President’s Notes October-November 2020

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
October-November 2020

I cannot believe it is already October! I hope you are getting ready for your fall duties. Irrigation systems need to be winterized and leaves are almost ready to be picked up. I hate that it gets dark by 5:00 pm. However, I would not change New Hampshire’s seasons for anything. Great foliage and the best working weather of the year. Mother Nature has given us the best office, filled with wonderful colors of fall. You cannot ask for anything better.

Fall also brings the fun of apple and pumpkin picking with family and friends. Then sharing the homemade apple crisp, pies, and applesauce. Fall brings me back to my pumpkin-chunkin days, with my team, the American Chunker. We were an air cannon team that shot pumpkins for distance. The team has been retired for a couple of years now, but we still see each other every so often. The 10 years that I competed with the team were some of my best years, and those memories will last forever. Share special times with your family, friends, and employees – you will cherish them forever.

Yes, the NHLA Board has finally had its first in-person meeting since March. Zoom is great and all, but nothing beats talking in person. We have been discussing ways we can have events in the next few months. We know you have been extremely understanding, during these trying times and we “Thank You” and appreciate it.

The Education Committee has been working on the January Winter Meeting. Logistics for large events is extremely difficult, since the State of NH has many mandates in place. We want to make sure everyone is safe. After much discussion, we have decided to cancel the November Dinner Meeting. Your safety is our top priority! We are planning and hoping to have all our regular events in the 2021. I know that we will get through this pandemic and be better for it, in the long run. Thank you for your patience! Thank you for taking the time to fill in our survey, last month. We received some great ideas! Please keep checking the Newsletter and website for all the updates.

The last thing that I would like to talk about is the fact that we need members to please step up and get involved. I know you hear this from me every few months. I do not want to preach or beg, but we need to get a few new members involved with the Board and the other committees. We have had the same dedicated people for several year now. New people bring new ideas.

There are several committees that do not take a lot of time, i.e. Education, Certification, Golf, Dinner Meeting, and the Winter and Spring meetings. You do not have to be elected to these committees.
If you, or an employee, are interested in becoming a Board member, our elections are in March – please let us know so we can add you to the ballot.

Most of the committees require only a couple hours a month. Working together will make a stronger Association. The Association works to improve and educate the landscape industry in New Hampshire. If you cannot commit to a committee, you can still help by promoting NHLA to nonmembers whom you know in the industry.

Let me tell you what happened when this whole pandemic started. We were all wondering if we were going to able to work. Well the day the Governor started the stay-at-home order and essential workers, we received many phone calls. They asked, “What is NHLA going to do for us”? Most of these calls were from nonmembers asking for us to help keep them working and keep them informed. Dave and I both told them to become members if they want to be informed. To no avail for us, the essential worker list came out the next day, and they did not need us anymore. So it might be better if their peers would ask them to become members. Remember, you all pay $140.00 a year to be a member, and there are people who want the benefits for free.

In closing, I hope to see you all soon. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Like I said many times before, this your Association and you have just given me the privilege to steer the ship for a while. Let us try to build the membership!

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”
— Zeus, Hercules