President’s Message


     Dear IBAWR Members,



     As many of you have probably noticed, our Board of Directors have been taking steps to modernize how we communicate with our membership.

Last Spring, we decided to undertake the process of creating a completely new, and much improved IBAWR website as our central tool that would help us communicate more effectively with our membership and our community.


     We also made the difficult decision to end the paper format of our monthly bulletin. In its place, however, we proudly launched the new, mobile friendly site in February 2018.


     We are also taking steps to utilize social media (please ‘Like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter) to engage our membership and the community in new and relevant ways.


     This transition has not been easy, as it is completely new territory for our Board, however we recognized that to maximize our relevance within our existing membership and to actively encourage new members to join that we needed to embrace change.


     As part of our commitment to these changes, two of our current Board members (Darcy Franko-Felice and Jason Lawson) together form our newly created committee for Social Media and Public Relations. Our goal is that establishing this committee will ensure the Board’s commitment to embracing social media and other evolving communication mediums.


     Now to switch gears:


     While we continue to advocate on behalf of our members and on the benefits of the broker channel, I believe that one of the best ways to help ourselves as IBAWR members is by continuing to find new ways to be visible and generous community partners within our Region. We are very fortunate to have a large and engaged group of members and loyal industry friends. I believe that mobilizing our membership to give back to our community can make a positive impact for a variety of great, local causes and also strengthen the relationships within our own membership, as well as reinforce to the public that IBAWR members are integral partners in our community.


     With that being said, we hope this year to have an even more successful Habitat for Humanity Build Event. Last year we were able to raise $7,700 towards Habitat for Humanity, and we also contributed 240 hours of actual physical participation at the build site! It was a great turnout of support.

We believe that we can we exceed both of those figures this year. We will be sending out formal details for this year’s event later this month.

Lastly, I wanted to thank both Scott Heaman (now our Past President) and Mary Riberdy for their contributions to the IBAWR that have helped get us to where we are.


     Thank you very much.





     Joe Dalton




Community Involvement 



     IBAWR will be participating in the 2018 Habitat for Humanity Build Event on May 22nd and 23rd, 2018. For further information regarding the event, participation, and donations, please click here.


     This March, the IBAWR donated 40 Bipper Blankets to the KW Humane Society to help keep the animals warm this winter!