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Message from the President

President’s Message – November 2021

I would speculate that most are breathing a sigh of relief that summer is finally over and shorter days and cooler temperatures are upon us.  Another roller coaster year of Covid, closures, restrictions, heat, drought, flooding, and extremely busy golf courses is nearly over.  Hopefully the winter of 2021/22 is not as harsh as the current long - range forecast.

2021 has been somewhat of a transitional year for the OGSA with Courtney White taking on the role of Executive Manager and the office moving to the new G.M. Frost Building at the University of Guelph. Although the OGSA Board has not met in person since February 2020, we have facilitated all Board and Committee meetings via Zoom Video Conferencing.  The OGSA staff and directors continue to look at ways to improve operations and offer more enhanced member services. If you have any ideas or services that you would like the OGSA to pursue, please contact Courtney or one of the directors.

As I write my President’s message on Thanksgiving weekend, Ontario continues to lift restrictions as more people become vaccinated and Covid cases drop. Hopefully this trend continues into the 2022 golf season and life returns to some semblance of normality.  As winter approaches, I hope that everyone can take a well - deserved break and an extended vacation to recharge the batteries and spend some quality family time.

The OGSA has join forces with the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association for an in-person conference and trade show, January 18-20, 2022, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. Please save the dates for this highly anticipated event.

Have a great off-season and I hope to see you at The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference in January.

Al Schwemler