August 9, 2013
2013 MW-ISA Chapter-Tree Climbing Championship
(MW-TCC) wowed a large crowd again this year, this time in St. Louis at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Twenty nine competitors and an even greater number of judges and volunteers worked tirelessly under the leadership of MW-TCC Liaison J. David Mattox. The result was yet another outstanding competition.
Many volunteers worked nonstop for three days to successfully pull of this complex event and these folks deserve our heartfelt gratitude. It is difficult to describe the tremendous amount of hard work that is required for this key Chapter activity. Just as important, and often overlooked, are the long months of planning that lead up to the actual contest.
Three Chapter leaders labored many long hours to guarantee a successful event. J. David Mattox managed the entire competition from start to finish while Mike Sestric served as Local Arrangements Coordinator, providing the Garden as our venue. As Field Operations Coordinator, Tim Crews set up the entire site and supervised all climbing activities.
Thanks again to all of the spirited competitors, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic spectators who combined to give us such a great competition. The logistics associated with this complex activity are extensive and the Chapter is deeply indebted to you for investing so much time and effort year after year.
We have already begun planning for next year’s MW-TCC (which will once again be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden) so keep watching the Chapter Web site (mwisa.org) for details as they become available. See you all again next year!
2014 Midwestern Chapter Conference – Dubuque
Dubuque, Iowa, has been selected as the location for the 2014 Midwestern Chapter Annual Conference and Trade Show. The Grand River Center (grandrivercenter.com) and The Grand Harbor Resort (grandharborresort.com) located on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River will host our event which will be held on January 29 - 31, 2014. Watch the Chapter Web site (mwisa.org) for developing information and please contact me if you would like to be involved in planning for this event.