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STMA's Nominating Committee has finalized the slate of candidates for the 2015 election. Each voting member will be sent an email with a specific link to cast their vote. Paper ballots also will be available for those who do not have an email address. The voting process will begin Nov. 17 and close on Dec. 12. Be sure to vote and make your voice heard for the leadership you want guiding the association.
GrasStains Productions is working on the video for the annual STMA Awards Banquet. This video highlights you, your crew and your work! Please send in any photos or videos -- young and current photos of you and your crew, awkward 'oops' moments, beauty shots-- anything that tells your story.
The SAFE Foundation, which is STMA's charity, is seeking items for its auction and raffles. SAFE raises more than 80 percent of its funds during the events it holds at the annual STMA Conference. Please donate team gear, products, equipment, tickets to sporting events, gift cards, sports memorabilia...just about anything will be most appreciated. You can ship items to STMA's headquarters or bring it to the conference and drop it off at registration.
STMA is hosting a 5 part webinar series that focuses on natural grass sports turf management. The second webinar in the series will take place Wednesday, November 5 at 2 pm EST. Dr. Doug Linde will be presenting "How Mowing Affects Turf".
The most important element of a sports turf manager's job is to provide the safest fields for athletes, regardless of the level of play. Across the country there is heightened focus on athlete safety which has resulted in increased scrutiny of all potential contributors to athlete injury. The "harder" the playing surface, the greater amount of impact is absorbed by the player's body, and therefore, the greater the probability a fall will result in serious injury.
It is that time of year -- membership renewal time. The easiest and fastest way to renew is to go on-line. Log in to your members only page. Click on the Membership, Merchandise and Online Registration and select the correct dues renewal category. For help in determining your correct category, click here. Are you taking full advantage of all that your membership offers?
Volunteer your time to help guide STMA's work by volunteering for committee service. We'll have an on-line sign up sheet, a description of the committees available for your participation, information about the work to accomplish for the year, and the time commitment requested. We'll be soliciting sign-up in January. Incoming President Johnson will be making the appointments in February and committee work will be underway in March.
Early bird registration – and pricing – ends Dec. 15! All conference registration for Denver 2015 is now open so make sure to register today. Hard copy brochures were mailed out recently and a digital version of that brochure is available online here.
Each month two speakers presenting at the 2015 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!
As of October 1, all conference registration is open. Hard copy brochures were mailed out recently and a digital version of that brochure is available online here. To help expedite the registration process, STMA is asking that all attendees register online (instructions and links on stma.org homepage).