Featured image: Thirteen IOFVA past presidents attended this year’s event along with this year’s president, Bradley Watson (bottom row, left). How many can you name?
In a return to a live event at its longtime venue of the Shore Lodge in McCall, ID, the Idaho-Oregon Fruit & Vegetable Association saw more than 125 industry members and family take part in a full slate of activities at the 58th Annual Convention June 10-12.
The 2020 convention, which was supposed to be the 58th annual, was canceled in the wake of COVID-19, and as the nation began its recovery from the effects of the pandemic this year, IOFVA convention planners put together a fun and informative agenda and activities. IOFVA Executive Director Candi Fitch told OnionBusiness the Thursday-Sunday event drew between 125-130 enthusiastic folks to McCall.
The planning committee, which was made up of outgoing IOFVA President Brad Watson of Watson Packing Co. and his wife, Faere, Chad and Molly Henggeler, Don and Denae Barowsky and Cheryl and Shawn Leavitt, set an agenda that included the industry meetings, social gatherings, a convention golf tourney, silent auction, blackjack tournament, poker walk, Jim Watson Memorial Softball Game, president’s banquet, family buffet and awards ceremony.
The new board of directors was also installed, with the president’s gavel going to Chad Henggeler of Henggeler Packing Co.; vice president is Cheryl Leavitt of Champion Produce Sales; secretary-treasurer is Cameron Skeen of Baker & Murakami Produce; and directors are John Orrison of Symms Fruit Ranch; Shay Myers of Owyhee Produce; Kimi Maag of Jamieson Produce; Dan Phillips of Central Produce Dist.; Mattie Gremling of Allendale Produce; and Corey Coles of Obendorf Produce.
Our thanks to Tiffany Cruickshank of Snake River Produce for the great photos from the convention.