Summer has given way to fall and as the seasons change so also does our chapter. Fall has seen the past board exit with heartfelt gratitude and thanks. Fortunately, many of our board members will continue to serve in the coming year. As the newly installed president, I would just like to give my thanks to Aryn Ferguson and the last year’s board for all of their hard work and commitment, as well as, express my appreciation for those who were elected to serve with me in the coming year.
In addition to our changing board of directors, another membership year closed and we saw a new one start. Thankfully, many of our members renewed and recommitted to our chapter’s vision and strategy for the future. We also welcome new faces to the chapter and look forward to seeing them at chapter meetings and events in the coming year. The blend of old and new members, of the varied perspectives and priorities is what keeps us respectful of the past, as well as, relevant and energized about moving forward into the future.
Fall also saw our annual fundraiser, Brewfest, come and go. Hopefully, many of you were able to be present and participate in our largest attended and most successful event yet. Thank you to Lauren Holmes for her continued dedication and commitment and to everyone whose time and efforts went into making Brewfest such an amazing success.
So many changes, and hopefully all of them will build on our past successes and take our chapter into a stronger and brighter future. We have a busy year ahead of us with the Oregon Retreat and planning of the 2017 Fall Conference. We are looking to continue our support of Block Kids, CAD Competition, NFSF Scholarship Program, Girls Build Camp and extend our impact into our local construction community. I am excited to lead our chapter during the next year and hope that we can support, encourage and grow with each other.