Features

Should Your Board Meetings Be Open to Members?

By John G. Fornaro For most private clubs in this country, board meetings are closed-door affairs. The question is: Why are they closed? Should they remain closed? Are there any reasons why a club should handle board meetings any differently? For example, if board meetings are open to board members, committee chairs and senior paid…

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2016 Distinguished Ideas Summit: Best of the Best

By Dave White Photography by: Philip Gabriel Photography and Laura Ladendorf “Thanks for pulling off the Summit. It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to in my 35-plus years in the business! Union League made it extra special.” And that comment from Stephen Roper, general manager of the Meridian Hills Country Club in…

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The BoardRoom magazine Announces the Winners of its 2016 “Excellence in Achievement” Awards

The BoardRoom magazine, the official publication for the Association of Private Club Directors (APCD) and the Distinguished Clubs, is proud to announce the winners of its 18th annual “Excellence in Achievement” awards. “The BoardRoom Awards are the only awards in the private club industry that recognize private clubs’ business partners, and every year we see…

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Isn’t It Time We Quit Taking the Maalox?

By John G. Fornaro Private club boards of directors pose a fleeting presence. In fact, in most cases, the board goes through a 100 percent change within three years, with usually a third of the board being replaced each year. This can be a ‘sticky wicket’, because it’s often more difficult for a club to…

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What’s New in Technology This Year?

By Dave White The churn continues…as technology for the private club industry marches on! Our annual Technology issue (September/ October) focuses on our contributors and vendors, as they give us their opinions of what and where and the why of today’s club technologies, including some by way of case studies. They’re telling us where we’re…

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Club Trends – Food Photo Booth

The Kansas City Country Club enjoys showcasing its culinary team and their creations. The team sends out weekly updates regarding the specials on the menu and are now including photographs of the food items to entice members to try something new and exciting. “We started by taking a few simple snapshots of our food while…

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Competition? Health Clubs Now Offer Golf Simulators

By Rick Ladendorf LA Fitness in Aliso Viejo, CA recently converted two racquetball courts to four simulator hitting bays and is set to poach golf related revenues from the club industry. Members can take lessons or bring their friends and play their favorite course indoors in a fraction of the time it takes to play…

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How Do Boards Avoid Mistakes and Find Solutions?

By John G. Fornaro Yes, to err is human, but repetitious mistakes are a plague. The failures and mistakes of non-profit boards have been well documented over the years…failure of fiduciary duties, little or no effective oversight of the club’s operation etc. But are these issues really ‘sacred cows’ because boards of directors are unwilling…

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Heather Nagle & Paul Basquin, Ballantyne Country Club, Recognized As Boardroom’s 2015 Distinguished Club Presidents

By Dave White Sometimes the ordinary makes the news (dog bites man)…sometimes it’s the extraordinary (man bites dog) …the anomaly. And that’s the story with BoardRoom magazine’s Private Club Presidents of the Year for 2015. For the first time since BoardRoom magazine established this program of recognizing the private club industry’s top private club presidents…

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What Do You Mean ‘Dog Days?’ It’s a Busy Time of Year

By Dave White Ah, the ‘dog days of summer.’ But to be clear, for private clubs, it really has nothing to do with dogs. The expression comes from the ancient Romans who referred to the hot, humid days of summer as ‘dog days.’ The Romans associated summer’s hottest days with the star Sirius…known as the…

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