SportsTurf

October 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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7 October 2017 // PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE www.spor tsturfonline.com President: Tim Van Loo, CSFM Immediate Past President: Jeff Salmond, CSFM President-Elect: Sarah Martin, CSFM Secretary/Treasurer: Jody Gill, CSFM Vice President Commercial: Doug Schattinger Professional Facilities: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM Academic: Beth Guertal, Ph.D. Higher Education: Nick McKenna, CSFM Parks & Recreation: Jimmy Simpson, CSFM Schools K-12: Sun Roesslein, CSFM Commercial: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE Elected at-Large: Matt Anderson, CSFM Appointed at-Large: Randy Price Stma Office 805 New Hampshire, Suite E Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone: 800-323-3875 Fax: 800-366-0391 Email: STMAinfo@STMA.org www.STMA.org STMA Editorial Committee Chairman: Mark Frever, CSFM Joe Churchill; John Clintsman; Jim Cornelius, CSFM; Jeremy Driscoll; Chrissy McLairn; Scott Stevens, CSFM; and Dr. Joey Young, Technical Editor Publisher's Notice: We Assume No Responsibility For The Validity Of Claims In Connection With Items Appearing In Sportsturf. Reader Service Numbers Are Given To Facilitate Further Inquiry. Mention Of A Commercial Product Does Not Imply Endorsement By Sportsturf Or EPG Media & Specialty Information, Or Preference Over Similar Products Not Mentioned. SportsTurf (ISSN 1061-687X) (USPS 000-292) (Reg. U.S. Pat. & T.M. Off.) is published monthly by EPG Media & Specialty Information at 75 Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY 12271. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. For subscription information and requests, call Subscription Services at (845) 856-2229. Subscription rates: 1 year, $40 US & Poss.; 2 years, $65 US & Poss.; 1 year, $65 Canada/ Foreign Surface, 1 year, $130 Airmail. All subscriptions are payable in advance in US funds. Send payments to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. Phone: (847) 763-9565. Fax: (847) 763-9569. Single copies or back issues, $8 each US/Canada; $12 Foreign. Periodicals postage paid at Port Jervis, NY and additional mailing offices. COPYRIGHT 2017, SportsTurf. Material may not be reproduced or photocopied in any form without the written permission of the publisher. Light in the darkness Tim Van LOO / CSFM / STMA President / vanlooti@iastate.edu / @cycloneturf OCTOBER — MY FAVORITE MONTH! College football, cool temperatures, and chasing whitetails in the woods with my bow are just a few reasons why October is my favorite month. It is also the fi nal stretch for our growing season in the north. This is a time to take an account of what worked, what did not, and how to improve for next year. When I think I have things fi gured out, something else always happens to remind me that I do not! I titled this message "Light in the darkness" because as I write our country is experiencing major natural disasters with hurricanes, fl oods, and fi res. I hate to see people when all hope is gone and when the "cards on the table" just do not seem to be a "winning hand." It is at these moments when something truly special happens. That one person fi nds a way to be the beacon of light for the others around them. That one person will do something small for another person, something that moves past indifference, politics, or race and fl ows into something so great. The smallest o f gestures seem bigger in the hard moments and can completely change the situation for people in need. I am in Iowa, in the busiest time of the year for my work. What can I possibly do to help someone in Houston, Florida, or Montana? I would love to be able to serve those in need in those places, but that is not what I am able to do in this moment. I can, however, be the light right where I am. I often refl ect on the impact I have on those around me. I can quickly see myself for the selfi sh person that I am; it is a hard truth of which I believe most of us are guilty. To be the "light in the darkness" takes complete unselfi shness, something that is impossible in this world. We all have tough times; we also all have people who affect us for the better in those tough times. Let us be a people who infl uence those around us, a people who put our own selfi shness aside to help those around us. We should be listeners, helping hands, or life rafts whenever the opportunities are in front of us. The STMA is a place that gives me great hope in our industry. It is an industry full of people willing to be selfl ess for the greater good for people around them. These many "everyday heroes" shy away from the bright lights and serve their families, community, and work places. I encourage each of you to be the "light in the darkness" for those around you. We do not have to be heroic to be a hero. We simply need to see the people around us and offer help when they need it. Enjoy the rest of your fall season and do not hesitate to contact STMA headquarters or me if there is anything you need. /ST/ WE SHOULD BE LISTENERS, HELPING HANDS, OR LIFE RAFTS WHENEVER THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE IN FRONT OF US. @cycloneturf

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