Docstoc

Minutes AGM IGCA Oct 2010

Document Sample
Minutes AGM IGCA Oct 2010 Powered By Docstoc
					    MINUTES	
  
    IGCA	
  2010	
  Annual	
  General	
  Meeting	
  
    October	
  10th,	
  14:00-­‐17:00	
  -­‐	
  Tokyo,	
  Japan

PARTICIPANTS                      	
                                      	
               	
  
                                  IGCA	
  Board	
  Member,	
  Japan	
  
Koichi	
  Akatsuka                Representative                          Japan            ffcplan@akatsuka.gr.jp
                                  IGCA	
  President,	
  UK	
  
Sue	
  Allen	
                    Representative                          UK               sue@millbrookgc.co.uk
Klara	
  Biza	
                   Hungary	
  Representative	
             Hungary	
        biza.klara@gmail.com	
  
                                  Switzerland	
  
Eric	
  Bochofner	
               Representative	
                        Switzerland	
   ebachofner@schilliger.com
                                  Denmark	
  Country	
                                    pb@danskehavecentre.dk	
  
Per	
  Boisen	
  Andersen	
       Administrator	
                         Denmark	
  
                                  South	
  A frica	
                      South	
  
Dawn	
  Collard	
                 Representative	
                        Africa	
        eckards@global.co.za
                                  IGCA	
  Past-­‐President,	
  USA	
  
Tom	
  Courtright	
               Representative                          USA              tomcourtright@orchardnursery.com
                                  IGCA	
  Office	
  Assistant,	
  
                                  Canada	
  Country	
  
Rebecca	
  Doutre                 Administrator                           Canada           rebecca@canadanursery.com
                                  IGCA	
  Board	
  Member,	
  
Rachel	
  Doyle	
                 Ireland	
  Representative               Ireland          rachel@arboretum.ie
                                  IGCA	
  2011	
  Italy	
  Congress	
  
Silvano	
  Girelli	
              Organizer	
                             Italy	
          segreteria@flover.it
Norbert	
  Langens	
              Germany	
  Representative	
             Germany	
        info@frieters.de
Sandy	
  Mathies	
                Canada	
  Observer	
                    Canada	
         sandy@cannor.com
Anthony	
  O’Neill	
              Canada	
  Representative	
              Canada	
         aoneillnl@gmail.com	
  
                                  IGCA	
  Office	
  Administrator,	
  
                                  Canada	
  Country	
  
Victor	
  Santacruz               Administrator                           Canada           victor@canadanursery.com
                                  IGCA	
  2011	
  Italy	
  Congress	
  
Martina	
  Schullian	
            Coordinator	
                           Italy	
          info@schullian.it
                                  South	
  A frica	
                      South	
  
Wayne	
  Stewart	
                Representative	
                        Africa	
         eckards@global.co.za
                                                                          South	
  
Nick	
  Stodel                    IGCA	
  Vice-­‐President                Africa           nick@stodels.com
Nico	
  van	
  d er	
  Pauw	
     Canada	
  Observer	
                    Canada	
         nico@lakecable.ca	
  
Cary	
  V an	
  Zanten	
          Canada	
  Representative	
              Canada	
         caryv@panamnursery.com
                                  IGCA	
  Board	
  Member,	
                               steen@bgaarhus.dk	
  
Steen	
  Vinkler	
                Denmark	
  Representative	
             Denmark	
  
Gillie	
  Westwood                UK	
  Country	
  Administrator          UK               gillie@gca.org.uk
David	
  W illiams	
              USA	
  Representative	
                 USA	
            williamsnursery@gmail.com

    1. President’s	
  Welcome	
  –	
  Sue	
  Allen	
  

    •      Sue	
  welcomed	
  everyone	
  and	
  thanked	
  them	
  for	
  coming	
  to	
  the	
  meeting.	
  	
  It	
  is	
  great	
  
           to	
  see	
  so	
  many	
  countries	
  represented	
  at	
  this	
  meeting.	
  
2. Welcome	
  from	
  Local	
  Committee	
  –	
  Koichi	
  Akatsuka	
  

•    Koichi	
  welcomed	
  everyone	
  to	
  Japan	
  –	
  they	
  are	
  looking	
  forward	
  to	
  hosting	
  
     everyone	
  at	
  this	
  years	
  Congress.	
  
•    A	
  video	
  was	
  played	
  to	
  promote	
  this	
  weeks	
  Congress.	
  
	
  
3. Quorum	
  –	
  Sue	
  Allen	
  

          a. Election	
  of	
  Vote	
  Counters	
  

• Quorum	
  has	
  been	
  established	
  with	
  10	
  out	
  of	
  15	
  members	
  having	
  representation.	
  
• IGCA	
  Staff	
  to	
  be	
  vote	
  counters.	
  
	
  
4. Approval	
  of	
  Minutes	
  of	
  the	
  last	
  Annual	
  General	
  Meeting	
  –	
  Sue	
  Allen

Business	
  Arising	
  –	
  2009	
  IGCA	
  Annual	
  General	
  Meeting	
  
	
  
ACTION:	
  IGCA/	
  CNLA	
  office	
  to	
  look	
  into	
  the	
  possibility	
  of	
  coordinating	
  the	
  2010	
  
administrators	
  meeting	
  and	
  the	
  2011	
  Congress	
  in	
  a	
  non-­‐member	
  country.	
  IGCA	
  /	
  
CNLA	
  OFFICE.	
  COMPLETE:	
  Local	
  Italian	
  committee	
  will	
  coordinate	
  the	
  Congress.	
  	
  
Administrators	
  meeting	
  was	
  coordinated	
  by	
  IGCA	
  office.	
  
	
  
ACTION:	
  IGCA	
  office	
  to	
  develop	
  an	
  online	
  survey	
  to	
  go	
  out	
  to	
  all	
  the	
  member	
  
associations	
  for	
  distribution	
  to	
  their	
  members	
  to	
  find	
  out	
  what	
  could	
  IGCA	
  do	
  to	
  
attract	
  new	
  delegates	
  to	
  the	
  annual	
  Congress.	
  COMPLETE:	
  Results	
  discussed	
  at	
  
administrators	
  meeting	
  in	
  Italy	
  and	
  further	
  survey	
  was	
  completed	
  for	
  non-­‐
participants.	
  
	
  
ACTION:	
  Victor	
  to	
  forward	
  more	
  information	
  in	
  regards	
  to	
  the	
  Home	
  Renovation	
  
Tax	
  Credit.	
  VICTOR	
  SANTACRUZ.	
  COMPLETE:	
  Available	
  at	
  
http://www.canadanursery.com/Page.asp?PageID=829&ContentID-­‐1234	
  	
  
	
  
ACTION:	
  All	
  administrators	
  to	
  forward	
  a	
  short	
  description	
  of	
  3	
  to	
  5	
  successful	
  
marketing	
  initiatives	
  to	
  the	
  IGCA	
  office,	
  which	
  will	
  then	
  be	
  included	
  in	
  the	
  IGCA	
  e-­‐
news.	
  ALL	
  ADMINISTRATORS	
  /	
  IGCA	
  OFFICE.	
  COMPLETE:	
  Discussed	
  at	
  2010	
  
meetings	
  in	
  Italy	
  and	
  included	
  in	
  country	
  reports.	
  
	
  
MOTION:	
  By	
  Rachel	
  Doyle	
  to	
  approve	
  the	
  minutes	
  as	
  presented.	
  	
  Seconded	
  by	
  Steen	
  
Vinkler.	
  CARRIED.	
  
	
  
5. Annual	
  Report	
  of	
  the	
  President	
  –	
  Sue	
  Allen	
  

•    It	
  was	
  difficult	
  to	
  get	
  the	
  2011	
  Congress	
  confirmed	
  –	
  but	
  we	
  are	
  happy	
  to	
  report	
  
     that	
  Italy	
  will	
  host	
  the	
  Congress	
  in	
  2011.	
  
•      American	
  Nursery	
  Landscape	
  Association	
  (ANLA)	
  chose	
  not	
  to	
  renew	
  their	
  IGCA	
  
       membership,	
  but	
  we	
  are	
  happy	
  that	
  Garden	
  Centres	
  of	
  America	
  (GCA)	
  have	
  come	
  
       on	
  board	
  as	
  members.	
  
•      We	
  as	
  an	
  association	
  have	
  looked	
  at	
  how	
  to	
  control	
  our	
  costs	
  and	
  have	
  been	
  
       successful.	
  
•      Have	
  really	
  enjoyed	
  the	
  first	
  year	
  as	
  IGCA	
  President	
  –	
  second	
  year	
  will	
  involve	
  
       promoting	
  membership	
  to	
  other	
  countries.	
  If	
  anyone	
  has	
  contacts	
  with	
  non-­‐
       member	
  countries	
  please	
  pass	
  them	
  on	
  to	
  the	
  IGCA	
  office	
  to	
  follow	
  up	
  with	
  
       membership.	
  
	
  
6. Presenting	
  Your	
  Board	
  –	
  Rebecca	
  Doutre/Victor	
  Santacruz	
  

•      All	
  Board	
  members	
  were	
  recognized	
  for	
  their	
  hard	
  work	
  over	
  the	
  past	
  year.	
  
•      We	
  are	
  working	
  to	
  formalize	
  Governance	
  Policies	
  within	
  the	
  IGCA.	
  	
  Nick	
  Stodel	
  
       and	
  John	
  Zaplatynsky	
  have	
  formalized	
  Job	
  Descriptions/Terms	
  of	
  Reference	
  for	
  
       country	
  representatives,	
  board	
  members	
  and	
  an	
  executive	
  board.	
  
       o Board	
  positions	
  will	
  have	
  terms	
  and	
  member	
  countries	
  will	
  have	
  an	
  
              opportunity	
  to	
  vote	
  on	
  board	
  members	
  and	
  submit	
  names	
  towards	
  the	
  board	
  
       o There	
  will	
  be	
  expectations	
  for	
  country	
  representatives	
  
       o The	
  Executive	
  Committee	
  will	
  ensure	
  succession	
  for	
  IGCA	
  
	
  
7. Financial	
  Report	
  –	
  Victor	
  Santacruz	
  

•      Typically	
  we	
  offer	
  a	
  $5000	
  honorarium	
  to	
  the	
  host	
  country.	
  	
  This	
  year	
  IGCA	
  had	
  
       to	
  cover	
  expenses	
  for	
  the	
  administrators	
  meeting.	
  
•      We	
  have	
  a	
  strong	
  financial	
  cushion	
  in	
  the	
  reserves.	
  
•      We	
  had	
  another	
  successful	
  financial	
  year	
  of	
  net	
  excess	
  of	
  revenues	
  over	
  
       expenses.	
  
	
  
       a. Adoption	
  of	
  the	
  auditors	
  report	
  
       b. Approval	
  of	
  auditor	
  for	
  2010/2011	
  
	
  
Motion	
  for	
  approval	
  of	
  our	
  auditor:	
  
The	
   IGCA	
   will	
   use	
   the	
   same	
   audit	
   firm	
   as	
   the	
  CNLA	
   for	
   the	
   2010/2011	
   fiscal	
   year.	
  	
  
Moved	
  by	
  Anthony	
  O’Neill	
  and	
  Seconded	
  by	
  Wayne	
  Stewart.	
  CARRIED.	
  
	
  
8. Directors	
  Indemnity	
  Motion	
  –	
  Sue	
  Allen

Directors	
  Indemnity	
  Motion:	
  
That	
  all	
  the	
  acts	
  and	
  proceedings	
  of	
  the	
  Directors	
  and	
  Officers	
  of	
  the	
  Association	
  
since	
  the	
  last	
  annual	
  meeting	
  as	
  set	
  forth	
  or	
  described	
  in	
  the	
  records,	
  minute	
  books,	
  
accepted	
  reports	
  and	
  annual	
  reports	
  of	
  the	
  Association	
  be	
  approved.	
  The	
  actions	
  
and	
  reports	
  of	
  each	
  Director	
  and	
  Officer	
  should	
  be	
  voted	
  on	
  separately	
  with	
  each	
  
Director	
  personally	
  interested	
  in	
  his/her	
  own	
  actions,	
  refraining	
  from	
  voting	
  on	
  the	
  
motion	
  concerning	
  his/her	
  actions.	
  	
  Moved	
  by	
  David	
  Williams	
  and	
  Seconded	
  by	
  Nico	
  
van	
  der	
  Pauw.	
  	
  CARRIED.	
  
	
  
9. Presentation	
  of	
  2010/2011	
  Budget	
  –	
  Victor	
  Santacruz

•      15	
  member	
  countries	
  paying	
  membership	
  dues.	
  
•      CNLA	
  has	
  been	
  administering	
  the	
  IGCA	
  since	
  2006	
  –	
  two	
  year	
  contract	
  has	
  since	
  
       expired.	
  	
  New	
  contract	
  is	
  for	
  $10,000.00	
  per	
  annum	
  to	
  administer.	
  
	
  
MOTION:	
  By	
  Anthony	
  O’Neill	
  to	
  approve	
  the	
  presented	
  2010/2011	
  budget.	
  	
  
Seconded	
  by	
  Wayne	
  Stewart.	
  CARRIED.	
  
	
  
10. 	
  Next	
  Congress:	
  2011,	
  Italy	
  –	
  Silvano	
  Girelli	
  /	
  Martina	
  Schullian	
  

•      Italy	
  is	
  excited	
  to	
  be	
  hosting	
  the	
  2011	
  Congress.	
  
•      A	
  presentation	
  was	
  made	
  on	
  the	
  2011	
  Congress	
  including	
  promotional	
  videos.	
  
•      Limited	
  numbers	
  of	
  attendees	
  on	
  the	
  Congress	
  (first	
  come,	
  first	
  serve).	
  	
  
•      Study	
  Tour	
  will	
  be	
  offered	
  –	
  a	
  good	
  opportunity	
  to	
  encourage	
  younger	
  people	
  to	
  
       participate.	
  
	
  
11. 	
  Next	
  Administrators	
  Meeting	
  –	
  Victor	
  Santacruz	
  

•      The	
  next	
  administrators	
  meeting	
  will	
  take	
  place	
  on	
  February	
  20th-­‐23rd,	
  2011	
  in	
  
       Bonn,	
  Germany	
  (Board	
  and	
  Country	
  Administrators)	
  –	
  all	
  administrators	
  are	
  
       encouraged	
  to	
  attend	
  this	
  meeting.	
  
•      We	
  will	
  be	
  staying	
  at	
  the	
  same	
  hotel	
  as	
  the	
  Congress	
  in	
  2012.	
  
•      2012	
  Congress	
  dates	
  are	
  August	
  25th-­‐31st,	
  2012.	
  
•      Australia	
  will	
  host	
  in	
  2013.	
  
	
  
12. 	
  Country	
  Reports	
  

•      Australia	
  
       o Water	
  Restrictions	
  were	
  a	
  huge	
  concern	
  and	
  issue	
  
       o 80	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €23,000	
  (90%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €3,14	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €35	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €10,50	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  10%	
  
	
  
•      Canada	
  
       o Pesticide	
  Ban	
  challenges,	
  tax	
  introductions	
  (HST),	
  and	
  tiered	
  credit	
  card	
  
          changes	
  have	
  all	
  affected	
  garden	
  centres	
  
       o 462	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €1.6	
  million	
  (20%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €3,00	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €77,00	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €6,55	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  5%-­‐14%	
  
       o Inspection	
  Program	
  launched	
  in	
  2010	
  was	
  very	
  successful,	
  along	
  with	
  plastic	
  
         recycling	
  week.	
  	
  Developing	
  “Week	
  of	
  Gardening	
  in	
  Schools”	
  program	
  
	
  
•      Denmark	
  
       o Discount	
  shops	
  have	
  affected	
  bedding	
  plant	
  sales.	
  
       o 232	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €400,000	
  (40%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €3,40	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €30,00	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €14,28	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  25%	
  
       o Association	
  ran	
  a	
  Spring	
  campaign	
  for	
  members.	
  	
  Inspection	
  program	
  
          participation	
  dropped	
  this	
  year	
  (28	
  members	
  compared	
  to	
  50	
  last	
  year)	
  
	
  
•      France	
  
       o Have	
  been	
  facing	
  challenges	
  with	
  a	
  new	
  Environment	
  Act	
  
       o 650	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €685,000	
  (84%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €3,50	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €30,59	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €8,86	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  19.6%	
  
	
  
•      Germany	
  
       o Colour	
  and	
  variety	
  of	
  plants	
  is	
  important	
  to	
  prevent	
  disease.	
  	
  “Grow	
  your	
  
          own”	
  and	
  organic	
  vegetables	
  and	
  herbs	
  are	
  very	
  popular.	
  	
  Garden	
  Centres	
  are	
  
          becoming	
  more	
  like	
  “destination	
  centres”	
  
       o 264	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €250,000	
  (55%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €3,30	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €23,40	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €7,50	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  19%	
  (but	
  only	
  7%	
  on	
  plants)	
  
	
  
•      Hungary	
  
       o Economic	
  recession	
  has	
  affected	
  garden	
  centres,	
  causing	
  sales	
  to	
  drop	
  
         especially	
  Christmas	
  trees,	
  geraniums	
  and	
  annuals.	
  
       o 200	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €17,000	
  (50%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €2,73	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €14,59	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €1,64	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  25%	
  
       o Association	
  is	
  interested	
  in	
  offering	
  more	
  educational	
  programs,	
  including	
  
         the	
  inspection	
  program.	
  	
  Also	
  looking	
  to	
  create	
  a	
  consumer	
  marketing	
  
         program	
  to	
  help	
  their	
  members	
  compete	
  with	
  DIY	
  centres.	
  
	
  
•      Ireland	
  	
  
       o Worst	
  winter	
  they	
  have	
  ever	
  experienced	
  and	
  many	
  garden	
  centres	
  lost	
  all	
  of	
  
           their	
  stock.	
  	
  Concern	
  with	
  the	
  government	
  has	
  made	
  people	
  afraid	
  to	
  buy,	
  
           and	
  housing	
  prices	
  are	
  dropping.	
  
       o 70	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €120,000	
  (100%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €3,99	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €18,02	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €8,65	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  21.5%	
  
       o Bord	
  Bia	
  ran	
  the	
  inspection	
  program	
  with	
  positive	
  feedback.	
  	
  Tree	
  Planting	
  
           Day	
  was	
  held	
  –	
  while	
  expensive,	
  it	
  helped	
  increase	
  sales	
  for	
  garden	
  centres.	
  	
  
           Grow	
  your	
  own	
  still	
  popular,	
  and	
  has	
  been	
  boosted	
  by	
  a	
  program	
  to	
  
           encourage	
  children	
  to	
  eat	
  5	
  fruits	
  and	
  vegetables	
  a	
  day.	
  
	
  
•      Japan	
  
       o Poor	
  weather	
  this	
  year	
  affected	
  sales.	
  	
  	
  
       o 187	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €18,000	
  (100%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €2,79	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €21,00	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €6,20	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  5%	
  
       o Japan’s	
  Garden	
  Centre	
  Association	
  is	
  hoping	
  that	
  this	
  Congress	
  will	
  help	
  the	
  
          future	
  success	
  of	
  their	
  association	
  and	
  the	
  membership	
  
	
  
•      Netherlands	
  	
  
       o National	
  publicity	
  campaign	
  this	
  year	
  included	
  door	
  to	
  door	
  and	
  radio	
  
          campaigns	
  that	
  reached	
  13	
  million	
  out	
  of	
  16	
  million	
  people	
  
       o 500	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €1	
  million	
  (50%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €4,00	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  Not	
  given	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €8,12	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  19%	
  
	
  
•      South	
  Africa	
  
       o Football	
  through	
  June	
  and	
  July	
  increased	
  positivity	
  within	
  the	
  country	
  but	
  it	
  
          affected	
  the	
  garden	
  centres	
  sales	
  dramatically	
  in	
  a	
  negative	
  way.	
  	
  Trends	
  
          include	
  colour,	
  environmental	
  conscious	
  gardening	
  and	
  food	
  courts	
  
       o 452	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €315,000	
  (42%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o    Big	
  Mac:	
  €1,92	
  
       o    Average	
  Sale:	
  €21,00	
  
       o    Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €1,00	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o    VAT:	
  14%	
  
       o    Life	
  as	
  a	
  Garden	
  Campaign	
  has	
  grown	
  substantially	
  and	
  increased	
  charity	
  
            donations	
  
	
  
•      Switzerland	
  
       o Pest	
  issues	
  with	
  caterpillar	
  in	
  certain	
  areas	
  
       o 584	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €70,000	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €4,21	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  Not	
  provided	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €13,98	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  7.6%	
  for	
  furniture	
  and	
  hard	
  goods,	
  2.4%	
  for	
  plants	
  and	
  food	
  
       o Life	
  as	
  a	
  Garden	
  Campaign	
  has	
  grown	
  substantially	
  and	
  increased	
  charity	
  
          donations	
  
	
  
•      United	
  Kingdom	
  
       o Huge	
  budget	
  cuts	
  in	
  the	
  future	
  will	
  affect	
  industry.	
  	
  Poor	
  weather	
  in	
  the	
  
          autumn	
  and	
  spring	
  affected	
  plant	
  sales,	
  but	
  there	
  is	
  growth	
  in	
  non-­‐core	
  
          garden	
  areas	
  (food	
  shops,	
  clothing,	
  gifts,	
  café’s)	
  
       o 275	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €346,000	
  (50%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €2,29	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €25,98	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €6,68	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  17.5%	
  (but	
  increasing	
  to	
  20%)	
  
       o Inspection	
  Program	
  introduced	
  an	
  environmental	
  section,	
  and	
  other	
  new	
  
          awards	
  were	
  introduced.	
  
	
  
•      USA	
  
       o Motto	
  is	
  “If	
  you	
  can	
  grow	
  it	
  and	
  eat	
  it,	
  it	
  will	
  sell”.	
  	
  Organic	
  products	
  are	
  
          strong	
  sellers	
  in	
  some	
  areas,	
  but	
  are	
  starting	
  to	
  have	
  some	
  pesticide	
  issues.	
  	
  
          Issues	
  receiving	
  gift	
  products	
  from	
  China	
  this	
  year.	
  
       o 275	
  members	
  
       o Association	
  Budget:	
  €346,000	
  (50%	
  membership	
  dues)	
  
       o Big	
  Mac:	
  €2,29	
  
       o Average	
  Sale:	
  €25,98	
  
       o Minimum	
  Wage:	
  €6,68	
  per	
  hour	
  
       o VAT:	
  17.5%	
  (but	
  increasing	
  to	
  20%)	
  
       o Strong	
  Independent	
  Garden	
  Show	
  in	
  the	
  Fall	
  that	
  continues	
  to	
  grow	
  
	
  
13. 	
  Miscellaneous	
  comments
o How	
  are	
  dates	
  selected	
  for	
  Congresses?	
  September	
  is	
  difficult	
  for	
  the	
  Southern	
  
     Hemisphere	
  to	
  attend	
  (October	
  would	
  be	
  much	
  better).	
  
	
  
ACTION:	
  Change	
  the	
  country	
  reports	
  every	
  year	
  so	
  that	
  there	
  is	
  a	
  new	
  fact	
  or	
  trend	
  
that	
  is	
  presented	
  (i.e.	
  VAT,	
  health	
  care,	
  etc.).	
  IGCA	
  OFFICE.	
  

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:28
posted:1/26/2011
language:English
pages:8