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One Association,
Six Names
The association changed
its name six times. Each
name change mirrored
a change in the industry
and the association's
membership. 1918: CPIA,
Contracting Plasterers'
International Association.
1957: CPLIA, Contracting
Plasterers' and Lathers'
International Association.
1969: iaWCC, international
association of the Wall
and Ceiling Contractors.
1976: iaWCC/GDCI, iaWCC
merges with Gypsum
Drywall Contractors
International. 1979: AWCI,
Association of the Wall
and Ceiling Industries-
International. 2005: AWCI,
Association of the Wall
and Ceiling Industry.

considered "the 'fun man' of the group,"
notes Special Report on the History of the
CPLIA, "as well as one of its most dedicated
workers and counselors."
Eddie McDonnell. McDonnell, CPIA's
secretary-editor, enjoyed the social aspects
of the association. McDonnell "held much
score for manly activities," History of the
CPLIA says, and was known for "frequently
setting up the beer and chips for the poker
sessions."
Oscar A. Reum. Reum was a natural
leader, eloquent speaker and man of virtue
and integrity. CPIA's president was often
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behind the scenes in private sessions "leading
the group in prayer and to good purpose,"
History of the CPLIA says.
Who was Oscar A. Reum? Oscar A. Reum
was secretary and treasurer of Zander-Reum
Co., a Chicago plastering contracting
company, and president of the Employing
Plasterers' Association of Chicago. He was
on the executive committee of the Building
Construction Employers' Association of
Chicago. Reum served as president of CPIA
until his death in 1945.
"I don't know anything about this gen-

tleman," wrote Bill C. Carroll of Carroll
Ventures, Albuquerque, in his unfinished
1999 autobiography, "but he must have been
a man of great stamina to serve 27 years."
Reum was active in many affairs. He was a
Republican. Later in his career he helped organize Republican political rallies in Chicago.
An experienced communicator, Reum spoke
to lathers, plasterers, contracting plasterers
and architects. The Illinois Chapter of the
American Institute of Architects considered
him a distinguished guest. In 1929, the governor of Illinois appointed Reum to Chicago's
Lincoln Park planning commission.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Celebrating 100 years

AWCI's 100th Anniversary Video
i. Table of Contents
ii. Forward
iii. Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. 1918-1919 : The Master Minds
Chapter 2. The 1920s: Choosing Sides
Chapter 3. The 1930s: Unity Prevails
Chapter4. The 1940s: Dormancy and Revival
Chapter 5. The 1950s: Plaster vs. Drywall
Chapter 6. The 1960s: Other Lines of Endeavor
Chapter 7. The 1970s: Consolidation
Chapter 8. The 1980s: The Growth Years
Chapter 9. The 1990s: Money
Chapter 10. The 2000s: Exceptional Times
Chapter 11. The 2010s: We the Industry
Chapter 12. The Future
Chapter 13. The Sponsors
Appendix 1. AWCI’s Presidents
Appendix 2. AWCI Awards (the E.F. Venzie Award and the Pinnacle Award)
Appendix 3. Lifetime Members
Appendix 4. Longtime AWCI Members
Appendix 5. AWCI Board of Directors
Appendix 6. The Organization Behind the Leadership
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