|President's Pen by Charlie Giese, HBA President|
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family.
It has been brought to my attention that this will be my last edition of the President's Pen. This being the case I want to say thank you. Thank you to the Board of Directors for your support and guidance this year. Thank you to all the members that attended the events we held this year, most recently the silent auction that was held to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Thank you to those of you who accepted my challenge last January to go and recruit a new member, membership is the life blood of our organization. A big thank you Maurine and Michelle for your work and dedication to pull it all together.
In review of the year we were able to work with our local government and their project to align the city and county planning ordinances. With your feedback we were able to give input that will save us and the end customer money. We were able to work with the IBA to keep our dues structure intact and save our larger volume builders money. These are things we should be happy about.
We are currently working on the topic of state wide builder licensing with the IBA and this will roll into 2014. The current Board unanimously opposes this proposed legislation and will be looking to you, our members, in the months to come for feedback on how to shape legislation that makes sense to not only our members but our local building department.
One last thank you. Thank you for allowing me to serve you this year. I have appreciated the opportunity and look forward to working with you in the future.