Hopefully by now you have all heard about the success of PLNA’s new social event program, PLNA MeetUps. Accordingly, PLNA is going to host the Ultimate MeetUp in conjunction with the Annual Membership Meeting on January 14, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA.
This MeetUp is going to launch our new annual recognition awards program. In addition to honoring outstanding individuals with the PLNA Professional awards, we are also going to recognize new members, long-time members, new PCH’s, and our newest honor, PCH Emeritus recipients.
We are scheduling this event to coincide with our Consumer Awareness display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show giving you the opportunity to see how PLNA is helping promote this industry. Updates on the latest happenings in the association will be provided along with insight on our plans for the future. Meet the PLNA Board of Directors and offer your suggestions for what you want to see from the association. And, finally, socialize over lunch with your colleagues.
Register online now for this social event that brings the PLNA membership together from all across the state.
Click here to download a paper registration form.
Green Industry Professional Awards
PLNA offers the following awards to recognize excellence both within the membership and with those outside of the membership who support PLNA's mission.
Fredrick J. Mummert Distinguished Service Award is PLNA's highest honor for an individual. The 2016 recipient is Thomas L. McCloud of Appalachian Nurseries, Chambersburg.
PLNA Hall of Fame Award is bestowed upon a horticultural industry professional who has made great strides in advancing the horticultural industry in Pennsylvania at both the state and local levels. The 2016 recipient is Jim MacKenzie of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, Kirkwood.
Green Achiever Award is very much like the Hall of Fame Award, except this award recipient must be relatively "new" to the green industry. The 2016 recipient is John Mark Courtney of Aquascapes Unlimited, Pipersville.
Exceptional Leadership Award is PLNA's award to recognize someone who contributes significantly to a PLNA project or program. The 2016 recipient is Mary Brock, Holly Days Nursery & Landscaping, Ambler.
Member Recognition Awards
PLNA appreciates its members and we want to reflect that through this new program. The Association is only as good as its members, and we are very fortunate to have companies who have shown their allegiance to PLNA through continued membership.
The new program recognizes members at various years of membership. Believe it or not, we still have 2 original founding member companies at over 100 years of membership. Other levels of recognition will be at 50 years and 40 years. Special plaques will be presented for these long-time members. And for those who have reached 30, 20 and 10 years, their dedication will be recognized through special certificates. Each of these time frames are milestones and in addition to recognizing the length of the relationship with PLNA, it really is also a celebration of how long these companies have been in business.
We will also be recognizing those companies who joined PLNA over the past year. We are excited that we continue to add new companies to our member community.
PCH Emeritus Awards
The Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) program (originally Pennsylvania Accredited Nurseryman (PAN)) was started in 1972, over 40 years ago. In recognition of the long time commitment by many first year recipients, the PLNA Board of Directors have created an Emeritus class for this professional designation. Twelve certified individuals have maintained their certification by submitting fees and obtaining continuing education for more than 40 years and are going to "graduate" to this new class at this event. Join PLNA in honoring these professionals who have maintained this individual certification throughout their career.
PLNA recognizes individuals from within the membership whose special contributions to PLNA make them worthy of a lifetime membership. These individuals must be nominated by an active member in good standing and then reviewed by the Board of Directors. This year the PLNA Board has awarded four lifetime memberships:
Charles (Chuck) Feld, Williamson College of the Trades, Media
Garth Hetz, Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc., Erie
Christine Hetz-Phillips, Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc., Erie
Steve Hutton, Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle, West Grove
Annual Membership Meeting
In addition to the recognition ceremonies, PLNA will hold its Annual Meeting of the Members. During this portion of the program, the staff and Board will present what the association has been up to the last year and a sneak peek of future programs. The membership will also be reviewing some changes in the PLNA bylaws as it relates to members with more than one business location and the retired member status.