Executive Director Robin Childers presented an update on the 2010 Montana Green Expo. In an effort to hold the Expo in Missoula, the Adams Center and Doubletree Hotel are being held. The Adams Center will not provide a final acceptance until spring of 2009, causing some planning issues for the event. Recommendations for 2009 Expo speakers were reviewed. The Flathead Valley, Bozeman and Missoula Regional Meetings were discussed. The first region to put together a program will be the Flathead Valley with a Nursery Recycling Program. The website refurbishing elements were identified and agreed upon, and it was decided that the incoming executive director will be given this task. The Education Committee reported a go-ahead on an Integrated Pest Management course. Robin discussed her plans for the executive director transition period which will take place in May. The Member-at-Large board position was given voting rights. Two members have expressed interest in working on the newly formed Awards Committee, and a pending scholarship application was reviewed. Bylaw updates were presented and approved.
A budget was approved for regional meetings. Board member Bill Pond’s resignation was sadly accepted and passed. Planning continued for the 2009 Montana Green Expo. The 2010 Expo facility inspections were reviewed and deemed inappropriate, leading to a plan to look at the Adams Center. The financials were reported in good order and the 2008/2009 budget was presented and approved. Requested support of an Integrated Pest Management program was reviewed and will be supported by MNLA. The search for a new Executive Director has concluded and the board voted to accept the Search Committee’s recommendation to hire Lori Curtis of Kalispell. An Awards Committee description was voted to be adopted as presented. Updates to the Bylaws were recommended by the ED and will be presented at the next meeting for review and approval.
The financials were reported in good order with positive trends. It was noted that several new members joined MNLA at the Expo. A new cancellation and refund policy is needed and will be written for the CPP exam. The Education Committee chair reported work on a new multi-part Integrated Pest Management certification program which will be presented at the Fall Tour and the Expo. The search for a new executive director presented several candidates who were extensively interviewed, narrowing the choices to 5 potentials. After narrowing the 5 candidates to 2 or 3, the finalists will be profiled and sent to the current ED for evaluation. A new board nomination form is being developed.