Virtual Volunteering Event

Thursday, June 18th the Minneapolis St Paul Chapter held a virtual volunteer event for Love for the Elderly. 50 beautiful letters and cards were written and mailed to LFTE where they will be shared with the elderly in over 60 countries on 6 continents. To learn more visit

Congratulations to Sandy Beckel for 25 Years with SDA

Congratulations to Sandy Beckel on 25 years with SDA. Sandy has played an instrumental role with the chapter over the past 25 years by holding every position on the Board of Directors multiple times, committee positions over the years including Programs, Membership and Business Partners. On the National level Sandy has contributed on the Convention Committee, Membership Committee and served as Central Regional Director. Sandy has also been the chapter recipient of the Star Award and Carol Powers Ernst scholarship multiple times during her tenure. Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to the chapter that she continues to share at our monthly meetings even during her retirement.

2020 Star Award Recipient

Congratulations to MJ Whalen, this year's recipient of the Star Award for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter. MJ has been instrumental to our chapter helping with Canstruction, President of our Chapter in 2019. orchestrated a fundraising campaign in 2019 and is always available to help, has wonderful input and ideas and is just plain fun to be around.

Celebrating 55 Years of Excellence

Congratulations to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter for celebrating its 55th Anniversary. Organized in 1965 the chapter has been committed to furthering Excellence in Design Firm Management in both the SDA and the A/E/C community. The chapter has consistently produced excellent education resources through seminars, white papers and other materials and encourages its members to serve not only the chapter but SDA as a whole with a number of its members serving on committees and task forces. Congratulations to all who have made these 55 years excellent!

Marie Tomala is elected President-Elect of SDA's National Committee!

Marie Tomala was elected to the position of President-Elect on the National Executive Committee 2020-2021 for the Society of Design Administration (SDA) during last Saturday's annual business meeting. This meeting was originally planned to take place during SDA's national conference (EDSymposium), but was held virtually due to COVID19. Marie has served in a variety of roles in SDA, including President of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter and as Secretary and Vice President at the national level (not to mention her ongoing service on both Chapter and National committees). Marie has not only demonstrated her vast knowledge and skills in the a/e/c industry, but she has repeatedly demonstrated he

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7:30 am, October 7, 2020

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Minneapolis, MN 55402

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September 17, 2020 11:45 - 1:15

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