As I have touched on in the past, and I know nearly all of you would agree, our industry is built on a strong community. Although it has evolved with society over the years, it is still one of the most important features of our industry. Whether if it’s the vendor/user, fellow superintendents, sports turf/golf or student/superintendent the relationship is always composed of one key trait...sharing. Sharing of issues, methods, solutions, mistakes, you name it, we’re always learning from one another.
The evolution has taken us from face to face encounters at association meetings, phone calls and/or visits to a more technological approach that includes the internet and social media. Although I think we all understand the value of the interaction on a personal level, our schedules (both work and personal) have become jam packed, so social media and the internet have become a big part of maintaining that community.
Last fall it seemed as though we were going to lose one of our key industry leaders when it comes to relationships. Brian Laurent reluctantly decided to walk away from his position with the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, one that he excelled in. The one thing most of us took for granted with Brian, was how he treated everybody not only as professionals but also as friends. In addition, he is extremely creative and passionate about all forms of media and has been very innovative when it comes to strengthening our professional image and our industry’s future.
Fortunately, we won’t have to worry about that lacking from our industry as he just couldn’t walk away from the relationships he has built and the industry/game he has grown up with. Brian’s new venture, Ohio Superintendent Network, will help maintain that strong community of sharing and lead our industry in the right direction with education and content that will help make all of us better professionals. As with anything, you will only get out of it what you put into it. So participate at whatever level you’d like, at minimum I suggest being an observer by subscribing.
However, I would encourage all of you to participate when called upon, not only do we owe it to Brian, but by sharing you will make each of us better professionals/people and continue to strengthen our community of sharing.
And finally, the cherry on the top (at the very least in my opinion), Brian will continue as Executive Director of the Central Ohio GCSA. So if you haven’t already, check out OSN at www.ohiosuperintendentnetwork.com. And on behalf of the Central Ohio GCSA I’d like to wish Brian the best of luck with his new…“job”.
Written by Shane Conroy, GCSAA Great Lakes Field Staff
Members continue to be the focus of GCSAA. In fact the first portion of the GCSAA mission statement reads: ‘GCSAA is dedicated to serving our members’. With that in mind, GCSAA has teamed with Meridian One, out of Alexandria, VA, which specializes in providing associations, chambers and other member organizations with best in class savings programs for their members. Meridian One has a family of affinity programs, which provide services and attractive discounts to GCSAA members and their families. By leveraging the buying power of GCSAA members, Meridian One is able to offer programs which allow members to reduce their business expenses.
Through Meridian One, GCSAA members can receive instant savings on products and services from UPS, the UPS Store, Lenovo, Office Depot, Avis, Budget and Member Freight.
GCSAA has also partnered with Hays Companies to bring options in health, vision, dental and other insurance offerings to GCSAA members. Hays is a leading national insurance and financial services organization, which is providing a variety of supplemental product and service offerings exclusively to GCSAA members. Additionally, GCSAA members receive discounts at TireBuyer, UniFirst and select Columbia Sportswear products. To see all of the GCSAA member discount offerings, please click here.
Another exciting recent announcement included the debut of the GCSAA Podcast. The podcast will be produced monthly and will feature pertinent association and industry content. Some of the information you can expect to hear will include information on educational offerings, updates on new and upcoming GCSAA programs, human interest stories, including interviews with some of the biggest names in golf course management, and content from golf events across the globe. Scott Hollister, editor-in-chief of GCSAA’s Golf Course Management magazine is the host of the podcast.
This first episode debuted in early October, with Scott Hollister opening the episode with an interview with GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. Additional content on the episode included information on the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards, and interviews with GCSAA members who were selected to volunteer at the 2019 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.
“We are very excited to have another way to communicate with our 18,000 members,” Evans said. “However, the GCSAA Podcast also gives us the opportunity to share all the good things happening in the golf course management industry with a wider audience.”
Recent episodes included industry leader Matt Shaffer, an update on GCSAA’s new First Green program, an interview with Ohio’s own Lawrence Powell of the Powell family who received GCSAA’s 2019 top honor: the Old Tom Morris Award.
Special thanks to our partners and attendees for their participation in yesterday's chapter event at York Golf Club.
Attendees were able to learn more about fungicide resistance and disease management from Bayer's, Rob Golembiewski, Ph. D. Dr. Golembiewski provided recommendations on fungicide rotations, warned of patterns which could lead to resistance and more.
Finally, thanks to JT Thompson and his crew for hosting the event and for providing an outstanding course for attendees to play. Check out a few photos of the course in our photo gallery.
May 8th - York Golf Club
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Great Lakes Turf to Offer TriCure Surfactants
Grand Rapids, MI, (November 1, 2016) — Great Lakes Turf, a supplier of turf fertilizers and chemicals to the golf and sports turf markets in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois is partnering with Mitchell Products, a manufacturer of specialty soil wetting agents, to offer the TriCure Surfactant line in these states.
TriCure is an established premium wetting agent sold throughout the U.S. and overseas and is highly regarded in the turf market for maintaining optimum soil moisture control in golf and sports turf fields, resulting in healthier turf, less water usage, and consistent playing conditions.
“We’re excited to have Great Lakes Turf working with us to promote our products in this region and are impressed with the professionalism they bring to the market,” said David Mitchell, Mitchell Products Managing Partner.
Great Lakes Turf, LLC, located in Byron Center, MI, is a distributor of fertilizers, chemicals, diagnostic services and maintenance accessories to golf courses and athletic fields in the Great Lakes region.
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This is a ground floor opportunity to work with a well established company whose success is well documented. Complete product and sales training is provided. There are no upfront costs to obtain an exclusive distributorship.
Contact: Jeff Knapp - Director of Distributor Development
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Read the first issue of Seventy Connection, the new collaborative resource of the Miami Valley GCSA and Central Ohio GCSA.
A gofundme campaign has been created to help provide financial support to our colleagues at Greenbrier Resort (WV). Last week, the Greenbrier Resort area suffered catastrophic damage from unprecedented flooding. Many are without shelter, food and water. This campaign is to help residents begin to get back to some sort of normalcy.
Please visit the gofundme campaign page to make a donation.
As many of you may already know, the COGCSA supports an industry coalition known as the Ohio Professional Applicators for Responsible Regulation (better known as OPARR).
OPARR is lead by Belinda Jones of Capitol Consulting. Belinda and the rest of their team and the OPARR board do an excellent job of monitoring legislation which impacts our industry.
In May, OPARR was keeping an eye on several issues in Ohio: