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As NAHB kicks off the 2011 National Membership campaign, one South Dakota home builders association plans to take advantage of this year’s poker-style theme, The Winning Hand, by upping the ante of its successful fundraising campaign for its charitable and scholarship foundation, which netted more than $20,000 last month.
The Home Builders Association of The Sioux Empire will build on the excitement and energy generated during a recent casino night benefiting its Care Foundation. The fundraiser “far exceeded any and all expectations we had,” said the HBA’s executive officer, Julie Terrell.
The event featured a raffle, poker, a bean bag toss, black jack, dice and other games. “We even had an HBA version of beer pong. There was water in the cups,” Terrell said.
“We also had fun with karaoke,” she said. Participants paid $5 to nominate someone to sing. If the nominee refused, “they had to pay an additional $5 to get out of it.”
Because members had so much fun at the charitable fundraiser, the HBA will continue its game-night theme for its membership drive.
This time, the stakes will be about building membership.
Other HBAs across the country will be dealing their own winning hands through similar events this month. Then, on National Membership Day on Tuesday, May 24, participating HBAs can call a special NAHB phone line — 800-899-6242 — between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. EDT to report their projected number of new members recruited in May.
“It’s a day we all look forward to,” said Robin Newhouse, chair of the NAHB Membership Committee. “Senior officers and other volunteer leaders spend the day at NAHB in Washington, D.C., taking calls from the locals. We love having the chance to answer questions and talk to members from all over the country — and it’s fun to watch the officers jostling to answer the phones.”
Participating members can earn double Spike credits for each new member recruited in May. In addition, recruiters can qualify members to attend the invitation-only Spike Party at the 2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando in February.
Other prizes for recruiters are listed on the National Membership Day web page.
To learn which HBAs are participating in National Membership Day, or how to sign up, email the NAHB membership staff, or call 800-368-5242 x8347.