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                                                                                                   JANUARY 2010 • Vol. 34, Issue No. 1

                                                          w w w. c l c a s f b a . o r g   San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

                                                                                                 A tradition of excellence.

Save the Date:                                     January 14:
Hockey Night                                       WEBify Your Business
in San Jose!                                       Internet Marketing for the Self Employed
CLCA Hockey Night is back by popular
demand! Come watch the San Jose Sharks
                                                   Are clients finding YOU online? Attend our January dinner meeting to hear
take on the Colorado Avalanche Sunday,
                                                   our guest speaker Patrick Schwerdtfeger discuss strategies to finding new
March 28, 2010. Game time is 5:00 p.m. at
                                                   clients on the internet. Patrick will share actual case histories where these
HP Pavilion. It will be getting close to the
end of the regular season on March 28. San
                                                   simple but powerful tactics produced measurable results.
Jose could be battling Colorado for the #1             Patrick Schwerdtfeger’s educational podcasts have been downloaded over
spot in the Western Conference or                  60,000 times in 27 countries and he has spoken for audiences in the United
struggling to get into the playoffs! You           States, Canada, Europe and South America. He is the author of “Webify Your
never know. Any way you look at it, it will        Business – Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed” as well as
be a fantastic time with your CLCA friends         “Make Yourself Useful-Marketing in the 21st Century”.
and family and sure to be an exciting                  Join us for this exciting evening of professional networking and cutting-
hockey game! Look for more details in              edge internet marketing strategies. Don’t miss out on this important step in
January.                                           any company’s marketing in 2010 and beyond.

Courtesy of your hockey event committee!
                                                     When:          Thursday, January 14, 2010
                                                                    5:30 p.m. cocktails and social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner

                                                     Place:         Michael’s at Shoreline • (650) 962-1014
                                                                    2960 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA

                                                     Menu:          •New York Steak in a Peppercorn Sauce
                                                                    •Breast of Chicken al Marsala
                                                                    •Broiled Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc
                                                                    •Spinach and Cheese Tortellini Alfredo

                                                     Cost:          $30/Person. A reduced cost for this event.

The Chapter Holiday Party at Gilroy Gardens          RSVP:          Make your reservations and menu choice with
was a smashing success, and just a whole lot of                     Dale vonDohren at (408) 266-7785 or e-mail
fun as evidenced by Alice Domine and Jenna                
Joseph and their new friends, Charlie Brown and
                                                     Directions: See Michael’s web site for directions from your location:
Linus. See page 5 for more photos and the story.
  2009 SF Bay Area Chapter Contacts
                                  (408) 594-3613
 Bayscape Management, Inc.
                                                              P          artners for         S          uccess
                                                                                                                                                              A Message from the President

                                                                                                                                                             Join the Excitement, Get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              handed and will happily accept any help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for any event. I guarantee “you will get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              back more than what you give to CLCA.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That’s one common phrase I hear repeated

 PRESIDENT                                                                                                                                                   Involved and Reap the Benefits!
                                                              By Rob Leuer, Bamboo Pipeline Inc.                                                                                                                                                              by long time members. I’ll never forget Joe
                                        (650) 964-1078                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tanouye’s inspiring speech as he accepted
 Camin Landscaping       
                                                              This important program helps to make possible many of our Chapter’s activities including       By Rick Camin, Camin Landscaping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              his 50th year membership plaque and told
                                   (650) 529-2238
                                                              the Dinner Meetings, Awards Night, Holiday Party, Golf Tournament, Garden Tour,                Pop the champagne, it’s a brand new year!        CLCA events and witness this for yourself!      the crowd that joining CLCA was “the best
 Boething Treeland Farms
                                                              Education, and Student Sponsorship. We would like to thank the following for their             Happy New Year! Needless to say, last year                                                       business decision he ever made in his life.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Join the Excitement
 VICE PRESIDENT                                               commitment to Partners For Success in 2009:                                                                                                                                                     He encouraged new members to participate
                                         (650) 333-2021
                                                                                                                                                             was very challenging for everyone. If you
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our chapter calendar is filled with fun and
 JAMES WALKER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in CLCA in order to reap the greatest
                                                                                                                                                             didn’t personally suffer from one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              exciting events including dinner meetings,
 TREASURER                                                      DIAMOND                                                                                      worst economic crisis of our era, I’m sure                                                       rewards. I couldn’t have said it better
                                    (408) 417-5137
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the awards banquet and chapter picnic. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              myself. Thanks Joe!
 Crosby Landscaping
 NATE CROSBY                                                    Delta Bluegrass, Hunter Industries, The Garden Route, Pacific Nurseries, Arborwell,          you know someone who was deeply
                                                                                                                                                                                                              our dinner meetings this year, we are going
                                                                Lyngso Garden Materials, FX Luminaire, Landscape Contractors Insurance Services              affected by it. I have friends who have lost
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to focus on bringing you quality speakers to    Reap the Benefits
                                         (408) 687-1104
                                                                                                                                                             their homes and jobs. However, one great                                                         Group insurance, education and networking
 Integrity Landscape Services
 LARRY SCOTT                                                                                                                                                                                                  help build back your business while
                                                                                                                                                             thing about life is the opportunity to start                                                     are all great benefits. But personally, I
                                                                Colony Landscape, Samscaping, Inc., New Earth Nursery, Bobcat West, The Grass Farm,                                                           keeping the dinner meal costs down. This
                                      (510) 896-5985
                                                                                                                                                             fresh again. I will always remember one                                                          reaped the most benefits when I joined the
                                                                Peninsula Building Materials                                                                                                                  will hopefully boost dinner meeting
 Bamboo Pipeline 
                                                                                                                                                             story my dad told me about one miserable                                                         chapters’ board of directors and made the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              attendance which will increase the value of
                                                                GOLD                                                                                         day running a landscape job (from morning                                                        commitment to get involved. I have met so
                                        (650) 941-4093
                                                                                                                                                                                                              networking with associate, affiliate and
                                                                Modern Landscaping, Coney Landscaping, Bamboo Pipeline
 LESLEY PETERS                                                                                                                                               until dusk) where everything that could go                                                       many incredible individuals who constantly
                                                                                                                                                                                                              fellow contractor members.
                                                                GARDEN TOUR                                                                                  wrong went horribly wrong. It was so bad                                                         inspire me to grow as a leader, but most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Achievement Awards Program is
                                         (650) 948-7858         APLD, Leo and Charlene Ott, Jolee Horne Landscape Design                                     that he actually looked up to the sky and                                                        importantly, as a person. Literally, CLCA
 CHARLENE OTT                                                                                                                                                                                                 our biggest event every year. I am so
                                                                                                                                                             prayed, “GOD, I’m sorry about whatever I                                                         has changed my life for the better. That’s a
                                                                STUDENT SPONSORS                                                                                                                              thankful to past awards chair Craig Rapp
                               (650) 941-9677
                                                                                                                                                             did to deserve this day.” Then my dad                                                            powerful statement but I wouldn’t say it if
                                                                                                                                                                                                              for twisting my arm to enter my first project
 DIANA WHITNEY                                                  Girvin Peters Landscape, EvLand LLC
                                                                                                                                                             looked straight at me and said with a warm                                                       it weren’t true. Also, I have the privilege of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              a couple of years ago. I was very fortunate
                                                                ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS                                                                           smile, “But, the next day I woke up to a                                                         attending state events such as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to win first place. This gave me great
 JILL HERTZER                                                   The Village Gardener, Inc., Valley Crest, Lyngso Garden Materials                            brand new day and everything was fine
                                                                                                                                                                                                              confidence that I could compete with the        Leadership Conference (held this month)
                                                                                                                                                             again.” I think the lesson my dad was                                                            and the opportunity to listen to impressive
 VAL VANCE                
                                                                                                                                                                                                              best landscape contractors in our chapter. If
                                                              Thanks again to all of our partners. Remember to support those who support your Chapter.       trying to tell me was not to let one bad day
                                                                                                                                                                                                              you have never entered a project in the         keynote speakers who help me build my
                                  voice (530) 621-1701
                                                              If you would like to become involved with this important program, please contact Rob           spoil the beauty of life. After such a rotten                                                    business and improve my leadership skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Awards Program, this is me twisting your
 Jerrie Beard & Associates          fax (530) 621-2043
                                                              Leuer at (510) 896-5985 or email: rleuer@bamboopipeline. And, don’t forget, we can accept      day, life could only get better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              arm and telling you that you will never         There are so many other benefits CLCA
                                                              payments via MasterCard or Visa.                                                                  Every year, it is important to set a theme                                                    offers. You will discover these rewards once
                                                                                                                                                                                                              regret it.
                                                                                                                                                             for the chapter. Last year, the theme was                                                        you start participating.
          CLCA State Headquarters                                                                                                                                                                                One thing I never regret is over eating
 1491 River Park Drive, Ste. 100
                                                                                                                                                             “Participation leads to lifelong friendships.”                                                      I invite all chapter members to “Join the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              every year at the Chapter Picnic in
 Sacramento CA 95815-8899                                                                                                                                    I came up with this theme based on my                                                            excitement, Get Involved and Reap the
 (916) 830-2780 • (800) 448-2522
                                                                                                                                                                                                              September. For me, nothing beats family,
                                                                                                                                                             personal experience while attending CLCA                                                         Benefits”. The year 2009 is over, finished,
 (916) 830-2788 Fax • email:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              friends and a BBQ, so I look forward to the
                                                                                                                                                             events. It has always been a joy for me to                                                       kaput, stick a fork in it! I plan on waking
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chapter Picnic every year at a local park.
 CLCA Mission Statement                                                                                                                                      hear long time members tell their stories of                                                     up January 1st with a warm smile knowing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The day is filled with great food, the
 The California Landscape Contractors Association                                                                                                            how they became best of friends with each                                                        2009 is behind us, and it’s time to start a
 serves the interests of its members, promotes                                                                                                                                                                horseshoe competition, dessert contest and
                                                                                                                                                             other. I would constantly hear them burst                                                        brand new year when everything will be
 professionalism, and advances public awareness of                                                                                                                                                            plenty of games for the kids. Come join the
 the landscape industry.                                                                                                                                     out laughing as they relived CLCA events                                                         fine again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              excitement and see for yourself the fun and
 The CLCA SFBA Chapter newsletter is published month-                                                                                                        that happened decades ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              value CLCA events bring you.
 ly. Copy and advertising deadlines are the 10th of the                                                                                                         One of the best events I attended last
 month preceding publication. Please send all copy,                                                                                                                                                           Get Involved
 black & white photos, line art and ad materials to: Jerrie                                                                                                  year was the Women’s Auxiliary Potluck. I
 Beard & Associates, 1024 Simon Dr., Ste. F, Placerville                                                                                                     was the last person to leave (around             I learned one of the best ways to meet
 CA 95667. Emailed submissions are also welcome at                                                                                                                                                            fellow members is to get involved. You can For information on advertis-                                                                                                       midnight) because I had so much fun going
 ing and rates, contact Jerrie Beard at (530) 621-1701.                                                                                                      through yearbooks dating back more than          get involved by joining one of many
 Articles submitted are subject to approval and modifi-                                                                                                      thirty years. So many of the people in those     committees that need your help to run an
 cation. Chapter or Editor are not liable for misprints or                                                                                                                                                    event such as the Awards, Garden Tour,
 errors, and do not necessarily agree with opinions                                                                                                          year book pictures were at the potluck,
 expressed in byline articles. Articles may be used by                                                                                                       having the best of times together again.         Education, Chapter Project and Events.
 other CLCA chapter newsletters, giving proper credit to                                                                                                                                                      Committee chairpersons are always short-
 their source.
                                                                                                                                                             But, don’t take my word for it. Come to

2 • January 2010                                                                                                       CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter                                                                                                                 January 2010 • 3
                                                                                          Treasurer: Nate Crosby
                                                                                                                                          Chapter Holiday Party Really
                          FEBRUARY 4                                                      Vice President: James Walker
                             2010                         he Board Meets                  President: Rick Camin                           Lights Up the Season!
                              9 A.M.                             By Nate Crosby           Associate Liaison: Rob Leuer
                                TO                                                                                                        By Sabrina Domine
                              5 P.M.                             The SFBA Chapter
                                                                                          Craig Rapp reported that planning has           Twas two weeks before Christmas, when all across the bay,
                                                                 board met Nov. 18, at
           530-458-3190                                                                   begun for the dinner meetings for 2010.         CLCA members were planning their day.                                      Peninsula Building
                                                                                          Membership                                      Gilroy Gardens -- the destination this year,
                                             Materials Showroom, 2490 Charleston
                                                                                                                                          was sure to bring joy and lots of good cheer;
                                             Road, Mountain View. Meeting Called to       Rick Camin reported on behalf of                                                                                                                 Above: Autumn Sargent, Cathy Mueller,
                                                                                                                                          Arriving at 4, before it got dark,
                                             Order at 5:33 p.m. by Rick Camin, chapter    membership that there are four new                                                                                                               Robin Burns, Robert and Kevin Burns
                                                                                                                                          we had a few hours to enjoy the park.
                                             president.                                   Chapter members since September.                                                                                                                 get into the holiday spirit.
                                                                                                                                          The grounds were all festive and lights lined the street.
                                             Roll Call                                    Foothill College Student Club
                                                                                                                                          All who attended were in for a treat!
                                             Craig Rapp, Val Vance, Michelle Chu,         Val Vance updated the Board regarding the       Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and of course Charlie Brown,
                                             Charlene Ott, Bob Kirtley, Kevin Burns,      Student Club monthly Board meetings and         greeted all the members and families around.
                                             James Walker, Michael Gladden, Rick          latest events.                                  Driving old-fashioned cars, walking candy cane lane,
                                             Camin, and Nate Crosby                       Chapter Project                                 still nothing could beat rides on Santa’s train!
                                             New Business                                 James Walker is excited to begin planning
                                             Rick Camin led a discussion regarding the    the upcoming 2010 Chapter project.                                                                          Above: Ernst and Brigette Lehmann.

                                             happenings during the State Convention. It   Education
                                             was noted that 13 of the State Trophy        Nate Crosby reported that the committee is
                                             Awards were presented to members within      in the planning phase for 2010 seminars.
                                             the CLCA-SFBA Chapter.
                                                                                          State Events                                    Trees, flowers and gardens all covered in lights,
                                                                                          Michelle Chu reported that the 2010 CLCA        we strolled through the park as the day turned to night.                                         Above: Chapter President Rick Camin
                                             Nate Crosby presented the October 2009       Leadership Conference is to be held in          Our bellies were filled with this holiday cheer,                                                 with his son John and wife Marina.
                                             Board Meeting Minutes. The Board             January in San Francisco.                       and the hour of the feast was still drawing near.
                                             reviewed the Minutes. A motion was made
                                                                                          Awards                                          Having some time before dinner to spare,
                                             by Craig Rapp and seconded by Bob Kirtley
                                                                                          Bob Kirtley reported that the Awards            we jumped on Balloon Flight, a ride in the air.
                                             to approve the Minutes. The motion passed.
                                                                                          Committee is planning a great venue and         Stuffing in every last ounce of fun,
                                             Treasurer's Report                                                                           The time for feasting had quickly begun.
                                                                                          event for 2010.
                                             James Walker presented the October 2009                                                      There’s turkey! There’s green beans! There’s gravy and
                                                                                          Unlicensed Operator Task Force
                                             Treasurer’s Report. The Board reviewed the                                                   stuffin’!
                                             Report. A motion was made by Michelle        Kevin Burns provided updates of the
                                                                                                                                          Garlic mashed potatoes straight out of the oven!
                                             Chu and seconded by Craig Rapp to            California State Licensing Board (CSLB)
                                                                                                                                          A wonderful meal with plenty of food,
                                             approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion   and the Economic and Employment
                                                                                                                                          we couldn’t suspend our jovial moods.
                                             passed.                                      Enforcement (Triple E) Coalition for
                                                                                                                                          Spending time with each other in a remarkable place,
                                                                                          potential actions in 2010.
                                             Slate of Officers for 2010                                                                   was surely the thing that brought the night grace.
                                             Secretary: Larry Scott                       Rick Camin adjourned the meeting at 7:02 p.m.   Food and friends weren’t the only arrangement,
                                                                                                                                          the Peanuts Gang jumped on stage for some more
                                         License No. 0755906                                                                              entertainment!
                                                                                                                                          Singing Christmas songs and dancing around,
                        Ron E. Pohndorf                                                                                                   a smile on everyone’s face could be found.
                        Account Executive                                                                                                 Sounds of laughter and joy from the park gates sang;
                                                                                                                                          that night, I would say, went off with a bang!
                                                                                                                                          Many thanks to all those who put this together,
                                                                       Juan Gonzalez                         12750 Guard Rd.              Charlene Ott, Alice Domine…and a few others.
      LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS INSURANCE SERVICES INC.                    (209) 810-3992                         Lodi CA 95242               Leslie Peters, Carmen Biland, we had a good time!
     1835 North Fine Avenue • Fresno, California 93727-1617                            (800) 588-6882        What a great way to end 2009!
       (559) 297-9484 • (800) 628-8735 • FAX (559) 297-4558                                                        From my family to yours, I’d like you to hear:
                    email:                                                                                             “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great year!”
                                                                         Growers of Quality Bluegrass, Fescue & Bermuda Sod
4 • January 2010                                                                                    CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter                                                                                                           January 2010 • 5
                                                                                                                                          ‘10 Chapter Project: Call for Projects
W              omen’s Auxiliary Report
  Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a        Treasurer:            Charlene Ott         joined in November. I invite everyone to
                                                                                                                                          The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the
                                                                                                                                          California Landscape Contractors
                                                                                                                                          Association is now accepting applications
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Design/Pictures: Is there a design
                                                                                                                                                                                            available or do we need to provide one?
  happy, healthy and stress-free holiday       Secretary:            Jill Hertzer         come to our first Auxiliary meeting on          for a small community landscape project.          Pictures?
                                                                                                                                          The Chapter Project is our annual event         3. Timing: How soon is the project ready
  season. Maybe the economy improved           Auditor/Bylaws:       Mary Cohen           Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. The
                                                                                                                                          where our members graciously donate their         to go?
  and 2010 started off with a bang for you     Monthly baskets:      Diana Whitney        place is still to be determined. We will be
                                                                                                                                          time and expertise to build a garden in one     4. Funds/Budget: Are there any funds
  and your business. Let’s hope so!            2010 Holiday Party:   OPEN                 discussing events for the year. If you have
                                                                                                                                          day that fills a need in our community. Last      available?
     The CLCA holiday party at Gilroy          College Enrichment: Mary Cohen             never attended a meeting before and
                                                                                                                                          year, we built a Sustainable Children’s         5. Support Staff: Is there a support network
  Gardens was wonderful. Thank you             Historian:            OPEN                 would like to come, we would love to
                                                                                                                                          Garden at Bracher Elementary School in            within the organization to provide             Part of the crew working on last year’s project.
  Charlene Ott for organizing such a fun       Potluck:              Toni VonDohren       have you. Invitations will go out in the        Santa Clara. The project was a huge success!      lunches, drinking water, etc.
  event. The lights twinkled and the group     Picnic:               Charlene Ott and     mail after the holidays. The Auxiliary is a     I want to thank everyone who participated.      6 Facilities: Are there restroom facilities      Project is a one-day event, usually in April
  was merry. I found I could admire the                              Alice Domine         fun group of men and women working                 Below is the criteria sheet which serves      available? Debris Box? Storage Access?          or early May, but takes six months to plan
  unusual trees more easily with them lit up   Something Special:    Mike Hertzer         together to help the chapter and promote        as the application. When submitting a            Electricity?                                    and organize. I encourage anyone who is
  and dormant. Charlie Brown and his gang      Sunshine:             OPEN                 education and friendship. If you would          project, please answer each question in         7. Maintenance: How will maintenance be          interested in joining the committee to please
  made several appearances to entertain us.    Membership:           Lesley Peters        like to know more about the Women’s             letter form. If you know of a project that        handled short-term, long-term?                 contact James.
                                                                                                                                          may meet the following criteria, please pass    8. Exposure: Is the project located in an area      James Walker
  It was a relaxing way to start the holiday   LEAF raffle:          Vicky Parrott        Auxiliary, please contact me at 650-941-
                                                                                                                                          this along to the organization and submit an      with high visibility? Will we get any             Landsculpt Gardens
  season. Thank you again Charlene                                                        4093 or at
                                                                                                                                          application by regular mail, e-mail or fax to     published credit for the project? Is              P. O. Box 1285
     Our Women’s Auxiliary board and           Thank you everyone for volunteering your      Hope to see everyone at a CLCA
                                                                                                                                          the contact information at the end of this        someone available to work with local              Menlo Park, CA 94026
  committees for 2010 are:                     time so generously. I would also like to   Women’s Auxiliary event in 2010.
                                                                                                                                          article.                                          news agencies to publicize the event?             Tel.650-333-2021
  President:             Lesley Peters         welcome again, Marina Camin, who              Lesley Peters
                                                                                                                                          1. Scope of Work: Can the project be built                                                          Fax.650-879-1001
  Vice President:        Diana Whitney         joined in October and Millie Crosby, who      650-941-4093 •                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                            in one day? How difficult is the              James Walker will again be chairing the
                                                                                                                                            project/access? Number of volunteers          Chapter Project event in 2010. The Chapter

6 • January 2010                                                                                    CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter                                                                                                                 January 2010 • 7
Chapter’s Installation Night                                                                                                                      rodeo circuit rider, a sheriff's deputy and
                                                                                                                                                  now a landscape contractor. Larry is taking
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chapter Member of the Year Awards
Brought Out the Stars!                                                                                                                            Nate's position as the Secretary for the
                                                                                                                                                  board. Larry and I sat next to each other at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bestowed at Installation Night
By Constance Cook                                                                                                                                                                                 By Constance Cook                               to make sure we had
                                                                                                                                                  a board event a few nights ago and he
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drum roll please... And the Regular             extra contributions
What a great event! Past President Kevin         With no VP to move                                                                               shared some wonderful pictures of his
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Member of the Year Award went to Bob            through Partners for
Burns did the honors of passing the gavel to     up, we desperately                                                                               beautiful family. With his friendly and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kirtley for his humongous contribution as       Success to help fund
Rick Camin (below). Rick has graciously          needed someone to                                                                                outgoing personality, everyone is looking
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Chair of the Awards Night program.          the Awards, the
agreed to perform as President of the SFBA       fill the gap. Thank                                                                              forward to Larry's contributions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  For the second year in a row, Bob worked        Holiday Party, the
Chapter for one more year. This is a huge        you Rick for your                                                                                   Rob Leuer will continue as our
                                                                                                                                                                                                  hard to bring us to a beautiful setting for a   Golf Tournament,
personal sacrifice, one not made without his     selfless                                                                                         Associate Liaison for 2010. In his position,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  wonderful evening of sharing with our           Student
wife, Marina's, permission, of course. This      contribution!                                                                                    Rob was able to wrangle some great
                                                                                                                                                                                                  friends and colleagues. But wait, that's not    Sponsorships, etc. Just like Mr. Kirtley, Rob
particular position requires lots of nights         James Walker                                                                                  contributions from other Associate
                                                                                                 Above: Larry Scott (center) and his wife with                                                    all, Bob also worked steadily throughout        didn't stop with just that job. He also
away at various committee meetings,              was installed as the Vice President (photo                                                       Members - even in a very tight economy.
                                                                                                 Glenn Hanson.                                                                                    the year on other projects. He organized        helped out with the Chapter Project and
oversight of the other officers' duties, and     below). James, as mentioned above, got an                                                                                  You can read
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and moderated the wildly successful             loading and transporting trees.
the ability to respond quickly and efficiently   early promotion on the board last year due      there is a need. And he never seems to get                                 more about Rob
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contractor Survival Forum. He also helped          So, you see what it takes to join this
to all member inquiries. Rick performed his      to a member's absence. You might think that     overwhelmed or flustered. What a gift to                                   later. He was
                                                                                                                                                                                                  set up the San Francisco Flower and Garden      special team? Actually, this team is quite
                                                 James would have to fumble around a little      have that super confidence and the talent to                               awarded the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Show booth, participated in the Chapter         large because there are several members
                                                 bit to get acquainted with his new              pull it all off!                                                           Associate Member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Project, and spent    who, throughout the year, contribute huge
                                                 responsibilities. Instead, he dove in and           Nate Crosby moves into the Treasurer's                                 of the Year Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a day with his        blocks of their personal time to help make
                                                 took on the job, PLUS found time to chair       position for 2010. Nate joined CLCA and                                    at the Installation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tractor loading       CLCA a better organization: Rick, James,
                                                 the Chapter Project and act as Liaison to the   became involved right away. Not only did                                   Night Dinner!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            donated maple         Astrid, Charlene, Michael, Nate, Barry,
                                                 Foothill College Student Club. James is         he serve as the Secretary for the Board this                                 Val Vance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            trees from a          Mary, Linda, Kevin, Frank, Craig, Lesley,
                                                 always quick to jump in and help whenever       year, he also chaired the Education              (pictured below) takes over for Julia Pollex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            member's nursery      Girvin, and on and on.
                                                                                                 Committee and was active and donated his         in 2010 as President of the Student Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            onto trucks for          If I forgot you, many apologies. Kind of
                                                                                                 time on several projects. I had the pleasure     She has no big changes planned, but notes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            future use at a       feels like Oscar Night! We are known in
                                                                                                 of a visit from Nate and his kids at the farm    the Club wants to be involved in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chapter Project.      other regions as a very active chapter and
                                                                                                 the other day. Molly and Ian were a total        Chapter Project in a BIG WAY!!! This
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Associate Member of the Year             all of our members benefit. Let's remember
                                                                                                 crackup. They raced up to the top of             should be good news for our intrepid
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Award went to Rob Leuer. Rob worked             to thank our colleagues for their ongoing
                                                                                                 the slope in the one-gallon section of Will      coordinator, James. Val views the Student
                                                                                                                                                                                                  hard to keep CLCA's name in front of other      work on behalf of CLCA.
duties flawlessly in 2009 and we are                                                             Call and came flying down the hill, with         Club Presidency as a way to "step up" and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Associate Members and Contractors
extremely blessed to have him again for                                                          their legs pumping and their arms                contribute, as well as benefit personally
2010. This was not an ego-based decision.                                                        windmilling and yelling at the top of their      from the experience. Let's all welcome Val
The board lost 2 members and needed to                                                           lungs. It was an absolute joy to watch!          and support her in her new role.
scramble to fill positions last year. James                                                          Larry Scott is our newest board member.
Walker got an early promotion; however,                                                          Larry comes to us with a totally colorful
we were left in 2009 with an empty VP seat.                                                      background story. He's been a professional
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                                                          Education Committee: 2010: The 37th Annual Awards Program!
                                                          Bundle of Thank You's Review your best projects from installations against some of the best in the state!
                                                          2010 is going to be a great year. 2009 was    that have been completed since May of                This is an association of fellow landscape
                                                          fantastic and I really enjoyed the            2008, or maintenance projects that have           contractors. The members create and
                                                          opportunity to be the Chapter's education     been under contract since May of 2009. Dust       produce these fine functions so that all
                                                          committee chairperson. The entire             them off and polish them up for the photo         members can benefit and enjoy the various
                                                          committee was wonderful and such a            opportunities that you will want to use for       activities presented to them. Won’t you join
                                                          powerful group of highly caring, fun, and     your awards plaque that will be hanging on        us? Participation provides great rewards;
                                                          motivated friends. Thank you all so very      your wall in June!! Get ready to share your       try it. Come to a board meeting. Everyone is
                                                          much for all your dedication to each other    pride with your crews and office staff. This      welcome!! Email me to get date and
                                                          and to making things happen. It is your       chapter has a long history of being one of        location.
                                                          dedication that inspires me to be better in   the most awarded chapters in the STATE!              Thank you, and good luck to all!!
                                                          my work and personal life. Life is so much    You too can become a member of that elite            Bob Kirtley
                                                          more interesting with all the fun we have.    group. Then, be sure to let everyone know            R.A.Kirtley & Associates, Inc.
                                                          My life is so much more interesting and to    that you have been selected as one of the            Awards Chair
                                                          know each of you. Thank you Heidi             best of the best! This is a fantastic marketing      (408)264-8608, or e-mail at:
                                                          Johnson, Madeline Zimmerman, Linda            opportunity; take advantage of it.         
                                                          Garrett, Glenn Krannich, Deva Luna, Ryan         I know this may once again be a
                                                          Marlinghaus, Julie Orr, Ann Griese, Chanda    challenging year, but nothing can brighten
                                                          Stewart, Steve Arsenault, Dominque Lala,      your spirits or help with your marketing
                                                          Jeff Sheehan, Vijaya Gajjala, Dee Wong, and   program like winning an award from one of
                                                          our (2) major supporters with their great     the most highly awarded chapters in the
                                                          presentations at the brown bag Lunches:       state. It’s also a great “spring board” to the
                                                          Terry Lyngso, Frank Niccoli.                  State Awards Competition!
                                                             May we have even more fun in 2010! It         If you have never participated, now is
                                                          is going to be great!                         the time to try it out. Test your skill set

10 • January 2010   CLCA San Francisco Bay Area Chapter                                                                                                             January 2010 • 11
                                                                                                                    FIRST CLASS
                                                                                                                    PERMIT #14
                                                                                                                SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA

    San Francisco
  Bay Area Chapter
  California Landscape Contractors Association
         San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
              1024 Simon Dr., Ste. F
              Placerville CA 95667


                                                   11 Dinner Meeting. Details TBA.
 SFBA Chapter                                      25 Chapter Board meeting, 5 p.m.           SFBA Chapter
                                                       social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula   Scholarship Funds
                                                       Building Materials Showroom,
                                                                                              The SFBA Chapter has established
                                                       Mountain View.
                                                                                              several scholarship funds through the
                                                 March 2010
 Events                                            11 Dinner Meeting. Details TBA.
                                                                                              Landscape Educational Advancement
                                                                                              Foundation (LEAF). Following are the
                                                 24-28 San Francisco Flower and Garden        fund balances.
 January 2010                                          Show, San Mateo Expo Center.
 13-14 CLCA Leadership Conference. The
                                                   25 Chapter Board meeting, 5 p.m.           SFBA Chapter                  $ 5,164.95
       Westin, San Francisco.
                                                       social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula
  14 Chapter Dinner Meeting. WEBify                                                           John Lyngso Honorarium        $10,811.94
                                                       Building Materials Showroom,
       Your Business. 5:30 p.m. Michael’s                                                     Herbert Frank Memorial        $15,975.00
                                                       Mountain View.
       at Shoreline, 2960 North Shoreline                                                     Hans Biland Memorial          $10,425.00
                                                   28 Chapter Hockey Night at HP
       Blvd., Mountain View. See page 1.                                                      Bill Hayes Memorial           $13,205.00
                                                       Pavilion. 5:00 p.m. San Jose Sharks
  20 Sacramento Valley Landscape and                                                          G. Kunimoto Memorial          $11,870.00
                                                       vs. Colorado Avalanche. See page 1.
       Nursery Expo, Sacramento                                                               Ken Jenner Memorial           $11,917.15
       Convention Center, 1400 J St.,            April 2010                                   Paul Shogren Memorial         $15,770.43
       Sacramento. (530) 458-3183 or visit         15 Membership Night. Details TBA.
                                                                                              Edron Schneider Memorial $10,950.00                      21 CLCA Legislative Conference.
  28 Chapter Board meeting, 5 p.m.                     Sacramento. All day.
                                                                                              To make a donation to one of these
       social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula        29 Chapter Board meeting, 5 p.m.
                                                                                              funds or establish a fund of your own,
       Building Materials Showroom,                    social, 5:30 p.m. meeting. Peninsula
                                                                                              send a check payable to "LEAF" to:
       Mountain View.                                  Building Materials Showroom,
                                                                                              CLCA Headquarters
                                                       Mountain View.
 February 2010                                                                                1491 River Park Drive, #100
  3-4 Landscape Industry Show. Los                                                            Sacramento, CA 95815-8899
                                                 Visit the chapter website often at
       Angeles Convention Center. Visit                                                       or contact Mary Cohen-LEAF Chair at
                                        for updates. for information.                                                       (408) 867-7746. Please indicate which
    4 NorCal Trade Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                                     fund you would like to support.
       San Mateo Expo Center. Visit

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