The February 13, 2020 meeting was held in Bozeman, called to order by President Ryan Forde at 10:00AM. Present were Caroline Wallace, Steve Lehenbauer, Matt Watts, Darin Sabers, Tim Groener, Kristi Browning, Sandy Perrin, Jyl Story.
Layla Dunlap with Montana Department of Ag submitted a written report reflecting on the increase in nursery licenses and funding ideas for Japanese beetle control in Billings. The minutes of the January meeting were reviewed and approved. Steve led the discussion on the January financial statements, discussing costs associated at Expo, what a good job Jyl did coming out ahead this year. A motion to remove Mike Cashman and add Ryan Forde to the checking account signature with Steve Lehenbauer and Jyl Story remaining was approved.
Emily Talago with Cashman Nursery joined the meeting for The Governance Committee report to discuss her writing of the Specialty Crop Block Grant to source funding for the tree and shrub guides. Kristi made the motion to accept submission of proposed grant with Caroline second, motion carried. The beautification fund guidelines were discussed and decided that application for the funds would have an April 30th deadline, with the end of May announcing awarded amounts. Matt brought up the Program/Events committee report discussing some of the articles he had sourced for the spring leaflet and asking others for their contributions by Feb 24th. Matt is working on finding members to help plan the Fall Tour in the Kalispell area. Tim covered what has been happening at the Billings chapter meetings with event dates for the summer. The 2020 EXPO evaluations were discussed. Total auction revenue raised in 2020 was $4,537.00. 2021 EXPO is set for Billings Hotel and Convention center. Booth booking, speakers, auction, and fees were reviewed and discussed and was decided to raise booth fees by 5%. The Executive Director search was outlined by Steve and guidelines were approved with a new ED hopefully hired by May.