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It’s that time of year again!  We are planning our annual NADRA Northeast Holiday party.  Please bring your family and join us!  We ask that everyone bring a dish, whether it is an appetizer or a dessert.  Please list what you are bringing when your RSVP.  We can’t wait to see you all there!

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NADRA NJ May 2015 Meeting Recap

From the NJ Chapter President: Lainie Sleppin

On Tuesday night May 19th I opened the NJ meeting at about 6:40 and welcomed everyone.  The chapter was notably light on our regular deck builder attendees.  As we know this is not the easiest time of the year to get deck builders to attend.  A standard of about 20-25 people were in attendance.  I took a moment to remind everyone about the upcoming deck awards in June and reiterated to them that we need their support.

I introduced our sponsor Ken from Abbe Lumber and reminded everyone to please remember to support our local members.  Ken did a nice presentation communicating the history of Abbe lumber and how much he supports the NADRA brand.  He mentioned he actually lost a builder due to not participating in his organization so again he emphasized the importance of participating in NADRA.  He expressed their involvement in the decking industry and explained that they have become a dominant player in the specific brand Trex.  In addition to Trex he is a big supporter and supplier of RDI. He then turned the presentation over to Brianne from RDI.  She did a wonderful presentation in explaining the history of RDI as well as all the features and benefits of the product.  She also emphasized that they will be opening up a new 52 acre facility in Southern New Jersey where they will be doing all of their manufacturing

Following the Abbe/RDI presentation, Judi Rossi from Glazer promotions took the floor and discussed the benefits of using promotional items and provided some samples of what companies have used in the past to promote their businesses.

Our committee updates went well but were brief due to missing some committee chairs.  Judy and I again discussed the upcoming deck awards and again asked for support.  After this reminder I again thanked all in attendance and again thanked our sponsor Abbe Lumber & RDI.

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 NJ Update from the President

From the President:

Last night was an excellent meeting, we had over 30 attendees. In fact we had 33 people attend.

What pleased me the most was the blend of builders vs. distributor’s vs. manufactures vs. retailers.

It was an awesome mix of all levels of the channel.

I stayed on task at all times with the agenda and the meeting flowed very efficiently. I gave everyone an opportunity to introduce themselves and give a blurb about what they do. We had over 10 new attendees at this meeting so I wanted to ensure everyone knew who was present in the room.

Our sponsor Fastenmaster did an absolute wonderful presentation. In place of just talking about fasteners they explained ways to utilize social media thru their company. Certainly an opportunity for builders & retailers to create value for themselves. They offered our members a few nice opportunities to not only self-promote but to earn some free product. Again it was wonderful information for all levels present at the meeting.

On the heels of that presentation we had Rich Largman, Empire of Hope www.empireofhope.com discuss how he helps many mid-size businesses define their goals. He helps them to identify how they can work on their business rather than in their business. He also did a fantastic job of offering some wonderful goal setting advice. He even had a hand out where we had to list our goals for the next 6 months. Wonderful tools and suggestions for us all to apply to our businesses.

Both the sponsor and speaker tied together wonderfully making this a value packed meeting.

My plan in becoming President was to create substantial value in the meetings that I believe was met last night.

Prior to the close of the meeting we discussed helping a 17 year old quadriplegic who needs a wheelchair ramp desperately, all were in favor of us exploring this idea.

We had some volunteers step up for committees that we will look to continue to modify or add to as we move forward.

Some discussion focused on our next meeting place and we tabled the location but confirmed that date.

Overall I could not be happier or more pleased with the attendance and the excellent feedback I have received on how last night’s meeting went.

I look forward to moving at a good pace with more value packed meetings in the future.

 

Your NADRA New Jersey President, Lainie Sleppin