Chapter News

  • 12 Jan 2015 12:31 PM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
    It is with regret that we announce the passing of Bill Bonnett, former CIGCSA Member and a long time fixture in the Central Florida region with Lesco.

    Bill Bonnett, 66, passed away unexpectedly while on a Caribbean cruise on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Bill and his wife Lin had lived in The Villages for over four years, moving here from Lake Mary, Florida. Bill was a member of the Dragon Boat Club and had competed in the World Championships in Hong Kong in 2012 and Italy in 2014. He had coached all his life including Little League and later Special Olympics; he was honored to have been named Coach of the Year 1996 and the Head Coach for the Special Olympics Florida Golf Team for the World Games in 1999. In 2009 he was inducted into the Special Olympics Florida Hall of Fame. He was a table captain for Operation Shoebox and loved to volunteer at the public events at the Town Squares. Bill was the strong, silent type. He was a gentle soul, even tempered, a wonderful role model and a hero to his children and grandchildren. He will be missed.

    Bill attended the University of Illinois and graduated with degree in Ornamental Horticulture and served as the Head Golf Course Superintendent at Sunset Hills Country Club in Pekin, Illinois and the Kankakee Elks Country Club in St. Anne, Illinois before joining Lesco in 1984 as a regional agronomist in golf course sales covering the Gulf Coast region and later relocating in 1986 to Central Florida. Bill retired from the golf industry in 2010 to move to The Villages to continue his love of golf and volunteering his time to worthy causes.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Vivian Bonnett and a brother, Dan Bonnett. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lin Bonnett; three sons, Todd (Rhonda), Trent (Brooke), Travis (Wendy); eight grandchildren, Emily, Keller, William, Katie, Mary, Easton, Carlisle, Abby; siblings, Evelyn, David, Joan, Keith, Sarah, John, Tom; numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful companion, Magic.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Shoebox.

    A memorial service was held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd, The Villages.
  • 25 Sep 2014 7:34 AM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
    Here is a letter from Tyler Bain discussing ideas to raise money for the Polillo Research and Education Fund. Please read:

    Research fund letter.docx
  • 16 Oct 2013 9:03 AM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
      CIGCSA Officially links Charter Member
    George "Tony" Polillo to research and education

    With many of the Polillo family members and friends in attendance on Monday, August 19th at Stone Creek Golf Club, CIGCSA Dedicated in the name of George "Tony" Polillo it's Research and Education Fund that will support local research of turf management that is common to CIGCSA Members!!

    George "Tony" Polillo Research and Education Fund

    Investing in research.....investing in our future

    The following members have donated individually to the George "Tony" Polillo Research and Education Fund and CICGSA would like to thank you and recognize your commitment to local research:

    Sean Doggett, Turtle Run     
    Douglas Hayes, Southside CC     
    John Tonsor, Southside CC

    Tim Neaveill, Coyote Creek GC     
        Danny Rieger, Bloomington CC

    Ron Dohman, CGCS, Pontiac Elks CC     
      David Drach, Pontiac Elks CC

    Scott Werner, CGCS, Lincolnshire Fields CC    
    Lane Vance, El Paso CC     
    Jeffrey Hoyt, Macomb CC     
    Bill Lowery,CGCS,  Urbana CC
    Duane Luehrsen, Shagbark GC     
    Bart Schaaf, Oak Springs GC
    Mike Rayman, CGCS, Weibring GC
    Marvin Laird, CGCS, Retired
    Pete Clarno, CGCS, Retired  
    Jay Wiedman, Retired     
    Wayne Orrell, Retired
    Michael Vogt, CGCS, Retired    
    Tom Guttschow, Retired    
    Wayne Brown, CGCS, Retired
  • 27 Mar 2013 11:30 AM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)

    Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule

    New changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The Hazard Communication Standard in 1983 gave the workers the ‘right to know,' but the new Globally Harmonized System gives workers the ‘right to understand.'

    The new hazard communication standard requires chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to employers and workers by putting labels on containers and preparing safety data sheets. The modified standard provides a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

    Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard:

    • Hazard classification: Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to determine the hazards of the chemicals. Hazard classification under the new, updated standard provides specific criteria to address health and physical hazards as well as classification of chemical mixtures.
    • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide labels that include signal words, pictograms, hazard statements, and precautionary statements for each hazard class and category.
    • Safety Data Sheets: The new format requires 16 specific sections.
    • Information and training: To facilitate understanding of the new system, the new standard requires that workers be trained by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and safety data sheet format, in addition to the current training requirements.

    Changes from the Proposed to the Final Rule: OSHA reviewed the record and revised the Final Rule in response to the comments submitted. The changes include:

    • Maintaining the disclosure of exposure limits (Threshold Limit Values [TLVs]) established by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and carcinogen status from nationally and internationally recognized lists of carcinogens on the safety data sheets;
    • Clarification that the borders of pictograms must be red on the label;
    • Flexibility regarding the required precautionary and hazard statements to allow label preparers to consolidate and/or eliminate inappropriate or redundant statements.

    Effective Completion Date




    December 1, 2013

    Train employees on the new label elements and SDS format.



    June 1, 2015

    Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule, except distributor extension

    Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers


    December 1, 2015

    Distributors may ship products labeled by manufacturers under the old system until December 1, 2015.


    June 1, 2016

    Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.



    Transition Period

    Comply with either 29 CFR 1910.1200 (this final standard), or the current standard, or both.

    All chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers

    Global implementation: The new system is being implemented throughout the world by countries including Canada, the European Union, China, Australia, and Japan.

    Hazard Communication Safety Data Sheets

    The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires chemical manufacturers, distributors, or importers to provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDSs) to communicate the hazards of hazardous chemical products. As of June 1, 2015, the HCS will require new SDSs to be in a uniform format, and include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under the headings below:

    Section 1, Identification includes product identifier; manufacturer or distributor name, address, phone number; emergency phone number; recommended use; restrictions on use.

    Section 2, Hazard(s) identification includes all hazards regarding the chemical; required label elements.

    Section 3, Composition/information on ingredients includes information on chemical ingredients; trade secret claims.

    Section 4, First-aid measures includes important symptoms/ effects, acute, delayed; required treatment.

    Section 5, Fire-fighting measures lists suitable extinguishing techniques, equipment; chemical hazards from fire.

    Section 6, Accidental release measures lists emergency procedures; protective equipment; proper methods of containment and cleanup.

    Section 7, Handling and storage lists precautions for safe handling and storage, including incompatibilities.

    Section 8, Exposure controls/personal protection lists OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs); Threshold Limit Values (TLVs); appropriate engineering controls; personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Section 9, Physical and chemical properties lists the chemical's characteristics.

    Section 10, Stability and reactivity lists chemical stability and possibility of hazardous reactions.

    Section 11, Toxicological information includes routes of exposure; related symptoms, acute and chronic effects; numerical measures of toxicity.

    Section 12, Ecological information*

    Section 13, Disposal considerations*

    Section 14, Transport information*

    Section 15, Regulatory information*

    Section 16, Other information, includes the date of preparation or last revision.

    *Note: Since other Agencies regulate this information, OSHA will not be enforcing Sections 12 through 15(29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2)).

    Employers must ensure that SDSs are readily accessible to employees.
    See Appendix D of 1910.1200 for a detailed description of SDS contents.


    Hazard Communication Standard Labels & Pictograms

    OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). As of June 1, 2015, all labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification. A sample revised HCS label, identifying the required label elements, is shown on the right. Supplemental information can also be provided on the label as needed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification.

    Health Hazard

    Health Pictogram

    • Carcinogen
    • Mutagenicity
    • Reproductive Toxicity
    • Respiratory Sensitizer
    • Target Organ Toxicity
    • Aspiration Toxicity


    Health Pictogram

    • Flammables
    • Pyrophorics
    • Self-Heating
    • Emits Flammable Gas
    • Self-Reactives
    • Organic Peroxides

    Exclamation Mark

    Health Pictogram

    • Irritant (skin and eye)
    • Skin Sensitizer
    • Acute Toxicity
    • Narcotic Effects
    • Respiratory Tract Irritant
    • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-Mandatory)

    Gas Cylinder

    Health Pictogram

    • Gases Under Pressure


    Health Pictogram

    • Skin Corrosion/Burns
    • Eye Damage
    • Corrosive to Metals

    Exploding Bomb

    Health Pictogram

    • Explosives
    • Self-Reactives
    • Organic Peroxides

    Flame Over Circle

    Health Pictogram

    • Oxidizers



    Health Pictogram

    • Aquatic Toxicity

    Skull and Crossbones

    Health Pictogram

    • Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)


  • 04 Mar 2013 8:37 AM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
    Larry Packard, who was the designer of many of our courses in central IL turned 100 years old in November 2012......

    _1370 - Packard 100th.docx
  • 01 Mar 2013 11:18 AM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
    CIGCSA has committed to two years of participation in the EIFG's R4R Fundraising program.  To learn more about the program click the link below......R4RFAQ.pdf
  • 28 Feb 2013 12:43 PM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
    From information at the 2012 Chapter Delegates Meeting:

    The Membership Standards Advisory Group was formed to evaluate GCSAA's membership standards program and determine recommendations for the future of standards.........

    Executive Summary - 2012 MSAG.pdf
  • 20 Feb 2013 3:20 PM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)

    How to take advantage of your Masters admission benefit

    The governing body at Augusta National has extended complimentary daily admission to the Masters to all Class A, A-Retired, and AA Life members who have a valid gold membership card.


    Getting into the tournament

    To gain admission to the tournament, present your current GCSAA membership card along with your driver's license at the Gate C/PGA booth each day. The Gate C/PGA booth is located just inside Gate 6, which is a walk-in gate located off Berckmans Road.

    Please remember:

    • You must be a GCSAA Class A, ART or AA member in good standing in order to take advantage of this unique member benefit. Please verify your classification and status before making any travel arrangements.
    • You must have a valid form of picture ID along with your GCSAA membership card.
    • If you should exit the grounds at anytime during the day, you will be required to re-enter through Gate 6 and check back in at the Gate C/PGA booth, where once again, you will be required to present your GCSAA membership card and driver’s license to gain admittance.


    • Hold onto to your pass. Upon leaving the grounds, maintain possession of your daily pass and under no circumstances should you sell it, throw it away or give it away as a souvenir to anyone you do not know. 
    • No cell phones allowed. No cell phones or other electronic devices are permitted on the grounds at any time.
    • Cameras only during practice rounds. Cameras are permitted during the practice rounds (Monday – Wednesday), but are not permitted on the grounds starting Thursday.


    Any violation of Augusta National's ticket, cell phone or camera policies will result in a lifetime ban from Masters tournaments – no questions asked and no excuses accepted. To date, 18 GCSAA members have been banned for life from future tournaments.

  • 19 Feb 2013 3:35 PM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)
    President's Message:

       Wow! The winter seems to be flying by again this year. I don’t know about all of you, but it just doesn’t seem to me that we get any real down time in our jobs anymore. From last years twelve-month golf season, to trying to catch up with work that has been deferred due to several years of budget constraints, it seems we are always on a pretty fast pace. I for one would like to see a real winter again sometime, when the courses get a complete rest, and we all get to slow down a little. Oh well, at least we are employed and the golf economy seems to be improving!

    On the subject of being busy, the chapter manager, officers, directors, and committee members of the CIGCSA have been hard at work this winter as we prepare for another season of chapter events. We recently held our third board meeting since the annual meeting in November, and are well on our way to completing the planning for all chapter activities in 2013.

    I am happy to report that Dave Likes, our Events/Education chairman for this year, with help from his committee, is putting together an excellent calendar of events. There are still a few details being worked out, but I am confident that when the calendar is released in the next few weeks, it will be very well received by our membership. I can go ahead and report that our Annual Shop Meeting will be held on March 18th, at the Ironwood Golf Course Maintenance Shop in Normal. Go ahead and mark your calendars, as Dave is putting together an excellent program of education for the day.

    I can also report that Mike Rayman and our Communications Committee have been reviewing all of our methods of chapter communication, and the Board of Directors has approved several changes for 2013. First, after difficulty with actually publishing issues during the past two years, we have decided to suspend our Balllmark Newsletter for 2013. It was the Board’s feeling that our newsletter had been in decline for several years and if we were going to proceed with it in the future, we would need to commit more resources, probably hire an editor, and try to make serious improvements. After much discussion, we decided to move forward in 2013 without the Ballmark and review this decision at the end of the year.
    This decision was impacted by our desire to commit more time and resources to other areas of communication. Mike and his committee have set up a chapter Facebook account, and a chapter Twitter account, and we are moving forward with new software to manage our chapter databases, electronic mailings, and our website. All of these changes should improve our communication and continuity moving forward.

    We will also be undertaking a member recruitment campaign. Under the guidance of our membership committee, co-chaired by Eric Parker and Brian Barnes, we will be aggressively reaching out to those in our region, who for whatever reason are not currently members of the CIGCSA. We will also be putting methods in place to do a better job of welcoming new hires to our area and making sure they have every opportunity to get involved with our chapter.

    Last on the subject of our activities during the past few months, I can report that the Vendor Relations Committee, chaired by myself, recently began the third year of the Partner Recognition Program for our Affiliate members. After reviewing the program, with help from our most recent PRP members, the slightly modified 2013 version of the PRP was sent out to all Affiliate members. Our initial response has been very good, and we look forward to continuing the excellent relationship with our Partners.

    In reporting all of the above chapter management activity, I just realized that I haven’t yet mentioned Dave Shulman, your Chapter Manager. Dave has been an integral part of all of the “offseason” work that we have undertaken. When hired two years ago, it was the Board’s intent to gradually transition Dave into a position of responsibility for most of our chapters operations. The Board of Directors and Committees could then fill the advisory and major policy making roles that would make best use of their time. I can report that while we have not yet completely realized this goal, we are well on our way to making it a reality for our chapter, and Dave deserves much of the credit for this progress.

    In closing, let me say thanks to all that came out and joined in our Winter Social Event earlier this month in Decatur. We had a reasonably good turnout and it seemed that the evening was enjoyed by all.

    Also, as the Golf Industry Show in San Diego quickly approaches, for those that are planning to attend, I wish you all a great week in California! The GIS is a great opportunity for education, networking, and hopefully some much needed R & R! For those that don’t plan to attend this year, I also wish you a great week and try to get in some of the above at home so that your batteries also get re-charged!

    Finally, I would like to again encourage everyone to share your ideas, comments, complaints, suggestions, and input of any kind with myself or anyone on your Board of Directors. We are sincerely trying to manage your chapter in the best interests of the entire membership, but your feedback makes that much easier.

    Have a great rest of the “off season”, and I look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming events!


    Scott Werner, CGCS
    Lincolnshire Fields C.C.
    President, CICGSA
  • 19 Feb 2013 3:33 PM | MICHAEL J. RAYMAN, CGCS (Administrator)

    CIGCSA Members,

    I am proud to announce that the CIGCSA is participating in the Rounds 4 Research program.

    In case you were not aware or do not know much about this program, let me explain. You might remember in mid 2012 the Environmental Institute for Golf (GCSAA’s philanthropic organization) announced that it would be conducting Rounds 4 Research after the Carolinas GCSA administered it on a smaller scale for three years.

    Working with a handful of chapters, the Carolinas GCSA generated nearly $350,000 in three years to support local research and advocacy efforts. Noting that the program had grown beyond its administrative capacity, the Carolinas approached GCSAA with the challenge to take it national and share this wonderful opportunity with others.

    So why is CIGCSA involved in Rounds 4 Research? Quite frankly, we are operating in an unsustainable manner in addressing many of our needs. We know research dollars are getting tougher to generate. We know that we need to engage with local and state lawmakers to advocate on behalf of our game and business. We know that we need to attract the best and the brightest to continue our profession through scholarship. In short, we have needs that we cannot sustain with the resources we generate by ourselves and industry partners.

    Rounds 4 Research is based on the practice of securing donated rounds of golf and putting them up for public auction. This mechanism provides for the end user – the golfer – to contribute directly to activities that ultimately benefit them, their facilities and the game.

    While the funds come from golfers, the onus is on us as a chapter to build an inventory of rounds. I am asking each of you to work with your facility leadership to secure one tee-time (defined as a foursome) in each of the next two years (2013 and 2014). You can do this by completing the online donation form at or by contacting Noel Riley, GCSAA’s Coordinator, Environmental Programs at 1.800.472.7878 or by email at and the information will be entered for you.

    I am excited about the opportunity presented to us. But this will take a commitment by each and every one of us to secure donated rounds and promote the program to our golfers / patrons / members. I ask that you donate a round today so that we have a healthy profession, industry and game for years to come.


    Sean Doggett
    Allied Association - Chairman

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