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GCSAA Field Staff Updates

Kevin Doyle, GCSAA

Labor continues to be a struggle for many superintendents in the northeast.  Whether attracting them or retaining them, the process is difficult and costly.  In one of my recent presentations we spoke of how hard it is managing and communicating with a multi-generational workforce. No easy feat, and challenges in dealing with younger employees dominated the post-presentation discussions.  Much like our favorite sports teams, there needs to be an element of youth within our staffs and industry workforce to succeed now, and, more importantly, in the future. 

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Supertendent Spotlight

Meet The President- Brian Conn

Having just begun our second year as the GCSA of New York, recently

elected association president Brian Conn, CGCS, has his sights set on new

goals for himself and for the association. After working on a golf course since

high school, Brian has recently turned the page on a new chapter in his

career, and has outlined specific goals for the association as it enters its

second year.

Brian and I had the opportunity to discuss these goals and many other things

during a recent phone conversation. While the general synopsis is that the

inaugural year of the newly consolidated association was a success, it was

also met with great challenges. Brian, along with the board of directors and

the chapter administrator, has outlined some specific goals for 2021 that will

set our sights on addressing the challenges we faced last year, and help

develop a plan for the future of the GCSANY.

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Message from our Chapter Administrator

Suzanne Mis

This has been a beautiful and busy fall. Now that events are back into full swing, I have been busy organizing the events for the rest of the year along with 2022. I want to thank all the superintendents that volunteered their time and courses to hold GCSA of NY events at their clubs. I know you all are busy keeping up with the demands of the golf course and I appreciate your dedication to the association by holding an event at the club. Special thank you to Chris Richter, Scott Howard, Matt Falvo and Martin Ward.

2021 will end with a bang! December is our annual meeting and education day which will be in person. It will be held at the Country Club of Rochester on December 8th. We plan to have a full day of speakers and end with our annual meeting. The agenda has been posted and registration is open. The GCSAA education credits and Dec credits have been applied for and speakers secured. Registration is required.

The scholarship committee has posted the guidelines for the first annual GCSA of NY scholarship that will be awarded at the annual meeting. Applications were due by October 29th, so I hope you submitted on time to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Our association is committed to giving back to our members and the community.

Also, in December we will hold a shooting event at The Country Club of Buffalo, this event has always been well attended and I expect that it will fill up fast. The cost is $50 per person and includes a continental breakfast, shooting and buffet lunch. You will be able to purchase ammunition, but it is recommended that you bring your own.

Next year is already shaping up to be a momentous year for the association. We are planning a family snow tubing event and bowling for this winter, the Member-Guest tournament will be at Bellevue Country Club in May, three walk and talk events with Frank Rossi are scheduled in April, July and October and of course social golf and the annual POA golf tournament. I will post the dates as they are decided so you can put them on your calendar.

I will be attending the Chapter Symposium this month and I was asked to help volunteer at the Carolina education conference in Myrtle Beach. I am excited that the board will be sending me to both events and I look forward to learning new things to bring back to New York. I am committed to building this association along with the board to make it the best.

Finally, we are always looking for superintendents that are willing to serve on the committees and the board. We will only succeed if we have an active, involved membership. I hope you will consider serving in some way. If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me at gcsaofny@gmail.com.

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