2016 Maple School
2008 Annual Meeting
Newsletter • March 2010
Annual Meeting: Ed Peet made the motion to move the slate of officers presented Moe, Barb and Andy for President, Sec/Treasurer and VP respectively and Maurice Trayah to be nominated to the Board of Directors. All elected unanimously. Check out the sidebar for all of the directors' information.
Don Dolliver reported from the State Director's Meeting. Points brought up at the meeting 1) galvanized barrels will no longer be used to sell bulk to the packers so everyone should have a plan to switch by the 2012 season. 2) this is the first year of tapping on State lands, 3) it is increasingly necessary to have a complete paper trail of any syrup that is sold to packers and retail outlets. A knowledge of the type of defoamer used, and finally 4) a discussion about merging the industry council, the promotion board and VMSMA. The hope is to reduce duplication of efforts and to help the maple industry speak with one voice. Contact Dave Folino, Don Dolliver or Don Gale to chat about your concerns.
Financials were also discussed. We had two CD's come due. One in March and one in April. We have about $15,000 to invest. We are working on trying to find a good place to put the money where we can get a few dollars of interest.
Our 2010 Maple School finished about even this year. We had a few more expenses as we reimbursed travel for our Canadian presenters. The directors are always looking for suggestions for making the next school better. Next year's January Maple School will be held at Middlebury Union High School, the tentative date is Saturday, January 15th.
Looking Ahead • Mark Your Calendars
Operation Maple Sweetness
Donations are going slowly and I know we can meet the goal of syrup to the troops! Remember the Vermont deployment is 1,500 dedicated men and women—the largest since WWII. Syrup can still be dropped off at Rheaume Kitchen and Flooring—Route 7 South or Maple Landmark, Exchange St., Middlebury, or Dakin Farm in Ferrisburgh. Monetary donations can be sent to Mary Croft at VMSMA, 491 Barnard Rd, S. Royalton, VT 05068. Please consider making a donation and show your support!
Maplerama Addison County Edition
The 2011 edition of Maplerama will be held in Addison County. Sheila Masterson has agreed to Chair the Maplerama Planning Committee. If you are interested in serving on the Maplerama committee or just have some ideas please contact her at 453-7155 or email@example.com.
She will be having a meeting of all those interested in mid June. The agenda will be to get subcommittees formed and some basics firmed up. Watch for more information! MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!
French Heritage Day
July 16-17 in Vergennes. We have been asked again to represent the maple industry at this event. If you are interested in participating selling, demoing, or sharing maple with the event goers, please contact Margerite at the Addison County Chamber Office at 388-7951. To sign up or get more information.
The 2010 edition of Maplerama will be held in Washington County, July 30-31. For more information visit: http://vermontmaple.org/files/vermont-maplerama-2010.pdf
Field Days, August 10th-14th
Managers: Barb has agreed to manage Field Days again this year. It would be great to have some help lining up workers and doing demonstrations. Several folk mentioned they were interested in helping out. Let Barb know. Be on the lookout for sign up in July.
Buying syrup: Be thinking about selling your syrup to Field Days. The prices will be set as we get closer to Field Days. We will be offering competitive prices.
Updating images: We are getting photos updated. If you haven't sent you photo in yet, please email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Seeley at email@example.com. Make sure you give us the town where your sugarhouse is located. If you can't email it then mail it to Barb. Now is the time before the sugarhouse is closed up for the year.
Association Goings On
We had three well qualified applicants for our $500 scholarship. The scholarship committee had a tough decision and selected Victoria Brown of Lincoln. Besides sugaring, Victoria has participated in a wide variety of agricultural activities through 4-H, is active in organizations at Mt. Abraham and in the fall will be off to college. Congratulations Victoria!
Watch for major changes to our website at www.addisoncountyvtmaple.org. More information, more links, more ways to make contact with each other and better access to information. Work on the site will begin this week.
Vermont Woodlands Seminars
The Vermont Woodlands Associations Forestry School is offering several workshops this summer. Two of the seminars I think would be great for members to take.
August 28th in Dummerston will have a session on Invasives: Identification and Control. Presenters are Sam Schneski, Bill Guenther, Jim Edsen, and Peter Smallidge.
October 2nd in Groton will have a session on Timber Harvest, Logging Roads, and Trails. Presenters are Markus Bradley and Louis Bushey.
If you are interested please contact the VWA at 747-7900 or visit their website at www.vermontwoodlands.org. The cost of the seminars is $50 each.