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MiGCSA Presidential Update
It is a great honor to be elected president of the MiGCSA. I appreciate the trust and support you've given me. It will be my distinct privilege to humbly represent you for the ensuing year. For those of you whom I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Steve Hammon and I have been the Golf Course
Superintendent at Traverse City Golf & Country Club for the last 13 years. Prior to TCG&CC, I was the Old Course Superintendent at Indianwood G&CC in Lake Orion and the Assistant Superintendent at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort for seven years. I grew up in the Grand Rapids area where I started working in the pro shop at Forest Hills Golf Course (now Watermark C.C.) back in 1980. My bride of 13 years, Sue, is a 6th grade teacher in Frankfort where we reside, and we have three amazing boys ages 10, 7, and 3.
My service to the chapter began many years ago as a member on the Board of Directors for the Northern Michigan Turf Managers Association. I was privileged to serve as its President from 2003 -2005. I was also fortunate to be a part of the initial formation of the MiGCSA nearly 7 years ago, along with many other leaders from around the state. I believe there are 3 critical components in the overall success of the MiGCSA. First, the history and culture of our four very unique districts must be preserved and celebrated.
Second, we employ sound administrative and financial management to ensure that we remain strong. We need to run this like a business… and we are. Third, every member gets involved in some way. Come to meetings and events, serve on a committee, volunteer for the board or just talk it up to a neighbor who may not be a member yet. It's been said a thousand times but it's so true, a chapter is only as good as its members.
Opportunities for education, fellowship, career development, information, and just plain fun are endless in the MiGCSA for 2009. Our 2009 calendar of events is loaded with great golf and education opportunities all around the state. There are committee meetings, joint meetings, international meetings, technician education, assistant workshops, championship events, fundraisers for research, spring and fall education sessions, round tables, holiday parties, and the list goes on and on.
Have you seen the brand new and greatly improved www.migcsa.org website? Now you can sign up for any MiGCSA event and pay with a credit card or click one of the other convenient payment options. Our entire membership directory is also available. We have loads of history about our districts and links to
all of our very valued industry partners. Not a member of the MiGCSA yet? Then unfortunately this will be the last edition of Course Conditions that you will receive. This outstanding quarterly publication highlights all the great things happening in Michigan - by Michigan Golf Course Superintendents. A
membership application is included on page 5. Course Conditions also keeps you up to date with news from our allied partners, what's happening on the legislative front, at the MTF and with the Stewardship program. Don't forget that we continually send out updates and important news via e-mail to all of our members as it happens. You will hear it here first.
I urge you to join the MiGCSA today! We need you. Thanks to the generosity of our valued Industry Partners, the very low cost of $50 for an assistant, $25 for a technician and $75 for a superintendent is a great investment for you and your facility. These are difficult times for the economy and especially in
the state of Michigan. The benefits of membership are extraordinary. The networking and idea gathering opportunities alone are enough to really benefit your operation, let alone the education, advocacy, communication, career development, and the stress relief of being with your peers every once in a while just to remember that you are not alone when conditions are tough!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns about your state association. I am available anytime. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office number is (231) 947-0487. I hope that 2009 brings everyone increased revenues, warm sunny days, and cool nights.
Traverse City Golf & Country Club