By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
I am writing the May Newsletter and it’s only the week of Easter. There are millions of people out of work, as the “Stay-at-Home” order continues, nationwide. I feel like everything is upside down and backwards. I hope by the time you receive this Newsletter, we are back to some sort of “normal” life. We are starting to see, “the light at the end of the tunnel,” but we are far from being over this deadly virus. The Green Industry in New Hampshire has been very lucky to be able to continue working during these trying times. I would hope, as a member of NHLA, you would send Governor, Chris Sununu, and the NH Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Shawn Jasper, a thank you note! They were responsible for placing the “entire” Green Industry, on the essential business list. I hope that you have been able to keep yourself, your family and employees healthy throughout these trying times. Minnie and I are thinking that warm weather and blooming flowers will make everyone feel better.
We have been busy at NHLA trying to figure out how we are going move forward with programs this season. We are looking at our Twilight Meetings, which will hopefully start, sometime in July. Everything is still up in the air, until we know how long the “social distancing” will be in effect. We will be looking into several educational options, for the membership over the next few months. We are talking about webinars and other virtual events, so we can continue to learn and grow in our profession. If schools can move to remote learning, we can too. We will keep you all posted as the schedule becomes available. I have been told by the Education Committee that they are already planning for the Joint Winter Meeting and the Spring Landscape Conference for 2021. The NHLA Hardscape Education Day is still pending. We are hoping to get something together for the fall, but definitely planning one for spring 2021.
Spring usually brings a new Board of Directors. Luckily, we were able to conduct our voting electronically. Thank you for taking the time to vote.
We had our first Board meeting via Zoom, on April 7. I want to thank all the Board Members: Dave DeJohn, Maria Rainey, John Crooks, Cori Cahow, Scott Flewelling, and Ben Huntington for their commitment to the Green Industry. It is a pleasure to work with this group of dedicated professionals. So the next time you see one of these members, please say “Thank You,” as we would not have an association without them.
I do not want to leave anyone out. The Education and Certification Committees have been doing a fantastic job through this crazy time. They have been working very hard to schedule/reschedule all our education events. They are working to make sure our certified professionals can get the credits they need. Please stay tuned to the website and Newsletter for more information.
In closing, I would like to say good bye to an NHLA member and a good friend, Aedan Sherman. He passed away suddenly in early March, just days before his 46th birthday. Aedan was the owner of A&M Irrigation, in Warner, NH. He was always smiling and full of fun, no matter what he was doing. He was one-of-a kind and he had a true passion for landscaping and irrigation. If you ever talked with someone he worked for, they all said the same thing. Aedan always did it right the first time. He will be sorely missed, as guys like him are a rare breed and hard to replace. He was a generous person and supported many charities; NH Make a Wish was near and dear to his heart. I want to say “Thank you” for being a great friend. May you rest in peace!