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Your GCSAA is Here to Help
I witnessed firsthand the destruction and havoc caused by the recent storms and severe weather during my latest travels. Driving through Missouri and then flying into Memphis, the dangerous weather and the resulting aftermath were visible at every turn. Across the nation, many of you have been affected this year by tornadoes, drought, floods, ice and heat. The devastation has been sobering and the human suffering has been heart-wrenching.
My message to you today is one of encouragement and support. Those of us in the industry know of the great value the game of golf affords communities. Through your efforts, an activity is provided that allows individuals to get away from the pressures of daily life. Several years ago, members of the Kansas GCSA traveled to Greensburg, Kan., to help bring the golf course back to life after a tornado almost completely wiped out that community. The response from Greensburg citizens was overwhelming, and the golf course was a vital element to the physical and emotional recovery of that community.
When trouble strikes GCSAA members, your association is here to lend a hand. Through the association's benevolence fund, we provide financial assistance for personal loss not covered by insurance. We are currently processing requests to help GCSAA members get back on their feet after losing their homes as a result of tornadoes. If you, or a fellow GCSAA member has been impacted and would like to apply for such relief, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-472-7878, ext. 4401. As our mission states, we are here to serve our members, and that means we are here to serve you.
If it is information you need to aid in the recovery of your golf course, we have resources covering such topics as drought, flood, hurricanes and ice damage. The materials provide tactics and case studies on how others have successfully overcome what weather and disease have unleashed. Perhaps you just need some feedback and conversation. The GCSAA network is powerful and I encourage you to reach out to others for their support through your chapter, GCSAA's online forums and Facebook presence, and through the GCSAA staff here at headquarters. I believe no trial that we experience is wasted. All that we suffer and all that we endure and overcome builds up our character, expands our experiences and in due time makes us stronger.
Again, GCSAA is here for you. Please reach out to us and let us know how we can lend a helping hand.
GCSAA Chief Executive Officer