Greetings from Louisiana to fellow IPPS members of the Southern Region USA,
I sure am enjoying these cool days of autumn. Here in southern Louisiana we just recently experienced our first frost. Hope everyone is getting their “preparations for winter’ projects around the nursery completed. Winter is not far off.
I would like to thank the board and the membership for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President for the 2013-2014 term. It is an honor for me to serve, especially when I realize that most of the top nursery people in our Southeast area have in the past and continue to do so presently, served to make this organization true to its motto, “seek and share”. As president, my only agenda is to continue to help build this organization not only for the present but also the next generation of horticulturist. I believe for an organization to be successful, it takes commitment from every member, every board member and every future member.
This past November 2013 conference in Athens, Georgia was a great success. A big thanks to Dr. Matt Chappell, our site coordinator for his dedication and long hours of planning to ensure all the events went smoothly. Dr. Chappell also scheduled the two days of tours at some fantastic nurseries and gardens, to which our society is extremely grateful to the owners for allowing us to visit and for their grand hospitality. Thanks to the UGA students and the Vivian Munday Scholarship recipients for helping in so many different ways. The IPPS membership truly appreciated all that you did for our society at this conference.. To all the speakers and moderators, all I can say is you did an excellent job and thank you, thank you, thank you. To all the people that contributed and to all the attendees, thanks for making this conference an enjoyable and learning event. I’m looking forward to the 2014 conference in Hickory, North Carolina and hope to see you there.
I’m pleased to announce that Helene Dodge will be our new web master and Brienne Arthur is now working to rejuvenate our IPPS SRNA Facebook page. Expect a lot of changes on our website and Facebook page. Please visit our website and ‘like’ us on Facebook. Let’s get active with both the website and our Facebook.
If you have any comments or ideas concerning our society, please contact me or any member of the board. We would like to hear from you. Hope our trails cross soon.
Robert ‘Buddy’ Lee