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Valley Builder ; Summer 2010 Volume 20, Issue 3

VALLEY HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION 2009-2010 Leadership President President-Elect Secretary Treasurer Immediate Past President

Mike Gibbons, GTS Construction JP Jedwabny, J&S Homes Randy Jack, Sentinel Security Jason Henderson, Orchard Financial Scott Murphy, Silvercrest Homes

Board of Directors Mark Ammon, Darboy Stone & Brick Vern Frederickson, East WI Savings Bank Mark Hartzheim, Hartwood Homes Bob Harrmann, Creative Closets & Storage Tom Heegeman, John Andrew Builders Ernie Lisser, Van Vreede’s Tom Miller, Window & Door Central Dennis O’Brien, O’Brien Builders Tom Rooney, Elements by Mark Winter Homes Jenny Roth, Coonen Land & Homes

Association Staff Executive Vice President Director of Business Development Director of Accounting & Comm. Partnerships Director of Member Services Administrative Assistant

Christine Shaefer, CAE - Heidi Zich - Jane Zimmerman - Megan Lindsey- Jackie Leppla -

Mission Statement We lead, innovate and advocate. We promote professional business and construction practices. We enhance the quality of life in the Fox Valley area.


Recent Events


Member Benefits


Industry & Association News




Housing Advocacy

12-13 Membership Copyright © 2010 Valley Home Builders Association of Wisconsin Inc. Valley Builder printed by Print Source Plus, Appleton Valley Builder is the official publication of Valley Home Builders Association (VHBA) and is published 4 times per year by VHBA, 920 W. Association Dr., Appleton, WI 54914; 920-731-7931; The acceptance of advertising by Valley Builder does not indicate the approval or endorsement of the advertiser or the advertiser’s product by VHBA. VHBA makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. The opinions expressed in articles herein are not necessarily the opinions of VHBA.

Cover Photo Each year VHBA recognizes members who have gone above and beyond in service to the association. The 2010 award winners pose for a photo after receiving their awards at the May General Membership Meeting. Pictured from left: Scott Murphy, Silvercrest Homes; Jason Henderson, Orchard Financial and Aaron Madsen, Martenson & Eisele.

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PRESIDENT’S PAGE Is there going to be a double-dip recession? Will employment numbers improve? How long will it be until we see a measurable increase in housing starts? Questions like these continue to be on our minds, even though we’ve seen some small signs of economic improvement. Questions like these remind me that so much about the short- and long-term health of my business and our industry is still uncertain. Being actively involved in VHBA, though, reminds me that some things are certain – like our association being here in good times and bad. VHBA continues to offer important opportunities for business development, education, advocacy and more. Over the past year, we’ve modified our committee structure to make it easier and more meaningful to be involved. We introduced “Member Mixers” to improve networking opportunities among members. We launched a whole new web site to better organize the numerous resources we have available. We held an informational session about new lead safe renovator requirements – and then offered three sessions to help members achieve the needed certification. I know a lot about these changes, and the many others we’ve implemented, because the board makes the decisions about the association’s direction. Knowing that VHBA is doing so many things to help my business and the housing industry gives me a sense of security that I need these days. But, as I sat down to write this article, I wondered how many of you really know all that we’re doing. Do you know what VHBA has done for you lately? Are we succeeding in our job of helping you know what we’re doing and how to benefit from VHBA’s resources? This is my last newsletter article as VHBA president, but I’ll still be on the board and executive committee through next year. I and the other leaders want you to get the most out of your membership, so please contact any of us with your questions and feedback about the value VHBA does or should bring to your business and the housing industry. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president. It has been a challenging and rewarding year.


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VHBA President

Mike Gibbons GTS Construction 920.378.2412

RECENT EVENTS VHBA has a long history of providing scholarships and tool grants to students pursuing higher education in construction-related fields. Funds are raised through VHBA’s charitable events; for 2010, these events include a Bowling Night, Walleye-Rama, Golf Outing, Motorcycle Ride and Oktoberfest beer tasting. These events, and the awarding of scholarships as well as charitable grants, are coordinated through the VHBA Fund of the WBA Foundation – VHBA’s charitable arm. At the May general membership meeting, VHBA awarded 10 Fox Valley Technical College students with scholarships and tool grants totaling $4,000. VHBA offers special appreciation to Wisconsin Building Supply, which partners with this program in offering contractor pricing to the tool grant recipients. Also, VHBA recognizes FVTC Residential Construction Program Director Bill Tuchscherer and instructor Paul Lewandowski, who are tireless in their support of the students and FVTC’s partnership with VHBA. VHBA members can be proud of their affiliation with these awards, which are made possible solely through member participation in and sponsorship of VHBA’s charitable events.

Co-Chairmen Ernie Lisser, Van Vreede’s (left) and Rick DeMario, M&I Bank (right) award FVTC Residential Construction students with tool grants and scholarships.

Each May VHBA hold its annual election for the board of directors. This year, for the four open associate positions, six members were nominated. The new associate board of directors members are: Mark Ammon, Darboy Stone & Brick; Rick DeMario, M&I Bank; Cindi MacSwain, CAPS, CGP, Vanney-MacSwain Home Planning; Chris Warecki, Sterling Building Systems. Two builder members were nominated for the two open builder positions. The new builder member directors are: Scott Murphy, Silvercrest Homes; Brian Ziegler, Brian Ziegler Builders. At the board of directors meeting in May new officers for the upcoming association year were elected: Mike Gibbons, GTS Construction, Immediate Past-President; JP Jedwabny, J&S Homes, President; Dennis O’Brien, O’Brien Builders; President-Elect; Jason Henderson, Orchard Financial, Treasurer; Chris Warecki, Sterling Building Systems, Secretary. VHBA members enjoy some networking time prior to the start of the May general membership meeting at the Rodeo Bar & Grill in Neenah.

June’s Member Mixer was hosted by Oberstadt Landscapes & Nursery, Freemont. Attendees were surrounded by beautiful scenery and perfect weather while enjoying a delicious cook-out menu and refreshing drinks. Our hosts arranged a fun and informative scavenger hunt, in which guests identified select plants, flowers and shrubs for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Oberstadt Landscapes & Nursery. The great networking was concluded and each attendee was welcomed to take a perennial of their choice home with them to remember the Mixer. Thanks to Oberstadt for a great time! Is your business interested in hosting a Member Mixer? Location applications for the upcoming association year are being accepted now. Get details on page 8 of this newsletter.

The June Member Mixer was hosted by Oberstadt Landscapes & Nursery.

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MEMBER BENEFITS Do Business with a Member available through membership and to strengthen the credibility of the association in the eyes of consumers.

Have you seen this logo? No its not missing. We’re just hoping you’ve seen this on some of the communications sent recently by VHBA. This logo represents a philosophy that we’re working to rekindle to remind members to work with the companies that are committed to keeping the housing industry strong. Why is it important? When members work together, you’re supporting not only your businesses but also your association and industry. Choosing to work with a fellow member says that you appreciate that member’s decisions to stand up with you to advocate for sound regulations and legislation, to take advantage of the informational and educational resources

Do Business with a Member extends beyond member-to-member business to encouraging the public to hire VHBA members, too. In a public survey conducted a few years ago, more than 85% of respondents indicated that membership in VHBA is important or very important to them when selecting a contractor to help then with their housing needs. We need to continue to encourage everyone to do business with VHBA members. VHBA screens members before acceptance, and those who work with a VHBA members have the security of a dispute resolution process to utilize in the unlikely and unfortunate situation of something going wrong. What can I do? Most likely, you’re already doing it – using VHBA members on your jobs and for your personal projects. We know that it’s not always possible to use all VHBA members on your jobs, so when you need to hire a non-

member company, use that as a recruitment opportunity. Let that contractor, supplier, etc. know that you benefit from VHBA membership, and you want him/her to benefit, too. Then, you’ll be doing business with a member and earning yourself SPIKE points and gaining recognition at VHBA events and on Plus, a part of the Do Business with a Member philosophy is helping the general public recognize VHBA members as the first people to call to help them with their housing needs. That public includes your friends and family, so if you know someone with a housing-related project that isn’t your area of expertise, be sure to encourage the person to select a VHBA member. How do I know who’s a member? VHBA’s 2010 printed membership directory is available free of charge at the Member Center – stop by any time to pick one up. Or, VHBA’s online membership directory allows you to search by company name or category of expertise – simply go to and choose “Find a Member”.

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HOST A VHBA MEMBER MIXER AT YOUR BUSINESS! Highlight your business to fellow members by hosting a VHBA Member Mixer! Host a mixer to bring customers and future business contacts through your doors to see your products and services. Please complete the following form and initial that you will provide the required necessities of hosting. All applications for hosting will be reviewed by the Membership Services Committee. Business Name: Phone:



Location for Mixer : Attendance capacity of location: Preferred hosting month (please circle): October ‘10

January ‘11

March ‘11

June ‘11

August ‘11

Please tell the Membership Services Committee what sets your business apart from others and why it would be a good location for a Member Mixer:

Please initial that your business will provide the required hosting necessities: My business will provide appetizers and refreshments (beer, wine, soda, water) for 120-150 people My business has a the capacity and parking for 120-150 people My business will provide VHBA with a proof of liability and property insurance

My business agrees to complete and adhere to t he indemnification statement on the reverse side of this form My business agrees to pay VHBA a fee of $250 for marketing costs (Your business will be recognized in Valley View and Valley Builder. E-vites will also feature your business name and logo. VHBA’s web site and any printed calendars of events will feature you business throughout the year until your mixer date.)


Member of record signature: On behalf of:

Name: (please print)

(Business Name)

Return completed form to VHBA by faxing to 731-7968, email to or send to 920 W. Association Dr., Appleton 54914 Form will be reviewed by the Membership Services committee. Dates will be granted on a first come, first fit basis.


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INDUSTRY & ASSOCIATION NEWS For your information Template language for remodelers working on pre-1978 homes NAHB’s legal experts developed language for remodelers and other contractors to use when working in homes affected by the EPA’s new Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. Target homes for the rule are defined as pre-1978 homes where renovation activities will disturb lead paint. A variety of sample documents, notices and contract language are available for members only. NAHB cautions that the documents it offers are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a legal opinion. NAHB recommends members consult their local legal counsel to appropriately add the offered language into each firm’s communications. VHBA members can access all seven NAHB documents directly from the Members Only section of After logging in, simply go to the Industry Forms page. Appraisals remain a concern nationwide The real estate appraisal system is complex. The general standards for appraisals and the qualification requirements for appraisers are generated by boards overseen by the Appraisal Foundation. This Foundation promotes the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. However, according to NAHB, inaccurate appraisals are still a major concern across the country. Foreclosed and distressed home sales continue to devalue new home values and slow sales in many markets. Comparing new homes to distressed properties has resulted in appraisal values that are less than the cost of construction. This issue has been paralyzing for some builders, and the process toward correction is slow. NAHB continues to work with all stakeholders involved in this issue to enact concrete reforms to ensure that appraisals accurately reflect true market values. NAHB help for builders and developers during the credit crunch NAHB has created members only resources to provide information and ideas to help navigate the challenging waters of securing credit for development and construction projects. For VHBA members, these titles are just a few clicks away – log in to the members only section of and go to What’s New. There you’ll find: • Residential AD&C Financing: The Basics • Getting Financing for Your Project • Negotiating the Best Financing Package • Other Types of Construction Financing

VHBA on WHBY Valley Home Builders Association was recently invited by WHBY radio to present periodic Fox Cities Viewpoints. The first spot, relating housing’s decline to the struggles of the overall economy, aired in May. In June, VHBA’s spot highlighted the importance of housing to society while pointing out the current challenges the industry is facing. On July 28, VHBA’s Viewpoint will focus on the growing interest in and impact of green building. Tune in…as WHBY issues future schedules, VHBA will list air dates on New study demonstrates benefits of housing tax incentives A sophisticated new study from NAHB’s Economics & Housing Policy Group explores the problems with government methods of measuring the size of housing tax expenditures and re-examines the income distribution of the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions. Conveniently download the complete study without needing to log in – it’s found in the Resource Center section of, on the Housing Statistics page. DOE rule change could ban multiple outlet shower systems A newly issued draft interpretive rule from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that changes the definition of “shower heads” to “shower valves” has sparked significant concern among NAHB members, members of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute and other groups. The problem is that this change in definition, which was published in the Federal Register on May 19, may conflict with the applicability of current water conservation standards for showerheads, and could therefore effectively lead to a ban on multiple outlet shower systems such as hand showers, body sprays, gang showers and others that have become very popular in some market segments. Although DOE has labeled its showerhead rule as an “interpretive” rule (which could be implemented without public comment), NAHB believes that the proposed definition rule is substantive in nature and should therefore be subject to the traditional notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures set forth in the U.S. Administrative Procedures Act. Therefore, NAHB’s legal affairs, regulatory policy and codes and standards experts submitted comments to the DOE by its June 18 deadline. Look for future updates and potential calls to action on this issue from NAHB and VHBA.

Find more industry news and association updates at: Mandatory 10-digit dialing starts July 17 VHBA’s preferred wireless partner, Cellcom, reminds members that beginning July 17, people within the 715 area code will be required to dial 10 digits (area code + seven-digit number) when making a call from any phone. This is being done to prepare for the addition of the 534 area code to the 715 region. The increasing demand for phone numbers prompted the need for new area codes and the use of 10-digit calling nationwide. Valley Builder ; J Summer 2010


WBA & NAHB NEWS As a VHBA member, you are also a member of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA). A portion of your dues supports WBA, and here’s an update on some of WBA’s activities: The next WBA Board Day, consisting of committee meetings in the morning and the Board of Directors meeting in the afternoon, is July 22 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Committee meetings, as well as the Board meeting, are open to all WBA members. If you’re interested in attending or have any issues you’d like raised to WBA, please contact any of the VHBA members serving on WBA’s Board of Directors – listed at right. WBA’s lobbying team wrapped up the current legislative session with a number of important outcomes, including the passage of a process to streamline the platting process, changes to comprehensive planning laws and a balanced approach to worker classification. WBA played an important role in getting onerous legislation defeated, including changes to the uniformity of the energy provisions in the Uniform Dwelling Code, increased regulation of groundwater, changing who can appoint the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and the global warming initiative. And working closely with the governor, WBA succeeded in having a 1% withholding requirement for payments to independent contractors in the construction industry vetoed from the budget bill.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) - NAHB Directors Representing VHBA

Dave Coonen, Coonen Development Corp. John Mau, Mau Builders Bob Romenesko, Bob Romenesko Construction Ed Schmidt, Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes

Alternate Directors

Ken Joosten, Kenmark Construction Mary Anne Moore-Church, The Cottages at Woodside Green Scott Murphy, Silvercrest Homes

Life Directors

Ralph O. Kennedy II, Appleton Eye Clinic Tracy Royer, Progressive Homes

Senior Life Director

Leon Church, Sweetwood Builders


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Development of the WBA government affairs agenda for the upcoming legislative session is already underway. If there are statewide issues that you would like WBA to consider taking up, please contact a member of VHBA’s Housing Advocacy Committee or EVP Shaefer ( Through the WBA Foundation, WBA offers lead safe renovator training across the state. Three sessions have already been held in the Valley area – if you are still in need of this training, please contact VHBA’s Megan Lindsey at 920-731-7931 or Once there is at least sixteen members indicating interest, VHBA will work with the WBA Foundation to bring another class here. WBA offers many benefits exclusively to members such as a Legal & Building Code Hotline and discounts on insurance products. Learn more on the Membership Information – Membership Benefits page of or at WBA Area Vice-Presidents Ed Schmidt, Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes Stan Martenson, Martenson & Eisele

Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) - WBA Directors Representing VHBA Mark Ammon, Darboy Stone & Brick John Anderson, Associated Bank Dave Coonen, Coonen Development Corp. Mike Gibbons, GTS Construction Randy Jack, Sentinel Security Terry Kuehl, TECC Security Systems Tom Miller, Window & Door Central Scott Murphy, Silvercrest Homes Bob Romenesko, Bob Romenesko Construction Ed Schmidt, Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes Chris Warecki, Sterling Building Systems Alternate Directors JP Jedwabny, J&S Homes Kris Oates, RiverHeath Teri Stecker, CPCU, Diversified Insurance Services WBA Life Directors Leon Church, Sweetwood Builders Ken Joosten, Kenmark Construction Ralph O. Kennedy II, Appleton Eye Clinic Stan Martenson, Martenson & Eisele John Mau, Mau Builders Mary Anne Moore-Church, The Cottages at Woodside Green Tracy Royer, Progressive Homes

As a VHBA member, you are also a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). A portion of your dues supports NAHB, and here’s an update on some of NAHB’s activities: NAHB continues to work to improve the conditions members across the country are facing regarding the critical lack of financing for new and existing projects and related concerns. Among the actions NAHB has and is taking: • Providing information and assistance to members • Urging federal bank regulators to reduce regulatory restrictions on acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) credit and rein-in overzealous bank examiners • Taking concerns directly to Capitol Hill to generate congressional pressure for regulatory change as well as direct legislative remedies • Working with banking groups such as the Independent Community Bankers of America, American Bankers Association and Financial Services Roundtable on regulatory and legislative solutions • Searching for alternative financing sources and programs • Undertaking a range of activities to address appraisal problems • Reaching out to the media to shed greater light on the effects that AD&C lending problems area having on the fragile housing and economic recovery

NAHB is at the forefront of these and other industry-critical issues on behalf of members across the country. Keep up-to-date on NAHB activities and find valuable information at And, each month, a new summary of NAHB’s “Top Ten” recent actions to benefit members can be found on the Membership Information – Membership Benefits page of Mark your calendars for the International Builders Show – January 12-15, 2011 in Orlando. Registration opens August 2, and during the month of August only, NAHB members receive FREE exhibit registration and spouse registration. The official hotel assigned to Wisconsin is Embassy Suites—International Drive/Convention Center; the room rate is $189/night. There is no requirement to stay at the WI hotel; you’re encouraged to stay at the facility that best suits your interests and budget. Learn more and register at

HOUSING ADVOCACY Political campaign season is upon us While a monetary contribution of any kind may seem too costly at this time, none is as costly as unfavorable changes to laws or regulations that could affect your business. There is no level of support that is too small or too large.

Chances are, you’ve been receiving requests like this one from many candidates in recent weeks. As the September primary and November election draw closer, you’ll receive even more. Chances are also pretty good that there are candidates who you would like to support. You know that offices such as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state legislators and others need to be held by individuals who understand the important roles small business and housing play in the state’s economy. You may already know some candidates you want to support, and hopefully, with information from VHBA’s Housing Advocacy Committee and others, you’ll find additional candidates with whom you align in the coming months. When it comes time to write a check to a candidate of your choosing, please write that check to Builders Direct Fund (BDF) instead. BDF is the Wisconsin Builders Association’s political action conduit account that allows you to determine which candidates receive your contributions while demonstrating to the candidates that the housing industry in Wisconsin is a strong political force.

Whether or not you like politics or the costly campaigns that accompany today’s elections, you’re affected by them. Think of political fundraising as a means to establish workable partnerships with candidates and office holders. Collectively, the dollars raised help protect you and your business against costly and damaging laws and regulations. Without participation from you, decisions affecting your company’s future will be influenced by other industries and activist groups, many of whom represent interests directly opposed to your own. While VHBA’s housing advocacy efforts (and those of the Wisconsin Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders) speak to law makers about issues directly affecting you and your business, those words fall on deaf ears if the wrong people are in office. Through your contributions, WBA and VHBA can forge new friendships and strengthen existing relationships in upcoming elections. Not sure which candidates are most deserving of your contributions? Let Building a Better Wisconsin (BBW) help. BBW is your statewide political action committee (PAC). The committee raises money across Wisconsin, and candidates who receive funds are selected by representatives from the local builders associations throughout the state, including VHBA. Contributions of any amount to BBW are appreciated and recognized by both WBA and VHBA. A great way to make an important contribution and show VHBA pride is to purchase a VHBA lapel pin:

Write your check to Builders Direct Fund, complete the fundraising request form from the candidate and send the materials to Christine at VHBA. Your payment and contribution request will be recorded and forwarded to WBA for processing. WBA, in turn, will add your contribution to VHBA’s annual political fundraising goal, and send the contribution to the candidate, recognizing you as the contributor. Each contribution a campaign receives from Builders Direct Fund reinforces the strength of the housing industry and underscores the need for the candidate, once elected, to work with WBA and the local associations across the state to create a positive economic and regulatory climate for housing. Contributions through Builders Direct Fund can be made to candidates for any state, county or local office. For more information, visit the Housing Advocacy – Political Fundraising page of or contact Christine Shaefer at or 920-731-7931.

Each pin costs just $20, and all proceeds go to Building a Better Wisconsin. VHBA does stand united for housing – through advocacy efforts, business development opportunities and more. Let people know you’re a part of this important association by purchasing and wearing your VHBA lapel pin. Contact the VHBA Member Center to secure your pin today! * Contributions to any of the political action funds are completely voluntary. Contributions must come from individuals, not corporations, and are not tax deductible. Valley Builder ; J Summer 2010


MEMBERSHIP Thanks for renewing!

Between Mar. 6, 2010 and June 4, 2010, the following companies renewed their memberships with VHBA. Jim’s Plumbing, 1991 CED/Lappin Electric, 2005 35+ years John R. Anderson, Builder, 1991 Conco Paints, 2009 Ron Viaene Realty & Construction, 1973 Les Stumpf Ford, 1995 Creative Openings, 2006 Macco’s Floor Covering Center, 1996 Custom Family Homes, 2006 31-35 years Michael Peterson Poured Walls, 1993 Dale Van Groll Concrete Creations, 2008 Builders Supply of NE WI, 1975 Precision Construction of Appleton WI, 1999 Dan Romenesko Builders, 2006 Griffin Builders, 1979 R.J.M. Construction, 1996 Dayton Home Designs, 2005 PRO-Build, 1979 Ruppel Building & Remodeling, 1996 Dennis Jeske Builders, 2008 Schmidt Fence & Deck, 1992 Dennis Marks Builders, 2008 26-30 years Sherwin Williams Paint, 1993 Domask Construction, 2009 Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, 1983 Sierra Construction, 1999 Door County Custom Stone, 2009 Evans Title Companies, 1983 Sure-Dry Basement Systems, 1995 Glen Allen Realty, 2009 Evers Construction & Realty, 1983 Truss Systems, 1998 Good Housekeeping Shop, 2008 Freimuth Masonry, 1982 Twins Electric, 1991 Homes by Design of the Fox Valley, 2009 Haak Heating, 1984 Valley Insurance Associates, 1993 Ideal Cabinetry, 2008 Romenesko Developments, 1983 Window and Door Central, 1991 Infinity Technology, 2007 Valley Cabinet, 1983 ZigBuilders, 1999 J.R. Construction, 2005 We Energies, 1984 Jim Theobald Roofing, 2005 K.S. Schmidt Home Improvement, 2005 6-10 years 20-25 years Karl Vandenberg Financial Services, 2008 BerHoff Homes, 2003 Arn’s Cabinets, 1988 Kitchens II/Design Center, 2009 Blount Heating & Air Conditioning, 2001 Bastian Construction, 1988 Laird Co., 2007 Buyers’ Guide Group, 2002 Bob’s Quality Heating & A/C, 1987 Lake Shore Cleaners, 2009 CSM Development, 2003 Brown County Cabinets, 1987 D&D Excavating & Landscape Service, 2004 Lecker Septic Systems, 2007 Canopy Water Works, 1990 Maritime Insurance, 2006 Dream Builders & Developers, 2002 Classic Homes of Appleton, 1987 McClintock Cabinets, 2007 FastSigns, 2003 Creative Designs, 1987 Mike Fritsch Construction, 2009 Fox Cities Magazine, 2002 East Wisconsin Savings Bank, 1989 Milbach Construction Services, 2006 Gries Architectural Group, 2003 Fritsch Realty & Construction, 1988 Milwaukee Insulation, 2005 Groeschel Company, 2002 Gerritts Plumbing, 1988 Molding & Millwork Specialties, 2009 The Gutter Guys, 2001 Ground Source, 1988 NJ Schmidt Construction, 2006 Home Interiors Flooring & Design Center, 1988 Harwell Homes, 2003 Precision Cut Stone, 2009 John Andrew Builders, 2004 J & S Homes, 1985 Protective Coating Specialists, 2007 JVL, 2004 Ken Mader Construction, 1986 Quality Windows and Siding, 2008 Kramer Peterson Heating & Cooling, 2001 Krueger Electric, 1987 Quantum Electrical Solutions, 2009 Lindenwood Development, 2003 Maes Builders, 1987 R&R Concrete Construction, 2008 Norandex Building Materials Distribution, 1989 Midwest Design Homes, 2003 Randerson Heating & Cooling, 2005 Schmalz Custom Landscaping, 2002 Pete Noffke Construction, 1985 Red Ox Supper Club, 2005 Silvercrest Homes, 2004 Schommer Electrical Contracting, 1988 REN Development, 2007 Time Warner Cable, 2002 Service Glass, 1985 RG Hendricks & Sons Construction., 2006 Skotzke (John) Concrete Construction, 1988 Valley Lighting & Design-Appleton, 2004 Leo Van De Yacht Well Drilling, 2001 Shade Today Nursery, 2006 Sweetwood Builders, 1986 Yourr Electric, 2003 Showcase Kitchens, 2008 Valentine’s Plumbing, Heating, Septic, 1988 State Farm Insurance, 2007 Verizon Wireless, 1990 1-5 years Stone Creek Home Builders LLC, 2006 Watters Plumbing, 1988 A Accurate Home Inspector, 2008 Studio Kitchens of Appleton, 2008 A-1 Elevator Sales & Service, 2005 Total Roofing LLC, 2009 11-19 years ABC Supply Co., 2006 Uitenbroek Plastering Inc., 2007 Aberdeen Homes, 1994 Abel Insurance & Associates, 2005 Vosters-Beyer Concrete LLC, 2005 Brennan-Fraser Roofing & Siding, 1995 ABT Foundation Solutions, 2007 WBAY-TV, 2007 Cellcom, 1999 Ademino & Associates, 2008 CGI Glass Centre, 1995 Christensen & Wisnet Heating & Cooling, 1998 American Metal Roofs of Northern WI, 2008 Affiliates American Overhead Door, 2008 Associated Bank, Brian Dovi, 2006 Closet 1 Interiors, 1994 Amplitel Technologies, 2009 East WI Savings Bank, Nikos Efthimiou 2005 Coldwell Banker/TREG, 1992 Andersen Windows, 2009 First National Bank-FV, Chad Miller, 2008 Dale Romenesko Builder, 1995 Griffin Builders, Amy Griffin, 2008 Four Seasons Htg. & Cooling Specialists, 1998 Appleton Supply, 2008 Balt Masonry, 2009 Hoheisel Painting & Decor., Bob Van Sciver, 2001 Fox Valley Insulation, 1991 Baumann Accounting Services, 2006 Martenson & Eisele, Aaron Madsen, 2008 Gordon H. Lenz & Associates, 1996 Bell Electric, 2005 Martenson & Eisele, Mike Kaczmarzyk, 2008 Hartwood Homes, 1997 Bertram & Holtz Construction, 2008 TECC Security Systems, David Fontecchio, 2003 Hoffmann Homes, 1993 BLC Community Bank, 2009 HOMEfree USA, 1998 Born Heating & Cooling, 2008 Jeff Hibbard Design Services, 1993 12

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MEMBERSHIP Welcome New Members

The following companies have been approved for membership in VHBA. Prior to approval by the Membership Services Committee and Board of Directors, applicants are listed in VHBA’s e-newsletter, Valley View View,, and on Prospective Builders---------Brad Arndt Construction Brad Arndt, (920) 841-0295 8094 Coleman Ridge Rd., Neenah 54956

Associates---------Guske Electric Inc. Mike Wiltzius, (920) 458-4286 2004 Waverly Ct., Sheboygan 53083

Clover Homes LLC Eivind Sagstad, (920) 757-5829 PO Box 4, Greenville 54942

Ridgeway Country Club Bill Verbrick, (920) 722-2979 2913 County Road II, Neenah 54956

Pinnacle Properties of Wisconsin LLC Adam DeBruin, (920) 205-6284 315 E. Hancock St., Appleton 54911

Salm Plumbing Leonard Salm, (920) 734-8471 208 E. North St., Appleton 54911

Sunroom Design Group LeeAnn LeDuc, (920) 734-4786 2100 American Dr., Neenah 54956

Strategic Wealth Management Group LLC John Evans, (920) 720-2963 1977 American Dr., Ste. 201, Neenah 54956

Virtue Homes LLC Gerald Helf, (920) 740-0154 5077 W. Anita St., Appleton 54913

Wolfrath’s Nursery & Landscaping LLC Chad Wolfrath, (920) 779-6493 N2998 State Road 15, Hortonville 54944

SPIKE Club Update 2010 SPIKE leaders (highest total 2010 credits) 1. Ed Schmidt, Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes 2. Ken Joosten, Kenmark Construction 3. Ralph O. Kennedy II, Appleton Eye Clinic 4. Leon Church, Sweetwood Builders 5. Mike Gibbons, GTS Construction

SPIKE Leaders (highest overall SPIKE points) 1. Ralph O. Kennedy II, Appleton Eye Clinic, 682.5 pts 2. Leon Church, Sweetwood Builders, 550 pts 3. Ken Joosten, Kenmark Construction, 432 pts 4. Tracy Royer, Progrssive Homes, 248.5 pts 5. Jack Griffin, Griffin Builders, 238 pts

SPIKE Club members recruit and retain VHBA members. Are you interested in joining the SPIKE club? Start by recruiting a new member - applications can be found online at or call the VHBA Member Center and we’ll fax you a copy. SPIKE Club members recieve additional recognition throught out the year and great gifts for every level of the Club achieved. To learn more about the SPIKE Club and how to get involved visit, membershipinformation/spike-club.

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Between Mar. 6, 2010 and Jun. 4, 2010 the following companies did not renew memberships with VHBA. If you work with any of the below-noted companies, please encourage them to re-join. Pat Gambsky Builders Hillcrest Homes A-A Exteriors Peterson Landscaping Invisible Fence by Golrusk Advanced Audio Video Premier Landscape Services Ken Frederickson & Son Masonry American Security & Communications RE/MAX 24/7 Real Estate Kenton Designs Burg Homes & Design Tom Beck Builders Last Design Services Citizens Bank Urban Evolutions Master Electrical Services City Disposal Services Van Handel Masonry Modern Painting Concepts Custom Stoneworks What a Relief NBS Services Dream Homes by David Downs Oak Front Custom Cabinetry GJT Construction Reminder: All members who officially drop their membership must re-submit a membership application, dues and a $30 processing fee, as well as attend orientation, before being forwarded to the board of directors for re-instatement. Valley Builder ; J Summer 2010


COMMITTEE REPORTS Charitable Events Committee

Meets: Third Tuesday of every month at 11:15 a.m.

Purpose: Determine, plan & execute activities that promote VHBA’s community partnership role and plan & execute charitable fundraising events; specific events & activities are determined by the committee to meet annual fundraising goal.

Current Activities: Are you interested in networking, fundraising, or just plain fun? Don’t miss two summer events offered by the Charitable Events Committee, both supporting VHBA’s charity and scholarship fund. More than 50 member companies have already taken advantage of these unique opportunities to network with VHBA members, while supporting local housing-related charities. The committee is also planning an Oktoberfest-style beer-tasting fundraiser in conjunction with the October General Membership Meeting – sponsorships are still available! If you would like to be involved in planning, sponsoring or participating in these events, please contact the VHBA office.

Education Committee

Chair: Ernie Lisser, Van Vreedes Vice-Chair: Rick DeMario, M&I Bank Staff Liaison: Jane Zimmerman

Meets: Quarterly

Purpose: Assess member educational needs; schedule & coordinate educational sessions; promote continuing education offerings and recognize members’ educational achievements.

Current Activities: The committee continues to brainstorm ways to attract more attendees to the educational offerings of VHBA. Since the recent change in focus to builder required courses such as lead safe training and Uniform Dwelling Code updates, attendance has risen marginally. Re-introducing more general courses, helpful for both builders and associates is gaining interest. The committee seeks members who have courses/topics they could present to submit them for consideration. This is a great way to share your expertise, network with fellow members and market your company. Contact Megan for details.

Green Building Committee

Chair: Ann Spencer, Associated Bank

Staff Liaison: Megan Lindsey

Meets: Third Tues. of every month at 9 a.m.

Purpose: Educate VHBA members, the public and local officials about attainable environmentally-sustainable and resource-conservative residential development, construction and remodeling; promote standards for green building.

Current Activities: The committee seeks submissions of green projects VHBA members have completed or are currently in progress. A new section of will showcase the green products and services members in the Fox Valley area can provide to the public. Submissions are being accepted right now, and all applications will be reviewed by the committee and the board of directors. If you have a project you would like to submit visit to download a submission form.

Chair: Cindi MacSwain, Vanney MacSwain Home Planning, Vice-Chair: Christine Ulness, iDesign Architectural Design, Staff Liaison: Megan Lindsey

Housing Advocacy Committee

Meets: First Thurs. of every month at 10:30 a.m.

Purpose: Engage in issues affecting home building & remodeling, land development and small business on the local level & coordinate local action on such issues on the state and national levels. Educate officials, the public and VHBA members about such issues; encourage member participation in the political process, and raise funds for political action.

Current Activities: The committee continues to work to provide members with information about candidates in the important 2010 election. Selected candidates will be interviewed soon – if you’re interested in participating in this process, please contact Christine Shaefer. Access information about candidates from VHBA’s web site: Housing Advocacy/Election News. Also in the Housing Advocacy section of are calls to action, contact information for government officials and more. Additionally, the committee invites all members to subscribe to the bi-weekly Housing Advocacy e-newsletter, Grassroots Gazette, to stay up-to-date on legislative and regulatory issues affecting small business and the housing industry.


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Co-Chair: Aaron Madsen, Martenson & Eisele Co-Chair: J.P. Jedwabny, J&S Homes Vice-Chair: Tom Rooney, Elements by Mark Winter Homes Staff Liaison: Christine Shaefer

COMMITTEE REPORTS Membership Services Committee

Meets: Third Tues. of the month at noon

Purpose: Review membership applications & make recommendations for Board approval; develop and implement programs to recruit and retain members; plan and conduct member orientations and meetings of the general membership; coordinate SPIKE Club recognition.

Current Activities: Progress is being made on promoting “Do Business with a Member”. The committee continues to be committed to VHBA members working one another to support our industry. Want to know more about this new initiatives? See page 7. The committee is also preparing to set the upcoming schedule of General Membership Meetings and Member Mixer locations. See page 8 to submit your company as a potential Member Mixer host, and look for a schedule of upcoming event locations soon.

Co-Chair: Scott Murphy, Silvercrest Homes Co-Chair: Chris Warecki, Sterling Building Systems Vice-Chair: Patrick Teske, Ademino & Associates Staff Liaison: Megan Lindsey

Parades Committee

Meets: As needed

Purpose: Create business development opportunities in Parade format for members; set and uphold event rules/policies; review participant contract as needed and consider advance requests for deviation from event rules; adjudicate appeals of enforced rules as requested; inspect entries; assemble signs; promote participation and ad sales.

Current Activities: VHBA’s 2010 Parade of Homes & Condos, Aug. 14-15 & 18-22, features fortyeight homes and condominiums built by VHBA members. Seven Builder member companies took advantage of the new allowance of two homes per company. Purchase your tickets in-advance and save $2/ticket! Discounted tickets will be available Aug. 9-13 at the VHBA Member Center for $8/adult. Non-discounted tickets ($10/adult) and child tickets ($5/child; ages 5-17) are available at all participating homes during event hours. At its next meeting, the committee will recap this event and begin planning for the 2011 parade events.

Home Expo Committee

Chair: Amy Griffin, Griffin Builders

Staff Liaison: Heidi Zich

Meets: As needed

Purpose: Create business development opportunities for members in an exposition format; set and uphold show policies; review participant contract as needed; select special attractions to draw attendees; secure sponsors to support the event; determine consumer education topics & select presenters; sell tickets and perform other on-site duties.

Current Activities: Results of a Home Expo exhibitor survey indicated the most preferred month to schedule VHBA’s Home Expo is March. With that in mind, the Home Expo Committee is reviewing date options in hopes of finding an open weekend that does not conflict with other local home show-style events. In the upcoming months, the Committee will begin search for a vacant commercial building that has, at minimum, 26,000 sq. ft. of useable show space, ample parking and be located in a high-traffic area in or around Appleton. Exhibitors were very pleased with the location of this year’s event, as well as with the quality of the nearly 1,600 attendees.

Chair: Mike Gibbons, GTS Construction

Staff Liaison: Heidi Zich

Members of these committees, task forces and board of directors make the decisions that set the associations activities, positions, policies and finances. You can play an active role in determining VHBA’s direction by participating on a committee or by bringing concerns/suggestions to any volunteer leaders so your voice can be heard. The minutes of meetings, budget announcements and financial statements are open to review by all members. If you have any questions about VHBA actions or programs, please ask a volunteer leader or staff member.

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2010 Motorcycle Ride for Charity

‹Date: Thursday, July 29 (rain date: Thursday, Aug. 5) ‹Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. ‹Departure Location: Cellcom (1580 Mid Valley Dr., De Pere 54115)

‹ Expected Return By: 5:30 p.m. ‹Destination/Lunch: Laona (T-Bob’s Sports & Grill Bar) Please check all that apply: Sponsor* ($100) Driver Only ($50)

Driver & Passenger ($100)

Company: ______________________________________________________ Local Association: ________________________________________________ Driver Name: _____________________________ (Motorcycle endorsement and insurance must be current)

Sponsor Contact (if different than driver): _____________________________ Phone: ____________ Fax: ____________ Email: _________________________ Passenger Name: _________________________ Cell phone(s) to reach driver/passenger during ride: _________________________ Emergency contact name/phone: ________________________________________ appropriate size: Driver S M L XL XXL Passenger S M L XL XXL Sponsor S M L XL XXL

Registrations must be received by July 16 to ensure shirt size availability. Sponsors will be recognized upon receipt of payment in full; please list name on this form as sponsor company should be recognized.

Payment Total: $_______ (made payable to WBA Foundation-

Check enclosed VHBA Fund or BCHBA Fund, as applicable) PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol may be consumed by drivers before or during the ride or at lunch.

*Sponsor Recognition Listing on official ride shirt One official ride shirt Listing in local newsletter Listing on local web site

MasterCard VISA Card # ___________________________ Exp. Date: ______ Cardholder address: _________________________________ C/S/Z: _______________________________ V-Code: _____

Drivers & Passengers MUST sign release waiver before the ride (this can be found on or by calling VHBA at 920-731-7931)

(3-digit code on back of card)

Please return completed forms to: Valley Home Builders Association, 920 W. Association Dr., Appleton, WI 54914 Or, credit card registrations can be faxed to: 920-731-7968 Questions? Please call 920-731-7931 Valley Builder ; J Summer 2010


mbe be ship As a 20 year ea e I would like to introduce myself and company to the VHBA membership. WBA member at our local Sheboygan chapter, I am expanding operations into the Fox Valley. I have been a state board director for nine years and I am looking forward to being an active member of the VHBA. To kick things off, Guske Electric is currently working as the electrical contractor on the WBA Trend Home. We have a very high level of quality and service along with unparalleled incentives and discounts for contractors who use our services. In the coming weeks I will be sending an informational package to all members and would welcome a one-on-one meeting to further detail our available services. Please visit our website at to see all we have to offer. Mike Wiltzius President Guske Electric, Inc.

GUSKE ELECTRIC. ONE COMPANY. TWO DIVISIONS. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING . New Home Wiring . Existing Home Upgrades . Central Vacuum Systems . Lighting Consultation & Design . Residential and Commercial

SECURITY, SOUND & DATA . Home Theatre . Computer Network & Fiber Optics . Security . Whole-House Audio & Video . Home Automation Systems

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WISCONSIN TREND HOME Education & research tool for professionals and public The Wisconsin Builders Foundation (WBA Foundation) serves as the charitable arm of the Wisconsin Builders Association. Earlier this year, the WBA Foundation put out a request for proposal to the local builders associations across the state, looking for a general contractor for the Wisconsin Trend Home™ 2010. Two VHBA builders answered the call, and one was selected by VHBA to present a proposal to the WBA Foundation. VHBA member Ed Schmidt, CGB, CAPS, CGP, Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes, Inc., was selected by the WBA Foundation to enter into

Building Standard nationwide. In the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin, only one home has achieved this certification, also built by Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes. The NAHB Research Center’s Green Building Certification Program is the result of a consensus committee formed in 2007 to develop a national green building standard in compliance with the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The resulting ANSI approved ICC-700-2008 National Green Building Standard, the basis for the NAHB Research Center’s Certification Program,

THANK YOU PARTNERS (partners to date)

Premier Partners Accelerated Automation Guske Electric ProBuild Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes Vosters Beyer Concrete Watters Plumbing Star Partners American TV/KennedyHahn Vision Realty & Development/Liberty Heights Subdivision

The Apr. 15 ground-breaking ceremony included (left to right): VHBA President Mike Gibbons, GTS Construction; Trend Home Partner Jill Hendricks, Vision Realty & Development; WBA President Jim Kubasta, Classic Homes by Kuba; WBA Foundation President Leon Church, Sweetwood Builders; prospective home owner Erin Deschane; General Contractor Ed Schmidt, Schmidt Bros. Custom Homes

a partnership that results in the construction of a new home that serves as an educational and research tool for housing professionals and as a promotional tool to the general public regarding green building techniques.

defines green building for single and multifamily homes, residential remodeling projects and site development projects while still allowing for the flexibility required for regionally-appropriate best green practices.

The home will be sold at fair market value and the proceeds donated to the 501(c)(3) notfor-profit WBA Foundation to fund future education and research projects for the benefit of the housing industry in Wisconsin. Because the home is located within VHBA’s jurisdiction, and whenever possible, all subcontractors and suppliers working on the home are VHBA members, a small percentage of the proceeds will benefit the VHBA Fund of the WBA Foundation to support education, research and charitable aid efforts in the Fox Valley area.

In 2009, VHBA formally endorsed the National Green Building Standard. Homes built to this standard for certification by the NAHB Research Center are rated in six categories:

The Trend Home is being constructed to the NAHB Research Center’s National Green Building Certification Program, and will be certified by a third-party verifier, rating the home’s exceptional energy performance and utilization of sustainable materials. As of April 2010, there are a total of 1,000 certifications to the National Green

To learn more about what elements of the WI Trend Home fall into each of these categories, visit (or the Green Building page of the Resource Center on

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Lot design, preparation and development Resource-efficient features Water-efficient features Energy-efficient features Indoor air quality features Operation, maintenance and homeowner education

Marquee Partners Heritage Heating/Lennox Hearth Products Spotlight Partners CGI Glass Center McMahon Prestige Custom Cabinetry Total Roofing Thanks also go to the following VHBA members who’ve provided valuable services to the WI Trend Home: Appleton Solar B&W Plastering Energize Edward Sales/DOW Freedom Overhead Doors Home Building Technology Services Romenesko Crane Service The House Inspector Vanney-MacSwain Home Planning

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2010 VHBA Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities Thursday, July 15; Ridgeway Country Club 18-Hole Event Registration, putting & driving contests: 11:00 a.m. / Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m. Final putt-off, dinner and awards to follow All sponsorships include listing in Valley Builder,Valley View, & event program, PLUS...

Proceeds of the outing will benefit scholarship and charitable-giving programs within VHBA.

x Scholarship and Tool Grant Programs assist students pursuing higher education in construction-

Tee Sponsor $250/each...18 total available x Signage at tee and dinner x Dinner for one at event

related fields.

x Grants fund local housing-related charities and VHBA community service projects.

Driving Range Sponsor $250 — EXCLUSIVE x Signage at range and dinner x Dinner for one at event Putting Green Sponsor $400 — EXCLUSIVE x Signage at green and dinner x Dinner for one at event Golf Carts Sponsor $600 — EXCLUSIVE x Sign with company name & logo on every cart x Dinner for one at event Beverage Carts Sponsor $600 — EXCLUSIVE x Sign with company name/logo on beverage carts x Dinner for one at event Program Sponsor $600 — EXCLUSIVE x Full page ad on back of event program (placed on every cart) x Dinner for one at event Dinner Sponsor $600 — EXCLUSIVE x Signage at each table x Dinner for two at event Diamond Sponsor $2,000 — EXCLUSIVE x Banner displayed throughout event; added signage at dinner x Promotional item with sponsor logo for all golfers x Company name and logo on the front of event program x Greens fees and dinner for two at the event Dress Code Country club attire, including shirts with collars, is required. Denim, cutoffs and t-shirts are prohibited.


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Tee Sponsor*


$ 250

D SOLDriving

Range Sponsor

$ 250

D SOLPutting

Green Sponsor

$ 400

D SOL Golf

Carts Sponsor

$ 600

Beverage Carts Sponsor

$ 600

Programs Sponsor

$ 600

D SOLDinner


*Tee number preference?


(placement not guaranteed)

$ 600

Diamond Sponsor

2010 Charity Recipients Emergency Shelter of Fox Cities Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity Housing Partnership of the Fox Valley LEAVEN Rebuilding Together

$ 2,000

Take advantage of this targeted marketing opportunity— network with your building industry peers while raising money for local charities!

TOTAL: $ ______________ Check Enclosed (made payable to: WBA Foundation-VHBA Fund) MasterCard Exp. Date: _______


Card Number: ______________________________________

V-Code: _____(3-digit # on back of card)

Full Billing Address: ________________________________________________________________ Name on Card: ___________________________________________________________________ Company: ______________________________________________________________________ (for official listing on event materials)

Contact for Sponsorship: ____________________________________________________________ Contact Phone: ______________ Fax: _____________ Email: ___________________________ Signature of Member of Record: ______________________________________________________ Sponsorships will be assigned when completed form is received with payment: Valley Home Builders Association 920 W. Association Dr., Appleton 54914 920-731-7931 * fax 731-7968 *

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Network with your building industry peers and raise money for your association’s charitable activities!

18-Hole Event Registration, putting & driving contests: 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m. Final putt-off, dinner and awards to follow

Event limited to 144 golfers.


Proceeds of the outing benefit scholarship and charitable giving programs within VHBA. Scholarship and Tool Grant Programs assist students pursuing higher education in construction-related fields. Grants fund local housingrelated charities and VHBA community service projects.

Signature of Member of Record: __________________________________________

2010 Charity Recipients Emergency Shelter Habitat for Humanity Housing Partnership LEAVEN Rebuilding Together Valley Home Builders Association reminds you to drink responsibly and select a designated driver for the outing. Country club attire, including shirts with collars, is required. Denim, cut-offs and t-shirts are prohibited. Carry-in of food or beverage is not allowed.

Contact for Team (please print): _________________________________________ Phone: ______________ Fax: ____________ Email: _______________________ Golfer 1: _________________________ Golfer 2: __________________________ Golfer 3: _________________________ Golfer 4: __________________________ (Includes 18-Holes of golf—Scramble style, cart, dinner and 2 standard drink tickets) # of golfers: __________ x $125/each

= $ __________

Dinner Only Name(s): ____________________________________________________________ # for dinner: __________ x $25/each

= $ __________

Total Due: $ __________ Check Enclosed (made payable to: WBA Foundation-VHBA Fund) Mastercard/VISA Card Number: _______________________________________________ Exp. Date: _______ V-Code: _____(3-digit # on back of card) Name on card: ______________________________________________________________________ Billing address in full: _________________________________________________________________

Participation is confirmed only with receipt of payment in full, submitted with this completed form to: VHBA, 920 W. Association Dr., Appleton, WI 54914; or, credit card payments can be faxed to 920-731-7968.

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VHBA Member Center closed: Independence Day Finance Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m. Golf Outing, Ridgeway Country Club, 11:00 a.m. Green Building Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m. Membership Services Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m. WBA Board Day, Chula Vista, WI Dells Executive Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30 a.m. Motorcycle Ride for Charity, Cellcom, DePere, 9:00 a.m.

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Member Mixer, Van Vreedes, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Housing Advocacy Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m. WI Trend Home Ribbon Cutting, 3:30 p.m., Neenah Parade of Homes & Condos Green Building Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m. Charitable Events Committee Meeting, 11:15 a.m. Membership Services Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m. Parade of Homes & Condos Executive Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30 a.m.

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Housing Advocacy Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m. VHBA Member Center Closed: Labor Day General Membership Meeting, Location TBD, officer installation, 5:30 p.m. Green Building Committee Meeting, 9:00 a.m. Charitable Events Committee Meeting, 11:15 a.m. Membership Services Committee Meeting, 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting, 11:30 a.m.

Check Valley View, VHBA’s e-newsletter, each week for an up-todate calendar, including meetings not yet scheduled at the printing of this newsletter. * All classes and meetings are held at the VHBA Member Center unless otherwise noted.

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