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Annual Meetings

Please join us for the 97th Annual Meeting!

Mark your calendars to join us as we hear updates from executive staff, elect new leadership and look ahead to the cooperative business for 2017.

The 97th Annual Meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 28 at the Wyndham Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and will continue to our new location at the Hilton Charlotte University, in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 30.

Meeting Schedule
9:00 a.m. General Session / Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. Milk Break
10:15 a.m. Members Only Executive Session
12:15 p.m. Member Recognition Luncheon

To Register for the Annual Meeting

Please scroll down to the Registration section of this page for more information about how to register for the events.

 

Ladies Program

The alternative Ladies Program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a continental breakfast.

For a copy of the full agenda for the Ladies Program, please CLICK HERE.

At the Gettysburg Ladies Program...

Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tom Vossler will present ‘Gettysburg: The Farms that Became a Battlefield’. Tom will recount many of the Gettysburg area farms and farm families before, during and after the Gettysburg battle and will describe how these farm families struggled to rebuild their lives and livelihood after the war.

About Tom Vossler:

Colonel Tom Vossler, U.S. Army (Retired) served thirty years in the U.S. Army from 1968 thru 1998. Tom taught military history, strategy and leadership at the U.S. Army War College and is a former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, PA.

Since 1998 he has worked as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg where he specializes in battlefield studies and leadership seminars for the U.S. military as well as military units from Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Canada.

Tom’s individual battlefield clients include the late ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings, movie actor Richard Dreyfus, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.  Tom also conducts over one hundred individual and family oriented tours of the Gettysburg Battlefield each year.

In addition, he has participated in several television productions, including programs for The History Channel, an appearance on C-Span3 for their “American Artifacts” series; an appearance on Farm Journal Television, and numerous appearances on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) discussing the Battle at Gettysburg and the leadership of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

 

At the Charlotte Ladies Program...

Member Amy Kresge of Loysville, Pennsylvania will share her basket-making expertise. She will reveal the art and history of basket making. At the end of the program, ladies will make a spring craft using basket-making techniques.

About Amy Kresge:

While dairy farming is her real job, Maryland & Virginia member Amy
Kresge has been making baskets on the side for over 30 years.

Participation in the craft at an evening ladies meeting grew into a serious interest. Thousands of baskets later she is never at a loss at gift- giving time and devotes many hours to teaching 4-Hers at her kitchen table.

Amy and her husband Lenard milk about 145 cows in central Pennsylvania
along with their son Scott.  Daughter Amanda is a local veterinarian and
Erica dairies with her husband's family in New Jersey.

Registration

Registration for the Annual Meeting is now open. To register online, please use the appropriate registration links below.

To register for the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Annual Meeting, please click here:

Eventbrite - 2017 Maryland & Virginia Annual Meeting - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

To register for the Charlotte, North Carolina Annual Meeting, please click here:

Eventbrite - 2017 Maryland & Virginia Annual Meeting - Charlotte, North Carolina

Registration Types and Instructions for Registration

Member Registration: Designated for Maryland & Virginia members and guests of members. If you are a member, please make sure to order the same ticket type for yourself and each person in your party that will be attending the event with you.

Director Registration: Designated for Maryland & Virginia Directors and guests of Directors If you are a Director, please make sure to order the same ticket type for yourself and each person in your party that will be attending the event with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Paula Leventhal.

Leadership Council Registration: Designated for Maryland & Virginia Leadership Council members and guests of Leadership Council members. If you are a Leadership Council member, please make sure to order the same ticket type for yourself and each person in your party that will be attending the event with you.

Guest Registration: Designated for guests of Maryland & Virginia, such as industry representatives and exhibitors. If you are a guest of the cooperative, please make sure to use this ticket type and order the same ticket type for each person in your party that will be attending the event with you. Note: This ticket type is responsible for making their own hotel accommodations. Please read below for more information.

Hotel Accommodations

For the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Meeting:

WYNDHAM GETTYSBURG HOTEL
95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-339-0020

Contact the Wyndham Gettysburg directly at 717-339-0020 and tell them you are with the ‘Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers 2017’ group; or reserve online.

To receive our special $130.00 standard room rate, reservations must be made by March 15, 2017.

For the Charlotte, North Carolina Meeting:

HILTON CHARLOTTE UNIVERSITY PLACE
8629 JM Keynes Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28262

Contact the Hilton Charlotte directly at 704-547-7444 and tell them you are with the ‘Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers 2017’ group; or reserve online.

To receive our special $169.00 standard room rate, reservations must be made by February 27, 2017.


Important Note Regarding Guest Hotel Accommodations

Guests of the cooperative are responsible for making their own hotel accommodations for the event. Please use the above information to take advantage of our special rates when making your accommodations. If you have any questions, please contact Paula Leventhal.


Exhibitor & Scholarship Fund Information

Are you an Exhibitor attending the Annual Meeting? Please make sure to fill out and submit a copy of the Exhibitor Response Form by Friday, March 17, 2017. To submit this form online, please click below for the appropriate meeting.

Please note: If you are planning on attending both meetings as an Exhibitor and wish to submit your forms online, you will need to submit one for each meeting location.

For the Gettysburg Meeting

For the Charlotte Meeting

To download a hard-copy of the Exhibitor Form (same for both meetings; only one form needed), please click here.

Interested in making a contribution to Maryland & Virginia's Scholarship Fund? Please submit a copy of the Scholarship Fund Contribution Form by Friday, March 3, 2017. To submit this form online, please click here.

To download a hard-copy of the Scholarship Contribution Form, please click here.

For more information about Maryland & Virginia's Scholarship program, please visit the Scholarship page.