Commonwealth Crier Newsletter and VGCSA Member Directory
Stay in touch with your fellow superintendents with the quarterly publication, The Commonwealth Crier. Get local association news and timely educational articles from across the state. The VGCSA Member Directory gives complete contact information on all members and industry partners.
Education and Survey
The VGCSA hosts two GCSAA-sponsored educational seminars every year in December. Topics range from technical turfgrass subjects to professional development. The VGCSA also keeps you informed on local educational opportunities. VGCSA educational programs earn professional certification credits (PDI). The VGCSA also conducts a biannual survey of turf practices and compensation/benefits.
VGCSA and local association meetings and events provide a good opportunity to meet informally with your professional peers and gather important information. Members share information, solve problems and learn more about the local golf course industry. The value of your dues could easily be realized by networking to identify an inexpensive solution to a problem you are having at your golf course.
GCSAA update information is provided to the VGCSA membership through The Commonwealth Crier and on our web site. Information about GCSAA’s conference and show, annual election, and upcoming seminars in the region are also highlighted at VGCSA meetings. VGCSA jointly sponsors a social event at the national conference with MAAGCS & ESAGCS, free to members.
The VGCSA and its local associations host golf tournaments that bring members throughout the state together. The Tollie Quinn, Wee One Foundation and Joe Saylor tournaments are open to all members. VGCSA also conducts the VGCSA Championships and the Virlina Cup match with the Carolinas GCSA.
VGCSA Website (www.vgcsa.org) and Electronic Communication
The VGCSA website is the source for member information. The website has a searchable online member directory, meeting and event schedules for both VGCSA and local associations, industry news, employment opportunities, equipment for sale, plus industry links and electronic notification of key events. Online payments are also available.
The VGCSA conducts a Fall Conference featuring outstanding national and regional speakers. The event provides excellent networking opportunities, including a special social event.
Government Relations & BMP
The VGCSA works with other allied associations through the Virginia Golf Council to ensure that our voices are heard on issues that affect the golf industry. VGCSA is a member of the Virginia Agribusiness Council. The VGCSA works with Virginia Tech on the “Best Management Practices” program to benefit the golf industry in Virginia. The VGCSA also conducts a BMP fundraiser tournament with partner Landscape Supply.
VGCSA Annual Meeting & Awards
All VGCSA members are invited to the annual meeting of the association, which includes the annual awards – Distinguished Service, President’s Award for Lifetime Service and the VGCSA Scholarship. The event provides a great opportunity to network with the association leadership.
VGCSA Partner Program
VGCSA members enjoy great relationships with industry partners who support the organization through the VGCSA Partner Program. With over 90 partners, VGCSA members receive exceptional service and pricing from companies that show their support of your profession every year.
Local Association Membership
When you pay dues to the VGCSA you are also paying dues to the local association of your choice (Old Dominion GCSA, Greater Washington GCSA, Tidewater Turfgrass Association, Virginia Turfgrass Association and Shenandoah Valley Turfgrass Association). These dues help fund activities at the local level. You have the option of membership in multiple local associations.
VGCSA stages a special education and networking event for assistant superintendents and crew members. The event includes an outstanding speaker and a panel discussion led by the top superintendents in the region. The event includes a golf event and reception. The cost of the event is subsidized by sponsors and the local associations.
Can you really afford not to be a
member of the VGCSA?
Contact the Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association