SportsTurf

August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor tsturfonline.com 45 August 2017 // STMA IN ACTION T he STMA Nominating Committee has opened its Call for Board Candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors election. To submit your interest, go to STMA.org, click on the "About STMA" Tab for the 2018 election information. Eligibility To be eligible for election you must be a current, voting member of STMA. There are four director positions up for election, as noted below. Those interested in running for the Board must be employed by an organization that is classifi ed in that category, except for the At-Large Director. That position may have candidates from any voting category. Director Academic Director Parks & Rec Director Higher Education Director At-Large Process The Nominating Committee will be vetting candidates to place on the ballot during September. Some criteria used to evaluate candi- dates include a member's involvement in the STMA, and leadership in a local chapter and/or their community. The Committee also considers geographical location, a mix of those from large and small employers, certifi cations achieved, and strengths that the candidate can bring to the board to achieve the strategic plan. Per the STMA Bylaws, this Committee is always chaired by the Immediate Past President. The Nominating Committee completes its work of developing a slate of candidates to present to the mem- bership without any involvement of the Board. This prevents the potential for cronyism. Time commitment & responsibilities The Board of Directors has three basic roles: setting organizational direction, ensuring the necessary resources to accomplish its goals, and providing oversight. Each board member also has three legal duties: duty of obedience (be faithful to the association's mission); duty of loyalty (acts in the best, overall interest of the association); and duty of care (demonstrates due diligence in decision-making). Board members are asked to attend and actively participate in four board meetings per year. These typically fall in January, March, June and October. Expenses to attend these board meetings are cov- ered by STMA; however, no compensation is provided to board members for their time and talents. Chairing one or more commit- tees and attending the National Conference are also required of each board member. The Call for Board Candidates closes September 1. CONSIDER BOARD SERVICE Orioles' McFadyen stars in documentary EDITOR'S NOTE: The STMA financially supported the production of this educational video. I love stories about people who challenge expectations and break barriers. One such inspiring story is that of Nicole Sherry McFadyen, one of only two women in history to be named Head Groundskeeper of a Major League Base- ball team. Beginning with her fi rst internship, the fi lm shows how McFadyen rose through the ranks to become a leading innovator in the fi eld, ultimately taking the prestigious head job at storied Camden Yards in Baltimore. Film- maker Sarah Knight tells McFadyen's story in this well-crafted documentary that not only grants insight into a woman earning a top position in the fi eld of turf management, but also provides detailed information about the work MLB groundskeepers do on a daily basis. To learn more about why she made the fi lm and what it offers for turf management professionals and educators, I sat down with fi lmmaker Sarah Knight. This is the transcript of that interview. -Kendra Hodgson, Director of Marketing & Distribution, Media Education Foundation

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