Dear Mike,

On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Central Virginia Chapter of NARI, I would like to thank you for facilitating our strategic planning retreat on December 10th.  As you know, our chapter has a solid retention rate but we are struggling with chapter growth and dealing with an $8,000 budget shortfall this fiscal year.  Our chapter has struggled in recent years due to the turnover of our past two directors and we seem to be stuck in a rut; doing what we have done without evaluating the success of existing programs. Our board felt it was critical to seek help from NARI National or another chapter to generate new ideas and strategies for chapter growth and financial stability.

We were delighted to learn of NARI National’s commitment to helping chapters through the Chapter Growth and Support Initiative. Your leadership and guidance during our planning retreat was invaluable. You helped our board members and committee chairs evaluate our current events, find ways to trim expenses in our budget, and brainstorm ways to provide better service to our members. I have attached my notes from our meeting to this letter to illustrate the productivity of the retreat and outline our chapter’s plans for the coming years.

I have also included a few comments from our board members:

“Well you certainly got a great mentor in Mike, I am always moved and motivated by dynamic speakers as he is.” George Hedges ~ RVA Shower Door

“Most productive planning meeting we’ve had in years.” Chapter President, Kyle Martin ~ BK Martin Construction

Thanks again for investing your time in our chapter ~ we hope to see great returns on your investment in the coming years!


Angela Hubbard
Executive Director
NARI Central Virginia