President’s Notes October/November 2018

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT

October – November 2018

Hello to all! As I sit here in our home office trying to think of what I want to say, I am reflecting back to events of the last few days in Massachusetts. They had a gas explosion and fires in one part of the state and a deadly shark attack in another. I sat there on Thursday night like most of you probably did, watching this unfold on the news, wondering how and why this could happen. Thank heavens things like this do not happen every day, but when they do, you see the kindness of perfect strangers offering a helping hand, in any way possible. As the people in those cities and towns pick up the pieces, keep them in your thoughts and prayers. It is good to know there is compassion in the world!

Well, on to the business at hand with the NHLA. There is a lot of good news coming out of the Board room. First, just a reminder, our next Dinner Meeting is on November 13, which is a Tuesday. The topic is going to be about ponds and water features, which should make a big splash in the industry. Charlie, from Chester Hollow Water Gardens, will cover everything from installation to maintenance after they have been installed. Sign up early, as I have a feeling it will be a great meeting.

I know in last month’s notes I asked for people to be on the Dinner Meeting Committee. I just want you to know that we have decided to put the committee together after the holidays. We have a lot going on right now.

The second thing I would like to share with you is that the web site is on track for release sometime around the holidays. The committee has been working closely with Sullivan Creative to get this done. They want to make sure that they cover everything we need in a great website. The new site will be user friendly and will allow you update your information at any time.

There is more good news! The Certification Committee gave their fall exam, on September 8. It was one of the largest groups to take the exam, and we now have 7 new certified. Congratulations to the newly certified professional! They have been invited to the dinner meeting, where they will receive their certificates. (The December Newsletter will publish their names.) It is truly an accomplishment. It takes hard work and dedication to pass the exam. It is great to see that we have so many people interested in the Green Industry. We had 18 people take our summer ID class this year, which is just fantastic. The committee has done a great job with our Certification program. They have put in many hours, creating and updating our manual. I just want to say a special thank you to Patty Laughlin, who is the coordinator, and Mac McPhail and Cori Cahow, the co-chairs, for their continued support!

By the time you receive this Newsletter, we would have had our last Twilight Meeting. I want to thank the education committee for their hard work and dedication in organizing these events, throughout the year. I know it is not easy to come up with something that interests everyone. I would like to offer a challenge! I would like every member/company to come up with one idea for a Twilight Meeting, Dinner Meeting, or a speaker for 2019 and send it to Jon BatsonPam Moreau, or myself. This committee works very hard to organize the Joint Winter Meeting and the Spring Conference. So next time you see anyone from either of the committees, please thank them for all their hard work. They are dedicated volunteers!

Well, that is all that I have to say for this month. I know that we have a lot of challenges in our day to day lives, so go out there and make the world a little better place. Have a great fall!

Best regards, Jim

President’s Notes September 2018

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT

September

I am writing to you as we have just finished the golf tournament and it was the best one yet. It was extremely hot and humid, but everyone took it in stride and had a great time. I want to thank the committee members, Chuck, Mike, Alan, Steve, Pam and myself for doing a great job putting together the tournament. I also want to thank the volunteers that came out to help: Bill Gardocki and Lou Ann Poor for running the putting contest. My special helpers Kate, and her friend, Hailey who took a day out of their summer break to give us a hand with the raffle and pictures.

I hate to say it, but the days are getting darker and the fall season is just around the corner. It feels like the days go by faster, as I get older. For some of us, we are moving into winter mode. I just want to remind all of you that do snow work that the NH Salt Symposium is coming up on Sept 11, 2018, at the Grappone Center, in Concord, NH. This is an event you are not going to want to miss, as it contains information about the industry, equipment, and new techniques for being successful. I will be at the meeting with Ted from the Green Snow Pro program to see how we can get this program out to the members. I will keep you posted on the progress. This is going to be a very important program in the near future and NHLA wants to make sure you get all the information to complete the program and get certified. Insurance companies and property managers are already looking for contractors who are certified. So I hope to see you at the meeting, in September.

Please keep an eye out for the November dinner meeting on Ponds and Water Features.

Looking forward to 2019, we are seeking a person or persons to run the Dinner Meeting Committee. It would require coming up with a topic, securing a speaker, and arranging a venue for the meeting. The committee would only take care of one event per year. If you are interested, please contact me via email and we’ll talk.

We are getting closer to completing our new website and it should be live by the end of the year. The committee has been working very hard on getting this up and running for our members. I think that when it rolls out for the first time you will be impressed.

It has been a very long season, with the late start, struggling labor force and crazy weather. Fall can’t come soon enough; we need a break in action, so our employees can get some much needed rest. As I sit here and write to you, I wonder what the next few years will bring, as we struggle with labor issues, rising cost of materials, and lack of time for ourselves. What I mean by lack of time is that we are always on the go, as more demands are made on us. The days of going back to the office, to answer phone calls, are long gone as they are now attached to our hips. The world is in the mode of instant satisfaction and we are in the middle of it. We need to step back and take a few minutes for ourselves; life is too short. Where am I going with this you ask? Just a few weeks ago I went to a funeral of a former coworker. He was one of a kind. He was the type of person you meet in your life that makes you want to be a better person. I know that his last few years were tough, as he fought a disease which eventually took his life. We need to take time for ourselves. We design and create beautiful landscapes for our clients. We need to stop and take a few minutes and “smell the roses.” It’s amazing how good they will make you feel. I hope you take something away from my advice. Please remember that you can contact me anytime via email with any questions or concerns.