BCGSA Presidents Report Fall 2014

12.11.03-BCGSA.Logo.NEWBy Dean Piller

2014 saw the implementation of the BCGSA offering CEC Program administration for our members and their staff.  In the first year of offering this program a total of 33.5 CEC’s were applied for and approved for seminars and regional meetings.  Presently there are 17 members taking advantage of this service and we continue to work with the WCTA to maximize the opportunities for members of either association to have access to good education and CEC collection. 

Record attendance at our Exchange tournament and regional meetings this summer were a result of quality education and networking opportunities for our members.  Thank you for your continuing support.

Jerry Rousseau, Trevor Smith, Greg Austin and I sit on the British Columbia Allied Golf Association Board of Directors.  As President of AGA, Trevor Smith has done an exceptional job of moving this relatively young association forward which provides a unified voice for the golf business in BC.  This association is making great progress in developing relationships with our government in support of growing the golf industry in our Province.  The Environmental Advocacy committee will be meeting in January to continue updating of the IPM handbook published in 2004.  Once complete and endorsed by the Ministry this valuable document will be available online for members of our Associations to use for current information and likely as a study tool for a ‘Fine Turf’ supplemental pesticide applicator certificate.  Keith Lyall, Environmental Advocacy Committee Chair deserves a great deal of credit for guiding this committee through the process. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Greg Austin of the Revelstoke Golf Club who has faithfully served our Associations for many years as the B.C Director of the CGSA.  With this commitment Greg also serves on the BCGSA board of Directors as well as the AGA BC board of Directors.  This responsibility also placed Greg on the Environmental Advocacy committee.  Because of these numerous responsibilities Greg is resigning from his AGA position and our new Mainland Director Jason Hooper will be resuming Greg’s role on the AGA BC board of Directors.  I would also like to thank Mainland Director Mike Ferdinandi for his years of service on the Provincial Board as he passes the position to his successor Jason Hooper.

Our first year of running the ‘Rounds for Research’ program in BC has been moderately successful.  As awareness of this program grows we are confident that this can become a source of meaningful funds towards Turfgrass research.