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A Message From Your President
October 2017

Dear Members,

I know we’re all looking at our calendars in disbelief that it’s October already.  Where did summer go?  We just need one more week of warm weather without rain to get that las coat of stain on a house, or last foundation in to be ready for winter. Too bad we can never count on that.  We take what we get and move ahead from there.

October will be a busy month too here at the builder’s association.  We have our monthly board meeting next week, the state WBA first ever “virtual meeting” on the 12th*, and the HBA general membership meeting on the 24th.   Be sure to mark your calendar and RSVP for this event.

As you all are aware, we continue to see a shortage in our area of skilled trades’ work force.  This is not limited to the north woods, this is a national problem.  A recent news survey shows for every one person entering the trades, 5 more retire out of them.   Yet we still are seeing constant growth in demand for new housing and remodels as well as support industries.   One step we’re taking here at the HBA is with the NAHB Charter student program.  Our board member, Robert Klein, is working with our local schools, to make them aware of the program, and getting them involved.  We need to get to our school’s guidance counselors and career coaches to show the benefits of short term tech schools programs that will take a student from high school graduation and as little as one year in tech school, then directly into the workforce, here locally.  We are looking for help with this.  Please contact Robert, or myself, or any board member to find out how you can.

I look forward to seeing everybody at the October meeting.

Sincerely,

Robin Coffen, President

A Message From Your President
September 2017

Dear Members,

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s golf outing!  We had a great turnout again.  Thank you to those who donated the wonderful prizes, sponsored holes, or participated.  A special thank you to Sam and Ashly Hartmann for donating this year’s gun for the raffle, and to Rick Clem for the Yeti cooler.  Both of these deserve special mention as they are always helping the association in any way they can.  Thank you! Congratulations to all the winners too, of the golfing and of the prizes.

Another important item to mention is where do the funds go that we raised at this event, or any event during the year.  We offer scholarships to all of the high schools in the seven counties within the association.  It is important for us to help our area youth begin a post high school education in any related field in the trades.  Please be sure to let your children, or employees children, friends or relatives, know that this is available through their school.   Also, if you would like to get more information, please contact me as well.

Though you will have one more newsletter before our next meeting, I want to send out a reminder to mark you calendar to attend our fall meeting, October 24th, at Eddie B’s White Spruce in Eagle River.  Look elsewhere in the newsletter for details.  See you there.

Sincerely,

Robin Coffen, President