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2020 MIPE Awards

Congratulations to Outstanding Park Employee award winners including:

Phil Balon, Mechanic at the Park Ridge Park District

Genevieve Nano, Park Specialist II at the Skokie Park District

David Price, Chief Horticulturist at the Elmhurst Park District

From among these Outstanding Park Employees Genevieve Nano of the Skokie Park District is the recipient of the 2020 Ralph Voris Community and Professional Service Award.  Genevieve receives a $300 scholarship as part of this award.  Congratulations to Genevieve!

Congratulations to Glenn Nance of the Park Ridge Park District who is the recipient of the Park Professional of the Year award.

There were no scholarship, attendance or associate awards this year.

Past-President John Karesh has announced the President’s Award, given to our former Past President Terry Wolf for his dedication to the organization and hard work in many areas in keeping the spirit alive.  Congratulations Terry! The MIPE Board and 2021 President Bob O’Brien also thanks Terry Wolf for his many years of service to MIPE as he rolls off the Board.  Terry will continue to remain involved as the golf outing and social media committee chairs.

Congratulations also to Ken Kerfoot of the Geneva Park District who was elected by the membership as the new 1st year Director.  Congratulations to Ken!

Your 2021 Board can be found on the header of the meeting announcement.

As COVID vaccines start to be distributed and COVID restrictions begin to be loosened, MIPE hopes to begin in-person meetings sometime this summer.  In the meantime, please continue to look out for our virtual monthly meetings and keep up your participation in and commitment to MIPE.  Also be sure to pay your annual dues, which were sent out in December.  Be safe out there and we look forward to seeing everyone in person soon!

John Ohrlund

Executive Secretary

Monthly Meeting


March 11 Virtual MIPE Meeting 10:00 AM via Zoom


                                                     John Ohrlund – Executive Secretary

                                                    107 Mohawk Trail, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

                                                     Phone: 847-558-3283

                                                      e-mail: mipeexecsec@gmail.com

Date:               February 23, 2021

The March 11 MIPE meeting will be held via zoom and will include a presentation and discussion of the current state of Herbicide Resistance and its Future Projections by Craig Shepherd of Advanced Turf Solutions. Craig is a Turfgrass & Landscape Specialist with ATS and has a BA in Turfgrass Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A short business meeting will follow the presentation.

Outcome 1: Evaluate and make scientific based decisions with herbicides that will better our budgets, environmental and future park outcomes.

Outcome 2: Learn different methods of action and toxicity levels within pesticide families.

Pre-registration is not required, however contact Executive Secretary John Ohrlund at mipeexecsec@gmail.com for zoom credentials in advance of the meeting.