BugBytes Vol. 6 Issue 7

Posted By: Lydia Crabtree Bug Bytes,
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July 14, 2023 |  Vol. 6 Issue 7

GAPestVets & GPCA Companies
Invited to
Veterans Empowerment Organization Campus Tour

Atlanta’s Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) is inviting GPCA member companies to join them on a private tour of their campus. The VEO provides emergency, supportive, and long-term stable housing; clinical care for mental health and substance misuse; and workforce training for sustainable employment to Veterans. The GPCA PestVets have been in support and partnership with the VEO. In 2021 our member companies collectively donated $10k to their cause. They have since far evolved their campus, services, and facilities. Your presence will show your support for our nation’s veterans and help us represent GPCA and the Pest Control Industry to Veterans and the community.

Time:                     10 AM - 12 PM


Date:                     Friday, 7/21/2023


Location:              Veterans Empowerment Organization
                             381 West Lake Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30318

Free Registration
2nd PCO Course
Being Offered

A second Pest Control Operators COURSE is being offered this year. Starting August 7th and running for 6 weeks, this course will help you study for the Certified Operators Exam and gain valuable CEU Credits along the way. 17 Hours HPC and 8 hours WDO are being offered. Take only the classes you need and attend virtually from anywhere!
Winter Conference Room Block Open

Although planning for the 2024 Winter Conference being held in Athens, GA from Tuesday, January 9th to Thursday, January 11th, the room block has been released for purchase. 

This room block consistently sells out. If you are sure you are going to attend, you should most definitely book your room reservations today.

The GPCA Group Code is 95748. 

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin  Street
Athens, Georgia 30602
706 - 542 - 6719

Need to find a new employee, GPCA has a deal for you. We will post your job on our JOBS Board for thirty days for FREE, if you are a GPCA Member! What are you waiting for? Go find that new technician today!


Individual Member
Education Member 

A change to the By-Laws makes Individual Membership = Education Membership 

For years, Individual Membership has always given membership discounts on all education invents and free access to Region CEU meetings. 

The difference between an Individual Member and an Active Membership is Active Membership permits member discounts on all forms, marketing materials, and service tickets that GPCA can print and provide. 

"GPCA wanted to clarify what Individual Membership has always granted: discounted CEUs. This change simply makes that clear," Kelly McLendon, CAE, said.

Most importantly this opens our membership up to be inclusive of Honey Bee Operators (HBR) and Wildlife Removal Specialists, who in the past would have been denied membership because they did not have pest control licenses in the state of Georgia. 

Bob Russell Entomology Scholarship Open Year Round

The Bob Russell Entomology Scholarship is open to applications year-round. 

The Bob Russell Entomology Scholarship was established in 2005 to honor long-time and dedicated leader Robert M. Russell. It was Mr. Russell’s vision in the 1980s to seek an Urban Entomology Program at the University of Georgia. This scholarship honors his memory and will serve to encourage those students who seek to pursue Entomology as a course of study. The program is funded by the interest earned from a trust fund established by the Russell family and Bob's friends, who contributed memorial gifts to honor him. Additionally, the GPCA Charity Golf Tournament contributes to the fund.

The Georgia Pest Control Association is offering a $1000 scholarship to a student

who is enrolled in the Entomology Program at the University of Georgia.

To apply, applicants should complete the application and a 250-word essay answering,

“How do you plan to incorporate pest control into your career plans?”

To qualify:

  • You must be enrolled in at least one entomology class to qualify
  • Complete the essay
  • Complete the application form

Burnett Scholarship Deadline Extension

The Glen H. Burnett Scholarship application remains open for graduates from 2023 to apply for these scholarships. These general scholarships permit persons who meet the following criteria to apply and get much-needed funds for their education: 
  1.  Have a parent or legal guardian presently employed and have been employed for at least three (3) years by a licensed pest control firm or firms that is an active or allied member, in good standing with Georgia Pest Control Association and has been for three (3) or more years.
  2. Must have been accepted to be a full-time (fourteen (14) hours either quarter or semester) undergraduate student at a college, university, or technical college which has been accredited by the Association of Schools and Colleges. 
  3. Have at least a 3.0 high school cumulative grade point average (equivalent to a B average) and a 960 S.A.T. or 28 ACT score.
The deadline normally closes on May 15th and has been extended this year to July 31st. See the full list of requirements on the application.
    Bob Russell Entomology Scholarship
    Glenn H Burnett General Scholarship Application
    You are asking for it and GPCA hears you! We are working right now with the Education Committee to set up the next HBR Class. Keep watching CEU Planner and BugBytes for the latest!
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