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NC/SC STMA Joint Chapter Event
4/19/2017

Please join NC Sports Turf Managers Association and SC Sports Turf Managers Association for a field day at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday, April 19th. This is a unique opportunity for sports turf managers to come learn about sports field management at a venue that we have yet to visit. We will have morning educational sessions, that will be followed by lunch. CEU PESTICIDE CREDITS will be available for attendees. Lunch is FREE to both NCSTMA and SCSTMA members and cost to join is $30 for non-members. Visit http://www.ncsportsturf.org/ or http://www.scstma.org/ for more information.

Schedule 8:30 am Registration

9:00 Safe and Effective Spray Solutions for Sport Turf Managers Bo Barefoot, Precision Laboratories LLC

10:00 The Economics of Mower Selection Charles Granger, Horry Georgetown Tech

11:00 Pest Management for Sports Fields Ryan Adams, Vandemark Farms

12:00 pm Lunch

Please RSVP to robbie.miller@ncsportsturf.org



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Smith Turf & Irrigation Event
3/30/2017

Please join us in supporting our Partnership Program Presenting Sponsor Smith Turf & Irrigation at their March 30 event at CPCC.

You're Invited!

Experience why the Toro Workman GTX is Simply Superior at our Superior Drive Tour Event! We will have multiple configurations available to test drive, and experts on hand to answer questions. Plus, enjoy lunch on us!

Charlotte Event Location:

Central Piedmont Community College

8120 Grier Road

Charlotte, NC 28215

Date: March 30, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Partnership Program News
12/8/2016

NC STMA Members,

We are proud to announce the NC/SC Partnership Program has been launched via Eventbrite. The link is https://carolinasstma-partners.eventbrite.com .

We want to ensure that you are getting the best value for your dollar. The Partnership Program is set up for a one-time payment for the entire 2017 year. By signing up for Presenting, Presidential, and Platinum Levels your company will get exposure at 10 or more NC/SC events throughout the year. Also you will get exclusive benefits that the regular chapter sponsors do not get.

For those companies that want to remain a sponsor of either the NC or the SC Chapter we are offering GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE levels as previous years.

Please sign up through the Eventbrite website. This will help us in accounting for sponsorships. We prefer payment in the form of a check, but will also take credit cards. Please make checks out to SC STMA and mail to:

NC/SC STMA Partners Program

PO Box 161023

Boiling Springs, SC 29316

***Note on the check which sponsorship level that you are signing up for. This will help us match it with the Eventbrite website.***

Being that this Partnership Program is a new program this year, we are trying to eliminate as much of the problems/issues as we can during this transition. Thank you for your support over the past years and as we work through this program into the future. Our members recognize the important role that vendors have in our Chapters. Without your support we would not be able to put on meaningful events for our members. We are in this together and we value your sponsorship!

If you have questions please contact Sean Veilleux, Justin Raney, Robbie Miller, or Scott Stevens.

Thank you for joining us for the 2017 year!

Sean Veilleux sean.veilleux@spartanburgparks.org

Justin Raney Justin.raney@spartanburgparks.org

Robbie Miller robbie.miller@providenceday.org

Scott Stevens sstevens@elon.edu






February 2016 Update
3/8/2016
Hello NC-STMA Members,

I hope everyone was able to relax over this past winter and is ready for an exciting year. Spring sports practices are underway, with many facilities already hosting games. Recently, your Board of Directors met at our annual planning meeting at Lake Wheeler Turf Lab on the campus of NC State University. We reviewed the 2015 year, resolved website issues, planned four events for the upcoming year, and agreed to sponsor the end of year conference at Myrtle Beach.

In review of the 2015 year, the board has agreed to implement several committees. The new committees are as follows: Financial, Website, and Marketing. As our organization grows, committees will help develop consistency in these important areas. These committees will also help to ensure that the NC STMA is up to date, and help us better serve you in the future.

The Financial Committee will be chaired by Jimmy Simpson. Along with Jimmy, Karl Lewis of Revel Tractor and Derek Walsh of the Town of Garner will make up the committee. This committee will monitor all of our financials, while also making recommendations to the board on how to distribute funds in the best interests of our members.

The Website Committee will be chaired by Robbie Miller. Assisting Robbie with web content, Chris Toppings from ECU will also be involved. The website is now back up and running, so check it out to see the latest changes and to stay current with chapter happenings. Did you know that NC STMA has both a Twitter account and a Facebook page? Be sure to sign up and become a follower of both NC STMA social media platforms, plus post pictures of your facility. Both sites can be directly accessed from the www.ncsportsturf.org webpage. We are looking to add a couple of members to this committee to help with website development as well as our social media accounts. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call Chair Robbie Miller (robbie.miller@providenceday.org 704-589-1816).

The Marketing Committee will be chaired by Stephen Watson. The primary responsibility of this committee is to help advertise the NC STMA. Stephen is currently exploring a couple of options on how to best market the NC STMA, and again, we are looking for several members who may have interest in assisting Stephen. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call Chair Stephen Watson (shwatsonturfpro@gmail.com 252-939-3353).

The four events that we will be hosting for this year are:


March 29 Pineville
April 26 NC State University
May 25 Greensboro Grasshoppers
Sept 20 Duke Univers

These events will be followed by the NC/SC Conference in Myrtle Beach on November 14th-16th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend these events. Be on the lookout for the registration and more info on the first event in Pineville.

From your elected board members there were lots of good ideas that will help keep our NC chapter going strong into the future. Our chapter is in its 8th year of existence, and our goal as a non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the safety and quality of North Carolina Athletic Fields. Get involved! This is your organization and we need your support going into the future. Help NC STMA grow by volunteering for a committee and attending the above events!

On behalf of the Board of Directors we look forward to seeing you at the events we have planned for 2015. If you have any questions or concerns about the NC STMA please contact one of your board members. Again, thank you all for your continual support of the NC-STMA because without our members, vendors, volunteers, and board none of this would be possible.


See you at a future event,
Scott Stevens
President, North Carolina STMA





CDC Health Advisory- Potential Exposure to Lead in Artificial Turf: Public Health Issues, Actions, and Recommendations
6/18/2008
As determined by NJDHSS, limited sampling of additional athletic fields in New Jersey and commercial products indicates that artificial turf made of nylon or nylon/polyethylene blend fibers contains levels of lead that pose a potential public health concern. Tests of artificial turf fields made with only polyethylene fibers showed that these fields contained very low levels of lead.

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