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8 The Official Newsletter of the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association Winter 2008

Education Committee Report September Twilight Meeting
The Melna Education Committee met to th
discuss membership educational On September 16 , a beautiful fall evening,
opportunities for 2009 and the possibilities O’Donal’s Nursery hosted a Twilight
are exciting. The committee has some good Meeting for MELNA members. Members
ideas however an important factor for were given guided tours of the grounds by
establishing and maintaining a strong Melna owner Jeff O’Donal and Retail Sales
educational component is receiving input Manager Rex Beisel: the potting shed,
from you, our Melna member. What do propagation area, and the perennial yards
you want for education? Ask this question were viewed among other areas. Tours were
of yourself, “I wish I could attend ……..” given a brief synopsis of the history of the
and then let us know! business. The Garden Center was open anextra half hour to allow members to shop at
!What topics and information are needed to their leisure. Lee Randall, Fields Operations
keep ourselves and our companies not only Manager, grilled hamburgers, veggie
in the forefront but also current in our burgers, and cheeseburgers for attendees;
industry? tasty side salads and desserts were also onoffer. As the light began to fade, members
!What educational events have you gathered to discuss and agree upon changes
attended that have positively impacted you to the proposed membership dues. Cindy
and your business? Would you like to have Carroll, Jake Pearson, and Jeff O’Donal
something similar repeated or expounded were among the members who gave their
upon? opinions, and a consensus was reached aftera general discussion. Unfortunately, by the
These are a couple of sample questions we time the meeting was done it was too dark to
will be forwarding to you in a simple survey do field tours, so we hope we can schedule
concerning your education wishes! them for a future date.
Susan Babb MCL, MCN
Educational events that we discussed in our
meeting included informational and
interactive workshops facilitated by local
professionals in our industry, field trips to
facilities both in Maine and surrounding
New England areas, educational speaker
events featuring topics pertinent to either
time sensitive topics or popular topics and
round table events where we have
opportunities to share information with each
other, our colleagues.
The success of our educational program
depends on all of us ~ our interests, our
ideas, our participation and our support.
Karen He nderson, MCL, MCN
Executive Committee
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