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VGIC Minutes - March 18, 2003

Minutes Virginia Green Industry Council
Tuesday, March 18,2003
State Fair Office Richmond, Virginia

3:10 p. m. Welcome: Jeri LeMay, President

Present were: Jeff Miller, Gwyn Hubbard, Lorene Blackwood, Joel Koci, Nanette Parsons, Mary Williams, Linda Anson, Lin Diacont, Lorrie Lincoln, Rick Baker, Tom Tracy, Cary Gouldin, Kent Lewis, Greg Eaton.

Secretary’s Report: Approved

Treasurer’s Report: Reviewed by Cary . Council voted that Jeff take his past expenses immediately. We need to continue to increase membership.

Sponsorships should be segregated from the dues to keep the balance sheet properly. Lorene is to write the VNLA a thank you note for the sponsorship of $2,700.00

FSMIP Grant Update: Rick submitted the grant proposal and we will be notified in May or June regarding the outcome. If this is approved, the grant will go through the State and the monies must be spent as allocated by the grant.

Rick and Tom thanked Jeff for his help in securing all the needed information.

The Council recognized Rick and Tom for their diligence and determination in writing this proposal. They noted that it was due to the strategic planning meeting that this need was brought to their attention and they were pleased to be a part of this process.

Strategic Plan Overview Council is on task with the committees.

Committee Reports:

Budget and Finance: Cary reported that we need to focus on Sponsorships to ensure sound financial footing. He reviewed the committees notes *see attached. VNLA has already become a sponsor with $2,700. The consensus was that the Virginia Flower Growers, Virginia Turf Grass Council and other organizations would also become sponsors.

Membership: Linda Anson reported that the membership is growing and that we are half way for the 2003 membership drive with eight new members.

Communications and Public Relations: Jeri will contact Joyce Latimer regarding the importance of this committee. Lin volunteered to laminate promotional pieces that can be used in various events. Jeff noted there has been an outstanding response for the identification of speakers for the VGIC database. Jeff also requested educational articles that can be posted on our web site. This information is to be sent in “Word” format.

Programs and Education: The educational focus continues to be on Water Wise Gardening and Invasive Plant Materials. Greg asked that the VGIC support the VT Farm and Family Showcase, September 4,5,and 6. The following groups will provide special programs for the three days: ISA, VTC, VNLA, VSLA and VFGA focusing on Water Wise Gardening.

State Fair, September 25 through October 5. The theme for the State Fair Student Gardens will be “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.” The Water Wise Garden will be located in the brick garden. Gwen has contacted various schools requesting participation.

Karen Kelly was recognized, in abstencia, for having won the Best in Show at the 2003 Maymont Flower and Garden Show. A framed picture will be presented to Karen.

Next industry event will be the Mid Atlantic Arborist Jamboree, April 5 at Bryant Park.

Legislative Issues: Lorene will be the conduit to disseminate legislative issues to the membership. Council voted to provide 110 centerpieces, with the support of the Agribusinees Council, for the Virginia AgriBusiness Banquet, January 8,2004. Cary and Lorene will meet with Donna Johnson to determine the logistics. Lin noted that this is an outstanding vehicle to heighten awareness of the VGIC to the legislators of Virginia.

Old Business: Jeri requested that membership review the Drought Advisory paper and send their responses to her by Monday, March 24. She will continue to represent the VGIC on the Drought Advisory Council, headed by David Paylor.

Respectively Submitted, Lorene Blackwood, Secretary


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