The June 20th conference call was called to order at 7am by President Caroline Wallace. May’s meeting minutes and financials were approved. Will Pereira and Missy Hendrickson with the NALP growth initiative joined the meeting and talked about their project and how it applies to the MNLA members. More discussion when the board meets in September on whether to support their initiative. Layla Dunlap gave an update from the Montana Department of Ag on Nursery dues, Japanese Beetle trapping, Bailey Nursery visit and nursery inspections. Mike updated the board on plans for the fall tour with Golf tournament on Thursday, dinner at Cashman Nursery, and 8 stops planned for Friday with lunch at MSU. Ryan discussed plans for the Keynote Speaker at Expo 2020. It was agreed upon to order some more Plant Something Stakes to give out to members. Next meeting will be at the Fall Tour September 12th at 10:00 am at the C’Mon Inn in Bozeman.
The May meeting conference call was called to order by President Caroline Wallace on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 am. The minutes of the April meeting were reviewed and unanimously approved. The April Financial Statements were discussed and approved. Jyl updated the board on her trip to the NLAE conference with some new ideas for membership engagement. The Billings Chapter Golf Tournament, Fall Tour in Bozeman, and EXPO 2020 in Missoula updates were given with the details of each event progressing. Steve outlined the articles needed for the next Leaflet to come out this summer. Jyl Story’s E.D. contract was approved for another year.
The board met via conference call April 18th with President Caroline Wallace calling the meeting to order. The minutes and financials were approved separately. The proposed budget was reviewed and unanimously approved. Layla Dunlap with the Dept. Of Ag provided a written report on nursery licenses. So far, numbers are down but delinquent accounts are being pursued. Billings Chapter is being well attended and Matt is getting sponsors and looking to start a Missoula Chapter. Fall Tour updates were given and event insurance is being checked into. Changes were made to the Best of MT Landscape contest consisting of an entrance fee of $50 and bigger payout to 1 winner per contest category. 40 gift bags were put together of MT products to give to the NLAE attendees. Arbor Day activities were discussed at various locations around the state with MNLA members attending.
The board met in Helena with President Caroline Wallace calling the meeting to order. The minutes and financials were approved separately. The proposed budget was reviewed and discussion arose about how to increase the proposed end of year profit total. It was decided to place $20,000.00 of excess funds in our checking account into one Certificate of Deposit for 11 months for a better interest rate return than is generated in the checking account. With the large amount of money in the scholarship account the board unanimously decided to rebate one registration per MNLA Member Company that attended the ICPI Course as a short course scholarship with an application from the company. Conditions of rebate were that companies would have to June 1st to apply for 1 rebate of $315 per firm. The Montana Department of Ag Reported on current nursery licenses renewal numbers, travels to Bailey Nursery scheduled and monitoring for the Japanese beetle quarantine in Yellowstone County. Mike Cashman gave updates on ideas for the Fall Tour in Bozeman. The Billings Chapter reported on their meeting and scheduled events. Board reviewed the Evaluations from 2019 Expo and discussed new ideas and speakers for Expo 2020 in Missoula. All of the Board attended training by Montana Nonprofit Association about board governance.
The MNLA Board of Directors met via conference call on November 15, 2018. The minutes and financial reports were approved. Layla Dunlap reported from the MDA they hoped to have a nursery inspector hired by mid-January. She has been calling on delinquent accounts and license numbers are up. Award recipients were discussed for the awards banquet. A life member award will be given to John Lawyer. Booth and speaker updates were given. Four trade show passes will be given per exhibitor this year. Breakfast of Champions topics were discussed. We will try to have just 6 of 7 topics this year. Scholarship recipients were selected and will be awarded $1500 each. Suggestions for 3rd Vice President and Secretary were discussed. Shane will continue to make contacts. It was decided to award power tools for the grand prize drawing again this year. Steve Lehenbauer will get them. Shane contacted Taylor Brown about press coverage at the Expo. Pro Green attendees were discussed and tabled until the next meeting. The next meeting will be held by conference call on December 20.
The MNLA Board of Directors met via conference call on October 19, 2018. The minutes and financial reports were approved. Beth Eiring from MDA reported there are currently 748 nursery licenses year to date in MT. They are moving toward hiring an inspector. Jyl reported there are currently 4 entries in the Best of MT Landscapes contest and one entry for the Container Plant Contest so far. Canyon Creek Nursery will sponsor the registration bags for Expo. A motion was approved to give the Billings Chapter 80% of the golf proceeds and 20% would go into the MNLA treasurer. The Mulligan Sales will still go toward the Scholarship fund which was $1,220 this year. The Scholarship application deadline was extended to November 1. Expo speakers and booth sales were updated. MNLA will sponsor the ICPI Concrete Paver Installers Course following Expo on January 11- 12 at the Red Lion Hotel. A bus trip to visit North Idaho growers was discussed for the 2019 Fall Tour. Discussion was tabled until a later date.The next meeting will be held by conference call on November 15.
The MNLA Board of Directors met at the Staybridge Inn & Suites Conference Room in Great Falls, MT on September 13. The minutes and financial reports were approved. The Board welcomed Mark Necodom, the new Administrator at the Department of Agriculture and shared questions and comments with him. Jyl reported that the Nursery & Landscape Association Executives (NLAE) conference will come to Montana this year to the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Membership numbers are down slightly compared to this time last year. Jyl has been calling those who have not renewed. Shane reported John Lawyer is retiring and closing his long time nursery business. The Billings Chapter golf tournament had 21 teams this year compared to 25 last year. There was still a good turnout and great support for the event. The new CPP manual is now in a pdf version and will be placed on the website. Exam fees will be increased to $50 each for the written and plant ID exams. Expo speakers and booth sales were updated. Best of Show awards will be given out at the Thursday luncheon rather than the Wednesday night banquet to allow more time for voting. The MNLA Leadership Handbook was reviewed and approved. The Specialty Crop Block Grant was revisited and we will submit the Tree and Shrub Guide again with some additions to the grant including an app and sortable database option. Toby Day will write the grant for us again. The 2020 Expo will be held in Missoula. The next meeting will be held by conference call on October 18.
The May Conference Call meeting was called to order by President Mike Cashman. The minutes and financials were approved by consent agenda. Beth Eiring submitted a written report from the Montana Department of Ag. Caroline discussed the speaker plan for Expo in detail. Kelly Norris will be the Keynote speaker. There are only 2-3 slots left to fill. It was the consensus of the Board to remove the contest entry fee from the Best of Montana Landscapes contest. Jyl will revise the entry forms accordingly. The Board’s rooming list for the Fall Tour was discussed and emailed to them to confirm the dates they will need lodging.
The May Conference Call meeting was called to order by President Mike Cashman. The minutes and financials were approved by consent agenda. Jyl will do further edits to the Leaders Handbook and bring a copy to each board member at the September meeting in Great Falls. 10 revised CPP manuals have been printed and assembled. Jyl reported she has worked on a Sponsorship Menu of Opportunities. This includes sponsorships that you want to request in one document that can be sent out to prospective donors early in the year; this would allow donors to plan their budgets accordingly rather than asking them at the time of each event. It will be mailed with Membership Dues Invoices. Fall Tour and Expo plans are progressing well. Articles for the Summer Leaflet were discussed.
The April Conference Call meeting was called to order by President Mike Cashman. The minutes and financials were approved by consent agenda. Beth Eiring from Montana Department of Ag reported on the nursery license income. They have hired a full time and a part-time inspector. They have not had any pushback to the fee increase. They are proactively calling people to get them into the right categories and to let them know the categories are changing. Shane asked what would be done with the extra dollars; Beth stated long-term plan for program is to have two full time inspectors; also potential to hire a seasonal inspector who could be combined with Apiary Program – this person could do inspections for both programs; Beth would like to revisit this question after a full year of revenue has come in. Further discussion was had regarding the scholarship program and doing a trial competition for FFA. More research will be done on both. Arbor Day plans for Kalispell, Laurel and Billings were discussed.