President’s Notes January 2019

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
January 2019

I can’t believe we are at the beginning of a new year. I, for one, am glad to see that 2018 is over. It was a tough year, with the passing of several friends, co-workers, and customers. I look back and think of the all memories and remember what they’ve taught me over the years. It helps me keep them near and dear to my heart. I know that we all have had something like this happen to us, this past year. I would like to say that time is precious so make the most of it! You never know what tomorrow brings! I want to wish everyone a healthy, Happy New Year and great growing season!

We have been very busy here, at NHLA, with the new website and working on the possible merger of NHLA and NHPGA. The winter meeting is January 16 and I encourage everyone to try and make it. We are going to present what a possible merger would look like and how it would affect both associations. We will answer any and all questions you might have. I think I have said this before, but this is not a done deal until the membership of both associations have voted. So with that said, we will have the official vote, in March, at our spring meeting. Please feel free to contact the Board, if you have any questions regarding this proposal.

The website should be up and running by now, so and please take a few minutes and check out the new site. Please verify your membership information and update, if necessary. We will be sending out instructions. There have been many of hours spent to make the new website right, but we are all human. The committee has done a great job and I want to say THANK YOU for your hard work.

We are looking at 2019 and want to do the best we can for our members. Please remember, YOU are part of this membership and your voice counts. The Board makes up less than 2% of the association. All the committees together, make up less than 10% of the association. We need to hear your voice, to know what you would like to see happen with the association. We have had several successes in the past five years. Our annual golf tournament has been a huge success and our largest fundraiser. We brought back the Dinner Meeting last year, and have had a great response. We continue to have our winter and spring meetings and several Twilight Meetings throughout the summer. These events are possible because of a few dedicated members, and the help of the UNH Cooperative Extension, who work very hard to make sure these programs go off without a hitch. We need YOUR ideas and YOUR help, to continue to meet YOUR needs. We are working hard to streamline the committees. We recognize that traveling to a meeting is not always possible or convenient, so we have the ability to use ZOOM, a teleconferencing system, for meetings. We are hoping this will allow more people to become committee members, which in turn will generate more ideas. Please contact me if you would like to help out on the Education Committee, for 2019, and help make the NHLA an educational resource for the industry in New Hampshire.

A new source of employees! We have been in talks, with a few high school Ag teachers, in the state. We’ve shared our Certification Manual with them, so they could review it and write a proposal for an Ag Curriculum, statewide. The draft proposal was created and shared by all. They sent us a copy and we were very impressed. The next step is to work on questions, for a formal certification test. We will have a meeting, on January 12, to start this process. I will keep everyone posted in the February newsletter.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift…that’s why they call it the present.”
– Alice Morse Earle.

Please take time for family and friends because time goes to too fast.