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Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2014 Annual Meeting, Speakers, and a farewell for Larry Erber, upon his resignation as a long time Exective Director of the SMPA on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Air Force Lynx Squadron on Avenue C North Saskatoon, SK.

This year the event will be held on a Sunday and will feature guest speakers Deke Panko with the Group Health Benefits and Government Representative to speak on the Growing Forward grants available to all plants. You won't want to miss either of these speakers.

TRIBUTE TO LARRY ERBER

Larry Erber resigned his position as Exective Director of the SMPA as of December 31, 2013.

Larry has been involved with the SMPA for 35 years, the last 15 years he has carried out the duties as Executive Director.

Larry held his first seminar to the SMPA in 1978 and continued doing seminars throughout the 35 years.

Larry was present at all the SMPA yearly conventions. For the first 25 years as judge at the meat competitions and the latter 15 years working at helping with the organizing of the convention. He was directly responsible for organizing and setting up the meat competition. He revised the meat judging sheets that was easier to use and had a dual purpose both for the meat competition and the processor.

Larry put together the first survey that was used to provide information to the impact the meat processors had on the provinces economy. This information was also used in determining the need for meat cutting as a journeyman trade in the province.

Larry spent 3 years working to acquire meat cutting as a journeyman trade. His work included a 23 page report that he presented to the Apprenticeship Board, developing the slaughtering manual and meat cutting and processing exam as well as procuring government funding for the writing and printing of the manual. The funding also provided meat plant business owners and employees to be reimbursed their cost of writing and passing the exam.

Larry accomplished to have Saskatchewan as the only province where you could obtain three disciples; meat cutting and processing journeyman status plus the two endorsements.

Larry was also a Director on the Saskatchewan Meat Industry Safety Association, Director for the Apprenticeship Trade and Certification Board and involved with the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board.

Larry has spent countless hours keeping in contact with members either by phone or by paying the plants a visit throughout all his years with the SMPA. Larry has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the meat industry and will be missed by the SMPA.

We wish you Larry the very best as you move onto your full retirement.