December 15, 2010
By Daryl Bycraft CLT
London Chapter correspondent

Members of the London Chapter of Landscape Ontario learned something about the latest trends in hardscapes and permeable pavers from John Lavoie, territory manager for Unilock.

Also present at the meeting was Paul Day CDE, trade show manager from Landscape Ontario, to inform members about Congress taking place from Jan. 11 to 13. A contest featured prizes of two free passes to Congress. Winners of the passes were Jay McKinnon from Jay McKinnon Company in Strathroy and Bill Hajdu from Decorative Landscape Stone in Otterville.

The chapter member profile for the November meeting was Darcy DeCaluwe, owner of Stone in Style. Darcy established Stone in Style in 2005 after working for others in the trade, installing pavers and as a sales territory representative.

Since the fall of 2007 the London Chapter has held 50/50 draws, using a deck of cards. Proceeds go to the London Chapter Scholarship at Fanshawe College. The final four cards were drawn at this meeting, with the winning card being the LAST card drawn.  What odds! The winner was Brian Partridge, who took home $975.

The next 50/50 round will begin again at the Feb. 8 meeting at the Lamplighter Inn. This meeting is an afternoon session, from 1- 4, with a buffet lunch at 12-noon. Registration at $25 per person includes lunch. Two topics will be presented, website development and photography for your business. This will be a great motivational meeting, as members prepare for the next season.

The London Chapter Board wishes everyone a safe and happy new year, and we hope to see everyone at Congress.