By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
Well, we are already down, one month, and Mother Nature is not playing very nice with us again this winter. By the time you receive this Newsletter, the rodent in PA would have told us to look forward to another six weeks of winter. Let’s all hope Phil is wrong and we can get an early start this spring. We all have more leaves than usual to clean up this year, as some fall cleanups did not get done, “thanks” to the early snow. Well, with the hope of spring on its way, we turn to the NHLA Spring Conference, on Friday. March 22. This is going to be a very important meeting. I encourage all members to attend. We will be voting on a very important issue, the merging of NHLA and NH Plant Growers.
The merger or joining of the two associations is very important, and we need as much input as we can, from the members. This meeting will end all discussions on the issue, as the vote will take place at the meeting. We are going to send out an email, with the ballot, so you can vote, even if you are unable to attend the meeting. The results will be in the May Newsletter. I feel this is a very good move for both organizations, as we are both experiencing a decline in membership. This will give us more help and ideas for different events and educational opportunities. We as an organization need to look at it as a way to strengthen NHLA. You know what they say about strength in numbers. If you have any concerns and/or questions please feel free to email me or call me directly.
Well, the NEW website is finally up and running. It went live just after the New Year. It looks awesome! Now we need your help! The old site was almost 10 years old and some of you have never logged in to update your company information. Our Professional Directory is now searchable by specialty areas, as well as, name, company and city. For example, you now do landscape lighting and irrigation, but no longer do snow removal. Please take a few minutes to update your data. We want the consumer to be able to find you!
You should have received an email explaining how to log into the site and how to update your membership information. If you have not, please email Pam or Carolyn. This website was long overdue and we should be good for at least another 10 years.
I just want to say THANK YOU to the website committee, Pam, Carolyn, Annette, Maria, and Dave, as they’ve work many, many hours over the last ten months.
I want to update everyone on the status of the NH Agriculture teacher project. A few members and I met with the group, on January 12 in Alton, NH, to start the process of creating a high school student certification. We had some great discussions. The teachers are extremely motived to make this happen. I hope to have more information for you next month.
Lastly, we still need your help with getting new members. I know all of you know at least 1 or 2 people in the industry, who are not members. Please talk with them and let them know the benefits of becoming a member. We are working on change! One change is more benefits to you, for being a member. The question I hear all the time is “What’s in for me?” New Hampshire Landscape Association’s mission is to create a community of dedicated professionals committed to a sustainable environment, improving knowledge, skills, and professionalism. We accomplish this by enhancing our public awareness of general, economic, and legislative issues to develop our appreciation of the Green Industry, in the state of New Hampshire. In working on our mission, our next goal is to work on more education opportunities for the members. This is where you come in. I know we are all busy, but I am busy, too. I am making the time to work for you, throughout the year. All I’m asking is for an idea for a Twilight Meeting or a speaker for the conferences or the dinner meeting. I am sure that you have said to yourself, I would like to learn more about that?
“You only get out what you put in. Don’t expect more until you do more.”