By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
Well, here I go with my first note to you, as the president of NHLA. I hope I do not screw up and ruin all the hard work of the past. First, I would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Dave DeJohn for taking the reins, for the past 28 months. He is going to stay on the board, as the past president, so he will help guide me. Next, I would like to thank the Education Committee for organizing the March meeting. I think the new facility was well received and hopefully next year, Mother Nature goes on vacation during that week. Finally, I would like to thank the board of directors for all their hard work and dedication for the betterment of the Association.
As I sit here and think of all the work that we have ahead of us as a board, I would like to ask for your help. I know that you hear this message from every president, but it is really YOUR association. We sit on the board to help direct the NHLA the best we can, with the help of the different committees. (Education and Certified Professionals) So I would like to ask one more time, please send us your ideas and concerns, join a committee, or attend a board meeting.
The 2018 season is going to be in full swing by the time you read this newsletter. Hopefully, by that time the Feds have taken care of the H2B work visa issue, and we have taken care of the Thompson School issue. We all know how important it is to secure a skilled labor force, especially if we continue to have the abundance of work that we’ve secured over the past few years. We, as an association, need to let both Washington, DC, and our NH Statehouse know how desperate we are for help (see the May NHLA Newsletter.)
Well that’s it from my soap box. I’m not trying to spark a political debate, just trying to help.
The board will be working on several projects in the coming year. The first project will be a new website. We have been talking with several designers and with members. The new site will be much more user-friendly and help promote our members. We will keep you posted on the new site and let you know when it will roll out.
Next is our annual golf tournament, on August 7. I have a hard time believing it will be our 5th tournament. It has been a great success and we look forward to seeing everyone back again, this year.
Finally, the Gateway Project in Manchester, which is revitalization project for a small park in the city. The details of the project were discussed after the March meeting, and I should have more details next month.
Lastly, I would like to say THANK YOU for having faith in me, to take on the role, as president of the NHLA. Please feel free to contact me about any concerns and ideas you may have. I will try, with the help of the board of directors, to do the best job possible for the NHLA.
May your season be the best ever!