Golf Course Management

JUL 2018

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32 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 07 Each summer, Congress pauses their islative work in humid Washington, D.C to spend time back home, traveling their - tricts, meeting with constituents, providi issue updates, and gaining valuable feedb from those they represent to take back w them to Capitol Hill e August recess offers a great opport - nity to meet with members of Congress a their staff. Unfortunately for many supe - tendents, this recess falls during a busy t in the golf season, but if you can carve out o hour of your day sometime in August, y may be able to make a valuable connect with a federal lawmaker and advance th - perintendent profession in the proc ese kinds of face-to-face meetings pay off and are by far the most effective way t advocate. According to a recent survey by Congressional Management Foundation, percent of congressional staff said in-pers visits with constituents have far greater - ence on a lawmaker when he or she is fo ing an opinion on an issue compared to oth constituent communications such as ema (30 percent) or form letters (3 perce Although there are other recess peri throughout the year, the August recess is longest and offers the best opportunity schedule meetings or to interact with m - bers of Congress. And by simply signing to receive your elected officials' newslette or following them on social media, you stay updated on schedules and various m and-greet opportunities, something that p off for one GCSAA Grassroots Ambassad Jay Neunsinge Recently, Neunsinger — the GCSA Class A superintendent at Boundary Oak G Course in Walnut Creek, Calif. — noticed Twitter that his congressman, Rep. Mark - Saulnier, was going to be hosting meetings his district office. Although skeptical he wou be chosen, Neunsinger submitted his name a meeting, and a few days later, he got a from the congressman's scheduler, offering an opportunity to sit down, one on one, for meeting with DeSaulnier that eveni "e key was to be flexible because it ha - pened on short notice," the 17-year GCSA member says. "I jumped at the chance. had a great meeting discussing water rate - newable energy and other projects happen at Boundary Oak. I'm looking forward to next meeting later this year when he plan attend an event at my facilit If you don't have the opportunity for a down meeting in the district office, conside attending a town hall meeting, a commun coffee or even hosting a site visit at your - cility. Town hall meetings are a common mat used by members of Congress to addr large crowds at a single location. ey find th format useful because they can engage w many constituents directly in a short amo of time. If you prefer a smaller setting, find if your lawmaker will be hosting a com - nity coffee. is format is often more casual and offers a great opportunity to mingle a network with others from your community well as get some face time with a member Congress or staff member traveling with th Finally, if it appears your representa or senators don't have any public meeti scheduled, offer to host them at your facili Hosting a site visit can be the ideal way to - A time to advocate (advocacy) Michael Le mlee@gcsaa.o Jay Nuensinger (right), the superintendent at Boundary Oak GC in Walnut Creek, Calif. Grassroots Ambassador, recently met with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier during the congressmen Photo courtesy of Jay Nuensing troduce an elected official to the golf industr allows you to show off your golf property a gives the member of Congress a visual se of the issues facing golf course manageme Clearly, doing so will take some preparat and logistical work on your part and will n to be scheduled with the congressional offic in advance. If you plan on offering to host site visit, please contact the GCSAA gov - ment affairs department for additional as tance. If you make it to a meeting, don't forget swap business cards with a staff member a follow up with them after August. Keep mind that this may be your first meeting, b it shouldn't be the last. Staffers hold the ke to the kingdom, so if you plan to engage w their boss in the future, you need to first bu a relationship with the sta With Farm Bill deliberations ongoing, t H-2B program in flux, a new WOTUS rule the way, and many other issues impacting golf industry, there is no shortage of mate to discuss with members of Congress, so ta advantage of the August recess to be a voice golf course managemen Editor's note: At time of writing, Senate - ship has canceled most of the August rec year. House leadership has not yet made an announcemen Michael Lee is GCSAA's manager, governme

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