OFA Bulletin January/February 2013 : Page 2

OFA MissiOn sTATEMEnT To support and advance professional horticulture. OFA – ThE AssOciATiOn OF hOrTiculTurE PrOFEssiOnAls Forum wHat’s next foR us? By Michael V. Geary, CAE 2130 Stella Court, Columbus, Ohio 43215-1033 USA Phone: 614-487-1117 Fax: 614-487-1216 ofa@ofa.org • www.ofa.org OFA BullETin and services. Your association is going to seize this moment to make significant and extraordinary changes to position us for the coming years. WELCOME TO OFA — THE ASSOCIATION OF HORTICULTURE PROFESSIONALS January/February 2013 • NUMBER 937 EdiTOriAl sTAFF Scott Leyshon, Editor Stephen A. Carver, Ph.D. Laura Kunkle cOnTriBuTOrs HELLO, THANKS FOR JOINING. YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATTERS. Tina Bemis Matthew Blanchard Paul Fisher Michael V. Geary Charlie Hall Alan Hodges Jason B. Oliver Christopher M. Ranger Michael E. Reding Erik Runkle Peter B. Schultz Bill Swanekamp Jean Ann Van Krevelen Colleen Y. Warfield shAring yOur knOwEldgE if you would like to submit an article for consideration for the OFA Bulletin , please contact scott leyshon to learn about content guidelines and submission requirements. scott may be contacted at sleyshon@ofa.org or 614-487-1117. Published Bimonthly In less than a year, we will celebrate OFA’s 85th anniversary. Our history is more than eight decades of inspiration to the industry and connecting its people. The history of OFA begins in 1929 when graduates of The Ohio State University organize themselves and they call the group the “Ohio State Florist Association.” This is an effort to formalize regular gatherings of floriculture professionals in Ohio. Several years later the group merges with the Ohio Flower Growers organization and becomes the Ohio Flower Growers’ and Retailers Association, chartering in 1931. As the organization matures and expands its outreach it is again renamed in 1938 as the Ohio Florists’ Association, which is still the formal name of the corporation but the organization is known as OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals. A lot happens over these years and not just with the association. The world sees numerous wars, economic calamities, weather-related disasters, and political turmoil touches almost every nation. Yet despite these challenges OFA endures and continues to provide a community for growers and retailers to share ideas and to promote the industry. There have been nearly 85 years of our volunteers and staff organizing educational programs and trade shows, publishing newsletters, and promoting and protecting our industry. You might think these demanding activities wear us out but they do not. In fact, for many of us involved in the association we feel like we’re just getting started – there are too many things yet to be done. With improving economic conditions (fingers crossed and knock on wood!) there is enormous opportunity to better serve our constituents and to put in place strategies to increase the consumption of horticulture products Speaking of, another milestone in our history is planned for 2014. By now you should know that OFA’s Board of Directors is putting in place strategies to form a new trade association along with the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA). This is the result of membership studies and a nearly one-year collaboration between the two groups. In the research, members of both associations say they want their organizations to work more closely to unify the industry. Furthermore, in light of future opportunities and threats, we need our associations to work together to build the capacity and governance structures to properly serve our members and the industry. Therefore, the boards of both groups have resolved we will be better served by one premier organization. The vision is to form an industry association that will be all encompassing – one that touches and links all pieces of the horticulture industry, from breeder to retailer. The next steps are to complete the planning for the new organization. This means the volunteer joint advisory group is determining the core benefits and features of membership, confirming the governance structure, creating a strategic plan, and finalizing the finances. Ultimately, OFA and ANLA are expected to dissolve and they will be replaced with the new trade association (its name is still to be determined). This entire initiative will eventually be voted on by our members in the coming months. We are proposing the inauguration for the new group will take place on January 1, 2014. Tom Hilgeman, White Oak Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio Copyright OFA 2013. Permission is hereby given to reprint articles appearing in this OFA Bulletin provided the following reference statement appears with the reprinted article: “Reprinted from the OFA Bulletin, (phone: 614-487-1117) January/February 2013, Number 937.” No endorsement is intended for products mentioned in this OFA Bulletin, nor is criticism meant for products not mentioned. The authors and OFA assume no liability resulting from the use of practices printed in this OFA Bulletin. OFA and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) are working together to form a new trade association to unify the horticulture industry— ONE VOICE, ONE INDUSTRY 2

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