The meeting was called to order at the Holiday Inn in Billings during the Expo. The Minutes of the previous meeting and financials were reviewed and approved. 233 people are registered to attend Expo. The Board reviewed their duties and responsibilities for Expo. The 3rd Vice President Position nominee is Shane Clouse – Agro Vitae d/b/a Pink Grizzly Greenhouse, Missoula, MT. The Secretary Position is also available since Karen Chadwick has fulfilled her term. Greg Johnson, the acting 3rd Vice President announced he would have to step down from his position due to personal circumstances leaving a 2nd Vice President Position open. The board voted to accept Shane Clouse into the 2nd Vice President Position if acceptable at the annual membership meeting. The Plant Something grant was discussed and its value as a member benefit. James Prchal and Jyl Story will attend the Idaho Exposition January 21-23 in Boise, ID. James Prchal and Sarah Kleinschmidt will attend the ATMOPP Conference January 25-27 at Fairmont. The Fall Tour location was selected in Helena in September.
Donna Rise from the Montana Department of Agriculture reported the Nursery Fee Legislation was resurfacing. More details will follow once a bill sponsor has been secured. The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing the Expo. Ryan reported 66 booths secured for the Expo with a potential of 3-5 more. Gainans will provide an interesting seminar on Tuesday evening which will also be free to the public. Marketing was discussed. We feel we have a very good slate of speakers this year. Jyl noted good sponsor participation in the Expo. Holly requested each board member secure two auction items for the Scholarship Silent Auction. Jennifer noted we have six people signed up to take the CPP Exam at Expo. Shane Clouse has offered to have his name considered for the 3rd Vice President position on the MNLA Board. We are still searching for a nominee for the Secretary position. A job posting board will be available during Expo for members to post job opportunities. Sarah will add some games to the Trade Show reception festivities.
Board Meeting Synopsis December 19, 2012
The board of directors held a meeting via phone conference on December 19, 2012. The minutes from the November meeting were approved as presented. The board reviewed and approved the current financials. The association has one member that has volunteered to run for the open position, James Prchal from Good Earth Works. The board then turned the discussion to the 2013 Expo. The Expo has 82 attendees as of today. The board talked about the moving of the show to Missoula for 2014. The board discussed the exhibitors and trade show. The board agreed to donate $1000 to the Dr. Bob Gough Endowment. There are three members taking the CPP test at the Expo. The board agreed to invite non-members to the trade show at no cost to them, and then hold a meeting at the end of the Expo to try to gain their membership. The meeting was adjourned at 2:48 pm.