Do you have what it takes to start an ASGA chapter?
Time to look into that proverbial mirror and think about it a little . . .

Are you the right person for the job?

Since we don't know you, you have to be honest with yourself and with us. We know, from starting other chapters, that the most important characteristic about an individual willing to lead a chapter is their ability to organize and delegate.

People who tend to do it all themselves 1) eventually become frustrated that “no one else is helping out,” and 2) burn-out from working too hard and not playing enough golf and enjoying themselves. Sometimes it's lonely at first, but you'll always have your Chapter Development Team member helping you get your chapter off the ground.

So here're some questions to see if you have the “right stuff” to be a chapter leader. Think of it as a quick checklist:

  • Are you willing to serve as chapter president until the first election comes up?
  • Are you willing to spend 4-6 hours each of the first four weeks to get the chapter up and running?
  • Are you willing to conduct a monthly membership meeting for your members?
  • Do you look forward to speaking before a group each month at your membership meeting?
  • Are you willing to recruit committee heads and committee members to organize your chapter?
  • Do you have good organizational skills?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Do you have the ability to delegate?
  • Do you feel comfortable asking people to do something without pay?

Notice the above list did not ask 1) if you were a good golfer or 2) if you were willing to spend a lot of money to get a chapter up and running. That's because being a good golfer is not a pre-requisite for running a great chapter. You should not spend any out-of-pocket money to get the chapter up and running.

Hopefully, you have checked all of the boxes in the above checklist, but if you haven't, and you realize you might have some shortcomings, don't worry about it. But you must realize these shortcomings and be willing to delegate to others in areas where you might be weak. We all have certain weaknesses, but your strength should be on focusing towards building an effective Singles Golf chapter - - one that will have a positive impact on many people's lives - - yours included!