Register now for the OAN One-Day Convention
OAN invites all members to gather at the 2014 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. We look forward to seeing you there! The day's schedule is as follows:
- Annual Membership Business Meeting and Officer Installation — 2-4:30 p.m., Free (register today)
- President's Awards Banquet — 6-9 p.m., $65 per person (register today)
- No-host cocktail reception — 9 p.m.-midnight, Fireside Lounge
The annual OAN Convention honors and supports the best the nursery industry has to offer. You can nominate those individuals and/or companies you think deserve recognition for elevating the nursery industry. Download the Member Awards nomination form (Word | PDF).
Also, you can make your reservations to stay over at the Oregon Garden Resort by calling 503-874-2500. OAN members receive a discounted room rate of $69 plus tax, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. To get the discount, be sure to mention code "OANMTG." The room block expires on October 1.
Labor shortages, federal inaction cited in Yes on Measure 88 campaign report
Critical labor shortages are keying support for the
Yes on Measure 88/Oregon Driver's Card Bill campaign, according to a recently published article. The federal government's inaction on immigration reform was also cited in the report, which features quotes from OAN members Jim Gilbert, president of Northwoods Nursery and at-large member of the OAN Executive Committee, and John Coulter, general manager of Fisher Farms and chairman of the OAN Government Relations Committee.
This campaign is a critical issue for Oregon nurseries. At
www.voteyeson88.com, you can help by volunteering, endorsing Measure 88, or donating securely online.
» Read the full story.
Oregonian and City Club endorse Measure 88
The editorial board of the Oregonian newspaper has endorsed Measure 88, the proposed Oregon Driver's Card. "Whatever you happen to think about federal immigration policies, there's nothing state officials or voters can do to change them," the board stated. "What lawmakers (and voters) in Oregon can do, on the other hand, is support state-level measures that make the best sense for the most people. The measure ... would allow (workers) to travel to and from Oregon businesses that need their labor. In the process, the measure would increase safety at least marginally for everyone else on the road. For those reasons, Oregonians should vote 'yes' on Measure 88."
The City Club of Portland has also endorsed Measure 88, with 95 percent of its members saying they support it. According to the City Club newsletter, "The study committee finds: Oregon driving privileges should be based on the ability to drive safely, know the rules of the road and obtain auto insurance, not on immigration status."
Staddon takes ALS challenge at Farwest
Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia's spokesperson and director of new plants, took the ALS Ice Bucket challenge at this year's Farwest Trade Show. Staddon braved the icy waters to call attention to the ALS Association's fight against Lou Gehrig disease.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — a social media phenomenon — was started earlier this summer by ALS patient Pete Frates who, at 29 years old, has lived with ALS since 2012. Since the challenge went viral, donations have reached nearly $100 million.
» Watch the video.
Executive action on immigration looking less certain
After the U.S. House of Representatives failed earlier this year to follow the Senate's example and take action on comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama vowed to explore all options to change the immigration system on his own, via executive action.
However, recent reports indicate that administration officials and Democratic leaders see a significant downside to that: that it will harm Democrats' chances in November. Immigration advocate Reuben Navarrette Jr., in a column for The Daily Beast website, went as far as to predict the administration will do nothing.
As recently as last week, however, the president reaffirmed his intent to take action. "Have no doubt: In the absence of congressional action, I'm going to do what I can to make sure the system works better," Obama said Thursday.
Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes
The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee is presenting First Aid and Adult CPR training classes in October, as a service to members and the industry.
Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $42 for first-time or expired certifications and $32 for renewals. Register and pay at www.oan.org, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.
Endless Summer hydrangeas get new website
Bailey Nurseries announced the launch of a new website for its popular product line of Endless Summer® hydrangeas. The site showcases images to inspire floral arrangers and landscapers, how‐to instructions for planting and caring for hydrangeas, and practical guides for achieving reblooming hydrangeas.
» Check out the new website.
Tee up for golf tournament to benefit homeless
On Thursday, September 18, Dennis' 7 Dees will present its annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Human Solutions, an Oregon-based nonprofit assisting homeless and low-income youth and their families. The fundraiser will be held at Langdon Farms Golf Club (24377 Aurora Road, Aurora, Oregon). Cost is $150 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more.
» For details, visit www.dennis7dees.golfreg.com
OAN Safety Tip: Develop an emergency plan
Farm managers and employees can develop a deep knowledge of the hazards that exist on their property. In fact, most do. But the area where many fall down is crisis intervention. Do you know what you would do if a medical or other emergency happened on your farm? You should, because seconds count. Here are some tips to help you plan your response in the event of an emergency situation (English | Spanish)
First Aid and Adult CPR
♦ October - Multiple dates and locations to choose from
♦ October 24 - Register today for the One-Day Convention of the Membership and President's Awards Banquet at the Oregon Garden
OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow
Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Download the OAN Media Kit