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President's Message - Fall, 2022

The summer of 2022 took its time arriving, but once it did, it gave us some beautiful weather and the least amount of smoke I can remember in recent years. I'll take that as a win! I hope everyone took some time away from work to enjoy our beautiful province and recharge for the home stretch of the golf season.

Some of us were fortunate enough to get away and join the Kootenay Region as they hosted this year's Exchange Event. The event itself was first class, with a great golf course, terrific food, top notch accommodations, and as always, some great camaraderie and networking. Thank you to our host Superintendent Mike Knowles and his team, who had the Copper Point Golf Course's in amazing shape! And as always, thank you so much to all our terrific sponsors, whom without their support, we wouldn't be able to have these events. I look forward to the next Exchange, which is scheduled to be hosted next year in the Lower Mainland.

As I started to write this report, I realized this will be my last as President. My term will end at the AGM at the Professional Development Days at the end of November. I have to say that my time served has a different feel now than what my expectations were moving into the role as President. I was excited to be nominated and to serve the Association, but I honestly wasn't sure if I had the credentials or necessary leadership skills to live up to the great list of Past Presidents that served before me. What I quickly learned is that even though my role as President was to lead the association over the past couple of years, I wasn't doing it alone, and as most good leaders will tell you, is that you're only as strong as your team. I was fortunate to have worked with a great team who all do their part to make the BCGSA the best it can be for its members.

So I would like to extend my gratitude to all the board and committee members whom I've served with, as you made my time on the board extremely rewarding. Know that it's because of these members that step up and serve our association that the BCGSA is in such a great place, and it will only get stronger as the years move on. And last but certainly not least I'd like to thank Ginny for all her work in keeping the BCGSA running so smoothly. She's been a big part of the growth and success of our association, and she will be leaving us in a great position to succeed into the future as we turn a page in our history with new leadership in the new year.

The Professional Development Days has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my time on the board, and this year looks to be the best yet! The speaker line-up so far is first class, and by the time you read this you will be aware of this year's full itinerary, which will be full of can't miss education and networking opportunities. I hope to see you all in Victoria!

Respectfully submitted

Warren Blue
President, BCGSA


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