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GCSAA This Week - Nov. 25, 2008

 News | Education | Reminders | Member Benefits
Nov. 25, 2008

Azinger to headline conference Opening Session. Paul Azinger, PGA Tour professional and captain of the victorious 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2009 GCSAA Education Conference Opening Session, 9-11 a.m., Feb. 5 in New Orleans. Azinger is known for his appreciation of the golf course management aspect of the game in addition to having two family members in the profession, he worked closely with Mark Wilson, CGCS at Valhalla GC, in the 18 months leading up to the Ryder Cup. Read more and view further coverage on the GCM blog.

Women’s Golf Month celebrates record number of participants. Figures from this year’s American Express Women’s Golf Month, held in June as part of the Play Golf America campaign, show a 9.2 percent increase in participation from last year. GCSAA joins other leading golf organizations to sponsor the initiative, in which host facilities offer complimentary instruction and GCSAA members are encouraged to host events and activities that share information about golf course management and the environment. The success of the program is apparent, with a record 37,350 people attending Women’s Golf Month events in 2008 – a 293 percent increase in golfers, as well as a 437 percent increase in participating facilities, since its inaugural year in 2005.

November GCM delivery notice. The U.S. Postal Service has returned about 30 copies of the November issue of Golf Course Management magazine. It appears that some of the address labels have become detached or partially ripped, leaving the USPS unable to complete delivery and GCSAA unable to identify who has not received the magazine. The problem does not appear to be widespread, but if you have not yet received your November issue, please call GCSAA at 800-472-7878 to request a copy.

Survey to gather current data on compensation and benefits. On Dec. 17, GCSAA will launch the 2009 Compensation and Benefits survey, conducted every other year to track salary, benefits and operations trends in the superintendent profession. In line with its “green” efforts, GCSAA is moving to an all-electronic format and encourages chapter leaders to remind all members of the importance of keeping current e-mail addresses registered with GCSAA. More than 4,000 superintendents from all facility types participated in the 2007 survey, which revealed valuable data to help guide programs and services. View results from the 2007 survey, including trends in compensation and salary ranges by states. For questions about the upcoming survey, contact Eric Neuteboom, GCSAA’s employer programs manager.

Do you know someone who hasn’t joined GCSAA? Refer a colleague by Dec. 22, and you’ll both receive a reward. If you know a superintendent or assistant superintendent who could benefit from association membership, let us know and we’ll follow up. If the person you refer joins, you’ll receive a $25 GCSAA gift certificate, and your colleague will receive a $25 education voucher. Take advantage of this opportunity to help strengthen your association.




Webcast: Environmental Management Systems


Webcast: PGR Use on Golf Courses


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


Regional seminar: Operations Management


Webcast: Herbicide Resistant Poa annua - Real or Imaginary?


Regional seminar: Operations Management


Webcast: Managing Nutrient Budgets in the Face of Rising Prices


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


Webcast: Bringing More Golf to Your Community

Education spotlight of the week

Managing your education requirements

The winter months are a great time to make sure you have submitted all your requirements to maintain Class A or CGCS status.

• Submit all approval codes from any external education events you’ve attended. Visit the My Points area of the Web site and use the education point affidavit for pre-approved programs. Once you submit a code, points are recorded to your transcript immediately.

• Fulfill the pesticide license or GCSAA IPM exam requirement. From the same My Points section, you can submit your pesticide license online. Proof of the license completes one of the requirements for entry or renewal of Class A and CGCS status. If your job duties do not require the license, take the GCSAA IPM exam to fulfill that portion of the requirement.

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

Last week to register for golf tournament! Join fellow members for the 2009 National Championship, Golf Classic and Four-Ball Mixer, Feb. 1-3 in Gulf Shores, Ala., for friendly competition – with new contests and prizes, receptions and a revamped tee prize package.
Plan your time: With more than 850 exhibitors covering over 270,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Golf Industry Show has plenty to see and offer. Get a head start on planning with the searchable online floor plan, exhibitor list and all the show highlights.
Work, family and financial responsibility:
All are important, but creating the right balance is critical.  Learn how at the Career Forum, Balancing Personal Priorities with Business Responsibilities,” 1-3 pm, Feb. 5. The forum will provide superintendents and their spouses with specifics to reduce stress at work and home through planning priorities and financial profiles.
Blogs, podcasts and YouTube…oh my! Have you ever wondered how these types of tools can be used to market your facility? Learn about creating a blog, along with other ways to use the latest technologies, from Max Utsler, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Kansas, at the Communications Hot Topics Session, “Introduction to New Media,” Feb. 6. Stop by the GCSAA Answer Zone for a complete schedule of all the Communications and Career Hot Topic Sessions.

About New Orleans… Carnival and Mardi Gras: Carnival refers to the season of merriment that always begins on Jan. 6. Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the single culminating day of Carnival, and it's always the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is scheduled 47 days preceding Easter and can occur on any Tuesday from Feb. 3 through March 9. Mardi Gras in 2009 will be on Feb. 24.


Deadline to register for National Championship & Golf Classic


Deadline to return Member Needs Assessment (e-mail survey)


Deadline to guarantee conference hotel rates


Deadline to register and receive conference credentials by mail


Deadline for advance conference registration rate


GCSAA National Championship and Golf Classic


GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show

Member forums get a facelift. GCSAA recently launched a forum upgrade, with a new interface, improved speed and user-friendly features. Check out the upgrade and connect with peers from around the world on one of the five forums: Conference and Show, Talking it Over, Shop Talk, Talking Turf and Municipal Square.


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