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Portland, Ore. (Friday, October 14, 2011) -- The Oregon Golf Association held its Annual Meeting on Friday, October 14th at Riverside Golf & Country Club.
Each year, all OGA Directors, the representatives of all regular OGA Member Clubs, get together to review the business of the Golf Association. Directors from over 50 member clubs along with OGA invited guests gathered at Riverside Golf & Country Club for golf, followed by the annual business meeting and concluding with an awards dinner.
The focus of this year’s business meeting included a forum centered around retention of membership, as many clubs have expressed frustration with a decline in numbers over the past few years. During the meeting, CEO Barb Trammell introduced three guest speakers on “best practices”, each of whom had implemented some new ideas at
their respective clubs to help grow membership: Ralph Marconi, Director and Handicap Chair at Willamette Valley Country Club; Kathy Wentworth, Golf Shop Manager at Claremont Golf Club, a public club; and Travis Schoen, Founder and President of NW Golf Guys, an OGA Associate Club.
All three shared interesting ways in which to engage members, create new programs and improve overall communications among members. Ralph Marconi discussed implementing new programs at his private club to engage and retain different types of golfers; Kathy Wentworth talked about creating a new public club and developing greater interaction between the golf shop and their best customers;and Travis Schoen commented on creating different tangible benefits for members beyond tournament play and the marketing communications programs they've developed including their website and Facebook. Attendees had relevant questions and provided positive feedback.
OGA Directors also re-elected officers for 2012 including President Cam Azari, Vice President Mark Reed and Treasurer Eric Schoenstein and ratified the previous year’s actions of the Executive Committee, one of which included a proposed dues increase of $1 for next year. PNGA President Dr. Jack Lamey as well as Executive Director Troy Andrew were on hand to give updates on our allied association and Ron Read, Regional Affairs Director of the USGA spoke about the recent re-structuring of our national governing body.
After the business meeting, the annual OGA awards were given out during dinner, recognizing the “best in class” for their achievements. Highlighting the evening was the recipient of the 2011 Club of the Year, the Veteran’s Club of White City, Oregon for its support in giving back to veterans who served their country. All donations and proceeds generated by this 30-member club go to helping inpatients at the rehabilitation center or to supporting the veteran’s community. In receiving their award, representatives of the club received a standing ovation. For more information on this year's awards, click here.
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