President Ryan Forde called the November 12, 2020 virtual meeting to order at 8 AM with Steve Lehenbauer, Matt Watts, Darin Sabers, Tim Groener, Kristi Browning, Sandy Perrin, Gina Albaugh, Beth Eiring, Tom Perry, and Emily Talago present.
The minutes of October 8, 2020 & October 29, 2020 meetings were reviewed and motion was passed on accepting the minutes. Beth Eiring with the Montana Department of Ag. reported that the nursery license numbers are comparable to last year.
Emily Talago, Kristi, & Gina updated the board on the Specialty Crop Block Grant that was awarded to the MNLA. It was decided to have Emily & Kristi to be independent contractors while working on the 3 year project. The interns that they hire to help will receive a stipend, scholarship, or tuition reimbursement.
Ways were discussed to bring in some revenue due to cancelling EXPO such as a winter leaflet on line with advertising opportunities. Steve made a motion to raise advertising rates by 5%, Sandy second, motion carried unanimously. A letter and email notification will be sent out to members shortly on EXPO cancellation. Board Member positions opening up: Secretary and Member-at-Large and 3RD Vice President. It was agreed to send out a notification when the cancelLation letters go out about the EXPO. The hotel contract for EXPO 2021 has been cancelled, Steve made a motion to re-book in Billings for 2022, Kristi second, motion carried. The Annual Membership Meeting will be moved to a virtual platform, staying with the same date of Thursday, January 7th, 2021, moving the time to 2:00 pm. The sponsors who have all ready paid will be given the choice of credit for next year, sponsoring this years virtual meeting or rebate. The awards for Best of MT entries and Container contest will be included on the virtual meeting. Extending the deadlines for submission to Dec. 15th