OAN awards nominations due today
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? Our industry is made up of an incredible group of hardworking people constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. The OAN awards process is designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories, but we need your help to identify them!
The official OAN awards nomination form is available here: (Word | PDF). Completed forms must be returned no later than today (October 1, 2014). Your OAN Awards committee will review every nomination as a critical aspect of the selection process.
Please join us when we honor these recipients at the 2014 OAN Convention/President's Awards Banquet on Friday, October 24. We hope to see you there!
» Download the Member Awards nomination form (Word | PDF).
» Register for President's Awards Banquet
Genuine Farwest attendee list available from OAN — and only OAN
Recently, OAN members have reported receiving solicitations from outside companies offering to include them in Farwest Trade Show guides, or to sell them a list of Farwest Trade Show exhibitors or attendees.
If you receive such an offer, please evaluate it very carefully. The OAN does not endorse or work with these outside vendors, and does not provide exhibitor or attendee information to them.
"In recent years, we have seen a number of scams that prey on trade show exhibitors," Farwest Trade Show manager Allan Niemi said. "If you have any questions about a solicitation you have received, please feel free to call us directly."
The only genuine list of 2014 attendees is available directly from OAN. If you were a Farwest Trade Show exhibitor for 2014 or have put down a booth deposit for 2015, you may purchase it. Click here for more information.
ONPAC endorses candidates, measures in 2014 election
The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) announced its endorsements for the 2014 general election.
Candidate endorsements were largely based on candidate positions on key issues, including the driver's card, water supply development, water quality regulations, support for Oregon State University Extension and the state natural resource agencies, tax policy, and support for transportation infrastructure. The resulting endorsements include 52 candidates for the Oregon Legislature, who include members of both parties.
"ONPAC has consistently taken the view that candidates should be endorsed based on issues, rather than a party affiliation," said Josh Zielinski, chairman of ONPAC. "We have a longstanding reputation for bipartisanship. We take ownership of issues affecting the nursery industry, and all of agriculture, and work collaboratively with other stakeholders to find the fairest and most effective solutions."
ONPAC also endorsed Gov. John Kitzhaber, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Measure 88 (Oregon Driver's Card), and Clackamas County Measure 3-347 (community college bond measure). It recommends a No vote on Measure 92 (GMO labeling).
» Read the full list of endorsements.
Voter registration deadline approaching
There are less than two weeks remaining for eligible people to register to vote in time for the November 4 election. The deadline is Tuesday, October 14. Measure 88, the Oregon Driver's Card legislation, is among the items on the ballot.
We urge all voters who are members of the nursery industry to vote yes on Measure 88. It is important for the industry, as well as the safety of Oregon roads. The measure will provide a safe and legal means for Oregon residents who qualify as drivers to obtain a driver's card and insurance, so they can drive to work, school and church. For voter registration information, log on to www.voteyeson88.com/register.
OktoberPest workshops begin this Thursday
Starting this Thursday, Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center will present pest management workshops each week during the month.
Leading off is the first workshop in a three-part Pesticide Applicator Training Series designed for existing and prospective Spanish-speaking pesticide applicators. Part one will cover pesticide label comprehension. Dr. Luisa Santamaria of OSU's Department of Botany and Plant Pathology will familiarize attendees with each section of a pesticide label, introduce the various types of pesticides and teach common pesticide terminology and definitions.
» View the complete schedule of OktoberPest workshops.
Mt. Hood Chapter to unveil Wholesale Nursery Map app on Oct. 21
The Mt. Hood Chapter will hold a dinner meeting to introduce its new OAN Wholesale Nursery Map app for Android and iOS devices. The app will give users instant information about participating wholesale growers and suppliers. Features will include contact links for email and phone, point-to-point directions, and a search function by category.
The dinner will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. Social hour and app sign-ups will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a Mexican buffet at 6:30 p.m. and demonstration at 7, with more sign-ups to follow. With dinner you will receive a free pin placement of your location on the 2015 app. The cost for dinner is $20, with an RSVP deadline of October 10. Register and pay online at www.oan.org.
» Register Today!
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
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.
OAN members receive discount for ESPERE training for Hispanic workers
Adelante Mujeres, a Portland company that provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low-income Latina women and their families, is bringing its ESPERE training program to Multnomah County for the first time. ESPERE training is a continuation of the Spanish-only session offered at this year's Farwest Trade Show. The session was very well received and attendees in a survey indicated they were eager for more training.
OAN members receive a $25 discount off the $150 price for each employee attending a series of six Friday afternoon training sessions beginning October 10.
For more information:
» Download the informational flier (Spanish)
» Download the registration flier (Spanish)
» ESPERE letter (English)
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.
First Aid and Adult CPR
♦ October - Multiple dates and locations to choose from
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ October 21 - Mt. Hood Chapter dinner meeting to introduce its new OAN Wholesale Nursery Map app.
♦ 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