Autumn is here. As we move into the last months of 2017, we are enjoying another beautiful fall in New England. For most remodelers, the pace of business is quick and we are racing to keep up with the demand for our services. The pace at EM NARI has also been quick. We have offered a number of programs and events for our members aimed at making connections with colleagues, delivering important education and information, and advancing quality in our industry.
In September we welcomed a number of new members to the chapter and provided our New Member Orientation. Members find value and feel connected at NARI when they understand the breadth of programs and services we offer, and know how to engage with fellow members. The group enjoyed meeting chapter board members and committee chairs. And, 5 new members joined committees as a result of the session! Our chapter is growing quickly these days, so we encourage all new members to attend events, reach out to chapter leaders, and get involved!
Special thanks go to Bill Farnsworth of Custom Contracting for another hugely successful golf tournament. Bill is a long time board member, past president, and has chaired the tournament for many years. Bill’s new motto should be “second time’s a charm.” The weather forced us to delay the tournament for two weeks, but the October 3rd date was the perfect day to enjoy some time with colleagues on the links. Thank you to all who played and sponsored – this event is the largest single fundraiser at the chapter and critical to our continued success. And, special thanks to the tournament’s major sponsors: CPS HVAC, Needham Bank, and Pella. We raised thousands of dollars for great causes at the tournament as well – including our EM NARI Foundation that offers our scholarship fund, and the Vernon Cancer Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital through Tom Antonellis’s HopeWalks team. Extra thanks to Alpine Environmental and Dovercraft who stepped up in a significant way to support our charitable efforts.
I would be remiss if I wrote in October and did not mention Youth Remodeling Career Day. In its second year, the event will showcase the remodeling industry for hundreds of high school students in vocational programs around the state. This year the number of interactive building activities has grown significantly and we are pleased to offer the students a wide range of new, and different activities in 2017. Worth noting, this event takes the work of dozens of volunteers. Allow me to thank the planning committee for their efforts, and all the companies participating in this year’s event. Nearly half the members of our chapter are involved in some way in making this event happen – another impressive sign of the level of engagement of our members.
Next month we will be at Designer Bath in Watertown for our November membership meeting. I’m looking forward to this event. Not only will we enjoy another terrific evening together, we will be discussing how remodeling industry businesses can build the practice of giving back to the community into their branding and marketing strategy. That’s an approach that helps build our businesses and build our communities. I hope to see you all there.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions about our chapter or the work we do. Enjoy the fall!Kathy DeMeyer508.firstname.lastname@example.org