2013 MWISA Chapter Annual Conference and Trade Show
The 2013 Midwestern Chapter – Annual Conference and Trade Show, held in St. Louis, Missouri, this past February, was a huge success thanks to the hard work and tireless commitment provided by a large number of our Chapter leaders and volunteers. Nearly 250 participants attended this year’s event and we were all treated to a number of excellent presentations as well as the opportunity to interact with nearly 30 exhibitors displaying a wide variety of arboriculture related goods and services.
The workload behind this major Chapter activity requires the dedicated effort of many, many volunteers from your organization. Please take the time to thank them if you get a chance over the upcoming months. Without their unswerving devotion to our event it is certain that our membership would not be able to enjoy the high quality conference that we have come to expect.
Jessica Kelling and Jackson Bird steadfastly staffed the on-site registration booth and tirelessly answered registration questions. Mike Sestric, Conference Local Arrangements Coordinator, managed, organized and coordinated all activities including the Chapter business meeting and evening social.
Chip Doolittle, Conference Exhibits Coordinator, recruited the exhibitors and supervised the exhibit hall while Skip Kincaid, Conference Presentations Coordinator, arranged for the outstanding array of speakers who both engaged and educated us.
Josh Behounek, TREE Fund Liaison set up the silent auction, solicited the auction items and administered all aspects of this fun activity while Chris Johnson, Certification Liaison, handled the conference CEUs as well as Certification testing. Maggie Jackson, our Awards Liaison, directed the Chapter Awards Ceremony honoring this year’s recipients.
Through it all, our stalwart President, Mike Sestric, chaired a multitude of meetings and negotiated myriad minor glitches while serving double duty in his two important posts. As he leaves office as Chapter President Mike is already looking forward to serving as Local Arrangements Coordinator for this summer’s Midwestern Chapter Tree Climbing Championships.
We cannot thank these enthusiastic volunteers enough!!
Upcoming 2014 MW ISA Conference and Trade Show
As announced during the Membership Business Meeting in St. Louis, our 2014 Conference and Trade Show will be held at The Grand River Center (www.grandrivercenter.com) and The Grand Harbor Resort (www.grandharborresort.com) located on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. Watch the Chapter Web site (www.mwisa.org) for developing information and please contact me if you would like to be involved in planning for this event.
Rick Tagtow Executive Director
2013 Midwestern Chapter Tree Climbing Championships
The 2013 Midwestern Chapter Tree Climbing Championships (MW-TCC) was held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Missouri Botanical Garden on June 8. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a fabulous facility and was a wonderful and accommodating host. Check out their Website (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/) to learn all about this beautiful arboretum.