Over 400 industry professionals from across the nation donated their time and efforts to come together at Arlington National Cemetery for the Professional Landscape Network’s (PLANET) 16th annual “Renewal and Remembrance” event. For the third year in a row, Swingle’s Tom Lynch, Fort Collin’s Branch Manager, volunteered his time on behalf of Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals. “This annual tradition allows the industry to give back to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Lynch. Volunteers completed services such as pruning, lightning protection for trees, fertilization, liming, aeration, and replanting of flower gardens.
In addition to Renewal & Remembrance, PLANET also scheduled their annual Day On The Hill. All volunteers organized visits to their states Congressional and Senate offices to tell their story and advocate for the industry. This year, the industry volunteers from Colorado spoke directly to the Colorado representative’s offices both in the house and senate. They were able to meet with Congressman Mike Coffman to discuss topics such as H2B rules attached to the immigration bill, aspects of the Clean Water Act and how proposed legislation is affecting small business and helping to support new legislation, which would help employers adhere to the provisions set in place by the Affordable Care Act.
In the past, Swingle has had other team members volunteer their time. Swingle President John Gibson has participated several times and Swingle Director of Operations Kelly Gouge participated last year. Swingle is honored to have team members attend this event year-after-year and we look forward to being part of this amazing event in the future.