The 2019 National LICA Winter Convention was held in sunny Tucson, Arizona at El Conquistador resort. What a great few days we all had! The convention was not only relaxing and fun but also informational and awarding.
Take a look at the schedule below to see just what was happening each day.
We would also like to then the Associate Sponsors. They make the convention possible and are great to work with.
Saturday night was concluded with an awards banquet. It started with a CNA Reception, followed by supper and then awards were announced.
Ohio came home with the Top State Award! More info on that to come...
Below are some of our Ohio Members accepting the award!
And let's not forget the Ohio LICA Members and their families that attended the Convention! What an amazing, supportive group to call friends from back home!
Congratulations to all scholarship winners and OLICA members!
The Board of Directors of the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of academic scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $500 each to selected recipients.
To qualify, each applicant must:
Recipients will be awarded a $500 scholarship to use towards tuition, books, and/or fees. Awards will be presented January 4, 2019 at the Ohio LICA Awards Banquet. Recipients will be notified and are invited and highly encouraged to be in attendance. Scholarship check will be sent directly to the institution for deposit into the student's account.
Applications must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2018.
The application may be found at https://form.jotform.com/olica/2019-scholarship-application
The 2018 Farm Science Review will kick off September 18 in London OH. We will be completing a waterway renovation project as well as performing field demonstrations during the event. OLICA members from all over the state help make this event a success each year. We greatly appreciate anyone that would like to help with these projects and demonstrations. There will be many other demonstrations throughout the event area as well. Come check it out!
For additional information on our part in the event, you can contact Steve Gerten at 419-235-1883
The 2018 National LICA Summer Convention was held July 9-15 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ohio members from Cy Schwieterman Inc. and Inbody Drainage Company Inc. and their families made the trip north to attend the convention with many others from all over. The week was full of tours, seminars, and fun for all ages. Tuesday started off the convention with tours of a local family-owned mint farm of more than 2000 acres, lunch at AgroLiquid, and a tour of Steenblik Dairy which houses 3450 milking cows.
Wednesday, we headed from Grand Rapids to Silver Lake to enjoy a ride on the sand dunes and gorgeous views. We stopped along the lake for a bit to take in the beauty. The kids loved getting their feet wet in the lake and cooling off. Just look at the fun they had!
Next on the day's journey was The Fox Barn. We arrived at the winery for a light lunch and wine tasting. We were able to explore the grounds and shop their winery for some new favorite wines after the meal. The Foxes are a five generation farm.
We wrapped up our day trip by touring Jawor Brothers Blueberry Farm & Country Store. We were taken on a tour of their family owned facility surrounded by blueberry bushes galore! They had some delicious treats in the store that we enjoyed during our time there. Ice cream, muffins, and of course blueberries!
Thursday, the Schwieterman and Gerten families enjoyed John Ball Zoo, before heading to Associate's Night that evening. Members could attend a variety of seminars throughout the day as well.
The theme for this year's Associate's Night was "A Salute to American History". Members were invited to dress up as an American Historical figure. Check out the Schwieterman Family's costumes below! Presidential masks were available at the event and we had a raffle with awesome prizes supplied by different states. Associate Members set up displays of their products and services throughout the room for members to visit.
Members enjoyed breakfasts and lunches sponsored by Associate Members, such as CNA and Case, throughout the week as well.
Friday, the Schwietermans visited the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, and the Gertens visited the Gerald R. Ford Museum. A variety of meetings took place throughout the morning and early evening for members as part of the convention.
Saturday, the convention was coming to an end with the National LICA Board Meeting held in the morning just after breakfast. After the meeting Ohio members walked across the bridge to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. There, they saw a little bit of everything, from history of things in Grand Rapids to a Be an Astronaut exhibit and a carousal ride. The kids, and adults, really enjoyed their time there.
The Schwietermans also attended the AIS Construction Equipment Skills Competition on Saturday afternoon, where they got to test out equipment.
As you can tell, we all had a very busy, fun filled week at the National LICA Summer Convention. From tours, to exploring the area, to meetings and seminars, we all found something to do at the convention. We can't wait for the next time!
With that, I will leave you with the future of OLICA...Urban Schwieterman and Case Gerten. Someday, they will follow in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers with this amazing organization and love of equipment, and have made great friends along the way!
We need your input! We are reaching out to anyone involved in the drainage industry ... researchers, producers, contractors, manufacturers, educators ... and asking them to provide any history they may have relating to the drainage industry in America, as well as where they see the industry heading tomorrow.
If you have history you would like to share, please email: