PLANT WNY FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Buffalo Zoo – Children’s Resource Center

300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214

6:00PM

 

In the absence of our current board president, Tara Perrin, vice president, called the meeting to order at 6:15pm.

 Committee Reports:

Audit Committee - The committee met in September to review PLANT WNY’s financials and procedures.   Recommendations were made to the board.

 CNLP - Lawn signage is available. We are in need of a CNLP’s to assist with the CNLP program.

 Ed Day/CNLP Dave- Roger Restorff thanked our first sponsors - Draves Trees Service and Unilock.   New for CNLP Day - Horticulture 101.  

 Golf Outing - There should be a small profit from the day. Kim Schichtel said it is looking like we will be back at the Buffalo Tournament Club for 2017 as they are reasonably priced and our golfers liked the course.

 Harvest Dinner – We will be honoring Chris Zeisz, lifetime CNLP as Person of the Year and Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com as the Business of the Year. Awards will be presented on November 18 at Big Ditch Brewery.

 Landscape Awards - Go to www.landscapeawards.com to enter the contest. We will be linking winning photos with the company website info.

 Historian - Dave McIntyre brought a framed signed, letter from the 2010 front yard contest Parade Avenue homeowners as a sample of the historical items he has saved. It was suggested by Heidi Gee to put historical photos on our website for members and the public to view. This will be looked into.

 Leaf a Legacy - Ed Dore gave the history of front yard garden contest which was first completed on private property (private homes.)   In 2013 the Leaf a Legacy was started which was meant for beautifying public sites. Ed stated we would like to find a project that would not over tax us and could either tie in with Plantasia if done in March/April or the Garden Writers Conference in August.

 Membership - Teresa Buchanan, informed the membership that there are plans to update the PLANT WNY Guide to Services. Members were asked to take a look at the guide and make sure their information is up-to-date. Also, PLANT WNY is still offering the co-op advertising benefit with BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com, Buffalo Spree and Update Gardeners’ Journal when using the PLANT WNY logo and/or CNLP logo.   Contact each of the member firms for more information.

 NCCC – Tom Mitchell thanked Dave McIntyre for speaking to the NCCC Trustees regarding the possibly of building greenhouses at NCCC. The horticulture program has grown and is doing well. Recently, horticulture students did some landscaping work at Niagara Hospice, in which Niagara Hospice was very pleased. NCCC will be offering DEC classes for pesticide license (can’t miss any of the classes) or if just needing to renew your credits, you can attend any night for $20. Community Education classes are currently being offered for those who don’t want the full degree. There are plans CNLP review classes to take place again.

 Plantasia - Chris thanked Lakeside Sod for their continued sponsorship of Plantasia. Profits of the show go to fund the Association, Foundation and community affairs. Chris said we are ranked as the number two show at the Event Center – second only to Christmas in the Country.

 Social Media - Susan Marie Fonzi would like any submissions for Nursery Lines by Friday, October 21.

 State Representatives - Phil Colarusso reported the NYSNLA just had a leadership forum. There are plans to hold the leadership forum in two places next year so that more people can attend and make it more cost effective. Phil just attended the Great Lakes Conference. The webinars are continuing to grow. In November, State Reps will be visiting Delhi College, the last college in the SUNY system that has a horticulture program. Phil thanked Gernatt Asphalt and Neil Stern for the donation of Sabres box tickets for the State auction. Joan Mariea added that she attended the recent CNLP Day at the George Eastman House. Joan said that 9 people were in attendance from our region. Joan highly recommends it as you get a behind the scene experience and you don’t have to be a CNLP to attend.

New Business:

 Election of 2017 Board of Directors – Nominating Committee

Roger Restorff, representing the Nominating Committee presented the 2016 Slate of Officers as follows

 Tara Perrin – President
Teresa Buchanan - Vice President
Sue Frank – Treasurer
Phil Tripi – Secretary
Kristin Pochopin – Director

Roger made a motion to accept the slate of officers.   Tom Mitchell second the motion. Nominations closed after no further nominations were received. All in favor; motion carried.

2017 Budget

Tara Perrin presented the 2017 PLANT WNY budget and explained several of the line items. Mike Frank made a motion to accept the budget. Sally Cunningham second the budget. Discussion took place. Question was asked to what 265 Special Projects is. Tara explained it is for sponsorships such as Leaf a Legacy and Lumagination if we choose to. Another question raised was why the PLANT WNY budget has decreased considerably. Kim Schichtel explained it is because the PLANT WNY Foundation now includes ED Day, Golf Outing, and the Harvest Dinner in their profit and loss. This was a change implemented at the advice of our accountants to keep the Foundation has a 501(c)3. All in favor; motion carried.

Other new Business

Steve Sypniewski spoke about a new committee formed at Buffalo State committee called the Friends of the Maud Gordon Holmes Arboretum. Its mission is to raise money to replace trees that have been lost in recent years.  The committee is selling memberships for $20.00, and hosting a fundraiser cocktail party at Campus House on October 24. to raise money to purchase and maintain new trees.  

Sally Cunningham announced that the Garden Writers Convention is coming to Buffalo for a 4-day conference August 4 – 7, 2017. Possibly 350 people will attend. We have the advantage of the Visitor’s Bureau on our side who see the value in it for Buffalo and the economic impact with tourism. Their time here will include touring public and private gardens; classes; keynote speakers, awards and may add in pre-tours, like growers, cottage area, southtowns area. Additional tours will include Darwin Martin House, Olmsted Parks, Niagara Falls, Botanical Gardens. Idea of large planters – that would say “welcome garden writers” or downtown areas that could use sprucing up.   Where do we come in? The beautification and getting some “wow” downtown or at the places they will be touring. The Visitors Bureau is behind this and will approach the Buffalo Green Fund.


Tara Perrin asked for a motion to approve the minutes of July 20, 2016. Roger Restorff motioned to approve the minutes; Gary Sokolowski second it. All in favor

 Ed Dore motioned to adjourn; Mike Frank second the motion. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 7:15pm

WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation, Inc. Meeting

 Dave McIntyre called the Foundation meeting to order at 7:15.

 Dave presented the slate of 2017 Trustees as:

 Roger Restorff           
Dave McIntyre      
Bob Smith
Gary Sokolowski
Eric Page

Gary Sokolowski motioned to accept the slate as presented and Mike Frank second the motion. All in favor.