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GCSAA seminar trendsetter?

Rocky Mountain GCSA encourages other affiliated chapters to explore new and different educational formats

Individuals who were able to attend the GCSAA chapter-hosted seminars April 18-19, 2004 in Grand Junction, Colo. were treated to a unique opportunity. Outside of the obvious –, that being a first class educational event– the seminars were made available on a Sunday evening (5-9 p.m.) and concluded Monday morning (7-11a.m.). The sessions were held at the Hampton Inn, Grand Junction, which provided a discounted room rate for chapter members in attendance.

Hats off to Dr. Keith Karnok, turfgrass professor at the University of Georgia, who was willing to adjust his schedule and provide his expertise over two days. This was the first time the GCSAA had tried such a format, and based upon the attendance and flexibility the schedule provided (compared to a full day seminar), the seminars came off without a glitch. Some members attended Sunday evening only, Monday morning only or both. The opportunity to try such a format allowed attendees to obtain a full-day worth of education, while only missing a half day from work. We believe this directly affected the increased participation. RMGCSA would like to encourage other GCSAA chapters to explore new and different formats, especially when visiting a region that does not get visited often. It was at our members request that we try such an event, which then turned out to be a success with over 30 attendees in each educational session. The membership on the Western Slope was very grateful and appreciative to have the educational programs so attainable. Numerous attendees expressed how they enjoyed the opportunity to attend these types of seminars in these different formats.

GCSAA seminars are typically held all in one day, unless they require multiple days, depending on course content. Dr. Karnok had four, ½-day seminars available, all with differing topics. Our chapter chose those two that we believed would benefit our membership the most, based on our region’s turf management practices. The schedule allowed for the inclusion of golf prior to Sunday evening’s session at Devil’s Thumb (hour drive from Grand Junction) and following Monday morning’s seminar at Grand Junction’s Redlands Mesa Golf Club.

Submitted by Gary Leeper, RMGCSA Executive Director and Mark Krick, RMGCSA Director & Education Chairman


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