March 3, 2010
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, D.C.
NSSGA received the award for a Build-a-Bike community service project held by its young leaders as part of a group team-building exercise at the April 2009 Young Leaders annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. Approximately 100 members of NSSGA’s Young Leaders Division assembled 19 bicycles and donated them along with safety helmets to children moving into newly built Habitat for Humanity homes in the community.
Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar, Inc., a member of NSSGA Manufacturers and Services Division, hosted annual meeting activities at its Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center and donated its facilities and tools to assemble the bicycles.
“The Build-a-Bike community service project was an innovative substitute for what used to be a traditional ice-breaking event at our annual meeting,” said Dennis Coker, vice president of aggregates, Natural Resource Partners L.P. and 2009 Young Leaders chairman, in a written statement. “This project brought together all the young leader attendees and created a more productive activity that empowered us to give back to the Tucson community.”
Alan Parks, vice president, Memphis Stone & Gravel Company, and current Young Leaders chairman added in a press statement: “I am delighted that the young leaders will once again be conducting a service project at this year’s meeting in San Diego. We will be working with military construction specialists – the U.S. Navy Seabees – assembling care packages for the men and women serving our country overseas.”