By GINA COX
Chair/State Associates Council
(Editor's note: This column is reprinted from the Fall 2014 edition of Oklahoma Builder magazine)
Gina Cox, State Associates Council Chair
Even though the lazy days of summer have come and gone, the Oklahoma State Homebuilders Association has been busy with the final stages of planning for the OK Building Summit. But, by the time you read this, the Summit too will have come and gone. I would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all the Associate Members who sponsored and participated in this event. Your time and resources make this a success as well as a valuable asset and are very much appreciated.
The Audacious Goal for our Strategic plan states that we, the Association, strive to be the premier resource for our members. To be that premier resource, we have to continue to provide a variety of educational opportunities and what better way to do so than to expand the Building Summit to be even bigger and better! Plans are already in the works for 2015, and it has the potential of not only continuing to provide the education aspect, but it will give us more of an opportunity for networking and fellowship. I hope that those of you who have participated in the past at the Building Summit will make plans to continue to do so, and I encourage more Associates to look at participating so that we CAN make this a premier event. It will take all of us to continue making it a success.
Fall Board is around the corner - we will be meeting a little earlier so that we can allow time for us to continue our discussions on the best way we, as a Council, can serve the State Association to help accomplish its goals for 2014 and beyond. I would like to extend an invitation to any Associate to come find out what the State Associates Council is all about. We still need to work on ideas for fund-raiser events and defining our own goals and purpose. If you have ideas or suggestions, and cannot attend, please feel free to contact one of the Associate Officers. This is your Council. Your input does matter! It will also be election time for our Officers. If you are interested or know of someone who would be an asset to the leadership of our team, please let us know and make plans to attend.
Change is not easy and as we move into the last quarter of the year, I feel not much has been accomplished. In reflection, I realize that when we are in the midst of change - redefining ourselves, our goals and purpose, it takes time and planning. This is the year of planning. You can't just say we are going to change and it happens. I can only hope that in the limited time we meet, we are able to lay the groundwork for the next group of leaders to be able to continue moving forward and making those changes happen.
Looking forward to seeing you at Fall Board (October 23 in Stillwater).