November/December

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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Search Firms – What Can They Do For Your Club

By Dave White “The best managers need to be recruited. They will not apply.” And the fact is, private club search committees “cannot manage (a search) confidently. Only a top search firm can. Good candidates know this, desperate candidates don’t care.” So says Dan Denehy of Denehy – Club Thinking Partners, who stresses that the…

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Dues Increases – What’s Too Much or Too Little?

By John G. Fornaro “We’re in the dues business!” That’s often the sentiment expressed about the private club industry. “We’re in the dues business!” That’s often the sentiment expressed about the private club industry. What’s too much and what’s too little? What does it all mean for the future of private clubs? So what are…

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Another Look at the State of the Industry

By Dave White It’s all about creating value…membership value! And how do private clubs build that value…create a legacy? As we take our annual look at the ‘State of the Industry’ in the final issue for 2015, these are the questions we must ask. One of our feature contributors, Henry DeLozier, profoundly raises the questions:…

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