SPRING 2018 ISSUE


Renew: Spring 2018






POET - Leipsic celebrates 10 years


POET – Leipsic celebrated 10 years of biofuel production with a luncheon in January 2018 for POET team members and guests. Representatives from the offices of Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Latta presented the team with congratulatory letters. Congratulations, Leipsic!


POET - Hudson Raises $1,000 to Relieve Student Lunch Debt


POET - Hudson team members raised $1,000 to relieve student lunch debt at Alcester Hudson School District over the 2017 holiday season. The fund provides a lunch of a sandwich and milk to students with a deficit until their lunch accounts become current.


Team members who contributed to the fund received a chance to win one of five POET quilts donated by Shift Supervisor Dorothy Dodge. She made each quilt with denim uniform pockets, donated jean material, old T-shirt materials and photos. The POET - Hudson team hopes to continue its contributions to the school lunch debt-relief program, offering each student the ability to have hot lunch on a daily basis.


POET – Ashton Participates in Team Building Activity


In March POET – Ashton Shift Supervisor Jacob Kollasch led some newer POET - Ashton team members through a “Strengths Finder 2.0” training. The training included a discussion worksheet, videos and a creative paper tower activity. They discovered the importance of seeing the strengths of others to work as a team.


POET, LLC Participates in Funski 2018


POET, LLC sponsored three teams that participated in the 2018 Media One Funski event. The fundraiser features a variety of winter events including skiing, fat tire biking, snowboarding, snow sculpture, cross country skiing and more. POET teams did well in both the individual time trial and headto- head competitions. The event raised about $35,000, which will go to supporting Children’s Inn, a domestic abuse shelter for women and children in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Inspiring the Next Generation of Heroes


POET’s vision and mission to change the world is inspiring individuals of all ages, including Tate Mammenga, a fifth grader at Webster Area Elementary School near POET - Groton and Big Stone. Mammenga created this comic strip featuring an environmentally friendly hero for the course. We are extremely proud to play a role in inspiring the next generation of heroes.


Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference 2018


More than 300 biofuels leaders and allies learned about the market and political landscape for biofuels in February 2018 during Growth Energy’s ninth-annual Executive Leadership Conference (ELC). POET Chairman and CEO Jeff Broin spoke several times, including presenting a speech on “Does Ag Need Biofuels?” and leading a panel discussion on the pending ag crisis.


The panel compared today’s farm economy to the ag crisis of the 1980s, noting the role the biofuels industry played in pulling America’s farmers through those hard times. Broin was joined by several of the top agricultural leaders in the country including Zippy Duval (American Farm Bureau President), Roger Johnson (National Farmers Union President), Mark Poeschl (National FFA/National FFA Foundation President) and Chip Bowling (National Corn Growers Association President).


Growth Energy also presented 2018 TOBI Award winners. Rob Walther, Vice President of Federal Advocacy, POET, received the TOBI Award for Advocacy. These awards serve as markers to the rest of the biofuels industry that these individuals have gone above and beyond in their service.





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