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    Membership Classification

    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 EM – Equipment Manager: To qualify for Equipment Manager membership; an applicant shall, at the time of application, be employed as a golf course equipment manager, assistant golf course equipment manager or golf course mechanic/technician and shall have such rights of the association as the board of directors may specify by standing rules, except those of voting and 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.

    Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association
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