From the NEFBA president
October marks the beginning of the fourth quarter, and as we keep the momentum going to wrap up the year full of pride, optimism and energy, let’s take a quick glance at the NEFBA calendar. There is much to celebrate, and we will have opportunities to do so, beginning this month.
First is the move to our new location. Staff has been carrying on the full order of business for the association while facing the Herculean task of cleaning out the office. It seemed that every square inch of the offices the association occupied for more than 20 years contained enough history to write a book. I congratulate all of them for being able to juggle the day-to-day operations of planning events, serving members and maintaining an already-full calendar while deciding what goes and what doesn’t.
In case you’ve forgotten, NEFBA will celebrate its 75th year of service to the industry and the community next year. Seventy-five years is a lot of history, and we are so proud that on the eve of that important date in our legacy, we are moving ahead as we occupy the new space. We believe this truly marks a new era for NEFBA, one that will enlarge our influence in the community and increase our relevance to the citizens of this region.
This is a busy time of the year for any business. We have projects to complete before the end of 2018 and plans to make for 2019. Let me urge you to include NEFBA in your plans, too.
You will want to attend the Casablanca Gala on Nov. 2. It’s our annual fundraiser and it is always the hit of the year. It kicks off the holiday season in grand style with dining, dancing, entertainment, casino games, raffles and lots of socializing. We celebrate our successes, share our excitement about the future and generally have a great time. I look forward to seeing you there.
After that, many of the individual councils hold their own holiday parties, some combine that party with their installation of officers. I think you will find it fun and beneficial to attend these celebrations. You will also have opportunities to participate in local councils’ charity events, which allow us to give back to the communities where we live, build and conduct business.
I am so pleased that I was lucky enough to be your president at this exciting time. I thank you for your participation and dedication to this family, the family we sometimes call NEFBA.
Chris Dostie, Dostie Homes