by Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
I can’t believe it’s already June. Thankfully, it has stopped raining. I know that the last couple of months have been very hard to keep on task, since the weather has not been landscaper friendly. Someone said to me the other day, it feels like we live in the northwest. Well, we all know that this is New England and the weather will change. I know that I had a hard time getting the mulch down at my house; it took three weeks to complete because of the rain. However, I do find that working in the yard, doing what I love to do, is really calming. I leave the phone and everything else behind, as I try to disconnect from the everyday rat race of my job. We all have a difficult job to do, as the demands of our clients get higher and harder to achieve. So keep moving in the right direction and live every day to the fullest. It is all going to be just fine.
I want to keep you posted on the different things we are working on in 2019. The first thing is that we are still in talks with the Plant Growers, but we have not come to a final decision yet on the next step. They joined us at our June board meeting, and we discussed a few options to think about. This is a big step and we want to make sure we are doing what’s best for the members and the Association. So keep an eye out for July’s Newsletter to know the final decision on this matter.
We are also working on more benefits for our members. Since we now have a new website, we are looking for ways to offer more educational information to our members and the general public. Wayne Lamarre, from Contractor Fuel, joined us at our May Board Meeting and some shared great ideas. He talked about having informational pages on the website that only members can access, for vital information. This could range from employee retention, to making sure you have the right insurance for your company. He also talked to us about creating both informational and educational podcasts on different topics. He is going to work with us on creating a plan to move forward. We are trying to make our website a useful tool for all.
I will keep you posted on the progress.
As you all know, NHLA created a voluntary certification program for landscape professional in New Hampshire, almost 20 years ago. The program is designed to recognize the knowledge and skills necessary to be a professional in the landscape industry and to increase industry professionalism and use of best practices through continuing education.
This program has been very successful over the years. The coordinator, Patty Laughlin, and the committee have worked very hard over the past few years to update the manual and the program. I am sad to say that Patty will be stepping down, as the NHLA Certification Coordinator, in August. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family. Patty’s husband, Alan, is a U.S. Marine and has been deployed for some time. I first want to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. Patty is going to be greatly missed, as she has done an incredible job getting the certification program to where it is today. We hope to continue seeing Patty at NHLA events, in the future. I would like to say thank you for all of your hard work over the years.
Let’s hope that the summer is better than the spring was. We all need to look at what we do every day as a gift and learn not to waste it.
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.