News Notes Summer 2012

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FOUNDATIONReport Dear Friends, As we come away from a successful spring with a record-setting year for the Tee Times 4 Turf Online Auction and a very successful Golf Legislative Day at the Capitol, we are moving through summer and looking forward to many events and happenings with the Foundation. A very significant happening is taking place with the creation of the Turfgrass Molecular Physiologist position in the MSU Turfgrass Program. After the careful process of interviewing many qualified applicants, our selected candidate is Emily Merewitz from New Jersey. Her education and work history are extensive and we plan on her being a great asset to the team and look forward to reaping the rewards from her work product. Emily is a perfect example of why the MTF works so very hard to raise funding to support the experts and their turfgrass research. Please join us in welcoming Emily to her new position beginning August 16, 2012. The MTF is also hard at work putting together the upcoming LaFontaine Golf Outing, which is again being held at the Links of Novi Singh in Novi, MI, on August 1. Please join us for a day of golf and networking. Online registration is now open at michiganturfgrass. org or you can fill out the enclosed registration form and fax or send it to the MTF office. The MSU Turfgrass Field Day will be held August 14 & 15 at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center. The MTF and the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) have teamed up for this year's MSU Turfgrass Field Day. As an Allied Partner, one of the GAM's main goals is to expand its support of turfgrass research and we are more than happy to have them join us in our Foundation's mission and thank them for their continued efforts. As well, Dr. Kevin Frank has put together a beneficial program for this year and we are looking forward to seeing you. You can register online at or fill out the enclosed registration form and send or fax it to the MTF office. In closing, I cannot express enough thanks to our members and contributors of the Foundation. As the Board of Directors works for ways to maintain and increase funding, while at the same time backing and delivering valuable research information, it is very reassuring to know that the support we need is there through Industry Professionals such as yourself. The MTF Board of Directors is comprised of voluntary members, your peers, with a passion for the industry and an understanding of what it takes and what needs to be done to accomplish the goals that have been set

forth, not only in the short-term but also the long-term, to sustain a Foundation that has been working in a collaborative effort with the MSU Turf Program for 55 years to help employ, improve, and maybe some day perfect a science that brings so much joy and livelihood to so many. You, the members and/or contributors, are the core to this Foundation and without your support these tasks would be impossible. As we continue to strive to build our core, we will diligently work to assure information and answers are available to you. Thank you again. Wishing you a wonderful (and hopefully wetter) summer season,

Gordon LaFontaine MTF Executive Director


JUNE 2012


277 259 12 14 18 14


TOTAL 2011

315 319 9 12 17 19



The MTF membership year runs from October 1 thru September 30. These statistics were taken June 30, 2012.