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Standing Committees

Participation in an OAN committee requires commitment and time. Members must be available to meet at the appointed meetings on a regular basis. All mission statements and charters are on file at the OAN office.

 

AWARDS

Solicits and evaluates award nominations and selects recipients for awards given at the OAN Convention. The Award Committee also selects inductees into the Oregon Nursery Hall of Fame, normally held every-other year. This committee meets 2 to 3 times each year. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.

FARWEST SHOW

Plans and produces industry trade show in August. This committee meets the first Tuesday morning of every month Spring-Summer and requires 20 hours of volunteer time during the week of the show. Staff Liaison: Allan Niemi.

INSURANCE & SAFETY

Coordinates with the OAN's agent of record to develop and maintain membership insurance programs. Works to increase membership awareness of the importance of workplace safety and acts as a resource for members for safety information. Meets as needed (generally 4-6 times per year). Staff Liaison: Sherry Markwood.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Oversees legislative matters pertaining to nursery/landscape industry. Develops and recommends to Executive Committee OAN legislative policies and positions. Meets 8-10 times a year. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.

MARKETING

Builds regional, national and international awareness to increase sales of Oregon’s nurseries in critical markets and priority market segments and promotes public awareness of the industry. Meets the first Thursday of the month, and committee members actively participate in committee and sub-committee activities. Staff Liaison: Ann Murphy.

RESEARCH

Identifies, prioritizes and communicates the research needs of the nursery industry and develops funding methods for worthy projects. The committee typically meets 4 times each year. The fall meeting (usually in October) is a full-day joint meeting with the ODA Nursery Research Advisory Committee to review research grant pre-proposals and to recommend which researchers are asked to submit a final proposal to the ODA. Staff Liaison: Beth Farmer.

YARD, GARDEN & PATIO SHOW

Plans and implements spring consumer show in February. This committee meets the third Wednesday evening of every month September — February and requires volunteer time during the week of the show. Staff Liaison: Allan Niemi.

Affiliates

Affiliates are independent of the OAN, and operate under their own sets of bylaws, which are on file at the OAN office.

OREGON NURSERIES FOUNDATION

The ONF awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in ornamental horticulture. The board members review all applications and meet for a half day in mid-April to make their selections. Meets once more in mid-summer. Staff Liaison: Sherry Markwood.

OREGON NURSERIES POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (ONPAC)

ONPAC works closely with the OAN Government Relations Committee. It is responsible for all political action matters involving the nursery industry. Board members (or their company) must be an ONPAC contributor to participate. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.

Task Force

CONVENTION

Plans annual convention; must be willing to fund raise and volunteer during the convention. Meets on a regular basis, at the discretion of the chair, during the planning stages of the event. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.

EDUCATION

Identify and promote educational opportunities that benefit OAN members and their work force. Staff Liaison: Ann Murphy

ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES

Supports environmental stewardship by growers, developing programs and making recommendations to promote responsible use of water, land and other natural resources. Recent emphasis on being proactive and responsible in outreach to members, ANLA, The Nature Conservancy and others on the issue of invasive ornamental plants. Committee meets as needed if issues arise. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.

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