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Island Lawn
03-02-2001, 09:27 AM
local professional associations that is!!!

Y'all that are members of these, does the association work in your area to promote professionalism in the field?

Does the ass work to educate the public about the differences between scrubs and pros

Does the ass work to educate its membership on how to be better LCO's?

What are the benefits of membership?

(State pro ass counts as local)

bob
03-02-2001, 09:32 AM
I think you found a loop hole, just to write the word ass. I declined membership in my local associations, because I couldn't justify spending $200 on a membership fee that won't necessarily bring me more business.

GroundKprs
03-02-2001, 09:58 AM
Membership in any trade associations, local, state, regional or national will not directly put dollars in your pocket. But these contacts will enhance members' knowledge of the trade. This can easily translate into more dollars in one's pocket by increasing sales, increasing efficiency, enhancing the appearance of your properties, and hundreds of other points.

While a forum like this is a good place for some idea exchange, you will never get the turfgrass specialist who consults for $400/hr to waste his time here, but you can hear his input at association events. Learning just a few things from these guys can relly help your business.

For those who have pesticide licensing, assn. events usually provide some of the required continuing education credits needed to maintain licensing. These events are a good place for unlicensed people to start on their quest for the license. I have picked up state CCH's at national events 1000 miles away. I assume most would agree that the pest license makes them money, but continuing credits are necessary to maintain it.

How many times have we seen here that someone asks about trade magazines? We were aware of all trade magazines in the field before the web existed - and introduction to them occurred at assn meetings and events. Assns distribute member lists to manufacturers and area distributers so members are the first to know about new products and procedures. While the www might seem to enhance this process, right now regional assns are the best source of information most relevant to your locale.

eggy
03-02-2001, 10:03 AM
OHHH...this isnt about those people on the corner,.....hahaa eggy

Twotoros
03-02-2001, 01:24 PM
I tried here and no one would bite. Seems they like to plug along in their own little lowball worlds. I think it is a great idea and any area that can get one going should. I don't think the dues would have to be real high. But that depends on the cost of where you would hold meetings . Make up some flyers and pass them out to services you see in the field this year. Look for at least one other person to help and maybe try to launch it in the off season.

awm
03-02-2001, 08:18 PM
I thought you wus jumping on me bout sompin.

tpirobert
03-03-2001, 11:05 AM
I think this has been covered before, BUT Ray Kirby I know belongs to a local chapter of a national orginization and may have some input(Kirbylawn). I am 2 hour drive from Ray and hope to get to one of their meetings to check out. MAYBE, can start something in my area. BTW I belong to PLCAA....not sure of direct benifit there.