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March 6, 2013
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  • Country Club of Virginia always one step ahead of competitors
    The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond has managed to out-do its competitors from the day the club was founded more than 100 years ago by continually changing and adapting to stay relevant. The club exemplified this philosophy by being one of the first to allow female members, expanding its property to include gorgeous riverfront on the James River, and revamping its facilities to provide more activities that would appeal to families. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wealthy Americans continue to drive economic growth
    While the majority of Americans are feeling the pinch of delayed tax refunds, escalating gas prices, and stagnant incomes and are dialing back spending accordingly, wealthy Americans are spending more than enough to keep the economy growing. "People in the top half of the income distribution are doing just fine. They're spending enough to keep the economy moving," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "But the lower half is having a difficult time keeping their heads above water." The Wall Street Journal (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Consumers want low-calorie meal options at chain restaurants
    U.S. restaurant chains that augmented their low-calorie fare options are out-performing those that continue to promote super-sized meals with calorie counts that pack a punch. According to a report by the Hudson Institute, servings of lower-calorie meals grew 2.5% from 2006 to 2011 while higher-calorie servings dropped 4.2%, showing that consumers are more apt to spend money on healthier options. Forbes (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Green 
  • 10 ways to green up the golf course
    In order to create a truly green golf course, sustainability must be a foundational attitude of a club's management and staff, writes Ron Dodson, co-founder of a sustainable golf course planning firm. Start the greening process by altering golf courses to minimize the use of water, taking precautions to avoid material and chemical leaks, and keeping working conditions clean, organized and safe. Golf Course Industry online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Operations & Membership Management 
  • Bill seeks to repeal health care requirements for small businesses
    Two Republican senators have introduced legislation to repeal a mandate in the new health care reform law that would require employers of 50 or more workers to provide minimum health care benefits or pay a fee, an effort endorsed by the National Club Association. "The health care mandate will cause many American businesses to pay a $2,000 penalty per employee rather than provide health care. It will cause businesses that employ many of our lowest-income workers to reduce their number of employees. It will cause many other businesses to reduce the number of hours their employees work,” says Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Lamar Alexander. “On the whole, the mandate means higher costs, fewer jobs, and lower incomes." KCSG-TV (St. George, Utah) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCA News 
  • Webinar: The New Health Care Law and Private Clubs, Part IV
    The health care reform law will be in effect in less than 10 months, and club leaders must act now to be in compliance. This webinar will provide attendees with insight and strategies to deal with the law and its impact on your club's bottom line. From new regulations to statutory mandates, club leaders will get the most up-to-date information in the fourth installment of NCA’s Health Care Webinars.

    Find out more about this webinar or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spotlight on club governance education
    The National Club Conference provides attendees with insight from top-tier speakers about key club industry issues. New this year, the Conference features three distinct educational tracks, including a special half-day of club governance programming.

    This important series will address effective guidance for club governance, helping club leaders to best leverage the combined talents of their directors. Be sure to bring your board members to make the most of these exciting sessions!

    Read full education session descriptions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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