APRIL - 2020
Wow! The NASCLA 2019 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland seems like so long ago. My how things have changed. Since the October 2019 Edition of the NASCLA Newsletter a lot has happened. NASCLA had it first “hands on” mission trip in conjunction with our annual Strategic Planning Meeting in early December. By invitation from the Virgin Islands Board of General Construction Contractors Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, we held our meeting in St. Thomas. While there we met with the department and shared our processes and information on how we operate. They were very appreciative. The highlight of our trip was the mission project we could participate in. The NASCLA Executive Committee, Committee Chairs, and Staff worked on the Romeo Malone Community Center. This included painting inside and out, fencing, cleaning up the playground and even Dale Dawson, NASCLA Secretary and Executive Director for the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors, cleaning out the grease separator. While there, the kids that were attending the preschool sang us Christmas songs. What an experience. Hopefully, we can do a mission type project every year going forward to assist in the community.
The NASCLA Accredited Examination Program Committee have started working on the HVAC/Mechanical examination classification. The committee has started reaching out to the various associations for their participation and support. The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program was gaining some steam before the COVID-19 virus changed everything.
NASCLA sadly had to cancel the 2020 Board of Directors Mid-Year Meeting due to the virus. During this meeting, the NASCLA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs were set to scope out the next NASCLA 3-Year Strategic Plan for 2020, 2021 & 2022. We hope to have Michael Barrett, Master Facilitator with Resonance Facilitation conduct this session on the front end of our NASCLA 2020 Annual Conference in Coronado, California. Due to the virus, the NASCLA Executive Committee had a Go-to-Meeting conference call on March 18th for a condensed meeting as well as the NASCLA Board of Directors condensed Go-to-Meeting conference call on March 19th. The minimal and necessary business and voting items were addressed.
Currently we have set up a Go-to-Meeting every Wednesday at 1:00 PM (ET) to update each other on how COVID-19 is affecting our individual state agencies and industry as a whole.
The NASCLA Budget Meeting with NASCLA’s Executive Committee is still scheduled for June 9, 2020 but will be in the form of a virtual meeting.
We will all get through this together and be stronger in the end. Let’s continue to keep each other and the citizens we protect in our thoughts and prayers. What a celebration we will have in Coronado, California, August 30th – September 3rd at the NASCLA 2020 Annual Conference!