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American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators

Protecting Human Health and the Environment through Education
  • Friday, March 11, 2016 8:33 AM | Michael Weaver (Administrator)

    Spring 2016

    As we approach the half way mark of 2016 there are some upcoming events to look forward to.

    National AAPSE Workshop

    The AAPSE National Workshop will be held September 7-9, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Registration details and agenda will be posted on-AAPSE website and list serve mid-June.

    By-law Changes

    The By-law Committee has finalized the incorporation of the membership changes. The updated By-laws have been posted on the website.

    Update on Committee Chair Status

    Betsy Buffington, Iowa State University Extension Program Specialist, agreed to chair the Committee on Committees to ensure that AAPSE business runs without pause.

    Carol Black, Washington State Extension Specialist, and Sherman Takatori, Idaho State Department of Agriculture Program Manager, have agreed to co-chair the AAPSE Awards Committee and are busy preparing to solicit nominations for award recipients at the upcoming AAPSE National Workshop. 

    Rebecca Maguire, Washington State Extension Coordinator, has agreed to chair the Professional Development Committee (PD) to and help with the planning of the upcoming workshop.

    Appreciation

    Many thanks to Mike Helms, New York Extension Support Specialist and Fred Whitford, Purdue Pesticide Programs Director, for their many years of outstanding service as chair and members of the PD Committee.

    Respectfully, Don L. Renchie, Ph.D. AAPSE President

  • Monday, January 11, 2016 7:36 AM | Michael Weaver (Administrator)

    Winter 2016

    I am honored and excited to be your 2015-2017 AAPSE President. As a 5th generation rancher in the state of Texas, with more than 39 years of pesticide regulatory and education training experience, I feel confident that I can help make the APPSE organization more relevant and stronger for membership nationwide. I look forward to working alongside each of you through open communication to ensure the success of our organization.

    As the year comes to an end I wanted to provide an update of current activities and upcoming events we have planned.

    Certification and Training Proposal Comments

    Kerry Richards, AAPSE President elect is working on AAPSE’s comment to the proposed C&T regulations. The final comments will be shared via the AAPSE listserv.

    Membership Referendum

    As you know, voting for the membership referendum was held September 25th through October 9th and was successfully passed with 91% of those who voted supporting the referendum. AAPSE committees are hard at work updating and changing our membership bylaws to reflect the change.

    2016 AAPSE National Workshop

    Our 2016 National Workshop will be held in Roanoke, Virginia September 6 -8, 2016. We are hosting a 2- ½ day conference that will include tours and professional development activities for new and experienced personnel engaged in pesticide safety education programming. We appreciate your participation and attendance at the conference.

    The planning has begun and discussion topics are sure to include new WPS regulations and facilitatingapplicator compliance and proposed Certification and Training (C&T) regulation changes. We have AAPSE business too. We will also be discussing implementation of the new membership policies. 

    Respectfully, Don L. Renchie, Ph.D. AAPSE President

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:37 AM | Michael Weaver (Administrator)

    Spring 2015

    A great deal has happened since my last blog article to the membership. Our spring board of directors meeting took place several weeks ago. What was reported there and the direction we have taken since show great promise. Some of the issues members have shared with me over the past few years are being addressed. As your president, it has taken over a year for me to get some of these items addressed properly. No president of this organization can take credit for all the accomplishments and failures of the organization during his or her tenure. It is a learning and humbling experience to say the least. Some do it better than others, but we all make mistakes and have our triumphs. The take-home lesson is that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. New blood coming into the organization or newly elected leadership will do so in their own right.

    An area that I promised myself that I would address when I started as president was an overhaul of the committee system. Much to my disappointment that task was delayed by other priorities (national workshop, membership status, and other issues). We are now tackling the committees. Here are the activities of several in preparation for our next annual meeting in August.

    Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws Committee

    One of the important items voted on at the national workshop last September in Harrisburg, was to move ahead with a revision of the bylaws to accommodate changes in the membership status policy. The committee consists of members that represent the issue at hand - both on a regional and affiliation basis. This includes full and associate members.

    The membership structure is a topic that has been discussed among the AAPSE board and the overall membership for quite some time. The timeline is as follows:

    • Aug 2011 - Discussions began at NC regional workshop in East Lansing, Michigan.
    • Aug 2013 - Andrew Thostenson, AAPSE president, at the St. Paul PACT meeting charged the membership committee, co-chaired by Dean Herzfeld and Drew Martin, to assess the membership issue and come up with information to guide a discussion on the topic for the AAPSE Board of Directors. The charge was to complete this task by the end of the year.
    • Jan 2014 - Mike Weaver, AAPSE president, invited Dean and Drew to present their report to the EC and BOD meetings to help the leadership address the outcome of the assessment.
    • Mar 2014 - Regional representatives were asked to poll their members in a series of phone calls and meetings and report back with feedback by June.
    • Jul 2014 - Mike Weaver called for a formal survey of the membership to gauge their interest in supporting changes to the membership policy.
    • Aug 2014 - Survey results indicated that 77% of voting members (representing 85% of AAPSE) supported moving ahead with an all-inclusive change in the membership structure.
    • Sept 2014 - AAPSE BOD (at the AAPSE national workshop in Harrisburg) voted to support the findings of the survey and move ahead with asking the by-laws committee to take on the task of changing the by-laws to alter the structure.
    • Nov 2014 - AAPSE Executive Council met to approve an expansion of the by-laws committee and strategize how the process would work.
    • Nov 2014 - Mike Weaver organized an expanded by-laws committee with Clyde Ogg as chair.  Weaver also organized a secured website for the committee to use to manage the process.

    Committee members:

    • Clyde Ogg - University of Nebraska PSEP - Chair
    • Kaci Buhl - Oregon State University PSEP
    • Jennifer Weber - Arizona Dept. of Agriculture
    • Faye Golden - Cook's Pest Control, Decatur, AL
    • Ed Crow - Penn State University PSEP
    • Phil Nixon - University of Illinois PSEP
    • Tana Brown-Haugen - University of Minnesota PSEP
    • Leo Reed - Office of the Indiana State Chemist
    • Robert Wolf, Wolf Consulting
    • Rebecca Maguire, Washington State University PSEP
    • Roger Flashinski, University of Wisconsin

    Meeting: April 3 - The committee met to organize priorities and direction. It was their consensus that bylaws would be drafted (for a vote by the organization) to alter the current membership policy. The categories might remain the same. But instead of new members joining and being segregated to either full or associate membership status, they would be given a choice. The outcome would be full membership for everyone - with full privileges. If members chose instead to pay lower dues and seek associate membership status they would be members with limited privileges as their choice, not policy. The other discussion item was altering the association dues to correspond to these categories. This could include a dues increase. AAPSE has limited funds to support members who volunteer to serve in leadership roles. A bump in dues would enable us to support liaison and board member travel on AAPSE's behalf where necessary.  More to come...

    Nominations and Elections Committee

    The N&E committee has started the electoral process in time for the PACT 2015 meeting in Philadelphia. Two offices are up for election. These are president-Elect and secretary.

    Members of this committee include:

    • Thia Walker - Colorado State University PSEP - Co-Chair
    • Andrew Thostenson - North Dakota State University PSEP; AAPSE IPP - Co-Chair*
    • Sharon Gripp - Penn State University PSEP 
    • Doug Jones - EPA Region 7
    • Randy Rivera - Texas Dept. of Agriculture
    • John Stone - Michigan State University PSEP

    *The IPP (immediate past-president) is assigned as co-chair of this committee for two years).

    Awards, Fellows, and Honorary Membership Committee

    The awards committee is soliciting nominations for awards to be presented at our August national meeting in Philadelphia. They are seeking nominations for the Distinguished Achievement Award in CertificationDistinguished Achievement Award in Pesticide Safety Education, and AAPSE Fellow. Details can be found on the awards page on this website.

    Members of the committee include:

    • Carol Black, Washington State University PSEP - Co-Chair
    • Dean Herzfeld, University of Minnesota PSEP - Co-Chair
    • Kim Pope, Louisiana State University PSEP
    • Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticides Control
    • Fred Fishel, University of Florida PSEP

    At the recent board meeting, I asked the board to approve the policy that a standing co-chair be appointed to the committee to maintain institutional memory of the awards process. That co-chair would automatically be the immediate past (past) president of the association to serve for a two-year term. The reason for this request is that the awards committee is one committee that should have turnover. Turnover is necessary to avoid bias from one year to the next in the awards selection process. Not that bias has occurred, but several policies have been established to maintain the integrity of the awards process. Among these is the policy that no member of the executive council (officers) can be nominated, nominate someone else, or write a recommendation letter for a nominee involved in the awards process. With this new policy approved, although the AAPSE president is free to appoint anyone he or she wants to a committee, next year Dean Herzfeld would remain on the committee (as co-chair) along with a new co-chair, Andrew Thostenson. I had earlier appointed Dean as co-chair to accompany Carol Black from the previous year's committee. The AAPSE president or the committee co-chairs at that point would be free to appoint the rest of the committee.

    Issues and Evaluations Committee

    The I&E committee, under the leadership of the president-elect, Don Renchie, has been very busy. I should say Dr. Renchie has been busy, because the committee is pretty much a majority of one and an all-consuming task. At our last board meeting I suggested that we populate the committee with additional members knowledgeable and interested in the various issues that drive our discipline. Not that Don hasn't been doing well with the task, but it is too much to ask of one person to take on all the issues we see pending. Dr. Renchie is in the process of doing this. If you are interested in serving, please let him know. As part of the committee tasks, the president-elect serves on SFIREG (which meets in Arlington, Virginia twice a year), represents AAPSE at the spring AAPCO meeting, and communicates with different groups on laws, regulations, and other policy issues that affect pesticide safety education. Some of the highlights of Don's activities include the pending C&T regulation changes, WPS changes, SLA and EPA policy issues, 25b, and AAPSE liaison to AAPCO.

    I met with AAPCO President Chuck Moses recently to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two organizations. We came away with an agreement to appoint a single liaison between the two organizations rather than each organization appoint its own liaison. This saves resources and reduces confusion over who is the liaison between the two groups. Chuck agreed to bring the name of one of our members to the AAPCO board to serve in this capacity. We recently appointed Ryan Williams, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, as our liaison. Ryan's name is now in front of the AAPCO board for consideration as its liaison to AAPSE.

    I also discussed AAPSE's pending request to AAPCO regarding our desire to gain an endorsement of a letter requesting that EPA rescind the 25b regulation. The letter was to be delivered to the EPA administrator several years ago and got hung up in process within AAPCO. AAPCO officially responded to our request recently. They indicated that the AAPCO board could not endorse the letter in its current form. Their concern centered around the tone of the letter and its potential to generate resistance within EPA in bringing the 25b issue to the table for discussion. Last year Tim Drake, immediate past president of AAPCO, and I, discussed the possibility of opening up a dialogue with EPA administrators to alter the 25b regulations. At the time I agreed that we would not interfere with AAPCO in doing so. My hope then and now is that AAPSE would be involved in meetings with EPA. I stated to Tim that we wanted to support AAPCO and meet with them and EPA in these discussions so we could state our concerns directly to the administrators. In my recent discussion with Chuck, he agreed to once again seek this opportunity. He has agreed to request that the 25b issue be added to the June SFIREG agenda and that a meeting be organized with EPA after the SFIREG meeting between AAPCO, AAPSE, and EPA to discuss 25b.

    This is exactly where we want to position ourselves with this situation. The letter in itself might have accomplished this or it might have complicated this opportunity. But as it is now, our discussions and patience have produced an opportunity to affect change. Dr. Renchie and I are moving ahead to work with SFIREG, AAPCO, and EPA to reach this desired outcome. The letter will be sent in a toned-down manner to document our interest in working with the groups to change the rule. The primary issue that will be brought to the table on behalf of AAPSE is our concern over misleading labeling on 25b products that threaten human health and safety with applicators and the environment. I do believe that concern is also a priority of our AAPCO colleagues.

    Strategic Planning (Ad-Hoc) Committee (Working Group)

    This ad-hoc committee has been charged by the leadership to revise the AAPSE strategic plan. Formed in December 2014, the group will revise the existing plan (2002) and bring it to a form compatible with present-day AAPSE. The timeline for this effort is to have a completed plan to present to the membership at the AAPSE national meeting (at PACT) in Philadelphia in August 2015.

    • Linda Johns - Program Manager, Montana Dept. of Agriculture - Co-Chair
    • Kim Pope - PSEP Coordinator, Louisiana State University - Co-Chair
    • Damisi Bailey - Graduate Student, Virginia Tech Entomology
    • Richard Beard - PSEP Coordinator, Utah State University
    • Carol Black - PSEP Coordinator, Washington State University
    • Tom Delaney - Director, Govt. Affairs, Professional Landcare Network, Inc.
    • Gary Fish - C&T Specialist, Maine Board of Pesticides Control
    • George Hamilton - PSEP Coordinator, Rutgers University
    • Kerry Richards - PSEP Coordinator, Penn State University
    • Ples Spradley- PSEP Coordinator, University of Arkansas

    The makeup of this committee came from volunteers who voiced an interest in serving after I solicited names at the 2014 AAPSE national workshop in September and later via the AAPSE listserv.

    The group has met, and they are moving ahead with revision. In addition, Candace Bartholomew (CT) and Rachel Marcini (NH) asked me if they could conduct a member survey to gauge (customer) satisfaction. I agreed and the board approved this approach. I asked them to work with both the strategic planning group and the bylaws committee to avoid duplication of effort and to seek input into those activities. Candace and Rachel agreed, and they are now working with the committees to coordinate their efforts.

    Professional Development Committee

    The AAPSE Professional Development Committee is designed to provide AAPSE members with useful tools and resources to enhance their professional careers. The committee works closely with the board of directors to identify needs and focus resources to serve AAPSE members.

    One project that continues after being introduced several years ago is a mini-grant program for members who offer their creativity and services to develop pesticide safety education professional development opportunities for members. The latest is the upcoming National Manual Development Workshop being held on May 12-14 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Erin Bauer (NE) helped develop this workshop with funds from the AAPSE Professional Development fund and PSEP-IMI. This is another example of how AAPSE is making an effort to provide members benefits for their annual investment in our organization.

     Committee members include:

    • Michael Helms, Cornell University PSEP - Chair
    • Andrew Thostenson, North Dakota State University PSEP
    • Rebecca Maquire, Washington State University PSEP
    • Ples Spradley, University of Arkansas PSEP
    • Fred Whitford, Purdue University PSEP
    • Bob Wolf, Wolf Consulting

    Committee on Committees

    The main role of this committee is to serve as a liaison between the president and the chairs of all AAPSE committees, both standing and ad hoc, regarding routine business. This communication may be to relay requests for (and reminders regarding) reports, with schedules and deadlines. Contact may also be needed to request other information. For example, each committee is asked to produce (and maintain) a "job description" -- a short summary describing its mission and functions. A clear description of the committee roles and responsibilities will serve to remind existing chairs and members of their duties. It will also provide guidance for future committee chairs and members. Coordination and communication should help to ensure that plans are carried out and deadlines are met.

    Betsy Buffington has volunteered to reenergize this committee. The committee is key to energizing all the AAPSE committees.

    AAPSE at PACT 2015

    AAPSE will host an exhibitor booth at PACT 2015 in Philadelphia. We need volunteers to man the booth during breaks and during the Tuesday night reception. If you can help, please contact Betsy Buffington. AAPSE will also hold its board meeting on Sunday, August 2 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The AAPSE general business meeting will be held after the BOD meeting from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Both meetings will be held in the Aria Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City.

    Leadership Changes

    As a result of regional elections and appointments our governance leadership is as follows:

    Position on the Board Name
    President (through 2015) Michael J. Weaver
    President-Elect (through 2015) Don Renchie
    Immediate Past President (through 2015) Andrew Thostenson
    Treasurer (through 2017) Andrew Martin
    Secretary (through 2015) Betsy Buffington
    Director, North Central Region (through 2016) John Stone
    Director, North Central Region (through 2015) Mark H. Shour
    Director, Northeast Region (through 2016) Rachel Maccini
    Director, Northeast Region (through 2015) Candace L. Bartholomew
    Director, Southern Region (through 2016) Vickie B. Rengers
    Director, Southern Region (through 2015) Patricia A. Hipkins
    Director, Western Region (through 2016) Linda Johns
    Director, Western Region (through 2015) Wendy Sue Wheeler
    AAPCO Liaison (Ex Officio) Ryan Williams
    EPA Representative (Ex Officio) Kevin Keaney

    USDA Representative (Ex Officio)

    Thank you for listening. Please feel free to contact me, other officers, your regional representatives, and committee chairs/liaisons with any suggestions or concerns as we move forward.

    With kindest regards,

    Mike Weaver, AAPSE President

  • Monday, November 17, 2014 7:47 PM | Michael Weaver (Administrator)

    Autumn 2014

    Since our last blog article much has changed within AAPSE. Ours is an organization in transition. A majority has voted to seek a change in our membership policy. We held our first national workshop (exclusively as an organization and not in conjunction with another agency or organizational event). We are in the process of updating our strategic plan. Many of the activities I have cited have fostered an environment of engagement and networking not seen in this organization for many years. Here are some of the latest developments.

    Respectfully,

    M. J. Weaver, AAPSE President

    AAPSE National Workshop a Success!

    Nearly 60 members met in Harrisburg last month to hold our first dedicated national workshop. High-quality speakers provided valuable and enlightening information. Those who came a few days early were able to attend a very well-organized and-presented Northeast PSEP regional workshop.

    Thank you so much to Penn State University - Kerry Richards and her PSEP group  - for a perfect week! I attended Tuesday to give a brief AAPSE update. The next day I made the regional tour. The tour started at the home and business of a (very) distant cousin, Mr. Dwayne Weaver. The photo below portrays little family resemblance between us. But it made for some fun anyway. Dwayne and his family (Melvin R. Weaver & Sons, LLC) run a very well-managed spraying service and supply business in Lancaster.

    dwayne & mike  

    We then went on to Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Experiment Station in Landisville. The highlight (at least for me) of that visit was the pollinator gardens. Penn State has established a series of pollinator gardens across the commonwealth to encourage the public to enhance pollinator health. With their lead in pollinator research and outreach, this is only natural. What a wonderful project! I brought home a number of great photos and ideas from this visit.

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    On Thursday morning, we kicked off the AAPSE workshop. Our keynote speaker was Mr. Dave Scott,Director of the Office of the Indiana State Chemist (Purdue University, West Lafayette). Dave was a perfect choice for our first keynote speaker. He delivered a valuable and enlightening message regarding our certification and training history and future programming. Dave's perspective of AAPSE provided some valuable insight into where we have come and where we should go as we move forward.

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    Then another Purdue guy, Dr. Fred Whitford (PSEP Coordinator, Purdue Pesticide Programs), hosted and presented a fantastic miniworkshop with his colleagues, Bob Wolf (AAPSE Fellow and owner of Wolf Consulting) and Norm Wagoner (Agrilead). The team presented an informative session on "Making Pesticides Work Better: Water Quality Issues, Adjuvant Use, and Deposition Aids." The session was followed by a tour of Bob's traveling sprayer technology education road show. Bob demonstrated his ingenious collection of unique teaching tools.

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    After lunch, Julia Storm (North Carolina State University) presented a seminar on "The Agricultural Health Study: Findings Relevant to Applicators." This ongoing study has provided some critical information about how pesticides impact the heatlh of pesticide applicators and their families in agriculture. This proved to be a valuable update.

    We next entered into a session to evaluate and seek input into updating our ancient strategic plan. The plan was last visited in 2002 and, as you can imagine, it created an interesting discussion. After much back and forth the group concluded that we would be better served by putting the plan into the hands of an ad hoc committee to revise. The draft (new) plan will likely be put out for comment, and then revised and approved by the leadership. Considering the array of opinions expressed at the session, this may take awhile. The notes taken there should be of great help to the committee as they move forward.

    WANTED - Members to serve on a committee to revise the AAPSE Strategic Plan. The committee will be under the direction of the AAPSE leadership. If you have an interest in serving on this committee, please contact me. This will involve a great deal of work. But the outcome is so important to the organization. Selections will be based on balancing representation throughout the membership and the regions.

    Discussions continued the next morning with an open Board of Directors meeting. Opinions flew around the room creating a highly charged networking environment that we haven't seen since our inception. It was a healthy discussion. Some folks got a little testy, but overall it was good for the organization.

    The lively networking sessions in Harrisburg proved that AAPSE is strong and people care about one another and the organization. The feedback I got after the meeting has proven this. I have heard the comment that we tend to band together in clicks. I don't think that is anything more than friends gathering with one another. No one can be forced to socialize in any different fashion than this. What I saw in Harrisburg was an effort by friends seeking old friends. I also saw old friends making an effort to meet new members and new members reciprocating. I was quite encouraged by the number of new members who attended and quite excited to meet them. New members who have joined just this year are listed below.

    With possible changes forthcoming to our organization's by-laws regarding our membership structure, we can conclude that the majority of our organization feel that no one individual or group of members is more important than any another. We are one organization regardless of membership status.

     Gary Fish - THANK YOU!

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    Many of us have had the privilege to be friends with Gary Fish(Maine Department of Agriculture) for some time now. It's always amazing when you learn something new about a good friend. In this case, I was quite pleased to discover that Gary and I share the love of photography. Gary is an accomplished photographer and at the NE-PSEP workshop he offered many of his photographs for sale. At the end of the NE workshop, Gary announced that he was going to put his photographs up for silent auction through the AAPSE workshop, offering to donate the proceeds to the AAPSE treasury. As a result, Gary gave $210 to AAPSE. Truly a very generous act! I am asking that the organization join me in thanking Gary for his kind and thoughtful donation!

     

      

    New AAPSE Fellows - Joanne Kick-Raack and Fred Whitford

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    At the national workshop, two members were awarded the status of AAPSE Fellow based on their many contributions to pesticide safety education. The fellow award is the highest honor that AAPSE can bestow on a member.

    In 2013, the governor and First Lady of Ohio presented Joanne Kick-Raack an Ohio Agriculture Women of the Year Award. This highlights a career that is filled with similar accolades. It is only fitting that AAPSE choose Joanne as a fellow. She has served at the national and state level in Cooperative Extension, including serving as the Ohio State University PSEP coordinator. One of AAPSE's first woman presidents, Joanne led the organization during a time of funding turmoil and EPA reassessment of Cooperative Extension's role as the lead agency in training pesticide applicators. Joanne brought a great deal of respect for and recognition of the role of her colleagues on this subject. She worked in Washington as the interim national program leader in pesticide safety education. She has also worked in private industry and the public arena. Joanne retired from Ohio State University in 2010 but has kept active. We were so happy that she was able to make the trip to Harrisburg to receive the award.

    Fred Whitford has produced some classic works in pesticide safety education during his 23-year tenure as PSEP coordinator at Purdue University. Fred directs Purdue Pesticide Programs. He is a prolific writer, talented presenter, innovator, AAPSE member, and leader in his field. Fred is an outstanding person, admired by his colleagues.

    Dr. Whitford has written or coauthored more than 200 Extension and regulatory publications and research papers on a range of topics, including transporting agricultural products, petroleum and chemical storage tanks, flood planning and mitigation, and farm retail customer service. He also has penned two volumes on the history of Purdue agriculture and Extension. His books and colorful pesticide safety bulletin series are unique and epic in nature. Fred has collaborated on publications with government and law enforcement agencies, pesticide manufacturers, agribusiness leaders, law firms, and fellow university specialists.

    In addition to his writings, Fred is a sought-after speaker. He has addressed more than 4,000 audiences at agricultural conferences, workshops, field days, and other events. His talks often are punctuated with humor and visual aids.

    Fred serves on the boards of the National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School and the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. Most recently, he was appointed associate editor of the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education.

    Among his many awards, Whitford has been named the Mid-America CropLife Association Educator of the Year and received the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation Award of Achievement and Indiana Arborist Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2012, Fred received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana. That award was presented by the Indiana Farm Bureau.

    As with Joanne, it was an easy choice to add Fred to the unique fraternity of AAPSE fellows. These individuals are role models for pesticide safety educators everywhere.

    Special Recognition Awards - Barry Brennan & Andrew Thostenson

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    As AAPSE president, one of the truly enjoyable tasks is to have the privilege to seek our individuals to give special recognition outside of the formal awards process. Every few years our presidents have made these awards to special indiviudals for their unique accomplishments and support of AAPSE.  This year I awarded special recognition to two incredible colleagues and friends.

    Barry Brennan is one of those people who has served AAPSE in practically every way possible. One of AAPSE's founders, early presidents, fellow, and leader of practically every aspect of the organization, Barry retired in 2009. At least we think he did. At the time, we were able to convince him to serve as associate editor of the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education. Barry has contributed to JPSE as an author, reviewer, editor, and founder. His other career involved his service as PSEP coordinator, and later, an Extension administrator at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. After years of distinguished service, Barry has passed the baton as associate editor to Fred Whitford. The role of associate editor is the most demanding job associated with JPSE. This editor must clock in all of the submissions; work with the authors, reviewers, and other editors; read each manuscript; and provide feedback at every stop in the review and editorial process. It is a very consuming job. Barry did it well and yet took a great deal of flak from authors and reviewers in trying to do his job. Being the patient and congenial person that he is, the process worked very well. The number of articles submitted to the journal during his tenure has risen significantly, in no small part because Barry has promoted the journal and made the editorial process flow. With Barry's retirement from the journal board, Fred is going to have to fill some mighty big shoes. It was actually Barry who convinced Fred to replace him. In doing so, Barry put JPSE in very good hands. With this recognition, AAPSE thanks Barry for his dedication to and hard work for the organization through his most recent support of JPSE, the AAPSE anniversary in 2011, and working with the AAPSE Board to organize this year's national workshop.

    Andrew Thostenson is a remarkable person! Serving as AAPSE's immediate past president, Andrew is a wise and talented leader who has served the organization extremely well. During his tenure as AAPSE president, Andrew initiated the organization of a national stakeholders team to support PSEP funding. The success of that incredible group of people can't be attributed to the work of only one person. But if there were a person who brought this concept to a reality and help guide it to its current state, it was Andrew. The group has made great gains since its inception, all to the benefit of us all. It is with great pleasure that we recognize Andrew Thostenson for his contributions to the national stakeholder team, contributing to solutions to the funding crisis in PSEP, and leading AAPSE so capabably during his tenure as president, and currently as immediate past president. The AAPSE leadership continues to depend on Andrew as a mentor, a trusted friend, and advisor with our decisions.

    Thank you Andrew, and thank you Barry for all that you have done for us!!!

    Change Coming to the Membership Policy

    Over the past several years our organization has discussed changing the membership categories and privileges in order to bring more equality among AAPSE members. During the 2012 North Central PSEP workshop a discussion ensued to look into this issue. At the 2013 AAPSE meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the AAPSE Board, with Andrew Thostenson at the helm, charged the membership committee of Dean Herzfeld and Drew Martin to investigate the membership issues and to report back to the board with their findings by early 2014. They came up with several areas in which change could be made and detailed the potential impact of such changes. They also gauged the feelings of the members they interviewed to develop their report.

    The word from this committee was to proceed with caution as changes could forever alter the organization. During the time leading up to the national workshop in September, the AAPSE Board met and decided to poll the organization through a series of conference calls and meetings. The information that was reported back to the board was mixed in opinion. The western region seemed to fully support change; other regions had mixed feelings. Soon after this process began a group of members signed a petition to change the membership policy. Although this group did not represent the entire organization, the information was enlightening.

    During a meeting of the board in July, we decided to formally survey the membership, giving each member a vote to either move forward with membership change or not. The survey had one question - "Are you in favor of opening up the opportunity for full membership in AAPSE to a broader range of people who provide pesticide safety education?" The outcome of that survey (a referendum of sorts) was released before the national workshop. The majority of AAPSE (full) members voted (over 85%) and of those who voted, over 77% voted in favor of change. During the national workshop the board met again. The meeting was open to the members present and the ensuing discussion involved much back and forth about membership changes. It was a healthy discussion, and much was said on both sides of the issue. Several members representing the three groups that make up AAPSE (Extension, regulatory, and industry) explained how they felt they fit within the organization. It turned out to be very enlightening to all. Some expressed disappointment, others not. The opinions were not entirely polarized between one groups. But once the discussion was done, the board voted to support the findings of the survey by moving ahead with membership policy restructuring. The board approved that the AAPSE officers (EC) appoint a committee of voting members to open up the by-laws and review the status and requirements for membership.

    Once that is done, we will be required by the charter to formally (2/3 in favor) vote for any changes and alter our organization's membership structure accordingly. We are all hoping that once this is said and done, all members will consider their history with this organization and avoid jumping to conclusions as to how this outcome might affect them personally. I think if we examine the reality of what we are intending to do, we will conclude that very little will change to harm our organization. We will all still be here after the change, and what we do and how we do it will not change. We will be a new organization. But not so new that we won't recognize ourselves. We all have something in common, regardless of where we find our income - being advocates for pesticide safety education. Those of us who have been doing this for awhile need to set an example for our younger colleagues to work together for a healthy and active AAPSE.

    I think if we had it to do over again, we might have considered that our organization is made up of two groups. One is the not-for-profit/government group and the other is the for-profit/industry group. That is really the only difference among us. It is basically the .org/.edu/.gov group and the .com group. So that is what we have to work with. We all joined because we have a passion for pesticide safety education. Nothing more divides us. So let's support one another to protect the public and the environment as we always have done.

    Call for Member Involvement in Committees

    AAPSE has a number of committees. We also have a number of members seeking to get involved. Our committees include the following:

    If you would like to serve on one of these committees and get involved in governance, this is your opportunity. Please check these out and contact the chairs to ask if you can serve or help in any way. As another reminder, please see my note, under the annual meeting description above, regarding a need for members to serve on an ad hoc committee to revise the AAPSE strategic plan.

    Committee chairs, please look at your committee's description listed on the website. If your committee is lacking this information, please look at the example set by the other committees. This will help your committee draft a description and goals. Once these are revised or established, please contact the chair of the committee on committees. Share your changes, and that person will then make sure the changes are reviewed and incorporated into the AAPSE website.

    Finally, we needs liaisons, or representatives, to the following:

    • AAPCO
    • ASPCRO
    • SFIREG-Pesticide Operations Management committee
    • SFIREG-Water Quality committee

    If you would like to serve in one of these roles, please contact me.

    New AAPSE Members for 2014 -- We now have a total of 184 active members!

    It was refreshing to meet several new members who attended the AAPSE National Workshop. The workshop was open to any active member and all members were encouraged to attend. We had 58 attendees. Several of whom were new. We know this because we asked those in attendance to introduce themselves. As a result, I know that several of us made an effort to meet these new members during our time in Harrisburg. But we could have overlooked someone in this hectic environment.

    There has been much discussion about formally mentoring new members. A few members have taken the leadership to task about this subject. There are only a few people leading the organization. The true strength of this organization is in its members - all 184 of YOU. That number, by the way, is an increase over the 175 members we had on the books earlier this year. If you really feel strongly about AAPSE mentoring, please ask yourself, "what have I done to contribute to this need?" "What have I done to provide service to AAPSE?" Do you know all the new members in your region? Have you made an effort to introduce yourself or ask a new member what you can do to help them acclimate to their new job or membership in the organization? I know during my 35-year career as a PSEP coordinator, I have made an effort to mentor new people. Many are my close friends as a result. Mentoring starts with each AAPSE member doing their part to meet and socialize with one another. YOU are AAPSE - we need your assistance on behalf of all. Rather than pass this need to someone else by protesting, make an effort to serve your organization by helping out.

    Based on current membership roles, here are individuals who have joined AAPSE for the first time in 2014. Please make an effort to welcome them. If you don't know these individuals, especially if they are in your region, please make an effort to contact them. Welcome - new members - to our organization!

    Steve Alm
    Professor
    University of Rhode Island
    9 E. Alumni Ave.
    212 Woodward Hall
    Kingston, Rhode Island 02881-0816

    Amanda Bachmann
    Pesticide Education & Urban Entomology Field Specialist
    South Dakota State University
    412 W. Missouri Ave.
    Pierre,South Dakota 57501

    Damisi M. Bailey
    Graduate Student
    Virginia Tech
    216A Price Hall MC (0319)
    Blacksburg,Virginia 24061

    Gerald Blase
    President
    National Railroad Contractors Association
    708 Blair Mill Rd.
    Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090

    Michelle Frank
    Pesticide and Invasive Plant Coordinator
    USDA Forest Service-Southern Region
    1720 Peachtree Rd.
    NW Rm 816 N
    Atlanta, Georgia 30309

    Jan Hygnstrom
    Extension Project Manager
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    377 PLSH UNL
    Lincoln, NE 68583-0971

    Susan Kelner
    Program Coordinator
    University of Guelph<
    120 Main St. East
    Ridgetown,Ontario N0P 2C0
    Canada

    Gwendolyn Lohbrunner
    IPM License Officer
    BC Ministry of Environment
    PO Box 9341
    Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria,British Columbia V8W 9M1 Canada

    Dana McGinty
    Assistant Director- Pesticides, Certification and Training
    Arkansas State Plant Board
    PO Box 1069
    Little Rock,AR 72203

    John Nabors
    Green Industry Training Coordinator
    Alabama Cooperative Extension Service
    PO Box 383031
    Birmingham,AL 35238-3031

    Hector Nunez-Contreras
    Extension Program Associate
    Penn State University
    0114 Buckhout Laboratory
    University Park, PA 16802

    Lynn Van Maanen
    Project Coordinator
    University of Guelph
    120 Main St. East
    Ridgetown, Ontario N0P 2C0<
    Canada

    Robin Tutor-Marcom
    Director, NC Agromedicine Institute
    East Carolina University
    1157 VOA Site C Rd.
    Greenville, North Carolina 27834

    Michelle Starke
    Weed Management Stewardship Lead
    Monsanto
    53 Pensacola Ct.
    O'Fallon, Missouri 63368

    Brian Verehougstraete
    Pesticide Registration Specialist
    Michigan Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development
    PO Box 30017
    East Lansing,MI 48909

    Whitney Weaver
    Media Specialist & Youth Outreach Coordinator
    Virginia Tech
    302 Agnew Hall
    Blacksburg,VA 24061

    Michael Wierda
    Assistant in Extension
    University of Arizona<
    37860 West Smith-Enke
    Maricopa, AZ 85238

    Ryan Williams
    Pesticide Programs Administrator
    Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
    2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105


  • Monday, March 17, 2014 7:49 PM | Michael Weaver (Administrator)

    Mississippi River - Saint Paul MN

    NPACT - Saint Paul, Minnesota - August 5, 2013

    Dear AAPSE colleagues:

    One goal I set as AAPSE president was to enhance communication within the organization. In looking back, my last report to the entire membership was on August 8, my first day as your president. So this is long overdue.

    Some great things have been happening with AAPSE that I want to share with you.

    AAPSE Internet Services

    We have been changing the AAPSE website (AAPSE.ORG) in an effort to improve your access to information. This blog is another tool that should improve this access. 

    Last year we moved the website to a content management system (CMS). The CMS allows us to assign certain parts of the site to different user roles, such as the treasurer, secretary, and president. We will be adding more features later. Please use the site and let us know if we can improve its function.

    Changes in the main menu highlight this blog. You will also find a place for timely announcements, awards categories and history, links to our directory and those of other organizations, governance, history of the organization, external links, marketing tools, meetings, membership information, and publications (including a link to the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education). Some of these changes are referenced below.

    In addition, we added direct access to the listserv archives on the main menu.

    The AAPSE Listserv is public information and has a published set of archives that you can use to look at past communications. The listserv subscription is a privilege of membership, but others can see your communications. A decision was made years ago to avoid closing off this service. Doing so would have made this tool far less useful. Just remember, anything you share with this or any other listserv isn't confidential - it is shared with 170 people. If you seek privacy, you should send those communications separately (off-list). The AAPSE listserv is designed to allow members to communicate with each other on issues and PSEP business of common interest.

    AAPSE Awards

    We honored a number of our own in August, although many less than we could have had we had more nominations. So when we open up award nominations again this year, we will be pushing for a wider response from the membership.(nag)

    With Andrew Thostenson's help, I had the honor of writing to the institutions and agency heads of these individuals to share this good news. The feedback was all positive and highly complimentary of our organization. These awards are not only good for our members but also beneficial to AAPSE's image as an organization. So we will go all out again this year to honor our members. That is something, like our organization meetings, that we did every two years in the past.

    Life Memberships

    The following were awarded Life Membership status:

    • Jim Criswell
    • Roger Flashinski
    • Win Hock
    • Joanne Kick‐Raack
    • Bob Wolf

    AAPSE Special Recognition Awards

    Dean Herzfeld (PSEP Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul) receives special recognition for his exemplary leadership as an AAPSE officer, including as its immediate past president.

    Liza Fleeson (Program Manager, Office of Pesticide Services, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Richmond) is presented an AAPSE special recognition award for her leadership with the national PSEP stakeholder team.

    Earlier a special resolution was read and a plaque was awarded to Carol Somody (Stewartship Coordinator, Syngenta Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC) recognizing the importance and contributions of the team and thanking Carol for her leadership. The plaque was sent to Carol since she could not attend the meeting.

    Wanda Michalowicz (former Manager, Pesticides Section - Standards Development Branch, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a longtime associate and friend of many of our members. Wanda retired before last year's meeting and was unable to attend. We will miss her. AAPSE recognized her for her years of service and her assistance in collaborating with her employer, the government of Ontario, Canada.

    AAPSE Distinguished Achievement in the Certification and Licensing Program Award

      

    Sherman Takatori (Program Manager, Idaho Department of Agriculture, Boise - left) and Leo Reed(Manager, Certification & Licensing, Office of Indiana State Chemist, West Lafayette) are presented awards for their distinguished achievements in certification and licensing programs.

    AAPSE Fellow

     

    Dan Wixted (Extension Support Specialist, PSE Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) is presented the prestigious AAPSE Fellow Award.

    Each of these individuals deserves the gratitude of the membership for his or her contributions to AAPSE and to pesticide safety education. Andrew and I certainly enjoyed presenting the awards last year. Thank you so much to those members who nominated these deserving people.

    AAPSE Annual Workshop

    AAPSE completed its 11th biennial (if I am counting correctly) meeting last August in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At the workshop we set a goal to move to an annual meeting format. As a result, we will be hosting our first annual membership workshop on September 18-19, 2014, following the Northeast Region’s Certification and Training Meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The program will mix professional development with membership priorities in pesticide safety education.

    I have appointed four leadership committees to move this process ahead as quickly as possible. By April 1, we should have an agenda to share with the membership. We are also looking at cost and whether we can support speakers and even some members who seek to attend the workshop. As you can see, there are a number of issues on the table. The committees are as follows:

    1) Agenda organizing committee
    Co-chairs: Barry Brennan and Drew Martin
    Organize an agenda, including key speakers/topics/themes of interest to members.

    2) Local arrangements and program organizing committee
    Co-chairs: Sharon Gripp and Andrew Thostenson
    Coordinate program with NE planning committee and organize a viable layout compatible with the main AAPSE agenda.

    3) AAPSE social and awards dinner organizing committee
    Co-chairs: Dean Herzfeld and Betsy Buffington
    Focus on meeting social and dinner agenda. Coordinate with AAPSE awards, fellows, and recognition committee.

    4) AAPSE business meeting and overall meeting promotion committee
    Co-chairs: Mike Weaver and Don Renchie
    Work with AAPSE officers and directors to set business agenda and promote workshop to the organization and stakeholders.

    Each committee will work with appropriate standing committees and the general membership to move this effort forward. Closely linked to this activity is the work of the Awards and Recognitions Committee and the Professional Development Committee. Those committees are working to coordinate the awards nominations and selections for this year (Carol Ramsay and Sandra McDonald, co-chairs) and to offer travel support stipends to a limited number of members from each region who might otherwise be unable to attend the meeting (Michael Helms, chair). Details will be announced as these committees complete their work.

    Membership Policy Discussion

    We left Saint Paul last August tasked with looking at the membership guidelines and policies of the organization. As such, Andrew directed an ad hoc committee (Dean Herzfeld and Drew Martin) to assess the issues of membership status, policy, fees, and privileges as they pertain to AAPSE. Dean and Drew have reported back to the AAPSE leadership with their initial findings and suggestions for change. The outcome of any change in membership policy alters the AAPSE charter and has the potential to become a volatile issue. The discussion in Saint Paul made that clear. Because a wrong outcome could devastate our organization, there will be no rush to conclusion. Over the next few months, the AAPSE leadership will be looking at options regarding changes in membership policy. We will make no change without direct input from every member of this organization. This will likely involve a vote later this year. What comes out of this vote could likely divide us. So my advice to the membership is to be patient. I will make sure you are apprised of any news as we move forward.

    Journal of Pesticide Safety Education (JPSE)

    JPSE had another banner year in 2013. We published 69 pages of manuscripts (a new high). Some submissions, however, continue to come in with errors. This mostly results from authors not following the guidelines. We are also rejecting some articles that do not meet our scope or do not pass reviewers' critiques. We will be looking at the guidelines this year to make sure they provide clear instructions to authors and reviewers. In the past, we set a cutoff date of September 7 for simple articles with minimal editorial changes to be published by the end of the year of submission. This date, however, is no longer a guarantee for all articles. Given the number of submissions in the past two years, we are now enjoying a backlog. This means we can no longer guarantee publication within the same year with articles stacked up to nine deep. But this is not a negative. It is a wonderful situation!!! Finally, after 15 years of publication, our journal is a success! For many years, JPSE had few submissions. We were often worried whether we could publish an issue within a given year. Not anymore, thanks to the hard work of our authors, reviewers, and editors! We will continue to work with individual authors to seek a timely outcome where publication dates are critical. Keep up the great work, AAPSE members, and keep sending those submissions!

    Articles published in 2013:

    Templates and Tools

    Can a National Job Analysis Serve as a Basis for Individual State Certification Exams? Answers from a National Pesticide Applicator Exam Development Project - Andrew Martin and Fred Whitford, Purdue University, p. 1-16.

    Research Study

    Analysis of Personal Protective Equipment Requirements on Labels of Pesticides for Agricultural Use - Anugrah Shaw and Courtney Harned, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, p 17-29.

    Literature Review

    A Review of the Spray Drift Literature for Ground Applications - Robert Wolf, Wolf Consulting & Research, LLC, Mahomet, IL, p. 30-61.

    Drift-Reducing Strategies and Practices for Ground Applications - Robert Wolf, Wolf Consulting & Research, LLC, Mahomet, IL, p. 62-69.

    AAPSE Merchandise

    Kim Pope has worked with Lands' End to allow members to order AAPSE logoed merchandise through our own Lands' End Company E-Store. This is a way for members to easily order AAPSE shirts, sweaters, and other items through a reputable, quality seller. In the past a member had to order and manage merchandise, bring it to a meeting, and sell the items there. Pat Hipkins and Liz Braxton managed this demanding task. With this new arrangement, members can obtain AAPSE items anytime online without attending a meeting or seeking out another member. Thanks to Pat and Liz (retired) for their past work and to Kim for engineering this new arrangement with Lands' End. Kim has provided a help sheet on our website covering the ordering process. Lands' End is also available via their toll-free phone number and online help.

    shirts  lands end log

    More to come. I do hope that my next update will coincide with more enjoyable weather - spring is officially just days away. Thank you so much for your continued support of AAPSE.

    With kindest regards,

    Mike Weaver, AAPSE President

  • Sunday, November 17, 2013 7:52 PM | Michael Weaver (Administrator)

    Fall 2013

    NPACT Museum Dinner

    NPACT Minnesota Science Museum Dinner - August 7, 2013 

    From: AAPSE American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators -- [mailto:AAPSE@listserv.vt.eduOn Behalf Of Michael Weaver
    Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:42 AM
    To: AAPSE@LISTSERV.VT.EDU
    Subject: Honoring the service of our members; words of encouragement

    AAPSE Members:

    Yesterday morning many of you witnessed the installation of new officers at our AAPSE business meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our officers, board of directors and all members who have given of themselves to serve AAPSE. 

    I would also like to share a few words to encourage our future together.

    Officers:

    ANDREW THOSTENSON
    Andrew has been a flawless and efficient leader. For me he has been a patient and nurturing mentor. I am so happy that he will continue as Immediate Past President as those two years as President-Elect went far too quickly. 

    What Andrew has accomplished establishes a longstanding legacy for a model leader of AAPSE. His dedication and tireless efforts have set the stage for improving future funding of PSEP programs and stakeholder support. His vision for AAPSE will continue as we move forward.

    Please join me in conveying a huge THANK YOU and congratulations to Andrew Thostenson for a job extremely well done!

    DEAN HERZFELD
    Wow, where do I start with Dean? He has done it all with grace and savvy for many years. Like Andrew has done and will continue to do for me, Dean has been there for Andrew. Dean led us to where we are today and worked closely with Andrew over the course of his leadership. Dean very much deserves a rest after not only six years in the president's (pre, present, and past) role, but many prior years of his leadership to AAPSE. Dean has guided us well and has been a mainstay of this organization. He will not be permitted to get too far from our reach however, as I intend to continue to draw on Dean for advice.

    DREW MARTIN
    I am so very happy that Drew Martin continues to serve as our treasurer! His service has been perfect in this role. Being treasurer is a demanding job. AAPSE members should know that their records and treasury are in very good hands with Drew at the helm. Drew is backed by a very experienced audit committee. I thank him for his continued dedication, skills, and advice.

    BETSY BUFFINGTON
    Betsy, like Drew, is such a capable leader. Both of these folks could just as easily be president of this organization, and should be given this opportunity at some future date. It is my pleasure to see Betsy continue as our secretary. Having served as AAPSE's first secretary, I can attest that this is a demanding role. Today, with a more complex organization, this role is even more challenging. Betsy sets a standard as an efficient and effective organizational secretary. Our recent discussions have centered around how she will keep me on task and moving ahead as president. Scary as this is to me, knowing she and Drew have my back puts me at ease. Thank you so much Betsy for your past and future support and dedication.

    DON RENCHIE
    Our new guy on the block and an excellent choice for the future leader of AAPSE. A long-time valued friend and colleague to me, I have great confidence that Don will do extremely well in his new role.  He is in a perfect position to apply his keen knowledge, insight, and intelligence with the issues that face our membership. I am thrilled to work with him as we move forward.

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    What a wonderful group of leaders you have in your regional directors! These folks work so hard to communicate AAPSE business to you and seek your input. I thank this group of talented colleagues for their tireless effort and dedication to AAPSE. They include:

    • NC Region (through 2013) - Erin Bauer
    • NC Region (through 2014) - John Stone
    • NE Region (through 2013) - George Hamilton
    • NE Region (through 2014) - Candace Bartholomew
    • S Region (through 2013) - Kim Pope
    • S Region (through 2014) - Pat Hipkins
    • W Region (through 2013) - Kaci Agle-Buhl
    • W Region - (through 2014) - Rebecca Maquire

    LIAISONS AND STANDING COMMITTEES

    My effort to acknowledge this group is also doing double duty. This list has gone out of date and needs to be fixed - something that I am hoping you can help me do. All of those listed here deserve recognition and thanks for their hard work.  But if you see someone missing, please let me know and I will make sure they are recognized and their name is corrected on this list. In the meantime, whether you are listed or not, I thank you for your service and ask that you continue.

    LIAISONS

    • AAPCO - Ed Crow
    • CTAG - Carol Black
    • International Harmonization & Classification of Pesticides- Candace Bartholomew
    • TPSA - Pat Hipkins
    • SFIREG - Mike Weaver - soon to be Don Renchie
    • SFIREG/POM - Jim Criswell
    • NA Pesticide Pollinator Campaign - Wayne Buhler
    • Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee - Wayne Buhler
    • EPA - Kevin Keaney

    COMMITTEES

    • Membership Committee - Dean Herzfeld, Dan Wixted, Mark Shour, Bruce Williams, Carol Black, Randy Rivera
    • Nominations/Elections Committee - Phil Nixon, Carrie Foss, Ron Gardner, Andrew Thostenson, Clyde Ogg, Ples Spradley, Fudd Graham
    • Recognitions/Resolutions  Committee- Sandra McDonald, Carol Black, Kim Pope, Gary Fish, Fred Fishel
    • Non-English Language Materials for PSE - Jennifer Weber, Suzanne Snedeker, Gerald Kinro
    • Articles of Incorporation/By-Laws - Clyde Ogg, Kay Harris, Bob Wolf, Rebecca McQuire, Roger Flashinski
    • Auditing - George Hamilton, Carol Black, Dan Wixted
    • Committee on Committees - Catherine Daniel/Wayne Buhler
    • Issues & Evaluation - Dean Herzfeld, Joe Spitzmueller, Mike Weaver
    • Professional Development - Michael Helms
    • Journal of Pesticide Safety Education - Mike Weaver, Barry Brennan, Susan Terwilliger, Catherine Daniels, and a long list of reviewers and authors

    Our Future Together

    Based on this list of leaders, it appears that we are in good hands moving forward. But we need everyone's support and service to succeed.  Please ask yourself:

    How can I contribute to AAPSE? In doing so you are investing in your:

    • career
    • your program, and 
    • the field of pesticide safety education. 

    Over the next two years, I plan to employ the many talents and qualities of all our members to enhance OUR organization?  

    Next September we will host our annual meeting in Harrisburg, PA (in collaboration with the NE region PSEP members). This is the first truly annual AAPSE meeting since we had our initial organizational meetings many years ago. Yes, we meet in PACT years for a brief period and we will continue to do so. But in off-PACT years we are not meeting and it has been a long time, even during PACT years, that we have met for a period sufficient to network, collaborate, and govern most effectively. This has taken its toll and we aim to correct this problem. We will be moving ahead to organize a 1-2 day event (in addition to the regional meeting) dedicated to AAPSE business and PSE issues. I encourage you to think of topics of this nature and things that you would like to see take place in such a meeting. This realizing that we are going to leave the region in control of professional development opportunities, local tours, and things that you would ordinarily see in a regional workshop. If you would like to work with us to plan this event, please contact me.

    WE ARE AAPSE - WHAT HAVE WE DONE FOR ONE ANOTHER LATELY?
    Because we haven't been as engaging as we could with one another some members have expressed concern that their AAPSE membership hasn't served them well. Folks, WE are AAPSE. Only we as individual members can affect what AAPSE can do for us. Your service to your organization is the only way to resolve this concern. Whether you are an academic, regulator, or industry person, joining means you are part of the AAPSE family of pesticide safety educators. There is work in process to change the membership structure. By year end, you will see the results of this effort. Added to this our effort to meet more often with attention to member engagement, and we should be able to affect these concerns. But no amount of change will help if you aren't resigned to the fact that joining involves some personal sacrifice and service to your organization.

    One immediate way you can serve AAPSE is by reaching out to all pesticide safety educators to encourage them to join us. If you hear that someone has let their membership lapse or is thinking of leaving us, please encourage them to stick with us. Everyone is important to us. The old stigma that this is an academic's organization is ancient history. We originated as an organization started by mostly academics, but remember, our first member was AAPCO President, Bud Paulsen. As such we stand together as a family of pesticide safety educators regardless as to where we work or originate. 

    Thank you so much for what you do as an AAPSE family member. Yes, families do have their moments. But our networking at PACT this week proves that we value one another very much. Our conversations have included thoughts of missing those who could not attend and how we are doing. We share news of home, family, work, and achievements. We are bound together by our common interests. Let's stick together and use our friendships to help ourselves and one another.

    With kindest regards,

    Mike Weaver
    AAPSE President

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    Michael J. Weaver, Ph.D.
    Professor & Director
    Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs
    302 Agnew Hall (0409)
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    mweaver@vt.edu
    (540) 231-6543
    VTPP.ORG

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