President’s Notes July 2018

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT

July 2018

Happy 4th of July. It is hard to believe it is already July and we are still all going crazy trying to get work done. It has been a great season so far, and I do not see a slowdown in the industry as far as this year is concerned.

By the time you get this note, we will have had our first Twilight Meeting at Back Bay Stone in Henniker. The next one will be at The Dirt Doctors in Pembroke  on July 11, followed by one on July 25 at Strawbery Banke. Keep an eye out for the rest of the schedule on the website and in the newsletter.

Do not forget the GOLF TOURNAMENT is coming up on August 7; we hope to see you there!

Education is our mission, so I am looking for YOUR ideas for Twilight Meetings and the November Dinner Meeting. I think these are a great way to learn and socialize with other members. Last year we had Dan Snow talk about the artistry of stone. Your input is extremely important to us, so please contact a board member with your ideas.

I would like to take a minute to let everyone know, since Thompson School will soon be a fading memory, that NHTI has a great horticultural program. So please if you are interested in taking a design class or other landscape related course, please check it out. I think if we work together with NHTI, we can have a great replacement for the T-School. I am going to try to work with them to come up with a program that would benefit all future employees and owners in the green industry.

As we all know, educating our future is very important to the Green Industry. Please remember, NHLA organizes several Twilight Meetings each year, which offer great education and networking opportunities. NHLA’s members have a wealth of knowledge and love to share projects and ideas. With that being said, I am asking for members to share their ideas with everyone and write an article for the NHLA Newsletter. They do not have to be about your last project. The article could be about a problem you’re having getting good insurance rates or where you found a great marketing source or website designer. If we all think outside the box, we can all help each other in some small way.

Just a brief update on the NEW website! The committee is working very hard to finalize the site map. They have contacted several different people and committees for their input. I have faith in the committee to do a great job! The new site is going to bring a fresh new look to the NHLA. We are always looking for help with articles, news, and pictures for the website, so if you’re interested in helping out, please contact the business manager for details.

My final thought for you to ponder! NHLA is made up of a many talented men and women, who share a passion for the Green Industry! I would like to start a mentoring program for the Association, so the younger, more inexperienced members can connect with seasoned veterans to talk about issues they are experiencing in their business or in the field. We do not have to give away trade secrets, but if one person gets the right answer and becomes a better business person, then we’ve succeeded. If you are interested in helping to get the mentoring program started, please contact me anytime. Just remember one thing; we only go around the Merry-Go-Round once, so make the most of everyday.