November 2018 Seascape

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President’s Message

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Well it’s official. Our Chapter just concluded its annual Liars Cup Golf tournament last week at the Seascape Golf Club in Aptos, California. We had a great turnout for this really fun golf event. If you add to that perfect weather and a tasty Italian dinner, it was a win for all of us. The staff at Seascape went totally out of their way to make us feel wanted and appreciated from start to finish. We’ll be back next year I feel. Big props to Chris Elliott of Aquagreen, Matt Gomez from Ewing, Katia Valasquez from Netafim, Andrew Tuckman of Vision Recycling, Craig Stenehjem of Site One and Laura Leuer for all the calls, e-blasts, and support on the day of the event. Thank you to all the golfers for playing and telling some story, some version of the truth, with their final score.

I actually have one personal, introspective observation that I need to get off my chest. Although it’s hard for me to admit, it became abundantly clear that after the first hole I was the worst golfer of our foursome…by far. To say that my golf game sucks is an understatement. I love golf, love my clubs, beers, and the hanging out with my friends part, but only playing three times a year doesn’t cut it for improving my game, if you can call it that. I even installed a putting green in my backyard, hoping to improve at least one aspect of my game, but to no avail…sad. I’m not going to quit because I feel that I am on the cusp of something close to a spiritual awakening or breakthrough. Either that or I’m a masochist. I’m doing some past life work with a shaman friend to sort it all out but I’m stuck in a vortex. Anyway, golf day was great and nobody died.

So what’s up next for our chapter? We have our board elections coming up in early November. Look for an official chapter ballot heading your way soon. We’re also working on a venue for an education/dinner meeting in mid-October. If that doesn’t happen then it may be back to a taptaproom or taproom for another round of meaningful conversations and craft beers. Perhaps we could combine the two events? Further down the road, but not that far away, is our Holiday Party, introducing our 2019 Board of Directors and of course the White Elephant gift exchange. Location to be advertised soon. Somebody out there still has my wife’s bowling ball that she offered up six years ago. So vintage. I miss that bag sitting in my closet. Let’s not forget that CLCA State has been VERY busy as well this year, planning educational events and more. At our last Chapter President’s Council meeting the brand-spanking new “ Landscape Data Manual” was released. We older members, I use that term lightly, will remember the original Data Manual that was last in print 16 years ago and how useful it was for quick reference to many formulas, charts and calculations we use every day in bidding our projects. You too can own this priceless tome through Amazon for the low cost of $49.95. All crew leaders should have this handy book in their glove boxes. No kidding.

The next State CLCA member benefit is available to business owners in the form of the new seminar “How to Make Money in in Your Landscape Business.” This is a really great training seminar to get a grip on setting the right price in your quotes and understanding the elements of your business that are essential to get to that cost. I sent my landscape estimator to the recent seminar in Seaside this month and it’s already paying off. Look on the State web site for other trainings offered later this year. Go do it and make some money.

The CLCA State Convention is in San Diego this year from November 7–10. This will be my 10th Convention and I have always had a great time. San Diego is such a great town for the beaches, sun and beer drinking (I am not an alcoholic) and it’s not far down the road. It’s a friends and family extravaganza event and a real opportunity to meet members of our association. FUN.

Okay I’m running out of ink and getting tired. I will have more to report next month so until then be happy and keep supporting your chapter.

by Regan Barry, Chapter President, Coastal Evergreen Company

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