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President's Message

OTEI Presidents Message  June 2023

It's been awhile but things seem to be getting back to semi-normal after two years of Covid related challenges. While we halted most of our programs during this period we did mange to coordinate a few events this past school year. Now that things are starting to return to normal and we anticipate an increased number of study tours and other school programs in the coming school year.

Our program facilitator, Gary Ingram CGCS is transitioning to a part time work status at CourseCo but will continue to lead our programs. In addition to his roles at OTEI and CourseCo, Gary is also the local golf course liaison for a fairly new program under the guidance of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America called the First Green. Although not as long as our traditional OTEI Study Tours, the First Green program brings students out to the golf course for a couple of hours of STEM education. In addition to serving as OTEI President I also serve on the GCSAA Task Group that directs this program. Gary and I have already worked together on several First Green Events in 2023.

I hope that many of you will find the time to help support your local youth in whatever fashion works best for you in the months ahead. They are our future and every time I work at one of our events I walk away feeling better. Any way you can make a difference might just be the spark that a youth needs to move forward in a positive direction for his or hers future. If you have the time or ability I urge you to find a way to volunteer in your community.

It is also with great pleasure that I announce the return of the "Googie and Friends Memorial Golf Tournament" on Monday, August 7th at Metropolitan Golf Links. This great event provides support for not only OTEI but also all the other junior golf programs in the City of Oakland. The day is always filled with great food, golf, camaraderie and fun. All of the programs that are part of this event can truly use your support and I know you won't walk away disappointed. Check the golf shop at Metropolitan GL for more details soon!  Hope to see you there.