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  • June 24, 2020 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President Caroline Wallace brought the conference call meeting to order at 8:00 am with Mike Cashman, Ryan Forde, Matt Watts, Kristi Browning, Tim Groener, Sandy Perrin, Jennifer Weiss, Steve Lehenbauer , and Jyl Story present.

    The minutes of November meeting were reviewed and unanimously approved.  The November Financial Statement was discussed and approved. Jyl reported more booth sales, sponsorships, registrations, auction donations have come in for the 2020 Expo.  Tim reported 5 booths still available to rent.  The Expo schedule was discussed, music for the cocktail reception.  Steve will get the contests judged this next week, Stihl will donate a backpack blower for the grand prize in place of booth fee, Joe Warner has agreed to be the auctioneer for the live auction, and silent auction items are being gathered. Kristi reviewed an additional Scholarship application with the board. It was decided to award them $1500.  Short Course guidelines were discussed and will be decided upon after further review.  One Short Course scholarship was approved at $300 with payment made following course completion. Next meeting at Expo on January 7th.  Meeting adjourned at 9:20 am


  • June 24, 2020 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President Caroline brought the meeting to order with Mike Cashman, Caroline Wallace, Ryan Forde, Matt Watts, Kristi Browning, Tim Groener, Sandy Perrin, Layla Dunlap, and Jyl Story present.

    The minutes of October meeting were reviewed and unanimously approved.  The October Financial Statement was discussed and approved.  Layla Dunlap gave the Montana Dept.  of Ag. report.  Layla updated the board on nursery registration numbers and the Japanese beetle meeting in Billings.  Layla detailed ideas on how to move forward with treatments.  Jyl updated the board on the progress of the Leaflet going to print, booths left open at Expo and that all the speakers have been filled. Over $3,000 in sponsorships have been received for Expo.  Contest entries for the Best of Montana Landscapes and container plant are due Dec.1st.  Board meeting will be on Tuesday Jan 7th.  Board members will work on collecting Auction items. Kristi reviewed Scholarship applications with the board, It was decided to award to both applicants. Next meeting on December 12th via conference call


  • June 24, 2020 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President Caroline Wallace called the phone conference call to order .   The minutes and financials were approved separately.  Layla Dunlap with the Montana Dept  of Ag Report sent written report with an update on nursery license payments, Japanese Beetle Trapping and Inspections.  Jyl reported that the EXPO booths are starting to fill up, most speaker spots have been filled, ICPI course is being offered and Hunter is doing an irrigation class.  Kristi updated the board on Scholarship Short Course Study grants and proposed guidelines for amounts of rebates per person and company.  Steve informed the board of the progress on the Fall Leaflet.  The 2020 fall tour is scheduled to take place in the Kalispell area, Jyl will contact MNLA members in that area to serve on the committee.


  • June 24, 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meeting was called to order by President Caroline Wallace with all board members present.The minutes and financials were approved separately.  Layla Dunlap  with the Montana Dept.  of Ag submitted a written report about the completion of nursery inspections, nursery license and revenue totals, and Japanese beetle trapping in Billings.  The board will send a letter to the Dept. of Ag to encourage and implement a treatment plan soon.  Jyl updated the board on membership renewals and getting insurance for all MNLA events. The Billings golf tournament had a good turnout with17 teams.  There will be 3 people taking the CPP test from Kristi at the fall tour.  Fifty people have signed up for the fall tour with 7 teams playing golf the day before.  Leslie Halleck will be the key speaker at the Expo in Missoula and suggestions were given for other speakers to fill up the agenda.   The ICPI course will be offered again since it was well attended in Billings.  Caroline had the board break into the structured committees to see if that will be a more effective way to give more in depth discussions of subjects.


  • June 24, 2020 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The June 20th conference call was called to order at 7am by President Caroline Wallace.  May’s meeting minutes and financials were approved.  Will Pereira and Missy Hendrickson with the NALP growth initiative joined the meeting and talked about their project and how it applies to the MNLA members.  More discussion when the board meets in September on whether to support their initiative.  Layla Dunlap gave an update from the Montana Department of Ag on Nursery dues, Japanese Beetle trapping, Bailey Nursery visit and nursery inspections.  Mike updated the board on plans for the fall tour with Golf tournament on Thursday, dinner at Cashman Nursery, and 8 stops planned for Friday with lunch at MSU.  Ryan discussed plans for the Keynote Speaker at Expo 2020.  It was agreed upon to order some more Plant Something Stakes to give out to members.  Next meeting will be at the Fall Tour September 12th at 10:00 am at the C’Mon Inn in Bozeman.


  • June 24, 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The May meeting conference call was called to order by President Caroline Wallace on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 am.  The minutes of the April meeting were reviewed and unanimously approved.  The April Financial Statements were discussed and approved.  Jyl updated the board on her trip to the NLAE conference with some new ideas for membership engagement.  The Billings Chapter Golf Tournament, Fall Tour in Bozeman, and EXPO 2020 in Missoula updates were given with the details of each event progressing.  Steve outlined the articles needed for the next Leaflet to come out this summer.  Jyl Story’s E.D. contract was approved for another year. 


  • April 15, 2019 2:21 PM | Anonymous member

    The board met via conference call April 18th with President Caroline Wallace calling the meeting to order.  The minutes and financials were approved separately.  The proposed budget was reviewed and unanimously approved.  Layla Dunlap with the Dept. Of Ag provided a written report on nursery licenses.  So far, numbers are down but delinquent accounts are being pursued.  Billings Chapter is being well attended and Matt is getting sponsors and looking to start a Missoula Chapter.  Fall Tour updates were given and event insurance is being checked into.  Changes were made to the Best of MT Landscape contest consisting of an entrance fee of $50 and bigger payout to 1 winner per contest category.  40 gift bags were put together of MT products to give to the NLAE attendees.  Arbor Day activities were discussed at various locations around the state with MNLA members attending.


  • March 01, 2019 1:20 PM | Anonymous member

    The board met in Helena with President Caroline Wallace calling the meeting to order.  The minutes and financials were approved separately.  The proposed budget  was reviewed and discussion arose about how to increase the proposed end of year profit total.  It was decided to place $20,000.00 of excess funds in our checking account into one Certificate of Deposit  for 11 months for a better interest rate return than is generated in the checking account.  With the large amount of money in the scholarship account the board unanimously decided to rebate one registration per MNLA Member Company that attended the ICPI Course as a short course scholarship with an application from the company.    Conditions of rebate were that companies would have to June 1st to apply for 1 rebate of $315 per firm.  The Montana Department of Ag Reported on current nursery licenses renewal numbers, travels to Bailey Nursery scheduled and monitoring for the Japanese beetle quarantine in Yellowstone County.  Mike Cashman gave updates on ideas for the Fall Tour in Bozeman.  The Billings Chapter reported on their meeting and scheduled events.  Board reviewed the Evaluations from 2019 Expo and discussed new ideas and speakers for Expo 2020 in Missoula.  All of the Board attended training by Montana Nonprofit Association about board governance.


  • November 15, 2018 1:28 PM | Anonymous member

    The MNLA Board of Directors met via conference call on November 15, 2018. The minutes and financial reports were approved. Layla Dunlap reported from the MDA they hoped to have a nursery inspector hired by mid-January. She has been calling on delinquent accounts and license numbers are up. Award recipients were discussed for the awards banquet. A life member award will be given to John Lawyer. Booth and speaker updates were given. Four trade show passes will be given per exhibitor this year. Breakfast of Champions topics were discussed. We will try to have just 6 of 7 topics this year. Scholarship recipients were selected and will be awarded $1500 each. Suggestions for 3rd Vice President and Secretary were discussed. Shane will continue to make contacts. It was decided to award power tools for the grand prize drawing again this year. Steve Lehenbauer will get them. Shane contacted Taylor Brown about press coverage at the Expo. Pro Green attendees were discussed and tabled until the next meeting. The next meeting will be held by conference call on December 20.

  • October 01, 2018 2:16 PM | Anonymous member

    The MNLA Board of Directors met via conference call on October 19, 2018. The minutes and financial reports were approved. Beth Eiring from MDA reported there are currently 748 nursery licenses year to date in MT. They are moving toward hiring an inspector. Jyl reported there are currently 4 entries in the Best of MT Landscapes contest and one entry for the Container Plant Contest so far. Canyon Creek Nursery will sponsor the registration bags for Expo. A motion was approved to give the Billings Chapter 80% of the golf proceeds and 20% would go into the MNLA treasurer. The Mulligan Sales will still go toward the Scholarship fund which was $1,220 this year. The Scholarship application deadline was extended to November 1. Expo speakers and booth sales were updated. MNLA will sponsor the ICPI Concrete Paver Installers Course following Expo on January 11- 12 at the Red Lion Hotel. A bus trip to visit North Idaho growers was discussed for the 2019 Fall Tour. Discussion was tabled until a later date.The next meeting will be held by conference call on November 15.

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