PLANT WNY Meeting Minutes – Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 6 pm

Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
93 Honorine Dr, Depew, NY 14043 (716) 683-5959

A call to order was made at 6:13 pm by Sue Frank, president. By a show of hands, it was determined we had a quorum. Kristy Schmitt welcomed our new member, Aaron’s Landscaping and Snowplowing.  Jeanetta Hanlon, treasurer, gave the financial report which was included in the agenda packet.

Committee Reports:

Botanical Gardens – A new director of horticulture has been hired and Kristy Schmitt hopes to introduce her at the next meeting.

CNLP/Awareness & Promotion & Ed Day/Trade Show – CNLP Day will take place February 6 and Ed Day/Trade Show will take place February 7. Trade show vendor brochure is available as well as Ed Day flyers.

Golf Outing – Our September 9 event at the Buffalo Tournament Club was a successful event. We had a nice weather day. Look for the golf outing to take place in September 2020.

Harvest Dinner – Will take place Friday, November 15 at the Pearl Street Grill. Congratulations to our Person of the Year – Mike Frank. Congratulations to our Business of the Year – Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Historian – Bonnie Guckin they are continuing their interviews of members and will be interviewing Tim Richley on behalf of his father, Al Richley. Al was president in 1970.

Landscape Awards – The program is open now and accepting entries. Deadline to enter is October 31.

Membership – Membership services guides are available to take. Please review and get updates to the office as another one will be printed in 2020 in time for Plantasia. Membership cards are available for potential members.

Leaf a Legacy – Jeanetta Hanlon is exploring garden walk organizations to see if we can support them as a sponsor or with a donation. It would be ideal to support an organization that already has good community support in place and uses their funds to encourage people to take ownership of public spaces.

Plantasia 2020 – Our 20th show theme is Reflections. Ed Dore stated that Plantasia is for us to promote ourselves to the public and to educate the public. Bonnie Guckin has suggested having a CNLP education garden in place of the CNLP booth (located by seminar room) at Plantasia. There was interest from the membership as this sounded like a good idea. The Foundation may consider covering the garden fee.

Media/Marketing – Kristy Schmitt has joined the committee. The committee name has changed to reflect what the committee does. Kristy is planning on promoting us with press releases with the intent of media attention.

Policies & Procedures – Will be meeting in December to wrap this up.

State Reps –   We need to support the NYSNLA as much as we do our own region by attending state events. In December there will be an owner only event. Sue Frank attended the Great Lakes Conference (all the States that connect to the Great Lakes) and found it interesting how we compare.

New Business

Election of 2020 Board of Directors

Sue Frank asked for the Nominating Committee to make a motion to nominate the incoming secretary. Teresa Buchanan made the motion to nominate Steve Sypniewski as secretary to the 2020 PLANT WNY Board of Directors. Kim Schichtel seconded the motion. Nominations closed after no further nominations were received. Teresa presented the 2020 Slate of Officers as follows:
Phil Tripi – President

Jeanetta Hanlon – Vice President

Kristy Schmitt – Treasurer

Steve Sypniewski – Secretary
Sue Frank – Director

Kristy Schmitt cast one vote for the nomination. All were in favor.

Sue Frank asked for the Nominating Committee to make a motion to nominate new member to the Audit Committee. Teresa Buchanan made the motion to nominate Kim Schichtel to the Audit Committee with a 3-year term. Elaine Sieczkarek seconded the motion. Nominations closed after no further nominations were receive. Teresa presented the 2020 Audit Committee as follows:

Eric Page (term ending 2020)
Tara Perrin (term ending 2021)

Kim Schichtel (term ending 2022)

Kristy Schmitt cast one vote for the nomination. All were in favor.

2020 PLANT WNY Budget

Phil Tripi presented the proposed 2020 budget. Ed Dore motioned to accept the 2020 budget as presented. Bob Smith seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Native Plant Collaborative

Sally Cunningham informed the membership that this organization is made up of government agencies, not-for-profits, and individuals with the common interest of native plants and educating the public on it. It is a huge movement. The WNY Land Conservancy is planning to contract with two local growers to produce a large number of three native plants, as a start, both plugs and quarts. The three native plants for this first season will be: Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), the one most valuable for monarch butterfly larvae); Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum), it is used by many pollinators, able to form a nice two-food hedge, white flowers; and Native Monarda (Bee-balm), which has a lilac flower.

Initially the WNYLC has asked a few selected nurseries/garden centers/groups how many they would tentatively use in 2020. Sally will watch for an opportunity for more members to opt in early for access to these plants.

Ed Dore motion to accept the minutes of July 17, 2019. Kim Schichtel seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Dave McIntyre motioned to adjourn the meeting. Sandi Grimmer seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting adjourned at 6:58 pm.

Foundation Meeting

The Foundation meeting was called to order at 6:58 pm by Bob Smith, president.   Even with the market fluctuation, the Foundation currently have $500,000 in investments. Zachary Braddell, a NCCC student, received the fall 2019 scholarship.

Bob nominated Teresa Buchanan as incoming trustee to the Foundation Board. Ed Dore cast one vote for Teresa. All were in favor.

Foundation meeting adjourned at 7:02 pm.