Dear Members,

A BIG HBA thank you goes out to all of the exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers who participated in our Expo. To Joey Carter, Expo Chairman, the Expo Committee and Dino, thank you for all your hard work. Because of everyone’s support and participation next year’s Expo will be even better. The Casino night was well received and everyone enjoyed the games! Again, thank you to everyone for your continued support, it is sincerely appreciated.

Moving right along our HBA has a full and busy spring scheduled. Starting with the 47th Annual Bird Supper! The tickets are $35 per person and it includes an open bar and dinner. This is the longest standing event that our legislators have on their calendar. Remember this is your opportunity to meet and speak with your representatives one to one about the issues that affect your industry. There is NO GMM in March since we will be attending the Bird Supper.

Speaking of meeting, our next general membership meeting (GMM) is changing up this APRIL to THURSDAY, APRIL 20th and is being sponsored by Wood Insulating & Vinyl Siding at their location. They have asked for members to RSVP directly to them, please call 226-2072 so they can make the proper arrangements. They will have drawings and door prizes from several manufactures, which you can see listed on the attached flyer. Again, now is the best time to mark your calendars, then call Wood Insulating and Vinyl Siding 226-2072 TODAY!

The very next DAY we will host our Annual Spring Golf Classic at Cobb’s Glen Country Club. This popular event is has been a complete sell out for the last several years. So if you haven’t already reserved your sponsorship or team. I encourage everyone to go ahead and fill out the golf registration form provided in this newsletter. Remember everything is sold on a first come first served bases, so hurry while space is still available!

In closing, I want to point out the recurring theme in this month’s message; Annual Traditions. Traditions are pretty much defined as something that is handed down by beliefs, customs and long-established practices. Our HBA was formed by members who had a dynamic vision. They had the foresight to create an organization that would not only protect, but would also hold true to their industry’s history of skilled professionals who are dedicated to the social and economic welfare of our industry and communities. Of course our HBA’s events are seen as straightforward traditions, as we celebrate our annual Expo, Golf tournaments and Bird Supper. But what about the members who don’t participate or the non-members? Are we doing enough to encourage their participation? Let’s start a NEW TRADITION! I challenge all our members to make it a TRADITION that when you come to an HBA event you reach out and bring someone who hasn’t been involved or isn’t a member. You will be their hero, since they will enjoy a FREE dinner, and will be able to make some new business connections. Start by bringing a guest to the APRIL 20th GMM, just include your guest when you make your company’s reservations. Let’s work together and make this our HBA’s newest TRADITION.

Once again, I sincerely appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Don