There’s so much going on right now it’s been difficult to find the time to sit down and write about it. IPPCA has been moving forward by leaps and bounds. The IPPCA.org web address is working; we have it linked to the old website while we organize the new content. Rip Sokol is our new treasurer, in charge of the checkbook and all expenditures (elected in absentia when he was late to a board meeting — that’ll teach him). And, we have a new UPS box for the mail!
We have new professional affiliations, the most exciting of which may be with the GIE+EXPO/Hardscape North America show, where the IPPCA Pavilion will anchor the new North Hall. Reserve your vendor space now! We will continue to offer educational opportunities through our long-term partner, the Irrigation Association, so that both coasts will have access to vetted, impartial water feature information this fall.
- We’re also working on information exchange relationships with:The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)
- The Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA)
- The Association for Swimming Ponds and Natural Swimming Pools (ASPNSP)
- We have been invited to the All Association Forum hosted by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP).
On the educational front, our Contractor Certification Program is being revisited and a new, more comprehensive test is in the works, along with two new Retailer Certification programs for both koi-oriented and more general plant-and-goldfish water garden centers. Meyer Jordan is organizing and curating an extensive collection of water feature information, with educational material on all facets of the water feature industry. Best Management and Construction Practices presentations will be offered to our members in both English and Spanish, helping members to educate interested clubs, associations and schools while they promote their own businesses.
Finally, YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING AND RESPONDING — THANK YOU! I am absolutely delighted that so many of IPPCA’s valued friends are rejoining us, with more signing up every day! It’s a movement, and we want to include you! Come back to the only trade organization by, and for, the water feature industry. We’re not about state licensing — we don’t need to charge an arm and a leg. We just want to be the source — for all information, from every corner, on water features — and we need you to accomplish that goal. IPPCA is YOUR organization, and it’s not going anywhere without you.
Drop me a line at 631/827-7353 or send me an email at email@example.com. I want to hear from YOU! As Sam Rice says: “At a sports arena, the most expensive seat in the house is the empty one.”