PM: Closing comments and exit survey

The Location

The Silver Stallion Restaurant
1275 Lee Street Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: 847-298-2656

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