The process of having a unified voice at the State Level has led to the formation of the Massachusetts Federation of Building Officials (MFBO). This is a joint venture with the Southeastern Massachusetts Building Officials Association (SEMBOA), and the Building Officials of Western Massachusetts Association (BOWM) and the Massachusetts Building Commissioners and Inspectors Association (MBCIA. The initial emphasis for this came from prior meetings the three associations used to have, which was called the Tri-Directors for lack of a better name. It was at these meetings where we came up with the idea to have a booth at the Mass Municipal Associations Annual meeting and trade show. We had a booth and we had cups with our logos and a professional brochure to hand out to Mayors, Managers and Town Administers. It was a very successful endeavor as it gave us a chance to show our professionalism and answer questions regarding certification and Codes. This gave us the confidence that if we formed a separate association to speak for us as one voice, we could advance our cause immensely. It is the hope of all three associations, that our concerns will be better served coming as one voice to the legislature and members of state government.
The common theme throughout the years was the intent to provide leadership, educational opportunities, professionalism, and to promote good code development for all our members and for our cities and towns, and in the process enhance the image of the building official in Massachusetts. I believe we have accomplished this and the officers and members of MBCIA can be proud of their accomplishments.
Along the way, we have also had some fun. How many of you remember the “Ladies Day’s on the Cape”. Not politically correct today, but a lot of fun for those who attended. For some of our wives’, this was a day they looked forward to each year. More recently the association has sponsored and subsidized a family day at Canobie Lake Park which has been a huge success.
Some of you may remember that the association used to publish an annual book, with advertisements and a listing of Commissioners and Inspectors and the Officers of the Association. The money generated from that annual book was used to establish the funding for our scholarship fund. This scholarship fund is one of the association’s proudest accomplishments and has been used as the model for other building official association’s scholarship programs. Proposed under the tutelage of President Sam DeSalvo this scholarship fund has awarded over $159,000.00 dollars to children, grandchildren and students of our Technical High Schools around the state. Each year we award these scholarships to the recipients at our annual Awards day meeting. The continuing funding of this scholarship program is made possible by our very successful Annual Golf Tournament that started at Andover Country Club and now is held at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover Mass. This year was our 17th year and again a huge success. An average of 120 golfer’s play each year and it is a great opportunity to invite our friends, contractors, business owners and associates, to play alongside with and share day and in the process enrich our scholarship fund each year.
We established an Inspector of the Year Award, 12 years ago to honor one of our own who has distinguish him or herself in the conduct of his duties, his or her contributions to MBCIA and honor to the profession. This award is given to a building official annually.
Now, as you know I have not mentioned many names as I tried to address our accomplishments over the years. My timeline in this association is from 1980 on and I have had many mentors. Francis Calnan, Sam DeSalvo, Pat Pizzano, Charles McArthur, James Starratt, Jeffrey Coates and Ed Poskus, all presidents before me that worked hard to make this association what it is today. They left impressions on me and assisted me in how I dealt with the issues before me. Each president before and after me can say the same thing.
It is not possible for me to remember all of the people by name, who has served this association. With our current President Jim Kennedy, fifty men have served as president, with untold members who have served as a director or on committees. I would like however to remember one especially, and that would be Pasqual “Pat” Pizzano, the godfather of this association. Pat was a State Inspector, who worked tirelessly to improve the status of building officials throughout this state. We are what we are today because of Pat and those who came before and after. We have been blessed to have had the leadership and the support of the membership in guiding this association from its beginning to the present day.
I know that while most of this information I have stated, is known to most of you. I feel it is important to mention these important accomplishments. While our founding fathers possessed extraordinary vision, the members and officers of his association over the years have carried out this vision and added to this legacy that we can all be proud of. The overriding theme today is that this association has provided outstanding leadership for the Building Officials of this state over the past 70 years and is held in high regard both in this State and at the National level. The future is bright, and the leadership is committed and ready to lead us into the next generation of Code Enforcement. I am proud to have been a member and officer in this Association and wish to thank the president for allowing me to speak to you and recount some of the accomplishments of this fine Association.
Ronald W Wetmore