DO YOU HAVE AWARD-WORTHY PROJECTS? If you’ve been in the business for any length of time, you no doubt have several properties for which a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Have you taken the time to photograph and enter these gems in the PLANET Environmental Improvement Awards Program? Well, there’s still time to enter and save! Submit your entry on or before July 9, 2010, the early-bird deadline, and save 22 percent on your entry fee. That’s $285 by July 9 or $365 after July 9 — the regular deadline is August 13, 2010.
Why apply, you ask? Here’s what Will Spiegelberg, Landscape Industry Certified Mangager, of Chicago-based Spiegelberg Landscape Design, Inc., has to say:
“Beyond the pleasure and gratification of winning a PLANET Grand award, the usefulness of the award in marketing still remains in place five years after I received it. When meeting with new clients, I always make a point of letting them know that we were the recipient of this prestigious award and the significance it means to the industry. Other ways I utilized my Grand Award:
Take a look at last year’s Awards Presentation for examples of the vision, dedication, and creative excellence in the award-winning projects. Then review the Tips for a Successful Awards Entry and the Checklist for Awards Entry, and then complete the online, interactive Entry Form. The early-bird deadline is fast approaching, so enter today!
- Placed it on our Web site.
- Used it on the cover of our company brochure.
- Highlighted in presentations to clients.
- Sent press releases to my local media.
- Used it as a morale booster for my staff.”
For more details about this awards program, visit the Programs section at LandcareNetwork.org,call Gail Rogers at (800) 395-2522, or send her an e-mail at email@example.com.
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TIME TO CELEBRATE SAFETY The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month and encourages businesses to participate in a variety of activities throughout the month to reduce employee injuries on and off the job.
Each week of the month has a theme that focuses on a critical safety issue and the NSC has provided posters, tip sheets, and suggestions for activities to accompany each theme: For more information about the themes and for access to different safety information and materials, visit the National Safety Month Web site at nsc.org/nsc_events/Nat_Safe_Month/Pages/home.aspx.
Also, in honor of National Safety Month, PLANET is offering a 25 percent discount off its newest safety publications — $afety $aves: Practical Ideas to Save Money and Lives and Safety Tailgate Training Manual — until June 30, 2010.
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PLANET MOURNS THE PASSING OF WARREN FINCH PURDY
PLANET, along with family and friends of Warren Finch Purdy and many in the green industry, was saddened to learn of his passing on May 7, 2010, at the age of 85 in Palm Beach, Florida. Funeral services were held on May 11, 2010, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of St. Augustine.
|Warren Finch Purdy |
In the early 50s, Purdy was one of the founders of the California Landscape Contractors Association and served as its president in 1963 and 1964. In 1962, he was one of the founders of the national association, the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), a PLANET legacy association, and was as its president in 1970.
Purdy, who was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1924, served in World War II in the Mediterranean Theater, in the Army Air Corps, 97th Bomb Group, and, at 18 years of age, was the youngest pilot of a B-17 aircraft. After the war and graduating from the University of Southern California, he owned and operated several landscape and management consultant companies. He also wrote several books, but is best known for his book, Profits From Successful Management, which was based on his business system. Mr. Purdy loved to ski, golf, hunt, and entertain friends in his home.
Condolences may be sent by going online to craigflaglerpalms.com and clicking on Online Obituaries.
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PLANET 2010/2011 LEADERSHIP CHAIRS PLANET leadership positions provide the opportunity for general membership to be involved in association and industry issues. The PLANET committee/subcommittee structure focuses on the areas of membership, government affairs, education, industry development, and safety and risk management, to name a few. PLANET’s four specialty groups (design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, landscape management, and lawn care) represent and serve constituents in their respective areas of expertise, ensuring that the needs of members are met.
PLANET leadership chairs for 2010/2011 include:
Design/Build/Installation Specialty Group
Barbara Stropko, New Desert Gallery, Inc., Tucson, AZ
Interior Plantscaping Specialty Group
Chris Raimondi, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Raimondi Horticultural Group, Inc., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Landscape Management Specialty Group
Bruce Allentuck, Allentuck Landscaping Co., Clarksburg, MD
Lawn Care Specialty Group
Tom Mauer, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Weed Man/Springfield (MA), Chicopee, MA
Peter Howe, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Engledow Group, Carmel, IN
Crystal Ball Subcommittee
Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, HighGrove Partners, LLC, Austell, GA
Executive Forum Subcommittee
Barbara Scheibe, Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, Waukesha, WI
Green Industry Conference Subcommittee
Phil Fogarty, Weed Man - Lake County, Cleveland, OH
Norman Goldenberg, Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician, TruGreen, Memphis, TN
Jennifer Lemcke, Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician, Weed Man USA/Turf Holdings, Inc., Oshawa, ON, Canada
Government Affairs Committee
Paul McDonough, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Kent, OH
Legislative Day on the Hill Subcommittee
John Buechner, Lawn Doctor, Inc., Holmdel, NJ
PLANET Political Action (PAC) Subcommittee
John Miller, Yellowstone Landscape Group, Inc, Plano, TX
Industry Recruitment Committee
Brett Lemcke, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, R.M. Landscape, Inc., Hilton, NY
Richard Ansley, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH
Student Career Days Subcommittee
Brett Lemcke, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, R.M. Landscape, Inc., Hilton, NY
Maurice Dowell, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Dowco Enterprises, Inc., Chesterfield, MD
Association Executives Subcommittee
Sharon McGuire, California Landscape Contractors Association, Sacramento, CA
Nanette Seven, Include Software Corp., Glen Burnie, MD
Public Relations Committee
Shayne Newman, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician, YardApes, Inc., New Milford, CT
Renewal & Remembrance Subcommittee
Walter Wray, CLT, Wray Brothers Landscapes, Bethesda, MD
Will Spiegelberg, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Spiegelberg Landscape Design, Inc., Chicago, IL
Safety and Risk Management Committee
Jeff Graham, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, LaPorte & Associates, Inc., Portland, OR
International Certification Council
Michael Becker, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Estate Gardeners, Inc., Elkhorn, NE
PLANET Academic Excellence Foundation (PLANET AEF)
David J. Frank, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc., Germantown, WI
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PLANET MEMBERS CAN ENJOY SAVINGS WITH A SHELL FLEET PLUS CARD Through PLANET’s affinity partnership with Shell, PLANET members can apply for the Shell Fleet Plus Card,* which offers savings and benefits usually reserved for Shell’s largest customers. And, if you apply by August 31, 2010, you can earn up to an additional $50 in rebates.
With the Shell Fleet Plus Card, PLANET members can generate easy-to-use management reports; track purchases by vehicle, driver, and department; and choose to apply purchase restrictions – fuel only; fuel and oil only; fuel, oil and maintenance. The Shell Fleet Plus Card is accepted at thousands of Shell locations nationwide and at participating Jiffy Lube locations. PLANET members can also take advantage of driver prompts that limit account access to authorized users, and manage and monitor their accounts online 24/7.
For more information about the Shell Fleet Plus Card, call Raed Salah at (972) 653-3127 or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Subject to credit approval. New accounts only. Rebate terms and conditions are subject to change.
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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PLANET PAC GOLF OUTING AT GIC It’s a well known fact that most business gets done on the golf course. So, here’s a great opportunity to enjoy a round of golf, talk a little business, and lend your financial support to the PLANET Political Action Committee (PAC) during the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The PLANET PAC will host its annual golf outing on October 27, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Club Course. Complimentary roundtrip transportation will be provided from the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
Register to play today. The total fee of $185 includes an $85 per person fee and a $100 PLANET Political Action Committee (PAC) donation. Player fees include green fees, cart, driving range, box lunch, and awards. (There are a limited number of rental clubs available for $15, and they should be reserved directly with the golf course by calling (812) 246-8880.)
The PLANET PAC is a powerful way for members to combine their political contributions so that they achieve a stronger voice on Capitol Hill. These contributions create access to and help for legislators who support green industry issues, and provide an outstanding opportunity to educate members of Congress and their staffs.
Find out more about the PLANET PAC on the PLANET LandcareNetwork.org Web site, by sending an e-mail to PLANET Director of Government Affairs Tom Delaney, or by calling (800) 395-2522.
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OPEI TURFMUTT COMING TO LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL DINNER In April 2010, OPEI rolled out it’s TurfMutt educational outreach program to 25,000 schools across the country to teach third through fifth grade students the science behind green spaces’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), release oxygen, cool the air, control dust, reduce erosion, and filter water.
As part of the expanded Renewal & Remembrance children’s program this year, OPEI’s TurfMutt is scheduled to attend the Legislative Day on the Hill reception/dinner at the Key Bridge Marriott hotel. Even TurfMutt knows it is important that legislators as well as children understand the importance of turf. OPEI will have a few minutes on the evening’s program to give the audience a better understanding about the program and let everyone meet TurfMutt.
Recently, the OPEI Education & Research Foundation TurfMutt elementary school curriculum program was nominated as a finalist in the distinguished Association of Educational Publishers awards in the K-5 Teaching Aide category. A joint project with Weekly Reader Custom Publishing, TurfMutt education curriculum materials have been distributed to approximately 27,000 schools nationwide. Visit TurfMutt at WeeklyReader.com/TurfMutt and TurfMutt.com.
Registration for Legislative Day on the Hill, scheduled to take place July 19–20, 2010, in Washington, D.C., is open, so please plan to attend.
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EARN CEUS AT LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL Landscape Industry Certified professionals have an opportunity to earn CEUs at the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Legislative Day on the Hill to be held in Washington, D.C., July 18–20, 2010. Up to 4.5 CEUs qualify toward PLANET recertification if attending the Communications Training Sessions on July 18 and the Legislative Briefings on July 19.
July 2, 2010, is the registration deadline for Legislative Day on the Hill and Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery, which provide PLANET members with the opportunity to discuss green industry issues with their members of Congress, as well as to help beautify some of the most cherished and hallowed grounds in the United States.
In order to participate in the Hill visits, members will need to have arranged and confirmed appointments with their members of Congress prior to arriving in Washington, D.C. It’s important to make follow-up calls to the legislator(s) to confirm appointments (or ask PLANET to make the follow-up call) and inform PLANET as appointments are confirmed.
Hotel reservations can be made by calling (703) 524-6400 on or before June 25, 2010, and asking for the PLANET rate ($129 per night plus tax for single/double occupancy) or by going online to marriott.com .
The Irrigation Association is partnering with PLANET to host this year’s events, whose Platinum Sponsors are Husqvarna Outdoor Products and Syngenta.
PLANET’s Landscape Industry Certified status is a broad and powerful distinction for individuals who have taken their experience, skills, and desire for excellence to the next level by studying, testing and becoming certified. They stay on top of their game by maintaining their certification every two years through recertification.
To find out about other PLANET and green industry events that qualify for Landscape Industry recertification, follow the recertification guidelines in the recertification center. For more information about Legislative Day on the Hill and Renewal & Remembrance, contact Betsy Demoret at (800) 395-2522 or visit the PLANET Web site, LandcareNetwork.org.
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LAWN CARE SUMMIT The National Pest Management Association and PLANET again join forces to provide lawn care professionals with both technical and management educational sessions at the Lawn Care Summit, a national forum on current trends and future developments in lawn care, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, December 1–3, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. To make your room reservations, call (800) 233-1234 and ask for the Lawn Care Summit rate: $119.00 single/double occupancy.
The programming, developed by leaders in the lawn care field, will feature respected experts from national firms sharing their thoughts on what the future holds, as well as seasoned veterans offering practical advice on how they are dealing with current issues in the field.
For more information about this event, call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.
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TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE COURSE UPDATED The University of Georgia recently reviewed and updated the contents of its Principles of Turfgrass Management Certificate Program, a distance-based, self-study certificate course. As part of the updates, a section of color plates that now includes images of weeds was added to the study material. The Principles of Turfgrass Management consists of 14 lessons, appropriate for all regions of the United States, and is divided into two sections, each with its own proctored exam. Candidates have 12 months to complete the course, and must pass both exams with a score of 70 percent or better. PLANET members receive a discount on program costs and can earn the Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager (formerly known as CTP) designation.
Amy Skelton, program director, explained that to keep up with the increasing production costs (program pricing has not changed since 2002), it is necessary at this time to increase the price of the program. “The new rates become effective July 1, 2010, so, if you have been considering enrolling in the course, now is a great time to sign up!” Save $50 if you register by June 30, 2010, at georgiacenter.uga.edu/is/turf.
Valid through June 30, 2010:
PLANET, GCSAA, and STMA Members ... $265/Nonmembers ... $325
2–7 candidates from the same organization ... $305
8 or more candidates from the same organization ... $290
Beginning July 1, 2010:
PLANET, GCSAA, and STMA Members ... $319/Nonmembers ... $379
2–7 candidates from the same organization ... $359
8 or more candidates from the same organization ... $339
Shipping and handling outside the United States ... add $50 per enrollment. Prices are subject to change.