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Volunteer at Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Do you want to:

Support MELA in a new way?

Attend the Midwest's premier green industry trade show?

Network in a greener way?

Do all of the above at the same time?

Then have we got the event for you!

For the first time in our history, the Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association is going to have a booth at the Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show.

We'll be in Booth 338 and we would love your help in staffing our booth. Mid-Am will be held at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place in Chicago.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 16th to Friday, January 18th, except on Friday when it ends at 3 p.m. We would like people to commit to 1/2 day increments.

Here's the schedule:

Wed., January 16: 1st shift: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2nd shift: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thurs., January 17: 1st shift: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 .pm.

2nd shift: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fri., January 18: 1st shift: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2nd shift: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (plus pack up)

The first two people to sign up for each of the six shifts will get free admission (expo only) to the MidAm conference!!

If you are not one of the first two people to sign up and would still like to volunteer, please come on down and join us anyway. Help us deliver our industry-changing message to our friends and colleagues and, at the same time, sign up a few new MELA members.

We will have a help sheet for people who are staffing the booth, as well as brochures, questionnaires and awesome "Live Green and Prosper" pens to hand out. In addition, we will be holding a raffle drawing each day to give MidAm attendees an opportunity to win one admission to the MELA conference in February.

If you would like to join us, email us at

Stay tuned! Information about MELA membership renewal and our upcoming annual conference will be arriving soon!!

See you at MidAm!

Julie Siegel

President, MELA

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