May/June

THE BOOK – The Distinguished Club Experience

John Fornaro and Molly Cox – co-authors of the Distinguished Club Experience By Dave White, editor So, why a book on private clubs? Good question. John Fornaro, publisher of BoardRoom magazine and CEO of BoardRoom’s Distinguished Clubs, researched and found there had never been a mainstream book published, based on the private club industry. What?…

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Running a Member-Owned Private Club What Are the Challenges?

By John G. Fornaro The art of governing, or leadership, is as old as society itself. It’s the exercise of authority by an individual or group of individuals or organizations in what it does, and how and why decisions are made. Still private clubs are a quite separate segment of both the service and hospitality…

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A Springtime Potpourri

By Dave White Private club success – both for board members and the club’s paid management – mainly derives from how well these two groups mesh when considering the club’s planning, daily operations and the breadth and depth of the club’s member experience. It’s known as collaborative governance. Still there are many challenges facing boards…

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Turfgrass Management Influences Golf Course Sustainability

By Grigg Brothers Sustainability at a golf course implies a sound business plan, good turf quality and reliability, and environmental stewardship. Golf affects our communities by providing a recreational green space, generating employment opportunities and tourism dollars, and contributing to landscape conservation, wildlife habitat and watershed quality. Turfgrass management influences golf course sustainability by every…

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Union League of Philadelphia and Jonathan Club: Shining Examples of the City Club Rebirth

By Dave White Bastions of privacy, city clubs stand as an elegant transition point between business and pleasure, offering members the best opportunities in both work and play…entertaining friends, keeping fit, and forging new business connections. The history of many city clubs throughout the world is compelling…years old gathering spots that today remain a focal…

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Dealing with Your Club’s Membership Transfer List!

By John G. Fornaro In recent years, private clubs have faced many issues – depressing economic conditions, stagnating golf statistics, members’ time and money constraints and competition from daily fee golf courses and nearby first rate restaurants – while seeking to retain their members and searching out prospective members. Dues-paying members are a private club’s…

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The Message is Clear: Adapt to Today’s Reality

By Dave White Sometimes we can view the words ‘resurgence’ and ‘sustainability’ as synonymous…especially with what’s happening in the private club industry these days. Resurgence is an active word for some of the world’s most outstanding city clubs, like the Union League of Philadelphia and Jonathan Club of Los Angeles, both BoardRoom Distinguished Emerald Clubs…

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Sarasota Yacht Club Celebrates As A Distinguished Emerald Club – Kujawski also Honored as A BoardRoom Top President

By Dave White Color Sarasota Yacht Club green…emerald green with envy, that is! Emerald Green, because Sarasota Yacht Club is being recognized as a BoardRoom magazine Distinguished Emerald Club. “Winning this distinction confirms that our efforts to enhance the membership experience have not been in vain,” enthused Commodore Bobby Overall. “ And the fact that…

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The Education of a Board Member

By Gregg Patterson Governance In any culture, whether it’s in a private club or a South American nation, governance is “job one.” Want to create a new culture? Governance is key. Want to sustain a given culture? Governance is key. Want to change a given culture? Governance is key. But what is governance? It’s about…

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Educating Board Members Makes A Difference

By John G. Fornaro Often private club boards are viewed as a necessary evil – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. But the fact is boards can be healthy and functional. Board members however, must know what’s expected of them, as should committee members, and perhaps the best way is to let them…

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