At the Annual General Meeting of the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) on June 15, the membership voted to accept PLASA's new Code of Ethics which, for the first time, outlines standards of conduct in business for PLASA members.

This key document has been drawn up to address the complaint that PLASA was previously unable to demand high standards of practice from its members, or to take action where evidence of bad business practice arose, and underlines the Association's commitment to maintaining high standards of practice among its membership.

The Code defines the standards of business practice to which all PLASA members are expected to adhere, and details the procedures to be followed when a customer or another member makes a complaint about a PLASA member, plus the procedure for appeal by a member. In cases where the Association finds that the provisions of the Code of Ethics, or of the PLASA Constitution, have been breached, the Association can take action against the member, which could include the suspension or termination of its membership.

PLASA Chairman Mick Hannaford says, "This is a very important step for PLASA that demonstrates that we are committed to making PLASA a quality mark. Everyone in the industry should be able to expect that, by dealing with a member of PLASA, they are guaranteed an honest, quality service. By introducing this Code, PLASA is working towards the education and betterment of the industry." The complete text of the Code can be found at www.plasa.org/association/ethics.html.

Registration and sponsorships are now being accepted for High End Systems' Third Annual Gary Whittington Memorial Golf Tournament, in conjunction with LDI 2000 in Las Vegas. The shotgun/scramble event tees off 8am Thursday, October 19, at the Las Vegas Paiute Resort at Snow Mountain, 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd.

High End will provide buses departing from Treasure Island Hotel & Casino promptly at 7am. Continental breakfast is offered before tee-off, with a victory lunch after the game. Team prizes will be given, with individual prizes for men's longest drive, women's longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in-one. Cost is $179 per player.

Sponsorships are also available for $300 per tee or green. Sponsors' tees will be marked with a 17"x17" sign announcing the company name and LDI booth number. Sponsors' promotional items may also be placed in the giveaway bags given to each player. (Items must be sent to High End by October 1.)

Deadline for player registration is October 1. The deadline for sponsorship sign-up is September 18. Registration forms are available on the High End Systems website at www.highend.com. For golf tournament questions, please call Stephanie Thomas at 512/836-2242 ext. 169 or e-mail stephanie_thomas@highend.com.