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The Value of Volunteering

Posted by: turfadmin
5/23/2014

The Value of Volunteering - TPI Working Groups & Committee Meetings

The working groups and committees of Turfgrass Producers International and The Lawn Institute provide all members with an opportunity to play an active role in helping to shape the future of your association and support your foundation. Why not volunteer and get involved? It’s a great way to network with your peers, get broader insight into how your association functions, and your contribution can make a beneficial difference.

Working group and committee volunteers are among the strongest assets we have as an association. The contribution, insight and efforts of members who volunteer their time to become actively involved help to enhance our programs, define our strategic plans, influence the direction of our association and serve as a voice for our membership so we can communicate clearly and effectively with TPI’s Board of Trustees. 

Serving on a TPI working group or one of TLI’s committees is one of the best ways to become actively involved. We invite all members to volunteer their time, become engaged, network with fellow members and provide your knowledge and experience to help your association grow.  

All TPI members are eligible to sit on working groups and committees.  A brief description of each volunteer group is available below. 

To volunteer, download and complete the form by June 30, 2014 and return it to TPI offices at (fax) +847-649-5678 or email the information, with “Volunteer” in the subject line to: info@TurfGrassSod.org.  

Conference & Education Working Group
Scope:
The primary responsibility of this committee is the development and coordination of educational programs for TPI events including pre-conference seminars, panel/board discussions, general education and breakout sessions, tours, etc. along with the identification and recruitment of speakers.
Estimated Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to participate in at least one in-person meeting every year (to be held at the TPI conference and/or convention) and conference calls as needed (quarterly or more often). Volunteers may also be called upon to contact prospective meeting speakers. Estimate: 5-12 hours/annually. 
Join this Working Group Meeting in Philadelphia to learn more: Monday, July 28 at 4:00 - 5:30 pm

The Lawn Institute Fundraising Committee
Scope: 
The Fundraising Committee is responsible for developing fundraising activities for the foundation and for helping to secure donations. 
Estimated Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to participate in at least one in-person meeting every year (to be held at the TPI conference and/or convention) and conference calls as needed (quarterly or more often). Volunteers may also be called upon to solicit donations at the meeting(s). Estimate: 5-12 hours/annually. 
Join this Committee Meeting in Philadelphia to learn more: Monday, July 28 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm

The Lawn Institute Research Committee
Scope:
The Research Committee focuses on reviewing research proposals and making funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The Research Committee is also in charge with tracking the research being done in the turfgrass field and reporting on that research to the board. 
Estimated Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to participate in at least one in-person meeting every year (to be held at the TPI conference and/or convention) and conference calls as needed (quarterly or more often). Estimate: 5-12 hours/annually. 
Join this Committee Meeting in Philadelphia to learn more: Tuesday, July 29 at 8:00 - 9:00 pm

The Lawn Institute Scholarship Committee
Scope:
The Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship was established to honor a founding father of Turfgrass Producers International while demonstrating TPI's commitment to education and offering a valuable member benefit. The Scholarship Committee solicits, collects and reviews annual Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship applications. The committee members use objective criteria to select scholarship winners.
Estimated Time Commitment: Volunteers receive the scholarship applications via email in February and must review each application and score it using the form provided by TLI. In late March or early April, the committee meets via conference call to discuss the applications, determine a winner (or winners) and discuss other committee business. Additional conference calls or meetings will be called as needed. Estimate: 8-12 hours annually, heaviest in the late-winter or early-spring. 
This Committee will not be meeting in Philadelphia. To learn more, please contact the TPI Office at 847-649-5555 or info@TurfGrassSod.org

Membership Working Group
Scope:
The focus of this group is to develop new programs and strategies that expand TPI’s exposure and membership participation worldwide.
Estimated Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to participate in at least one in-person meeting every year (to be held at the TPI conference and/or convention) and conference calls as needed. Volunteers may also be called upon to review new members applications. Estimate: 4-8 hours/annually.
Join this Working Group Meeting in Philadelphia to learn more: Wednesday, July 30 at 7:45 - 8:45 am 

Public Relations Working Group
Scope:
The primary goal of this group is to maximize TPI’s effectiveness in developing marketing strategies that serve to educate the general public, convey beneficial information to producers, suppliers and end-users, address specific environmental advantages and/or concerns, enhance and expand TPI's relationships with turfgrass extension specialists, researchers and educators, and develop, review and revise various support materials specifically designed to achieve the intended objectives. 
Estimated Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to participate in at least one in-person meeting every year (to be held at the TPI conference and/or convention) and conference calls as needed (quarterly or more often). Estimate: 4-8 hours/annually.
Join this Working Group Meeting in Philadelphia to learn more: Wednesday, July 30 at 7:45 - 8:45 am