The strength of MAGCS is in its volunteers that provide the dedication and energy not only to get the job done, but to develop and enhance each phase of every task. The MAGCS benefits from the work ethic instilled in its members from the moment an individual comes forward to help.
The MAGCS currently has fourteen standing committees. At present each Director is responsible for chairing one or two committees. The committee structure is important to the preservation and advancement of MAGCS. If you are interested in helping the MAGCS, please click here. There are many opportunities to become involved in our Association.
Arrangements and Golf
Chairman: Jim Canning, White Eagle Golf Club
Co-Chair: Nate Bolhous, McHenry Country Club; Mike Paciga, Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Primary Responsibilities: To initialize, negotiate, and set up monthly meetings and other social and educational events for the membership. Venues are selected by this committee.
Chairman: Justin Kirtland, Arrowhead Golf Club
Chairman: John Ekstrom, Inwood Golf Course
Co-Chair: Mark Kosbab, Sportsman's Country Club; Josh Cull, Chicago Highlands Club
Responsibilities: To arrange topics and speakers for each monthly meeting and other educational events. This committee prepares develops the Annual Turf Clinic, the educational event of the year for MAGCS. Members of the education committee also contribute to On Course, the magazine of the MAGCS.
Editorial Chairman: Brian Stout, Arboretum Club
Co-Chair: Todd Schmitz, Phillips Park Golf Course
Associate Editor: John Gurke, CGCS Aurora Country Club
Associate Editor: Chuck Barber, St. Charles Country Club
Primary Responsibilities: Ensure On Course, the MAGCS monthly periodical, continues to be the cornerstone means of communication to promote advancements and news of our membership.
Media and Public Relations
Primary Responsibilities: Work with local media to promote the profession of golf course management in a positive and respected viewpoint.
Employment & Membership
Primary Responsibilities: This committee offers resources for clubs searching for qualified golf course superintendents as well as golf course superintendents searching for positions within the MAGCS region. Reviews membership benefits and services to ensure needs are met. Committee also develops and implements strategies for membership retention and growth.
Partnership Task Group
Justin Kirtland, Arrowhead Golf Club
Rusty Stachlewitz, Advanced Turf Solutions
By-Laws & Nominating
Chairman: Jim Pedersen, Hughes Creek Golf Club
Primary Responsibilities: Review and recommend alterations needed within the written standards of the MAGCS.
Primary Responsibilities: Develop and promote scholarship opportunities for the children of MAGCS members.
Chairman: Rusty Stachlewitz, Advanced Turf Solutions
Primary Responsibilities: Represents Associate membership class viewpoints and helps to promote MAGCS to non-members.
Class C Advisory
Chairman: Conrad Pannkuk, The Club at Wynstone
Primary Responsibilities: Recommend, develop and provide specific membership benefits for the Assistant Golf Course Superintendents of MAGCS.
Class DT Advisory
Chairman: Wes Danielewicz, Turf Equipment Technicians Assoc.
Past Presidents Council
Chairman: Ed Braunsky, CGCS - Geneva Golf Club
Primary Responsibilities: Directly share with the past leadership of MAGCS current ideas, visions and goals.
Co-Chairman: Justin Kirtland, Arrowhead Golf Club