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Synopses of Board Meetings

  • 15 Nov 2014 3:29 PM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the upcoming Montana Green Expo.  The speaker list is getting completed, we will brainstorm more ideas for additional vendors in the trade show, the book order is being finalized for the book table – a new feature at the show this year, and awards and contests were reviewed.  Concern was noted in the report from the Department of Ag with Idaho petitioning the National Plant Board to change Montana’s status from category 1 to a category 2 state.  This information is preliminary and the Board will keep updated and follow through with whatever action is necessary.  A Board working group along with Professor Bill Hoch from MSU will meet to review the Certified Plant Professional manual and exams for any necessary updates.
  • 19 Jun 2014 8:39 AM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The Board of Directors held a phone conference on June 19 called to order at 7:00 am by Past President Shane Rogers and continued by President Holly Wadsworth. The minutes of the May meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financial statements. Our own board member Jennifer graced the cover of the summer issue of the Zone 4 Magazine. Jyl reported on the progress of the grant application and mentioned we may hear of the results around June 27. The Plant Something Grant request was $59,000 over a 3 year period. Scott Norris of the Small Business Growth Alliance will be contacting members throughout the month of June. Jyl attended the Fire Safe annual meeting which is creating a certification for home builders emphasizing the importance of building with fire safety in mind. They would like to partner with MNLA to include landscapers in the education and certification process. Jyl visited several nurseries in Kalispell as well as Missoula. The Expo forms are available on the web site and the Fall Tour registration forms will be available soon. Legislative members from the MNLA and AMTOPP met in Kalispell with Donna to discuss the licensing budget and language. The goal of the meeting was to simplify, educate, and cooperate. An additional meeting is being scheduled for Billings Aug. 7 following the Golf Tournament during the Fall Tour. Shane emphasized more education and self-policing as well as nursery inspections being included in the annual licensing fee rather than additional charges. The Fall Tour is shaping up. The Board of Directors will meet at 10:00 AM. The golf tournament will begin at 1:00 pm and the CPP Exam will begin at 2:00 pm on August 7. August 8 James has been working on tour stops and has just a few left to confirm. Jyl is working on the brochure with the designer. Ryan reported six additional booths have been spoken for the Expo Trade Show. The next meeting will be August 7 at the Fall Tour.


  • 01 May 2014 8:39 AM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The Board of Directors held a phone conference on April 16 called to order at 7:00 am by Past President Shane Rogers. The minutes of the April meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financial statements. The tax return has been filed for 2013. MNLA had a booth and education station at the Arbor Day Celebration in Billings. Donna Rise from the Dept. of Ag reported the discovery of Japanese Beetles in potted roses this spring. She added that trapping would continue. The Legislative Committee will hold a conference call to further discuss the nursery fee legislation. Jyl is working on a Specialty Crop Block Grant for Montana to participate in the Plant Something program. It will also include a component to enhance the Certified Plant Professional Program. Sarah continues to work on the securing Green Expo speakers and Ryan continues to promote the Vendor Trade Show. Jennifer reported four MSU students have successfully passed the CPP Written Exam. They will take the Plant ID test in the fall. The next meeting will be on June 19.


  • 16 Apr 2014 8:44 AM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The Board of Directors held a phone conference on April 16 called to order at 7:00 am by President Holly Wadsworth. The minutes of the March meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financial statements. The Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings was confirmed for the 2015 Green Expo and the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula was secured for the 2016 Green Expo. Sarah is working on securing speakers for the 2015 Expo. Julie Moir Messervy has been secured as the Keynote Speaker. Ryan sent an email to the Vendors for booth signup. Nursery license fee legislation discussion continued. AMTOPP will be invited to participate in the ongoing discussions as well. Two scholarship applications have been received from MSU students. Winners will be determined in the fall. A new addition to the Fall Tour will be a Vendor Show and golf tournament. Steve Lehenbauer is the lead organizer of the tour. A poster encouraging the Certified Plant Professional Program was printed and distributed to the membership. MNLA is considering submitting a grant proposal for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the Department of Agriculture. The next meeting will be on May 14.


  • 11 Mar 2014 8:45 AM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The board of directors held a meeting in Helena on March 11, 2014. The minutes from the February meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. A Small Business Growth Alliance partnership was entertained and accepted. The details will be forthcoming. The board then turned the discussion to the Fall Tour and the 2015 Expo. The board discussed details and future speakers. Amendments to nursery licensing were also discussed. The meeting was adjourned at 4:11 pm. The next board meeting will be April 16.


  • 19 Feb 2014 8:46 AM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The board of directors held a phone conference on February 19, 2014. The minutes from the January meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. The new venue and location was liked by the majority of attendees at the 2013 Expo in Missoula. Donna Rise, of the Department of Agriculture, updated the board on the insect issues facing Montana. She also provided 5 options for future licensing structure. The board discussed Arbor Day and the 2014 fall tour. Marks Lumber agreed to donate $.05 for every cubic foot of landscape material purchased by a MNLA member to the MNLA to help offset costs of the operating budget. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 am. The next board meeting will be March 11.


  • 07 Jan 2014 8:47 AM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)
    The board of directors held a meeting January 7, in Missoula. The minutes from the December meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. The board then turned the discussion to the 2014 Expo. The board reviewed responsibilities and announcements. The board agreed to send Sarah and Jyl to the INLA conference in Boise in January. Strategies for gaining memberships and providing more education were discussed. The board discussed the status of finding a new board member. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 am.


  • 19 Dec 2012 12:05 PM | Anonymous

    Board Meeting Synopsis December 19, 2012

     

    The board of directors held a meeting via phone conference on December 19, 2012. The minutes from the November meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. The association has one member that has volunteered to run for the open position, James Prchal from Good Earth Works. The board then turned the discussion to the 2013 Expo. The Expo has 82 attendees as of today. The board talked about the moving of the show to Missoula for 2014. The board discussed the exhibitors and trade show. The board agreed to donate $1000 to the Dr. Bob Gough Endowment. There are three members taking the CPP test at the Expo. The board agreed to invite non-members to the trade show at no cost to them, and then hold a meeting at the end of the Expo to try to gain their membership. The meeting was adjourned at 2:48 pm.

  • 28 Nov 2012 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    Board Meeting Synopsis November 28, 2012

     

    The board of directors held a meeting via phone conference on November 28, 2012. The minutes from the October meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. The board then turned the discussion to the 2013 Expo. The board discussed the sponsorships, contest entries, Silent Auction, Member of the Year Award, hotel set-up with K+J, the banquet, entertainment, and the general schedule of the Expo. The board discussed the status of finding a new board member and secretary. The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 am.

  • 17 Oct 2012 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Board Meeting Synopsis October 17, 2012

     

    The board of directors held a meeting via phone conference on October 17, 2012. The minutes from the September meeting were approved with a change to the exact amount of money in the bank. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. The board then turned the discussion to the open board position, because Bob Broughton resigned from the board. Holly Wadsworth decided to leave the secretary position to take the 2nd VP position. Holly will continue as the secretary until a new on is found at the 2013 Expo. The board then discussed the status of the overall schedule, speakers and booths for the 2013 Expo. The board discussed the awards, banquet, and contests to be presented at the Expo. Finally, the board decided to create a President’s trophy, which will include all past president placards, and the trowel that gets passed along from one president to the next. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 am.

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