President’s Notes December 2019

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
December 2019

Hello from Jim and Minnie, the cat. Yes, that’s right, Minnie is here again helping me with my notes. She helps me to stay focused on getting my notes done and to the editor. For those of you who have pets at home, you know what it’s like to get home from a crappy day and be greeted like there’s not a problem in the world. We all should take a page from the book of pets, and live a little happier.

The NHLA board has been working very hard this year. We just had our November board meeting and have some exciting news to share. We had Bob Allen, president of the NH Arborist Association, and Joe Davis, past president of the NH Arborist Association, join us at the meeting. They would like NHLA to partner with them, for their March meeting, at the Grappone Center, in Concord, NH. They have secured Dr. Dirr for the event.

Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D. is a horticulturist and a professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia. He is an expert on woody plants. He will be doing two talks that day and will be selling and autographing his new book. Bob shared a copy with us and it will be an awesome addition to anyone’s book shelf. So please keep an eye out for the information about this great opportunity, in this Newsletter and on our website. This is something you don’t want to miss.

The Education Committee has informed us the Joint Winter Meeting on January 15 has a great lineup. Check out the details in this Newsletter and on our website. I hope to see you all there. They are also currently working on the March meeting and are looking for exciting ideas for the 2020 Twilight Meetings. So if you have ideas for educational programs, please contact Cris Blackstone or anyone on the Education Committee. They would be more than happy to take your ideas and turn them into reality. If there is anyone out there who would to help on that committee, please contact Cris Blackstone.

In closing, I want share my recent trip to the Green Industry Expo and Hardscapes North America, in Louisville, KY. I was out there for work, as we are always looking to find the latest and greatest new products. This is a show that should not be missed, as it has everything you can think of for your business. There are educational classes going on all the time and the Breakfast of Champions is awesome. Yes, I did say breakfast, so don’t let the late nights get in the way. The breakfast meetings are in a round table discussion format. It is a great way to learn about what other professionals are doing around the country and how they can help you out. If you have said to yourself, “I’d like to go to the GIE, but don’t have time,” then you need to make time. It is all in one place and a great deal of fun. It is definitely worth the trip.

Well, that’s all I have and Minnie is now sleeping on the desk. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

You can’t change the past, but all of us have the power to change the future. — Michael Hyatt