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A Message From Your President
August 2019

Dear Members,

August already! It’s time for our end of summer golfing fundraiser, on the 23rd. Please be sure to contact any of the board members, myself included, to see how you can help. There is a registration form in this newsletter, on page 6, to sign up your team/s and sponsor holes. I already have door prizes being dropped off at my office in Minocqua. Feel free to drop yours off here, if you are unable to attend. We are looking forward to another successful event.

As any builder member knows, or business owner, our labor shortage is the number one issue we are facing here in our area. The HBA is working to help drive the youth in our schools toward our industry with our BOSS pro- gram. Be sure to catch the next issue of the WBA Badger Builder magazine for an article highlighting BOSS and its many accomplishments this year. Another event, at the state level is the annual Golf Outing at Sentry World in Stevens Point, on the 26th. This event is in conjunction with the quarterly WBA meeting. There is more on this later in this newsletter. Try to attend at least one part of this two day event.

Nicolet College, has its Apprenticeship program now in its 4th year, and will be seeing its first student complete the program next spring with a carpentry certificate. This fall, two more students will enter the program giving it the largest class since its inception. Great work to those involved with the apprenticeship committee, and the college for making this program a success.

A reminder, next month is our board and executive committee elections. Please contact any board member or myself if you are interested in joining one or the other to help keep the HBA moving forward.

See you at the Golf Outing,

Robin Coffen, President

A Message From Your President
July 2019

Dear Members,

If you’re like me, it’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of July and summer is officially here. I hope everyone does get to take some time off from building and work, to enjoy it. Advice I have to force myself to take!

Thanks to Rich Kerner and his staff for hosting the Business after Hours event last month. He had his staff “burning the midnight oil” to make his showroom ready, with fresh displays and designs. And I have to say, they did a great job. Keep them in mind for your next project, I learned they use a state of the art tile shower system.

Your locals board and executive committee are now making preparations for the next event, the golf outing. Be sure to contact Tammy or Jim to sign your team or teams up. Space is limited; check the registration flyer on page 6 in this newsletter.

And I have to again remind every member, to look at our website. Yes, look at your listing! If you see a blank box that says “IMAGE NOT AVAILABLE” by your business—that’s a problem? That’s what the public sees when they look at our website looking for a reputable business to hire to work on their project or supply materials for it. All you need to do is send us a picture, or a digital image of your business logo to display there, and we’ll refresh that for you. Contact Tammy, Zach, or myself to get your listing updated.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone who hasn’t updated their business profiles at the WBA website to do so also. Please take advantage of all the free benefits you get for belonging

to your local HBA. It’s so easy to get back your annual dues, with financial rebates, rewards, and discounts.

Have a great Summer!


Robin Coffen, President