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2016 Legislative Reception might be the liveliest yet

The MFPC conference room was crowded and the conversation was lively.

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This year’s reception Jan. 26th may have been the most lively one ever. The MFPC conference room was packed and the noise level was high as legislators and MFPC members enjoyed great food, good company and the chance to talk informally.

“There are two sides to every story and this is where we get the chance to hear that other side,” said Rep. Catherine Nadeau, D-Winslow. “You have to lighten the mood with a little bit of humor. It makes things go so much smoother.”

MFPC Board member Jim Robbins Sr. was in complete agreement with Nadeau’s comments. “I think it’s very important that the leaders in our industry get to meet with legislators so that they can hear our side of the story,” Robbins said. “And I appreciate them coming to listen to it. I wish everybody had her attitude.”

Executive Director Patrick Strauch said both members and legislators appreciate and enjoy the chance to get to know each other better in a relaxed setting. He had special thanks for Office Manager Sue McCarthy, whose planning skills make reception so successful every year.

“This year’s reception was especially well attended,” Strauch said. “Many members arrived at 1 p.m. for the MFPC Board meeting, stayed for the panel discussion with legislative leaders and then had fun and food at the reception.”

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