Over the past few months we have all been forced to make tough decisions quickly as we shifted to new ways of working on account of COVID-19. Most courses are reporting increased rounds played with a staggering amount of cart traffic to compound the wear and tear put on the grounds. Not to mention the fact that much of it has happened during what has turned out to be one of the hottest summers on record in our Province.
You probably haven’t been thinking much about the OGSA during this busy time, but rest assured, we have been thinking about you.
With many of the usual opportunities for planned events and gatherings being cancelled due to the pandemic, we have been considering how to best provide the services and benefits that were formerly given during in-person events, including our conference, education, and of course social and networking opportunities.
Your board of directors is treating this time of social distancing and cancelled events as a time of opportunity – a time to collect data in order to figure out how we can develop new and alternative ways of membership engagement and new ways to provide critically important resources and information to our members.
You are an integral part of our organization, and as such we want to find out how you wish to receive our programming going forward. We would also like to know how you, your staff and your organization are dealing with the impact of COVID-19, and how the OGSA can provide additional support during these difficult times.
To that end, you can expect to receive a survey from us soon. I encourage you to participate in the membership survey. Your valuable input will help us to plan short term and long term for the organization, and will assist us in creating scenario plans which will allow us to continue pursuing the mission statement of our organization: "The OGSA is committed to serving its members, advancing their profession and enriching the quality of golf and its environment".
The OGSA was formed in 1924, with the purpose of providing up-to-date information regarding the needs and challenges facing superintendents and to elevate the status of the profession to benefit all members. In order to keep serving this purpose, we plan to use the data that we collect from our survey to prioritize where the OGSA should spend our future resources in order to meet the current needs of our members as the pandemic continues. We will of course tweak things as we go along as the situation with the virus continues to evolve.
Our association serves a critical role in addressing the emerging concerns of our membership as we adapt to “the new normal”. We're here to support you during these challenging times, keeping you up to date regarding the impact of the virus on our profession, the industry, and the association.
I know we will all rise to the challenge. After all, superintendents know better than anyone how to pivot when something out of the ordinary happens, whether it is a drought, a flood, an invasion of pests … or a global pandemic.