How the National Club Conference will get your club ready for success | Dining out has new meaning for club members | Top menu trends from East to West
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April 4, 2012
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How the National Club Conference will get your club ready for success
The 2012 National Club Conference is fast approaching, and club leaders who want to ensure their organization's success this year and in the years to come have plenty of reasons to attend. Sessions include a best-practices panel on improving your board, a 2012 legislative and regulatory outlook and an overview of recreational and sports trends. National Club Association (3/27)
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Dining out has new meaning for club members
Country clubs around the country are finding that their members want more casual, outdoor eating options but they still want a comfortable club-like experience. Clubs such as Frenchman's Reserve and Riveria Palm Springs Resort & Spa have created vibrant outdoor dining venues that are much more than just a patio and chairs and the result has increased interest in the clubs. "The allure of being outside and comfortable is important these days,? says John Trudeau of Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa. ?With people?s lives these days centered on their computers and technology, it seems like everyone?s itching to be outside.? (3/27)
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Trend Watch
Top menu trends from East to West
Favorite flavors and menu trends vary depending on which part of the country a restaurant lies, from lobster and ziti in the Northeast to burritos and tostadas on the West Coast. Menu research firm Datassential reveals the top regional menu trends from around the country. Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (3/15)
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On the Green
The history of the black caddy
For decades, golf in the U.S. was a white man's sport with caddies who were almost always black, but the success of Tiger Woods has changed the game forever. Black caddies are now a dying breed, partially due to more career opportunities and lack of caddy programs, but their mark on the game has not vanished. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/2)
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Operations & Membership Management
Five ways to cut cost of employee benefits
Balancing the budget while offering employees sufficient benefits can often be a struggle, especially with the many options out there. Colonial Life examines five strategies to cut costs, such as implementing wellness initiatives in the workplace and encouraging employees to participate in pretax benefit programs. BenefitsPro (3/27)
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Restaurants offer more jobs, not more pay
Job generation in the restaurant industry has been outpacing other sectors and is expected to remain strong throughout 2012, despite the fact that pay for restaurant workers isn't experiencing the same growth. ?The restaurant industry added 530,000 jobs since the end of the recession, about 150,000 above the pre-recession peak,? explained Hudson Riehle, economist and head of research for the National Restaurant Association. MSNBC (4/2)
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NCA News
Congressman Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) to address National Club Conference
Hear an insider's perspective on the actions of the 112th Congress and the major congressional issues in 2012, as well as valuable insights on the outlook for the 2012 congressional elections. The 2012 National Club Conference will be held April 29 and 30 in New York City at the University Club of New York. Learn more.
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Has your club recently elected new board directors?
A club's volunteer leaders can benefit greatly from an easy guide to inside information on the private club industry. Many clubs provide their board leaders with NCA's signature publication, the annual "Trends & Issues: A Private Club Perspective," to assist with the onboarding process. NCA offers a discount for bulk orders of this detailed report. Purchase the report online or call (202) 822-9822 to learn more about bulk discounts.
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If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect."
-- Benjamin Franklin,
American statesman and inventor
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