Plant The Gem

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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

On October 15, 2022 the village of Flossmoor, Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Region Tree Initiative and the organizers of The Hidden Gem Half Marathon will be teaming up with citizens in the Chicago SouthLand to plant TREE-Hundred trees along the 13.1 mile route of The Hidden Gem Half Marathon in Flossmoor.

No previous tree planting experience is required. Be ready to move a few trees and fill a few holes with dirt and be a part of the largest single-day tree planting in Chicagoland history.

Team Captains are asked to secure a team of 3-5 persons to help plant up to 5 trees on the morning of October 15.  Full instructions and training provided.

If you do not wish to be a captain, please volunteer as a team member, and we will assign you to a team.

Unable to make the planting day and wish to donate in other ways? Volunteer as a Tree Support volunteer.

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER CONTACT INFORMATION

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Volunteer Signup List (After making your selection(s), click on bottom button to complete sign up process)

 Volunteer Positions & Descriptions
Date
Time Slots
Name of Volunteers
Available Slots
Volunteer Positions & Descriptions
Team Captain
You will be responsible for assembling a team of 3-5 members to plant up to 5 trees on October 15th. You will receive complete instructions and training on the process. You must be sure your team members are available on planting day.
Date
10/15/2022
Time Slots
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Name of Volunteers
June Cole-Boulware
Ken Gehrling
Patrick Zamkin
Available Slots
55
Volunteer Positions & Descriptions
Team Member
If you do not wish to be a team captain but would like to be a part of the tree planting, volunteer to be a tree member and you will be assigned a team.
Date
10/15/2022
Time Slots
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Name of Volunteers
Jane Baffes
Erik O'Brien
Cecil Porter
Available Slots
No Slot Limit
Volunteer Positions & Descriptions
Tree Support
Unable to make the event? Choose this position and we will follow up to let you know other ways you can help.
Date
10/15/2022 - 10/31/2022
Time Slots
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Name of Volunteers
LaTreece Robinson
Available Slots
Slot Is Full

Volunteer Waiver

Please read any waiver carefully. It includes a release of liability and waiver of legal rights and deprives you of the ability to sue certain parties. Do not agree to this document unless you have read and understood it in its entirety. By agreeing electronically, you acknowledge that you have both read and understood the text presented to you as part of the registration process. You also understand and agree that events carry certain inherent dangers and risks which may or may not be readily foreseeable, including without limitation personal injury, property damage or death. Your ability to participate in the event(s) is/are subject to your agreement to the waiver and by agreeing herein, you accept and agree to the terms of the and release agreement. You must be over 18 years of age OR the parent/legal guardian of a minor under 18 years of age OR the legal guardian of an incapacitated and/or mentally challenged person in order to agree to the text below.

WAIVER CONTRACT

Plant the Gem

WAIVER

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISK, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT   

 

WARNING: READ CAREFULLY. THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDES A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND WAIVER OF LEGAL RIGHTS AND DEPRIVES YOU OF THE RIGHT TO SUE Flossmoor’s Future, LLC, INC. AND OTHER PARTIES. DO NOT SIGN THIS AGREEMENT UNLESS YOU HAVE READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY. SEEK THE ADVICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ITS EFFECT.  

 

IN CONSIDERATION for Flossmoor’s Future, LLC, The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Region Trees Initiative and the village of Flossmoor  and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, representatives, and agents allowing my participation in the Plant The Gem(the “Event”); I, the undersigned, and on behalf of my spouse, heirs, next of kin, any legal and personal representatives, successors and assigns, hereby agree to and make the following contractual representations pursuant to this Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement (the “Agreement”);  

 

1.         PARTICIPANT REPRESENTATIONS:  I hereby represent that (i) I am in good health and physically fit to participate in the Event; (ii) have not been advised against participating in the Event by a qualified health professional; and (iii) I am at least 18 years of age (or this agreement is agreed to by my parent, natural guardian, or legal guardian). I agree that it is my sole responsibility to determine whether I am sufficiently fit and healthy enough to participate in the Event. I agree that it is my sole responsibility for maintaining control at all possible times while engaging in the Event and for reading, understanding, and complying with all signage. 

2.         ASSUMPTION OF RISK:  I understand and acknowledge that there are dangers, hazards and risks of injury or damages, some of which are inherent, in my use of, presence at, or participation in the Event. I understand I may be asked to use gardening tools such as shovels and may be asked to exert physical effort to move and plant trees. I understand that these dangers, hazards and risks, arising from my use of, presence at, or participation in the Event, whether shoveling, filling holes with dirt or moving trees into planting area among other activities or other portions of the Event, include but are not limited to: the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis and death; risks from training for, practicing, or competing in the Event; complications arising from personal mental, physical, or emotional state; accidents, tripping, falling down, danger from adverse weather, exposure to extreme conditions and circumstances, water, road or surface hazards, variations in terrain, encounters with wild and domestic animals, inadequate safety measures; unmaintained, roads, bridges, etc.; loss or damage to property; equipment failure; participants of varying skill levels; acts of terrorism or criminal activity; and other accidents or incidents that may result in injury or damage; (“Risks”). I further understand that if stroller use is permitted in the Event and I assume all liability related to my use of one. I understand that these Risks may be caused in whole or in part by my own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Event, or the acts, inaction or ordinary negligence of the Released Parties defined below, and I hereby voluntarily and willingly assume all such Risks and any other damages, liabilities, losses or expenses to my person or personal property which I incur as a result of my participation in the Event.   

 

5.         RELEASE OF LIABILITY:  I hereby Release, Waive and Covenant Not to Sue: Flossmoor’s Future, Village of Flossmoor, The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Individual Event Organizers,  any Event sponsors, and all Host Cities, Local Organizing Committees, Venues and Property Owners upon which the Event takes place, Law Enforcement Agencies and other Public Entities providing support for the Event, and each of their respective insurance companies, parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, successors in interest, commercial and corporate sponsors, officers, directors, partners, shareholders, members, agents, employees, contractors, subcontractors, and volunteers (Individually and Collectively, the “Released Parties” or “Event Organizers”), with respect to any liability, claim(s), demand(s), cause(s) of action, damage(s), loss or expense (including court costs and reasonable attorneys fees) of any kind or nature (“Liability”) from my use of, presence at or participation in the Event, which may arise out of, result from, or relate to the alleged or actual negligence or breach of any express or implied warranty of the Released Parties.  

6.         INDEMNIFICATION:  I further agree that if, despite this Agreement, I, or anyone on my behalf, makes a claim for Liability against any of the Released Parties, I will indemnify, defend and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any such Liability for any property damage or personal injury which may be incurred as the result of such claim. I agree to pay all costs and attorney’s fees incurred by any Released Party in defending a claim or suit brought by or on behalf of myself.  

7.         RELEASE FOR PERSONAL LIKENESS:  I understand that Flossmoor’s Future, LLC and/or those authorized by Flossmoor’s Future, LLC will be (i) taking photographs, (ii) making audio recordings and (iii) video recordings of the Event and its related events. I hereby irrevocably consent to and grant Flossmoor’s Future and The Village of Flossmoor, LLC, the exclusive right to the ownership and use of any and all (i) photographs, (ii) audio recordings and/or (iii) video recordings containing my image or likeness, for any lawful purpose whatsoever in connection with Flossmoor’s Future, LLC and its related events.

8.         DISMISSAL:  I understand that Event Organizer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to dismiss any participant from the activities and to deny or revoke any applicant at any time from the event. If I am dismissed or depart for any reason, I agree I am responsible for all costs of departure whether for medical reasons, dismissal, personal emergencies, or otherwise.

 

10.       GOVERNING LAW: This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota, without regard to principles of conflict of laws.

11.       ASSIGNMENT:  I understand that the Event Organizer may assign this Form to other entity/s or individual/s (“Assignees”) at any time, and any such assignment will grant assignees the full rights and protections accorded in this Form, consistent with Event Organizer’s and other Released Parties’ rights and protections under this form.

12.       FORCE MAJEURE:  In the event that the Event(s) or any portion thereof are cancelled or omitted because of war, an Act of God, inclement weather, natural disturbances, fire, public emergency, disaster, or necessity, plague, epidemics of health or other, national or state emergency, riot, acts or threats of terrorism or criminal activity, unavoidable casualty, race course conditions, legal restriction, labor disputes, strikes, boycotts, mechanical or electrical breakdowns, or for any other reason beyond the reasonable control of Flossmoor’s Future, LLC, the same shall not constitute a breach of this Agreement. If any or all of the Event(s) are cancelled or omitted as described above, Flossmoor’s Future, LLC, in its absolute and sole discretion, shall determine whether refunds, credits, or transfers will be issued, granted, or permitted.

 

 

I agree I have read this Agreement carefully, understand its terms and conditions, understand that I will be giving up substantial legal rights by signing it (including the rights of the minor, my spouse, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, successors and assigns), acknowledge that I have signed this Agreement freely and voluntarily, without any inducement, assurance or guarantee, and intend for my signature to serve as confirmation of my complete and unconditional acceptance of the terms, conditions and provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement represents the complete understanding between the parties regarding these issues and no oral representations, statements or inducements have been made apart from this Agreement. If I sign this form both online and on-site, I agree that the on-site version of this form, as that version may be amended from the on-line version, will be binding. This agreement is effective in regard to my enrollment or participation in the activities from the date signed through the completion of all activities, and this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect following completion of all activities. I agree that the contents of this Agreement will take precedence over any other forms or contracts I may sign in connection with these activities. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. 

 

 As the Parent and/or Legal Guardian to the minor identified above, I hereby accept and agree to all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement in connection with the minor’s participation in the Event(s). If, despite this Agreement, I, or anyone on the minor’s behalf, makes a claim for Liability against any of the Released Parties, I will indemnify, defend and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any such Liabilities which any may be incurred as the result of such claim.    

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE (required if participant is under the age of 18

 

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