Maine Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting!
On: November 9, 2013
Location: Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center, Bar Harbor, Maine
You are invited…..
Maine Farm Bureau’s
62nd Annual Meeting
(hosted by Washington-Hancock County Farm Bureau)
Location: Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center
119 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Maine
November 9-11, 2013
Come for one day or all three….something for everyone!
Room rates are $89 + tax per person per night. Please call the Atlantic Oceanside directly to book your accommodations - 207-288-5801. Each room has an ocean view. Reference the MFB Annual Meeting to get the discounted rate. RESERVE YOUR ROOM BY NOVEMBER 1st and RSVP to Jasmine for meals and activities by November 1st (see form below).
Throughout the meeting –Trade Show Tables and the Silent Auction Tables will be set up to raise money for the Disaster Relief Fund (designed to offer assistance to Farm Bureau members in times of crisis). The registration table will also be set up throughout to answer questions, etc.
Saturday – November 9th
11 a.m. - Meet in the Atlantic Oceanside Lobby at 11 a.m. where we will board a bus for tours of the diversity of agriculture DOWNEAST style! We will tour:
- A lobster processing plant
- A wreath making operation
- A blueberry business
- Bartlett Winery in Gouldsboro
We will return around 5 p.m. NO CHARGE BUT RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
6:30 p.m. - Young Farmer Dinner – Gather in lobby (each person pays for own meal)
Sunday – November 10th
7-9 a.m. – Continental Breakfast for overnight guests (included with room rate)
11 - 12 a.m.–CountyBoard Succession Planning – Getting Young Farmers Involved –
Jill Casten, AFBF
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Telling Our Ag Story – Jill Casten, AFBF – “In the agriculture industry,
we are constantly told to tell our story, but that’s sometimes easier said than done. This session covers some suggestions for what makes stories interesting to the listener, as well as some strategies for making stories comprehendible to the audience.”
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Policy Updates from AFBF
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. –Who Needs to Be Insured? - Greg Warren, Farm Family Agent. Find out how to make sure your insurance coverage is tailored for your needs. This could be very helpful for those who are raising or making and selling products on site, at farmers markets or to local stores.
4:45 – 5:15 p.m. – Open Resolutions
5:15 – 6:30 - Break and Visit Exhibits
6:30 p.m. - Banquet with keynote speaker from the aquaculture industry, also Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation Commissioner Walt Whitcomb will speak. There will be musical entertainment and program awards– open to public, invite your friends to learn more about Maine Farm Bureau and ag in Maine ($30 per person)
Monday – November 11
Exhibitor space open throughout the morning
7-8 a.m. – Continental Breakfast for overnight guests
8:30 a.m. – General Session
9:30 a.m. – Voting Delegates Session
11:30 a.m. – Exhibitor Introductions and viewing before lunch
Noon – Lunch
1:00 p.m. Resume Voting Delegate Session
Brief board of directors meeting
3 p.m. – Adjourn
Please RSVP to Jasmine at the office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-639-2126 to let us know which meetings and meals you plan to attend.
Saturday Tour (no charge) _____(number of people)
Saturday Young Farmer Dinner _____(each person paying for self, but need number for
Sunday Workshops _____ (number)
Sunday lunch _____(number of people, no fee)
Sunday banquet ______(number of people, $30 per person)
Monday meetings ______(number of people)
Monday lunch ______(number of people)
MORE WAYS TO BE INVOLVED:
- Have an exhibit at our mini Trade Show
- Donate an item for our Silent Auction (all proceeds to go to the Disaster Relief Fund)
- Donate Sponsorship Funds in exchange for “free” advertising in all promotional and wrap-up materials about the event. (including mention in The Maine Farmer newsletter and place cards thanking sponsors at each dinner table)
Company or Farm Name_______________________________
Reserve Table__________Sponsorship amount___________Silent Auction item____________
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