The Arizona club took employee appreciation to the next level with a pep rally, featuring a food truck, putting competition, danceoffs and trivia to help launch the new season. Also, The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, Va. welcomes dogs once each month during the summer and even prepares house-made K-9 treats made from kitchen scrap cuts.
(As featured in C+RB’s 14th Annual Ideas Issue, June 2020)
While Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Country Club (PVCC) typically kicks off its season with an employee luncheon to discuss the club’s mission, this past fall PVCC leadership took employee appreciation to the next level.
The club hosted an employee pep rally, featuring a food truck, putting competition, danceoffs and trivia to help launch the new season.
“We were trying to figure out what we can do to engage different team members in different departments, and we really wanted to focus on coming together and being one big club,” says Alex Bearden, General Manager.
With about 250 employees at the club, around 150 attended the pep rally.
The executive committee wrote a parody to the song “YMCA,” changing the lyrics to “it’s fun to work at the P-V-C-C.”
“[The employees] were laughing the entire time,” says Bearden. “It made the executive committee more approachable, and it brought us together in a fun, lighthearted way.”
Employees also received a swag bag that included sunglasses, stress balls, lip balm and more.
To extend the spirit throughout the season, managers continue to randomly ask employees to recite the club mission statement. Those reciting it correctly earn “PVCC bucks,” which can be exchanged for $20 in cash.
The club also hosts a holiday party in December for employees to enjoy a buffet, prizes and bonus checks.
The Goal: Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Country Club wanted to begin the golf season on a positive note and show appreciation for club employees.
The Plan: The leadership team hosted a pep rally with food, activities and games for employees.
The Payoff: The event energized the staff for the season and encouraged them to live out the club’s mission.
Want a sure-fire way to help members make new connections? Let their dogs make the introductions. After The Country Club of Virginia (CCV) in Richmond, Va. noticed how many dog walkers were using the club’s paths and walkways in the morning, the staff launched “Pups on the Patio” as a new community-building initiative.
On the first Saturday of each month during the summer, club rules that do not permit dogs on dining terraces are suspended, and members (including the family’s canine representatives) are encouraged to relax and enjoy food (including house-made dog treats made from kitchen scrap cuts) and bond over their common interest in four-legged best friends.