The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association is a society to promote and support the Golf Course Management profession in British Columbia
President's Message - Spring, 2018
Congratulations to the best in our business!
The BCGSA Board and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the recent accomplishments of a few outstanding members. First, Dean Piller received the CGSA/Toro Gordon Witteveen award for a great article on thatch management. Second, Brian Youell received the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement award for his strong commitment to the environment and his unique approach to managing wildlife while creating public awareness. Last and closest to home, T-Jay Creamer received the inaugural Toro/CGSA Assistant Superintendent of the Year. We are fortunate to have our members recognized nationally, but would not be possible without the support of our partners Toro, Rain Bird and the CGSA. Please take a moment to thank your local representatives.
While on the subject of recognition, the BGCSA Board and all our members would like to thank Dean Piller, Brian Youell, Gregor Kowalski, Dena Gent and their team of volunteers for their tireless work on the MS Fundraising initiatives including the wildly successful Professional Development Days and the always sold out Gala banquet. The combination of the Professional Development Days and the Gala banquet raised approximately $140,000 this year bringing their lifetime total to $1,200,000. Their volunteerism and community spirit has raised the recognition of our entire industry.
Education, networking and partnerships
The 2017 season provided great opportunities for education, networking and partnerships. The year started with the foundational CGSA/BCGSA partnership conference generating profits of $16,000 for the BCGSA. The year ended with the BCGSA partnering with the VIGSA MS Committee at the Professional Development Days, generating a $7,159.42 donation to the MS Society of Canada and $7,159.42 profit for our association. It appears 2018 is off to a great start with the BCGSA and WCTA partnering on a one-day preconference seminar with Dr. Micah Woods. This event was held at the Point Grey Golf Club on February 14th. Our break-even point was 36 attendees, we hope to have the net results within the next few weeks.
State of the Association
In closing I thought I would leave you with a few “at a glance” points to remember.
- Membership is holding strong at 400. Our highest historic level.
- We are cash positive with $33,401.27 in our chequing account and $45,587.62 in our savings account.
- In 2017 we budgeted for a loss of $1,075 after our donation of $7,159.42. This is important for a few reasons:
- We committed to donate at least 50% of the net proceeds to the MS Society.
- We would have donated more but a larger donation would have caused a larger deficit.
- We felt a slight loss was acceptable given our cash positive chequing and savings.
- Last but most important – Invoicing for 2017 dues will be going out the first of March.
On behalf of the BCGSA Board and our management staff, we thank you for your continued support and participation in our growing association. We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings and education events.
J. Paul Robertson
President - BCGSA