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  • 20 Dec 2019 10:36 AM | TRAVIS WILLIAMS

    2020 PRP Released

    A few housekeeping items before the holidays.

    Bryan emailed the 2020 PRP to members this morning.  Links can also be found on www.cigcsa.com, with a direct link to all forms by clicking here: PRP forms .

    Sometimes we get asked: what is PRP?  PRP stands for Partner Recognition Program.  What it does is provide an opportunity for our affiliate members, or vendors, to support CIGCSA and receive recognition for that support.  I think it is beneficial for all to look at our PRP, not just the vendors. If you didn't click on the above links to the website? Here is a direct link: 2020 PRP Program

    By viewing the PRP, members can sense the support provided by these vendors.  For example, our highest level of support is Platinum.  These vendors, through memberships, event(s) sponsorship, tee sign advertising, etc., provide at least $2500 of support to CIGCSA!!!! Gold level supports at $1500-$2499, and Silver at $750-$1499!  It provides a significant amount of revenue for CIGCSA.  We use these funds to provide education at our Annual Meeting, Spring Workshop, and the other events that provide education content.  Most speakers we host, require travel expense reimbursement and some ask for a speaking fee. Sponsorship of events also offsets food and beverage costs, facility costs, golf and prize expenses, and products for our scholarship fundraiser. Bottom line is that we are able to provide better experiences for our members, because of the PRP.


    Lastly, we have our 2020 calendar roughly set.  We are waiting to confirm a few exact dates, working with courses and clubs to fit into their calendars. But here is the calendar:

    Dates subject to change

    Friday, January 10, 2020 Winter Social Event
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 GIS Happy Hour- Orlando
    Monday, March 02, 2020 Spring education/Shop meeting
    Monday, April 06, 2020 April Golf & Education Event with SIGCSA
    May 2020 Scholarship Fundraiser
    June 1 or 8, 2020 Vendor Day/Business
    Monday, July 13, 2020 Chapter Championship/ Business
    August 10 or 17, 2020 9 Holer/ Business
    October 2020 October Volunteering Event
    Monday, December 07, 2020 Winter Education/Annual Meeting
    Friday, January 8, 2021 Winter Social Event
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 GIS Happy Hour- Las Vegas

    For full details, please click on this google sheets link: 2020 Schedule

    Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!!!!


    P.S. Winter social is Jan 10, 2020 at Uncle Buck's in Bass Pro Shop Peoria, IL. free registration here

  • 16 Dec 2019 2:04 PM | TRAVIS WILLIAMS

    Business and Committee Assignment recap:

    The board met yesterday to recap our 2019 year and roll into 2020 with committee assignments and goals.  Committee assignments are as follows:

    • Vendor Relations- Erik Parker/Travis Williams
    • Communications- Travis Williams
    • Events and Education- Nate Jordan/Corey Wisher
    • Membership and By-laws- Dan Crumrine
    • Allied Associations/Gov’t Advocacy-  Perry Green/Scott White
    • Scholarship- Tyler Bain/Josh Dreyer

    A few highlights of the day:

    New ideas for 2020 events 

    We are very excited about the new format for our Spring Shop meeting that will include three unique education tracks for our members. We consider it a career development day with topics including Professional Growth, Equipment Maintenance, and Agronomic.   The day will begin with Pat Finlen and then members will choose 3 separate education topics each lasting about 90 mins. More details to follow.

    We also have plans for a joint meeting with Southern IL GCSA in April.  We will be at Oak Terrace in Pana, IL with plans to provide education prior to the event and social gathering following.

    We hope to implement a community service project in October.  We will pick a charity and have our members volunteer our time, resources and agronomic skills to enhance a property for the chosen charity. 

    Other events include our Vendor's Day in June, Scholarship Outing in May, Chapter Championship in July, and the Annual Meeting and Education in December.

    Up next is the Winter Social at Uncle Buck’s at the Bass Pro Shop in Peoria on January 10, 2020 from 6-9 PM, and the GIS Happy Hour in Orlando on January 29, 2020 from 4-6 PM at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

    A full calendar of events will be posted on the website and emailed to members once all dates and times are confirmed.

    For our Affiliate members, the PRP will be available earlier this year.  We want to get this into your hands before the holidays, with the form and format very similar to past years.  To our Class A, B, C, EM and AS members, these vendors are very important to our operations and we hope you will support them when making purchasing decisions in 2020.

    Another initiative discussed is a Photo Contest for 2020.  We want our members to help us provide social media content and show others what we do as superintendents.  We hope to have a grand prize winner for best photo of the year and a prize at each event for a picture post to twitter.

    Use the hashtag #CIGCSA2020Pics on any post to twitter to enter the contest.

    The board also completed the Chapter Assessment Survey for GCSAA and generated several ideas from the process.  One is to set up a Pop-Up Shop for merchandise at the end of 2020 to allow members access to CIGCSA logo apparel and swag

    A final note from the meeting is that Erik Parker was appointed as the Vendor Liaison and Corey Wisher as the Assistant Liaison. Erik and Corey will be provide feedback from Vendors and Assistants to help the board better serve these important groups.

    Thanks for reading,


  • 12 Jan 2015 12:31 PM | Deleted user
    It is with regret that we announce the passing of Bill Bonnett, former CIGCSA Member and a long time fixture in the Central Florida region with Lesco.

    Bill Bonnett, 66, passed away unexpectedly while on a Caribbean cruise on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Bill and his wife Lin had lived in The Villages for over four years, moving here from Lake Mary, Florida. Bill was a member of the Dragon Boat Club and had competed in the World Championships in Hong Kong in 2012 and Italy in 2014. He had coached all his life including Little League and later Special Olympics; he was honored to have been named Coach of the Year 1996 and the Head Coach for the Special Olympics Florida Golf Team for the World Games in 1999. In 2009 he was inducted into the Special Olympics Florida Hall of Fame. He was a table captain for Operation Shoebox and loved to volunteer at the public events at the Town Squares. Bill was the strong, silent type. He was a gentle soul, even tempered, a wonderful role model and a hero to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed.

    Bill attended the University of Illinois and graduated with degree in Ornamental Horticulture and served as the Head Golf Course Superintendent at Sunset Hills Country Club in Pekin, Illinois and the Kankakee Elks Country Club in St. Anne, Illinois before joining Lesco in 1984 as a regional agronomist in golf course sales covering the Gulf Coast region and later relocating in 1986 to Central Florida. Bill retired from the golf industry in 2010 to move to The Villages to continue his love of golf and volunteering his time to worthy causes.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Vivian Bonnett and a brother, Dan Bonnett. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lin Bonnett; three sons, Todd (Rhonda), Trent (Brooke), Travis (Wendy); eight grandchildren, Emily, Keller, William, Katie, Mary, Easton, Carlisle, Abby; siblings, Evelyn, David, Joan, Keith, Sarah, John, Tom; numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful companion, Magic.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Shoebox.

    A memorial service was held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd, The Villages.
  • 25 Sep 2014 7:34 AM | Deleted user
    Here is a letter from Tyler Bain discussing ideas to raise money for the Polillo Research and Education Fund. Please read:

    Research fund letter.docx
  • 16 Oct 2013 9:03 AM | Deleted user
      CIGCSA Officially links Charter Member
    George "Tony" Polillo to research and education

    With many of the Polillo family members and friends in attendance on Monday, August 19th at Stone Creek Golf Club, CIGCSA Dedicated in the name of George "Tony" Polillo it's Research and Education Fund that will support local research of turf management that is common to CIGCSA Members!!

    George "Tony" Polillo Research and Education Fund

    Investing in research.....investing in our future

    The following members have donated individually to the George "Tony" Polillo Research and Education Fund and CICGSA would like to thank you and recognize your commitment to local research:

    Sean Doggett, Turtle Run     
    Douglas Hayes, Southside CC     
    John Tonsor, Southside CC

    Tim Neaveill, Coyote Creek GC     
        Danny Rieger, Bloomington CC

    Ron Dohman, CGCS, Pontiac Elks CC     
      David Drach, Pontiac Elks CC

    Scott Werner, CGCS, Lincolnshire Fields CC    
    Lane Vance, El Paso CC     
    Jeffrey Hoyt, Macomb CC     
    Bill Lowery,CGCS,  Urbana CC
    Duane Luehrsen, Shagbark GC     
    Bart Schaaf, Oak Springs GC
    Mike Rayman, CGCS, Weibring GC
    Marvin Laird, CGCS, Retired
    Pete Clarno, CGCS, Retired  
    Jay Wiedman, Retired     
    Wayne Orrell, Retired
    Michael Vogt, CGCS, Retired    
    Tom Guttschow, Retired    
    Wayne Brown, CGCS, Retired
  • 27 Mar 2013 11:30 AM | Deleted user

    Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule

    New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,' but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.'

    The new hazard communication standard requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting labels on containers and preparing safety data sheets. The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

    Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard:

    • Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
    • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide labels that include signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements for each hazard class and category.
    • Safety Data Sheets: The new format requires 16 specific sections.
    • Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements.

    Changes from the Proposed to the Final Rule: OSHA reviewed the record and revised the Final Rule in response to the comments submitted. The changes include:

    • Maintaining the disclosure of exposure limits (Threshold Limit Values [TLVs]) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and carcinogen status from nationally and internationally recognized lists of carcinogens on the safety data sheets;
    • Clarification that the borders of pictograms must be red on the label;
    • Flexibility regarding the required precautionary and hazard statements to allow label preparers to consolidate and/or eliminate inappropriate or redundant statements.

    Effective Completion Date




    December 1, 2013

    Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format.



    June 1, 2015

    Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule, except distributor extension

    Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers


    December 1, 2015

    Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.


    June 1, 2016

    Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.



    Transition Period

    Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard, or both.

    All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers

    Global implementation: The new system is being implemented throughout the world by countries including Canada, the European Union, China, Australia, and Japan.

    Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets

    The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. As of June 1, 2015, the HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below:

    Section 1, Identification includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restrictions on use.

    Section 2, Hazard(s) identification includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.

    Section 3, Composition/information on ingredients includes information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.

    Section 4, First-aid measures includes important symptoms/ effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.

    Section 5, Fire-fighting measures lists suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.

    Section 6, Accidental release measures lists emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.

    Section 7, Handling and storage lists precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.

    Section 8, Exposure controls/personal protection lists OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); appropriate engineering controls; personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Section 9, Physical and chemical properties lists the chemical's characteristics.

    Section 10, Stability and reactivity lists chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.

    Section 11, Toxicological information includes routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effects; numerical measures of toxicity.

    Section 12, Ecological information*

    Section 13, Disposal considerations*

    Section 14, Transport information*

    Section 15, Regulatory information*

    Section 16, Other information, includes the date of preparation or last revision.

    *Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15(29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).

    Employers must ensure that SDSs are readily accessible to employees.
    See Appendix D of 1910.1200 for a detailed description of SDS contents.


    Hazard Communication Standard Labels & Pictograms

    OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). As of June 1, 2015, all labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification. A sample revised HCS label, identifying the required label elements, is shown on the right. Supplemental information can also be provided on the label as needed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification.

    Health Hazard

    Health Pictogram

    • Carcinogen
    • Mutagenicity
    • Reproductive Toxicity
    • Respiratory Sensitizer
    • Target Organ Toxicity
    • Aspiration Toxicity


    Health Pictogram

    • Flammables
    • Pyrophorics
    • Self-Heating
    • Emits Flammable Gas
    • Self-Reactives
    • Organic Peroxides

    Exclamation Mark

    Health Pictogram

    • Irritant (skin and eye)
    • Skin Sensitizer
    • Acute Toxicity
    • Narcotic Effects
    • Respiratory Tract Irritant
    • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-Mandatory)

    Gas Cylinder

    Health Pictogram

    • Gases Under Pressure


    Health Pictogram

    • Skin Corrosion/Burns
    • Eye Damage
    • Corrosive to Metals

    Exploding Bomb

    Health Pictogram

    • Explosives
    • Self-Reactives
    • Organic Peroxides

    Flame Over Circle

    Health Pictogram

    • Oxidizers



    Health Pictogram

    • Aquatic Toxicity

    Skull and Crossbones

    Health Pictogram

    • Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)


  • 04 Mar 2013 8:37 AM | Deleted user
    Larry Packard, who was the designer of many of our courses in central IL turned 100 years old in November 2012......

    _1370 - Packard 100th.docx
  • 01 Mar 2013 11:18 AM | Deleted user
    CIGCSA has committed to two years of participation in the EIFG's R4R Fundraising program.  To learn more about the program click the link below......R4RFAQ.pdf
  • 28 Feb 2013 12:43 PM | Deleted user
    From information at the 2012 Chapter Delegates Meeting:

    The Membership Standards Advisory Group was formed to evaluate GCSAA's membership standards program and determine recommendations for the future of standards.........

    Executive Summary - 2012 MSAG.pdf
  • 20 Feb 2013 3:20 PM | Deleted user

    How to take advantage of your Masters admission benefit

    The governing body at Augusta National has extended complimentary daily admission to the Masters to all Class A, A-Retired, and AA Life members who have a valid gold membership card.


    Getting into the tournament

    To gain admission to the tournament, present your current GCSAA membership card along with your driver's license at the Gate C/PGA booth each day. The Gate C/PGA booth is located just inside Gate 6, which is a walk-in gate located off Berckmans Road.

    Please remember:

    • You must be a GCSAA Class A, ART or AA member in good standing in order to take advantage of this unique member benefit. Please verify your classification and status before making any travel arrangements.
    • You must have a valid form of picture ID along with your GCSAA membership card.
    • If you should exit the grounds at anytime during the day, you will be required to re-enter through Gate 6 and check back in at the Gate C/PGA booth, where once again, you will be required to present your GCSAA membership card and driver’s license to gain admittance.


    • Hold onto to your pass. Upon leaving the grounds, maintain possession of your daily pass and under no circumstances should you sell it, throw it away or give it away as a souvenir to anyone you do not know. 
    • No cell phones allowed. No cell phones or other electronic devices are permitted on the grounds at any time.
    • Cameras only during practice rounds. Cameras are permitted during the practice rounds (Monday – Wednesday), but are not permitted on the grounds starting Thursday.


    Any violation of Augusta National's ticket, cell phone or camera policies will result in a lifetime ban from Masters tournaments – no questions asked and no excuses accepted. To date, 18 GCSAA members have been banned for life from future tournaments.

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