Sunday Evening Thoughts from the President
Let me take just a few sentences to introduce myself. I am Rodger Flotta and have been associated with Lockerly Arboretum since 2002. I own Abbey View Farm, a wholesale plant nursery in Greensboro GA. It was through the nursery business and the Lockerly plant sale that I came in contact with your Executive Director (ED) and several of our energetic volunteers so very many years ago. I will admit to having a soft spot for Lockerly and our mission. I was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2013 and as a longtime supporter and professional acquaintance of Mr. Garner I readily accepted. Little did I know that circumstances would change so drastically. I was again asked to step in and became President in 2014.
Many changes have occurred in the short time I have been on the Board. I accept changes as the normal flow of any organization. The one constant throughout all of this is our founder, Mr. E. J. Grassmann's, vision so poignantly articulated in his correspondence of over 50 years ago. I would encourage you to take a few minutes to look them over when you are at the Arboretum. The one I like is hanging on the conference room wall of the Administration Building. I will continue to use these words from Mr. Grassmann to lead this organization forward. We are always looking for new ideas to enhance Mr. Grassmann's vision and I would encourage any and all to participate in that conversation.
Just a couple of words about recent successes for our organization. As you know the Woods Museum is open and will soon have its second display available for viewing. Washington EMC has generously approved a grant for $1000 which along with 20 other donors completes the fund raising effort to install water in our classroom. We will begin that construction shortly. We are moving forward in applying to rejoin the American Conifer Society Reference Garden Program. Our volunteer program will soon be back in full swing for the fall.
I need to make sure that every volunteer, donor, docent and supporter of Lockerly understands just how important you are. We cannot continue to increase our outreach to different groups without your support. I cannot thank you enough. I don't get to spend as much time at Lockerly as I would like but that seems to be changing, at least for the foreseeable future. I look forward to being able to thank each of you personally.
As you know from our announcement from last week our ED has resigned. I can assure you that the Board of Trustees are diligently working to find a new Director who will embrace Mr. Grassmann's vision and help lead Lockerly into the future.
We appreciate your support of Lockerly and look forward to sharing our future together.
Rodger Flotta, President
Lockerly Arboretum Foundation
Board of Trustees