A message from Rhett Evans updating members on the 2017 summer board meeting

The summer meeting of the GCSAA Board of Directors took place July 14-15, 2017, in Greenville, S.C.

The GCSAA leadership also took advantage of the close proximity to our largest affiliated chapter, and the board and staff had a successful and insightful meeting with the leadership of the Carolinas GCSA as part of the two-day gathering.

The summer meeting is always a good opportunity to provided updates on key initiatives for the year, but also to act on recommendations from committees. Updates from the meeting included:

Meeting with Carolinas GCSA Leadership: GCSAA leadership met with the Carolinas GCSA in July to discuss key initiatives as well as Rounds 4 Research, the BMP Program, and professional development programs focused on students and assistant superintendents. Carolinas GCSA President Adam Charles shared information on the chapter’s initiatives and events.

Membership Growth:
GCSAA staff continues to work on strategies for growing members with a focus on student members through outreach programs and expanding professional development opportunities for assistant superintendents.

Governance: The board also spent time taking a deep dive into our governance documents as part of an annual review looking for any needed updates and to ensure that they are compliant with current laws, regulations and best practices.

GCM Readership Survey: According to our most recent survey, GCM continues to be the dominate publication in the industry, and the board congratulated the publications staff on their continued success. The new GCM website, www.GCMonline.com, launched on Aug. 1. The site features news updates, information from the golf course management industry and content from the award-winning publication, all in a dynamic, fully responsive and user-friendly format.

BMP Phases: As the number of states taking part in developing best management practices using the GCSAA BMP Planning Guide and Template grows, we have started to turn our attention to the next phases of the project. The facility adoption portal is anticipated to launch in the fall, and the board shared their suggestions for Phase III, which will focus on validation/certification.

Political Action Committee: The board approved the creation of a GCSAA Political Action Committee (GCSAAPAC). The board expressed their appreciation for the hard work of the government affairs team in seeking extensive feedback from members on the creation of a PAC.

None of our projects or initiatives will find success without engaged members being a part of the process. Thank you to everyone who offers their input, gives their time or participates in our programs. All of these actions make for a stronger GCSAA. As we move into autumn, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Can Am Cup in October and the Chapter Delegates Meeting in November.

Best regards,
Rhett