President’s Notes October/November 2018

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT

October – November 2018

Hello to all! As I sit here in our home office trying to think of what I want to say, I am reflecting back to events of the last few days in Massachusetts. They had a gas explosion and fires in one part of the state and a deadly shark attack in another. I sat there on Thursday night like most of you probably did, watching this unfold on the news, wondering how and why this could happen. Thank heavens things like this do not happen every day, but when they do, you see the kindness of perfect strangers offering a helping hand, in any way possible. As the people in those cities and towns pick up the pieces, keep them in your thoughts and prayers. It is good to know there is compassion in the world!

Well, on to the business at hand with the NHLA. There is a lot of good news coming out of the Board room. First, just a reminder, our next Dinner Meeting is on November 13, which is a Tuesday. The topic is going to be about ponds and water features, which should make a big splash in the industry. Charlie, from Chester Hollow Water Gardens, will cover everything from installation to maintenance after they have been installed. Sign up early, as I have a feeling it will be a great meeting.

I know in last month’s notes I asked for people to be on the Dinner Meeting Committee. I just want you to know that we have decided to put the committee together after the holidays. We have a lot going on right now.

The second thing I would like to share with you is that the web site is on track for release sometime around the holidays. The committee has been working closely with Sullivan Creative to get this done. They want to make sure that they cover everything we need in a great website. The new site will be user friendly and will allow you update your information at any time.

There is more good news! The Certification Committee gave their fall exam, on September 8. It was one of the largest groups to take the exam, and we now have 7 new certified. Congratulations to the newly certified professional! They have been invited to the dinner meeting, where they will receive their certificates. (The December Newsletter will publish their names.) It is truly an accomplishment. It takes hard work and dedication to pass the exam. It is great to see that we have so many people interested in the Green Industry. We had 18 people take our summer ID class this year, which is just fantastic. The committee has done a great job with our Certification program. They have put in many hours, creating and updating our manual. I just want to say a special thank you to Patty Laughlin, who is the coordinator, and Mac McPhail and Cori Cahow, the co-chairs, for their continued support!

By the time you receive this Newsletter, we would have had our last Twilight Meeting. I want to thank the education committee for their hard work and dedication in organizing these events, throughout the year. I know it is not easy to come up with something that interests everyone. I would like to offer a challenge! I would like every member/company to come up with one idea for a Twilight Meeting, Dinner Meeting, or a speaker for 2019 and send it to Jon BatsonPam Moreau, or myself. This committee works very hard to organize the Joint Winter Meeting and the Spring Conference. So next time you see anyone from either of the committees, please thank them for all their hard work. They are dedicated volunteers!

Well, that is all that I have to say for this month. I know that we have a lot of challenges in our day to day lives, so go out there and make the world a little better place. Have a great fall!

Best regards, Jim