Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that I was planning my first message to the membership as president and here I am, writing my last. It’s been seven years since I joined the OGSA board and although I have said this before, I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for the chance to network with so many members from across Ontario, local and international industry leaders. Each interaction has provided me with more learning opportunities than I can count. Serving on the OGSA board is an opportunity I would recommend to anyone who wants to become more involved in the association.
I have had the chance to work with a lot of great people on the board and in the office over my tenure here, and I would like to thank each of them for taking the time to give back to this association and industry. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Sally Ross, our executive director and the association’s anchor, who keeps all of us on track and moving forward. Her experience and value to the association, can only be appreciated by those that have worked with her.
As this message reaches you, many are still in the process of putting Ontario’s courses to bed for the winter, hoping that mother nature will be kind to the turf this winter. It was a difficult start to the season for many because of winter damage and almost all of us were affected by the record setting wet and cool spring. It seems like every year we are faced with a variety of a challenges, however we always rise to the task to meet and overcome whatever obstacles are thrown our way to pull off yet another successful golf season.
All of you should be proud of what you have accomplished this year and after months of what might feel like all-consuming work, it’s almost time to take some time for yourself and recharge. For some of us that might mean enjoying quite time alone, investing time in favorite hobby or spending time with family and friends over the upcoming holiday season. What ever you do, remember that it is important to rest; you’ve earned it.
After what I hope is a relaxing end of the year, let’s kick off conference season by attending the 2020 Ontario Golf Course Management Conference taking place on January 14 to the 16th. This year the conference takes place at the Sheraton on the Falls, in beautiful Niagara Falls. Our conference chairs, Al Schwemler, Tim Muys along with executive director Sally Ross have put together a great educational and social calendar for this three-day event. Each year we do our best to make sure delegates bring value back to their clubs through a variety of content rich educational seminars and quality time with suppliers and fellow delegates. This year is no exception and I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Thank you to all of you who have continued to support the OGSA through your membership, sponsorship and attending your annual conference. Thank you to those who participate on the ONCourse committee and volunteer their time at the conference and other events throughout the year. Your contributions do not go unnoticed.
I’ve enjoyed my time as president but as I move forward, I know that each year will continue to bring challenges, each year we’ll work together as an industry to find solutions and bring alive the gorgeous courses Ontario is known for. I leave you all in good hands.
See you in 2020!
Jason Boyce, OGSA President