Chapter Resources

Chapter Activities and Success Stories

GCSAA, chapters and members host a number of exciting events and participate in partnerships throughout the year -- including golf course site visits, state capitol visits and legislative receptions -- in order to improve public and lawmaker understanding of the golf course management profession.

'Super voice on council' (GCM - Mickey Stachowski - May 2006)
The proactive efforts of superintendents in the state of New Jersey have given the industry a strong voice in the direction of that state's water policies, including policies that arise during times of drought.

Golf facilities utilize Delaware pesticide container recycling program (GCM - Bob Collins, CGCS - Dec. 2005)
Nearly half the state's golf facilities participate in the Delaware Pesticide Container Recycling Program in which Delaware Department of Agriculture officials use a “milk run” to collect used pesticide containers.

Should your association hire a contract lobbyist? (GCM - Michael Stachowski, CGCS - Nov. 2005)
Your chapter and members are faced with an issue that involves your local, state or federal government. You have contacted “the powers that be” without much success, so it could be time to consider hiring a contract lobbyist.

For a common good (GCM - Paul Backman - June 2005)
Learn what steps the Western Washington GCSA, the WSGA, and other members of the golf industry took to address legislation related to use tax on donated rounds of golf.

Wisconsin holds first-ever Green Industry Day on the Hill (GCM - Jeff Millies, CGCS - May 2005)
More than 200 green industry business owners, workers and educators gathered on Wisconsin's Capitol Hill in Madison on Feb. 14, 2005 for the state's first-ever Green Industry Day on the Hill.

"Kansas green industries join forces" (GCM - Chava McKeel - Dec. 2004)
The GCSAA chapters in Kansas — the Kansas GCSA and the Heart of America GCSA — are two groups taking proactive action in 2005. They have joined, and been involved in the creation of, the newly formed Kansas Association of Horticultural Industries (KAHI).

"Alliance promotes safety" (GCM - Chava McKeel - Oct. 2004)
On May 18, the Nebraska GCSA, along with several lawn care and landscape industry groups, signed an important agreement forming an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the goal of protecting workers from exposure to hazards in the lawn care cand landscaping industry.

"Building alliances for the new legislative session" (GCM - Erica Brown - Jan. 2004)
Several GCSAA chapters have found an effective way to express their positions and concerns to lawmakers and deliver a powerful voice in their state capitols by forming an alliance/coalition with other green industry and turfgrass organizations.

"Partnership with EPA creates win-win" (GCM - Carrie Riordan - Oct. 2003)
In June 1995, GCSAA became a partner in an EPA initiative called the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), a voluntary public/private partnership with the goal of reducing pesticide risk.

"Chapters build relationships with lawmakers" (GCM - Erica Brown - June 2003)
Three GCSAA affiliated chapters, the Cactus and Pine GCSA, the Florida GCSA and the Western Washington GCSA, built relationships with state lawmakers by participating in state capitol visits and hosting legislative receptions.

"Building good will with EPA officials" (GCM - Carrie Riordan - Nov. 2002)
Learn how members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAAGCS) successfully built relationships with EPA officials by hosting a golf course site visit.



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