PLANT WNY ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES Wednesday, July 17, 2019

PLANT WNY ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
7 pm

Draves Arboretum – 1821 Sharrick Road, Darien, NY – (585) 547-9442

A call to order was made at 6:52 pm by Sue Frank, president. Sue thanked Tom and Kimberly Draves for hosting our meeting at Draves Arboretum. By a show of hands, it was determined we had a quorum. Kristy Schmitt welcomed our new members. Jeanetta Hanlon, treasurer, gave the financial report which was included in the agenda packet.

Committee Reports:

Botanical Gardens – There will be a decision soon on the hiring of a horticulture director.

CNLP Awareness & Promotion – A tour of Lasting Dreams Daylilies will take place on July 25. CNLP apparel is available and you can always get in contact with Kim Schichtel to make arrangements for purchase.

Erie County Fair – Set-up help is needed for Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6.

Foundation – The Foundation will be meeting with accountants to go over the tax review. Current investments are at $475,359.

Golf Outing – Monday, September 9 at the Buffalo Tournament Club in Lancaster.

Harvest Dinner – Friday, November 15 at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery in downtown Buffalo.   Sponsors are needed for the event.

Historian – Matt Dore announced that the committee has grown with the joining of Bonnie Guckin and Lou Sardo as well as a few others. They recently did an interview with C.J. Sypniewski, Lifetime CNLP and father of Steve Sypniewski, and asked about photos from the past. A photo board was created of some who have passed as well as current members. Bonnie stated the photo board is a project of where we came from, where we are and where we are going.

Landscape Awards – The website, www.landscapeawards.com will be open soon. In meantime, start taking photos now – you will want before, during and after photos. Also, you can submit a past project.

Membership – Teresa Buchanan was happy to report that our membership is increasing and we have more members than this time last year. For new members, think about submitting for the Landscape Awards – is a great opportunity to increase your portfolio. Membership Guides are available to have available at your garden centers or for your clients and membership info cards for potential members.

Leaf a Legacy – Ed Dore indicated there are potentially two projects to consider. The project/location needs to be in the public interest and for the common good.

Nominating – We are accepting recommendations for incoming board secretary. Voting will take place at October meeting.  We are also open for suggestions for Person of the Year and Business of the Year.

Plantasia – Our 20th show will take place Wednesday, March 18 (Preview Night) through Sunday, March 22. The theme is Reflections. It will be a look back over the years. We will be asking landscapers to pick a theme from past shows. We are always in need of volunteers.

Policies and Procedures – The committee will be meeting in the fall.

Social Media – When posting on Instagram (pertains to PLANT WNY), you can use the #plantwny. Nursery Lines is on-line now and Kristy Schmitt wrote our regional report for it – please read it.

State Representatives – Mike Frank said that several members from our region attended The Important Work We Do with Jim Paluch. Mike indicated that we need to look at ourselves beyond being landscapers and would like to have another opportunity for more of our members attend this event. He also recommended that everyone get out and visit other regional events and talk with fellow NYSNLA members. The State Fair is in August and is need of volunteers. Region 4 coordinates the landscaping of our NYSNLA’s space at the State Fairgrounds.

New Business

Sally Cunningham spoke on behalf of the Native Plants Collaborative. Their mission is to grow truly native plants for restoration projects and homeowners. Sally introduced Philomena, an intern, who would like to know from our membership – who is growing natives and would they be interested in growing some more. We are the only ones who can grow our native species – not Lowes or Home Depot.

We have received an invitation from Experienced Brick and Stone to attend their open house on July 23. There will be a reception, tours, presentation and demo.

Bonnie Guckin wanted to stress to the membership that Draves Arboretum is an accredited arboretum, level III and it is right in our own backyard. She encouraged everyone to have a membership in the Arboretum and also to volunteer for weeding when it’s announced.

Kim Schichtel motioned to accept the minutes of March 6, 2019. Sally Cunningham seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Mike Frank motioned to adjourn the meeting. Bob Smith seconded the motion. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 7:44 pm