Posted on the lobby wall at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., is this quote from association founder and 2008 Old Tom Morris Award winner Col. John Morley: "No life is, or can be, self-existent. We depend on each other." It's a quote that mirrors many of his other statements about benevolence and it's importance in the founding of the National Association of Greenkeepers of America, now GCSAA.
I thought of that quote and Morley's many others in the same vein this weekend upon receipt of an email from Adam Herman, a 17-year GCSAA member who is the superintendent Pocono Farms Country Club in Tobyhanna, Pa. Herman's longtime fiancé, Linda, is suffering from cancer, and the two of them are attempting to raise money to assist in her care through a GoFundMe page. Adam was hoping we could help him spread the word about Linda, her plight and their fundraising efforts.
Unfortunately, requests like this one aren't all that uncommon. They cross my desk periodically throughout the year. When they do, I try to point superintendents toward avenues they can explore for assistance through GCSAA and through organizations such as the Wee One Foundation, and offer to share their stories as we can through GCM.
So in the spirit of Col. Morley, that's what we're doing here. If you're able to help, I know Adam and Linda would appreciate it. You can learn more about it by visiting their page on the GoFundMe website.