I recently joined the PGA of Canada board of directors and, although I was brought up to speed quickly, it didn’t become official until the annual general meeting in late April.
I’ve been on the board of the PGA of Ontario before and I’ve sat on many charity boards and, having been in the business for over 30 years, it was a good time for me to get involved.
Being on the national board doesn’t take a lot of time. You meet a couple of times a year, with some conference calls and my initial reaction is that I’m very impressed with the way the board functions right now, the people on the board and the PGA of Canada staff.
The staff members are young, energetic and professional. It’s amazing how far we’ve come as an association compared to 10 or 15 years ago when we were a smaller organization, but we’ve grown so much since then.
At our AGM, a couple of things were brought up, some bylaw issues and such, but going forward, I know we’ll have to deal with other issues, but the good thing is the organization is financially stable.
The association has a lot of new programs, scholarships, bursaries and programs for somebody in our association who might be dealing with personal problems, so it’s quite remarkable how it’s grown, is giving back and looking after our members. They have systems in place to take care of that.
As I mentioned, I’m sure there will be issues ahead that need to be dealt with, but the initial impession is positive.