Chapter execs hone leadership skills at GCSAA headquarters

Representatives from 24 affiliated GCSAA chapters attend GCSAA's Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium.

Chapter execs hone leadership skills at GCSAA HQForty-four representatives from 24 affiliated GCSAA chapters strengthened their leadership skills last week during GCSAA's Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium. Volunteer leaders (often the vice president of secretary) and executive staff attended the program, which provided new concepts and ideas to support chapter effectiveness. Programs focused on strategic thinking and providing value to members. Leaders also learned ways that GCSAA can provide tools to assist day-to-day chapter operations.

In addition, chapter executives and leaders held separate sessions. GCSAA board members Sandy Queen, CGCS, vice president; and Bill Maynard, CGCS, offered insight during the chapter leader’s breakout. Queen also provided the opening presentation, GCSAA 2011. The session discussed current and upcoming initiatives showing the value of membership.

Chad Carden, president of the Chad Carden Group, delivered a 2-hour session on leadership, communication and growth. The interactive presentation focused on executing emerging thoughts and ideas, noting the importance of chapter leaders and executives to work in concert with members. 

Other symposium topics included nondues revenue, facilitating successful meetings, association management at the chapter level, advocacy, public outreach, chapter services, ideas for membership meetings and golf outings, opportunities to work with allied golf organizations, and many more.

Attendees gave the symposium positive feedback. “This event is a great opportunity to network, meet peers and leaders from other chapters and it was a great learning experience,” said Ed Brockner, a first-time attendee who began serving as the executive of the Metropolitan GCSA chapter this year. “Both leaders and executives share ideas. That helps everyone serve their chapter.”

The Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium is funded in part by the Williams Leadership Endowment through the EIFG, the philanthropic arm of GCSAA.