July 2015

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STMA IN ACTION 46 SportsTurf | July 2015 News from the Sports Turf Managers Association Sports Turf Managers Association of Arizona: Colorado Sports Turf Managers Association: Florida #1 Chapter (South): 305-235-5101 (Bruce Bates) or Tom Curran Florida #2 Chapter (North): 850-580- 4026, John Mascaro, j Florida #3 Chapter (Central): 407-518-2347, Dale Croft, Gateway Chapter Sports Turf Managers Association: Georgia Sports Turf Managers Association: Greater L.A. Basin Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association: Illinois Chapter STMA: Intermountain Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association: Indiana - Contact Clayton Dame, or Brian Bornino, or Contact Joey Stevenson, jsteven- Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association: Kentucky Sports Turf Managers Association: Keystone Athletic Field Managers Org. (KAFMO/STMA): Michigan Sports Turf Managers Association (MiSTMA): Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association: MO-KAN Sports Turf Managers Association: New England STMA (NESTMA): Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey: Sports Turf Managers of New York: North Carolina Chapter of STMA: Northern California STMA: Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association (OSTMA): Oklahoma Chapter STMA: 405-744-5729; Contact: Dr. Justin Moss Oregon STMA Chapter: Ozarks STMA: Pacific Northwest Sports Turf Managers Association: Southern California Chapter: South Carolina Chapter of STMA: Tennessee Valley Sports Turf Managers Association (TVSTMA): Texas Sports Turf Managers Association: Virginia Sports Turf Managers Association: Wisconsin Sports Turf Managers Association: STMA Affiliated Chapters Contact Information Chapter Sponsors football, soccer and baseball games. "The organization that used the old facility reached out to MO-KAN for guidance," says John Watt, CSFM, MO-KAN President. "After hearing some of the stories about the childhoods of these young athletes, our chapter knew what we needed to do to put a smile on their faces." After several years of work by MO-KAN, the facility is near comple- tion. "Other groups helped financially, and the kids have taken ownership of the fields and the facility with great enthusiasm", says Watt. "Although this project was a major undertaking that spanned several years, any local chapter can improve their community by starting on a smaller scale." OUTREACH STMA views each of its 33 local affiliated chapters as a significant component of the association, not only for local education and networking, but to carry the mes- sage of safer fields. Bobby Behr, CSFM, STMA Chapter Relations Chair views chapters as critical to reaching non-technical audiences who are associated with sports fields. "Local chapters have the opportunity to convey information about why sports fields need to be managed by a professional," says Behr. "They are in a unique position to educate fans, employers and field users about the safety benefits of employing a quali- fied sports field manager." IN THE BEGINNING STMA's first official chapter, South Florida, also known as Florida #1, was formed in 1988, just 7 years after the national association began. The impetus for developing the chapter was primarily for employment opportunities. According to John Mascaro, one of the founding members of Florida #1, "The group in south Florida really needed to identify a network of qualified sports turf managers who could run the day-to-day field operations at stadiums and other facilities. We also needed help with purchasing products and equipment for sports field maintenance and by forming the chap- ter, we were better able to connect with commercial members who could help," says Mascaro. "The first president of South Florida was Ed Birch, Broward County Schools," Mascaro reminisces. "As with many chapters' leadership, he held that position for quite a few years." The administrative aspects of forming a chapter was challenging, Mascaro remem- bers. "We formed as a for-profit corporation, initially. We didn't know any better." There were two organizations in Florida that Mascaro recalls as being similar. "The Florida Turfgrass Association and the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association were up and running,

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