From the Field: Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region 

I hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying some Spring weather. It’s hard to believe Summer is right around the corner!

The Hi-Lo Desert GCSA, San Diego GCSA and GCSA of Southern California Board of Directors met at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club for the inaugural Southern California Tri-Chapter Board Retreat.

The event was organized and hosted by Hi-Lo Desert GCSA and GCSA of Southern California executive director Cyndy Neal, San Diego GCSA chapter executive Amy Conrad and me.

“The retreat provided a great opportunity for our board members from our three respective chapters to come together and get to know each other on a more personal basis,” said GCSA of Southern California chapter executive Cyndy Neal. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do the last few years and we were finally able to bring it to fruition.”

The retreat was focused on teambuilding, networking, leadership and challenges facing board members and chapters in the Southern California area. Activities included an icebreaker session, a teambuilding exercise in which members from the three chapters were paired into teams, updates on government relations activities in California, updates from various allied golf associations, a public relations training session taught by Conrad and a question and answer round table moderated by Neal and Jensen that focused on numerous key issues facing the golf industry including labor costs and employee recruitment.

“I found the retreat to be very insightful and beneficial to my skills as a superintendent and board president,” said Todd Kochanowski, Class A superintendent at the Temecula Creek Inn and President of the San Diego GCSA. “I think all of our board members were able to bring some ideas back with them that will benefit our chapter and members.”

The event will return in the Spring of 2019 in an expanded format including presentations from outside speakers. “I learned a lot from the retreat and look forward to seeing how it develops in the coming years,” said Chris Hoyer, Class A superintendent at Bermuda Dunes Country Club and President of the Hi-Lo Desert GCSA. “It’s another tool that our chapters can use to develop our future leaders.”

Thank you to Coto de Caza superintendent and past GCSA of Southern California President Shane Roth for hosting the event and our San Diego board members who took a day away from work to attend.

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