Your state association’s board unanimously voted to eliminate state association dues and replace the traditional per member dues payment system with a local HBA “affiliation fee” that is fixed and rises only by an inflationary index percentage each year. The rationale is to provide short-term financial stability for our state association and, over the long-term, have a structure that strengthens local associations by enabling them to keep/reinvest more dollars from each membership sale. Michigan is the first state HBA in the country to experiment with this new structure. Bottom line: stronger local associations make a stronger state association and if your local increases its membership in the future, this new structure will allow more resources to be reinvested locally.
The HBA of Western Michigan, along with the Michigan Executive Officers Council, asked the board to adopt a recommendation to our national association. The recommendation passed unanimously and asks NAHB to create a research and development fund for membership pilots across the country. Local EO Keith Crowell noted that NAHB has a long established fund for legal and policy issues impacting HBAs across the country and it ought to also have a fund to support new approaches to membership. The recommendation encourages our national association to set a side up to $250,000 for this effort. NAHB’s board will consider this recommendation at IBS in January.
While a new affiliation fee payment structure will help stabilize your state association’s income, directors approved nearly $90,000 in expense cuts from our prior budget, including the elimination of summer convention.
Freeland-area associate member Tony Bosco was recognized for his numerous years of service and dedication to his local, state and national home builders associations. Tony was the first ever associate senior officer for the HBA of Michigan and when combined with his service at the Saginaw HBA and at NAHB, it was no surprise that this was the second time Tony has been named associate of the year. He is the only member to ever be recognized twice for this statewide honor.
Lansing-area member Mike Flory was recognized for his leadership and service. Among many acts of service, Mike has served as chair of the Great Lakes Builders Show Planning Committee and as president of his local association. Mike was also elected 2016 HBA Michigan Secretary. l