My thoughts also turn towards those that have helped our home building industry through volunteerism within our Federation during 2012. I am extremely grateful to all those people and hope to have even more members volunteer and contribute this upcoming new year.
One of my favorite Christmas movies is called "It's a Wonderful Life" and I am always drawn to a line in the movie by George Bailey's father, Peter Bailey, who owns the fictional Bailey Brothers Building and Loan as he is describing to George his feelings about his chosen profession. The quote?
"You know, George, I feel that in a small way we are doing something important. Satisfying a fundamental urge. It's deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace, and we're helping him get those things in our shabby little office."
Satisfying a fundamental urge, providing homes for others, is what our industry has always done and will always do. Home building is a noble profession and, in my opinion, at this time of the year it is never more pronounced. Take the time to enjoy what you and your predecessors have helped to accomplish as a collateral benefit; helping to build memories.
I wish you all happiness, peace and prosperity and a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP
Association Maximization will return in January for an exciting New Year of articles.