THE PERSONAL INSURANCE COMPANY - HOME AND AUTO
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The OGSA has partnered with The Personal Insurance Company to bring members group purchasing power for exceptional rates on home and auto insurance. To get a quote, click on The Personals Banner on our website. You must confirm your membership status as being in good standing and provide your membership number to acquire a quote at the special group rate. Many of our members have realized substantial savings through this group program, often much more than their OGSA membership costs.
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EMPLOYMENT REFERRAL SERVICE
This service is available to all of our members as part of their membership benefits. Positions that become available are posted to our website and included in our weekly e-mail blast 'Clippings'. The expense for this service is paid for by the advertiser and both member and non-member rates are available.
EDUCATION & NETWORKING
OGSA is committed to broadening knowledge through formal education channels and by exchanging experiences and ideas with fellow members. One avenue of achieving this is through the annual Ontario Golf Course Management Conference. Traditionally held in January, our conference is an all inclusive type of event, that takes place over 3 days, and almost all meals breaks, and social events are covered in the registration package. Based on member feedback the OGSA does not subscribe to the 'education only' packages, but rather tries to offer as much value as possible by assuring that added expenses when attending our conferences are minimal. Our members value the networking and social activities that surround our event, as to many being part of the OGSA is like being part of a big family with common issues and goals.
The OGSA hosts a number of golf events on a yearly basis. Check our online calendar or click on 'OGSA EVENTS' from our website menu, for upcoming opportunities to play and network with your friends and colleagues.
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
(2) TURFGRASS EDUCATION AWARD - open to non-members and members - 2 Awards -1st - $2,200.00, 2nd - $1,200.00; Annually
This award is judged on essay submissions as well as academic achievement.
(1) SHORT COURSE AWARD - open to non-members and members ($1,300.00) Annually + One Year OGSA Membership.
This award will be given to the golf course-related (Ontario) student who, upon completion of the program, receives the highest overall mark in the course. This will be disbursed to the student upon notification to the OGSA by the academic advisor of the program. There is no need to apply for this award as it is given automatically.
(3) OGSA HERITAGE AWARD - members only $3,500.00* (2016) 2 Awards - 1st - $2,000 & 2nd - $1,500
This scholarship was developed to recognize the scholastic accomplishments of students who are the children or grandchildren of OGSA members and are studying a curriculum unrelated to Turfgrass Management.
(3) HUGH KIRKPATRICK BURSARY - members only $9,000.00* (2016) 3 Awards - $3,000.00 (each) - Partially funded by NGF Golf (a division of Northgate Farms).
The OGSA, in conjunction with the Kirkpatrick family, has developed this bursary program to recognize the leadership, commitment and accomplishments of Assistant Superintendent Members of the OGSA. This award is to be used for industry related training or education.
OGSA "WILLIAM SANSOM" AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
The Ontario Golf Superintendents' Association shall present an award of Distinguished Service, in the name of our first President William Sansom, to an individual or individuals, providing such an individual is properly nominated and subsequently accepted by the Board of Directors.
MORNEAU SHEPPEL MEMBER BENEFIT PROGRAM
We have partnered with Morneau Shepell, the largest Canadian-owned benefits consulting firm, to help meet the changing needs of our industry. Members of OGSA, who are actively at work, will now have the opportunity of a benefits program that allows you access to a volume-purchasing arrangement with flexibility in plan design that translates to competitive premium rates.
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We are proud of our publication which is written mostly by our members. It is available for open viewing online and while our primary focus is our membership, we also use the magazine to promote the superintendent profession by sharing it with golf clubs, golfers, media and other interested or influential parties. The magazine is a full colour, 4 season publication.
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GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
The OGSA is an affiliated chapter member of the GCSAA, which offers an abundance of information and opportunities to members and to their chapters. For information about the association, check out their web site at www.gcsaa.org.
GUELPH TURFGRASS INSTITUTE/ONTARIO TURFGRASS RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The OGSA office is located in the GTI, Our Association works in conjunction with the GTI so that we can provide our members with the most up-to-date information on turfgrass research and development. Our association contributes annually to turfgrass research via a donation to the OTRF. (Approx 15% of your membership dues)
For more information about the OTRF go to www.otrf.ca. or for information about the GTI go to www.guelphturfgrass.ca
The OGSA produces the weekly e-mail blast "Clippings", which is sent out on Wednesdays. It is short, to the point, and keeps members up to date with all the employment postings, any government or IPM related updates, as well as other relevant information.
Located in our "Members Only" section of the website, this on-line discussion forum is open to all members, allowing them to post industry related questions, garner advice from other members offer and exchange ideas.