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Mission, Vision and Goals

 

 

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Mission Statement

The MiGCSA is dedicated to providing value to our members through programs and services that enhance and promote our profession.


Vision Statement

The Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association is passionate about its members and the golf industry.

Goals

  • To operate a functioning statewide organization of Golf Course Superintendents in Michigan.
  • To provide an efficient and effective delivery of member services. To maximize the strengths of our members throughout the state.
  • To provide leadership and representation for the Golf Course industry on issues involving
    superintendents and their facilities.

7 Reasons to Join the MiGCSA

Membership Dues and Classifications

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Application for Membership

The Board of Directors of the Association shall have the authority to establish qualifications, rights and dues for all classes of membership except A, SM and C.

Definition of a Golf Course Superintendent

A golf course superintendent is one who is entrusted with the management and operation of the tract of land defined as a golf course, including involvement in construction and maintenance of golf courses and related equipment.

Membership Classes

Class AA – Life Members:To qualify for Life Membership, one must:
(1) have retired as a golf course superintendent, and
(2) have reached the age of 55, and
(3) meet one of the following criteria:
A voting member for twenty-five (25) years, including those years with any of the four original Districts; or
A former Board member, including those with any of the four original Districts; or
A charter member of one of the four original Districts.
A Life Member shall have all the rights of the Association except that of holding office.

Class A – Golf Course Superintendent:To qualify for a Class A membership, an applicant shall have, at the time of application for membership, at least three (3) years experience as a golf course superintendent, be employed in such capacity, be a member of GCSAA or be a grandfathered Class A from the original four districts. Class A members shall have all the rights of the Association.

Class SM – Superintendent Member:To qualify for a Class SM Membership, an applicant shall, at the time of application, be employed as a golf course superintendent, be a member of GCSAA and does not meet the additional qualifications for Class A membership. Class SM Members shall have all the rights of the Association.

Class C – Assistant Golf Course Superintendent:To qualify for a Class C Membership, an applicant shall be, at the time of application for membership, an assistant to a golf course superintendent, and shall be presently employed in such capacity. Class C Members shall have all the rights of the Association, except that of being an officer.

Class D – Equipment Technician:To qualify for a Class D Membership, an applicant shall be, at the time of application for membership, an equipment technician for a golf course, and shall be presently employed in such capacity. Class D Members shall have all the rights of the Association, except that of holding office.

Class E – Educators:To qualify for a Class E Membership, an applicant must be an educator or extension officer. Class E Members shall have such rights of the Association, except those of voting and holding office.    

Class AFF – Affiliate:To qualify for a Class AFF Membership, an applicant must be an individual interested in golf course management and/or in the growing or production of fine turfgrass, either individually or through employment by, or other affiliation with, a company, proprietorship or association, and who does not qualify for membership in another class. Class AFF Members shall have all the rights of the Association, except that of being an officer.

Class H – Honorary:To qualify for a Class H Membership, the individual must be recognized by the Board of Directors for contributing in an outstanding manner to this Association or profession or related field. This membership shall continue in effect unless otherwise revoked by the Board of Directors. Class H Members shall not be required to pay dues or assessments of the Association and shall have such rights of the Association as the Board of Directors may specify, except those of voting and holding office.

Class SA – Student/Associate:To qualify for a Class SA Membership, an applicant must be: (a) a student enrolled in a formal course of education related to golf course management, or have completed his or her formal education less than one (1) year prior to the date of application for membership or (b) a person employed by a golf course superintendent who does not qualify under any other classification in the Association. Class SA Members shall have such rights of the Association, except those of voting and holding office.

Class R – Retired:To qualify for a Class R Membership, one must be retired and no longer seeking employment within the scope of activities of any membership class of the Association. An applicant may apply to the Board of Directors in writing for Retired Membership, the annual dues for which shall be set by the Board of Directors but shall not exceed half the amount paid for the classification in which the member retires. There are two options for retirement: (1) any member reaching age fifty-five (55), may retire and shall have all the rights of the Association afforded the member in his or her immediate previous classification, with the exception of holding office; or (2) any member having completed a minimum of twenty (20) years of service in any membership classification may retire in that classification and shall have all of the rights of the Association afforded that classification, with the exception of holding office.

Class I – Inactive:An Inactive Member is an individual who, by reason of unemployment, illness or other adverse circumstances, has been placed in this class upon his or her application. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to act on such application and to place a member on Inactive status.

Class FM – Facility Membership:
A Facility Membership is available to those facilities that operate with limited resources. The membership is in the name of the facility. However, the recipient of the membership benefits and information can be the superintendent, owner, or other representative selected by a golf facility. The facility is entitled to all privileges of membership, except those of voting and holding office.


Dual Membership Requirement
All Class A and Class SM membership applicants must submit an application for membership or evidence of membership with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and must maintain that membership thereafter.  Grandfathered Class A members from the original four districts will not be required to prove membership with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Rights of MembershipExcept as otherwise provided herein, members of MiGCSA shall have all of the rights of membership. These rights shall include the following:
Use of the Association name, initials, and logo in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure and Guidelines established by the Board of Directors.

Attendance at the annual meeting of the AssociationEligibility to vote if a Class AA, A, SM, C, D, AFF and R Member.
Eligibility to be a Director if a Class A, Class SM, Class AFF or Class C.
Eligibility to be an Officer if a Class A or Class SM.

Reclassification of Members
All reclassifications of members shall be made by the Board of Directors, in accordance with Standing Rules adopted by it from time to time, or pursuant to directives adopted by the membership at any annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose.

  • Voluntary Reclassification:
    Any individual member may request a change in his or her membership classification in writing to the Board of Directors to accord with a change in his or her qualifications for membership as set forth in Section 3 of this Article.
  • Mandatory Reclassification: All members, upon renewal of their annual membership, must clearly state their current employment status. The determination of the appropriate classification of membership for each individual shall be made in accordance with his or her qualifications for membership as set forth in Section 3 of this Article.