President’s Notes August 2019

by Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
August 2019

Hello to everyone, I am sitting here thinking what I should say in the Newsletter. I really do not have a lot to say this month. Those of you that know me well would probably say Jim always has a lot to say. Well today in going to be different, as I just got back from an amazing vacation to Park City, Utah, with a stop at the Grand Tetons, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The scenery in this part of our country is just breath taking. The wildlife just roams free and the mountains look like they were painted in place. I would suggest that if you have not traveled out west, to do so and see this great country. The craziest thing about the whole trip is there is still snow in the mountains. They had 500 inches of snow this past winter. To the people who plow in NH, I don’t think you would want a winter like theirs.

Well let’s get down to business. We have a new Education Coordinator. Cris Blackstone is very excited to take on the challenge of replacing Jon Batson. Jon has played a huge part in the education of NHLA, for the last 14 years. He is going to stay on and help Cris settle into the position. Cris comes with numerous great ideas and many connections to other organizations that can benefit the NHLA. The Board and I met with Cris at the July meeting and talked about what we would like the Education Coordinator to focus on in the years to come. Cris will take over in September, as our new coordinator. So if you see Cris around, please welcome her to this new adventure. UNH Cooperative Extension will also have some new faces. Jamie Roberge and Jonathan Ebba will take over for Cathy Neal, who will be retiring later this year. Cathy will be missed, as she has been a great help, to Jon and NHLA over the years. Jamie stopped by the July Board Meeting to introduce herself and share some ideas she has about working with NHLA.

These are exciting times in the NHLA as we are opening new chapters with education and with the Certification program. Scot Flewelling has agreed to step in as the interim NHCLP coordinator, while we look to find a permanent coordinator to replace Patty Laughlin, who is stepping down in August. If you are a certified and a member of NHLA, or work for a member, we would like to hear from you. This is a paid stipend position and requires about 8 hours a month and couple of meetings. Please contact me directly and we can talk more.

By the time you receive this Newsletter, we will have had our 6th Annual NHLA Golf Tournament. I just want to take a minute and thank everyone involved, who work very hard to make this a successful event. The guys on the committee will agree with me that the bulk of the work is done behind the scenes. My wife and your business manager, Pam Moreau, is one of the biggest reasons the day goes off without any problems. So please when you see her say “Thank You for all your hard work.”

The Dinner Meeting Committee is making the final plans for the November meeting. Save the date! November 12, 2019. More details will be coming your way.

There are a couple of Twilight Meetings left in the season, August 21 and September 25. Please check the details on our events calendar at

Also, please update your profile on the website, if you have not already done so. You need to login with your email address. Use your email address listed on the directory, then click lost password and you can create a new unique password. If you have questions, please email Pam, at The new website is working very well, as I have heard from a few members that they are getting leads from the web page. Please remember to continue creating those amazing landscapes in NH. Have a great end to the summer season, as the fall is not far off.

— The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it. ~ Anonymous