Levels of Membership

CLASS A – LIFE

To qualify for life membership a member must have retired from active service as a golf course Superintendent and must have been a Charter Member or Class A Member at least twenty-five (25) years, or a former member of the Board of Directors. A Class A – Life Member shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association except that of holding office and shall be excused from payment of dues and assessments.

CLASS A

To qualify for Class A Membership an applicant shall have at the time of application for membership at least three (3) years of experience as a Golf Course Superintendent and be currently employed in such capacity. Class A Members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association.

CLASS B

To qualify for Class B Membership an applicant shall have at the time of application for membership less than three (3) years experience as a Golf Course Superintendent and currently be employed in such capacity. Superintendent Member Members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association.

CLASS C

To qualify for Class C Membership an applicant shall be at the time of application for membership an assistant to a golf course superintendent and currently be employed in such capacity. Class C members shall have all the rights and privileges of the association except those of voting.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

To qualify for Associate Membership an Applicant shall at time of application for membership be employed at a golf facility or be involved in the growing or production of fine turfgrass including parks, athletic fields or related turfgrass research. Associate Members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association except those of voting and holding office.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

To qualify for Affiliate Membership an applicant must be a person involved in the growing, management, or production of turfgrass, through affiliation with a company, or proprietorship whose main business is support of the golf course industry. Affiliate Members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association. Voting rights shall be limited to election of the Affiliate representative each year. Election to the Board of Directors shall be limited to the position of Affiliate Representative

HONORARY MEMBERS

To qualify for Honorary Membership an individual must be recognized by the Board of Directors for contributing in an outstanding manner to this Association, profession, or related field. Honorary Members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association except those of voting or holding office. Honorary members shall be excused from payment of dues and assessments.

RETIRED MEMBERS

To qualify as a Retired Member an individual must have been a Class A, Superintendent Member, C, Associate, or Affiliate Member in good standing for a minimum of five (5) years, attained the age of fifty-five (55), retired and no longer seeking employment within the scope of activities of any membership class of this Association. A Retired Member shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association afforded the Member in their immediate previous classification with the exception of holding office.

INACTIVE MEMBERS

Class A, Superintendent Member, or Class C members who no longer fulfill all the requirements for Class A, Superintendent Member or Class C membership due to a position change, will be eligible to keep their status for resumes, interviews, applications, etc., for a period not to exceed twenty-four (24) months, providing they are actively seeking employment as a Golf Course Superintendent or Assistant. Members in this classification will continue to pay regular dues during this period, and retain all rights and privileges of the Association, except that of running for office. After the 24-month period, if the individual remains unemployed, he/she will be required to reclassify to an appropriate membership class. Extensions may be granted by petition to the membership committee in cases of illness or disability. Class A, Superintendent Member and C members shall be granted a six-month grace period before reclassification to Inactive status is required

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

To qualify for student membership, an applicant must be a full-time turfgrass student enrolled in a formal course of education, or have completed his or her formal education less than one (1) year prior to the date of application for membership. A Student Member shall have all the rights and privileges of the Association except those of voting or holding office.