Dinner was served as members talked about a many subjects
about our industry.
The meeting was called to order at 6:55 pm by president Dave
There were 17 members present.
Executive Director Ed Walsh gave a year in review
report. During 2016 Ed hosted several
events for CGKA members as well as some open to the public. These events included DMV workshops, social
night dinners, battery power equipment work shop, summer BBQ, Zika Virus
seminal and a work shop on liquid ice control.
Total paid and honorary members for 2016 is 186 to date.
Nominations for officers and board members were read. President Joe Sims, Vice President George
Cargos, Treasurer Phil Grande, Recording Secretary Dave Wollman. Board Members Dave Christensen, Kaz Click,
Wayne Daly, Giovanni Dimonaco, Ted Greiner, Phil Janssen, Dave Lenz, Emilio
Troiana. There were no additional nominations. A motion was made and seconded that the
secretary cast one vote for the nominated list.
Vin Mendillo cast one vote.
Dave Christensen introduced the 3 new board members, Kaz
Click, Dave Lenz and Phil Janssen.
Phil Janssen suggested that at meetings members talk about
something new they are trying, either a new piece of equipment or something
they built. Phil also suggested members
bring in a problem weed or plant.
Treasurer Phil Grande reported that CGKA fiscal year ended
11-30-2016. Phil stated that the
treasury is in good shape and there were not any unusual expenses. Phil stated that CGKA is a NOT FOR PROFIT
association. In compliance with the IRS
regulations, members are informed that 90% of your dues is a bona fide business
deduction. The other 10% is lobby
expenses which are not deductible as a business expense. CGKA is a member of CTEC. The tax returns are available for any member
to review if they wish to. To review any
tax records you can contact Phil at 203-931-1230.
CGKA has an endowment at UCONN and provides scholarships to
students majoring in the landscape industry.
CGKA gives out 3 -4 each year for the past 30 years.
Congratulations was given to Ed Walsh for a great job as
Dave Christensen introduced Joe Sims as our new president.
CGKA thanked two board members who are stepping down. Vin Mendillo has served as a board member and
recording secretary for 34 years. Dave
Peterson served as a board member and on the conference committee for 17 years.
The 2017 CGKA annual conference will be held at the Radisson
Inn in Cromwell, CT on February 23, 2017.
All who are planning to attend must pre-register. There are no walk ins on the day of the
The meeting adjourned at 8:03pm