On a hot and steamy night, the Alabama Forestry Association hosted its Andalusia Area Regional Reception at the “Point A Lodge” owned andmanaged byour good friends and partners at PowerSouth.
Excellent food was provided for the event by the local favorite, David’s Catfish House
And the event was sponsored by Southeast Alabama Gas District and First South Farm Credit.
Turnout for the event was good and offered old friends an opportunity to become reaquainted and allowed the AFA staff to express its appreciation to our members. AFA Board members Tripp Winters (Coastal- AFA Longleaf District Director- shown below) and Jeff Ledbetter (Rayonier- and current AFA President) were present as well.
There were several prospective members in attendance and we hope that they will have determined that being a part of AFA is important to their timberland ownership.
Rick Jones (Dixon Land Company- AFA members) is shown here enjoying the reception.
Also, we were pleased to be joined by Representative Mike Jones. Representative Jones is a rising star in the Alabama Legislature and is gaining a reputation for his wisdom and calm steady temperament. A great friend to the timber industry, Representative Jones was the sponsor in the House of Representatives for the Alabama Forestry Association’s proposed legislation that would have prohibited the use of state funds for the construction of state buildings that use a green building standard that discriminates against wood that is certified by SFI and Tree Farm.
Darius Foster is the Alabama Forestry Association’s ForestPAC endorsed candidate for House District 56 which is located primarily in Bessemer and includes part of Hoover. Darius burst onto the political scene recently due to a video he produced titled “In a Box.” If you have not seen the video, you can see it here as Darius is interviewed by Elisabeth Hasselbeck of Fox News: www.youtube.com.
Lawrence McAdory, the incumbent in House District 56, was beaten in the Democratic Primary by Louise Alexander. Ms. Alexander previously served on the Bessemer City Council from 1998-2010 and owns a small business, Unity Flowers. She gave up her seat on the Council for an unsuccessful bid for Mayor of Bessemer and also lost elections in 2012 for Circuit Clerk and then to try and regain her seat on the council. Her status in the general election for the House of Representatives is in dispute as she has been disqualified by the Secretary of State for failing to file her Statement of Economic Interests in a timely manner.
The State Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolutions supporting Alexander’s reinstatement, but in the event she does not prevail in her effort, the Democratic Party has until Tuesday, August 19th to name another candidate for the seat.
Most political “experts” would suggest that a Republican would not have a chance in this historically Democrat controlled district, but because of the turmoil surrounding Ms. Alexander, perhaps this year might be different. There are also two independent candidates that have qualified.
Darius is a rising star in Alabama politics and you can learn more about him at his website, www.dariusfoster.com. If you wish to assist Darius in his campaign, please contact AFA. Darius needs volunteers and financial resources so any assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
The Alabama Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 7-9, 2014 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. The conference opens with a Continuing Education Track focusing on Forest Landowner Issues. The education track will be held on Sunday, September 7th at the resort and begins at 9:00 am. Six one-hour courses and lunch will be provided.
This is an excellent opportunity to get those professional education credits that you will need for the year and has been approved for credits in Foresters and Loggers and Attorneys by the Mandatory Legal Education Commission of Alabama. The course also will be eligible for CPE and Realtor credits pending approval from their respective boards.
If you are attending the AFA Annual Meeting, registration is just $75 and its $150 if you are not. If you would like to register for the Continuing Education click here. If you would like to register for the Annual Meeting and get the discounted rate, click here.