Nearly 200 people from 17 states and one Canadian province participated in the first two seminars of Conference Comes to You, which launched earlier this week.
The online conference, which runs through Dec. 18, is presented by the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association in partnership with more than 40 superintendent and sports turf chapters across North America and the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association.
“We think it’s tremendous,” Minnesota GCSA executive director Jack MacKenzie, CGCS, said. “We were at a stalemate, struggling to find a way to present association-sponsored education to our members amid the pandemic. And then Conference Comes to You comes along and we were like, ‘Wow, what a fantastic concept!’ We jumped right on board.”
Registration is open for all remaining seminars, which run from 1 p.m. to about 3 EST each afternoon. There is a break over the week of Thanksgiving. Participants from member chapters are also eligible to share in $30,000 in cash in a drawing at the end of the conference. Partner chapters also receive a share of the registration fee for each seminar taken by their members.
“That’s what makes this conference a win-win-win,” said Carolinas GCSA president Brian Stiehler, CGCS, MG from Highlands Country Club in Highlands, North Carolina. “Members get access to first-class education and a chance to win an early Christmas present, all while their chapters gain revenue because of their participation.”
The Carolinas GCSA has already delivered checks totaling $10,000 from two drawings for early registrants.