It’s spring – no, it’s winter – no, it’s……………well who knows. Hopefully, by the time you read this, warm weather will be with us to stay for a while. 2018 started well for the OSHBA with the holding of our April 4th Spring Board of Directors meeting, preceded by our meeting of the Associates Council. In case you couldn’t attend, here are a few highlights:

Our National delegate, Connie Stokes reported that Oklahoma has met our Build-PAC goal, so now we share in the split-back program where NAHB returns a portion of national dues received for the remainder of the year. NAHB is listening to Oklahoma because of our Build-PAC participation status, and Washington is listening to NAHB. Our lobbying effort resulted in the reinstatement of the mortgage interest deduction in the new tax bill. That’s a big deal! Build-PAC lobbying at the state and national level has resulted in the savings of hundreds of dollars for every home built. That’s a big deal too.

Several Associations have by now held their annual home show events and/or their summer home tours: Tulsa’s Home & Garden Show; COHBA’s Street of Dreams; BASCO’s Festival of Homes in June; Southwest Tour of Homes; Lawton’s Home & Outdoor Living Show; and Rogers County Home & Garden Show.

Benevolence and the generosity of our members is very evident as events and activities are planned statewide to benefit those less fortunate.

I previously reported that our silent auction yielded $4,400.00 at the annual Installation Banquet and that we plan to hold another silent auction during the two-day Oklahoma Building Summit & Expo. We will conduct the silent auction during this event on a trial basis to see how effective it is, and then decide whether to institute it as an annual Expo event. The Summit & Expo has become an outstanding event for our state association, bringing Builders and Associates together from all over the state to hear and meet with top state and nationally recognized speakers; and, to have an opportunity to acquire educational credits. The Expo Exhibit Hall displays about 90 booths with suppliers offering a wide variety of resources. As a side note – if you do business in the Oklahoma City area, please consider calling the OSHBA office to discuss purchasing a booth. I expect the event to sell out, but there are some booths still available as of this writing.

Mike Means and his staff are setting up a Charitable Foundation into which funds from the auction can be placed, thereby making purchases tax deductible. I’m hopeful that other sources of charitable income contributions can go into the Foundation to increase our ability to fund scholarships. For instance, we have funded an endowment at OSU for one scholarship and with a relatively small additional gift that endowment can fund two scholarships. We will work on that opportunity and can hopefully bring it to fruition.

There are some Associate members who have already stepped up to organize these auction events, and we can use more help. Please contact me or the state offices and let us know of your interest. We need folks from all areas of the state to make this a truly association-wide event – if we (Associates) are sold on the idea of providing scholarships, then all of us can help. I’m also pleased to announce the formation of a scholarship committee to seek and evaluate applicants/recipients; and, develop a way to track recipients as they progress in their education or career. The inaugural committee members are Reese Wilmoth, Vanessa Shadix, and Connie Stokes. If you have an interest in participating on this committee, please let us know, and we will get you involved.

I look forward to the next newsletter when we can report many more opportunities to promote the education of young men and women who are pursuing careers as skilled tradesmen and in the areas of construction and construction management. Associates, please get involved and use your talents. The friends you make while serving together are worth more than you know.

Dave Sanders is Chair of the OSHBA Associates Council. He can be contacted at; cell phone (918) 261-9991.