President Ryan Forde called the April 2020 meeting to order via conference call at 7am. on April 9th. Present were: Caroline Wallace, Steve Lehenbauer, Matt Watts, Darin Sabers, Tim Groener, Kristi Browning, Sandy Perrin, Jyl Story, Beth Ering, and Sue Clark.
Beth Ering reported for the Department of Ag. they are unsure when nursery inspections will start at this time. Steve reported that the financials are looking good. The March minutes we unanimously approved with a motion from Steve and Ryan second. Jyl and Steve updated the board on the events that took place in regards to COVID-19. Upon hiring an attorney they worked together to get landscaping deemed an essential business. Caroline welcomed Sue Clark to participate in the Governance report about its discussion about the DNRC seedling nursery and the withdrawal to compete on private reclamation project bids. Discussion about starting more chapters in other Montana cities, with Darin, Matt, Sandy and Kristi working on getting names and addresses together to mail some brochures to landscape & nursery businesses. Caroline will design a postcard to be sent out. The Executive committee reported they had selected a candidate Gina Albaugh, Jyl will stay one thru June to get everything transferred over. In new business, Ryan asked the board to conduct meetings by Virtual meetings rather than conference call. Jyl reported that the Crop Block Specialty grant scored in the top 3 in review so it’s looking hopeful to go thru.