work around the state for you and I want to tell you about it. I'm terrified because I can't believe I'm writing the first article and it is daunting to say the very least!
Let me start by saying thank you to everyone of you who has joined the MiGCSA and are participating in meetings or on committees or just supporting the organization. You are the reason we are here. We are a member focused association which provides services, information and advocacy to you and for you. Thank you also to our industry partner members across the state who not only joined the MiGCSA and participates in the association events. You stepped up to financially support the association by participating in our Industry Partner Program through advertising and sponsorships of meeting and education events. We could not do what we do without you.
The MiGCSA is the realization of a long standing desire of Michigan's 4 (former) lower peninsula chapters to come together to better provide services, education and advocacy to their members throughout the state. Joining led to efficiencies in communication, education programming and administration. It also allows us to speak with one very powerful voice and has strengthened our partnerships throughout the state and the country. It makes us a huge market in the golf world. It enables us to work toward goals that we could not have achieved separately. For example, providing larger dollars for research and scholarships, having a well trained paid staff, having a person working for us on the legislative “Hill” to make sure all of our concerns are heard and addressed. The MiGCSA is the culture of every district within each district and the power of the third largest golf state in the country. Together we can achieve every goal we set!
Your board of directors is working very hard on setting those goals and pressing forward to make them happen. The board is made up of equal representation from each of the four districts, plus an assistant superintendent representative. Together they create policy and goals and procedures which are implemented through a great committee system and highly trained staff. Executive Director, Donn Eurich leads his staff of 14 and has done an outstanding job making our first year virtually trouble free. Donn has 30 years experience in the association management business and is a great source of information for us.
Advocacy was a common concern we heard from you as we developed the MiGCSA and as a result, is an important part of our mission. We now have Vanessa Crocetto, a veteran on the Michigan legislative hill, in the field and working on our behalf. Recently, Vanessa has been right in the middle of the new phosphorus legislation. She is at the table with our talking points and she is working to help create laws that are fair to us and our industry. We're really excited about this because we thought originally that it might be two to three years before we could achieve this goal. Vanessa catches everything as it drops, immediately contacts the board and takes our position right back into the discussions.
There are 2,000 copies of Course Conditions being distributed to golf courses throughout the state. We're reaching out to every golf facility, MiGCSA member or not. It's important to know that the MiGCSA is here and that we are a resource for you and your facility. If you're reading this and you're just now hearing about the MiGCSA, we hope we can get you to become a member. We have something for everyone. We have a great website, full of information and resources. We have great golf and education events throughout the state. We send out information via e-mail blast about events, legislation and agronomic issues. We are the resource for job referrals for the golf course maintenance industry. We have classified ads to sell your used equipment and we provide great access for vendors around the state so you can see the latest products and services available. All this for only $75 per year! It is an amazing value. Please feel free to call our office at anytime and inquire about membership or check out our website at www.MiGCSA.org. In closing, I hope you enjoy this inaugural issue of reallyCourse Conditions and here's to a fabulous year in the golf industry.
JOHN FULLING, CGCS
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