Form a Chapter
If you are interested in exploring the possibilities of forming a local STMA Chapter, please be aware there are many resources available to you. We're sure you'll want to tap into these important resources to help you be successful in this exciting and worthwhile step.
If you think you are ready to begin forming an STMA Chapter, or if you would like to discuss the possibilities of doing so, please call Kim Heck, the Chapter contact at STMA Headquarters (800-323-3875) for the basic background information to start you in the right direction.
One of the key resources that will be supplied to you is the Chapter Compliance and Procedures Manual. The Chapter Relations committee developed it with input from many of the leaders of STMA's current affiliated Chapters. This manual will help guide you step by step through the process of starting and maintaining a local STMA Chapter.
Begin your process by calling your fellow Sports Turf Managers, those that share the same enthusiasm and who want to be involved in the foundation of a new STMA local Chapter. STMA Headquarters can provide you with a list of STMA members in your area to add to the list of your own networking contacts. Building a strong foundation of these enthusiastic, committed individuals will give you the nucleus to support a vibrant, active local STMA Chapter.
There are several other key individuals ready, willing and able to help you as you get started: the Chapter Relations Chairperson and Board Contact. Don't hesitate to contact them at any time with your questions or concerns. They'll share their expertise, giving you input on their successes and some of those "not so successful" steps they've made as well - all to help make your Chapter formation process easier.
Chapter Relations Committee Chair
Debbie Kneeshaw - Phone: 503-823-3130, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting a new chapter takes time. New chapters generally take between 6 months to one year to become affiliated. Be patient, be persistent and have fun! It will come together.