In 1996, CAEMG grew to over 300 members. Regional meetings seemd to diappear; in 1997, the Association changed its name to CMGA and incorporated as a 501(c) (3) in anticipation of raising funds for the Regional Conference. CMGAbecame more focused on statewide activities. Dues finally increased in 1997 (to $10). In 1998, no Symposium was held, as we hosted the regional conference, held in Cromwell. The theme was "Sound Gardening" and a special Laurel logo with waves in the background was developed for use at the conference (see image below). 1998 also rang in the first "folded" newsletter.