President Steve Lehenbauer called the May 2021 meeting to order via conference call at 7am. on May 13th. Present were: Tim Groener, Kristi Browning, Peter Hiel, Matt Watts, Darin Sabers, Laura Lambrecht, Gina Albaugh, Carson Thomas, Frank Etzler, and Tom Perry.
The April minutes were read by Gina with a motion from Kristi to accept them and second by Matt. Frank reported for the Montana Dept. of Ag. On the number of state registered nurseries. Carson updated on the Japanese beetle spray in Billings Heights. Pesticide available at Good Earth Works and Gainans. See signage on instructions.
Tom Perry of the DNRC talked about deer damage to the bare root stock at the state nursery. Steve reviewed the financial statements from Last year at this time. Once again profits are low due to not having Expo this year. Darin talked about Fall Tour 2021 in Billings and the golf tournament planned.
Summer Leaflet submissions due May 15. Matt has booked a keynote speaker for Expo 2021. Gina continues on vendor booths for Expo and bus options. Tim gave updates on the Billings MNLA chapter. We will plan to video the next meeting, but we are not sure if live streaming will be an option.
Kristi reported on the intern hired to work on the web site as part of the Specialty Crop Block Grant. Also Kristi told us that Canyon Creek Nursery has generously volunteered to host the next CPP exam. Gina has been Executive Director for one year now. Matt moved to extend Gina’s contract for another year to the position with a bonus for all her hard work. Peter 2nd. Kristi moved to adjourn, and Darin seconded. Motion carried.