OMB's Chalk Talk  I  May 11, 2021  I  e-newsletter

Mason County Permit Time Improvement 

The current pandemic has brought about a remote work scramble for workplaces everywhere, including government agencies. This has led to many lessons being learned and, in some cases, improvements being made. The Mason County permit office saw a backlog of permits coming in like a perfect storm. This was due, in part, to the increase in remote working and average citizens having more free time to get a permit in for that deck they always wanted.

Over the past year, Olympia Master Builders, along with their Mason County Chapter, has been working with local elected and building officials in order to improve permit times. On April 1st, 2021 the OMB Mason County Chapter, along with Heidi McCutcheon from the Mason County Chamber of Commerce and Kell Rowen, the Mason County Community Development Coordinator, all sat down for a virtual meeting to work out the case of backlogs.


REX Awards Applications Now Available at!
OMB invites members to participate in the Remodelers Excellence (REX) Awards! The REX Award competition is designed to recognize outstanding remodeling projects completed by OMB members during the previous year which showcase quality craftsmanship in a variety of categories and price ranges. Applications are now available online at

Upcoming April OMB Committee Meetings
All members are invited to attend any of the following meetings! Visit the calendar for more details.
  • Tour of Homes Committee - May 12th at 3:30pm
  • Golf Committee Meeting - May 18th at 12:00 noon
  • Ed. Foundation Auction Meeting - May 19th at 2:00pm
  • Membership/Spike Committee - May 19th at 4:00pm
  • Government Affairs Committee - May 27th at 4:00pm
RSVP Deadline is Tomorrow - May 12th!
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 11:30am
Indian Summer Golf & Country Club
“Navigating Today’s COVID in the Workplace”
Jackson Wilder Maynard, Jr., General Counsel for the Building Industry Association of Washington and Christopher Cook from L&I, will be with us to guide us as we Navigate COVID in the Workplace - Today & Beyond. This is our first in-person GMM in over a year!
Register Here
PWB Lunch and Learn Webinar - 
emPOWERing Words in the Workplace 
Thursday, May 13th at 12:00 noon

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. 
The words we choose have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.

Join us for this empowering webinar, with OMB's Jill Williams where we will explore 5 words that give us power in the workplace and 5 words that can take that power away. Please invite your friends! All are invited to attend!
Join Zoom Here
OMB Estate Planning Seminar
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00am
at Building Industry Association of Washington

An Estate plan is vital for any individual, couple or family that owns a home and has assets. Ensure that your Estate Planning is in good order by reviewing the various methods families are using to avoid the delays and legal fees of Probate Court. Learn various methods and Best Practices to protect your family from unnecessary legal fees and wasted time in Probate.
Register Here
May is National Pet Month!
Send us pictures of you with your fur-babies and we will post them to social media throughout the month of May to bring awareness to one of our favorite charities, Concern For Animals!!  Submit pictures to Jill at and include your name and the name of your pet!

Pictured here is Paisley, and her human, Ken Hassett from Builder's FirstSource.
We will also be hosting a Pet Supply Drive through the month of May for Concern For Animals! Donations can be delivered to the OMB office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 1:00pm between May 3rd and May 31st!
Pet Food Bank Supply List - Please help needy families feed and keep their pets at home.
  • Dog/Puppy Food & Treats
  • Cat/Kitten Food & Treats
  • All Domestic Bird Food
  • Cat Litter - non-clumping
  • Dog & Cat Toys
  • Dog Houses
  • Leashes & Collars
  • Pet Carriers & Crates
  • Rabbit or Guinea Pig Food
Only space left for 2 more teams! Register today!
June 4, 2021 - Capitol City Golf Course
Register Now
Registration for Returning Vendors Is Now Open!
To register, click here:

New Vendors: Registration opens Tuesday, May 18th

Contact Jenn at if:

  • You are a new vendor with questions about a booth.
  • You are interested in sponsoring the event.

Contact Brianna at if:

  • You are a returning vendor with questions about your booth.
  • You have general questions about the event.
We are looking for one more main event sponsor for this event! Please contact to sign up before it's gone!

ROII deadline for registration is May 14th!
Reward #11: Utilize Safety to Help You Lower Your L&I Premiums. 

Reward #11 gives you training and tips for keeping your people and business safer. And you can bet there’s more. No wonder ROII is Washington State’s largest workers’ comp safety program.
Get Started at If you have any other questions, contact Jenn Wasson for more information.

The OMB Education Foundation
has joined
Amazon Smile!!! 

Click here for information on how 
YOU can help raise money for Scholarships! 
BIAW Hosted Education Classes
On-Demand Class Offerings Through BIAW! 

BIAW has recently partnered with three organizations to offer members a variety of classes that can be done online and many of them at your own pace. These courses are available to members for free, or at a discounted price. Check out what they have at

Thank you to our OMB advertisers! 
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