PAGCS Free Education Opportunity March 31


On Thursday, March 31, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) will partner with the PAGCS and Audubon International (AI), to offer a free education opportunity: Golf Course Management Workshop: Blending Recreation, Wildlife, and Waterways

Held at Cedarbrook Country Club from 9:30am – 12:30pm, this complimentary workshop will offer CEU’s and a continental breakfast. Topics include BMP’s, storm water management, managing floods and erosion on golf courses, protecting the integrity of course habitat, and much more. Click here or see below for full agenda: Golf Course Workshop Agenda

This event is courtesy of grant funding to the WVWA. Registration is required: Click here to register.

Full Agenda
Golf Course Management Workshop: Blending Recreation, Wildlife, and Waterways
Cedarbrook Country Club
180 Penllyn Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Thursday, March 31th, 2016, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Welcome and Introductions – 9:30
Rob Nolek, Superintendent of Cedarbrook Country Club, Dennis Miranda, Executive Director of Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) and Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International will welcome participants and provide a brief background on their organizations.

Working Within Your Eco-Region: Using BMPs to Create A Healthy Course Environment – 9:45
Tara Donadio, Audubon International Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs
This workshop is designed to prepare participants to ensure clean fresh water supplies, while protecting the habitat integrity of their property. Case studies and group work will illustrate how to handle common problems. The goal of this presentation is to help golf course managers practice the skillful and conscientious act of integrating environmental planning, policies, and practices into day-to-day operations to bring about positive, productive, and healthy golf course management.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Golf Best Management Practices Manual – 11:00
Paul Racette, PEC Watersheds Program Manager
PEC created a manual that includes 18 Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can help golf course superintendents and staff improve water quality and manage stormwater and storm events on their property.

Montgomery County Conservation District: Local support programs – 11:20
Krista Scheirer, MCCD Watershed Specialist
The Montgomery County Conservation District offers many helpful resources regarding stormwater projects, education and grants important to golf course management.

Flood Management at Cedarbrook Country Club – 11:40
Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club Superintendent
Cedarbrook Country Club contains a section of the main stem of the Wissahickon Creek running through it. Due to stormwater issues in our suburban area, Cedarbrook has had to find new ways to manage flooding and erosion problems on their course.

PAGCS Loses Esteemed Member: Lou Amadio

12643030_863316857115997_5888596882234462354_nThe PAGCS is saddened to share the news of the loss of esteemed member Lou Amadio. Lou served as PAGCS president 1978-1979, and, since his retirement in 1994 from McCall Field, he has remained an active participant in PAGCS events. He will be missed. Please comment in the “Leave a Reply” section below to share your memories and thoughts about Lou.

LOUIS of Belmont Hills, Pa. On Feb. 16, 2016. Beloved husband of Mary T. (nee Patrick) Amadio. Loving father of Louis (Beth) Jr. and Frank (Cyndi) Amadio. Devoted grandfather of Bryan (Andrea), David, Brittany, Devon, Emily, Samantha, Bella, and Matthew. Brother of Frances D’Addezio, Sandra DiNardo, and the late Mary Hamilton, and Antonette Ewer. Relatives and Friends are invited to his Viewing Friday at 9:00 A.M. and to his Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 A.M. in St. Matthias Church 128 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004. Int. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, an offering in Mr. Amadio’s name to the American Heart Assn. P.O. Box 15120 Chicago. Ill. 60693 would be appreciated.
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GIS This Week: PA Hospitality/Networking

The “big show” is now underway in San Diego.

Among the many events taking place, all PAGCS members and friends should not miss the Pennsylvania Hospitality and Networking Suite. It will be held this Wednesday, February 10, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd, Indigo Suite A.

This complimentary event is one of the most successful and well received regional events every year at GIS. Be sure to thank our sponsors for their generosity — they make this event possible.

Visit the PAGCS calendar on the website to see this event and other upcoming events for PAGCS members: click here.

PAGCS and Service: It’s Just What We Do

This week in January, every year, we are reminded to serve our communities, our fellow human beings. It is part of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

The PAGCS honors a tradition of service and a spirit of community all year long through many efforts and programs. Not the least among these is serving The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia.

This past September, the PAGCS held Aeration Days at Walnut Lane Golf Course, one of the homes of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. Check out “Inside Golf” and its coverage of the PAGCS Aeration Days at Walnut Lane in this video [coverage of the Aeration Days starts at 13:45]: click here.

Busy Week A Win for PAGCS


Website launched … check; new sponsorship program rolled out … check; trade show traditions maintained … check! Last week was a busy one for the PAGCS.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit us at the Eastern PA Turf Conference and Trade Show. We truly enjoyed reconnecting with everyone in the new year. And the first week of 2016 gave us lots to talk about!

First up: the new website — the feedback so far is overwhelmingly positive. Speaking of the site, thank you to everyone who entered the contest for the $100 Visa gift card. By blind draw, the winner is Will McIlvaine, PAGCS member and proud representative of Primos Products!

In conjunction with the new site, we also rolled out a totally revamped sponsorship program for 2016. Check it if you have not: 2016 sponsorship. Let us know what you think and contact us with any questions.

Keep an eye out this week for an e-mail about when the 2016 Membership Renewal process will begin. Dues invoices will be sent out shortly and are due by March 31.

Now if we could only get some snow….

New Year Means New Online Presence for the PAGCS


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The PAGCS will kick off 2016 with a new online presence.  A year in the making, the PAGCS has rolled out a new tech savvy and mobile friendly website. In conjunction with the new site, the PAGCS is streamlining its social media accounts.

The new PAGCS website will feature a user-friendly interface, along with specialized features, such as the new PAGCS Blog and an easier-to-access Members Only area. Members and friends of the PAGCS alike will enjoy a site that is quick to navigate and provides the information you need in one click.

Speaking of one click: the PAGCS is one click away on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more. Check out the links on the home page or just search our handle: PAGCS 1925.

PAGCS Toy Drive Huge Success

toys 2Since 2012, the PAGCS has partnered with Think Grey and the Matthew Renk Foundation to collect Toys for CHOP during the Annual PAGCS Christmas Party. And 2015 proved to be the biggest success to date!

The Christmas party, held this year at Barnaby’s Havertown on Dec. 18, yielded over seven industrial sized [44 gallon] trash bags, overflowing with everything from books to games to gift cards.

The generosity of PAGCS members and friends proved once again that the spirit of Christmas always wins!


Passing of the Gavel: PAGCS Elects New Officers

Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club, accepts the gavel from outgoing president Jon Urbanski.

On Monday, November 9, the PAGCS held its Annual Meeting at Indian Valley Country Club. Among the order of business: elections.

The PAGCS elected former Vice President Rob Nolek, Cedarbrook Country Club, to the presidency, replacing the outgoing president, Jon Urbanksi, Bidermann Golf Club. Filling Rob’s shoes as Vice President will be Derrick Wozniak, Radley Run Country Club. Doug Rae, Applecross Country Club, will continue on as treasurer and Mark Rubbo, Spring Ford Country Club, as secretary.

For a full listing of Board Contacts, click here.


PAGCS Presents Top Award to Frank Shuman at Annual Meeting

The PAGCS 2015 Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for the Association to recognize some of its esteemed members. Among them, Frank T. Shuman, the 2015 recipient of the Eberhard Steiniger Award for service to PAGCS and the turfgrass industry.

The Eb Steinger award is presented to a turfgrass professional in the Philadelphia Region who exemplifies the spirit of Eberhard Steiniger, CGCS. No one in the PAGCS ranks does this more so than Frank Shuman. Frank is a tireless advocate of the golf course superintendent and selflessly devoted to advancing the profession and the game of golf.

The Eb Steiniger award is in honor of a man who dedicated his life to the game of golf by advancing the profession of golf course superintendent. Eb was the longtime superintendent at Pine Valley Golf Club in Pine Valley, NJ. His innovative research, mentoring of future superintendents, and professional involvement locally and nationally have made him a legend in the profession.

Many of the same things can be said about Frank, and more. As PAGCS Member Bill Corcoran said in his nomination letter, “Over the years, Frank has helped the PAGCS in many ways. He has also assisted people in the golf industry who were down on their luck. Not a few time, but on many occasions. All with the intent that no one found out.”

It is because of Frank’s devotion that the PAGCS is able to award a scholarship each year to a deserving turf student: “he has entrusted our association with over $20,000 to award scholarships at our discretion! To my knowledge we have bestowed 10 applicants various monitory awards that have assisted them in pursuing a career in turfgrass management with the funds Frank has unselfishly donated to us,” attests Jay Parisien, CGCS.

It would be horribly remiss to close without also mentioning Frank’s devotion to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. In honor of Frank and the First Tee, the PAGCS sold Mulligans at the Annual Meeting and donated all the proceeds to Frank and the First Tee. Frank promptly matched the funds, and last we heard, Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of the First Tee here in Philly, now has a lovely new backpack blower and commercial grade trimmer.