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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Gordon Welch Named President Of The Association Of Private Club Directors (APCD)

By Dave White “My goal is to help private clubs by creating a better board that is well informed, well educated and represented.” That’s the objective of Gordon Welch who is taking over the reins as president of the Association of Private Club Directors, the parent association of BoardRoom magazine. “Through information, education and representation…

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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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Gasser Chair Company’s Contemporary “Northwood” Club Chair

Youngstown, Ohio-based Gasser Chair Company, one of the world’s top designers and manufacturers of seating products for hospitality and entertainment venues, is introducing its newest hospitality/club chair design, the “Northwood.” Gasser’s new Northwood series is a sleek and modern twist on the well-known “club” chair that has been a seating staple for clubs, bars and…

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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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Finding the Right LED Solution for your Club

By SES Lighting LED Lighting can save between 50-85 percent of the lighting cost in a club, so it has become an attractive way to reduce expenses while being environmentally friendly. However, finding the right LED lighting solution for every lighting application in your club presents an incredible challenge, as the right products are not…

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Efficient Turfgrass Fertilization

By Grigg Brothers Turfgrass fertilization is a primary component of golf course management that directly affects turfgrass health and playability, the maintenance budget, and environmental quality. A golf course nutrient management program that promotes optimal turfgrass health while safeguarding environmental quality and frugal use of budget dollars is efficient. Safeguarding water quality with nutrient use…

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