President’s Notes September 2018

By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT

September

I am writing to you as we have just finished the golf tournament and it was the best one yet. It was extremely hot and humid, but everyone took it in stride and had a great time. I want to thank the committee members, Chuck, Mike, Alan, Steve, Pam and myself for doing a great job putting together the tournament. I also want to thank the volunteers that came out to help: Bill Gardocki and Lou Ann Poor for running the putting contest. My special helpers Kate, and her friend, Hailey who took a day out of their summer break to give us a hand with the raffle and pictures.

I hate to say it, but the days are getting darker and the fall season is just around the corner. It feels like the days go by faster, as I get older. For some of us, we are moving into winter mode. I just want to remind all of you that do snow work that the NH Salt Symposium is coming up on Sept 11, 2018, at the Grappone Center, in Concord, NH. This is an event you are not going to want to miss, as it contains information about the industry, equipment, and new techniques for being successful. I will be at the meeting with Ted from the Green Snow Pro program to see how we can get this program out to the members. I will keep you posted on the progress. This is going to be a very important program in the near future and NHLA wants to make sure you get all the information to complete the program and get certified. Insurance companies and property managers are already looking for contractors who are certified. So I hope to see you at the meeting, in September.

Please keep an eye out for the November dinner meeting on Ponds and Water Features.

Looking forward to 2019, we are seeking a person or persons to run the Dinner Meeting Committee. It would require coming up with a topic, securing a speaker, and arranging a venue for the meeting. The committee would only take care of one event per year. If you are interested, please contact me via email and we’ll talk.

We are getting closer to completing our new website and it should be live by the end of the year. The committee has been working very hard on getting this up and running for our members. I think that when it rolls out for the first time you will be impressed.

It has been a very long season, with the late start, struggling labor force and crazy weather. Fall can’t come soon enough; we need a break in action, so our employees can get some much needed rest. As I sit here and write to you, I wonder what the next few years will bring, as we struggle with labor issues, rising cost of materials, and lack of time for ourselves. What I mean by lack of time is that we are always on the go, as more demands are made on us. The days of going back to the office, to answer phone calls, are long gone as they are now attached to our hips. The world is in the mode of instant satisfaction and we are in the middle of it. We need to step back and take a few minutes for ourselves; life is too short. Where am I going with this you ask? Just a few weeks ago I went to a funeral of a former coworker. He was one of a kind. He was the type of person you meet in your life that makes you want to be a better person. I know that his last few years were tough, as he fought a disease which eventually took his life. We need to take time for ourselves. We design and create beautiful landscapes for our clients. We need to stop and take a few minutes and “smell the roses.” It’s amazing how good they will make you feel. I hope you take something away from my advice. Please remember that you can contact me anytime via email with any questions or concerns.