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  • September 04, 2008 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    The 2009 Montana Green Expo details were reviewed. It was decided to add a panel of members to address surviving in economic downturns. Several members were identifies as potential panelists. The Great Green Ideas roundtable format and potential participants were discussed, with several sustainability experts identified. A list of dignitaries to be invited to the annual banquet was determined. The Breakfast of Champions topics were decided, and several table leaders identified. The judging criteria for the Best of Montana Landscapes contest, Container Gardening contest, and Booth Awards were decided. Potential awards committee members were identified and will be contacted by board members and the executive director. The scholarship fund raffle details were also reviewed and approved. The Fall Tour details and responsibilities were reviewed. The new board of directors recruiting packet was reviewed and distributed to board members. A membership campaign is scheduled for November 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009 and will include discounts for new members as well as existing members who bring in new members. New membership packets were reviewed and distributed.

  • August 20, 2008 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Fall Tour details and responsibilities were reviewed. The website redo is complete and published with new features including an online store, searchable member database, and the ability for members to make changes to their profile online. Board member recruiting was discussed as the board is actively seeking new members. A recruitment mailing was sent to the membership. The finances were reported in good order. The executive director visited with the association fund manager to discuss portfolio balancing in the current economic downturn. The 2009 Montana Green Expo speaker roster is filled. Panel sessions, Great Green Ideas, and the Breakfast of Champions details were discussed and assignments made to complete these sessions. The executive director reported the details of her site inspection in both Missoula and Helena. The board voted to hold the 2010 Montana Green Expo at The University Event Center and its neighboring property at the Doubletree Hotel Edgewater in Missoula in 2010. The new Helena facility at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds and its neighboring hotel - the Red Lion Colonial were discussed for possible use in 2011 or 2012. The awards committee discussed the Container Planting Contest and the Best of Montana Landscape Contest mailings and plans. The education committee reviewed the details for the upcoming CPP exam and the new IPM course

  • July 09, 2008 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    The Fall Tour brochure has been mailed to members and the details of the event were solidified. The new MNLA website was presented by the executive director and reviewed in test format by the board. The new site will go live in August after a few changes are made and the online store is completed. The documents and forms for the association are being revamped and will be available in hard copy and online formats in August. A few improvements to The Leaflet newsletter and Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide to better service the membership have been made. Membership renewals are in process with a high percentage of renewing members. The finances were reported in good order. Speaker commitments for the 2009 Montana Green Expo were reported with many critical slots filled and entertainment booked. The executive director is doing a site inspection for a newly built facility in Helena that might serve as an excellent location for the 2010 Montana Green Expo. The first Nursery Plastics Recycling Program was reported a success. The board will work on some educational and logistical issues to improve it for the fall timeframe.

  • May 09, 2008 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    This was the first meeting attended by the newly appointed Executive Director, Lori Curtis. She reported that the process of transitioning the work of the ED from Robin Childers is proceeding successfully. The Association finances were reported in good order, showing some additional expenses incurred for the ED search. The Nursery Plastics Recycling Program brochure was presented and will be mailed to members and non-members in the Flathead Valley. This program is a result of the work of the regional meetings held by the board in that area. A website refurbishing proposal was presented by the new ED for consideration and was accepted shortly after the meeting. Ideas for increasing participation in the Certified Plant Professional program were discussed and will be enacted. The remainder of the meeting time was used for Montana Green Expo 2009 planning. The new website will be presented to the membership at the annual membership meeting in conjunction with the Expo, though it will be live before the end of July. The 1st Vice President vacancy will remain vacant and the current board members will move up one step in January with president David Anderson and past president Andy Blanchford retaining their current titles.

  • April 16, 2008 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Executive Director Robin Childers presented an update on the 2010 Montana Green Expo. In an effort to hold the Expo in Missoula, the Adams Center and Doubletree Hotel are being held. The Adams Center will not provide a final acceptance until spring of 2009, causing some planning issues for the event. Recommendations for 2009 Expo speakers were reviewed. The Flathead Valley, Bozeman and Missoula Regional Meetings were discussed. The first region to put together a program will be the Flathead Valley with a Nursery Recycling Program. The website refurbishing elements were identified and agreed upon, and it was decided that the incoming executive director will be given this task. The Education Committee reported a go-ahead on an Integrated Pest Management course. Robin discussed her plans for the executive director transition period which will take place in May. The Member-at-Large board position was given voting rights. Two members have expressed interest in working on the newly formed Awards Committee, and a pending scholarship application was reviewed. Bylaw updates were presented and approved.

  • March 28, 2008 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    A budget was approved for regional meetings. Board member Bill Pond’s resignation was sadly accepted and passed. Planning continued for the 2009 Montana Green Expo. The 2010 Expo facility inspections were reviewed and deemed inappropriate, leading to a plan to look at the Adams Center. The financials were reported in good order and the 2008/2009 budget was presented and approved. Requested support of an Integrated Pest Management program was reviewed and will be supported by MNLA. The search for a new Executive Director has concluded and the board voted to accept the Search Committee’s recommendation to hire Lori Curtis of Kalispell. An Awards Committee description was voted to be adopted as presented. Updates to the Bylaws were recommended by the ED and will be presented at the next meeting for review and approval.

  • February 20, 2008 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    The financials were reported in good order with positive trends. It was noted that several new members joined MNLA at the Expo. A new cancellation and refund policy is needed and will be written for the CPP exam. The Education Committee chair reported work on a new multi-part Integrated Pest Management certification program which will be presented at the Fall Tour and the Expo. The search for a new executive director presented several candidates who were extensively interviewed, narrowing the choices to 5 potentials. After narrowing the 5 candidates to 2 or 3, the finalists will be profiled and sent to the current ED for evaluation. A new board nomination form is being developed.

  • January 08, 2008 3:18 PM | Anonymous
    The financials were reported in good order. Membership renewal rates are good and higher than the industry average. The final details for the 2008 Expo banquet were decided. The Expo evaluation and Nursery & Landscape Industry Survey processes were finalized. The executive director reviewed the proposed website updates. The current education committee chair was approved for a new term. Some new ideas are being considered for board member and committee recruiting. The 2009 Montana Green Expo location possibilities were discussed. Due to a lack of an available space on the west side, a decision to return to Billings was made. A search for a facility for 2010 will begin. The search for the new executive director initially produced 10 resumes.
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