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STMA's nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors election is now open. STMA is seeking interest from voting members from all categories of membership. Director positions that are open include:
STMA will be publishing its Membership Directory next month and encourages you to review your information and update it, if necessary, to ensure its accuracy. Changes to your information need to be completed no later than Friday July 8th. Login at STMA.org and click on My Information. If you have questions or problems updating your information, please feel free to email us at STMAinfo@STMA.org.
Do you know how your salary compares to others in a similar work environment? You will, if you participate in the 2016 STMA Compensation Study. Each STMA practitioner member has been sent a link to the on-line survey, which is exclusive to that member. The survey is confidential and anonymous, and all results will be reported in an aggregate form so that no facility can be identified.
The location for this year's SAFE Golf Tournament will be Hunter's Creek in Orlando, FL. The tournament this year will provide plenty of excitement including hole prizes and team prizes. In addition, there will be four Par 3 Hole-In-One challenges. In the event of a hole-in-one you have a chance at three nights/two rounds stay and play vacation to TPC Las Vegas; Travis Mathew head-to-toe signature outfit and $500 online shopping spree; set of TaylorMade Speedblade HL Irons 4-SW; or $10,000!
Jobs in the sports turf industry are very stressful on both professional and personal fronts. Supervisors, coaches, players, and owners can have unrealistic expectations. You may not have the budget, the equipment, or the labor force to meet the expectations of these groups. And, perhaps the person that is most important in meeting expectations is YOU – the sports field manager. With these pressures, it is easy to overlook the basics in maintaining healthy relationships with your spouse and family.
STMA is seeking educational videos that demonstrate maintenance practices for sports fields. The goal is to develop a collection of three-to-eight-minute educational videos focused on sports field how-to's that STMA members can use to improve their operations. Topics can include anything related to sports turf management, such as:
STMA rolled out its new environmental facility certification program in June. To date, 15 facilities are in various stages of the program. For more information on how you can participate, click here. STMA has also posted the assessment in a PDF so that you can review the questions before taking the assessment.
Each month two speakers presenting at the 2017 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!
STMA's four founders, Dr. William Daniels, Dick Ericson, Harry Gill, and George Toma determined that a formalized system to share information and best practices about natural grass management was critical to creating and sustaining a bona fide profession. Thus, STMA was created and its current mission, "STMA advances professionalism in sports field management and safety through education, awareness programs and industry development," builds on their vision.