Working Groups, Committees & Advisory Groups

TPI & TLI Working Groups and Committees

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 groups 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. Please complete this volunteer form and return it to TPI Headquarters if you are interested in participating on a volunteer group; a brief description of each volunteer group is available below.

 

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.

TPI Representative: Sandy Reynolds, Meetings & Events Manager

 

Membership Working Group

Scope: The focus of this group is to develop 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.

TPI Representative: Anne Footle, Marketing & Membership Manager

 

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.

TPI Representative: Jim Novak, Public Relations Manager

 

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. 

TLI Representative: Geri Hannah, Accounting & Office Manager

 

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.

TLI Representative: Melanie Stanton, Executive Director

 

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.  

TLI Representative: Geri Hannah, Accounting & Office Manager

 

 

TPI ADVISORY GROUPS

Advisory Groups will remain a vital part of TPI’s organizational structure, with participating members of each group being selected by past service or specific Board appointments. Advisory Groups shall address specific issues directed to them by the Board of Trustees and/or the President. In addition, they can identify areas of concern and questions that require additional examination by other TPI groups.

Manufacurers' Advisory Council

 

Scope: The primary responsibility of this council shall be to identify and report on new developments within the industry, as originating with, or directed to the manufacturing segment and related to turfgrass sod operations and projection. 

TPI Representative: Sandy Reynolds, Meetings & Events Manager  

 

Nominating Committee

 

Scope:  The primary responsibility of this committee shall be to develop a qualified slate of candidates to serve on the TPI Board of Trustees, for consideration by the membership at the TPI annual business meeting. 

Chair: Robert Weerts, Blue Valley Sod, Inc. 

 

Past Presidents Council

 

Scope: The primary responsibility of this council shall be to review ongoing and contemplated programs offered by TPI and suggesting positive alternatives or improvements based on their experiences as past leaders of the organization.

Chair: Robert Weerts, Blue Valley Sod, Inc. 

 

Logistics Committee

 

Scope:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to develop and execute a cohesive plan for TPI's conference field day events.

Sandy Reynolds, Meeting & Events Manager
Mike Blair,
Green Velvet Sod Farms
Don Heslop,
Biograss Sod Farm
Past, Present & Future Host Farm Representatives