Please see below an article from our August newsletter:
For over two years your SCLTA Board of Directors has been working with the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors in an effort to consolidate the two organizations. While there are some differences in the organizations, there are many more similarities. Numerous allied associations have undergone similar mergers regionally and nationally to help bring a higher level of service to their members. For many members a merger will eliminate the necessity to belong to two state landscape organizations. Vendor members will no longer need to attend two shows or choose between the two organizations as to which show to attend.
As things stand right now, the plan is to have each organization bring the matter up for an official vote at their annual general meetings in January / February 2017 and (assuming both groups vote to move forward) to have the merger take place at the coinciding end of the two associations’ respective fiscal years (June 30, 2017).
As with any such undertaking, it will involve change. Our goal is to have a better, stronger, and more vital organization by merging the two groups. We will do everything we can to bring the very best of each existing organization in the formation of a new association. We are excited about the change and hope you are as well.
The two merger committees are comprised of three people from each organization. From the SCLTA we have Ashley McLeod, John Hayes, and Hank Kerfoot and from the SCNLA we have Missy Mosny, John McMakin, and Marty Cook. Also, we have contracted with Jack Shuler with the Palmetto Agribusiness Council as a facilitator and consultant to guide us through this process.
If you have any questions or concerns about the merger process, please feel free to contact any one of these individuals to express your thoughts.
– Hank Kerfoot, Modern Turf – SCLTA President
– Marty Cook, Marcus Cook Farms – SCNLA President