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MCAA’s Midyear Meeting will be held September 10-12, 2014 in Milwaukee. Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson Museum.
July 2014

MCAA Midyear Meeting approaching

Chairman’s Message


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When I took over as chairman in January, one of my greatest fears was writing this monthly Chairman’s Message. Then I remembered: One should not fear something you have not experienced. So with that in mind, I wrote the first column.

I was concerned about what I’d address each month, and whether I could fill a page. I realize now that the problem is limiting the column to one page, when so much is happening. So, let’s get going with an update on the Check-Off Program.

We are now up to 195 co-sponsors in the House and 20 co-sponsors in the Senate as of June 6, 2014. By the time you read this, I would expect more to have signed on. We are expecting the bill to hit the House floor sometime between now and Aug. 1, 2014. It is not too late for you to contact your representatives in Washington to show your support for this bill. If you have questions or concerns, just contact MCAA for help. I am pleased to report the Florida group got their State Check-Off passed, and the Florida governor will be at their state convention to address them on their program. Congratulations to the Florida group. Jeff and I look forward to seeing you at your convention.

Silica still looms over our heads, but after our Fly-In in Washington, D.C., in May, we seem to have picked up some support both in the House and Senate. We continue to work with our Coalition on this silica issue and will keep you updated as things develop. I think it would be wise to do some monitoring at your jobsites, so we are prepared with new data if it is needed.

The second phase of our membership survey was completed and reviewed recently with the executive officers and the Membership Committee. We will start implementing what we learned from the survey during this next month. The survey mentioned lots of good things about MCAA, like it is the most recognized leader in the masonry industry, and we are passionate about our industry. It also showed we need to do a better job getting the word out about what MCAA has to offer contractors. The officers and the membership committee are excited to start rolling out the fresh ideas.

The Foundation continues to move along with the final key Regional people signing on. We had a conference call in June and will meet in mid-July for training. Thanks to those who are taking a key role in the Foundation and guaranteeing a brighter future for the masonry industry.

It’s time to mark your calendars for MCAA’s Midyear Meeting, Sept. 10-12, in my hometown of Milwaukee. We have some great things planned for not only you, but also your significant other. My wife, Pauline, and I are excited to roll out the cheese carpet for you all. Following is a brief outline of some of the events.

Wednesday:

  • Special significant other event – can’t tell you yet
  • Opening Reception and Dinner/Team Awards at the Harley Davidson Museum – you will be able to visit the museum, which is very interesting.

Thursday:

  • Special spouse event at the Milwaukee Public Market, located in the Historic Third Ward
  • Chairman Reception – It is Pauline’s and my intention to invite you to our home.

Friday:

  • Closing banquet to be held at the one and only Horney Goat – I cannot give away what’s happening at this event, other than to say it will be a lot of fun and laughs.

We contractors will have our planning meeting for the committee chairs, board meeting, and round table discussions, during which you can sit down with your peers and talk openly about problems or ask questions on things that relate to your company. So watch for more information about the Midyear Meeting in September. We would love to show you a good time.

In closing, I ask all of you to think about how fortunate we are to live in a country where you can still live the dream. Maybe it is not perfect, but it is still the land of freedom and opportunity. Enjoy life and remember to have a good laugh!


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Givers Gain

January 2018
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Things to Remember

March 2017
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Looking Forward

February 2017
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A Fresh Start

January 2017
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Who Moved My Cheese?

September 2016
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Giving back

December 2015
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An exciting year ahead

February 2015
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Defining success

December 2014
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Staying busy for you

August 2014
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Ready for action

February 2014
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Thanks

January 2014
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Happy holidays

December 2013
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The MCAA in D.C.

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A Lot Happening

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Eye opening

June 2013
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Positive movement

March 2013
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New beginning

January 2013
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It’s finally over

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My trip to the Rockies

November 2012
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The 2012 election

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Summer time

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Exciting time

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Working for you

May 2012
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New beginnings

March 2012
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Farewell!

February 2012
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One more to go!

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As the world turns

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A Bright Future

May 2011
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The End of the Year

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Busy Times!

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What Are We Doing?

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Moving Forward

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A Fond Farewell

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A New Year

January 2010
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Start the Year Strong

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MCAA in D.C.

Brick Voids

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Vision 2020

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State of the Association

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State of the Association

The Silver Lining

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Impact on the Hill

New Horizons

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Wrapping up Another Year

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We Need Your Help!

January 2005
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The Strength of Unity

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Mackie Bounds
Brazos Masonry, Inc.
MCAA member since 1991

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