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PLANET Wins 2009 ASAE's Associations Advance America Award of Excellence

PLANET is one of only 17 organizations nationally to receive an Award of Excellence in the first round of the 2009 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards program, a national competition sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center for Association Leadership, Washington, D.C.

PLANET received the award for its Renewal & Remembrance program. This program is now in the running to receive a Summit Award, ASAE & The Center’s top recognition for association programs, to be presented in ceremonies at ASAE’s 10th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on September 29, 2009.

As part of Renewal & Remembrance, hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the nation bring their crews to Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries to spend the day mulching, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, liming over 200 acres, planting, and aerating the soil. This gift is valued at more than $200,000 in products and services. Through this event each year, PLANET has contributed more than $2 million to the care of these historic landmarks. The 2008 Platinum Sponsors were Bayer Environmental Science, Husqvarna, and Syngenta Lawn & Garden.

“Our Renewal & Remembrance event is an opportunity for our members to come together and make a difference by improving the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and supporting military families. It is an honor that PLANET was chosen as one of the 17 organizations to have won this Award of Excellence.” said PLANET President Bill Hildebolt, Ph.D., CTP, CTP-CSL.

Now in its 19th year, the prestigious AAA Awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward—with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public.

“PLANET’s program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” said 2008-2009 AAA Committee Chair Janet C. Gibbs, chief financial officer for Feeding America.

We also encourage you to look at the June 10 blog post about the award winners on The Power of A website: http://www.thepowerofa.org/.

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