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NAMA Hosts Retirement Reception for Betsy Faga

May 10, 2010

Washington, DC – May 10, 2010 – On May 5 the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) hosted a retirement reception for Betsy Faga, NAMA’s president since 1998, at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC. The reception was held in conjunction with NAMA’s annual Leadership Meeting which is held every Spring in Washington, DC. 23 members of NAMA’s Board and the NAMA staff hosted the event. Invited guests included friends and colleagues from the Washington agriculture community. Special guests included Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ms. Faga’s family.Congressman Jerry Moran and John Gillcrist, Bartlett Milling Company presented to Ms. Faga a U.S. flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of her “retirement from the milling industry after 40 years of dedicated service.” The flag presentation included a plaque from NAMA that read, “Presented to Betsy Faga. For your many years of untiring service and leadership to the milling industry. Your loyalty and friendship will be long remembered. You inspired us all. Congratulations on your retirement. North American Millers’ Association. May 5, 2010.”

Greg Schlafer, General Mills, Inc. presented Ms. Faga with a Wheaties cereal box featuring Betsy on the “Breakfast of Champions” box.

Senator George McGovern, with whom Ms. Faga is traveling to Africa on a food aid mission, was unable to attend the reception, but sent a congratulatory letter. The letter read, “My warmest congratulations for your splendid service as President of NAMA. You are a credit to the country and further proof of my long held conviction that women are the strongest of the two sexes.”

Ms. Faga said it has been a wonderful career, but knows “the time is right” for retirement. She expressed her thanks for the friendships and opportunities made possible over her years in Washington. She said, “this is not goodbye, but see you again in another role.” She looks forward to spending more time with her family, cooking, attending classes, volunteering, and enjoying all the culture Washington has to offer as well as some consulting work.

Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and NAMA Board member John Gillcrist, Bartlett Milling Company (background) present Betsy Faga with a U.S. flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of her retirement. Greg Schlafer, General Mills, Inc. presents Betsy Faga with a General Mills Wheaties cereal box featuring Ms. Faga.
Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS); Betsy Faga, NAMA Board member John Gillcrist, Bartlett Milling Company and NAMA Chairman John Miller, Miller Milling Company.

There will be another celebration with NAMA members in October during the association’s Annual Meeting at the L’Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, CA.

NAMA is the trade association representing 48 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 160 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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CONTACT: Terri Long, Director of Communications
202.484.2200, ext.11
tlong@namamillers.org

The North American Millers’ Association prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or family status, age, disability, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact NAMA at 202.484.2200 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Betsy Faga, President, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 825W, Washington, DC, 20024 or call 202.484.2200 ext. 13. NAMA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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