When NRCA President Reid Ribble, president of The Ribble Group,
Kaukauna, Wis., decided NRCA must respond to the damage caused by
Hurricane Katrina, he first polled NRCA's Executive Committee.
Ribble said before NRCA can ask its members to help, it needs to
show their leaders are on board by committing $5,000 each to a
yet-unspecified relief effort. All he heard was "yes" and not a
Next, NRCA sent a letter to all NRCA members asking for help.
Those of us who have been in the industry for a while were not
surprised by the response: immediate, overwhelming and
One NRCA member sent an e-mail that said, in effect: You may not
use my name because that's not why I do this. But when you tell the
story of the roofing industry, I want you to know I have spent
$11,000 to send bottled water to the affected area. Through my
church, I sent one of my trucks and trailers loaded with supplies
to Biloxi, Miss.
He continued by saying, "I'm prepared to spend $25,000 to help
because I try hard to live the life...
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