MSU Two-Day Workshop a Success

The 2 day education workshop that is held annually at the University Club of MSU took place on Monday and Tuesday, November 17-18th.

DAY 1 - Those in attendance heard from speaker
Tarun Kapoor CHO, CHA, CHE - CEO & Managing Director of Kapoor & Kapoor  Hospitality Consultants. He spoke on "Collaborative Governance: A “New” Paradigm for Volunteer Leaders and Management to Operate the Club Strategically". All those that heard Mr. Kapoor speak and took the test received 6 workshop education credits from CMAA nationals!
Click here to download Tarun Kapoor's Presentation

DAY 2 - Morning session from Howard & Howard covered a wide range of topics and a panel presentation featuring Patrick Howard and 2 of his partners, Mark Peyser and Dan Villaire. The session went for an hour and a half but could easily of lasted twice as long. Alot of very good information was talked about including how to protect your club and you in cases of risk, how/what to document in case of a lawsuit and liquor licenses/laws.

The first Greater Michigan Chapter Annual Meeting was next with Bo Picklesimer, President running the meeting. Also present were Tom Trainor, CCM - Vice President, Wendy Anglin, CCM - Secretary/Treasurer and board member Scott Cummings.
They voted in two new Board Members. 

Congratulations to
Kerrie Barno and John Matway, CCM 

on their newly appointed seats on the Board of Directors!

Click to download Annual Report   
Click to download Annual Meeting Minutes

Next was lunch with the tradition of new members eating hot peppers! 
They all did great!
The afternoon session was "Evolution of Golf Course Maintenance: Tendencies and Implementations" with John N. “Trey” Rogers III, Ph.D. He is the Professor of Turfgrass Management in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty there since 1988. Dr. Rogers is also the Coordinator of the 2‑year Golf Turfgrass Management program at Michigan State University. Last year Trey worked with Orchard Lake Country Club and Lochmoor Country Club to renovate their greens and next year with Birmingham Country Club. It was a very informative session.


Message from the President
Bo Picklesimer, CCM

Hello Fellow Michigan Club Managers,

Labor Day marks the end of pool season for most of us and September brings the slowing-down of our golf season.  It has been an unusual year weather-wise for many of us, beginning with a harsh winter, followed by a wet spring.  Hopefully, most of you are having a chance to have a moment to catch your breath before we head into our busy Holiday season.

At the beginning of this year, I had no plans to be writing one of these letters to you folks.  And then one day, just as the season was moving into full swing, Mike Mooney called me and told me he was heading to Florida to pursue a club management opportunity in the land where it never snows.  I guess we can't really blame him, can we?

In a recent staff meeting, as I was trying to get some planning done, I realized that all of the faces around the conference room table were younger than me...I mean a lot younger than me!  I was the "old man" in the room.  Until I take a look in the mirror, I really don't feel old.  But the mirror does not lie.  I have been around the block a few times.

By way of introduction, I began my club career on the West Coast nearly thirty years ago.  Like many of you, managing clubs was not in my goal plan as I finished up high school, and headed off to college.  And though it was quite by accident that I found myself on this path, it has been a rewarding experience.  As I am finishing up my seventh season at Egypt Valley Country Club, this will mark my 26th year as a Club Manager, having also served clubs in California, Ohio, and Kentucky.  That is one of the great things about this industry.  Opportunities are there to go just about anywhere you would want...geographically, and otherwise.

I hope you are finding value in your membership and association with CMAA.  I have so much appreciation for all of the fellowship and learning that the chapters and national association relationship has brought to me.  I look forward to having the opportunity to see you at chapter meetings, and visit you at your club.

We have our annual meeting scheduled with an education workshop at Michigan State on November 17-18, 2014.  I hope to see you there.  In the meantime, please feel to contact me if I can be of any help, in anyway.

Best Regards,

Bo Picklesimer, CCM
GMCMA President
Egypt Valley Country Club


Congratulations to Steve Pedersen
on his Retirement
Steve has been the General Manager of Midland Country Club for the last eight years. Steve renovated the clubhouse, refocused the club's mission and increased membership tremendously. 
Taking Steve's place will be Detroit Golf Clubs' Todd Beals.

Congratulations to both Steve and Todd from your Greater Michigan Chapter members!
Please find a link to the story in the June 26, 2014
article of the Midland Daily News below.


A Retirement Tribute to
one of our GMCMA members
Richard A. Bruner, CCM, CCE 

for over 40 years of dedicated service
to the University Club of MSU,
the mid-Michigan community,
and the global club industry.

Click Here To See Tribute Brochure




Three outstanding chapters were honored at the 87th World Conference in Orlando. Many chapters worked hard to fill the top spots, a fact that was reflected in the close races in each of the chapter categories. However, only one chapter in each size category was able to earn the title of 2013 Chapter of the Year.

Medium Chapter of the Year: Detroit Chapter    
Congratulations to these chapters on this time-honored achievement. To reward the winning chapters' efforts, we are eligible to receive a Club Management Institute-endorsed grant for $3,000 sponsored by The Club Foundation. All three chapter of the year winners were also recognized at the Awards and Conference Finale with a trophy and will have their names engraved on the overall Chapter of the Year trophy, which is displayed at CMAA National Headquarters! There were many outstanding entries. While all chapters are automatically entered into this award program, only those chapters submitting a chapter résumé are eligible to win. This piece helps the judging committee to better recognize the unique accomplishments of each chapter. Impressive accomplishments were abundant – all CMAA members should be proud of the level of excellence that exists within the Association’s chapter system.

The DCMA also finished second in Membership Growth behind the St. Louis Chapter. The DCMA also took second place for the medium chapter category in the Excellence in Education Awards.

Congratulations to the DCMA on winning this most prestigious award. It would not have been possible without the support of every single member of the Chapter.



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