Expanded Purpose & 250+ Blog Postings to date

Blog # 250 Copyright 2013 16 June 2013

Perspective. ‘Land lease lifestyle communities, a.k.a. manufactured home communities, & earlier, ‘mobile home parks’, are the real estate component of manufactured housing.’
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Purpose. To be the national Advocacy voice, statistical Research reporting, & op/ed communications Resource for LLLCommunities, of all sizes, throughout North America!

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Blog ‘Purpose’ Blossoms!

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250 Weekly Postings & Growing!

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Support the RV/MH Heritage Foundation!

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Celebrating 20 Years of LLLCommunity Camaraderie

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Blog ‘Purpose’ Blossoms!

Unsolicited, overwhelmingly positive response(s) to last week’s blog (Titled: ‘Some things in Life & Business Are Simply Not Meant to Be! – OR – Are They; but over Objections?’) motivated a rewording and expansion of the PURPOSE statement heading this and future blog postings at the community-investor.com website. While the focus of last week’s blog (dated 9 June 2013) addressed and countered Five Reasons (unofficially) cited for NOT expanding product and service offerings by MHI’s National Communities Council division, readers felt ‘this weekly blog posting’ should ‘lead the way’, one more time, ‘working within the MHIndustry’s political system’, to create the proverbial Three Legged Stool of NCC service, relative to 1) national Advocacy, 2) statistical Research, & 3) ongoing Resource servicing, of land lease lifestyle communities, Of All Sizes, nationwide! Hence this reworded and expanded PURPOSE statement:

‘To be the National Advocacy voice, statistical Research reporting, & op/ed communications Resource for LLLCommunities, of all sizes, throughout North America!

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250 Weekly Postings & Growing!

Has it been five years already? Guess so. And ‘truth be told’, the total number of blog postings, originating from this pen (computer), is closer to 300, when one counts the year of postings at the no longer published Manufactured Home Merchandiser magazine’s website.

And the reader total continues to grow month after month after month. Today, more than 600 MHIndustry & LLLCommunity aficionados receive a BEBA (Blast Email Blog Alert) most Sunday mornings, announcing the posting of that week’s blog at community-investor.com. And know what? Every one of these BEBA email addresses connects with a businessman or woman earning their livelihood in one or another of HUD – Code manufactured housing’s half dozen or more Business Model segments.

So, If you’ve happened onto this blog posting, and would like to have your name and email address added to one of more than 30 BEBA lists, simply phone the Official MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764, and express that desire….

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Support the RV/MH Heritage Foundation!

Whenever I escort a first time visitor to the RV/MH Museum, Hall of Fame, and Library facility, at 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN., the reaction is the same: “I had no idea this would be so big, and so very nice!”

Yes, the sister industries of ‘recreational vehicles’ & ‘manufactured housing’ have a next to new, multipurpose, two story facility, right alongside the South edge of Interstate 80, connecting eastern and western Indiana. In fact, there’s an interstate exit, right there in view of the RV/MH Hall of Fame – and visitors and tourists come to visit the exhibit halls, library, and impressive Hall of Fame display, every day the facility is open. Why don’t YOU plan to visit sometime soon? Just phone (574) 293-2344 to let’em know you’re coming….

Won’t go into the several decades long history of the RV/MH Hall of Fame here, but know it does exist, and will continue to do so – and GROW, only if YOU take an active interest in supporting our legacy preservation facility with your Visits, Membership, and Charitable Contributions. Already told you how to plan a visit. And while you’re making said phone call, inquire as to the cost of a lifetime membership in support of the RV/MH Hall of Fame – it’s a very reasonable amount (I’m a Life Members, as is Ken Rishel, and many other ‘friends in the MHBusiness’). In addition, include the RV/MH Hall of Fame in your corporate budget every year. GFA Management, Inc., dba PMN Publishing, has done so for more than two decades, and Carolyn and I consider the money well invested, helping commemorate and preserve our industry and asset class’ past, present, and future.

Want to participate in a special legacy opportunity this Summer? When phoning to arrange for the aforesaid visit, about becoming a Lifetime Member, or arranging a Charitable Contribution, make a reservation to attend the annual RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, the evening of 5 August 2013. There’ll be ten RV/MH true pioneers inducted that evening, including Craig Bollman, LLLCommunity developer, Theresa Desfosses, HUD – Code home manufacturer and LLLCommunity owner/operator, and Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys, Inc. I’ve already sent in my reservation. How can you not want to be among several hundred RV/MH industries’ notables present that evening? For yet another ‘good reason’, to attend, read the first bullet point in part IV following…

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Celebrating 20 Years of LLLCommunity Camaraderie!

I’ve mentioned ‘Celebrating 20 Years of LLLCommunity Camaraderie’, in earlier blog postings, and within the pages of the Allen CONFIDENTIAL! and ALLEN Letter professional journal, but since then, there’s a new twist to the celebration, so thought I’d mention it at least one more time.

Heretofore, you’ve read the historic Strategic Planning meeting, held in Indianapolis, IN., on 31 August 2013, will be commemorated in two distinct ways. Well, a third has been added to the mix, and here they all are:

• 13 of 19 (then) manufactured home community owners, who met that day, to shape the future of national Advocacy, for their realty asset class, are still active in the MHBusiness, or have retired. Any of them who attend this year’s RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s annual RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, on 5 August, will be formally recognized, individually or as a group, at the beginning of the evening’s festivities. Again, phone (574) 293-2344 for further details and make a reservation to attend the festivities. See you there!

• 22nd International Networking Roundtable theme this year, commemorates the same historic event, i.e. ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Land Lease lifestyle Community Camaraderie!’ Gary McDaniel, chairman of YES! Communities, one of the aforementioned ’13 of 19’ Pioneers, will lead off as keynote speaker at this 18 – 20 September 2013 event. Again, phone the Official MHIndustry HOTLINE for details and to register, Expecting more than 250 this year! And here’s a late breaking, related NEWS FLASH! The Illinois Manufactured Housing Association, at its’ annual meeting in Urbana, IL., this past week, with more than 60 members present, voted to reconstitute its’ board of directors, with an eye to reestablishing itself as the primary statewide Advocacy body for manufactured housing and land lease lifestyle communities! What does this have to do with the Networking Roundtable? After the election, an invitation was extended to hold IMHA’s 18 September morning board meeting at the Roundtable’s host hotel, Indian Lakes in Bloomingdale, IL. This would facilitate participation, in said board meeting, by more than 30 LLLCommunity portfolio owners/operators domiciled throughout the Chicago SMSA. (The invitation will be considered at the board’s meeting in July)

• And here’s the New and Exciting manner in which these ’20 Years of Camaraderie’ will be commemorated: With a New, as yet untitled, book, profiling the LLLCommunity owners who participated in the 8/31/1993 meeting, along with lists of past NCC chairmen, and MHI executives, who’ve served during the past 17 years of the council’s history, and more! The book will be distributed FREE to all attendees at this year’s 22nd annual Networking Roundtable in Bloomingdale. How can you not want to be present to receive your copy – along with those mysterious ‘5 – RPs of Marketing & Sales (plastic) wallet cards hinted at previously, in blog postings at this web site? Book’s author? Bruce Savage, former MHI staff member, present day Communications Consultant to the MHIndustry and LLLCommunity asset class. Reach him via (202) 664-4512 and request a brochure describing his services.

Should be obvious to you by now, that this year’s 22nd annual Networking Roundtable is quickly shaping up to be one extraordinary event for not only owners/operators of land lease lifestyle communities, but manufactured housing industry businessmen and women as well. For an informative registration brochure, phone the MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764.

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George Allen, CPM & MHM
Box # 47024, Indianapolis, IN. 46247
(317) 346-7156

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