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December 2012
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Next WCBA Board of Director's Meeting
January 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Cobblestone Builder's Office
N86 W14041 Beacon Street
Menomonee Falls, WI

 

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In This Issue
2013 Expo Update
Education Seminar Scheduled
Membership Notes
Annual Holiday Party
A Message from the WCBA President
December Board Meeting Minutes
2013 WCBA Expo Update
by Jeff Feyrer, Expo Committee Chair

Another month has gone by and the 2013 Expo will be here before we know it. All the details are in the process of being finalized. The dates are Feburary 15-17, 2013 and again held at the Washington County Fair Park Pavilion

 

We will again have Seminars, but instead of having the Seminars in a back room where they have not been attended very well, they will be in the middle for more participation for the attendees. We will have child face painting and new this year, we will have a landscaping display in the center, as the main layout will stay the same as last year.

 

Don't miss out on displaying at this years event, as this years show is set to be one of the best. The application is available from the WCBA website event page or you can register online.

 

If any members have any input, or suggestions for this years Expo, please don't hesitate to contact one of the WCBA board members or the Expo Director, Jeff Feyrer @ 262-305-1673 or by e-mail Jtf71961@yahoo.com . See you there!

Educational Seminar Scheduled
by Matt McCabe, Education Committee Chair                             

 

The first of several WCBA Education Seminars planned for the calendar year 2013 is set for Wednesday, January 16. The event will be held at MJ Stevens Restaurant in Hartford and will begin promptly at 8 AM.

 

The seminar, entitled "Advance Building Science" will be presented by Kevin Hogan from Focus on Energy. Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be provided in the morning and lunch will be provided following the seminar at 12:30. Qualified contractors who attend the event will receive 4 Uniform Dwelling Code contractor points.

 

The cost of the event is $60f or WCBA members and $80 for non-members. Save $10 by registering before January 1st!   You can register online here.  If you have questions, contact WCBA Education Committee Chairman, Matt McCabe, at 262-894-4242.

Membership Notes
by David Spooner, Membership Committee Chair

With the success of the membership meeting that the WCBA had at the Little Swiss Chalet last month and the December meeting at MJ Stevens restaurant I invite all the membership past present and future to attend upcoming events such as the Education Seminar at MJ Stevens on January 16, 2013 and the Home Builders Expo in February 2013.  It's a not only a great way to get some education you'll also be able to network with your fellow members.  Members who are considering a booth at the Home Expo please get your applications in early, you'll be entered in raffle  to win a 10' x 10' booth.  Happy holidays to all!

Annual Holiday Party Update
by Stevie Mistele-Wildt, Holiday Party Committee Chair

Hear Ye, Hear Ye ~ It's that time again to start next year with the Annual WCBA Holiday Party!

 

We are keeping up with the improved changes that the WCBA has encountered this year. You and a guest will enjoy meeting and mingling with the membership at The Washington County Historical Society, West Bend.

 

Saturday January 19th starting at 5:30 with cocktails and Hors D Oeuvre's, a guided tour thru the different exhibits at the museum, buffet dinner at 7:00 coordinated by Soiree Catering.

 

Specific details are online and you can register to attend online as well. Mark this date on the calendar!

Presidential_Message A Message from the WCBA
President, Dirk Wildt

 

At this time of year I as many do reflect on the year past and what lies ahead.  In our business as a home builder 2012 we saw an increase not only in traffic through our model homes but also a renewed interest in new construction as well as homes being contracted.   Almost everything I read about home construction for 2013 shows an upward trend and increased consumer confidence.   Let us hope that all the economic forces lead in this direction so that 2013 prevails as a turning point for not only new construction but all businesses as well.  May the New Year bring you prosperity, and good health.

December 13, 2012 
Board Meeting Minutes 

HELD AT: MJ Stevens


MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: 15:08 by Dirk Wildt

MEETING ATTENDANCE:
     a. Board of Directors, Present
          i. Dirk Wildt, President
          ii. Matt McCabe, Vice President
          iii. Caroline Wilkes, Director
          iv. Jason Miller, Director
          v. Dave Spooner, Director
          vi. Jeff Feyrer, Director
          vii. Tom Bohn, Director
          ix. Lee Ann Neumann, Treasurer
     c. Administrative Assistant, Present
          i. Becky Miller
     d. Guests
          i. Stevie Mistele-Wildt

MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETING:
     a. MOTION: Dave Spooner; motion to approve minutes of prior meeting; 2nd motion by Jason Miller; no discussion; unanimously approved

TREASURER'S REPORT
     a. Balance in checking account as of 12/13/12 - $4,890.81
     b. A/R - $3,870 (mostly for membership dues)
     c. $2,500 left to pay Fair Park for Expo (due prior to show)
     d. Need to invoice ahead of event for sponsorships
     e. MOTION: Jason Miller; motion to approve financials as discussed; 2nd motion by Caroline Wilkes; no discussion; unanimously approved

COMMITTEE REPORT - UPDATES
     1. Future Educational Seminars - Matt McCabe Chair
          a. January 16, 2013 - 3rd constant contact announcement went out; problem with highlighted date not being legible
          b. Send notices every other week from now until event at different times of day until last week before event then increase the frequency; need to change subject line and bullet points so doesn't get spam filtered
          c. Three events will be scheduled for 2013 - educational seminars
          d. Next 4-5 dinner meeting presenters are determined; lawyer will possibly be the next dinner topic
          e. Tom suggests getting cement provider for educational seminar
          f. Matt to take care of tracking the credits earned at seminars

     2. Expo 2012 - Jeff Feyrer Chair
          a. Preliminary budget set (projected profit $6,674); only renting the main hall as attendance for seminars diminished possibly due to being held in separate room; will hold seminars within the main hall instead
          b. Need to review contract to make sure the total cost does NOT include the additional rooms for seminars
          c. Have two landscaping companies lined up for center display
          d. Fee for face painting - $250, need to determine if willing to do this again for 2013
          e. Need to review contract to determine if $500 beverage charge is going to apply; Dirk believes he was sent an email that we would not be responsible for this charge
          f. Most likely will not have $200 expense for Valley Tech due to Becky being able to update website
          g. Need to check on the advertising cost to make sure it includes all necessary needs; might be closer to $4,200 rather than only $3,565
          h. Admission fee of $5 per person at door or $3 prior; ad was already approved and submitted with pricing on it; supply exhibitors with complimentary tickets; add option to purchase tickets online to website; would exchange online purchases for advanced ticket at door
          i. Sponsorship revenue not yet taken into consideration in budget
          j. Caroline's daughter and a friend who needs volunteer hours for school will work front desk to track ticket purchases
          k. Need to develop a survey to be completed for chance to win $100
          l. Need to check into who will do some advertising on their signs for free

     3. Membership Director - Dave Spooner
          a. Dave going to follow up with outstanding invoices
          b. Currently 71 active members
          c. Networking group has expressed an interest in joining the association and would like to have a booth at the Expo; group of different types of businesses; discussion on whether or not the group would add value to the association; according to by-laws the only exhibitors allowed are those relating to the industry; committee needs to discuss this issue further for future final decision

     4. Constant Contact - Jason Miller
          a. Due to time restriction - discussion postponed until next meeting

     5. Holiday Party - Stevie Mistele-Wildt Chair
          a. Historical society will waive room rental if can get volunteers for various projects; need to be able to see what the projects are; would save us $650
          b. Cans of beer cheaper than bottles; beverage package of $500-$750 and vendor will supply door prize too
          c. $90 table cloths and napkins
          d. Ken Scott - WBWI will supply equipment and provide background music
          e. Various sponsorships available; collecting door prizes; $500 sponsorship includes a table of 6 (West Bend Electric has volunteered to take the $500 sponsorship)
          f. Constant contact going out weekly
          g. Decorations for tables have been purchased
          h. If do not get sponsors, could cost association a few thousand dollars

NEW BUSINESS
     1. General Meeting
          a. Should we hold the meeting every month, every other month or every three months
          b. Dirk expressed concern of meeting being held too frequently
          c. Is there a conflict of January dates being too close? January meeting 1-10-13/Educational Seminar 1-16-13/Holiday Party 1-19-13

     2. Scholarship Fund
          a. Due to time restrictions - discussion regarding requirements for applicants postponed until future meeting

     3. Insurance
          a. Dirk is in the process of obtaining quotes for the following insurance policies: directors and officers and workman's compensation
          b. Need to consider business insurance for items in storage unit

OPEN DISCUSSION
     1. Due to time restrictions, no open discussion

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 16:58 by Dirk Wildt
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A Message from
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President, Dirk Wildt
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"Almost everything I read about home construction for 2013 shows an upward trend and increased consumer confidence..."
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Cobblestone Builders
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WI Building Supply
262-894-4242
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Top Flite Financial
262-305-7293
Director
Image Custom Homes
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Director
Wilkes Plumbing
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Director
JTFeyer Exteriors
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Director
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& West Bend Electric
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T. Bohn Builders
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