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February 13, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Country clubs invest in renovations to boost membership
    Clubs nationwide are beginning to loosen their purse strings and invest more readily in renovations, golf pros and kitchen updates in response to increased consumer confidence and a higher demand for membership. "The improvements will allow these clubs, already established in their communities, to stay relevant and offer even more value to their members," says Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp's president and CEO. "What we're trying to do is appeal to a broader customer ... what we can do for the entire family." Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Segregated private clubs are alive and well
    Despite last year's historic decision to allow women into the previously all-male Augusta National club, some other private clubs aren't following suit. In North Carolina, there are all-male, all-white and all-black clubs that have no plans to desegregate their membership. "Private organizations that are not open to the public are run by their members who make the rules as to whether to admit or expel members in accordance with those rules, and courts, except under extremely limited circumstances, don't get involved," says attorney Gary Shipman. WECT-TV (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Restaurants return to more robust hiring
    Restaurants created new jobs at the fastest pace in 17 years in 2012, and they're on track to see similar growth this year, according to the National Restaurant Association. The industry now employs about 441,000 more people than it did in the peak pre-recession years, while the overall economy is still about 3.2 million jobs behind. QSRMagazine.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. jobless claims tick down; consumer confidence improves
    The slow hiring pattern in the U.S. continued last week as reflected in a small decline in the number of Americans filing initial claims for jobless benefits. Consumer confidence, however, picked up during the week for the first uptick since higher payroll taxes came into effect at the beginning of the year, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. CNNMoney (2/7), Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCA News 
  • Webinar: The New Health Care Law and Private Clubs, Part III
    Join NCA's Brad Steele, vice president of government relations and general counsel, for the next installment of NCA's popular webinar series on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. In late 2012 and early 2013, the federal government released major regulations regarding the Affordable Care Act. With full implementation of the health care reform law beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, club leaders must act now to be ready. This webinar will review the new requirements and guide club leaders through what they must be doing now and in the future to prepare for the effects of this new law.

    Find out more about the webinar or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rescheduled: Wellness Services in the Modern Private Club
    Due to a previous technical issue, the "Wellness Services in the Modern Private Club" webinar has been rescheduled for Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

    Chris White of WTS International will provide valuable information for clubs considering the addition of wellness services and programs, or for clubs that already have such programs and wish to learn the industry's "best practices." Topics discussed will include methods of securing member support for new programs, fostering interdepartmental cooperation, attracting professional wellness services staff, and targeting new customer groups.

    Find out more about these webinars or register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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