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History of the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

The Penn-Del chapter has a rich and colorful history that has significantly influenced the field of arboriculture. The impact of our chapter extends well beyond Pennsylvania and Delaware, literally worldwide, due to an ongoing commitment by our members to be active in our parent organization, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). In 1960, the Penn-Del chapter was the sixthchapter to become associated with the ISA, although, the involvement of Pennsylvania and Delaware arborists goes back much farther. We hosted the third Shade Tree Conference (the predecessor of our current international conferences) in 1926, in Philadelphia. In fact, we have hosted a national or international conference a total of 9 times, 6 in Philadelphia, and 3 in Pittsburgh. We havealso had 4 chapter members serve as President of the ISA.

Since I have only been a member of the chapter since 1987, I have relied heavily on others to help fill in some of the blanks. One of those people is Betty Sperow. Now deceased, Betty Sperow served the chapter as a Sunshine Committee member andas the Executive member of the Arbor Day Award Committee from around 1980 to 1985. And, while I never met her, she has provided a most valuable document. With the input andassistance of Ed Martin, Betty took the time to assemble a typewritten history of our chapter including our involvement with the ISA prior to officially becoming a chapter in 1960. Without this information, my task would have beenmonumentally more difficult. Many thanks go out to Betty both from myself and from all chapter members, past, present, andfuture, who will benefit from the time she dedicated to assembling the information. Betty’s narrative starts in 1926 and continues through the 70’s.

I’ve also included re-prints of articles written by Ed Martin. Ed had 2 themes “Tree Thots” and”Experiences of an Old Tree Man”. These articles appeared in the chapter’s newsletters in 1993 and1994. They were informative on chapter history and past tree care practices, sometimes controversial, with a touch of humor and sarcasm thrown in. Ed Martin was a founding member of Penn-Del and chapter president in 1966. He was also the brother of Bob McConnell.

I have also included two articles written by John Ward in 2007 and 2008, titled “Arboriculture FiftyYears Ago.” I think you will find them very entertaining. John Ward was chapter president in 1975. He has served on countless committees and was instrumental in trying to establish arboriculture courses at Penn State going back a very long time. Recently, John spearheaded the Bacterial Leaf Scorch Funding Project. Lastly, John and his wife, Fran, have also pretty much single-handedly run the chapter’s scholarship program for as long as I can remember.

In 2003, the chapter produced a video of interviews with Penn-Del Past Presidents. I would like to thank Russ Carlson for converting the video from VHS format to a digital format so that it could be made available on our website.

I gathered the remainder of the information from 1980 to 2009 from old newsletters, old minutes, old brochures, and personal communications with someof our senior members. I would like to specifically thank Bob McConnell, Dave Poe, John Ward, Hyland Johns, and Bill Graham for their input andproviding me with some of the older newsletters and documents. I would also like to thank John Smith and Betsy Wertz for their assistance. I hope everyone enjoys the trip down memory lane.

Bob Crusan, Chair
Penn-Del ISA History Committee
January, 2010

President
William Elmendorf, Ph.D.
PSU Forestry Resources
University Park, Pa

Vice-President / Recording Secretary
Matthew Erb
Tree Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Treasurer
Alan Sam
State College Borough
State College, PA

Past President Representative until 2012
Bill Graham
Philadelphia, Pa

1 year term
Alan Krieg
Krieg Tree Service
Scranton, Pa

3 year term
Dave Ruyak
City of Reading
Reading, Pa

 

 

President Elect
Chris Miller
Davey Tree Expert
Philadelphia, PA

Immediate Past President
Gene McMillen
Shriener Tree Care
King of Prussia, PA

Delegate to ISA Council of Representatives
Jason Lubar
Morris Arboretum
Philadelphia, PA

2 year term
Jim Savage
PSU Forestry Resources
University Park, Pa

3 year term
Rob Kruljac
rob.kruljac@penndelisa.org
Arborel Tree Service
Gibsonia, PA

 

 

* The PennDel ISA By-Laws can be downloaded in PDF form here:

Policy and Procedures of the Penn Del Chapter of ISA
2013

GUIDELINES FOR CHAPTER EXPENDITURES

To help committees establish working budgets, the Policy and Procedures Committee has organized this information:
Committees requiring an annual budget report are marked with a “$” on the Committee description list. The Chair of each of these committees is responsible for presenting a budget for the coming year, each November for the following fiscal year, to the President and treasurer. A revised budget may be presented at the March meeting.
Other committees or members requesting funds for their activities shall submit a budget to the Chapter Board for approval on an individual basis. When Chapter members are required to travel, budgets will be based on the lowest fares and expenses available.
Unexpected expenses should be requested before the expense is incurred. Requests for immediate funding should be directed to the President or Treasurer, and approval by the Executive Committee is necessary prior to disbursements being made. All requests for reimbursement of travel expenses should be directed to the Chapter Executive Secretary using an approved expense form provided by the chapter.

AUTHORIZED CHAPTER EXPENSES

PRESIDENT: The Chapter will pay all necessary expenses for the President to attend the Annual ISA meeting, Chapter Board meetings and functions, and lodging expenses to the Annual Penn-Del Chapter Shade Tree Symposium. If the President attends the Annual Leadership Conference, the Chapter will pay all necessary expenses.
PRESIDENT ELECT: When the President Elect is acting in place of the President, expenses will be paid as described for the President. As Shade Tree Symposium chairman, Symposium lodging, will be paid by the Chapter.
VICE-PRESIDENT: When the Vice-President is acting in place of the President, expenses will be paid as described for the President. As a member of the Symposium Committee, Symposium lodging will be paid by the Chapter.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Chapter will pay all necessary expenses incurred while performing duties, including ISA membership, subject to approval by the Chapter Board.
Council of Component Representative: Upon approval by the Board The Chapter will pay all necessary expenses incurred while attending CCR meetings, including travel, food and lodging subject to approval by the Chapter Board. .
TREE FUND LIAISON: This is an appointed position. The liaison is required to attend ISA meetings as designated by ISA. The Chapter will pay for travel, meals and 2 nights lodging for meetings not covered by ISA or the TREE Fund.

ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST LIAISON COMMITTEE: The Chapter will pay transportation, meals and one night’s lodging to the ISA Annual meeting in August. The Chapter will pay transportation, meals and lodging to the yearly ISA Certified Arborist meeting. The Chapter will not cover registration to the Annual Shade Tree Symposium .

INTERNATIONAL TREE CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTESTANT: Upon approval by the Board the Chapter will sponsor one chapter Jamboree winner each year to attend the National Tree Climbing Championship at the ISA annual conference.

ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: The President should attend this annual event, or the President Elect if so delegated. The Chapter has the option to send 2 people, the Executive Secretary to be among the possible choices as decided by the Chapter Board. The Chapter will pay all necessary expenses for the one or two people who attend, including travel, meals and lodging.

CONTINGENCY EXPENDITURES: In the event that money must be spent above and beyond the budgeted and expected amounts, the Chapter Board will review such requests prior to expenses being incurred.

PAST PRESIDENTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE: The Chapter will sponsor a luncheon at the annual Symposium, complimentary registration for those over 65 years and retired from active employment, and an annual dinner for Past Chapter Presidents.

SYMPOSIUM EXHIBITOR CHAIR: The Chapter will pay 2 nights lodging and registration for the Symposium.

ISA Guests: The Chapter will provide lodging, meals and registration, and will provide a welcome note and gift for the official representative from the ISA attending the Annual Penn-Del Chapter Shade Tree Symposium.

POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR OFFICERS

PRESIDENT

The President is authorized to appoint all committee chairmen unless otherwise noted in the Chapter Bylaws, to be reviewed on an annual basis. He/she shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

The President should keep informed regarding goals, activities, and actions of committees, task forces and liasons. At the beginning of the year, the President will communicate by meeting or otherwise notifying all chairmen to review responsibilities, definition of duties, goals for the year, and to review and establish a budget for the coming year. After the announcement of officers following the annual Symposium, the president shall meet with the Chapter Board to review responsibilities and Policy and Procedures.

The President will be responsible for formulating an agenda for each Board meeting.
The President, working with the Treasurer will establish budget criteria and guidelines for committees. Before the beginning of the fiscal year each committee chair shall present to the President a budget for the coming calendar year. A revised budget may be presented at the March meeting.

The President shall conduct an annual performance review of the Executive Secretary, using standardized review guidelines. The Executive Secretary shall be a part of this review. In closed session, the Board shall decide the terms of the contract for the Executive Secretary for the following fiscal year.

New members to the Chapter shall be welcomed by a letter from the President.
Presidential personal ISA expenses are budgeted. The President must keep his/her expenses within the constraints of the budget.

The President shall attend the ISA Conference and the Chapter Presidents meeting at this conference. If he/she cannot attend, the responsibility will go to the President Elect. The Chapter will pay his/her expenses (travel, lodging, meals, and registration) for attending this meeting within the constraints of the budget.

PRESIDENT ELECT

The President Elect shall work closely with and take directives from the President. The President Elect shall assist the President and, in the event of the President’s absence or disability, shall perform the duties of the President.

The President Elect shall serve as chairman of the Symposium Committee, and work with the Education committee to obtain speakers, and establish the agenda for the two day conference. This includes keeping within the budgetary guidelines established by the Board for speaker expenses, honorariums etc. The President Elect shall appoint a person responsible for ensuring that deadlines for symposium planning are met. The appointed person will communicate with the Symposium Committee and the Executive Secretary during the planning process.

The President Elect shall serve as chairman of the Nominations Committee.

The President Elect shall serve as chairman of the Membership Committee.

The President Elect shall serve on the Policy and Procedures committee and attend
meetings.

VICE PRESIDENT

The Vice-President shall be elected for the term of one year. He/she may be elected to a consecutive term if desired according to the procedure described for President and also with a two consecutive year limit.

The Vice President will serve as the Education chairman for the chapter and a member of the Symposium committee. In addition to assisting the President Elect and Executive Secretary in carrying out their duties, the Vice President will assist committee chairs in planning and supervising programs for the year.

The Vice-President shall serve on the Policy and Procedures Committee and attend their meetings.

General Committee Responsibilities of the Vice President:

  1. Assist in scheduling Penn-Del Chapter programs for the year, including Arbor Day, Tree Jamborees, Fall and Spring meetings, Symposium, Scholarship Fund raiser and any other programs of interest throughout the year.
  2. Notify Executive Secretary of all programs scheduled throughout the year.

SECRETARY

The Secretary is a director–at–large on the Chapter Board.

The Secretary shall take the minutes of the meetings of the Chapter Board and all meetings of the general membership.

It is the responsibility of the Secretary to see that a copy of all Chapter Board meeting minutes and the annual business meeting minutes are sent to the Executive Secretary for mailing to all Board, and to the ISA office, as required.

TREASURER

The Treasurer is a director–at–large on the Chapter Board.

The Treasurer shall work with budgeted committees to establish annual budgets, and record projected budgets as presented by each committee chair.

The Treasurer shall assist the President in preparing a budget for the year to be submitted to the Chapter Board prior to the beginning of each fiscal year.

The Treasurer shall prepare a report on finances for presentation at each Chapter Board meeting as well as any general membership meetings. A year–end financial report shall be submitted to the President and the Chapter Board prior to the first Board meeting of the fiscal year.

An expense report and all original receipts shall accompany any written request for reimbursement to any chapter member, officer, director or other individual before reimbursements are made.

The Treasurer, the President, and the Executive Secretary are authorized to sign or deposit any checks written as part of the normal operations of the Chapter. Checks for amounts greater than $2,000.00 shall require two approved signatures.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director shall be an independent contractor to the Chapter, hired by the Chapter Board of Directors on an annual basis. The contract may be renewed or terminated at the discretion of the Chapter Board following a performance review conducted by the President. The fee for this position will be determined and paid at the discretion of the Chapter Board. The Executive Director is a non-voting member of the Penn-Del Chapter Board.

The Executive Director shall serve as the chief staff executive and supervise the activities of other staff hired to assist the Chapter.

The Penn-Del Chapter will underwrite a membership in ISA for the Executive Director.
The duties of the Executive Director shall include, but not be limited to,

  1. assisting the Chapter President in coordinating all functions of the Penn-Del Chapter through the course of the year, including the budget and finance processes.
  2. serving as permanent coordinator to assist the Symposium committee and to keep detailed records of plans and facilities for each year.
  3. serving as Editor for the quarterly newsletter.
  4. developing membership materials, and communicate with delinquent and lapsed members to encourage Penn-Del membership.
  5. maintaining up-to-date membership rolls, and coordinating member lists with ISA. Mail dues notices to all Chapter members as necessary.
  6. corresponding with officers and committee chairs on, at least quarterly.
  7. assisting chair-persons and officers in the mailing of notices to the membership, Certified Arborist examination schedules, and other Chapter event dates.
  8. representing the Penn-Del Chapter at official functions when necessary, and attending functions in the absence of the officers of the Chapter Board. Expenses will be paid according to these policies.
  9. preparing memoranda and distributing correspondence to the Chapter Board, membership, and ISA offices, including Chapter Newsletter, Chapter Board meeting minutes, etc.
  10. reports of Chapter activities to the Board, ISA and the membership.
  11. involvement in public relations for chapter events and activities.
  12. welcoming of guests and dignitaries at Chapter events.
  13. welcoming of new Chapter members.
  14. notifying the Board and membership of personal events affecting individual members.
  15. maintaining financial records and assisting the Treasurer in managing the Chapter’s funds.
  16. maintaining current records of Certified Arborists in the Penn-Del area and publish the annual directory.
  17. other duties and activities as directed by the Chapter Board or the President
ISA Awards to the Chapter

ISA President

1960 J.C. Kenealy
1977 Hyland Johns
1981 Robert McConnell
1998 Al Cherry
1982

Newsletter
Special Projects

1998
1978
1979
1983
1991
1993

Chapter Fund-Raising
1988 attained highest goal

1990
1991
1993
1995
1997
 

International Chapter Host
1926 Philadelphia
1934 Pittsburgh
1935 Philadelphia
1944 Pittsburgh
1957 Philadelphia
1967 Philadelphia
1977 Philadelphia
1991 Philadelphia
2004 Pittsburgh

Arborist:
All Around Champion
1985 Steve Bannon
1989 Bob Weber
1992 Bob Weber

Distinguished Chapter
1995
1998

 

 

 

Individual Awards

2009 Jeffrey W. McMullin Award for Most Outstanding Arbor Day Event

Jim Cherry for the Hess Park Project

2009 Arbor Day Awards of Excellence

While gathered in Lancaster, we recognized several dozen companies and individuals with Award of Arbor excellence certificates for involvement in various Arbor Day related projects

Arborist Enterprises
Arrow Tree Service
Awbury Arboretum
Back To Basics Landscaping
Bartlett Tree, Bala Cynwyd
Bartlett Tree, Exton
Brown Hill Tree Co.
The Crane Man Inc.
Dave Tukey, West Mount Airy
Davey-The Care of Trees
Giroud Tree and Lawn
Jacobs Tree Surgery
Jeanes Hospital
Jeff Wilson
Jim Cherry
Keystone Tree Experts
Landis Tree Service
Lindsay Tree Removal
Lombardo Landscaping
Longwood Gardens
O’Donnell Tree Service
Paul Freda
Pell’s Landscape & Tree
Rob Thigpen
Schectman Tree Care
Straub Tree Experts
Swirsding Services
Thomas R Smith, Tree Surgeon
Tim’s Tree Care
Tom Harriston
“The Tree Man”, Frazer Lay
Wayne C Straub, Stump Grinding
W. T. Sherrill
 

 

 

History of the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

Established in 1960

Charter Members
Jack Kenealy
Hyland Johns
George Lewis
Ron Harper
Ed Martin
Ken Soergel
Bob McConnell
Dave Poe
Al Vick, Jr.

Intl. Conferences Hosted
Philadelphia, 1926
Pittsburgh, 1934
Philadelphia, 1935
Pittsburgh, 1944
Philadelphia, 1957
Philadelphia, 1967
Philadelphia, 1977
Philadelphia, 1991
Pittsburgh, 2004

Penn-Del ISA Presidents
J. C. Kenealy 1960
Hyland Johns 1977
Bob McConnell 1981
Al Cherry 1998

Click on this link to view the Past Penn-Del Tree Climbing Championship Winners: Past TCC Winners

Penn-Del Chapter History – 1926 – 1979
By Betty Sperow

The Third National convention of the ISA was held in Philadelphia in 1926 with 70 people present. The Chairman of the Convention was Mr. A.F.W. Vick, father of Al Vick. The eleventhconvention was also held in Philadelphia with J.G. Heimicke, Chairman, and attended by 261 members. The 33rd convention was in 1957 and attended by 716 registrants. J.C. Kenealy, Tree Commissioner of Lower Merion Township was the chair and Hyland Johns was on the committee. The field day was held on Carl Asplundh’s farm and a chipper was auctioned. At that convention, so much excitement was generated at how well it went that talk began about starting a chapter.

As an outgrowth of the 1957 Convention, Jack Kenealy, with Hyland Johns and Al Vick Jr., gathered a few men in the Township Building of Lower Merion Township in Ardmore to form a chapter in Pennsylvania. The meetings were held about every two months at the Bartlett Tree Company office in Bala-Cynwald. In 1960 Kenealy was elected President of the ISA National organization. That was also the year that he started the Jamboree for rope throwing and climbing. This event was held in Ashbridge Park in Lower Merion. The Charter was granted at the Convention held in Boston that year.

At the 1963 Convention in Toronto, the members from the Pittsburgh area wanted to join the Ohio Chapter and so split the State. The Philadelphia group succeeded in getting the motion tabled and were then able to get it passed at the Texas Convention to keep the state together and formed the Penn-Del Chapter.

By 1966 the group that had formed under the leadership of Jack Kenealydecided to sponsor a Symposium for the tree men in the state. It was held at Penn State with the hope that it would attract men from all over the state. By far the largest number came from the Delaware Valley area.

Ron Harper of the Philadelphia Electric Company was instrumental in spearheading the meetings held the second week in January at the Nittany Lion Inn. Andy Anderson from Texas, the National President, attended and helped to get the Symposium off to a good start. Most of the speakers were from the University or members of the chapter.

Plans were also under way for the 1967 convention that was held at the Marriot Motor Hotel under the Leadership of Hyland Johns. This Convention involved most of the active members of the chapter and was a success with an attendance of 806.

By 1971 it was felt that traveling to Penn-State in January was too difficult when most of the attendance was coming from the area around Philadelphia. So that year the Symposium was held in Fairmount Park at the Horticulture Hall. Since it hit on a sub-zero week it was very cold, but still produced one of the best attendances that the chapter had seen up to that time. After this success, the Symposium was moved to the Marriot Motor Hotel.

This was also the year that the Cooperative Extension Service approached the group and suggested that both organizations join forces.

The College of Agriculture is charged with the responsibility of shepherding the activities of Agriculture in the various counties, especially in the field of education. As they had watched the growth of the Penn-Del chapter, they realized that it represented a growing area in agriculture, and one they felt should be addressed. So, rather than have two symposiums annually, it was decided to join forces to the benefit of both. The speakers were often the professors from the University who kept us informed of the new developments in research and shared with us their extensive knowledge in the field by presenting well-illustrated talks.

Because of the desperate need for climbers in 1973, the Tree Climbing School was started in conjunction with Penn State. This was a two-week course held annually in the spring in Fairmount Park to reach men how to get into a tree, and down. There was no climbing taught in the Schools of Agriculture at that time, and the companies who did teach it, discontinued it during the 1930’s. A teacher is hired and the students were sent by the companies that they worked for. In the first ten years of its existence, approximately 150 graduated, some of who have been women.

For a number of years starting in 1967, the Penn-Del chapter had a booth at the Philadelphia Flower Show. The exhibit was a demonstration of good pruning practices sometimes with alive climber in the trees. Others covered cavity work, tree fertilization andother woody plant care such as to the planting for the homeowner. Ed Martin gave generously of his time and talent to set up these exhibits assisted by the Fairmount men and others in the chapter. Several of our members have hadtheir own booths in this outstanding show, winning many awards: The most consistent being Al Vick with his wild flower natural display.

The Tree Fertilization Project carried out by Roland Daniels of Penn State was sponsored by the Penn-Del Chapter. The trees that were selected for the project were on the Scott Foundation and Longwood Gardens. This was a three-year project that tried to determine the best tree fertilizer for trees in a hostile urban environment.

The 1977 Symposium was the forerunner of the international convention that was held at the Marriot Hotel in Philadelphia under the leadership of Robert McConnell and attended by 782. This was the year that Hyland Johns was International President of the ISA.

The 1979 Symposium was moved to the Holiday Inn in King of Prussia for several reasons; cost and location being two. This meeting has become the annual update for the renewal for the Pesticide Applicators License that is issued annually. At the present time, certification for arborists is about to become a reality after several years of work by the chapter under the leadership of John Ward. The Symposium had grown to 420 persons the first day, and375 at the second sessionthis year with 31 exhibitors.

In 1961, Jack Kenealy was instrumental in getting House Bill #224 passed making Arbor Day the last Friday in April, recognized in the State of Pennsylvania. The Arbor Day Committee of the ISA, headed by Harry Banker of New Jersey, established the Gold Leaf Award for outstanding Arbor Day Programs. The Penn-Del chapter has participated in this program by awarding 4 to Fairmount Park, Richardson Middle School, Springfield Township, Delaware Co., Upper Merion Township and the Greenville Tree Corporation, Greenville, Delaware. The chapter has established a Memorial Grove in Fairmount Park where there has been a tree planted annually as a memorial to a deceased member.

At that time, the chapter was one of the larger ones in the ISA and had a member on the Board of Directors and on 6 of the standing National committees, as well as 6 on the Board of Governors. The Award of Merit was presented to Dr. John C. Swartley of the Penn-Del Chapter in 1970 and to Edgar G. Rex in 1976. The Author citation was given to Dr. Lester Nichols of Penn State. There are 4 honorary Life Members: Hyland R. Johns Jr., Robert C. McConnell, Edgar G Rex and Clayton M. Hoff, the first two of these being past presidents of the ISA.

Robert C. McConnell was on the board of Directors of the Research Trust and 20 of our members have contributed as well as the chapter itself, through fund raising activities. In 1977 the Morris Arboretum was a recipient of a grant from the Trust and Penn State received one in 1979.

1970’s
1972 – Bill Johnston, Jr. and Jim McKeheen, Delaware Co. Cooperative Extension Agent from PSU, started the first climbing school in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

1977 – The chapter held its first local Jamboree at Naylor’s Run Park in Upper Darby. Bill Graham and Andy Moore were two of the participants and both went onto compete at the international contest held at the Marriot Motor Lodge in Philadelphia where Bill Graham won the line-throwing contest. Bill and his father also won the cross-cut saw competition and received a chainsaw and a radio as prizes.

Bob McConnell and Hyland Johns dedicate a bicentennial tree, 1976.

History of the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

A movie camera documents the introduction of new, lightweight chain saws in Philadelphia, 1977.
1980’s

1980 – Bill Graham, Chapter President.

1980 – The chapter introduced a certification program titled the Certified Arborists of Pennsylvania and Delaware or CAPD. To become certified, the applicant had to pass an exam. In order to qualify to sit for the exam, the applicant needed 2 years continuous experience in the field of arboriculture and had to have proof of insurance. The exam consisted of written and oral questions covering the general areas of identification of plants, trees, insects, diseases, or other subjects pertinent to the field of arboriculture. The ID portion of the exam was a “in field” examination during the dormant season.
1981 – Jeff Dobbs, Chapter President.

1981 – Bob McConnell served as President of the ISA.

1981 – Bob McConnell donated the International Tree Climbing Championship Trophy. For many years it was called the McConnell Trophy. The name was eventually changed to the Presidential Trophy and that same trophy is still awarded to the winner of the ITCC.

Bob McConnell and his pipes
1982 – Bill Mifflin, Chapter President
1983 – Bill Johnston, Chapter President
1984 – Bruce Armstrong, Chapter President

The 1984 19th Symposium was held at the Holiday Inn, King of Prussia. Dr. Larry Kuhns openedwith a discussion on tree fertilization.

1984 – John Ward received the Award of Merit for his efforts in promoting the Certified Arborist Program.

1984 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Fairmont Park.

1984 – Dogwood Decline and Bacterial Leaf Scorch were a concern.

1984 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 34 men and 2 women.

1984 – Bob McConnell retired as Director of Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park, the largest municipal park system in the world. He started at Fairmont in 1955 as a tree crew foreman and worked his way up to Director in 1972. Bob was a charter member of Penn-Del, chapter president in 1970, and president of the ISA in 1981.

1984 – The chapter donated $1,500 to the ISA Research Trust (now known as the Tree Fund)
1985 – Mike Simmons, Chapter President

The 1985 20th Symposium was held.

1985 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the ISA Tree Grove in Fairmont Park.

1985 – June 25, Western Members meet to become more involved.

1985 – Harry Dice organized the first Tree Climbing Jamboree in the Western part of the state. It was held at Eden Hall near Pittsburgh. Kevin Sheerin was the winner with Jeff Dice coming in a very close second.

1985 – Beginning of record keeping for the Penn-Del Tree Climbing Jamborees.

1985 – Steve Bannon became the first Penn-Del chapter member to win the International Tree Climbing Championship held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1985 – Interesting member news: Horace Thayer celebrated his 84th birthday in August. When last seen, he was operating a crane truck for his company, Thayer Tree Service, Inc.

1985 – Bob McConnell replaced Hyland Johns as an ISA Memorial Research Trustee. Hyland, who was president of ISA in 1977, and General Chairman of the International Shade Tree Conference (predecessor of ISA) in 1967, served on the Memorial Research Trust since it began in 1975 and as its Chairman from 1976 – 1977.

1985 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 34 men and 2 women.

1985 – Verticillium Wilt was a concern.

1985 – The chapter donated $1,000 to the ISA Research Trust (now known as the Tree Fund)
1986 – Russ Carlson, Chapter President

The 1986 21st Symposium was held at the Americana Host Farm Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Thomas Perry opened with a discussion on soil/root relationships. We had 21 Exhibitors

1986 – February 11, Western Members meet.

1986 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the John Bartram Garden, the nation’s oldest botanical garden.

1986 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 36 students.

1986 – November 28, CAPD Scholarship Fundraiser.
1987 – Russ Carlson, Chapter President

The 1987 22nd Symposium was held at the Americana Host Farm Resort, Lancaster – Dr. Richard Harris opened with a discussion on Hazardous Tree Management. We had 27 Exhibitors.

1987 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the Brandywine Battlefield Park.

1987 – Horace Thayer of Thayer Tree Service, Inc., received the National Arborist Association’s Paul Tilford Award.

1987 – CAPD Scholarship first offered. The amount was $500 for the 1988 school year.
1988 – Elmer Lucas, Chapter President

The 1988 23rd Symposium was held at the Host Farm Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Alex Shigo was the keynote speaker. We had 26 Exhibitors.

May 1988 – Policies & Procedures were revised.

1988 – Bill Mifflin named as Director of Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park.

1988 – HylandJohnsmadea generous donation in the amount of $10,000 in stocks to the Research Fund. His donation on behalf of the chapter surpassed the chapter’s goal by 256%.

1988 – Dick Wells of PECO was elected President of the Utility Arborist Association.

1988 – December 12, CAPD Scholarship Fundraiser at the home of John and Fran Ward.
1989 – Joe Bones, Chapter President

The 1989 24th Symposium was held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey. Dr. Alex Shigo was the keynote speaker along with Dr. William Chaney, and Dr. Michael Raupp.

1989 – The chapter mourned the loss of Past President, Bruce Armstrong, who died at 39 years of age.

1989 – Dave Poe stepped down as chapter liaison to the ISA. Bob McConnell replaced him.

1989 – The chapter voted to name a research grant in the memory of Horace Thayer.

1989 – CAPD awards 2 scholarships in the amount of $500 each. Peter McFarland and Heather Bohlman were the recipients. Peter McFarland attended Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts. Heather Bohlman attended Paul Smith’s College, NY.

1989 – Bob Weber won the International Tree Climbing Championship held at St. Charles, IL.

1989 – Oak Wilt is a concern in Western PA.

1989 – The Horticultural Trade Alliance became active. John Carson was Penn-Del’s delegate. Its purpose was to influence legislation favorable to the green industry.

1989 – Hyland Johns was selected as Director of the ISA Research Trust. He also served in this position from 1976 – 1977.

1989 - Dave Poe returned as Treasurer. Dave also held the position of Secretary/Treasurer for two different periods back in the 60′s.

History of the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

1990’s

1990 – Bob McMullin, Chapter President

The 1990 25th Symposium was held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey. Dr. Carl Whitcomb wasthe keynote speaker along with Greg Hoover, Entomologist from Penn State University.

1990 – A workday was held in November at the ISA Tree Grove in Fairmont Park.

1990 – Constitution and By-Laws revised.

1990 – The Pennsylvania College of Technology (then affiliated with Penn State Univ.) began offering an Associate Degree curriculum in Arboriculture. The curriculum was designed with help of industry representatives, most notably, Penn-Del Past President, Joe Bones.

1990 – CAPD awards 2 scholarships in the amount of $500 each for the fall semester. Erica Bosely Jenkins and Barry Scott Burkholder were the recipients. Erica Bosely Jenkins attended the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Barry Scott Burkholder attended the College of Agriculture at Penn State University.

1990 – Harry Dice held an arborist’s workshop in western PA.

1990 – Jeff Dice reported that he had begun night spraying at Penn State University to control the elm bark beetle, a primary vector of Dutch Elm Disease.

1990 – A volunteer workday was performed at the ISA Tree Grove in Fairmont Park.

1990 – The Horticultural Trade Alliance remained active. It represented over 3,000 firms in Pennsylvania. John Carson reported that pesticide control was a major issue in the last year. It was also agreed to form a Political Action Committee.

1990 – The CAPD Scholarship Fund celebratedits fifth anniversary by hosting its Autumnfest gala dinner and dance at Longwood Gardens. Autumnfest was the only source of funds for the scholarship fund.
1991 – John Carson, Chapter President

The 1991 26th Symposium was held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey. Dr. Donald Booth, Dr. Larry Kuhns and Walter Money were the main presenters.

1991 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the Penn-Del chapter’s Memorial Tree Grove in Fairmont Park. 56 arborists representing 23 companies participated.

1991 – In order to serve all members of the chapter, President John Carson organized the chapter into four regions with a committee head for each.

1991 – The chapter mourned the loss of Silas T. “Bud” Burgess, 76. Bud was president of the chapter in 1971. The Silas T. Burgess arboretum in the center of an industrial park in King of Prussia was dedicated to him in 1985.

1991 – Elizabeth (Betsy) Wertz became the chapter’s new secretary.

1991 – The Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group was formed. Many Penn-Del members became active.

1991 – Penn State University newly created the Department of Urban and Community Forestry within the School of Forest Resources. Bill Elmendorf, instructor joined the Penn-Del Executive Committee.

1991 – The ISA’s 67th international conference was held in Philadelphia, PA. Bob McConnell was the General Chairman and Bill Mifflin was the Asst. General Chairman.
Attendance – 1524.
1992 – John Carson, Chapter President

The 1992 27th Symposiumwas held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey. Don Blair opened with a discussion on the History of Arboriculture. Dr. Bruce Fraedrich, Gilbert High, and Bob McMullen were also presenters.

1992 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the Boalsburg Heritage Museum near State College. 35 volunteers participated.

1992 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the Berks Penn State Campus in Reading.

1992 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Mellon Park in Shadyside near Pittsburgh.

1992 – ISA launched its certification program ending the CAPD program. All CAPDs were grandfathered into ISA’s certification.

1992 – Penn State University offered its first Urban and Community Forestry workshops.

1992 – The CAPD BOD announced that all future scholarships given would be named in honor of the late Horace M. Thayer. Horace was the first CAPD.

1992 – Harry Dice and George Pegher organized the first Penn-Del Arbor Day volunteer workday in the western part of the state. It was held at Mellon Park in Shadyside. The mayor of Pittsburgh attended and assisted in planting a tree.

1992 – Plans were discussed to award the Horace M. Thayer CAPD scholarship to qualified students in the program of Urban Forestry at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. John Ward, Bill Johnston, Elmer Lucas, andBobMcConnell met with the Asst. Dean of Natural Resource Management at the school.

1992 – Bob Weber, after winning the Eastern Tree Climbing Championship for the fourth year in a row, won the International Tree Climbing Championship for the second time. The event was held in Oakland, CA. At that time, Weber was only the third person to win the International Tree Climbing Championship more than one time.

1992 – Jennifer Arkett, Jim Donaghy, and Chris Ward, all Penn-Del chapter members, completed the 1,050 mile Tour Des Trees at the ISA conference in Oakland, CA.

1992 – The Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group continues into its second year.

1992 – The Autumnfest gala dinner and dance at Longwood Gardens had 182 guests and raised nearly $3,000 for the Horace M. Thayer scholarship program.
1993 – Al Cherry, Chapter President

The 1993 28th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Michael Raupp opened with a discussion on The Theory and Practice of Biological Control for Trees & Shrubs. Dr. Robert Nuss, Gilbert High, Bill Graham, and Bob Weber were also presenters.

1993 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Villanova University.

1993 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Memorial Park in New Kensington.

1993 – The chapter mourned the loss of two younger members. Past President, Mike Simmons, and Mr. Arbor Day, Jeff McMullin.

1993 – The Autumnfest gala dinner and dance at Longwood Gardens had 165 guests and raised nearly $4,000 for the Horace M. Thayer scholarship program.

1993 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 22 students.

1993 – The Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group continued into its third year.

1993 – The chapter held its first summer program co-sponsored with PGMS.

1993 – Policies & Procedures were revised.
1994 – Al Cherry, Chapter President

The 1994 29th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Alex Shigo was the keynote speaker. Dr. Larry Kuhns, Greg Hoover, and Bob Weber were also presenters. Over 600 attended

1994 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Fleuhr Park Philadelphia..

1994 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Memorial Park in New Kensington.

1994 – Constitution & By-laws revised January 1994.

1994 – The Jeffery W. McMullin Award was created for outstanding Arbor Day Activities.

1994 – The chapter mourned the loss of Ken Soergel, 85. Ken was one of the founding members of the Penn-Del chapter and served as president in 1969. He also served as president of the National Arborists Assn. (now TCIA) in 1967 and 1968.

1994 – The Horace M. Thayer scholarship was awarded to 4 students. Jeffery M. Bauer attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Brett T. Runkle attended Penn College Urban Forestry, Bill O’Leary attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, and Randolph J. Bauer also attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport.

1994 – The Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group is active in its fourth year.

1994 – The chapter donated $2,500 to the ISA Research Trust.

1994 – The 6th Autumnfest gala dinner and dance was held at Longwood Gardens. 135 guests attended.
1995 – John Smith, Chapter President

The 1995 30th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. David Shetlar opened with a discussion on How Weather Influences Insect and Mite Populations. Dr Gary Moorman and Grover Gouker were also presenters. Over 550 attended and we had 30 exhibitors.

1995 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the DeShong Museum and Cultural Arts Center in West Chester. Over 30 companies participated.

1995 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Henle Park in Leetsdale. Over 20 volunteers participated.

1995 – The Chapter adopted a new logo.

1995 – Constitution & By-laws revised April 1995

1995 – The chapter awarded 3 Horace M. Thayer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. The recipients were: Thomas W. Aikey, Harold T. McCartney, and Todd D. Mullen.

1995 – Spearheaded by Russ Carlson, the chapter began work on a Species Rating Guide for plant appraisal.

1995 – The Southeast Pennsylvania IPM Research Group was active in its fifth year.

1995 – The Past Presidents held their first annual dinner.
1996 – Bob McMullin, Chapter President

The 1996 31st Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Alex Shigo was the keynote speaker. Walter Money, Dr. Larry Kuhns, Greg Hoover, and Dr. Gary Moorman were also presenters. Attendance was just under 800.

1996 – Bob McConnell was presented with the Champion Chairman Award from the chapter.

1996 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the Fox Chase Farm in Philadelphia. Over 30 companies participated.

1996 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Henle Park in Leetsdale.

1996 – Dave Poe passed on the Treasurer’s position to Gary Rohrbach after having served for 7 consecutive years. He also served as Secretary/Treasurer for 2 different periods in the 60′s totaling 6 years. He also served as Chapter President in 1965 and 1978 producing a remarkable total of 15 years of service as an officer of the chapter. Dave was a founding member of the chapter and he also served as the chapter’s Representative to ISA for 8 – 10 years.

1996 – Gary Rohrbach, Penn-Del Treasurer, was one of three recipients of the National Arborists Association’s Award of Distinction.

1996 – Bob McConnell was presented with the ISA’s Award of Merit at the ISA conference in Cleveland. At that time it was the highest award given by the ISA. Bob has been a member of ISA since 1953 and helped form the Penn-Del chapter. He has also been the ISA’s piper.

1996 – The chapter awarded the Horace M. Thayer Scholarship for Arboriculture to Marikate Leith who attended Penn State University as a Forestry major.

1996 – The first Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Conference was held at Penn State University.
1997 – Frank Gifford, Chapter President

The 1997 32nd Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Michael Rauppopenedwith a discussion on Biology and Management of Beneficial Insects. Dr. William Merrill, Dr. Roger Funk, Greg Hoover and Bob Weber were also presenters.

1997 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the Pearl S. Buck Foundation in Perkasie.

1997 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Three Rivers Youth Center in Pittsburgh.

1997 – Scott Sjolander, Extension Urban Forester, set up 3 educational sessions in the Northwestern part of the state.

1997 – In an effort of to involve all of the state, the chapter started to teleconference our meetings between Malvern in the east and New Kensington in the west.

1997 – The 10th Horace M. Thayer Scholarship Autumnfest gala dinner and dance was held at Longwood Gardens. $4,000 was raised and 168 guests attended.

1997 – Pete Thomas won the Eastern Tree Climbing Championship and went on to represent the Penn-Del chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championship for the fourth consecutive year.
1998 – Frank Gifford, Chapter President

The 1998 33rd Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Donald Booth and Dr. Kim Coder were the main presenters.

1998 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Doylestown.

1998 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Diamond Park in Meadville.

1998 – Al Cherry served as President of the ISA.

1998 – The book The Talking Tree was released. The idea was created by Al Cherry

1998 – At the ISA Annual Conference in Birmingham, England, the chapter received the Award of Achievement and the Newsletter Banner Award. In addition, John Ward received the President’s Award. The Penn-Del chapter was the only chapter to receive more than one award.

1998 – Jennifer Arkett completed the Tour Des Trees at the ISA conference in Birmingham, England.

1998 – The chapter awarded 2 Horace M. Thayer Scholarships to James A. Cherry who studied Horticulture at Temple University and 1 to Brenda A. Gibbons.
1999 – Bruce Semeria/Rich Dexter, Chapter Presidents

The 1999 34th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Gary Watson and Dr. Tom Smiley were the main presenters. Al Cherry, Ken Palmer, and Peter Donzelli were also presenters.

1999 – An Arbor Day ceremony andworkdaywasheld at the Penn-Del chapter’s Memorial Tree Grove in Fairmont Park.

1999 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Diamond Park in Meadville.

1999 – The chapter mourned the loss of Ed Martin. Ed was a charter member of Penn-Del and chapter president in 1966. He was also responsible for forming the first Arbor Day Committee. Ed also wrote a series of articles for the Penn-Del newsletter in 1993 and 1994 entitled “Tree Thots”. These articles relate to the History of the Penn-Del chapter and also some “Experiences of an Old Tree Man”.

1999 – Bacterial Leaf Scorch was recognized as a problem.

1999 – At the ISA Annual Conference in Stamford, CT the chapter received the Special Projects Award for the Educational Slide Kit for Careers in Arboriculture. The chapter also received a Banner Award for exceeding our Research Trust goal over the past 2 years, having contributed $34,583.

1999 – The ISA accepted a proposal from the Penn-Del chapter to host the 2004 ISA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.

1999 – The chapter donated $1,000 to the Horticultural Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School.

History of the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

2000’s
2000 – Rich Dexter, Chapter President

The 2000 35th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Ed Gilman and Dr. Phillp Wargo were the main presenters. Dean of Penn State College of Ag Sciences, Robert Steele, Greg Hoover, and Ken Palmer were also presenters.

2000 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Brandywine Battlefield Park.

2000 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 24 students.

2000 – Tony Tresselt volunteered as a technical representative for the International Tree Climbing Championship and continued as of 2010.

2000 – The Penn-Del Tree Climbing competitions expanded from 2 to 3 where the 5 best from the east and the 5 best from the west competed in the Invitational Masters Challenge. The winner of the Masters Challenge represents the chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championship.

2000 – The chapter’s involvement with Horticultural Trade Alliance remained strong for 12 years thanks to John Carson and Ben Tresselt III.

2000 – The chapter donated $500 to ISA for landscaping at their new headquarters.

2000 – John Smith and his daughter Arielle completed the Tour Des Trees at the ISA conference in Baltimore, MD.

2000 – This was a first for ISA. At the ISA Conference in Baltimore, 3 ISA Past Presidents from the Penn-Del chapter were in attendance. They were Al Cherry, Hyland Johns, and Bob McConnell.

2000 – The chapter mourned the loss of Joe Hayden. Joe was president of the chapter in 1971.

2000 – The chapter initiated discussions with Penn State University faculty members in hopes of establishing a curriculum for entry-level tree care workers.

2000 – Policies & Procedures revised October 2000.
2001 – Ben Tresselt III, Chapter President

The 2001 36th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Kim Coder, Dr. Bruce Fraedrich, Dr. Gary San Julian, and Dr. David Shetlar were the main presenters. Attendance was 564.

2001 – Policies & Procedures were revised.

2001 – The chapter mourned the loss of Harry Dice. Harry was responsible for starting the Western Tree Climbing Competition. He was also instrumental in helping to bring together the western and eastern factions of the chapter.

2001 – The chapter authorized John Carson to contract to have an Economic Impact Survey performed regarding the field of arboriculture. This survey was necessary in order for Penn State University to consider changing its curriculum in hopes of establishing a curriculum for entry-level tree care workers. In August of 2001, the survey produced a report titled: Arboriculture: The State of the Industry. The results, our industry appears to be strong and growing. However, when asked what the biggest issue or problem facing the industry was, 65% of the respondents stated lack of qualified tree workers.

2001 – Russ Carlson and his daughter Jessica completed the Tour Des Trees at the ISA conference in Milwaukee, WI.

2001 – The chapter continues discussions with Penn State University faculty members in hopes of establishing a curriculum for entry-level tree care workers.

2001 – The chapter joins with the Penn State Department of Horticulture to offer the Kids Tree Climb at Ag Progress Days at the Rock Springs Research Station.

2001 – 10th Annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference held.
2002 – Eric Proper, Chapter President

The 2002 37th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Jim Clark, Dr. Tom Smiley, Dr. Gary Moorman, Dr. Fred Whitford, and Dr. Glynn Percival were the main presenters. Lew Bloch, Greg Hoover, and Mark Chisholm were also presenters. Attendance was 661.

2002 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Fairmont Park in Philadelphia.

2002 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Bayne Park in Bellvue near Pittsburgh.

2002 – Drew Slousky received the Penn-Del chapter Award of Achievement.

2002 – Lou Giroud received the President’s Award of Merit.

2002 – The chapter continued discussions with Penn State University faculty members in hopes of establishing a curriculum for entry-level tree care workers.

2002 – Ken Hutz and Kathryn Belville completed the Tour Des Trees at the ISA conference in Seattle, Washington.
2003 – Eric Proper, Chapter President

The 2003 38th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dwayne Neustaeter, Dr. Kim Coder, Dr. Chris Luley, Dr. Jay R. Stipes, Dr. Fred Whitford, Dr. Dave Stanford, and Greg Hoover were the main presenters. Attendance was 614.

2003 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Awbury Arboretum in Phidadelphia.

2003 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Highland Park, Pittsburgh.

2003 – Glenn Riggs, Jr. received the President’s Award of Merit.

2003 – Our first year with demonstration tree for the Tree Worker’s breakout session. Courtesy of Ben Tresselt III, Tony Tresselt, and their crew from Arborist Enterprises, and Frank Gifford.

2003 – At the Symposium a presentation was given commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Research Project on State Game Lands No. 33 near State College, PA. The first 30 tears focused on the effect of right-of-way vegetation management on game food cover. The result demonstrated that al right-of-way treatment methods studied benefit game species and provide food and cover for the species studied. By 1985 songbirds were studied through the late 1990′s. and showed that old-field species were thriving under right-of-way management at the sane time they were generally declining in the northeastern U.S.

2003 – March 7th & 8th the Penn-Del BOD met at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh in preparation for hosting the 2004 ISA Conference. The William Penn Hotel was the site of the ISA Conference in 1944.

2003 – The Penn-Del chapter andthe Penn State Cooperative Extension Service celebrated 30 years of co-sponsoring the Basic Arboriculture School. Andy Moore of State College was the schools first head instructor.

2003 – Dean Robert Steele of the Penn State College of Ag Sciences visited Hazlett Tree Service as part of his Industry Tour.

2003 – Ken Hutz, Geoff Kempter, Ruth Stein, Al Gilens, Kristin Wild, and Ryan Parker completed the Tour Des Trees at the ISA conference in Montreal.

2003 – The Past President’s video was released in October.

2003 – The chapter awarded the Horace M. Thayer Scholarship for Arboriculture to Doak Marasco who attended Penn State University.

2003 – The Penn-Del chapter pledged $75,000, at $15,000 per year, for 5 years, to support Jim Savage’s position in Penn State’s Department of Horticulture to teach two arboriculture classes. After several years of lobbying, the Penn-Del chapter finally convinced Penn State University to offer some arboriculture courses. Jim Savage and Dr. Larry Kuhns investigated the requirements of several recognized arboriculture programs in the northeast. It was found that the courses offered in Penn State’s Landscape Management Option closely matched the course required by arboriculture programs except for missing two arboriculture classes. Applied Arboriculture and Principles of Arboriculture were added to Penn State’s Landscape Management Option.
The goal was to develop this program into a 2-year arboriculture certification program.

2003 – Policies & Procedures Revised September 2003.

2003 – 1990 – The Horticultural Trade Alliance hired a lobbying firm.

2003 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 32 students.

2003 – Bill Graham received the Honorary Life Membership Award.
2004 – Geoff Kempter, Chapter President

The 2004 39th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Ed Gilman, Dr. Michael Raupp, Dr. William Cheney, Dr. Kerry Richards, Sharon Lilly, and Rip Thompkins were the main presenters. Attendance was 588.

2004 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at the St. Edmund’s Home for Children in Rosemont..

2004 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at West Park, Pittsburgh. Over 70 volunteers participated.

2004 – Jenny Arkett received the chapter’s President’s award

2004 – Governor Ed Rendell launched the TreeVitalize program. An aggressive four-year, $8 million partnership to plant more than 20,000 shade trees and 2,000 acres to restore tree cover to southeastern Pennsylvania.

2004 – The chapter mourned the loss of Dale Vezzetti who died at 48 years of age. Dale was the Pittsburgh City Forester and active in the chapter for many years.

2004 – The chapter successfully hosted ISA’sAnnual Conference in Pittsburgh under the leadership of General Chair, John O. Smith. 2100 attended.

2004 – Something new at the ISA’s Annual Conference, a luncheon for Women in Arboriculture.

2004 – President Geoff Kempter directed that a task force be formed to investigate the issue of streamlining the Board of Directors in order to make it less administrative anddelegate more responsibility to the individuals who would be involved in planning or acting on any specific endeavor. A task force headed by Russ Carlson was formed. It included: Russ, Geoff Kempter, John Smith, Ben Tresselt III, and Gene McMillan,
2005 – Geoff Kempter, Chapter President

The 2005 40th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Tom Smiley, Dr. George Hudler, Dr. Richard Yahner, Greg Hoover, and Mark Chisholm were the main presenters. Attendance was 608 with 29 exhibitors.

2005 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Woodward Hills Cemetery in Lancaster.

2005 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at West Park, Pittsburgh.

2005 – At the Annual Business Meeting in February of 2005, The By-laws were changed to reflect the formation of the new BOD governing structure. At that same time, our Constitution was revoked, as it was no longer necessary. The new structure called for 11 Board members. The President, President-elect, Vice-President, the Past Presidents Delegate, the Chapter Rep to ISA BOD, and 6 Directors-at-large to be elected by the membership every 3 years

2005 – The chapter purchased a new equipment trailer to be used to carry equipment between the 3 tree climbing competitions A total of $5,000 was donated to purchase the trailer.

2005 – Ron Rankin and Jim Jimmo of Penn Line Service organized a utility arborist workshop for students of Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center. The students are enrolled in the school’s Power Line Tech 2000+ Program.

2005 – Vinny Cotrone, PA Urban & Community Forester in the northeast, worked to develop a marketing campaign that focused on stopping the destructive practice of tree topping.

2005 – Ben Tresselt III suggested that the chapter use the Pancoast Concern to do the layout and printing of the chapter’s newsletter. The new format was attractive and well accepted.

2005 – The Basic Arboriculture School moved to the Morris Arboretum and had another successful session offering instruction to 29 students.

2005 – John Smith received the Past Presidents’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

2005 – Policies & Procedures revised November 2005.

2005 – Jeff Dice was selected as Chair of the International Tree Climbing Championship Rules Committee. He served two 3-year terms until 2010.
2006 – Rick Johnson/Sarah Hoster, Chapter Presidents

The 2006 41st Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. Dr. Ann Brooks-Gould, Dr. Edward P. Krenzelock, James Urban, Ward Peterson, Greg Hoover, and Jim Ingram were the main presenters. Attendance was 685.

2006 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Bancroft Parkway in Wilmington Delaware.

2006 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Henle Park Leetsdale.

2006 – Sarah Hoster became the chapter’s first female president.

2006 – Policies & Procedures revised January 2006

2006 – Ben Tresselt III is elected to the TCIA Board of Directors.

2006 – Spearheaded by John Ward, Penn-Del began a Bacterial Leaf Scorch Funding Project. The funding went to Dr. Ann Gould of Rutgers University who had already been researching Bacterial Leaf Scorch for 3 years. By the end of 2006 we had $17,300 in donations.

2006 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 31 students.

2006 – Our $15,000 per year, 5-year commitment to Penn State ended after 2007. In anticipation of the expiration, Chapter President, Sarah Hoster sent a letter to Dean Steele urging the establishment of an ArboricultureMinor within the Landscape Contracting Degree with the Management option.

2006 – The chapter donated $7,660 to the Tree Fund.
2007 – Sarah Hoster, Chapter President

The 2007 42nd Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. It was titled From the Roots to the Crown. Dr. Bonnie Appleton, Dr. Bruce Fraedrich, Dr. Chris Luley, Greg Hoover, Bob Benjamin, and Scott Prophett were the main presenters. Attendance was 695.

2007 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at West Park, Pittsburgh.

2007 – Thanks to Tony and Ben Tresselt III, this was the 5th year we had demonstration tree for the Tree Worker’s breakout session. We appreciated the ongoing volunteer efforts of Tony and Ben, and their crew from Arborist Enterprises, who perfected a system for setting up and taking down the rigging tree. This year, they were assisted by volunteers from Bob’s Crane Service.

2007 – In June of 2007, the Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed to be in western Pennsylvania.

2007 – The chapter awarded 3 Horace M. Thayer Scholarships to Evan Stearns, Ben Wright, and Kimberly Oellerisch, all attended Penn State University.

2007 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 24 students.

2007 – Bacterial Leaf Scorch Funding Project had raised $25,150 since its inception.

2007 – Thanks to Rich Dexter, the chapter’s delegate to the Ag Council, andalso a member of the Ag Council Board of Directors, in October, the chapter sent a delegation to meet with Dean Steele at a Penn State Ag Council meeting. Chapter President, Sarah Hoster, Rich Dexter, and Bob Crusan, alternate delegate to the Ag Council attended to further our efforts to establish an ArboricultureMinor within the Landscape Contracting Degree with the Management option. We were seeking information that would allow the chapter to decide on whether to continue funding for another 5 years.

2007 – In November, the chapter sent our formal proposal to Dean Steele. Our terms were: “The Pennsylvania Delaware Chapter of the International Society of Arboricultureproposes to continue our support for a one-half time position of arboricultureinstructor by allocating $15,000.00 a year for the next five years. Our proposal is contingent upon the College of Ag Sciences matching our contribution and that the arboriculture minor would become a reality after approximately one year’s time. ”

2007 – Bill Graham Chaired the newly formed Nursery Quality Task Force in an effort to establish standards to improve the quality of nursery grown trees. Penn-Del partnered with the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA), and numerous wholesale nursery growers to write the standard. The chapter endorsed a position statement.

2007 – Bill Johnston, Jr. started as Chair of the Policies & Procedures Committee.

2009 – Rich Dexter was elected the Penn State Ag Council BOD for a 3-tear term.

2007 – The chapter donated $6,560 to the Tree Fund.
2008 – Sarah Hoster, Chapter President

The 2008 43rd Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. It was titled Management Techniques for Emerging Invasive Pests in the Northeastern U.S. Dr. Donald Booth, Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. Larry Kuhns, Dr. William Elmendorf, Dr. Rex Bastian, Dr. Anand Persad, Sven Eric-Spichiger from PA Dept. of Agriculture, and Scott Prophett were the main presenters. Attendance was 748.

2008 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Hope Lodge in Fort Washington.

2008 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Schenley Park, Pittsburgh.

2008 – Spring 2008, Penn State University approved and established the ArboricultureMinor within the Landscape Contracting Degree with the Management option. This was a huge, huge accomplishment for the chapter made possible by many members over a long period of time.

2008 – ISA and the ITCC made the Wall Street Journal for the second time in three years. An article entitled “The Art and Business of Tree Climbing appeared in the July 30 edition.

2008 – Jim Roach won the Invitational Masters Challenge for an unprecedented 7th time in the last 9 years since the Masters Challenge began in 2000.

2008 – The BOD voted to fund Penn State University for another 5 years at $15,000 per year to support a one-half time position of arboriculture instructor in the ArboricultureMinor within the Landscape Contracting Degree with the Management option.

2008 – For the first time, the Basic Arboriculture School held classes in 2 locations offering instruction to 33 students. Sixteen graduated in the western part of the state and 17 graduated in the western part of the state.

2008 – The BOD voted to move the Symposium out of the Lancaster Host. In 2011 we will be at the brand new Convention Center in downtown Lancaster.

2008 – Ben TresseltIII was elected to the TCIA Board of Directors for a second three-year term.

2008 – DCNR Secretary Michael DiBernadinis, launched the TreeVitalize program in Pittsburgh.

2008 – The chapter donated $6,090 to the Tree Fund.
2009 – Rich Vrboncic, Chapter President

The 2009 44th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. It was titled Tree Care for Modern Communities: People and Tree Interactions. Michael DiBernadinis Secretary of the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, Sven Eric-Spichiger from PA Dept. of Agriculture, Gilbert High, Greg Hoover, Joe Bones, Alex Brown, Bill Graham, Jason Lubar, and Tony Tresselt were some of the presenters. Attendance was 571.

2009 – Arbor Day ceremonies and workdays were held at Seven Gables Park in Carlisle, Woodward Hills Cemetery in Lancaster, and Hess Par in New Wales Borough.

2009 – An Arbor Day ceremony and workday was held at Westinghouse Park in Pittsburgh.

2009 – Bill Graham, Chair of the Nursery Quality Task Force, was moving ahead in writing a standard to define high quality trees. The partnership grew to include representatives from Penn-Del ISA, PLNA, numerous wholesale nursery growers, the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, DCNR, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and other organization representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Green Industry specialists. In September of 2009, a draft was completed of the Pennsylvania Nursery Tree Quality Standards and distributed to the group for review and comments.

2009 – The chapter formed a Volunteer Retention and Recruitment Committee chaired by Cheryl Bjornson.

2009 – DCNR Secretary Michael DiBernadinis expands the TreeVitalize program to all PA metropolitan areas.

2009 – Thanks to the efforts of John Ward, over a three-year period, the Penn-Del chapter raised more than $30,000 for Bacterial Leaf Scorch research. The work was conducted by Dr. Ann Gould, Plant Pathologist, at Rutgers University.

2009 – The chapter donated $5,000 to the Tree Fund.

2009 – A new law took effect that impacted the tree care industry. The Home Improvement Contractor law (Act 132 of 2008). Act 132 was passed by the General Assembly in the fall of 2008 and signed into law by the governor. The law took effect on July 1, 2009. In it specified that Tree Service Contractors who perform tree removals adding up to $5,000 or more in 1 calendar year, or $500 or more on an individual project, must be registered with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

2009 – The chapter awarded 4 Horace M. Thayer Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to Bryan Westlake who attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Frank Grano attended Penn State Mont Alto, Matthew Giroud attended Penn State University, and Evan Stearn also attended Penn State University.

2009 – The Basic Arboriculture School offered instruction to 22 students.

2009 – Emerald Ash Borer continued to spread. As of the end of October 2009 a total of 11 Pennsylvania counties were under an order of quarantine.

2009 – Rich Dexter was elected the Penn State Ag Council BOD for another 3-tear term.

History of the Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

2010’s

2010 – Rich Vrboncic, Chapter President

The 2010 45th Symposium was held at the Lancaster Host Resort, Lancaster. John Ball, Dr. Ann Brooks-Gould, Alex Brown, Russ Carlson, Gilbert High, Greg Hoover, Jeff Kempter, Jason Lubar, and Dwayne Neustaeter were some of the presenters.

2010 – The chapter says goodbye to the Lancaster Host Resort.

2010 – The chapter offers the option of receiving the newsletter electronically or to continue receiving a paper copy.

2010 – Spearheaded by John Smith, the chapter launches its new professionally re-designed website.

….more to follow in the coming months!

 

 

 

   
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