2020 was a year for adapting to change. In keeping with that theme, the New England Sports Turf Managers Association (NESTMA) held its Annual Meeting virtually on December 15. Members gathered via Zoom to catch up with each other and check in on future plans. Ian Lacy moderated the meeting and members heard from NESTMA leaders about how well the association fared in 2020.
Mary Owen was recognized for her countless contributions to the industry and wished all the best in her retirement. Vickie Wallace was thanked as she exits the board with the good news that she’ll stay involved as a NESTMA Trustee. Special thanks were given to Mike Buras who has served the trustees well for many years. Art Goodhind gave a Treasurer’s report and next year’s budget was approved. The election results were announced: Tom Barry was welcomed to the board as its newest member; Chris McGinty took the helm as incoming president; and outgoing president Ben Polimer received a gavel plaque in recognition of his service.
“As turfgrass managers, we are seen as frontline employees for town, colleges, municipalities and more,” said Polimer. “We are skilled professionals who help where we are needed. We easily adapt to new things and are able to help at a moment’s notice. Years ago, someone at STMA said to me, ‘as turfgrass managers, we make memories.’ This year, green spaces became havens during dark and lonely days. Many would like to forget 2020, but for some we were able to make their days a little brighter.”
Although the meeting was held virtually, everyone agreed it was wonderful to gather as a group.