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I’ve been spending the early part of the New Year going through old files that have been sitting in the filing cabinet for years untouched. You see, many of these files belonged to my predecessor, my father. And while I may have approached going through 64 years of files as a tedious task, it’s one I’m truly glad I tackled. Why? Because I stumbled upon his VRMCA folder which contained old membership rosters, newsletters and convention flyers from many years ago. As I flipped through each page, I would chuckle as I reflected on some of the old convention stories I remember Dad talking about. It reminded me of the many friendships and stories that my father and I each developed over the years as a result of being members in the Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

If this past year of Zoom calls and solitary confinement has taught me anything, it’s that the people around us both near and far truly enhance our lives. Yes, I may see or talk to some of you on the phone about business on a fairly regular basis, but nothing can replace a few industry friends gathered on the porch at the Greenbrier laughing and sharing stories over a beer. To catch up on life. Because each of us has a life outside of this industry and it’s the thread of these life stories that weave a beautiful tapestry of friendship that makes this association strong.

Please be assured that the Executive Committee and the VRMCA Board are all working to move closer to the day we can gather safely again in person. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new way to connect with some of your fellow members, I encourage you to check out some of the various VRMCA Committees. It’s a great way to connect with people and share your passions.

And those documents I found in the filing cabinets? We’ve included a “throwback” article in this newsletter highlighting some of those photos and memories which you can find here. Just to reminisce and remember. I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did!

It’s always been about the people.