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Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association

Sports Turf Association in Illinois Promotes Your Success

Meeting on a Baseball Field to inspect the grassExchange ideas and solve practical problems concerning sports turf and grounds management when you join the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association. Our organization is composed of like-minded individuals from all segments of the sports turf industry, including but not limited to schools, parks, youth leagues, professional teams, and vendors. If you work with or are involved in maintaining athletic fields, then you might be interested in joining our sports turf association in Illinois.

When you join our organization, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with sports professionals and other people employed in the same industry as you. You’ll get to learn from the best of the best when it comes to maintaining turf or general grounds keeping. This results in well-groomed athletic fields that are exactly what’s needed to put those big games on sound footing. Safety, performance, and beauty are essential components of sports turf management.

We are here to support you. Let us help you advance in your career and better manage your sports field, as well as recognize your work. Our organization joins you with those who share common goals and concerns and provides you with resources to excel.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Claudia at illinoisstma@gmail.com

Field of the Year 2019

Are you thinking about applying for the ILSTMA Field of the Year Award?  Now is the time to start getting your paperwork and pictures together, so that you will be ready to apply for the award later in the year.  You may click on the Award page to read about the award or click here to see the application, eligibility and requirements.  Final deadline for applications to be received is December 31, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact the ILSTMA using the contact us tab above, and a member of our FOY committee will respond back to you.  

Nominations now being accepted for 2020-2022 ILSTMA Director’s position

There are 4 ILSTMA Board of Director positions open for a two-year term beginning March 2020 through February 2022.   If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Claudia at illinoisstma@gmail.com with the name of the person you wish to nominate, along with how that person can contribute to the ILSTMA Board.  Click here for Director qualifications. Once nominees confirm their acceptance, they will be asked to complete a questionnaire and return it to the Past President.  A slate of candidates will be completed for the election to be held in December.  Nominations and acceptance by candidates must be completed by November 30, 2019.   Click here for the nomination and election timeline.

2020 By-Law Change

The ILSTMA Board of Directors has proposed a change of the By-Laws for 2020 and are asking the members to read and be prepared to vote on the change in December.  All members in good standing may click here and sign in to the resource page to read the proposed change.  Electronic voting on the By-Law change will be on the Board of Directors ballet via survey monkey in December.

Employment Opportunities

Do you have a job opening you would like to post on our website?   If so, contact us at illinoisstma@gmail.com with the job position, job description, and required candidate qualifications (in pdf format), as well as a link to apply.

Sympathies to Kenny Mrock and his family

With great sadness, The ILSTMA was notified that Kenny Mrock, Head Groundskeeper for the Chicago Bears, suffered a personal loss with the death of his beloved son, Tim Mrock, on October 10, 2019.  He will be missed by Kenny & his wife Carol, two sisters, 3 nieces and more extended family members.  Memorial Visitation and Mass of Catholic Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, 5352 W, Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL  60639.  Visitation will be from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, with Mass of Catholic Burial immediately following.  Private Interment will be at Ascension Cemetery.  For funeral information, please contact Casey Laskowski Funeral Home at 773-777-63000 or www.caseylaskowskifh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations to www. salvationarmy.org in Tim’s name are appreciated.

2020 ILSTMA Memberships (new or renewals) will be available later this month.

The ILSTMA board has decided that the membership categories and pricing for 2020 will remain the same as in 2019.  All new memberships or renewals will be completed via our website and open later in November.  Please watch for a notice when the 2020 memberships are available.

The STMA 2020 Conference and Exhibition will be in West Palm Beach, Florida January 13-16, 2020.

You may want to consider attending the conference to learn about varied topics from great speakers and see the latest  products at the vendor exhibition.  The STMA accommodations link for 2 hotels near the exhibition hall and the registration link are now open.  More information is available on the stma.org website.  Contact the STMA if you have any questions.