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M E M B E R & I N D U S T R Y MAA Members in the News MAA members are the gold standard of the tree care industry. A significant number of members are Massachusetts Certified Arborists (MCAs), and all demonstrate their commitment to the profession by continually furthering their industry knowledge by attending MAA events, New England GROWS and other conferences. It’s no wonder that many media outlets seek out MAA members as trusted sources for industry-related news stories. Whether it relates to a safety issue, or is pest, weather, or even foliage-related... television, radio, and newspaper media are turning to MAA members for information. Have you been a source in a news story lately? Please keep your association updated so that we can share your news coverage with others. Please notify the MAA office by email (info@MassArbor.org) and be sure to include a link to the story. Keep up the great work! Grant Applications The Department of Industrial Accident’s Office of Safety has released the FY18 Workplace Safety Training & Education Grant Program Applications. Applications are currently being accepted. Visit: ➜ mass.gov/dia/safety This Safety Grant is designed to fund programs that reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers and promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace through training, education and other preventative programs. Complete instructions are detailed in the application. If you have questions or need assistance with grant application, please contact Deven Awalt 617-727-4900 ext. 7404 or Maria Pesantes at 617-727-4900 ext. 7376. You may also refer all questions to safety@dia.state.ma.us N E W S VISTA Nominations Accepted Through October 20th Each spring, the MAA awards it’s highest honor, the VISTA award, to one of its members. The VISTA award was created to recognize truly outstanding tree care professionals whose acts and deeds serve as a guide and challenge for all members of the industry. The award’s title is an acronym for Vision, Integrity, Service, Talent, and Action – the leadership qualities inherent in all award recipients. MAA members are encouraged to nominate colleagues for VISTA award consideration. Please write a letter to the MAA board of directors with the name of your nominee and include the rea- sons why you believe he/she should receive the VISTA award. Take the award’s purpose and title into consideration when craft- ing your nomination letter. Be specific, cite examples, include details and, if possible, ask for letters of support for your nomi- nee from other members. Nomination letters may be sent via regular mail or e-mail to: VISTA Award / MAA Board of Directors 8-D Pleasant Street South • Natick, MA 01760 Or: info@massarbor.org (“VISTA Award” in Subject Line please) VISTA Award Timeline • October 20 Deadline for submission of VISTA nominees and letters of support • Late October Board members review nominations and deliberate • Early November Final decision is made regarding VISTA recipient • Nov/Dec VISTA recipient is notified/presenter selected • February VISTA recipient announced at annual meeting • March Announcement made via meeting notice/speech written • April VISTA Award presented at membership meeting Are you up to date? Is your member profile current on the MAA website directory? Add services provided, service areas – even your photo and bio – so that consumers can find YOU! ➨ Go to MEMBERS and follow the link for UPDATE YOUR PROFILE. 2018 Dues Renewal is now open at MassArbor.org! Be green and renew online. w Invoices will be mailed in early December. MAA NEWS / Fa ll 13