Log A Load for Maine Kids Auction
Members, we had a great Annual Meeting on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Cross Insurance Center and it was a pleasure to see so many of you there. We not only broke the attendance record for an Annual Meeting – with nearly 200 people at the event – but set a new and amazing record for the Log A Load for Maine Kids live auction: $87,498! And with additional donations that are still being counted from that night we are now over $90,000! We started the day with a business meeting for contractors, getting updates on many PLC issues and initiatives. We were honored to be visited by U.S. Senator Susan Collins. We also received an update from Go-Lab President Josh Henry on progress at the Madison mill, had a great social media for loggers presentation from Chrissy Kimball of Kimball & Sons Logging and Trucking and Carey Weston of Sutherland Weston, and heard an Acadia Safety Dividend Program update.
US Senator Susan Collins addresses the morning business meeting.
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 award went to three individuals, including U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.
Scott Dane, ALC Exec. Director, speaking at noon.
Events continued at noon with the PLC’s Annual Meeting luncheon with Members, Supporting Members, and invited guests in attendance. Our featured speaker was Scott Dane, Executive Director of the American Loggers Council, who provided updates on national logging initiatives and the past year of action, including praising the PLC’s leadership role in securing pandemic relief for U.S. timber harvesters and haulers.
Scott Hanington and Noah Tibbetts at the auction.
Our evening portion of the event kicked off with a social hour followed by our live Log A load auction, led by the efforts of our fantastic auctioneer Scott Hanington with some help from his wingman, Noah Tibbetts. We’d like to thank both as well as the incredibly generous sponsors and donors for this event, and all of you who dug deep and bid high to ensure we set our new record of more than $90,000!
Dinner and the PLC Awards presentations were next. We were honored to have US Congressman Jared Golden and Maine Sen. Russell Black in attendance. Awards were presented to the following individuals, organizations, and companies:
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 recipient this year is: Thomas Logging and Forestry of Guilford.
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 award went to three individuals, including Maine State Sen. Russell Black of Wilton.
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 award went to three individuals including U.S. Congressman Jared Golden.
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 recipient this year is: Treeline Inc. of Chester, Maine.
PLC President’s Award: The President’s Award is presented to individuals or organizations within the PLC which have a significant and positive impact on the PLC and the logging industry in Maine. The recipient this year is: Jim Nicols of Nicols Brothers Inc. in Rumford.
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. The recipient this year is: The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NEC).
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 recipient this year is: Carl Morneau, Morneau Logging, of Chapman, ME. (Laurie Palow of Acadia Insurance pictured. Carl Morneau was unable to attend.)
Current and past Presidents of the PLC were also honored. Pictured, from left to right: Greg Cyr, Jim Nicols, Steve Hanington, Tom Cushman, Brian Souers, Scott Madden, and Tony Madden. Absent from photo, Bob Linkletter.
Travis Mills, at right, onstage with PLC Board Member Scott Madden.
Finally, our evening concluded with a presentation by Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. and recalibrated warrior, Travis Mills. Travis and his motto, “Never Give Up, Never Quit,” is an inspiration to loggers.
We want to thank everyone who made this event such a great success, and we look forward to another year of progress for the PLC!