A New State Association. . . A New Beginning. . .
early 2001, a group of association leaders representing four (4) local
associations across Florida began a series of meetings to determine
the viability of forming a new statewide HVACR association that might
truly represent the industry.
These founding participants have moved slowly and purposefully in
the construction of this new organization called Florida RACCA, Inc.
(The acronym meaning: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors
incorporation of this, new, not-for-profit group was made official
in November of 2001.
It has become
increasingly clear, over the past several years, that existing state
groups representing HVACR have not been effective. Any efforts to
produce cohesion on statewide issues were always trampled by more
powerful interests. Grass roots support for a state organization from
individual contractors and local chapters has been virtually non-existent.
Financing was swallowed up in administrative costs rather than services
all of our past short comings as a represented industry has encouraged
a new thought process and a determination, on the part of FRACCAs
leadership, to build an organization that supports its membership
at the chapter level and, even more, at the individual contractor
level. In turn, the new state group will derive its strength from
the individual contractor and chapter members.
concept of including all local chapter contractors in FRACCAs
membership base relies on local organizations making the commitment
to charter themselves as chapters of FRACCA. Each local organization
must meet specific criteria in order to charter and maintain a chapter.
The chapter pays the dues for each one of its contractor members.
The state association will consider each contractor (in every chartered
chapter) a member of the state group. The state association will not
only bring programs, benefits and services to chapters; but also to
the individual contractor members.
exchange for the cooperation and support of the local chapters, the
state association will provide representation of the industry before
all state regulatory bodies.
will support its local chapters by referring membership inquiries
to an area where a chapter exists. At-large memberships
will be available to contractors, but these memberships will be at
a significantly higher cost than going through a local chapter.
FRACCA will provide support for its chapters and their members by
developing the following programs:
educational seminars (including Continuing Education credits)
- Group Purchasing
- Annual conferences
and trade shows
communications on industry issues.
and Website services (including membership referral program