SCA at a Glance
August 2018

Won't you join us in Columbus?
G reetings members!

It's finally here, the ISA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio! The SCA has several events planned throughout the week, and we hope you will join us for one or all. Read below for details on all of our activities throughout the next week!

Whether you meet us at our booth at the Arbor Fair or on the Trade Show Floor (Booth #909!), or you attend our Happy Hour or Field Day, or even if you participate in the amazing RakeMaster Challenge, be sure to say hey to your good friends at the SCA!

See you in the Buckeye State!

-Your SCA Team 

Columbus Skyline at Night, © Jon Holiday 
Join the SCA at the ISA Conference!

Arbor Fair & Expo

The ITCC's Arbor Fair is a free educational and fun event for the general public that focuses on environmental issues and promoting proper tree care. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the industry and what it has to offer the consumer when looking for a professional tree care service.

Look for the SCA Booth at this year's Arbor Fair, and pick up a drink token for our Member Happy Hour!
The World-Famous 
2017 RakeMaster Competitors
RakeMaster Challenge

Who will take 
this year's Rake and Golden Helmet?

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 3:30 PM
Cost: $100/Team of Six
Free for Spectators!
Registration: Online or Paper Form

ISA Chapters, Competition Judges, and vendors are all encouraged to participate in this competition. Teams battle it out in an obstacle course of groundwork duties; the top team receives the ULTIMATE HONOR of taking home the coveted SCA Rake and Golden Hard Hat award!
All competitors receive a free RakeMaster t-shirt. This event is a great team-building experience that helps develop camaraderie among colleagues spread across great distances.


SCA Member Happy Hour

Location: Bar Louie, 504 N. Park St.
Date: Monday, August 6
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 pm
Cost: Free with drink tokens
Tokens distributed at Arbor Fair / Trade Show Floor Booth #909

Come grab a drink or two on us, and network with your fellow SCA members and Board!

Join us at Bar Louie for drinks, snacks, and great conversations as we host our 6th Annual SCA Happy Hour. This year, we will be hosting a special meet and greet off-site, and members of our Board and staff will be handing out drink tokens in advance.

We will be handing out SCA Branded drink tokens throughout the weekend at the Arbor Fair. You can also stop by our booth on the Trade Show Floor (#909) on Monday and pick up a token from Kathleen, from 11 AM - 4:30 PM.
SCA Field Day 2018

Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $65
Registration: On-Site

This year, we are honored to visit our own Chris Ahlum, SCA Board President, on his home turf! We will be touring the headquarters for Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation in Columbus. We will be highlighting the history of a family business that has been in operation for the last 40 years. Attendees will discuss the layout of the facility, built in 2012, and the operations of the company. Visiting local arborists has been a highlight of many past SCA tours, and we can't wait for you to visit our Board President's company!

Additionally, we will be visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory and getting a 'behind the scenes' look at the brand new (opening in May 2018) Children's Garden, discussing the focus on tree preservation throughout the development process. This discussion will include the garden design, building scopes, how construction was planned around trees, and the after care for both existing and new trees. Attendees will also have a chance to peruse the Conservatory either alone or on a guided tour.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an amazing tour! If you'd like more information, please contact us at, and register on-site with ISA!

'Members Only' Section on Website

Have you visited the SCA's website,  recently? We've added a brand new section specifically for our members to  access some great features! In this section, you'll find past issues of SCA Today, recordings of all of our webinar series up-to-date, and there are plans to add more great items soon.

Logging on is easy - simply go to, select the "Members Only" tab, and type in the password: 2018commercial . It's that easy!

Is there something you'd like to see featured in this section? Feel free to send us an e-mail at with your ideas. We hope you enjoy this great new aspect of our website!