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Time to Retire


When my final contract expires on October 1, 2018, it will mark my ninth anniversary since I teamed up with the Midwestern Chapter as Executive Director and 34 years since I first joined the International Society of Arboriculture and Midwestern Chapter. I signed up in 1984, attended my first Midwestern Chapter and ISA Conferences in 1985 and accepted my first Chapter leadership role as editor of Shade Tree Leaves in 1986.


Lots has happened during those 34 years and as I look back I realize I have attended 32 out of last 33 Midwestern Chapter Annual Conference and Trade Shows. I kind of feel bad that I broke my streak and missed Topeka in 2007 but an ice storm precluded that one.


I count 12 MW-TCCs as well as 27 ISA Conferences attended during that span. I was also very fortunate to represent the Midwestern Chapter for 13 years as a member of the ISA Board of Directors, serve as Chapter President, Host the 2000 Annual Conference and Trade Show and chair a number of Chapter and ISA committees.


Recently, during a work session of the Board prior to the Midwestern Chapter Tree Climbing Championship, President Jim Bauer outlined the process for naming a successor to the position. It was agreed by the Board that the first step to be taken will be to solicit input, ideas and potential interest from the Chapter membership. Please contact Jim (jbauer@Itctransco.com) if you have interest in the position or any ideas on how to select a new Chapter Executive.


As always, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Board of Directors or the Executive Director with any concerns or comments you might have. We are always interested in your thoughts and eager to answer any questions.




Current Job Description

Leadership Flow Chart



Rick Tagtow
Executive Director
Midwestern Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture



Date:August 24, 2017 - August 26, 2017
Location:Leawood Community Center, Leawood, KS, UNITED STATES
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Date:September 21, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Location:Springfield Botanical Garden, Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES
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Arborjet’s 2017 “Taking Root” Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications 
Scholarships Will Help Promising High School Seniors Pursuing Careers in the Arboriculture Industry

Woburn, MA, May 4, 2017Arborjet, a leader in the care of America’s urban and natural forests, is seeking applicants for its 2017 “Taking Root” Scholarship Program. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program will award 10 graduating high school seniors each with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue full-time studies in Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or a related major at an accredited two-year or four-year college. Arborjet is committed to providing the next generation with the financial support needed to allow them to pursue bright careers in the arboriculture industry. To apply, please go to sms.scholarshipamerica.org/arborjet.

“We are thrilled to again be able to recognize students who are passionate about trees, plants, and our environment, who have demonstrated achievement in their communities and schools, and give them a head start on making an impact in this exciting industry,” said Russ Davis, President and COO of Arborjet. “We ask counselors, educators, parents and members of the tree and plant care health community to come together and encourage any promising high schools seniors you know to take advantage of Arborjet’s scholarship program.”

Applicants for Arborjet’s 2017 “Taking Root” Scholarship Program must be graduating U.S. high school seniors planning to major in a forestry course of study or related major for the entire 2017-18 academic year at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Interested students and educators can find out more about the scholarship by visiting Arborjet.com and applying directly atsms.scholarshipamerica.org/arborjet. The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

For more information, please visit www.arborjet.com.

About Arborjet

Founded in 1999, Arborjet’s mission is to provide the most effective and environmentally responsible formulations and equipment to promote overall plant health care and to preserve our natural and urban forests. The company is committed to researching and developing remedies for the world’s most invasive pest insects and diseases to support arborists and enable them to safely treat near waterways and highly populated areas. Arborjet’s products are for both residential and commercial application and are distributed throughout the United States. Arborjet is headquartered in Woburn, MA. To learn more about plant health products provided by Arborjet, visit www.arborjet.com.








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