Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

February 16, 2013

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • The financials were discussed and approved.
  • Sharon Coward, Guy Warren, and Paul Megginson gave an update on the MLA/RMP insurance program.
  • Cecil Johnson gave a MLA Log-A-Load for Kids update. A check for $103,000.00 will be taken to
  • Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children on March 6, 2013.
  • Cecil Johnson updated the Board on MLA memberships which were up in 2013.
  • Cecil Johnson updated the Board regarding the 2013 legislative session. Several bills affecting the forestry industry were discussed.
  • The Board held their 2013 election which resulted as follows:
    • Ken Martin - President
    • Robin Jones - Vice President
    • Billy Sanford - Secretary/Treasurer

 

August 25, 2012

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • The financials were discussed and approved.
  • Misty Booth gave an update on the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.
  • RMP gave an insurance update.
  • MLA Log-A-Load for Kids fund-raising was discussed.
  • 2013 Legislative issues were discussed. The Harvest Permit will come up for renewal.
  • After board discussion, district meetings for the Southeastern District will resume in September.

 

March 10, 2012

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • The financials were discussed and approved.
  • A motion was made to ratify the motions/decisions of the MLA Executive Committee prior to March 10, 2012. All were in favor.
  • A motion was made to ratify the motions/decisions of the MLA Board of Directors prior to March 10, 2012. All were in favor.
  • A motion was made to allow Ken Martin, MLA Board President, to monitor legislative issues during the 2012 session. All were in favor.

 

March 3, 2012

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved.
  • The financials were discussed and approved. The Board of Directors agreed that financials are not to be sent to members via electronic media.
  • Members are welcome to visit the MLA office to view such information.
  • Guy Warren gave a brief update on the MLA/RMP insurance program.
  • Stacy Benefield gave a Log-A-Load for Kids update.
  • Johnny Black updated the Board on the Mid South Forestry & Equipment Show.  Exhibitor packets were handed out.
  • A motion was made that a format be sent out to each district secretary advising them as to what information needs to be kept on file at the MLA office.  This information is used in The Mississippi Logger magazine. Should a member want more detailed information regarding their district meetings, they are to get it directly from their district's secretary.
  • Tamme Bufkin met with the Board of Directors regarding her time spent lobbying for MLA, and addressed concerns from the Southeastern district.

 

November 5, 2011

  • The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
  • The financials were discussed and reviewed.
  • Risk Management Partners, Inc. gave an update on the MLA/RMP Insurance program.
  • Cecil Johnson gave an update on MLA Log-A-Load for Kids totals and end of year activities.
  • There was an open discussion on Senate Bill 2192.
  • Ken Martin, Board President, gave an American Loggers Counsil update. The Board voted to increase our yearly dues to ALC.
  • Cecil Johnson gave an update on his trip to Washington D.C.
  • The Mid-South Forestry & Equipment Show was discussed. The date has been set for October 5 & 6, 2012.
  • The Board talked in detail about Charles Burkhardt's contribution to the forestry industry, their friendships with him, and his commitment to MLA. It was decided that MLA will contribute to the Charles Burkhardt Memorial Fund at MSU.
  • It was decided that board meeting reports will be posted to MLA's website. Should someone not have access to the internet, a copy can be forwarded to them.
  • The 2012 legislative session was discussed. The Board reviewed current legislative issues and talked about things they'd like to see brought up in the 2012 session. Cecil Johnson, MLA executive Director, will lobby for MLA in 2012.
  • The MLA Board stands firm that as an association, MLA will not endorse any one candidate. All political contributions will be made from members on an individial basis.
  • The Board agreed to hire a part-time employee to help with day to day office operations, and to look into trading pick-ups due to mileage.