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GCSAA This Week 11/18

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Nov. 18, 2008

Upgraded online forums debut this week. Finishing touches are currently being applied to the upgraded GCSAA member forums, and access will be restricted today during this transition period. Members will notice a variety of new user-friendly features, including improved speed and a full-screen viewing option. Get a first look at the new interface, and check the home page tomorrow for a notification that forum access has been restored.

We need your input: Take time to fill out member survey. GCSAA recently e-mailed the Member Needs Assessment, a survey focusing on awareness and understanding of programs and services, as well as the effectiveness of those programs and services. Your feedback will help ensure the association is meeting members' needs for career and golf course facility success. Data will be used for strategic planning and the creation of the annual plan and budget.

GCSAA contributes to success of Special Olympics golf program. A field of 204 golfers from 24 U.S. Special Olympics programs participated in the ninth annual Special Olympics Golf National Invitational Tournament, Oct. 36 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. GCSAA member John Lee, director of agronomy, and staff at the club hosted more than 500 participants, including athletes, family, friends, volunteers, local dignitaries and golf executives. GCSAA has served as supporting sponsor of the event for the last four years and is joined by the PGA of America, USGA, PGA Tour and LPGA. With the support of these allied organizations, Special Olympics golf has grown to include some 17,000 athletes participating throughout North America and thousands more in 25 international programs. Read more about GCSAA’s support of Special Olympics and other programs to grow the game of golf.

Everglades chapter donates $5,000 to The Institute. The Everglades GCSA continues its longtime support of The Environmental Institute for Golf by donating $5,000 toward research, education, environmental programs and outreach to enhance golf’s relationship with the environment. With this donation, the Everglades chapter has attained Platinum Tee Club status for the 10th consecutive year. The Platinum Tee Club is the giving club for organizations that contribute a minimum of $5,000 annually. The chapter is also recognized at the Governor's Club level in the cumulative giving program, which recognizes organizations that have contributed between $50,000 and $99,999 to The Institute since 1987. Read more about the chapter’s support of The Institute.

Eastern Shore superintendents support turf research, children’s charity. At its annual golf tournament in September, the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents (ESAGCS) presented a check for $10,000 to the Maryland Turfgrass Council to benefit the University of Maryland’s Turfgrass Research Center. To date, this chapter has donated more than $50,000 to the University of Maryland. The association also donated an additional $10,000 during its annual Beach Bash to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, which supports kids and their families who face life-threatening health issues. Over the past decade, the ESAGCS has donated more than $70,000 in cash and services to the Believe in Tomorrow’s Children’s House by the Sea.

Nebraska GCSA hires executive director. Jeff Wendel, CGCS, was recently retained by the Nebraska chapter to serve as executive director. Wendel will work to help lay the foundation for policies, programs and services that promote chapter effectiveness. A few of his many responsibilities will include media and public relations, member retention and growth, meeting and event assistance, and acting as the liaison for industry partners and allied associations. Wendel also serves as executive director of the Iowa GCSA.




Regional seminar: Thinking Your Way Through Problem Solving in Turfgrass Management and More


Webcast: Everything You Wanted to Know About Nitrogen


Webcast: Top Notch Communication Skills


Regional seminar: Successful Project Management


Regional seminar: Thinking Your Way Through Problem Solving in Turfgrass Management and More


Regional seminar: Operations Management


Regional seminar: Operations Management


Regional seminar: Cutting Edge Disease Identification and Management for Cool-Season Grasses

Education spotlight of the week

Tools for success now available from GCSAA education

Are you looking for practical tips to achieve professional success? This week’s educational lineup includes two events that will give you the tools you need in the areas of communication and project management.

During the 90-minute webcast, “Top-Notch Communications Skills,” at noon (Central), on Thursday, Nov. 20, Mike Jousan will offer proven tips and strategies to help you communicate easily and effectively.

If you’re in Hudson, Ohio, on Monday, Nov. 24, join Bruce Williams, CGCS, for the one-day seminar, “Successful Project Management,” for real-world methods that will help you reach your goals in both planning and implementing projects.

Click on these links to learn more and register now! For more information, contact GCSAA education at 800-472-7878.

GCSAA education programs are funded by The Environmental Institute for Golf. Webcasts are presented in partnership with Syngenta Professional Products.

Great deals for your facility: New items are added daily to the 2009 Golf Industry Show Silent Auction. Bidding opens Jan. 5, but you can now preview items and register to bid – just by registering, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free trip to the 2010 conference and show. Past auction winners have saved an average of 40 percent on items for their courses!
New products: Running the length of the main aisle at the center of the trade show floor, the New Product Showcase will give you a first glimpse at some of the most recent product introductions in the golf course management industry.
Turf bowl battle: Teams of up to four undergraduates from schools across the nation will face off 8–11:30 a.m., Feb. 6, for the 15th Annual Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition. Teams will compete in areas such as turfgrass growth and development; identification of soils, diseases, weeds, insects and turfgrass species; and business and financial management.
Student/superintendent reception: The Student/Superintendent Networking Reception, 5–6 p.m., Feb. 6, will bring together current and future golf course managers for additional networking opportunities and the announcement of the winners of the turf bowl competition.
Student employment fair: If you're a student looking for a job, or a superintendent who needs to fill a position at your facility, don’t miss the Student/ Superintendent Employment Fair, 4
5 p.m., Feb. 6. This is your opportunity to discuss potential employment openings for internships, crew or assistant superintendent positions.
Student room block: Join your fellow students at the official student hotel, the Holiday Inn French Quarter. A limited number of rooms are available, so make your reservation today.


Deadline to register for National Championship & Golf Classic


Deadline to guarantee conference hotel rates


Deadline to register and receive conference and show credentials by mail


Deadline for advance conference registration rate

Who’s making headlines? Find out who among your peers is garnering attention and what the media is saying about your profession. Each month, GCSAA compiles a list of news articles and broadcasts featuring superintendents and the association. View this list and the corresponding links to complete articles.

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