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President's Pen - September 2022

September 19, 2022

September is here and we all know that the Indiana weather is bound to change in the blink of an eye, so make sure to enjoy these warm sunny days while we still can!

I want to start off by saying thank you to everyone who came out for the 2nd Annual Corn Hole Tournament and Wheelbarrow Bingo. It was a great turnout with a lot of fun and laughs shared all around.

This month is definitely a busy one! On September 15th we have our Build PAC golf outing at Bridgewater. We still have some slots open for teams and sponsors, so please reach out to Rebecca to enter your team or find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

September 22nd-25th is our annual Builder’s Showcase with an impressive 28 homes scheduled to be on display. With the variety in locations, price points, and floor plans I have no doubt it will be a successful weekend for everyone. So thank you to all who are participating!

Earlier in August myself and a handful of Board members went to the Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy (formerly known as Anthis Career Center) and met with Chris Roberts, the Construction Trades Instructor. Before beginning our tour, I asked the group who had been to the academy before; sadly, only a couple had been. So that is why I wanted to take this opportunity to say that we, as an Association can do better. No, we need to do better for our future peers.

Discussing the future of our industry is not a new topic, and one that I myself have brought up before. Now is the time to actually make good on those conversations and make the commitment to get involved.

Think back to the beginning of your career. Who was your mentor? Who was it that helped further cement your career path? Now, how can we all be that person for someone else? How can we give back and pay it forward?

By giving your time.

That is what Chris Roberts at FWCS Career Academy said is the most impactful to his students. Someone to come in, even just for one hour, and talk to the students about the projects they’re working on, how that can be applied to a career, and about their own personal journey.

So, I am asking you to take a moment and reach out to either Chris Roberts (christopher.roberts@k12.in.us) or even your local school district. Ask what programs they offer to students and how you can get involved. I am not asking or expecting a huge time commitment; again, even just an hour could be enough to make a difference for one student.

We are such a strong and expansive Association, and I know we can make a difference if we just put forth a little time and effort. If you have any questions or need help figuring out where to start, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call.

Luke Hoffman
2022 HBA Board President

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