YellaWood® & NADRA say thanks this Memorial Day

Our most sincere thanks to our servicemen and women.  We are Proud to announce our Deck for a Solider™ program and YellaWood® brand pressure-treated pine are teaming up this Memorial Day. For each project plan downloaded from May 22-29, YellaWood® will donate $1.00 to our cause!

Learn more and download your plans HERE.

 

 

NADRA NJ January 2015 Meeting Recap

January 14th, 2015

From the President:

On Tuesday night Jan 13th I opened the meeting welcoming everyone back with the hopes that all attendees had a wonderful Holiday and a happy New Year. I was extremely pleased that we had a very healthy turn out for the first meeting of 2015. We had a wonderful blend of attendees.

After we all introduced ourselves I reminded everyone whom our past sponsors had been in late 2014 and that it is our responsibility as a chapter to support the products that sponsor our meetings. Following that reminder our NJ Chapter Secretary, Judy,  followed up on the minutes from our last meeting and the Chapter Treasurer, Gus, reported on our financials. Some of the members had some good questions about our budget and they asked about our intent with the budget. Gus explained the need to cover the costs of some events and that we need to continue to grow our budget so in the future we could potentially look at events or promotional ideas for the chapter. Some of the members suggested we look to invest in some small social media like Facebook. A motion was made to invest in utilizing Facebook to help promote our Chapter. Everyone felt this was a great idea for the Chapter. We all feel the need to continue to make more of a presence. As NADRA some progress has been made but we need to continue to strive forward and grow.

After Gus had updated everyone on the financial aspect of the Chapter I introduced Vinnie C. from Admiral Spacemaker. He was the Sponsor of the meeting. Joining him was a fellow NADRA member, Dave Lombardo from MD. Vinnie launched into his presentation explaining the benefit of Admiral Spacemaker and Dave added to the presentation by discussing some of the installs he had completed over the last few months. All levels of the channel had excellent questions. They seemed excited to see a new concept in the market. Some of the builders had great questions as it related to install techniques, which Dave was happy to answer.

On the heels of Vinnie’s presentation we had our guest speaker Michael Beaudry from NADRA HQ explain to the group all of the tools that NADRA offers. He expressed how pleased he was with our participation with the Deck for a Soldier®  program. On a local level, he suggested we get more involved with Deck Safety Month® . He reminded everyone about the deck certification course and reminded all attendees that NADRA had just completed the deck certification course with a good number of home inspectors. He explained that all of those inspectors will be looking for NADRA deck builders as decks need to be replaced. It was refreshing to be reminded of all the wonderful marketing tools that NADRA really offers and in the future we should always consider adding the NADRA logo to our business cards, letter head, etc. We need to continue to raise awareness wherever we can. For the retailers he made a wonderful suggestion by reminding them they should post the deck safety checklist for homeowners and contractors to see at their locations.

Our committee updates went very well. We discussed the upcoming deck awards and reminded everyone to please register and get projects submitted and by a show of hands I asked who might be supporting the awards by submitting projects. All of the builders agreed to participate and then Judy in turn asked about sponsorship and asked the manufacturers/distributors and dealers to please get their sponsorship forms filled out and turned in. Everyone is excited about the event and it looks to me like we will get some good participation. Gus and Bruce spent some time reviewing our recent Deck for Hope project and how well it went and how much we appreciated many of the manufacturer reps stepping up in addition to our builders. Bruce read off a beautiful email that we got from Jack M.- the project coordinator for Homes for Our Troops. He really appreciates what we are doing in trying to give back. Feeling humbled, I reminded the group how it has made me feel so much gratitude for being part of the NADRA organization. Tina from MRS did a very professional report on some fun events we will look to do based on surveys she had taken months back. As part of the location committee she mentioned we all agreed to keep our meetings at the same place for sake of consistency.

After our committee updates I again thanked all in attendance and again thanked our sponsor and our guest speaker. Overall, an awesome meeting with great content and great participation by all attendees!

Lainie Sleppin

NADRA NJ Chapter President

Deck for Hope, NADRA NJ

The New Jersey Chapter of NADRA does it again!!!
Last week our members in New Jersey got together to help a young man (18 years old Mike Nichols) who was severely injured during an Ice Hockey game his senior year in high school.

A little about Mike: “Each day he continues to make progress, not only for himself, but for others as he uses his story to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and as an advocate for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s “Big Idea” campaign in support of epidural stimulation research. “I think the more important goal other than being able to walk or skate or do the things I love to do is helping others who are paralyzed, not only those who are paralyzed, but who are handicapped or disabled,” Mike said. “I know firsthand how difficult it is to live this way. I want to make a difference so that one day there is a world without wheelchairs. I hope to god before I die I can see that happen.

Follow Nichols recovery at mikeystrong23.org and facebook.com/prayformikey23  -Read full article HERE

About the Build: 

This is a special message from your NJ “Deck for a Soldier’ committee members.  We just wanted to let our entire chapter know that the “Deck for Hope” project that a lot of us worked on was a complete success.  This was an easier project including a small deck and a 27′ long ramp to help the recipient gain access to his house.  To the best of our knowledge most of the pressure treated wood materials that we built this deck from were either previously donated or purchased by the family, so we just needed the basic hardware and fasteners.  The project lasted just two and a half days and we must thank a few parties for this quick success.  First there was Jack McNaboe who brought this project to our attention through Jen Sheridan of Phoenix Mfg..  Next we must thank the Monroe Township Football Team for digging the footing holes and then mixing and pouring the concrete in them under the supervision of Jack McNaboe.  The next person who we all must thank was our most crucial person on the front line, the builder who took the lead role on this project, Gustavo delaCruz.  Thank you so much for all of your time and dedication to this project and our NJ Chapter of NADRA.  The next time you see Gustavo, be sure to thank him for everything he did to pull this project together, lead the project while physically working on it as well.  The recipient is an 18 year old boy who was very seriously injured playing ice hockey with his high school team and is now a quadriplegic.  He just completed high school last spring.  He and his parents were so very grateful for our help on this project and expressed it every time we saw them.
Following is a list of Manufacturers who we must thank for their very generous contributions:
  • FastenMaster
  • Simpson Strong-Tie
  • Starborn Industries
Following are the Lumberyards who also made generous contributions:
  • Abbe Lumber
  • Excelsior Lumber
Last but not least are the builders and manufacturer’s reps. who took time out of their busy schedules to help on this build:
  • Gustavo delaCruz – Barrett Outdoors – Team Leader,  Deck for a Soldier Committee Member
  • Bryan Hess – FastenMaster
  • Jeff Mekelburg – FastenMaster
  • Tom O’Rourke – Phoenix Mfg.
  • Pete Miller – Mid State Lumber
  • Dave Ondich – Regal Ideas
  • Bill Lecorchick – Legends Built
  • Lainie Sleppin – LBM Solutions
  • Tim Schlosser – Trex
  • Rick Fennelly – My Deck
  • Jonathan Lascelle – My Deck
  • Jeff Wilkins – CPG, AZEK – TimberTech
  • Alan Bensen – CPG, AZEK – TimberTech
  • Michael Ryan – CPG, AZEK – TimberTech
  • Dan Miles – Miles Decks
  • Kenny Rauber – Parksite
  • Bruce Verblaauw – C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC, Deck for a Soldier Committee Member
A special Thank you goes out to those individuals who donated several days to this project.  Without your generosity this project would not have been completed so quickly!

NADRA Atlanta Chapter – August Meeting Recap

We had a great turn out last night at The Ivy in Buckhead Georgia.  As the crowd of 40 plus people shuffled in we had some time for to socialize and gather our food and beverages. The meeting started at 6:15 and it was so nice to see our members as well and a few new faces!

We started by going over the Anti-trust Statement. Ginny Tibbets then went over the minutes and we got down to business with the evening sponsor Weyerhaeuser. Mark Barbour talked briefly about his company and then talked about a new product Resysta that they have had some great success with. Jan Spittleburg from JSphotoFX was our guest speaker; Jan gave our members a great schooling on photography.

We quickly went over chapter business, and then the night took a different turn form our usual meeting. Mike Reasons our Atlanta Vice President and I participated in NADRA’s first Deck for a Soldier Ice Bucket Challenge. I challenged Kirk Hammond, Mike Beaudry, and Bill Ross from the National Board. Mike Reasons Challenged: Kevin Waters, Heath Bowman, and David Elenbaum from our local chapter.  The time is ticking and I look forward to seeing how viral this Challenge gets!

 

Goal of the Challenge:

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Rules / Details:

  • Donate $100 to NADRA, to help raise awareness for our Deck for a Soldier Program
  • Video yourself participating in the D4S Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Send Check to:
    • NADRA Headquarters (please make check payable to “NADRA”)
    • P.O. Box 829 Quakertown, PA 18951
  • Online portal will be open soon to accept credit cards – stay tuned.
  • You have 48 hours to complete
  • Nominate (3) other people to participate in the challenge
  • Use Hashtag #D4SIceBucketChallenge
  • Have fun!

“NADRA, doing things for the right reason,

and having fun doing them!”

 

 

Challenge Accepted:

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What a great night!

Sincerely,

James Gunning, Atlanta Chapter President and Your NADRA Atlanta Board of Directors

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  1. Download the Deck Safety Month®  logo using above instructions for the NADRA logo.
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Retired Marine Receives Free Deck and Patio

Brick, NJ: Members of the New Jersey Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) cut  the ribbon, this Veteran’s Day, November 11th, on their latest “Deck For A Soldier,” in Brick, New Jersey. The program provides free decks and outdoor structures to US Armed Service members and veterans. Among those dignitaries attending the ribbon cutting were Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis.

The program’s latest recipient, retired Marine Sean O’Connor, was provided with a deck and paver patio by the association, which has been building decks for service members since 2007. All materials and labor were donated by members of the association, who range from builders, to lumber yards, to manufacturers.

O’Connor, who served three tours in Operation Desert Storm during his 20 years of service, retired from the Marines in 2012. He found out about NADRA’s Deck For A Soldier program through the Wounded Warriors project. Service members interested in applying to the program can find an application online at www.NADRA,org.

Among those building the project were builders from these New Jersey NADRA member companies: Barrett Outdoors, Millstone; Deck Remodelers, Sparta; America’s DeckBuilder, Toms River; Miles Construction, Falsington, PA; C. Verblaauw & Son, Mahwah; My Deck, Farmingdale; Legends Home Improvement, Monroe; Artisan’s Builders Guild, Hackettstown.

Companies donating materials and labor include: Trex; Wolf Home Products; Niece Lumber; CPG AZEK/TimberTech; Mid-State Lumber; Regal Ideas; Holden Humphrey; Fiberon; Myles Kelly; All State Disposal; Ocean County Landfill; D. Waldron Trucking; Simpson Strong Tie; Northeastern Building Supply.

 

NADRA NJ Chapter Meeting

Hi Everyone,
You’re invited to join us for our chapter meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the Chimney Rock Inn in Bound Brook, NJ.  Wolf will be our sponsor and will show us some of their new products.  We will also have someone from NJ Manufacturer’s Insurance there to talk to us and answer any insurance questions you may have.  There will be discussion about the next upcoming D4S build in Mine Hill, our Holiday party and the NJ Deck Awards.  It will be jam packed agenda!!
If you have not received your evite, please click HERE to RSVP.
Can’t wait to see you all there!
Sincerely,
Your NADRA NJ Board of Directors

Mark Your Calendars & Save The Date!

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Brick, NJ Deck for a soldier build is scheduled to take place on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm.  The recipient of this beautiful deck is Sgt. Sean O’Connor a retired Marine who has served three combat tours in Iraq.  Everyone is welcome to attend.   We are especially asking that all manufacturers, distributors and builders who donated their time, materials and services try to be there.  We will have refreshments for all who attend.
The soldier is Sgt. Sean O’Connor, please email Judy for the soldiers address.jverbl@aol.com
*** We are asking all NADRA members that are planning on attending the ribbon cutting ceremony to please wear your blue collared NADRA NJ “Jersey Strong” shirts.  If any member has not received one of these shirts yet, please let me know if you will be at the ribbon cutting and what size you need and I will bring it for you.  We also have the NADRA NJ “Jersey Strong” T-shirts still available for $10 each.  Again, please let me know what size and how many and we will bring them along, too.
Thanks again to all who made this build possible!

NADRA Atlanta Chapter – October 2013 Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Oct 2013

Thanks to all those who attended the meeting last night at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had 41 in attendance with a good representation from builders, distributors and manufacturers.

We opened the meeting with a reminder of the anti-trust statement and then Mike Reasons read the minutes from the August meeting.  We then held our “official” vote for the upcoming board members.  Please join me in congratulating our board for 2014-2015:  James Gunning – President, Mike Reasons – Vice President, Ginny Tibbetts – Secretary, and Greg Mizerak – Treasurer. We reviewed Deck Expo and talked about NADRA’s new partnership with Principia (check the web site for more details), We talked about the great work from Glen Mathewson on code changes and the positive impact that has for our group and finally we shared the great turn out from our chapter and the fact that Atlanta Builders won 11 out of 25 National Deck competition Awards.  Award winners included; Tailor Decks, Mosaic Group, Peachtree Decks, Decks and More and we also have the Best Overall Project award that went to Rick Goldstein of the Mosaic Group.  Thanks to all who submitted – Atlanta Builders certainly make our chapter proud.

We mentioned the code meeting that PMC held in September and note that you can get copies of the code changes from Larry or Greg at PMC.   Steve Matrangos gave an update from the code committee, and Mike Reasons gave an update on financials.  Scott McCawley then spoke about Deck for A Solider.  We are having a One Day build on November the 8th so please sign up.  Scott will be sending a follow up email on what is left for materials that are needed and David Tibbetts will be coordinating the crews.  Scott told us about the Solider and his family and I encourage all of you to please consider being a part of this great event.  Special thanks to Bill Sullivan/ AZEK for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Bill gave us an update on Azek and Timbertech and shared their new product offering and direction. Our guest speaker was Dennis Connelly, Kurlan & Associates.   Dennis gave a great talk on focusing our sales efforts from the perspective of the Deck and Railing business. Special thanks to Dennis for agreeing to be with us this month. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday –December the 10th at Rays on the River.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Universal Forest products and our guest speaker will be Dale Cardwell of Trust Dale.  This is a celebration event for the year so please plan on bringing your significant other, guests, etc. we want to pack the room!

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton

Chapter President

Did you know NADRA has a theme song?

For those of you unable to make the trip to chicago – NADRA’s party at Howl at The Moon was a huge success. Members and guests piled in to recognize and honor our award winners for the National Deck Competition and the national Terry Award and Recognition awards.

Congratulations to Keith Compton for being recognized for his many years of dedication to NADRA and the Atlanta Chapter! Glenn Mathewson was the recipient of our 2013 Terry Award for his ongoing efforts in code.

Without the support of our Gold and Bronze sponsors events like this would not be possible. A special thank you to all those recognized: MoistureShield, Fiberon, Nyloboard, Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, TimberTech Azek, Wolf & Screw Products.

Before the night was over, Howl at The Moon entertainers surprised NADRA guests with a custom song just for NADRA. Check it out: Na-na-na-na NADRA!