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Super, Sweet Cincy Is Where You "Get" It

By Lacy Ravencroft, TOCA Board President

Greetings TOCA members!

Lacy Ravencraft, TOCA Board President

As the first quarter of 2018 draws to a close (*gasp*) and we inch closer to the annual TOCA meeting in May, I thought I’d check in to see if you’re keeping Cincinnati top of mind.

Here are three reasons to register. Let's see if you'll join us in Cincy to "get it!"

Lacy Ravencraft


The Queen City Set to Host TOCA Members

By Den Gardner, Executive Director

The Queen City (otherwise known as Cincinnati) awaits as TOCA members can now register for the 29th annual meeting May 1-3. Head to the web site today – – and join attendees from across the country. See bottom of this article for the full tentative schedule.

Our third trip to Ohio for a TOCA meeting in 29 years (Cleveland and Columbus were the other two) is less than a month away and you can expect the royal treatment, as we gather at the historic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Book your room today, as hotel cut-off date for the lowered rate of $179 is midnight, April 10.


See the schedule and more information to prepare for the best week you'll have this summer.

See you in Cincinnati!


Donate to the Second Annual TOCA Silent Auction

By Kyle Wieskus, TOCA Membership Director

Our TOCA annual meeting in Cincinnati is fast approaching! At the meeting we will hold our Second Annual Silent Auction to support the TOCA Foundation. Last year’s auction was incredibly successful – we raised just over $4,000 for the TOCA Foundation. Please consider donating this year. Learn more!

We are looking for items in the $50 - $200 range. Our goal is to obtain a minimum of 20 items donations.

Have an idea? Need help with an idea? If you are ready to donate – please see the donation form.




TOCA International Stipend Recipient Announced

Ella Boyden, a public relations and communications officer at Ransomes Jacobsen, Ltd. (part of Textron), has received a stipend from the TOCA Foundation to attend the annual meeting in Cincinnati in late April, early May.

This stipend, part of TOCA's outreach to international members of TOCA to grow our presence overseas, has been granted in the past two years to TOCA members across the pond. Boyden is based in Suffolk, United Kingdom. The TOCA Foundation was, in part, established a few years to provide these types of opportunities for professional development.

Congratulations, Ella!



Fantastic Response for TOCA Membership Renewal in 2018

By Kyle Wieskus, TOCA Membership Director

Membership Renewal for 2018 has been outstanding!   At the end of the first quarter, 88% of last year’s TOCA members have renewed!!  That is fantastic!  “Thank you!” to all our members for such an outstanding response!

If you are a part of the remaining 12% - renew now!  To renew online – please click here. This will bring you to the Member Login page.  If you do not remember your username or password – please email Kyle.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the office at 952-758-6340 or email Kyle at

Such a great response in membership renewal tells us that you find significant value in your TOCA membership. It’s time to share that knowledge with your peers in the industry. Can you think of a couple of people that you know would benefit from TOCA membership? We would be happy to reach out to those people. Just drop us a line to give us their info and either staff or a TOCA board member will reach out to them.

Reminder about our very popular Young Professionals Program. With every two paid memberships from an organization, you get a FREE Young Professional membership! (YP must be 35 years or younger). TOCA membership, compared to other organizations, is a tremendous bargain. It’s only $140 per year for the first member and $90 for the second and all subsequent members. Now, with the Free YP program – you can get three memberships for only $230! Please contact Membership Director Kyle Wieskus at to take advantage of the Young Professional program.

Thank-you for renewing your 2018 TOCA Membership!


TurfNet to Host the TOCA Media Intern

By Jon Kiger, TurfNet

2018 TOCA Media Intern Parker Stancil, left, joined Kristian Jensen, Golf Course Superintendent Assistant at Great Northern Golf Course at the GIS Show in February.

In 2018 TurfNet will again host the TOCA Media Intern. The intern will be Parker Stancil, a sophomore in the Golf and Sports Turf Management program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College near Myrtle Beach, SC. Learn more about this impressive young man and the exciting opportunity awaiting him in Denmark, Scotland and beyond.

The TOCA Media internship stipend will assist Parker Stancil with his travel to and from Denmark and his expenses related to the seasonal visa application process. Parker will blog regularly and write about his experiences in TOCA Talk.



Past, Present and FUTURE

TurfNet Interns in Feb 2018

Three of Aidan O'Hara's TurfNet interns. (L-R): Parker Stancil, Carson Letot, Peter Braun

This year's TOCA Media Intern, Parker Stancil, will work with TurfNet, in an exciting experience that takes him from South Carolina to Denmark, Scotland and other destinations. One destination for the young man was the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas, where he joined previous TurfNet interns Carson Letot (2013) and Peter Braun (2014) at the TurfNet Beer and Pretzels Party.



2018 TOCA Marketing Communications Intern Selected

By Amy Keith McDonald, for Gardner & Gardner Communications

TOCA has chosen its first Marketing Communications Internship, in the new-this-year competition. Kayla Kingston, a sophomore at the University of Dayton, is studying Communication and is scheduled to graduate in May, 2020.

Kayla Kingston TOCA 2018 MarComm Intern

Kayla Kingston, the 2018 TOCA Marketing Communications Intern, will join Project EverGreen in Mentor, Ohio for the paid summer internship.

Kayla will be interning under the leadership of TOCA member Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director.

"Project EverGreen is thrilled to host the first TOCA marketing intern," said Cindy. "Kayla will have the opportunity to contribute to all of our marketing communications efforts to promote our key initiatives and to grow our social media presence."

"We're grateful to Den (Gardner) and Dave (Hansen) for making this internship available," Cindy continued.

The new internship is funded through the TOCA Foundation by Den and Sandy Gardner (Gardner & Gardner Communications, New Prague, Minnesota) and Dave Hansen (Partner/CEO of Swanson Russell, a marketing communications firm based in Lincoln, Nebraska).

TOCA member companies interested in hosting next summer's TOCA MarComm Internship should watch for the application materials in early 2019.


The Professional Development Committee continues its ongoing series featuring TOCA Gardner Award winners.

WeevilTrakSM Blog
Gardner Award Winner for New Media – Marketing Communications
by Debbie Clayton (on behalf of the TOCA Professional Development Committee)

We asked Lyndsey Newnam, Account Director at G&S Business Communications, questions about the Syngenta WeevilTrak Blog. Learn more about her motivation, style and the award-winning project.

Terrific Turnout for Texas Breakfast at Golf Industry Show in San Antonio

By Amy Keith McDonald, for Gardner & Gardner Communications

More than 50 TOCA members and guests attended the 2018 New Member Breakfast Reception on Wednesday, February 7. TOCA staff joined Jacobsen, Syngenta and GCSAA/Golf Course Management Magazine in hosting the event.


TOCA RUNNING CLUB                                                                   

We're Off and Running Into Spring

By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent
Dan Gardner in 1974

The snow is melting (for those in states north of the Mason-Dixon line) and that makes for great running/walking/jogging as spring is here! But that also brings some challenges – mainly water – as in getting wet shoes/socks and also patches of ice on those early morning workouts. Be careful out there. Slowly ramp up your exercising and dress properly. Learn more.

Until next time, be well, be smart, be healthy and be TOCA!

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