Chapter News

Colorado Chapter Helps Ronald McDonald House

Members and staff of NUCA of Colorado recently volunteeredtheir Saturday to work on the Ronald McDonaldHouse in Aurora, Colo. The highly motivated crew hit theday early performing various tasks to help the limited staffat the institution that provides families of critically-ill childrenwith an inexpensive home away from home.

Ronald McDonald House Charities started in 1974, andwas the brain child of several Philadelphia Eagles playersafter they watched their teammate, Fred Hill, and his wifestay at the hospital with their 3-year-old daughter duringan extended hospital stay. The parents survived on vendingmachine food and short naps in the waiting room.

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In response to their experience, Hill and his teammatesrallied the local community and McDonalds restaurantowners to help families of sick children. Today, there aremore than 250 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide thathave served more than 10 million families since 1974.

It was a great day and experience for the NUCA of Coloradomembers and staff to give back to the community.They helped clean the common areas in the three-story,45-room facility, as well made small repairs to the house.Thank you to all who contributed.

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NCUCA Hosts Its Annual Conference

The North Carolina Utility Contractors Association(NCUCA)/NUCA of the Carolinas recentlyheld its annual conference in Pinehurst, N.C. Theweekend was filled with educational seminars,golf, sporting clays, great food and outstandingfellowship.

The weekend concluded with the President’sBanquet, where President Rob Goslee of StateUtility Contractors recognized several individualsand companies whose hard work and dedicationhave laid the groundwork for continued associationand industry excellence.

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Godwin Pumps/Xylem Dewatering was presentedwith the Associate Member of the Yearaward. Jerry Smith with T.A. Loving Co. wasawarded Ditch Digger of the Year. Chris Humbertwith Park Construction Co. was recognizedwith his outstanding work as the Safety and RiskManagement Committee Chairman. Becky Everettwith A.B.E. Utilities hosted and recognizedthe Chapter’s 2012 Scholarship recipient, KevinChavez. Chavez is a student at UNC Chapel Hill.

Seven past presidents were in attendance and recognizedfor their contributions to the continuedsuccess of the association: Ron Brown, State UtilityContractors; Justus Everett, A.B.E. Utilities; KevinCripps, Distribution Construction Co.; Rick Leonardi,Pomona Pipe Products; Ken Malonson, ParkConstruction Co.; Eric Olsen, Park ConstructionCo. and Matt Mueller with Distribution ConstructionCo.

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Goslee also gave a warm welcome to fournew association members in attendance: AirgasNational Welders, Pro Pipe Plugs Rental,Crumpler Plastic Pipe and Advanced DrainageSystems.

The evening ended with a Silent Auction andthe installation of the new officers and Boardof Directors. Steve Brown, State Utility Contractorswas installed as President; Joe Williamswith Concrete Pipe and Precast as Vice Presidentand Gray Lewis with Patterson and WilderConstruction steps into the Secretary/Treasurerposition. The chapter is excited about strengtheningits membership as it expands its territoryinto South Carolina.

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