Publisher’s Perspective

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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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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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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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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Why Are Private Clubs Late Adopters?

The private club world is evolving…and with it so are the leaders of tomorrow’s industry. However, change – technological change and otherwise – in the private club industry often lags behind other industries. Certainly some clubs are at the forefront as early adopters, and even better, the industry does benefit from innovators, as change continues…

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How Much Do You Appreciate Your General Manager?

By John G. Fornaro “On a weekend morning a few years ago as I sat in my office preparing for the day ahead, a young housekeeping employee stopped by to clean my office. I asked him about his plans for the future. He replied, “I want a job like yours!” I asked him to elaborate.…

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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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How Do Private Clubs Build A Luxury Lifestyle Brand?

By John G. Fornaro We don’t have to look very far to see and find luxury brands…brands that stand the test of time, that retain their value and while not totally immune to the vagaries of the world economies, continue to be ‘wanted’ and remain successful. They are brands that command loyalty…a very desirable attribute.…

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2015 Distinguished Ideas Summit Enhances Member Experience Exchange

By John G. Fornaro “By the end of the 2015 BoardRoom Distinguished Ideas Summit I had more than 50 items and ideas I wanted to implement at the St. Francis Yacht Club.” And that, in a nutshell, describes Ron Banaszak’s experience at the second annual BoardRoom Distinguished Ideas Summit we hosted recently in Napa Valley…

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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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