The Bigger Picture

Words: Bronzella Cleveland

The Bigger Picture

Dan Kamys, Editor -

In this fast-paced first year of being involved with the MCAA and being the Editor of Masonry, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of individuals with different backgrounds and skillsets. I’ve attended the Mid-Year Meeting, World of Concrete, several trade shows, and learned what makes up the spirit of this industry. However, I think the trip that has impacted me the most so far has been our Legislative Conference. I’m writing this in late May roughly two weeks after attending the conference, and I’m still amazed at the MCAA’s ability to both arrange for meetings with so many elected officials as well as articulate its positions on a variety of topics affecting the industry. I have to admit, it was quite a unique experience to have this time to talk about the issues. Though I’m far from someone who’s interested in the inner workings of politics, I am interested in the changes that are made through government. If you have yet to attend a Legislative Conference, I suggest you join us next year and truly make your voice heard. Later in the magazine, you can read up on the issues that we discussed with our legislators. As you’ll see, the MCAA has put forth several position papers on the subject. It’s one thing to join the MCAA and network, but it’s another to actively advocate with your fellow tradesmen in our nation’s capital. Like several people have told me, the industry needs to come together in order to make its place known. After all, “together we are stronger,” wasn’t a random choice for the MCAA’s tagline. In this issue, you’ll see the first in a new series we’re trying out in the magazine. While in Washington D.C., our contingent had the opportunity to tour the Washington National Cathedral. I highly recommend you take a look at the piece we’re calling America’s Treasures. Much like Marvelous Masonry, we want to highlight unique historical structures that you may or may not know about. I can’t give you the Reader’s Digest version of the article, but I can tell you that it’s the sixth largest cathedral in the world and took 83 years to complete. Another feature that I’m excited to share with you is our Masonry Gives Back piece. You see, this industry is about so much more than just laying brick. As we’ve seen from our various authors, there’s a heart and soul that goes along with the work. We felt it was time for us to highlight how masonry professionals are paying it forward. Kent Huntley, of Huntley Brothers Company Inc. based out of Mint Hill, North Carolina, was one of many masons who donated his time and labor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. My personal hope is that you take a look at the new articles we’re rolling in and let us know what you think. Additionally, please let us know of any stories you’d like to see us cover. You’re our readers and we want to hear what you have to say. Don’t be a stranger!   dsig
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