Last week I was formally voted onto the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association. It should be an interesting opportunity to meet more people in the construction business in Charlottesville and to try to further encourage green building in this area.

The BRHBA combined its annual meeting with a volunteer meal packing event at the Better Living warehouse for the non-profit Stop Hunger Now, which provides meals to hungry people throughout the world. We packed 10,000 bags in two hours! The lighting wasn’t great, we wore hair nets, and the assembly line made me recall a number of cases from my operations classes in business school, but spirits were high and I got to meet some other nice folks. The BRHBA raised $2500 to pay for the food, packaging, shipping, and delivery of the 10,000 meals. If you are interested in hosting a similar event, check out their website.

Please remember those without food this Thanksgiving and give thanks for all that we have. I feel so blessed to be healthy, secure and loved.