Gear up for summer with the "Grads & Dads" EWGA Foundation Auction!
The month of June celebrates graduations and Father's Day. Give a gift that is memorable for your grad or dad with a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or autographed memorabilia. Stay at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and play where the pros play. Or perhaps play and stay at Indian Wells Golf Resort. This and much more are included in the EWGA Foundation Grads and Dad's Online Auction.
This three-day auction benefits the EWGA Foundation and all of its charitable endeavors, including but not limited to:
1. Develop educational programs improving women's leadership abilities, self-esteem and business skills through golf;
2. Encourage and enable women to serve as mentors to other women and girls;· Develop scholarship programs to allow women to pursue educational opportunities; and
3. Provide financial support and promote activities supporting other charitable organizations. These organizations have missions that support the EWGA Foundation.
Bidding begins Monday, June 5th at 9:00AM EDT and ends Wednesday, June 7th at 11:59M EDT.
As I complete my first full month as CEO, I thought this would be an appropriate time to update you on the EWGA today and give you my view of the organization’s future. First, let me say that it has been a pleasure meeting and hearing from many of you. Your passion for the EWGA is unmatched and your love for the game of golf shines through with each conversation. Because of your continued passion, I wake up every day more encouraged and more optimistic about our organization. While I will remain in “full learning mode” for the foreseeable future, one thing I know for sure is that I am committed to taking the EWGA to the next level. No matter where you live and no matter where your affiliations lie, I feel confident that there are things that we all can do to make the EWGA experience a better one.
The EWGA has a 25-year history of offering women the opportunity to learn, play and enjoy golf for business and fun. During those 25 years, opportunities for women in golf have grown exponentially and today, more than ever, women’s golf is truly on the rise. So, “abundant opportunities,” “women’s golf on the rise”….you are probably saying, “that’s great but how do those buzz words affect my EWGA experience today?” Well, they don’t….yet!! But, they will. For possibly the first time in history, the golf industry is acting on the notion that growing the women’s game is an important component of golf’s future successes. For the EWGA, that should be music to our ears!
So, that is the good news….but I am a realist and, as such, I look at the EWGA and think we can do better. As many of you know and have experienced, our membership is in a gradual decline. We have less than optimal brand consistency across chapters. We have challenges with Chapter Board leadership…not because we are not committed but we are ALL in need of more hours in every day! We have fewer local and national partners than we would like. Again, we can do better….and we will.
I am very fortunate to be working with an amazing group of extremely accomplished women who comprise the EWGA Board of Directors. Their understanding of the EWGA and diverse business backgrounds provide an unyielding source of knowledge for me on a regular basis. That said, I am happy to report that the Board and I will soon be embarking on a strategic planning project that will provide us all with a new road map and vision for our organization now and in the future. Stay tuned…more on that to come.
Needless to say, the EWGA is on the move but the staff cannot do it alone. The boots-on-the- ground-army-of-volunteers ARE the EWGA. We cannot thank you enough for your support and dedication for making the organization what it is today. However, whether you are a volunteer or just enjoy the benefits of EWGA membership, you have a voice. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time should you have a question, comment or concern. I am truly interested to hear your thoughts.
Now, let’s go play some golf!
CEO, Executive Women's Golf Association
If you've recently joined the EWGA, you know that joining your local Chapter has opened up a world of new networking and playing opportunities for you. We recommend you share these eye-opening experiences with your family, friends and aquaintences and encourage them to join in on the fun, too!
We'll even throw in a free membership renewal for any first-year member who refers a friend in 2017. Here's how it works:
1. Become a member of the EWGA on or after January 1, 2017
2. Download an EWGA application or encourage your friends to join online
3. Ensure your friend writes your name on the member referral line of the application
4. Have your friends submit their application either online or via mail or fax
For each new member that you recruit between May 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017, your name will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary membership renewal for 2018! The drawing will be held in September 2017 and there's no limit to the number of entries you're eligible to receive.
We wish you the best on your continued journey with golf and the EWGA, and can't wait for your friends and colleagues to join in the fun, too!
An EWGA 'Business & Birdies' membership add-on provides business and travel-minded women access to a wide-array of exclusive benefits through ClubCorp. Now you can use this pre-drafted letter, detailing the program's professional benefits, to ask your employer to cover the cost of your "Business & Birdies" membership upgrade.
"I upgraded to a Business & Birdies membership for better networking opportunities and the ability to take clients to exclusive locations using my access to ClubCorp properties," said Cynthia Huymphrey, a TriCities of Tennessee Chapter member.
Many employers view this type of activity as professional and career development, providing networking opportunities for their travel-minded staff. While the value proposition is unique, the membership is similar to many association memberships that your employer already likely supports, including your local Chamber of Commerce.
"For both work and travel, I find myself taking advantage of the ClubCorp benefits," commented Terri Pearce of the Metro Detroit Chapter. "It's nice to have the ability and opportunity to play while I travel from town-to-town, especially while entertaining business clients and associates. With my Business & Birdies membership, I'm able to take advantage of golf opportunities that are even better than those afforded to my husband who is a PGA Professional.
Share the "Business & Birdies" overview letter with your employer to highlight the positive professional impact this membership can have both on your career and the company's bottom line. The letter, addressed to your employer, explains the benefits of sponsoring your "Business & Birdies" upgrade and the benefits that will be derived as a result. This enhanced membership with the EWGA provides a community of women to build trusted relationships with through the game of golf and a venue to entertain prospective clients or staff while on the road.
Download the letter now and ask your employer to invest in your professional development and company's bottom line!
Participate in EWGA's "Beat the Clock" Membership Challenge and help your Chapter win a visit from our new CEO, Jane Geddes!
Jane is an 11-time winner on the LPGA Tour and a 2-time major champion. In addition to her work with the EWGA, Jane continues to compete on the Legends Tour as her schedule allows. We're proud that Jane's competitive background and love for the game embodies what it means to be an EWGA member. Whether it's success on the golf course or in the workplace, Jane sets an example for leading women and EWGA members to aspire towards.
To win, simply invite your friends, co-workers and others to join in the fun and become an EWGA member.
1. Download an EWGA application or encourage your friends to join online
2. Ensure your friend writes your name on the member referral line of the application
3. Have your friends submit their application either online or via mail or fax
Each Chapter has a minimum goal of new members to reach between May 1 – June 30 to be entered into the drawing for Jane to come to your town and meet you. Your Chapter Board can tell you what the membership goal is for your particular Chapter (it’s between 5 and 18 members depending upon the size of your Chapter). Double or triple the goal and your Chapter will receive additional chances to win!
And that's it! Start your clock now so you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.
Jane Geddes has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), becoming CEO of the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States. She succeeds Pam Swensen, who resigned from the organization after 15 years of service to pursue other opportunities. Geddes most recently served as Executive Director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) and previously played professional golf, the winner of two major championships and 11 LPGA Tour events.
This is our anthem. This is who we are.
During the 2016 EWGA Cup, held in Palm Springs, CA at the iconic Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, over 400 competitors on 50 team from 39 chapters came together for a memorable weekend of competition. They also happened to write a song!
Written in collaboration with Anna Wilson and Monty Powell of Song Sessions, "Who We Are" is the the living, breathing embodiment of everything EWGA. Check out the song and music, and be sure to share with your friends!
Your golf clubs aren't the only thing in your bag that matter. Use this guide to make sure your golf bag is well stocked with accessories and ready to go for the upcoming golf season. Our resident LPGA Professional, Le Ann Finger, breaks down exactly what you'll need to be successful this spring. [READ MORE]
Golf club sets come in all shapes in sizes. Some have a full range of irons while others incorporate hybrids and woods. Don't even get us started on how many wedges you should play. So how do you decide what's right for you? Check out this guide to help find the right combination of golf clubs that suits your game. [READ MORE]
If you're looking to gain valuable leadership experience and give back to the EWGA, the EWGA Foundation is currently placing a call for volunteers on two of its most important committees. The two committees in need of volunteers are:
Women on Par Scholarship Committee
The Women on Par Scholarship Committee is primarily tasked with vetting, reviewing and choosing finalists from the Women on Par Scholarship applicant pool. The Women on Par Scholarship assists women over 30 with the undergraduate college education to get 'on par' with their peers. The committee is chaired by Foundation board member Angela Brock-Kyle and has just launched for Spring 2017. Volunteers are asked to spend between two to six hours per month between April 1 and May 15 to review finalists' submissions and identify winners.
The cornerstone of the Fundraising Committee are the group's efforts in support of the USGA-LPGA Girls Golf program. Through this program and others, which the committee will build and support, the EWGA demonstrates its commitment to empowering women through golf. The committee is asking for volunteers who are excited about fundraising and gaining greater participation in EWGA Foundation fundraising efforts from the membership at-large. The committee is chaired by Stacey Baba and is asking for several hours per month of volunteer help month.
We have all heard it time and time again: it's important to get your golf clubs fitted to your swing. But do you know why and why it matters even more for women? In this week's EWGA Forecaddie we'll take a deep dive into what club fitting is and why it should matter to you. [READ MORE]