The Times They Are A-Changin’

Cristina Bowerman Cristina Bowerman
Executive Director
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Change. It’s inevitable isn’t it? Yet how many of us resist it? While change can be good, it can also be difficult for us to process and accept as it’s riddled with the unknown. As human beings we are creatures of comfort. We like our routines and familiarity and while that’s good, change brings opportunities to grow and evolve into something even better.

PNW-ISA is in a period of great change. As we celebrate 40 years of success and accomplishments, we are also evaluating our programs and services to ensure relevancy for our future. Read More "The Times They Are A-Changin’"

What Do You Do?

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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This question made for some interesting conversation at the PNW-ISA Field Day in Lynndale Park, September 25, 2017.

One of our speakers shared a story about a friend who manages a national park. When a wildfire in the park was deemed too dangerous for visitors, this person was responsible for deciding to close the area. When the closure made national news, the manager’s mother called from afar to alert her daughter to the wildfire danger as well as the park closure. Read More "What Do You Do?"

All Things Conference

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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All Things Conference – that’s usually what ATC stands for at this time of year in the Chapter office. The reality is, ATC stands for Annual Training Conference. This year, the Chapter will host the 39th Annual Training Conference in Lynnwood, WA.

Ian Scott, Project Manager for Davey Resource Group, is heading up the conference planning committee and providing oversight to the many cogs in the conference planning wheel needed to ensure a successful conference. Read More "All Things Conference"

We are The PNW

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Engaged Membership – Active Credential Holders – Successful and Relevant Annual Training Conference – Quality Educational Programs – Healthy and Sustainable Organization.

These guiding principles serve as key performance indicators for the Pacific Northwest ISA. As of this writing, the Board of Directors is reviewing a long-term strategic plan, something we have been remiss in formally approving for several years now. Read More "We are The PNW"

Bill Owen’s Legacy Honored by Collier Arborist Training Trust

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Having just returned from two days with the Board of Directors in Portland, OR, I am pleased to use this newsletter column to share information with our members and other readers about a recent board decision.

The decision was to approve closing the William (Bill) Owen certificate of deposit and transfer the balance to the Collier Arborist Training Trust administered by the TREE Fund.

William Owen was a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. He, along with about 20 others including Bob Mazany, John Neill, Robin Gardner, Steve Goetz, Terrill Collier (and his father, Ray), Don Blair, Dan Douglas, and Gerry Chaster ... had the vision almost 40 years ago to create an organization for the arboricultural community here. Read More "Bill Owen’s Legacy Honored by Collier Arborist Training Trust"

Annual General Meeting Notes and New Year Plans

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Patty Williams photoThe Annual General Meeting held in Boise, ID, during the Annual Training Conference had 65 people in attendance. Every year, prior to the meeting, the Board of Directors often asks how we can get more members to attend. Many conference attendees may think the meeting is a dull business meeting or that the meeting doesn’t impact them. Or, maybe 7:30 AM on the final conference day is just plain unwieldy.

As I looked out at those in the AGM audience, I saw lots of new faces, a host of long-time members, and an incredible interest in what was being presented. Outgoing President Phil Graham presented the Chapter’s annual report by way of a brief PowerPoint. The presentation PowerPoint and meeting minutes are available on the website. Read More "Annual General Meeting Notes and New Year Plans"

Award Nominations and Other Chapter News

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Patty Williams photoThis time of year, I always like to make a push for the Chapter Awards Program (created in 1989). The award categories have changed throughout the years to better reflect the industry and hopefully solicit more nominations. Hopefully.

Think about your colleagues and work partners. Then, think about submitting a nomination form for someone deserving recognition as Arborist of the Year, Tree Worker of the Year, or Volunteer of the Year. Read More "Award Nominations and Other Chapter News"

Changes in the Chapter

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Writing this May column almost always follows on the heels of the spring strategic planning retreat with the Board of Directors. True to form, we just met in Portland, OR, May 13-14. Last year, I shared information about two key action items approved by the board in Bend, OR.

The first was to move the Continuing Education Program Manager position from a 0.6 position to full time. The second was to execute a request for proposals to redesign the Chapter website. As noted then, I expected those initiatives to create a fairly heavy workload for the year.

And, indeed they did. The newly-designed, mobile-friendly website was launched in March to much acclaim already. The site is easier to navigate, has more information readily available, and provides new advances for our increased use of and need for better technology and tools. Read More "Changes in the Chapter"

What I Do

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Recently, I was asked a question many of us hear when we meet new people. “What do you do?” When faced with the question, I typically respond by sharing my work title. “I am the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.”

As the listener more often than not physically leans in to hear the ending, a common follow-up response is “of what?” Arboriculture. Trees. I then provide my 20-second elevator speech noting that the Chapter heads up a certification and education program for members of the professional tree care industry. International certification, volunteer standards, urban forestry … where trees and people connect.

“We have over 2,000 members and serve the Chapter region of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.” Another common follow-up question then is “Do you get to travel to all of those places?”

When I share What I Do – serve as professional administrator, report to a Board of Directors, oversee staff and contractors – I talk about the team upon which I rely to help make things happen.

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Being a Responsive Organization

Patty Williams Patty Williams
PNW-ISA Executive Director
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Patty Williams photoConference Attendees Share Feedback. We Listen.

Some of the information in this column repeats the conference survey summary shared in the November Chapter Update. To me, this year’s survey results warrant more attention.

While over 60% of you hear about the Annual Training Conference directly from PNW-ISA (emails, website, newsletter), another 37% get information from their employers, word-of-mouth, or other means. Word of-mouth – now there’s a category we should know more about especially considering we saw exactly 0% getting information via social media.

How is that we have not figured out how to take advantage of THE source of information these days – social media? In the coming months, we will certainly find out more. We recently contracted with a website redesign company to upgrade the website. Those of you who spend a good portion of your day in the field know first-hand, the PNW website is not mobile-friendly. Read More "Being a Responsive Organization"