Chapter execs hone leadership skills at GCSAA headquarters
Representatives from 24 affiliated GCSAA chapters attend GCSAA's Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium.
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
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
The Chapter Leaders/Executives Symposium is funded in part by the Williams
Leadership Endowment through the EIFG, the philanthropic arm of GCSAA.