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GCSAA This Week - July 24, 2007

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July 24, 2007

Committee tackles tough issues during meeting in Washington, D.C. The GCSAA Government Relations Committee met June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., to discuss vital golf course industry issues, including immigration reform, the availability of chemical products, weather and climate change, and water management. Members also met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to further discuss immigration reform. Read more about the committee meeting and these important issues.

Don’t miss GCSAA members on The Golf Channel. This week, The Golf Channel is airing a 30-minute “What’s in the Bag” special highlighting GCSAA, its members and The Environmental Institute for Golf. The Golf Channel crew interviewed superintendents at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore., as well as David Phipps, superintendent at Stone Creek GC in Oregon City and host of Green Links, Highlights from EDGE, a monthly column on the Institute’s Web site. Air times are (Eastern) July 25 at 5:30 a.m.; and July 29 at 11:30 a.m.

Web site improvements coming soon: Access to member files briefly limited. As part of GCSAA’s continual efforts to improve member service, the association is converting to a new, more robust and more efficient computer system at headquarters. This change will require periods of downtime to certain aspects of during the conversion. From July 30 to Aug. 20, no updates may be made to member files, such as education points and personal info, through the Web site. During this time, changes can be made by calling 800-472-7878, but access will be limited for the staff as well, so processing of information may be delayed. During the conversion, also will take on a new look with the launch of a redesigned Web site on Aug. 13. View a complete timeline of the conversion and downtimes.

Tools help with the process of building your certification portfolio. GCSAA now has free, ON DEMAND webcasts available to assist you 24/7, as well as optional templates to download when replying to the work samples, skill statement and case study scenarios. Using these templates to guide your responses reduces the chance that your certification portfolio may be returned. If you have any questions, contact Penny Mitchell, senior manager of certification, or Lorrie Butell, certification administrator, via e-mail or at 800-472-7878.

CEO of Ingersoll-Rand to serve on Institute’s advisory council. Herbert L. Henkel, chairman, president and CEO of Ingersoll-Rand, has been selected to join The Environmental Institute for Golf's Advisory Council, which is headed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman and provides guidance to the board of trustees in the areas of outreach, fundraising and strategic planning. One of Ingersoll-Rand's companies, Club Car, has supported The Institute through gifts to the annual silent auction, support of the  “Investing in the Beauty of Golf” endowment campaign and annual donations to the Platinum Tee Club. It is also recognized at The Institute’s Presidential Club level in the cumulative giving program.
Southeast region: Advanced Management of Ultradwarf Bermudagrass Golf Greens
Webcast: Beat the Heat – How YOU Can Prevent Skin Cancer
Webcast: You Manage Your Course's Stress - Now Manage Yours!

Education spotlight of the week

Make time for education today

If you’re having trouble finding time to participate in one of GCSAA’s 90-minute webcasts (either live or ON DEMAND), why not try another option: GCSAA’s online Time Management course.

This self-paced course provides valuable insights into how your time can be used more efficiently. Exercises help you determine your “time wasters” and “time stealers” and guide you toward corrective actions that will mitigate them. You will evaluate the current balance between your professional and personal time, and then learn practical methods to improve this balance.

We can’t give you more time in the day, but this course can show you how to use your time more wisely.


GCSAA education programs are funded by The Environmental Institute for Golf. Regional seminars are presented in partnership with Jacobsen, a Textron Co., and webcasts are presented in partnership with Syngenta Professional Products.

Salary information and much more. How many hours a week do your fellow superintendents work? How much time do superintendents allocate to maintenance tasks vs. business tasks and personnel management? What are the average salaries for assistant superintendents and various maintenance crew positions? These career questions and many more are answered in GCSAA’s 2007 Compensation, Benefits and Operation Report, available free to members who took the survey ($100 for members who did not participate).

5:30 a.m.

"What's in the Bag" on The Golf Channel, featuring GCSAA members

8:35 a.m.

XM Radio, PGA Tour channel 146: "Making the Turn with Peter Kessler,” interview with Doug Taylor, Class A member at Angus Glen CC, about preparations for the Canadian Open

3 p.m.

XM Radio, PGA Tour channel 146: live coverage of the Canadian Open with member Doug Taylor

11:30 a.m.

“What’s in the Bag” on The Golf Channel


GCSAA Education Conference and GIS housing opens
Deadline to nominate for Distinguished Service Awards

Do you need to fill a position on your team? GCSAA’s Employment Referral Service allows members to post open positions online (free to post internships, $100 for assistant and other crew positions). You can learn more about building a solid team in these articles designed to help with interviewing, hiring, training and retaining a professional golf course maintenace staff.

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