Volume 2   Issue 3               Fall 2001

Coming Together

NWDA Focuses on Membership and More at Recent Meetings
by Ellen Giard & Holly Carter

“Membership is the lifeblood of any organization.” Those were words spoken by Keith Oakley, president of the Northeast Window and Door Association (NWDA), at the group’s membership meeting, May 8, which took place in Fredericksburg, Va. The meeting, which was designed to encourage membership in the Southern part of the region, welcomed more than 50 attendees. Lori Nasatka, administrative director with the NWDA, said the group expects to gain several new memberships due to the meeting.

Summer Meeting

Some of those new members joined together with existing ones when the NWDA gathered once again July 15-17, 2001, for its summer meeting and golf outing, which took place in Farmington, Pa., at the Nemacolin Woodlands resort.

For those arriving early, the event kicked off with an informal meeting Sunday night. The business schedule began with the board of directors meeting Monday morning, which was followed by a multitude of golf tournaments spattering the greens the remainder of the afternoon. These tournaments included the 16th annual Willie Langfelder Golf Tournament and provided a key opportunity for fundraising efforts.

A new partnership between NWDA and Habitat for Humanity was announced, in which NWDA will assist with the organization’s fundraising efforts and help publicize its current projects. The first fundraiser, a mulligan sale to the golf outings, was proved a success with NWDA gathering nearly $800 for Habitat for Humanity.

This ambitious beginning was one of many positive announcements made at the awards ceremony Monday night, following a barbecue cookout and raffle of door prizes. Awards for various golf victories were also distributed. Victor Skukalek of PPG walked away with the longest drive award as well as the Willie Langfelder trophy.

Sessions held on Tuesday focused on current topics affecting the industry such as energy deregulation and hurricane codes. Kathy Hurley from Allegheny Power covered energy deregulation, including past efforts and what the future holds.

At a seminar on codes, AAMA president Rich Walker broke hurricane codes into five categories—the basics, code references, ASTM Standards, the Carolinas, Texas and Florida and certifying wind-borne debris resistance—to provide a more thorough codes understanding to attendees. Walker also gave an in-depth comparison of the hurricane codes that have been implemented in the Southern region and how they will relate to those in the Northeast. 

The next summer meeting will be held July 15-16, 2002, in Ellicott City, Md., at Turf Valley Resort & Spa. But you don’t have to wait until next year to attend an NWDA meeting. There will be a specialized educational seminar on the changing state of building codes at the ATI offices in York, Pa., Tuesday, December 4, 2001. 

Ellen Giard is a contributing editor for Door and Window Maker magazine and Holly Carter is the marketing manager for Key Communications Inc.


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