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Randy Robinson

Central Plains regional representative

Robinson joined the GCSAA staff following six years as executive director of the Iowa Turfgrass Institute. From 2006 to 2015, he was the golf course superintendent at Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley, Iowa. He resides in Huxley.
Tel. 800-472-7878, ext. 3605

Field staff report

Chapter Delegates Provide Essential Feedback on GCSAA Programs

by Steve Randall | Nov 27, 2018


84 delegates representing 89 chapters convene in Lawrence and Kansas City

2019 GCSAA Chapter Delegates Meeting 

Key Messages

  • Association Report CEO J. Rhett Evans briefed delegates on the state of GCSAA. GCSAA is in a strong financial position with investments totaling $7.7 million. The EIFG has $9.9 million in reserves. GCSAA has an operating budget of $18 million. Evans shared the following highlights:
    • How GCSAA is funded
      • 48% industry support
      • 25% member dues
      • 18% user fees
    • How GCSAA spends its money
      • 32% education; advocacy and environmental programs
      • 29% Golf Industry Show
      • 10% member and chapter services
    • GCSAA is a not for profit – revenue is used to support programs and services that benefit GCSAA members.
  • State BMP Implementation and Facility Adoption – The delegates received an update on GCSAA's goal of BMPs in all 50 states by 2020. Mark Johnson, associate director of environmental programs, thanked the chapters that have been working diligently on making this goal a reality. There are currently 21 states with a BMP in place, 17 states that will finish up in 2019 and the remaining 12 states are anticipated to be complete by 2020. Johnson advised that facility adoption workshops have begun. Chapters can request grants to help offset the costs of this important next step.
  • Golf Industry Show – COO Robert M. Randquist, CGCS ,shared information regarding the 2020 Golf Industry Show Including the layout of the trade show floor and 50 percent of seminars offered this year are new plus 23 free sessions.

  • GCSAAPAC Fundraising – Kevin P. Sunderman, GCSAAPAC board chairman, briefed the delegates on a few of the fundraising initiatives the GCSAAPAC has undertaken in the past year. Sunderman announced that the GCSAAPAC would sponsor a raffle during the meeting to help reach the goal of $15,000 raised in 2019.

  • Chapter Outreach Updates – John R. Fulling, Jr., CGCS, chairman, of the Affiliation Agreement Task Group, and Steve Randall, director of chapter outreach, covered updates around the GCSAA Affiliation Agreement, Chapter Assessment Survey and outreach activities.

    The Affiliation Agreement Task Group met in April to review the Affiliation Agreement. The task group recommended and the GCSAA Board approved five changes to the agreement. The most notable of these changes involved Section III. B, Promotional Materials and Logo. All chapters who accept GCSAA chapter logo grant monies are required to change their logos and abide by the GCSAA brand and style guide. Affiliation Agreements are due on Dec. 31. The GCSAA Assessment Survey will launch Nov. 15. This survey is conducted every three years and is used to benchmark chapter activities in 10 competency areas. The assessment survey is due on Dec. 31.

  • Advocacy and environmental Initiatives focus group – GCSAA staff  highlighted initiatives underway to help address environmental concerns and ways GCSAA is advocating on behalf of its members.The majority of the session was spent listening to feedback from the delegates as they shared their perspectives regarding these topics.

  • Professional development and career opportunities focus group - Qualified labor continues to be a challenge impacting the membership. In the Professional Development and Career Opportunities focus group a few of GCSAA’s programs and initiatives that can be used to train and develop staff were shared, including assistant and equipment manager certificate programs, outreach efforts with FFA and high school students. Feedback was gathered from the delegates on additional ideas.

  • Town Hall Sessions – The GCSAA Board of Directors and delegates participated in two town hall sessions. The first session facilitated by GCSAA Vice President John R. Fulling, Jr., CGCS, provided insight into serving on the GCSAA Board of Directors. The second session was an open format town hall facilitated by GCSAA President Rafael Barajas, CGCS.

  • Code of Ethics – The Federal Trade Commission’s anti-trust laws prohibits associations from limiting competition amongst members. GCSAA has revised its code of ethics to comply with federal law.
  • Candidate Presentations and Breakouts – The candidates for the 2020 GCSAA Board of Directors gave presentations and visited delegates in breakout rooms. The delegates were awarded ample time to interact and ask questions of the candidates. Those running for the GCSAA Board in 2020 are:

    • For president – John R. Fulling, Jr., CGCS
    • For vice president – Mark F. Jordan, CGCS
    • For secretary/treasurer
      • Kevin P. Breen, CGCS
      • Kevin P. Sunderman
    • For director (electing two directors)
      • Zachary Bauer
      • Douglas D. Dykstra, CGCS
      • Glenn M. Matthews, CGCS
    • Kevin Breen, CGCS, and Kevin Sunderman are at the end of their two-year terms as a director. The unsuccessful secretary/treasurer candidate will need to be nominated from the floor to run for a director position.



  • Timothy M Gramith, Class C, Chaska
  • Christopher Rust, Class C, Saint Paul


  • Bryan Meyer, Class C, Eureka
  • William Nelson, Class C, Eureka
  • Caleb M Seidel, Class C, Springfield


  • Nick R Pusek, Class SW, Lincoln

North Dakota

  • Chad T Blank, Class S, Fargo


  • Kevin R Johnson, formerly (B) at Painted Mountain Golf Course, is now (B) at Grandview Golf Club in Duluth
  • Joshua S Lemons, formerly (C) at Golden Valley Country Club, is now (C) at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie
  • Joe T LeVoir, formerly (C) at Northland Country Club, is now (C) at North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks


  • John Overby, formerly (EM) at Milburn Golf & Country Club, is now (EM) at Turf Mechanic Solution in Lees Summit
  • Tim D Schwierjohn, formerly (A) at Pomme Creek Golf Course, is now (A) at Redexim North America in Valley Park
  • Raymond S Seifert, formerly (A) at Bella Vista Country Club, is now (A) at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale


  • Jeffrey E Gasseling, formerly (A) at Highlands Golf Course, is now (A) at Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln
  • Keith E Kline, formerly (C) at Quail Run Golf Course, is now (B) at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus
  • Kit I Lofgreen, formerly (S) at Southeast Community College, is now (S) at Bayside Golf Course in Brule

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