NELMA Fall Meeting & Golf Outing Recap

cfec05dfbd7cad789e1716c3e2eda5d4The 2011 NELMA Board of Directors Meeting and Golf Outing was held September 23 & 24 in historic Kennebunkport, Maine, with 115 in attendance for this traditional fall New England event.  The Nonantum Resort served as the host facility, with golfing held at the privately-owned Webhannet Golf Club.

Activities began with members and guests enjoying the annual golf scramble in teams of four. The first day ended with the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner, with awards presented at its conclusion.    Prizes were provided in the categories of Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive (Men and Women), First and Second Place net team score, First and Second Place team gross score, and of course….the annual Crying Towel Award.  The First Place team net score winners with a 38 were: Doug Chaisson (J.D. Irving), Jeff Desjardins (Moose River Lumber), Tom Jenkins (T. Jenkins  Forest Products) and Phil Ruck (CES Inc.).  The foursome of Matt Duprey, Jack Bama Bowen, Kevin Hynes (all of Hancock Lumber), and Kelly Brown (Western Lumber) were winners of the First Place team gross score, with a 54.  For the first time in NELMA golf outing history, a hole-in-one was recorded, with Jason Brochu (Pleasant River Lumber) making the memorable shot.

72e40875a36e5646530c0a345e8f6b72The Board of Directors meeting, Chaired by Peter Buckley (Mill River Lumber), included updates regarding the ongoing trademark infringement/stamp counterfeiting legal actions, the status of the Association’s inspection programs and field inspection staff, highlights from recent meeting of NELMA’s Pine Subcommittee and Advisory Committee, the Association’s financial status, and the recent monitoring requirement for lumber grading agencies to periodically test lumber for the evaluation of published design values.  A discussion and passage of the proposed 2012 NELMA Budget was also conducted.  The meeting concluded with important provided on industry issues, first by Zoltan van Heyningen, Executive Director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition, on current arbitration activities on BC timber Grade 4 inequities, and also from Phil Ruck, Lead Engineer with CES, on state and federal environmental mandates and regulation proposals.

Immediately following the Board meeting, the bi-annual presentation of the economic forecast was provided by Paul Jannke of Forest Economic Advisors LLC (FEA).  All members of NELMA will receive a copy of the presentation via email this month.

In addition to the Board of Directors meeting, the Association’s Insurance Safety Group Committee was re-instated as part of NELMA’s commitment to the Acadia Insurance’s sponsored Dividend Program.  The Committee’s 6 newly-appointed members are:  Rebecca Lowell (Lowell Lumber), Michael Record (Record Lumber), James A. Robbins (Robbins Lumber), Rob Wieczorek (Wieczorek Insurance and Sponsor Agent), Ryan McMahon (Acadia Insurance), and Jeff Easterling (NELMA President, ad-hoc member).

Check out a few pictures taken at the fall event by clicking here.  Look for more to be published within the next issue of Softwood Buyer.

NELMA would like to express it gratitude and acknowledge  the event sponsors for their wonderful generosity:  Birdie Level Sponsor – Hancock Lumber; Par Level Sponsors – Irving Forest Products and Seaboard International;  Hole Sponsors – Eastern Forest Products, Pennsylvania Lumberman’s Insurance, R.E. Lowell Lumber, Sandy Neck Traders, T. Jenkins Forest Products, and U.S.N.R.; Cart Sponsors and Putting Contest – Wieczorek Insurance/Acadia Insurance; Golf Balls – Western Lumber; Golf Towels – Eastern Insurance; Prize Sponsors – DiPrizio Pine Sales, P. DiPrizio Lumber, and Timber Trading.

Mark your calendars for the 2012 NELMA Annual Convention to be held April 26 & 27 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts!