2018 CLFMI Summer Meeting
July 11-13, 2018
Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine
The 2018 CLFMI Summer Meeting returns to the setting of its largest-ever East Coast meeting from July 11-13, 2018. The beautiful Samoset Resort, located in Rockport, Maine, will be hosting the meeting for the first time in more than a decade. Those who were there during our previous meeting will remember what an exciting and information – packed event it was. Those who will be making their first trip to the Samoset are in for a wonderful experience in a beautiful part of the United States.
Please make your hotel reservations immediately. (Note: CLFMI discounted room rates will be available for the three days prior to and the three days following our official meeting dates)
T H E L O C A T I O N A N D T R A V E L
When you first look on the map it might seem as though Rockport, Maine is at the end of the earth, but instead of being the “end” of anything, it is an idyllic gateway to one of the most colorful, historic, and relaxing destinations in North America. After arriving at the Portland, ME International Airport, you’ll take a leisurely 90-minute drive to the Samoset Resort through the tree-covered roads of the Great Northeast.
Please be warned that traffic WILL slow down as you approach the little town of Wiscasset, home of Red’s Eats. When you have the reputation of being home to the best lobster roll in Maine, people will stop.
T H E H O T E L
Perched on 230 waterfront acres overlooking Penobscot Bay, the Samoset Resort is a Maine vacation resort with a rich history that dates back to 1889. Located in the tranquil town of Rockport, Maine just south of Camden, the Samoset has played host to families, celebrities and politicians alike with the signature hospitality that has made it one of New England’s premier luxury resorts.
CLFMI Members and guests you will enjoy warm, intuitive service along with elegant accommodations, oceanside dining, an 18-hole championship golf course and a seemingly endless variety of activities. Soak up the sun from the spectacular 200,000-gallon “zero entry” pool and multi-tiered deck. Indulge in a little-personalized pampering at the seaside Spa and Salon. Families planning a vacation in Maine will love the tennis, basketball, disc golf and lawn games at the Ultimate Backyard, along with the fun-filled children’s activities at the Samoset Kids Club.
2018 Summer Meeting Schedule
Tuesday, July 10 (Early Bird Drop-In)
We’ll be having an informal get-together Tuesday evening for those arriving early to enjoy the Samoset or to participate in Wednesday’s Golf Outing. Details to be determined
Wednesday, July 11
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Optional Golf Outing
Golfers need to arrive on Tuesday to be part of this year’s golf outing which is being offered a day earlier than normal so everyone can participate in Thursday’s off property event.
Noon – 6:00 PM – Arrival at the Samoset Resort. Check-in, stroll down to the lighthouse, enjoy refreshments while rooting our golfers home on the 18th green or just relax by the pool until our opening event.
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting
7:00 PM – Welcoming Reception and Dinner
Thursday, July 12
Breakfast will be available starting at @ 7:45 am, followed at 8:15 am by our Business Meeting. As usual, we will be providing the best available speakers to keep members informed and up-to-date regarding the most pressing issues facing the industry and the Institute.
Preliminary topics for the 2018 meeting include: “Physical Security Upgrading Compliance for Utilities – the Clock is Ticking;” “The Steel Industry’s Outlook for 2018 -2019: What Are They Thinking?”; an expanded economic forecast for chain-link markets; and an update on Institute-initiated marketing efforts.
Thursday, July 12
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Spouses and Guests Program
For spouses and guests not attending the Business Meeting, we’ll have a morning event to give them a unique taste of northern Maine attractions and activities.
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Optional Activity: A Down East Adventure
Join your fellow attendees for a beautiful summer afternoon enjoying the sights, the sounds, the food, and the of Camden, one of New England’s most picturesque seafaring towns. We will leave the Samoset Resort to take a short drive up the coast to Camden. CLFMI members and guests will enjoy a delicious New England luncheon, followed by some free time in town to soak in the local culture.
In mid-afternoon the group will board the Schooner Appledore for a trip back in time to the days when the sea was more than just a way of life, it was life itself. Be on the lookout for the “native inhabitants” of this teeming ecosystem that has remained the same for hundreds of years.
Thursday, July 12
7:00pm -9:00pm –New England Lobster Feast
The Samoset is renowned for its authentic lobster feast setting and its over-the-top quality of food and service. It’s beachcomber casual for this outdoor event, to be preceded by a traditional CLFMI “challenge” activity and followed by an after-dinner program to wrap up a long and productive day.
Friday, July 13
9:00 AM Closing Program
All members and guests are invited to enjoy breakfast and our closing program on Friday morning. Be prepared to participate, as always, as we present speakers to inform and engage everyone.
As always, business casual is the “official” attire for CLFMI Summer Meetings. The Thursday schooner cruise is nautical casual and the Lobster Feast is lobster casual (it might be sweater/sweatshirt cool).
(Scene from CLFMI’s most recent lobster-themed event)
IMPORTANT SUMMER MEETING CONTACT INFORMATION
Reminder: Attendees are responsible for their own room reservations.
Be sure to identify yourself as a participant in the Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute Summer Meeting
Cut-off date to guarantee reservations: June 9, 2018