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President's Message - Spring, 2020

Time flies ...It's been 5 months since the last issue of the Dogwood, 5 years since one of Canada's top national championships (LPGA Tour) was hosted in British Columbia and 10 years since British Columbia hosted the Winter Olympics!

I challenge each of you to plan out what you are going to do to make sure your next 5 months, 5 years or 10 years are as fulfilling as possible. Hopefully, when you look back on today you feel a sense of accomplishment, you've achieved some of your dreams and created some great memories along the way.

The BCGSA is committed to providing opportunities for memories to be made through its many events on the calendar, be it regional, provincial, or national in nature.

The Professional Development Days (PDDs) that were held in Victoria in November 2019 was a great way to culminate a season that saw numerous award winners acknowledged for their hard work and contributions to our industry.

Congratulations to the following:

    - 2019 Superintendent of the Year Greg Broome
    - Industry Recognition award winner Mick Kilsby
    - Article of the Year recipient Bill Januszewski
    - Brian Finnegan award recipients Robert Munro and Connor Hamilton.

This conference has grown and succeeded with the tireless work of Events Committee Chair Warren Blue and his committee, specifically Dean Piller, Brian Youell and Gregor Kowalski. Dena Gent with her work on the silent auction and of course Ginny and Ralph Tromp and all they do in preparation leading up to and during this event is also an important key in its continued success.

I'd also like to thank everyone who served on the BCGSA Board in 2019 and most notably welcome new Northern Director Mark Berg and thank Greg Broome for his time serving on the Board and representing the North so well. See pages 16 and 21 for more details on the Professional Development Days.

Looking forward to 2020, the list of regional meetings is looking strong and the BCGSA Exchange being hosted at Copper Point Golf Club in August 2020 will surely be a success. Copper Point features a hotel on site and of course the Kootenays magnificent scenery, hospitality and charm.

With the likelihood of the BCGSA partnering with the CGSA in 2021 on a Fall Field Day in the Lower Mainland, the decision was made to go out of rotation and jump ahead to the Kootenays in 2020.

Finally, the 2020 season will wrap up at the inaugural Canadian Golf Industry Show in Vancouver in November where the BCGSA is partnering to put on what will surely be a revolutionary, industry leading conference that shouldn't be missed.

As you can see, there are no shortage of opportunities to promote and support the Golf Course Management profession in British Columbia. Be sure to not let time slip you by and attend as many events as practical to strengthen your network of industry colleagues and have fun while doing it!

Respectfully submitted,

Jamie Robb
President, BCGSA

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