The 2015 Regional Receptions are about to get underway as we will be visiting Florence and Auburn next week. Actually, two receptions have already been held, prior to the legislative session, in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.
But next week they begin in earnest and over the summer we should be stopping in a location near you.
There are several purposes for the Regional Receptions. First, and most important, is they provide an opportunity for the AFA staff to say thank you to our members for the support they provide to the Association. Good food and drink with no significant program…just good fellowship and fun.
Second, we invite local public officials so that they can see and get to know our members. They have probably met most of you, but they rarely get an opportunity to associate you as an integral part of AFA.
Lastly, they provide us an opportunity to invite prospective members to come see what AFA is all about.
The receptions are made possible by our Associate Member Sponsors. When you attend an event, please take a moment to express your appreciation to them. Associate Membership is reserved for those companies that benefit indirectly from the timber industry. They recognize that we are all in this together!
Monday, June 22nd at 6pm, we will be at the River Bottom Grille in Florence. Located at a marina directly beneath the US43/US78 Bridge crossing the beautiful Tennessee River, this venue has proven to be quite popular with our local membership. Senators Tim Melson and Larry Stutts are expected to attend and provide a brief update on their take on their first experience in the Legislature.
On Thursday, June 25th at 6pm, we will be in the Auburn area at Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Lodge. Regardless of your college football preference, visiting with Coach Dye is always a treat. He sure loves his trees! And his dogs are always sure to visit and provide entertainment
Great sandwiches and ribs provided by The Barbeque House (and don’t forget the world famous peanut butter pie) are always a favorite of the locals.
Senator Tom Whatley and Representative Mark Tuggle (former AFA board member) are expected to be there to give us their feedback on the legislative session.
At both of these events, we are additionally hosting an AFA District Meeting. The state is divided into 10 Districts from which our board members are selected. AFA hosts a district meeting in each district every year. The District Meetings begin at 5 pm and are open to all current AFA members.
Please RSVP to Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-481-2135 (or better yet, do it on-line at www.alaforestry.org) so that we can know how much food to order.