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Perspectives from the Other Side
5 Ways to Enhance Your Private Club Events

 

For many clubs, summer is the best time to engage members with fun activities. Hosting unique events that cultivate connection is one of the best ways to create a sense of community and belonging at any private club. Such events allow members to mingle with friends and family in a new environment, while also meeting new people.

However, simply gathering a large group into a room isn’t enough to create the sense of community and “fun” that most members desire. Times have changed—and so have the ways members enjoy their clubs. Here are a few tips to ensure your private club events aren’t just well attended, but also beloved and valued by your membership!

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Perspectives From the Other Side:
7 Resources That Will Boost Your Club’s F&B Operations

 

With our clubs in the south easing into their slow season and clubs in the north ramping up for their busiest time of the year, it’s safe to say that spring is a time of transition for clubs. Transition periods aren’t always easy, but they offer the perfect opportunity for growth and renewal. In fact, spring is the ideal time to think a little more deeply about your club’s F&B operations. This prospect may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

I’ve said it a lot in this column, but it’s worth reiterating: Managers don’t need to have all of the ideas, but they do need to know where to find them. One of the best ways to do that is to turn to specialists, both within the club industry and outside of it.

Here are a few resources that will help you make the most out of your F&B department and reinvent the way your club creates a fabulous dining experience for members.

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D.E.A.R. Day – Drop Everything and Read:
20 Page-Turners Hand-Picked by the Chambers Team

 

We hear today is National Drop Everything and Read Day—and this book-loving team will jump at any chance to spotlight our favorite novels. To celebrate, we created a list of must-reads that are worthy of a corner on everyone’s bookshelf. Inspiration, grit, wonder, amusement and even a few tears can be found throughout the pages on this list—whether you’re a fiction devotee, non-fiction collector or thrill-seeking mystery buff—we’ve got you covered. Pull up a seat, grab some coffee (maybe a few tissues, too)—and get ready for a list chock-full of best-sellers and page-turners that we can guarantee you won’t want to put down.

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International Day of Happiness:
Transform your Club Atmosphere Through Acts of Giving

 

Today is International Day of Happiness—and to many, this can represent a slew of different things.  What comes to mind when you hear the word, happy? Better yet, how do you define your own happiness? You may think of your family, friends, career or a list of beloved hobbies. Our minds instinctively gravitate toward those people, places and things we hold most dear.

At Chambers, we find joy in making others happy—consistently working to exceed expectations and push the envelope. Each and every day, we work meticulously to ensure the satisfaction of our private club clients—which, in turn, translates into member satisfaction. For us, it’s much more than surface level design. It’s about translating our passion for aesthetic and unique design to create a physical environment that cultivates an unmatched experience.

At our core, our happiness is derived from the happiness of others. And if we break this down further, it becomes quite clear that these passions to problem-solve and provide exceptional service can be used for the greater good as well. So as a club leader, what does this all mean for you and your club? Below, we dive into the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of charitable involvement and the benefits—and happiness—your club can achieve by giving back.

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Perspectives from the Other Side:
Six Key Takeaways from CMAA’s 2018 Conference

 

As I regularly say in my column, sharing knowledge is an essential part of ensuring our success as club managers and as an industry. This is why attending CMAA World Conference is always an essential part of my year. It’s all about being exposed to new ideas—either through speakers, education sessions, or conversations among peers. Of course, many people don’t have the opportunity to experience Conference and if you attend, you can’t possibly see and do everything. With this is mind, I want to share six key themes that defined Conference for me this year. This month’s column is a bit longer than my usual…but I have so much to share!

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Are Private Clubs Still Relevant?
The New Role of Private Clubs in Today’s Society

 

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the United States was in the midst of the Great Recession. Many industries were impacted by the financial crisis—and the private club industry was no exception. Clubs across the country suffered and some were forced to close their doors forever. At the time, the industry faced much uncertainty and many were fearful for what it all meant for the future of private clubs.

Today, the energy in the industry is vastly different—much more upbeat. For many, the recession was an unfortunate wake-up call leading to the realization that this isn’t our grandfather’s private club any longer. Today’s memberships are diverse, complex and have different priorities than those from decades past. Still, with questions surrounding the future of golf and the club industry itself, some are left wondering: Are private clubs still relevant in today’s society? We certainly think so—at least, they can be.

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