A good time was had by all
Cocktails, dinner, awards and an auction that was really three auctions -- that's a lot to cram into one evening. Nevertheless, NYSNLA did it on Wednesday, August 26. The Annual Membership Dinner, Environmental Beautification Awards presentation and Education Auction drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse to reconnect, have some fun and raise money for a good cause.
Melissa Daniels, CNLP, got the surprise of the night when President Jerry Parmenter presented her with the President's Award for Exceptional Service, in recognition of her work with the Advocacy Committee, which she co-chairs. Melissa's efforts have secured NYSNLA a place at the table in discussions of implementing New York's Invasive Species regulations.
Five of our seven Environmental Beautification Award winners were on hand to accept their awards: Gasparini Landscaping, Ireland Gannon Associates, Luminated Landscapes, Goldberg & Rodler, and Elemental Landscapes. Bayview Landscape Architecture and The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping could not attend, but their projects were showcased during the awards.
This year's Education Auction consisted of a live auction of Regional Experiences and special items, memorably presided over by NYSNLA's favorite auctioneer, Jeff Rogers, CNLP, and his lovely assistant, Phil Colarusso, as well as a silent auction and a bucket auction. More than $9,000 was raised for scholarships and other education programs. Thank you to all who donated items, placed bids and bought bucket tickets.
Thursday, August 27, the action moved to the New York State Fair for the 2015 Court of Honor Ceremony in the John Deere Horticulture Building. The day was off to a rainy start, but the precipitation held off as CNLP of the Year Julie Liebmann, Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Rogers, CNLP, and George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture winner Andy Senesac were honored. You can read more about them here and see more photos of the Court of Honor on Facebook. (More photos from Wednesday's festivities will be posted soon.)
Julie Liebmann can still use plenty of help staffing the NYSNLA booth at the fair, so if you are planning to attend, please consider taking a shift or two. It's a great way to network with other nursery and landscape professionals and to spread the word about NYSNLA. To reserve your volunteer hours, click here or contact Julie.
CNLP Day registration now open
Our second annual CNLP Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, followed by food, drink and networking at the nearby Bronx Alehouse. The following day, the Botanical Garden is hosting a Native Plants Summit: Current Status, Conservation and Outlook for Plants of the Northeast, so some of you might want to consider planning an overnight stay or even a long weekend.
NYSNLA's magazine is now all digital, and it lives right here on this website, which allows us to save trees and postage. Not only that, the articles will be archived here indefinitely.
Click here to read the Summer 2015 issue, which has photos and write-ups of all our Environmental Beautification Award winners, news about member achievements, a roundup of Arbor Day activities and much more.
State overhauls pesticide administration system
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's Pesticide Section is replacing its current systems with a new Web-based application, the New York State Pesticides Administration Database (NYSPAD). Phase 1 of NYSPAD has now gone live. You may access information regarding pesticide applicators/technicians, training courses, and certification/recertification exams at www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad.
The information on the site is updated in real time. If a commercial technician is upgraded to commercial applicator, a new training course is approved or a new exam session is created, the change appears immediately.
Phase 2 will allow access to business/agency registration and commercial permit registration and will be available later this year. Also, the Pesticide Certification program is being streamlined to make initial certification, renewal and recertification easier and faster.
NYSNLA's Leadership Forum will be on Tuesday, November 17, in Saratoga Springs. Landscaper-turned-consultant Jeffrey Scott will guide attendees through the strategic planning process. Participants will create strategic plans for their businesses and receive further guidance from Jeffrey in implementing them.
The first 20 business owners to register for Leadership Forum will have the opportunity to attend an Owners Networking Dinner with Jeffrey the evening before.
Watch your email and this space for information on how to register.
What our members say ...
I thoroughly enjoyed NYSNLA’s Leadership Forum at Cornell University, as well as the tour of the gardens. The value of a one-day lecture that was packed with information and great networking was possible because of this association. I see only bigger and better things as NYSNLA continues to be at the forefront of the Green Industries.
Be sure to check out our Education Calendar regularly to find professional development opportunities in your region and around the state. And, check our our Events Calendar to learn about meetings and networking opportunities.
Our next "Work Smarter, Not Harder" webinar, "Introduction to Social Media for Small Businesses," will be held Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 pm.
Social media is the new "word of mouth" marketing. In this webinar, presented by Carol Saporito of Bissett Nursery Corp., you'll learn how to join the conversation. Topics to be covered include:
- wThe major social media "players" and their strengths and weaknesses
- wSocial media vocabulary
- wReasonable goals and expectations
- wImportant first steps
The webinar is free to CNLP member businesses and comes with CNLP credits. Click here to register.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our July webinar, "Human Resources 101 for the Green Industry," presented by our corporate partner The Flanders Group.
Oldies but goodies
Materials from earlier webinars are available for you to review. Be sure you're logged into this site, as some of them are in the "Members Only" area.
Recordings, handouts and other resources related to Monica Mitchell Muir's two QuickBooks webinars can be found here.
The slides from Heidi Mortensen's March webinar on "Hot New Perennials for 2015" can be downloaded here.
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