GCSAA Shares success stories with delegates

Eighty-eight delegates from 94 chapters convene at GCSAA for annual event

Creation of a political action committee and proposed bylaw changes were key topics of the 2017 Chapter Delegates Meeting. The 88 delegates from 94 chapters also heard from nominees for the 2018 GCSAA Board of Directors and an update on the Disaster Relief Fund. The two-day meeting was held Nov. 7-8 in Kansas City, Mo., and at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.

While a special reception was held for first-time delegates, veteran delegates often return to represent their chapters year after year.

"I have always loved this part of the profession and this is the most passionate group," said Thomas DiFonzo, CGCS at Laconia Country Club and delegate for the New Hampshire GCSA for the last 10 years. "I look forward to it every year. It's what the business is all about. It's where ideas are born."

The event opened with welcomes from GCSAA President Bill H. Maynard, CGCS, and GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. Evans shared that the Disaster Relief Fund has raised $150,000 so far, and gave an update on the association's solid financial footing. Check presentations were made to the top five chapters that participated in Rounds 4 Research in 2017, and chapters were encouraged to find a "champion" for the 2018 auction set for April 30-May 6. Other presentations on key initiatives included:

  • State BMP Implementation: GCSAA continues going forward with the goal to have all 50 states with a BMP in place by 2020. Ten states have a BMP in place, with three more set to come online this winter. The state BMP initiative continues to be successful, and the 50 by 2020 goal is expected to reached.
  • Government affairs: GCSAA now has a political action committee (GCSAAPAC) to support advocacy efforts on behalf of the membership. GCSAAPAC will distribute money to lawmakers who help advance GCSAA’s Priority Issues Agenda. National Golf Day 2018 is set for April 24-25. The Grassroots Ambassador Program now has 305 ambassadors paired with a members of Congress, but spots are still available.
  • Election and Governance: The delegates learned about proposed bylaws changes that would alter the current election process and proposed changes to the GCSAA Bylaws, and updates made to the GCSAA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Guidelines. The proposed bylaw changes are based on feedback from past delegates to make the election process clearer and to put the control back in the hands of the members/delegates.

The business portion of the delegates meeting concluded with presentations from and breakout sessions with the candidates for the 2018 board. The election will take place on Feb. 8 at the GCSAA Annual Meeting in San Antonio.