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PLC Annual Meeting

April 29, 2016

A new record for PLC's Log A Load for Kids Auction and Fundraiser!

PLC Logger of the Year Award presented to William A. Day Jr. and Sons of Porter by PLC President Brian Souers.

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PLC Executive Director Dana Doran welcomes members to the start of the Annual Meeting

Mindy Crandall of UMaine presenting results of a logging economic impact survey

American Loggers Council President Richard Schwab addresses the morning meeting

Katie, mother of this year’s Champion Child, Henry, at the podium kicking off the Log A Load for Kids auction

Scott Hanington of Hanington Lumber handling auctioneer duties at the evening auction

Evening dinner underway

A capacity crowd for the evening dinner and awards ceremony

U.S. Senator Angus King addresses the evening crowd

Members of the first cohort of Master Loggers who were present at the Annual Meeting reunite for a photo with Senator King, who was at their induction 15 years ago as Maine's governor
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The newest cohort of Master Loggers with Senator King mlclogo-1

Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands Executive Director Ted Wright at the podium during the awards ceremony

Andrew Madden and Scott Madden saying goodbye to Senator King

The Hanington family receives the PLC President’s Award from PLC President Brian Souers

New PLC President Scott Madden takes over the job from outgoing President Brian Souers

Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) holds 21st Annual Meeting

Raises record $36,000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

 BREWER – The Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine held its 21st Annual Meeting Friday, April 29 with guests including U.S. Senator Angus King, and raised approximately $36,000 for the Log A Load for Kids Foundation to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The event also included the presentation of awards to Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Maine House Speaker Mark Eves for their work on behalf of Maine loggers.

Senator King welcomed the crowd of more than 150 Maine loggers, supporters, forest products industry business owners and representatives, lawmakers, and family members attending the evening dinner and awards ceremony that followed a day of meetings, presentations, and the auction in support of the Log A Load for Kids Foundation.

The Senator noted the difficult times Maine’s forest products industry has experienced in recent years and said preserving Maine’s professional logging infrastructure is critical to the long-term health of a viable forest products economy in the state.

“You’re it – it all starts with getting the wood out of the forest,” King said. “This is really crucial for the future of Maine.”Annual Meeting Theme

The meeting is one of the PLC’s major fund-raisers for the Log A Load for Kids Foundation to benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, and this year the event set a new record for funds raised.

PLC members are well known for their generosity in supporting charitable causes benefiting children and are strong supporters of the Log A Load For Kids annual campaign which encourages loggers and others in the forest products community to donate the value of one load of logs, or any amount, to local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Log A Load For Kids is a national leader in CMN fundraising. For more information, or to donate funds to a CMN-affiliated hospital in your area, please visit www.logaload.org.

The PLC and the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) Foundation have raised more than $775,000 since 1996 for children in Maine. Donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. EMHS is a CMN hospital.

The event at Jeff’s Catering also included luncheon remarks from American Loggers Council (ALC) National President Richard Schwab on the national perspective for loggers.

“This industry is the backbone of the forest products industry,” Dana Doran, Executive Director of the PLC, said. “Our annual meeting is a time to reflect, a time celebrate and a time to plan for the future. The PLC has made some significant strides on behalf of loggers in the past 21 years and it is poised to continue its work on behalf of this industry for years to come.”

The meeting concluded with award presentations including the following:

PLC Logger of the Year Award: This award recognizes a PLC Logging Contractor for their commitment to the sustainability of the industry and logging as a profession. The winner this year is; William A. Day Jr. and Sons of Porter.

PLC Impact Awards: Each year, the PLC recognizes someone from the public sector who has demonstrated a commitment to the industry and has made a significant impact for its improvement. This year the PLC recognized two individuals for this award. The winners are; Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves.

PLC Community Service Award: This award is given annually to a PLC member, Supporting Member or affiliated organization that has demonstrated a significant commitment to giving back to their community. The winner this year is; David Cole of American Forest Management.

Acadia Insurance Safety Award: In 1999, the PLC and Acadia Insurance partnered together to make safety a priority in the logging industry by creating a member benefit for PLC contractors, providing training and education, reducing claims and increasing profitability. This award is given to a company that continuously demonstrates safety throughout their business. The winner this year is; GCA Logging Inc. of Avon.

PLC Supporting Member Award: The PLC Supporting Member of the Year Award is presented annually to a PLC Supporting Member that has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to logging contractors in Maine. This year the winner is; Milton CAT.

PLC President’s Award: The President’s Award is presented to an individual or organization within the PLC which has had a significant and positive impact on the PLC and the logging industry in Maine. This year the award goes to: The Hanington Family

AWARDS 2016

John Bryant of American Forest Management accepts the PLC Community Service Award on behalf of David Cole, who could not attend. PLC President Brian Souers presenting

Ted Clark of Acadia Insurance presenting the Acadia Insurance Safety Award to GCA Logging Inc. of Avon

Peter Collins of Milton CAT accepting the PLC Supporting Member of the Year Award on behalf of Milton CAT

Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau accepts the PLC Impact Award. Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves also received the award but was unable to attend the meeting

PLC Logger of the Year Award presented to William A. Day Jr. and Sons of Porter by PLC President Brian Souers

The Hanington family receives the PLC President’s Award from PLC President Brian Souers

PLC Executive Director Dana Doran receives the new MVP Award from PLC President Brian Souers