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Membership Meeting - January 9, 2006
Richmond Marriott, Richmond, VA

The meeting was called to order by Lin Diacont, President.

Present were: Carol Hertzer, Paul Hartzell, Rick Baker, Robins Buck, Shelly Arthur, Annette Pelliccio, Bill Bonwell, Sylvia Wright, Tom Tracy, Jeff Miller, Sandy Miller, Cary Gouldin and Lorene Blackwood.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as emailed.

Rick Baker presented the Slate of Officers for 2006 with a motion to elect:

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President: Lin Diacont

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Vice President: Cary Gouldin

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Secretary: Lorene Blackwood

The motion was seconded by Tom Tracy and passed.

Executive Directors Report: Jeff Miller - Information for the website is an ongoing process and new information is always needed. A listing of current and potential members was distributed.

New VGIC promotional display banners were created by Jeff and are available to use at conferences, Maymont, conventions, the State Fair and other meetings as needed. They are versatile and can be targeted to the consumer as well as the professional.

Rick will use them at Maymont and Lin will check with Donna Johnson, President of the Virginia Agribusiness Council to see if they can be used in the General Assembly Building when the legislature is in session. We’re working on being highly visible!!

A suggestion was made for an article and get recognition on the VGIC web site.

Financial Report: Approved See attachments.

Membership is an on going process. Don’t forget to renew and find new members.(see attached report).

Rick Baker: FSMIP Grant - The grant has been extended to June 1. The remaining funds will be dedicated to the promotion and execution of the Green Expo which will be held in conjunction with the Lewis Ginter Fall Plant Sale, September 16 at Lewis Ginter. Bill Bonwell and Rick are working out the details for the Expo with Lewis Ginter.

Sylvia Wright: Communications - A concerted effort is being made to target industry publications to have the VGIC editorials published. Send Sylvia any information.

Rick Baker: Virginia Green Expo, September 16, 2006 - The goal of this event is to promote the Green Industry and establish a funding base for the VGIC. When a contract is established with Lewis Ginter, a budget will be developed along with a timeline for completion of the event.

Virginia Agribusiness Council Banquet: Cary Gouldin has secured donations from the Virginia Flower Growers Association to provide centerpieces for the tables at the banquet. Each piece will have signage with the VGIC logo along with information about the Green Industry. Thanks in advance to everyone who helped make our industry more visible to our legislators and their aides. Again, many thanks to all the donors along with Gwyn Hubbard, Carol Smallwood, Cary Gouldin, Lin Diacont, and Louis Brookings for additional labor to make the VGIC highly visible. See ATTACHMENT for list of donors.

New Business:

When possible, VGIC meetings will coordinate and partner with auxiliary groups meetings to gain greater participation and ownership. This meeting worked very well in conjunction with the Virginia Turfgrass Council Conference.

Lin will send out a master list of future meetings and secure all survey results from Tech and work with VDACS to develop protocol for an industry wide "spill plan".

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Workshop: Carol Heiser, Habitat Education Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries made a presentation on their activities that could tie in with VGIC activities. They are planning Conservation Landscaping Workshops and would like input from the green industry (Carol.Heiser@dgif.virginia.gov). She also discussed their ongoing Habitat At Home program for home owners to create wildlife habitats.

Respectively submitted by Lorene Blackwood, VGIC Secretary.

 

Membership Committee Report

Chairman – Mary Williams

Jeff is sending out reminders to previous members to renew their membership via e-mail.

I now have a list of 135 names and addresses in the VGIC Directory for membership. Separate formal letters for previous members and potential members have been drafted for 2006 membership.

The letters will be mailed along with a membership application and a copy of the October, 2005 newsletter.

Jeff is giving me stationery, envelopes and stamps to begin printing the letters and mail.

 

DONATIONS FOR VIRGINIA AGRIBUSINESS ANNUAL APPRECIATION BANQUET
HELD AT THE ARTHUR ASHE CENTER, RICHMOND VA. JANUARY 12, 2006
DONORCONTACT TELEPHONE #
BATTLEFIELD FARMSJERRY VANHOVEN 1-540-854-6485200 4 INCH PRIMULA
23190 CLARKS MOUNTAIN RD.
RAPIDAN VA. 22733
BROOKMEADE SOD FARM LOUIS BROOKING 1-804 -883-6338DONATED SOD FOR STAGE
14328 MEDLEY GROVE LN
DOSWELL VA.
CHADWICK &SON ART CHADWICK 1-804-598-756025 ASSORTED 6INCH ORCHIDS
1240 DORSET RD.
POWHATAN VA. 23139
STONES GREENHOUSERUSS STONE CELL437-370150 4INCH CYCLAMEN
P.O. BOX 1128
GLEN ALLEN VA. 23060
sWHITES GREENHOUSETAL WHITE 1-757-487-1300500 5INCH TABLE TOP DAISY MUMS
3133 OLD MILL RD
CHESAPEAKE VA. 23323
WILLOW RUN COMP.PETE GYORY 1-800-825-881250 4.5 INCH WICKER BASKETS
PO BOX 6
ELKWOOD VA. 22718
YODER BROS.BILL RASBACH PRES. 1-800-321957396 FINISHED 6INCH AZALEA
115 3RD STREET SW105 4 INCH AZALEA BRAIDED TREES
BARBERTON OHIO 44203
LIN'S LANDSCAPING LIN DIACONT 1-804-746-3737SENT TRUCK TO STRANGE'S TO PICK UP PLANTS
7388 POLEGREEN RD.SENT A CREW TO DECORATE HALL
MECH. VA. 23116AND PODIUM, DAY BEFORE AND DAY OF
AT LEAST 35 HRS
BOULEVARD FLOWERS MARK LANDA 1- 804- 526-400084 6INCH BLUE PANSEYS
3018 BOULEVARD
COLONIAL HEIGHTS VA. 23834
THE GREENHOUSEGEORGE MILES 1-804- 262-731830 6INCH CYCLAMEN
P.O. BOX 1066
GLEN ALLEN VA. 23060
WEBER'S NURSERYMIKE WEBER 1- 540-662-431140 4 INCH CYCLAMEN
937 MARTINSBURG PIKE24 6INCH CYCLAMEN
WINCHESTER VA. 22601
SMALLWOODS CAROL SMALLWOOD 1-804-561-5307SET UP AT ARTHUR ASHE CENTER
14202 CHULA ROADAPPROX 5 HRS THE DAY OF
AMELIA VA. 23002
STATE FAIR OF VA.GWEN HUBBARD 1-804- 539-6106 PUT SPEED COVERS ON PLANTS AT STRANGE'S
P.O. BOX 26805AND SET UP AT ARTHUR ASHE CENTER
RICH. VA. 232615 HRS DAY BEFORE AND 5 HRS THE DAY OF
SWIFT CREEK BERRY FARM CLYDE GOODE 1-804-739-2037PLACED PLANTS AT ARTHUR ASHE CENTER
AND GREENHOUSETHURSDAY MORNING
17210 GENITO ROAD 5 HRS DAY OF
MOSELEY, VA. 23120
PIEDMONT GROWERSBILL MILLER 1-540-439-167275 4INCH YELLOW VIOLAS
19529 WILLIAMS DRIVE
CULPEPER VA. 22701
HOLTKAMP GREENHOUSES INC.MARGIT NENTWIG 1-800-443-229030 4 INCH FINISHED OPTIMARA VIOLETS
P.O. BOX 78565
1501 LISCHEY AVE.
NASHVILLE TENN. 37207

VGIC Balance Sheet

   

Dec 31, 05

Dec 31, 04

ASSETS
Current Assets
Checking/Savings
SunTrust Bank

10,924.86

10,820.58

Total Checking/Savings

10,924.86

10,820.58

Accounts Receivable
Accounts Receivable
FSMIP Reimbursement

561.54

1,399.64

Total Accounts Receivable

561.54

1,399.64

Total Accounts Receivable

561.54

1,399.64

Total Current Assets

11,486.40

12,220.22

TOTAL ASSETS

11,486.40

12,220.22

LIABILITIES & EQUITY
Liabilities
Current Liabilities
Other Current Liabilities
Pre-Paid Dues

0.00

856.00

Total Other Current Liabilities

0.00

856.00

Total Current Liabilities

0.00

856.00

Total Liabilities

0.00

856.00

Equity
Opening Bal Equity

33,858.32

33,858.32

Retained Earnings

-22,494.10

-24,509.27

Net Income

122.18

2,015.17

Total Equity

11,486.40

11,364.22

TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY

11,486.40

12,220.22

VGIC Income & Expenses 2005

Jan - Dec 05

Jan - Dec 04

Ordinary Income/Expense
Income
Dues membership

3,593.25

2,766.00

Fees

0.00

0.00

Reimbursed Expenses

0.00

0.00

Sales
Plant Sale Horticulture Pavilio

3,833.00

4,650.50

Sales - Other

0.00

0.00

Total Sales

3,833.00

4,650.50

Sponsorships

4,280.00

4,750.00

Website Link

20.00

50.00

Total Income

11,726.25

12,216.50

Expense
Awards

300.00

0.00

Dues and Subscriptions

250.00

250.00

Insurance
Liability Insurance

400.00

400.00

Total Insurance

400.00

400.00

Licenses and Permits

0.00

150.00

Marketing of the VGIC

0.00

338.54

Miscellaneous

0.00

0.00

Office Supplies

0.00

47.00

Postage and Delivery

58.84

136.77

Printing and Reproduction
Signs

0.00

229.30

Printing and Reproduction - Other

252.00

226.61

Total Printing and Reproduction

252.00

455.91

Professional Fees
Legal Fees

25.00

25.00

Management Fee

9,820.25

7,423.50

Total Professional Fees

9,845.25

7,448.50

Public Relations Fall Jubilee

0.00

53.03

Public Relations Maymont

0.00

300.00

Public Relations News Release t

0.00

26.50

Telephone
Conference Calls

0.00

142.85

Total Telephone

0.00

142.85

Website

508.80

462.20

Total Expense

11,614.89

10,211.30

Net Ordinary Income

111.36

2,005.20

Other Income
Interest Income

10.82

9.97

Total Other Income

10.82

9.97

Net Income

122.18

2,015.17

VGIC BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR 2006

Proposed 2006

2005 Budget

2005 YTD

2004 Final

2003 Final

INCOME
Dues

5,000

5,000

3,094

2,766

2,939

Plant Sale

5,000

5,000

3,845

4,651

2,754

Sponsorships

6,000

6,000

4,280

4,750

2,700

Web Site Sales

3,500

3,500

20

50

0

Green Expo Sales

0

0

0

0

0

Interest Income

10

8

6

10

22

 
Total Income

19,510

19,508

11,245

12,227

8,415

EXPENSES
Speaker Maymont 1/2 sponsor

250

250

300

0

238

Dues/Subscriptions

250

250

250

250

250

Insurance

400

400

400

400

400

Licenses & Permits

0

150

0

150

0

Marketing: PowerPoint-gas

0

1,300

0

339

0

Office Supplies

0

350

0

47

339

Postage & Delivery

100

250

59

137

231

Printing Signs etc

0

250

252

456

116

Professional fees

7,500

14,000

8,165

7,449

6,238

Fall Jubilee

0

400

0

380

1,186

Telephone

100

150

0

143

0

Hosting Fee/2 Websites

509

450

509

462

0

Website VirginiaGreen.org

2,860

0

0

0

810

Website VirginiaGardening.com

4,160

0

0

0

0

News Releases

1,500

185

0

0

0

Monthly Column/Jim May

750

0

0

0

0

Postage for Newsletter?

500

1,900

0

0

0

Commissions

400

0

0

0

0

Green Expo

0

0

0

0

0

 
Total Expenses

19,279

20,285

9,935

10,211

9,809

       
Net Income

231

-778

1,310

2,016

-1,394

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