Chapter Digest December 2016

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December 2016 


Chapter Updates  

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Click on the above image to review the YTD New Member totals for each chapter.

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Wrapping Up the Year With a Few Certification FAQs

As the end of the year is upon us, it seems like a good time to review some of the most frequently asked questions about the certification process.

Chapter Education Credits:  Credits earned at the chapter level.

Any chapter education program that is more than four hours long must be approved in advanced by the Education Department at National Headquarters. Programs of more than eight hours of instruction in one day will not be approved. 

All chapter education meetings must have at leave five members in attendance from three different clubs for the meeting to count as chapter education.

Access the Chapter Education Meeting/Workshop Request Form.

Chapter Roundtable Meeting:  Any Chapter Education meetings conducted in the form of a roundtable discussion requires a completed Chapter Roundtable Meeting Form.

Chapter Level CMI Workshop Requirements

  • Include at least six hours of instruction time.
  • Focus on one topic as it relates to the club management profession.
  • Be approved by the Education Department at National Headquarters before the start of the program (a Workshop Request Form must be submitted to the Education Department).
  • Include a written examination at the conclusion of the program. Participants must successfully complete the exam and pass with a minimum score of 70 percent to receive full credit. If a participant does not pass the exam, Association Activity credit will be awarded.

Note: If a participant does not take the exam, Association Activity credit will be awarded. If a participant does not stay for the entire six hours, they will receive partial credit for the time they were there. They will not receive full credit.

Chapter Business Meeting: CMAA awards one Association Activity credit for business meetings regardless of the length of the meeting. 

Note:  To receive credit for a Chapter Business Meeting, a copy of the business meeting minutes must be submitted to National Headquarters.

Wine Education: Chapter Education credits are awarded for wine education. If it’s a wine workshop,  CMI credits will be awarded.

Note:  CMAA generally awards only one chapter Education credit for a wine education dinner, because part of this is a social function.

Allied Association Education Credits:  Any education completed through associations outside CMAA. Managers must submit a “Petition for Allied Association Credits” to receive credit for attending allied association education meetings.  Managers can find a copy of this form online.

Note: Managers are responsible for submitting the proper paperwork to earn Education Credits for attending Allied Association Education Meetings.  It’s not the responsibility of the chapter. 

Things to Know:

  • CMAA does not award credits for club tours, tournaments and/or fundraising events.
  • Credits are not awarded for Chapter Board Meetings.
  • CMAA does award Association Activity credits for your Chapter Annual Meeting.
  • CMAA only awards credits for one Chapter Officer Position. (If a manager serves in two roles he will receive credit for the role that awards the most credits.)
  • Certification plaques are mailed directly to the manager.
  • Managers can check their credit history at .
  • Managers who would like to receive credit for their college degree must contact the college and/or university they attend and have an official copy of their transcript mailed to CMAA National Headquarters to the attention of Brian Watkins. Questions? Contact CMAA's Certification Manager.

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All Chapter Officers: Voting is an important professional member right and privilege. Please remind your chapter members that online voting is open and they can cast their votes for CMAA’s 2017 National Directors.  Candidate info and online voting instructions can be found on CMAA’s website. Online voting will be open until February 3, 2017.

Managing Directors: Members who have not paid their national dues by the end of the year will be dropped from the Association’s roster. Please take a look at your chapter lists to see who has yet to renew and help us keep these members onboard. If you need assistance determining who still needs to renew, please contact Erica Benjamin.

Our CMAA Antitrust Guidelines Have Been Updated  
Make it a priority to review the updated CMAA Antitrust Guidelines with your chapter board and leaders. New for this edition, we have included an easy to understand Dos and Don’ts list.

Career Services Chairman:  CMAA maintains a listing of managers that are able to help clubs in need of short-term management staff. Should you be in need of experienced help while you are looking for that permanent staffer, look here. You can have peace of mind that your club is in good hands while you go through the vetting process. 

CMAA shares this list, but the contact and agreement is between you and the interim manager. 

Club Foundation Liaison: As you know, the Auction is an important way for us to raise money for Scholarships and Education. We would love to see 100 percent participation from each Chapter this year! To inspire your creativity, we’ve come up with a theme for this year’s auction: Nerds, Sports Fans, Master Chefs and Designers!

With this theme, we’re looking for donations in the categories of Electronics (Nerds), Sporting Goods (Sports Fans), Kitchen (Master Chefs) and Club/Home Furnishings (Designers). Here is the auction donation form which has a lot of ideas to inspire your thinking and participation.

Education Chairman: The chapter entries for the Award for Excellence in Education program are due to David McCabe by Friday, January 6, 2017. Program details and requirements can be found online. A chapter must submit a response to the seven questions in order to be eligible to win an award.

Legislative Chairman:  On Tuesday, November 22, United States District Judge Amos Mazzant of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary nationwide injunction halting the Department of Labor’s overtime rule from becoming effective December 1. The final overtime rule was released by the DOL in May 2016. Read more in the Legislative Report.

Membership Chairman: Please take a look at the New Member Recruitment Contest standings and see how your chapter is doing. It’s time to put on the full court press as we enter the final weeks of the competition. Winning chapters in each size category will receive a $2,000 Education Grant funded by The Club Foundation. Congratulations on a great recruitment year!

Public Relations Chairman: CMAA has created sample press releases for your use. All you have to do is fill in the blanks, then print out the release on your chapter letterhead and send it to all of your local and daily newspapers, civic organizations, trade publications (e.g., Club Management magazine) and any other pertinent news outlets. This is an effective way to enhance the name recognition of CMAA and your chapter, as well as enhance the professional image of the club management industry. Access these sample releases.

Student Chapter Liaison: The fall semester is almost over and by the time your students return from their holiday break, we will only be a month away from World Conference. Knowing who is attending can help the chapter better prepare for travel and expenses. Students can register for World Conference online and learn more about student programming by referencing the Student Conference Brochure.

Don’t forget about the Student Chapter of the Year Awards Program, due by January 13 and Club of the Future entries for Conference too!

Wine Society Representative: Tickets are now available for the 29th Annual International Wine Society Dinner being held at Interlachen Country Club, February 10, 2017! Don’t miss out on this amazing evening of wine, food and comradery. Remember, this event is only open to current Wine Society Members. Not a member? Join today. Once a member, you are also eligible to join us for the Annual Wine Society Business Meeting. During the education portion of the meeting, members will hear from Jane McGrath and Missi Holle from Kobrand Wine & Spirits for an informative discussion and wine tasting on “Champagne – From its Rich History to Today’s Booming Popularity. Taking a Closer Look at World’s Most Expensive Bubbles.”

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The Wisconsin Club Managers Foundation Raises More than $3,000 at Annual Sporting Clays Outing  

The Wisconsin Club Managers Foundation (WCMF) hosted the 10th Annual Sporting Clays Outing on Tuesday, October 25 at Wild Wings Sportsman's Club in Campbellsport, WI.  More than 50 shooters turned out on a gorgeous fall day for a delicious lunch, sporting clays and great raffle drawings and prizes.

Proceeds from this and other WCMF events help fund Camp Hope, the Wisconsin Badger Chapter Scholarship Fund and continuing education programs and scholarships for chapter members.

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