By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
I hope you’re all in good health, staying safe, and keeping busy. These are crazy times, and we are all looking for some type of normal life. What does the “new” normal look like? We have been through a great deal, in such a short amount of time. I know we have done our part to keep ourselves and our customers safe and healthy. This pandemic has made doing business a little more difficult and challenging, but we are going to be stronger for it.
Pam has taken over! I now have a school in my house. There is a large AeroGarden in my dining room, a 3D printer in our office, and multiple computers and iPads throughout the house. She lives by Zoom meetings and Google Classroom. Who knew teachers would someday work from home!
One of my biggest challenges is internet hacking. I apologize for all the SPAM requests, created by spambots. I would like to let everyone know that NHLA or Jim Moreau will never ask for gift cards, from any member, for any type of charity through an e-mail. We do, on occasion, ask for sponsorship for events or prize donations for the golf tournament. So please, if you get an e-mail from NHLA or Jim Moreau asking you to purchase gift cards and they will pay you back, it is a TOTAL SCAM. You all know me, I hate e-mail. If I needed something, I would just pick up the phone and call you. Pam and I are looking into how we can increase protection for our system. E-mails from me should have my work e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you for alerting us to the scam e-mails. We are working diligently on trying to resolve this issue.
We are working on several educational and recreational events for the summer and fall; however, we are waiting on reopen dates and restrictions, from Governor Sununu. Our Twilight Meetings are set and waiting for final dates, so please keep an eye open for notices in the Newsletter, on the website and by e-mail.
We are planning to have the golf tournament, but we have not been given a confirmation, from Candia Woods. We would all like to see Paul James make another Eagle, this year.
The dinner meeting date is set; however, we are waiting on final plans until the reopen date is set. Please watch for updates through the Newsletter, website, and e-mails regarding registration. We are in limbo, trying to get back to normal, as much as we it. Thank you for your patience!
We are lucky that the Green Industry is considered an essential business. Everyone I’ve talked to is very busy, which is great news. I believe that we are going to see a rebound, in the economy, sometime later this year. I am seeing the impact of people, working from home, as they look at their yards all day. They are looking to get their patio, walkway, or plantings done in the backyard. Some are still working and have received a stimulus check, so they want to spend the money. I do understand that it’s not all rosy out there. I have heard from several contractors that people are cutting back on the maintenance of properties, such as flowers and/or fertilization. I know we have all had to change the way we do business and unfortunately, some of these changes will become the “new” normal. So, as we move forward, we will adapt to the changing world we all live in. I do want to say “Thank You” to all the members that I have seen practicing social distancing and making sure their crews have protective equipment to wear, daily. I know this is only a small part of what do, to help keep your employees safe. Please keep up the great work! We will come out of this stronger and wiser! Please remember to “Thank” medical workers and first responders; they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Be kind to one another and help those less fortunate than us.
“You are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think.”
— A. A. Milne’s Christopher Robin