My name is Lisa Medici, and I have been honored to be elected as the new National Chair of the Log A Load For Kids Advisory Group, starting this month—November 2009. I would like to extend my gratitude to past Chair Robert Williams, of Tennessee, for his dedication to this important campaign.
I am currently Chair of California’s Log A Load program. It has meant a lot to me, with my own three children, as well as one precious grandson, who will soon be turning 3.
I was born and raised in Westwood, California, a small community in the mountains 100 miles from Reno, Nevada. I’m a third-generation logger—my family has been in this business for over 47 years. My grandfather and father both started out as gyppo truck drivers and then began salvage logging, running a front-end loader, skidder, dozer, and employing a choker setter and knot bumper—about five employees. Today, at the peak of the season, we employ 40 to 50 and perform mechanical and conventional logging, chipping, hauling, low bedding, and road work. My brother Jack and I grew up in the business, and today we run it in partnership.
I know this year is bringing hardships for everyone—for our business, as well. Even the National Log A Load Conference will be held by conference call this year. It’s hard to think about giving when we have so little to give ourselves. I hope everyone can pull through this tough economic stage and keep in mind that, through Log A Load For Kids®, we are helping to give children the care and comfort that they deserve.
We are all working toward the same goal: to see the forest industry thrive and to keep kids healthy. Good luck and God bless everyone, in all that you do.
Chair, Log A Load For Kids California
Incoming Chair, National Log A Load For Kids Advisory Group