President’s Notes May 2019

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

It has been a long and crazy winter. Now that spring is here, we are off and running. Some of us are still waiting for snow to melt and others for the ground to dry up. Overall, I think we are happy to see the end of winter. We can now look forward to a great season of doing what we do best. I know that for the first time, in a very long time, I have my yard ready for mulch and it is only April 8 as I write.

Merger Update: I want to update you on the status of the merger vote with the New Hampshire Plant Growers Association. We had a total of 47 NHLA votes. I was very disappointed with the turnout. I want to thank those members who took the time to vote. We especially appreciated your comments. They helped us make our final decision. After much discussion with the Board, we do not have enough votes to move forward with a complete merger. We will be meeting with NHPGA to go over the results and discuss other options. The Board wants to do what is in the best interest for the members of NHLA. I will keep you posted in next month’s Newsletter.

As you know, we’ve been working with the state agriculture teachers on creating a standard certification exam. They gave their first certification exam at UNH, on March 14. The NHLA Certification Committee played an instrumental role in finalizing the exam for the students. I want to thank the committee for their hard work to get this exam ready in a limited time frame. The agriculture teachers now have a uniform exam they can give to their horticultural students. I have sent Janet Rosequist some information on internships for these students. Bill Gardocki and I attended the state FFA convention on April 12. Bill talked to students about landscaping as a career, hopefully to inspire some future NHLA members and some potential employees for the upcoming season. I will have more information in the next month.
Last, but definitely not least, Jon Batson is stepping down as our education coordinator after 14 years. He has done a tremendous job! On behalf of myself and the board, I want to say “THANK YOU”! Jon has worked tirelessly to make sure that the committee stayed focused. He has made sure we’ve had both January and March conferences, as well as, several Twilight Meetings each year. Jon will continue to serve NHLA, as an Education Committee member. Next time you see Jon Batson, please say thank you for all the hard work.

I say this every month, so here I go. We need YOU to become active and participate in YOUR Association. We need to replace Jon, with a new education coordinator. This is a paid stipend position, and anyone who is interested, please contact me personally.

We are also looking for a few more members to join the Education Committee. There is strength in numbers. We appreciate your time! Remember to live, laugh and love a little more each day.