2016-17 Education/Social Calendar

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October 1 - Vintage Wine Co./Country Club of Detroit
Wine Tour/Wine Dinner
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November 6-7 - 2 Day Workshop UClub, Lansing
Day 1 - Whitney Reid - 6hr CMI (F&B), 
Day 2 - Dr. Vargas (Golf, Sports & Rec), Annual Meeting and 
Dick Bruner (External & Governmental Influences) 
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November 27 - Chapter Holiday Party
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January 6-7, 2017 - Bay Harbor
Steven Freund (Renewing Established Brand and Q&A)
Jack Sullivan (Club Governance)
John Paul (Lowering F&B Costs - 30yrs exp)

February 7-11 - CMAA World Conference
Orlando Conference Chapter Party 

February 28 - Junior/Asst Mngr Roundtable
The Village Club

March 21 - All Staff - Detroit Golf Club
Arte Nathan (Service/Coaching - Professional Resources) 

April 11 - Spring Education - Midland Country Club
Sunjay Nath - 10/80/10 principle (Leadership)
Club Tour

October 1-3 - Mackinac Retreat - The Grand Hotel 
Education TBD


2015-16 GMCMA Year in Review

October 20 - Annual Meeting/Presidents Ball 

November 2-3 - Tim Richardson (Club Culture/Service), 
Gary Walley w/ Fitness Things (Fitness Trends and Analysis) and 
Howard & Howard (Legal/Legislative Panel) 

November 29, 2015 - Chapter Holiday Party 

January 8-9, 2016 - Rick Coyne (Relevant C's) and Three Carpenter 
(It's About The People) 

February 21, 2016 - CMAA San Diego Conference Chapter Party 
- The Tipsy Crow 

March 22, 2016 - All Staff - Rendall Heflin (How to Pump Life Back into your Business) 
and Frank Vain (Club Governance) 

April 2, 2016 - Assistant Managers Roundtable - Country Club of Detroit
April 12, 2016 - Jeff DeHaven, Blue Thumb Digital (Social Media) 

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Otsego Club & Resort - September 20-22, 2015

Our Fall education was a great success with 18 in attendance!

Sunday evening was a Welcome cocktail/hors d'oeuvres with many people reconnecting after a busy summer season and glad to be together again. Mondays breakfast in the Duck Blind Grille set the stage for a beautiful day and the education to come.

Don Coe, Managing Partner from Black Star Farms and his wife Mary Lou gave a fantastic presentation on the trending "Farm to Table" movement. He talked about Black Star Farms experiences and how that has led to their success. We then had a small wine tasting with 6 wines & 2 spirits. We were also told the amazing story about how they get the pear in their brandy bottle! Now you wish you would have come!

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Congratulations to Jim Farhat, CCM


Jim has been at Pine Lake Country Club for 25 years and was recognized at this year's CMAA Conference as a member of the 25 Year Club! 



Roundtable Education with GAM
April 1, 2015

Oakland Hills Country Club - Chris Berlin and Patrick Pardington hosted
The managers roundtable was a great success with 64 in attendance and 30 clubs/groups represented! Bob Buckley gave the welcome and Bo Picklesimer introduced each presenter. Thank you to Rosie Rockov and Tonia Laird for helping with check-in!

A great big thank you to all the managers who gave presentations!
Joe Basso, Birmingham CC - Clubhouse/Course Renovations
Chris Berlin, Oakland Hills CC - Membership Retention
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Craig Cutler, CC of Detroit - Clubhouse/Course Renovations
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Kevin Frantz, Walnut Creek CC - Membership Retention

Corey Gerhart, Barton Hills CC - Clubhouse Renovations
Mike Strain, Detroit Golf Club - Brand Strategy Development
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Joe Marini, Meadowbrook CC - Clubhouse/Course Renovations

Roundtable Presenters

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All Staff Meeting - March 24, 2015

Orchard Lake Country Club

Our annual all staff meeting was a huge success with 160 managers and staff in attendance! 

Chef Granowicz from Bloomfield Hills CC said "The people in attendance were very engaged and I am confident were just as pleased with the speaker, venue and planning as they could have been. It is no small endeavor to have a work shop of that scale for a crowd of that caliber, and you made it a hit. Thank you for all you do for the Association, your commitment and communications are outstanding, and your events are rewarding to attend as well as having useful content. I can confidently say the only way that can think of to improve upon it on my end would be to bring more staff from BHCC next time. Thank you again!"

MORNING SESSION - Our speaker Crystal Thomas, MCM, CHE - Private Club Consulting with Crystal Clear Concepts. She spoke on how to engage and excite the teams to deliver the member experience to exceed member expectations. 
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AFTERNOON SESSION - Our speaker Crystal Thomas spoke on how to consistently deliver an Olympic performance and the steps to ensure success with the governance of your club. To strengthen your communication with and between your board and committee members to create a very strong foundation by which to lead and operate your club. 

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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!
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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. 

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Congratulations to
Kerrie Barno and John Matway, CCM 

on their newly appointed seats on the Board of Directors!

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Click to download Annual Meeting Minutes


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.

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Tammy CarterHelp with procedures discipline member's behavior

Fellow Managers and Friends:

 I am looking to receive some help in the procedures that different clubs and boards use to discipline member's behavior. It has been a tumultuous year and we have no specific criteria that is in place. Could you share with me the steps and penalties used in this process?

If you would like to contact or send any materials directly, please email or call 810-748-9931.


Thank you,

Dale R. Cooper

General Manager

The Old Club

3 weeks ago

Tammy CarterRecommended Headhunters for F&B Director Position

I would appreciate recommendations from Michigan GMs regarding headhunters for F&B directors. We will be hiring over the next few months, and would like to employ a recruiter for this very important position.

Thanks so much!


Karen L. Grannemann, CCM

CEO & General Manager

University Club of MSU

3435 Forest Road

Lansing, MI  48910

3 weeks ago

Tammy CarterRecommended Headhunters for F&B Director Position

I would appreciate recommendations from Michigan GMs regarding headhunters for F&B directors. We will be hiring over the next few months, and would like to employ a recruiter for this very important position.

Thanks so much!


Karen L. Grannemann, CCM

CEO & General Manager

University Club of MSU

3435 Forest Road

Lansing, MI  48910

3 weeks ago

Tammy CarterFunding Projects

Have you targeted “Angel Donors” to fund or assist in funding specific projects?  If so are you willing to share details?


In the spirit of transparency CCD is hoping to fund a portion of the debt associated with our Long Range Plan through a new founding member campaign.  We have signed pledges for $475,000. And our fund raising goal is $1,000,000.  I am curious to other initiatives in the State.




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Tammy CarterWhat is your policy on dogs?

Does anyone have “dog rules”?  We are trying to figure it out here at the Club.  We have dogs allowed here but they have to be in a cart.


Kerrie K. Barno

Assistant General Manager

Detroit Yacht Club

(o)(313)824-1200 ext. 276


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