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Letter From the President

 It’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner! Winter has gone by fast – I hope you’ve had a chance to relish the quiet of winter. The 2019 Green Expo was certainly a highlight of the winter season and a great opportunity to reflect on 2018 as we plan for the year to come.

As I was reminded at Expo, there is so much value in collaboration and connection. I really love the work that MNLA does to promote our industry and to connect us — to share our experiences, to network and to learn. Serving on the board has been a very rewarding experience. I’d love to meet and chat with every one of our members over the next year so please don’t hesitate to call or email, introduce yourself and to share ideas, concerns and how you think MNLA might better serve its members.

Over the next year, I would love to lead the MNLA Board in looking at and assessing some of our current organizational structures and practices to ensure that the MNLA Board, and organization as a whole, continues to engage and support members and to grow and adapt to changes in our industry. Another goal is to see more activity at the local level – let’s use the success of the Billings MNLA Chapter to duplicate in other communities around the state. For some current and prospective MNLA members, locally and regionally specific resources, connections and ideas could be highly valuable and a gateway to greater participation in the organization and statewide events. Finally, I’m looking forward to finding ways to educate and attract a wider spectrum of potential members, those working indirectly with the nursery and landscape industry who might not be aware of the resources and services MNLA provides. Again, greater collaboration and connection, whether within or across fields, will strengthen our industry and create more successful projects.

Here’s to a great 2019,

Caroline Wallace

MNLA President


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