Welcome to our Chapter’s History Page!
History - Art Hallstrom, P.E., Fellow-ASHRAE
Art has been a very influential member of ASHRAE and of particular importance to the creation of the West Virginia Chapter. Please click on the link below to read Art's History or the WV Chapter Leadership recall.
2017 Leadership Recall - Art Hallstrom
The West Virginia Chapter is currently wrapping up our fourth year of as a statewide Chapter and we have been very successful and a Leader in Region VII. We would like to thank all our leadership, members and supporters throughout the State for helping ASHRAE to make a comeback in West Virginia and hope for your continued support.
1989 to 2006 – Mountaineer Chapter
The Mountaineer Chapter was created from the Bluegrass Chapter in 1989. The Chapter area included Eastern Kentucky, Central and Western West Virginia and about 8 counties in Southeastern Ohio. The Mountaineer Chapter simply ran out of leaders as Chapter Presidents and other Leaders were taking 2 and 3 year terms. After the 2006-2007 year, the Mountaineer Chapter petitioned and was reclassified as a Section of the Bluegrass Chapter. Shortly thereafter, all of the chapter counties in Ohio were transferred to the Columbus Ohio Chapter. This further cut into the number of members able to support the local organization.
Please visit our Mountaineer Chapter history page for more information. As mentioned above, if you have any information to contribute to our past as the Mountaineer Chapter please let us know.
2007 to 2013 – Mountaineer Section of the Bluegrass Chapter
After reclassification in 2007 to a Section, membership waned and very little ASHRAE activities were held within the State. In 2011 a resurgence in interest in building the ASHRAE Chapter and membership within West Virginia was spearheaded under the guidance of Mr. Art Hallstrom, P.E. Mr. Hallstrom served many positions within the Bluegrass Chapter and Region VII, including Director and Regional Chair (DRC) for Region VII. Mr. Hallstrom worked with Mr. Todd Zachwieja, P.E. to reach out to past and prospective members within the State to get involved in building the Mountaineer Section Leadership and move toward becoming a Chapter. The interest was there within the State and at the conclusion of the 2012 – 2013 year at the Summer ASHRAE Conference on June 25, 2013, ASHRAE chartered the West Virginia Chapter to include all members within the boundaries of the State.
2013 – 2014 – First year as the West Virginia Chapter
Our first year was a very successful year! All the Leaders of the Chapter were busy building the chapter membership, programs and learning the duties of being Chapter Leaders.
Some of the highlights from the year:
In our first year as a newly formed Chapter, through our leadership training and Chapter development, we quietly amassed enough Presidential Award Of Excellence (PAOE) points from our efforts to take 1st Place in Region VII. At the annual Region VII Chapters Regional Conference (CRC), the West Virginia Chapter was recognized for outstanding performance and received several awards, including the following:
Please visit the 2013-2014 Information page for more information from this Chapter year.
2014 – 2015
Another very successful year for the new Chapter! Our Leaders were in their second year and gained valuable training from our previous year. It was a tough year for our membership growth goals, as many people lost their jobs this year and moved out of the area, but we managed to remain at 67 members by the end of the year.
We worked with West Virginia University early in the year to establish the WVU Student Branch. At the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference, the formation of our WVU Student Branch was presented and approved.
Other Highlight from the year:
In our 2nd year, we finished in 4th place with our PAOE point total, but only 82 points from 2nd place! At the annual Region VII Chapters Regional Conference (CRC), the West Virginia Chapter was recognized for outstanding performance and received several awards, including the following:
Please visit the 2014-2015 Information page for more information from this Chapter year.
2015 – 2016
We have had a very busy and productive year, thanks to the efforts of all our Chapter Leaders and Supporters!! We are well on our way to being one of, if not THE, top performing Chapters in Region VII again this year! This is our 3rd year as a Chapter and our 3rd year in a row for achieving the PAOE Award status....One more year and we will be named a PREMIERE Chapter (only 8 in the world).
Highlights from the year:
At the annual Region VII Chapters Regional Conference (CRC), the West Virginia Chapter finished 2nd in Region VII with 13,934 PAOE points (only 573 points behind first place East Tennessee). We were recognized for outstanding performance and received several awards, including the following:
CTTC Chapter Programs Star Award – 1st Place – Presented to James Lowry
GGAC Award - Presented to Art Hallstrom
Presidential Award of Excellence
ASHRAE Sustainability Award
Gold Ribbon for History - Presented to Joe Rigney
Please visit the 2015-2016 Information page for more information from this Chapter year.
2016 – 2017
This was another OUTSTANDING year for our Chapter. We had several chapter meetins and activities this year and hosted many excellent speakers. This year we completed our 4th year of achieving PAOE Star Award status in all categories, which now makes us a PREMIERE Chapter (only 8 in the world). We will be recognized for this accomplishment at the annual Region VII CRC in Nashville, TN in August 2017.
Highlights from the year:
The annual Region VII Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) is being held in Nashville, TN August 4-6, 2017. Check back after that date to see how our Chapter performed in the Region.
Please visit the 2016-2017 Information page for more information from this Chapter year.
We are working hard to build a comprehensive History of our Chapter, our past existence as the Mountaineer Chapter and the Mountaineer Section of the Bluegrass Chapter. We are asking for everyone’s assistance in this endeavor. If you have any records, photos, knowledge or information from our past, please contact our Historian, Joe Rigney at firstname.lastname@example.org.