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EPA Finalizes the Clean Water Act (WOTUS) Rule2015-05-29 | Chava McKeel, GCSAA - May 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a final Clean Water Rule (WOTUS rule) that includes expanded jurisdiction for the agency.
NOGCSA Legacy Scholarships Due June 1The 2015 NOGCSA Legacy Award Application is now available. Applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2015.
2015 Rust-Oleum Championship - Volunteer LetterDear Fellow NOGCSA Members,

Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio will be hosting the PGA Web.com Rust-Oleum Championship for the second year in a row. The tournament will be held June 11th-14th this year. As you are all aware, it takes a great deal of preparation to host a successful tournament. As great a crew as we have, we will need extra support from volunteers to provide the expected conditions the PGA is looking for.
Thank a SuperintendentGreetings GCSAA Chapters!

The Thank a Golf Course Superintendent sweepstakes has been going very well and we have seen success thus far in promoting the importance of golf course superintendents to golfers across the country. We are nearly halfway to our goal of receiving 1,000 Thank You Notes and wanted to encourage every member to help get the word out about the sweepstakes.
Help Stop EPA's The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced H.R.
Key Facts About Golf to Share as Part of Earth Day (April 22)When American writer Mark Twain pronounced that a round of golf was “a good walk spoiled,” he clearly didn’t have all the facts. Today, we know that walking a round of golf can burn more than 2,000 calories.

Here are 5 facts about golf that promote the sport and the environment as part of Earth Day April 22. Earth Week is April 20-24.
Van Poucke among 26 superintendents to visit D.C. for National Golf Day April 15Lawrence, Kan. (April 7, 2015) - Rory Van Poucke got his first taste of government relations in 2012 when his water provider was about to shut off water to his 9-hole golf course in the Phoenix suburb of San Tan Valley.
Your Superintendent Urged to Take Part in Nutrient Use StudyDear Northern Ohio GCSA Member

We need your help in getting the following information to the superintendent at your golf facility to help collect data for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
Ohio Room on The River WalkThe GIS is fast approaching, and the details on the Ohio Room are set. It will be at:
Nominations open for 2015 Most Valuable TechnicianGive your equipment technician something more than a pat on the back
Letter from GCSAA President Keith Ihms, CGCSDear GCSAA member,

In early 2014 when I became president of this association, my top priorities were to look to the future to explore what's best for the superintendent profession as a whole, and to ensure the long-term success of the association. With that in mind, continued focus and dialogue concerning member classifications and standards were made priorities.
2015 OTF/OSU Sports Field Short Course & Golf Turf Spring Tee OffRegistration now available!

Join us for two days of specialized education for sports and golf turf professionals.
GCEP water survey open until Nov. 17The Golf Course Environmental Profile Water Use and Conservation Survey is now available. GCSAA is seeking data from superintendents regarding water use and conservation practices to update much needed information and compare golf's current landscape to information collected in a survey conducted eight years ago. Surveys must be completed by Nov. 17.
Federal Agencies Announce 5-Year Great Lakes Restoration Action PlanChicago, Ill. - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to protect water quality, control invasive species and restore habitat in the largest surface fresh water system in the world. McCarthy, who chairs the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, released the plan at a meeting of Great Lakes Mayors in Chicago.
Wanted NOGCSA Committee Members 2015 Meeting SitesAre You Interested in Volunteering On A NOGCA Committee?

We want your help!! We are looking for members interested in serving on a committee. Committees looking for volunteers are: Golf, Education, Communication, Social, and Membership. The time commitment would be 1 or 2 committee meetings per year.
Vendor Field DayDear Vendor,

The 2014 NOGCSA Board would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the continued support of our organization. Our Chapter remains among the most respected in the nation through the dedication of all who are involved. This includes the constant involvement of our numerous vendors.
For golf courses, dealing with bad weather is the game within the gameWhen Mother Nature rains down on Northeast Ohio in the spring, summer and fall, and buries it with snow and ice in the winter, golf courses try everything and anything to get customers through the door.
Wee One Foundation Benefit ReceptionAs you are likely aware, the Wee One Foundation is an organization that has helped many individuals and families in our industry during times of need. In their short history, the organization has gifted over $600,000 to individuals and families that have experienced financial hardship as a result of illness or injury.
Mark F. Jordan, CGCS Appointed GCSAA Director.Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, natural resource leader at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio, was appointed by the board to fill the remaining year of Grass's two-year term as a director.
Kirtland CC’s Chad Mark Wins Superintendent.....Chad Mark of The Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio, was named the winner of the 14th annual TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Award, presented by Syngenta.
2013 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year FinalistNorthern Ohio GCSA Member Chad Mark has been nomiated for TurfNet 2013 Superintendent of the Year finalist
USGA Green Section Regional Conference @ OakmontTuesday, March 11, 2014 USGA Green Section Regional Meeting at Oakmont Country Club.

Pre Registration includes complimentary breakfast and buffet luncheon $45 Registration at the door $55
Wee One Foundation Benefit ReceptionAs you are likely aware, the Wee One Foundation is an organization that has helped many individuals and families in our industry during times of need. In their short history, the organization has gifted over $600,000 to individuals and families that have experienced financial hardship as a result of illness or injury.
"BOSS" Get Together Johnny J’sJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members from the Medina area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area. No RSVP is needed, just show up and mingle with fellow turf professionals, sales representatives, superintendents and assistants in the region.
January MeetingWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us a panel/round table discussion and some bowling on January 15, 2014.

The off season is a great time to bring your assistant to a meeting!
"BOSS" Get Together Westlake Panini'sJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members from the Westlake area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area.
"BOSS" Get Together YoungstownJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members in your area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area. No RSVP is needed, just show up and mingle with fellow turf professionals, sales representatives, superintendents and assistants in the region.
"BOSS" Get Together Burntwood TavernJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members in your area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area. No RSVP is needed, just show up and mingle with fellow tur
2013 Ohio Turfgrass Conference & ShowThe 2013 Ohio/OTF Turfgrass Conference and Show, Dec. 3- 5.

Educational program, key events, organizational activities, and registration info at www.otfshow.org.
Assistant Superintendent of the Year AwardSuperintendents, again this year we are going to honor the hard work that your assistant superintendents put in throughout the season. We are now accepting nominations for the NOGCSA Assistant of the Year.
Annual MeetingWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us at Shale Creek Golf Club for our annual meeting.
Syngenta Early Order Program AnnouncedEarly order is your opportunity to:
Wee One FoundationI write today to ask for your help. My name is Danny Quast and I am part of the Wee One Foundation. You may know about the Wee One Foundation already and in case you don't I've included a fact sheet about our organization. The Wee One Foundation has been able to help many families it its short existence through some troubled times caused by illness, accident and injury. Through the generous support of the golf industry the Wee One Foundation has helped over 50 families in 17 states. The Foundation continues to help and more and more individuals.
"BOSS" Get Together Westlake Panini'sJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members the Westlake area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area.
H-2B Bill Introduced To Stop Onerous 2013 Emergency Wage RuleAsk your Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 2765
Ohio CupWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members to signup to be on the Ohio Cup team to represent NOGCSA on October 10th, 2013 at Wetherington Golf & Country
"BOSS" Get Together Burntwood TavernJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members in your area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area. No RSVP is needed, just show up and mingle with fellow turf professionals, sales representatives, superintendents and assistants in the region.
Support passage of House Farm Bill that includes CWA NPDES permit reliefOn May 15, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture passed its 2013 five-year Farm Bill that included H.R. 935, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013. Specifically, Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit relief for chemical spraying activities is included in Title X, Section 10013 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 1947 (FARRM).
"BOSS" Get Together Winking LizardJoin us for a social gathering with fellow members in your area. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area. No RSVP is needed, just show up and mingle with fellow turf professionals, sales representatives, superintendents and assistants in the medina region.
June 25th MeetingWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us a education and golf on June 25, 2013 at Mohican Hills G.C.
Syngenta Business InstituteSyngenta is excited to announce for the fifth year, we are inviting golf course superintendents across the United States to apply for the Syngenta Business Institute™, an innovative professional business development program developed specifically for the industry in partnership with Wake Forest University Schools of Business.
Bucks for TurfDear Fellow Turfgrass Professionals:

I have donated a foursome of golf with carts to the Bucks for Turf auction and I hope that you will consider donating an item to the auction as well.
May 20th MeetingWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us a education and golf on May 20th at Tippecanoe C.C.
Have Your Voice Heard on National Golf DayHave Your Voice Heard on National Golf Day - April 16, 2013

Tell your federal lawmakers why golf's impact in our economy and our livelihoods is a good thing.
"BOSS" Get Together Johnny J’sJoin us for a social gathering with fellow superintendents and assistants in your area to start the 2013 season. This is an informal gathering to get to know others in your area. No RSVP is needed, just show up and mingle with fellow turf professionals, sales representatives, superintendents and assistants in the medina region.
Nominate your turf equipment technician!Does your turf equipment technician deserve a day in the sun, a tip-of-the-cap for all the hard work and the vital behind-the-scenes role they play in the success of your golf facility? If so, then nominate them for GCM’s Most Valuable Technician (MVT) awards program, presented in partnership with Foley United.
Equipment For SaleAurora Golf Club is closing the doors and selling all of its turf maintenance equipment. In the attachment below is a list of most, but not all, of the equipment along with the asking prices. We also have items that are not listed. If you are interested you can call or e-mail Jim Laut to set up a time to look at what they have. Cash is preferred and all sales are final. Items that must be sold include:
Lake Erie MonstersJoins us on February 22, 2013 at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio for Lake Erie Monsters vs. Texas Stars!
Reverse Raffle TicketsJoins us on March 2, 2013 at the Raintree Country Club in Uniontown, Ohio for a Reverse Raffle to benefit NOGCSA Research & Scholarship! This event is hosted by the Northern Ohio GCSA and tickets are $65. Bring your family and friends and enjoy this fun event!
January Meeting -Education & BowlingFriday, January 16, 2012

We invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us a panel/round table discussion and some bowling.

The off season is a great time to bring your assistant to a meeting!
GCI Annual State of the Industry studyGCI is about to field our annual State of the Industry study. This is important research that documents key trends, budgeting benchmarks, attitudes and much more. We share this information with our readers for free. Here’s a look at what we did last year.
Ohio Room at GISThe Ohio Room will be at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel which is the host hotel. It will be in the Cobalt Room 505 and it is on the 5th floor. It will be from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday February 6th.
Candidates For The BoardAnnual Meeting/Elections & Program

The following candidates are running for the Board.
A Grateful Embrace - November 10, 2012From the "War of Independence" to the war in Afghanistan, over 1.3 million American soldiers have lost their lives in the name of freedom. Of those fallen heroes, perhaps the most numbered losses (623,000) occurred on our own soil. The Great Civil War prompted then President Abraham Lincoln on July 7th, 1862 to sign legislation authorizing the Federal Government to purchase land to serve as a final resting place for soldiers whom had lost their lives while serving the country.
Nearly 150 years and 114 cemeteries later, Mr. Lincolns legacy lives on.
Annual Research & Scholarship TournamentJoin us on September 26, 2012 at Ridge Top Golf Course
Rounds for ResearchDear Norther Ohio GCSA Members
Help Support Logan's HeroesQuail Hollow will open its doors to our community and the entire Northeast Ohio area. Join us for our annual golf tournament followed by dinner and awards banquet. All Quail Hollow Members are encouraged to participate and invite their friends and family. All proceeds raised during the tournament will be divided and donated to three separate charities: MDA's Augie's Quest, the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation and ClubCorp Charities benefiting Logan's Heroes.
Board Oversight Task Group and Free WebcastThe task group wants member feedback on GCSAA-paid support and expenses for board members. Additional information regarding the group’s focus as well as outcomes from previous task groups can be found here.
Member In The NewsNorthern Ohio GCSA member Brent Palich was featured in the June 2012 issue of Superientendent Magagize. Brent discuss menthods used a Mayfield Sand Ridge Club to communicate sustainable course initiatives.
Family and Friends Day At Clay’s Park ResortA TRADITION RETURNS!
OTF Regional SemimarEQUIPPING YOU WITH THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
Presented by Golf Preservations and Holganix

The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation will be hosting a Regional Seminar on July 16th at Kirtland Country Club in Willoughby, Ohio. This year's event will feature two education tracks; Lawn & Landscape and Golf Turf Management .
GCSAA Action AlertTell House Agriculture Committee to include H.R. 872 in House Farm Bill - urgent action needed!

You are receiving this urgent message from GCSAA’s Department of Information and Public Policy because a member(s) of the House Committee on Agriculture resides in your state.

GCSAA needs your chapter members’ help in reaching out to the members of the House Agriculture Committee to ensure that H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, is included in the House Farm Bill and final 2012 Farm Bill.
Akron Aeros - Family & Friend NightThe 9th Annual Northern Ohio GCSA Family & Friend Night at Canal Park in Akron.

Join us on June 8th for a fun-filled night. Bring your family and friends along and enjoy the fireworks after the game!

Bucks For TurfMembers of your Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and staff recently met with Ohio State administrators, Dean Bobby Moser and Director of Extension, Dr. Keith Smith. One of the many topics discussed was the long-standing relationship between OTF and Ohio State and how we can continue working together to make a difference in the turfgrass industry.
Rarely Attend Meetings? Let's Have Some Fun!If you’re a NOGCSA member who has never attended a meeting (or only attends rarely), we have an exciting event just for you. Join us for a day of socializing, golfing, and fun. The date: May 14th. The topic for our Education session will be: The History of Golf Course Maintenance in Northeast Ohio, and will be presented by some of our lifetime members. This promises to be entertaining for young and old, as well as club officials!
USGA Green Section Regional MeetingThe USGA Green Section Regional Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th. The featured speakers include Dr. Joe Vargas and Tom Marzolf of Fazio Design. Lecture topics will include golf course maintenance, diseases that threaten turfgrass, and more! You will even have the opportunity to take part in an informal round table discussion!
Ohio Room at GISThe GIS is fast approaching, and the details on the Ohio Room are set. It will be at:

The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino- Pavilion 11
(Formerly the Las Vegas Hilton)
Wednesday, February 29th from 7:00-9:00pm

This event is a great way to network with your peers and to also show your support of Ohio and Mark Jordan's running for the national board of directors. You do not need to wear a coat and tie to this event, so feel free to dress down a bit and have a great time! I hope to see everyne there!
Webinar - Clean Water ActNorthen Ohio GCSA Members, GCSAA is hosting a free webinar next Thursday, January 19 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Central) entitled “Clean Water Act Permitting of Pesticide Discharges – What Does It Mean?”. Mr. Jack Faulk from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water will be presenting background and compliance information on the new CWA NPDES chemical spraying permit which covers pesticide applications in, over or near waters of the U.S.
January MeetingWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us a panel/round table discussion and some bowling.

The off season is a great time to bring your assistant to a meeting!

Place: Cloverleaf Bowling Center 5619 Brecksville Rd. Independence, OH

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2012

Reverse Raffle Tickets Special Until January 15On March 24, 2012, the Northern Ohio GCSA is hosting a Reverse Raffle to benefit NOGCSA Research & Scholarship. This event will take place at the Raintree Country Club in Uniontown, Ohio. From now until January 15, tickets are only $60 per person, making them an excellent gift for friends and family!

Click here to purchase your tickets.
NPDES UpdateThere is an urgent matter we need everyone’s help with. The letter below needs to have our Senator’s signature. If we could get Senator Sherrod Brown to sign on it would be a big boost.
How to Build A Better Team SeminarThe Greater Cleveland CMA and The Northern Ohio GCSA
NPDES Permit Deadline In Effect Oct. 31GCSAA attended Oct. 12 EPA meeting to hear updates on issues affecting superintendents In a ma...
NOGA Hall of Fame 2011 InducteesWe invite all Northern Ohio Golf Association members and friends to join us in honoring these three outstanding individuals.

Date:October 14th

Host: Acacia Country Club

Time:

4:30 pm | Dinner-style hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar

5:30 pm | NOGA Players of the Year Recognition Tournament champions Recognition NOGA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Cost: $35 per person (includes dinner hors d'oeuvres)
Reverse RaffleThanks To ALL for Joining Us at the Revese Raffle.
USGA Turf Advisory Service VisitsUSGA Turf Advisory Service Visits – 50% Discount
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