American Loggers Council As We See It
Thank You To Our Sponsors
For any association to offer services to its members, it needs some form of revenue, and to do that solely on membership dollars can be challenging. That is where sponsorships come into play. When organizations that support our industry become sponsors of the American Loggers Council (ALC), they are helping us to offer those services to our members through their sponsorship dollars. For nearly twenty years now the ALC has been “The voice” of professional loggers in this country by attending meetings, testifying before Congress, and meeting with our elected and agency officials in Washington D.C. and anywhere else where there is an issue impacting the loggers of this country on a national level.
It has been two years since the ALC unveiled its new logo and new website in an effort to rebrand itself and make more loggers aware of the work that the organization is doing on their behalf. At the same time, the ALC changed how sponsorships were handled as it relates to levels and how that money would be used. Since that time the number of sponsors has increased as has their financial commitment to the ALC. Without their support we would not be able to accomplish as much as we have for our membership and for that we are very grateful.
There are a variety of ways that our sponsors support us such as hosting our Summer Board of Directors meetings at their facilities, recognizing the ALC in their advertising, helping to get information about the ALC out to loggers in areas that are not currently represented by ALC, and sending representatives to Washington, DC to make visits on the Hill with our members.
As I write this, we are preparing for our annual trip to Washington D.C. to meet with our elected officials and federal agencies to discuss issues of importance to the loggers of this country and are looking forward to the participation and unique perspectives that our sponsors bring to the table.
This year, representatives from Caterpillar, John Deere and the Southern Loggers Cooperative will be present and I hope that we see this type of participation continue to expand, giving our sponsors an opportunity to see what we do, how their funding is being utilized, and again helping us and those in Washington, DC to realize that we are truly “all in this together” and we need to continue to work together to make this industry better for all parties involved.
Anyone who has been to our nation’s capital, knows how expensive that city can be, and that is where those sponsorship dollars are truly needed. Some may question if those visits are doing any good and I would answer “YES.” The ALC has been asked to testify before Congress a number of times on various subjects in recent years as well as having been contacted by various Federal Agencies for our input on issues important to loggers. That shows that we are getting our message out and that the ALC is regarded as the “voice of professional loggers” in this country.
Again, without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to offer the same level of representation to our members that we currently do, and to our sponsors, I would like to say “Thank You” for your support and to encourage your continued participation in the activities of the ALC. I would urge all of you to support those organizations that support the ALC and this industry as a whole, and to thank them for their support. For a complete listing of ALC sponsors, please visit our web site at www.americanloggers.org.
Until next time, LOG SAFE
Brian Nelson is the current President of the American Loggers Council and he and his brother David and father Marvin own and operate Marvin Nelson Forest Products, Inc. based out of Cornell, Michigan.
The American Loggers Council is a non-profit 501(c) (6) corporation representing professional timber harvesters in 30 states across the US. For more information, visit their web site at www.americanloggers.org or contact their office at 409-625-0206.