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STMA membership renewal and why it’s important

From STMA HQ:

The holidays are here—and so is the end of our membership year! Every year, STMA works hard to produce new educational materials, recognize certification and award recipients and push for the safety of all fields around the globe. 2018 has proven to advance the industry further into innovation, awareness and professionalism, and we are excited to celebrate these accomplishments at our 30th Annual STMA Conference and Exhibition in January. Our members are always up to date on what is happening within the association and the industry, and we do not want you to miss out on that in the upcoming year, so we urge all members to avoid interrupted membership by renewing before the December 31 year-end.

Your STMA membership is an investment for your future, that’s why we pride ourselves in providing a membership that connects you with a network of peers who are willing to share their best practices, provides opportunities for education to help you do your job better and quick access to information, and resources to help you save time. If you are considering joining STMA, the recognized leader in championing the sports turf industry and its professionals, we are sure to have a membership category for you. STMA has specific membership categories for every professional in the sports field management industry.

Benefits of membership

  • A monthly electronic newsletter that communicates association and industry information.
  • Access to the Member’s Only section of STMA.org, which has a real-time membership directory and hundreds of technical educational resources that are specific to sports field management.
  • Access to Michigan State’s Turfgrass Information File, the green industry’s greatest resource for up-to-date technical information, a $100 value.
  • Ability to enter your field in the nationally recognized Field of the Year Awards Program.
  • Opportunity to become a Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) to showcase your professionalism and to have your facility certified as Environmentally Responsible.
  • Significant savings on registration to STMA’s annual and regional conferences, and discounts to other organization’s education.
  • Opportunity to participate in volunteer leadership positions.
  • Opportunity to join one of STMA’s affiliated chapters for a strong local network. (Each chapter sets its own local dues.)
  • SportsTurf magazine each month, a $40 value.
  • The ability to apply for scholarships (students only).
  • Discount on advertising in SportsTurf magazine and discounted exhibitor booth at the annual Conference (commercial members only).

How to renew

Make sure to renew your membership before the December 31 year-end deadline to avoid missing out on these great benefits! Renew online by logging into your account and adding your membership to your cart through our Products page. Any questions about membership or how to renew can be directed toward STMA HQ at 800-323-3876 or stmainfo@stma.org.

Membership categories

Sports Turf Manager, if you are primarily responsible for managing or maintaining sports fields.

Sports Turf Manager 1st time new member, if you have never been a national member (since 2000), you are eligible to receive a free conference registration to be used within 3 years.

Sports Turf Manager Associate, if you are primarily responsible for managing or maintaining a sports field(s) AND your organization already has an STMA Sports Turf Manager member employed. This Associate has the same benefits and privileges as the Sports Turf Manager; dues are lower because of multiple members.

Sports Turf Manager Associate 1st time new member, if you have never been a national member (since 2000), you are eligible to receive a free conference registration to be used within 3 years.

Affiliate, if you are indirectly or on a part-time basis involved in the maintenance/management of sports fields (coaches, athletic directors, volunteers, etc.).

Academic, if you are in teaching, extension or research.

Student, if you are a full-time student.

Commercial, if you work for a company engaged in a commercial enterprise providing services and/or products to the sports turf profession (consultants, architects, designers, contractors, management companies, distributors and manufacturers, etc.).

Commercial 1st time new member, if you have never been a national member (since 2000), you are eligible to receive a free conference registration to be used within 3 years.

Commercial Associate, if you are the 2nd person (or more) from a Commercial company.

Retired, if you are retired and no longer seeking full-time employment within the scope of activities of any STMA membership category, and have been a member for a minimum of 5 years, you may become a non-voting member of STMA and are not eligible to hold elective office.