Originally Published: May 22, 2015 6 a.m.
I have said this before, "I wish the calendar would start in May," since there is no more exciting time of the year that has such wonderful beginnings. Winter is gone, leaves are turning green, birds are singing, baby quail are chirping, grass is growing and flowers are thriving, and May is the month for the YCCA Home and Garden Show.
There is something kind of intoxicating about spending 70-plus hours and walking 48 miles over five days, going to extra effort with a totally wonderful team of individuals to create a resource such as our home show to share with the community we all love. Kudos to the Prescott Valley Event Center staff; Russ, Paul, Caleb, Scott, Catfish, Gary, Chef Jim and the entire security team - you are all to be commended, applauded and praised for your hard work and dedication to this event for YCCA.
The YCCA Board and your YCCA girl, we were totally humbled by the affection, your priceless smiles, your hugs and your greetings and most of all your embrace and encouraging words and thanks for what this organization does for the community. If anyone had ever asked me years ago if I thought I would be Executive Director of a construction industry organization, I probably would have said "are you kidding?" Now it is 2015 and after 8 years, 11 months, and 78,000 hours, as the proud Executive Director of YCCA, I am still energized and thrilled to continue growing the promise of YCCA. Again, I am humbled by this community and your genuine love and like of this community and it was a pleasure to meet and say "hi" to over 17,000 people at our home show - from Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Mayer, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey Humboldt, and Phoenix. In working with the Board of Directors, who give so unselfishly and expect nothing in return and who are so inspiring, we all look forward to continue to be magnanimous and help you in any way we can.
Also, the sheer volume of non-perishable foods items that you donated to Yavapai Food Bank through the home show was a blessing. Times have been tough for so many families and thanks to so many of you who unselfishly donated items, Bob and Ann Wilson and their Food Bank staff were able to feed 300 families for one week! What inspiration you are!
YCCA is honored to play a key role in promoting a better, safer, more reliable industry for the citizens, the people who rely heavily on our industry for help and home improvements, and our work at YCCA extends far beyond the world of contracting, for us. The ultimate goal is to touch and enhance the lives of all those who share our good fortune in calling Yavapai County "home."
Let's remember that our mission should be to make small choices every day that affect the health of the planet we share. Small choices can have a major positive impact on our environment. Wise sustainable decisions sustain not only the natural environment, but also the economies and communities that mean so much to us. Remember you can change your life and make it more eco-friendly. We do not have to live in a home the size of a closet and we certainly do not have to use vegetable oil to drive our car. The fact is we can all make environmental choices that can make a difference.
So let's remember that life is exhilarating and we must plunge into it and dive through it with compassion and an open heart. Every sunrise starts with a journey and we only have one chance to live this day better than we did our last. Again, thank you all for invariably overloading our phone lines and emails, with friendship and warm and tender sentiments for the help that you received by calling YCCA. We love working for you!
Remember to tune in to YCCA's Hammer Time every Saturday and Sunday morning 7 a.m. on KQNA 1130 am/99.9 fm or the web kqna.com. My wingman Mike Enders of Benttree Custom homes and myself talk with and interview community industry partners. It's fun - don't miss it.