Let’s start swinging…

For nearly 20 years, the Women’s Congressional Golf Association (WCGA) has existed as a non-partisan membership organization to foster fellowship and promote golfing opportunities among women on Capitol Hill and alum.

Hundreds of women in DC have been exposed to the sport and taken it up through WCGA. While not forgetting our roots, we expanded our membership to women in the government relations field. And now, most recently, we welcome any woman in the DC-area that has an interest in the game and a fun attitude to life. As I like to say, WCGA is the least pretentious Hill organization.

We are excited to kick off the 2017 season this Monday, April 10th with a luncheon on Capitol Hill. We will have guest speakers who represent the best of women’s golf in the region. And of course, we’ll have gift bags and raffle prizes provided by GolfDC.

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If you are a golfer or have an interest in learning about the sport, please feel free to attend this free lunch and learn more about WCGA.

Spotlight on WCGA member – Most Improved Player

WCGA periodically spotlights our members. Our most improved golfer for the 2016 season has to be Michelle King, President & CEO, King Consults. We asked her to share a few of her experiences from the season.

How did you hear about WCGA?

My good friend, LeeAnn Petersen Strother has been telling me about WCGA for a long time!  She’s been encouraging me to join WCGA!  I met Sally, WCGA’s amazing President at the kickoff WCGA lunch on the Hill!  I finally joined WCGA and it was one of the happiest decisions I made!  It’s a wonderful community filled with amazing, fun, smart people who play golf and are in the government relations field!

Do you think WCGA has helped you with your golf game? If so, how?

YES!  I would still be limited to miniature golf if it was not for WCGA!  WCGA helped all aspects of my golf game!  I am still a beginner golfer, but I love the game and playing golf with my friends and colleagues.  WCGA helped me enormously with golf technique and strategy in addition to insight about golf etiquette and the rules of the game!  Plus, WCGA provided me with an awesome weekly golf league and lessons!   

How do you see golf as being helpful to your professional network and business?

Golf provides cool opportunities to meet new people and spend time outside engaging in a sport while also being social.  I really have enjoyed playing in the WCGA golf league and having fun on and off the golf course with my WCGA friends!  Looking forward to the 2017 season!  

What was your favorite memory from the season?

I have several favorite memories from the season….the weekly WCGA league nights, our amazing fall golf weekend at the Bryce Resort and playing golf on a sunny summer day at the Naval Academy followed by crabs at Cantler’s!  Hope you will consider joining as a WCGA member.  I look forward to playing golf with you!

What’s your daytime gig?

I am the President & CEO of King Consults, a global government relations, external relations and advocacy firm working with the association and corporate community based in Washington, DC focused on intellectual property policy, technology policy, cybersecurity/data policy, health policy and trade.  I’m a volunteer too….I serve as the co-chair of the Women in Government Relations (WGR) Telecommunications, Technology and Intellectual Property task force and I serve on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) International Section Council and PAC Board.  Further, I am a member of the American Jewish Committee ACCESS Board and the Bryn Mawr College Alum Committee on Leadership Development. 

 Contact me to play golf!

Michelle Sara King, kingconsults2015@gmail.com, Twitter: @MSKinDC

 

 

 

Was Your WCGA Membership Worthwhile?

I’d love all of our 160 members to shout yes. In looking at the numbers, 2016 was a great year. Here are some highlights:

  • Nearly 50% increase in our membership;
  • Ran twice as many beginner and intermediate classes along with special, small-group clinics that enabled nearly 40 women to improve their game;
  • Our Monday league was moved to the summer (instead of our traditional spring and fall league) to accommodate the election season and that was a hit with nearly 80 women signed up and a core group who played all 8 weeks;
  • Our weekend outings to different courses in the region were well-attended, particularly the private Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis;
  • For the first time in recent years, we had enough interest to plan a weekend golf trip; this year, 13 women went to Bryce Resort in Shenandoah Valley in the fall;
  • We continued to support women’s golf by sponsoring the annual GolfDC’s Women’s Golf Reception and We Are Golf’s Hill reception;
  • We worked closely with Executive Women’s Golf Association of DC to support the First Tee of Washington, DC’s Girls Golf Program through play days and donating nearly $1,500 to the charity.

However, numbers don’t tell the full story. Women join WCGA for different reasons but we hope you met women in your field and made a work contact, or just improved your game in a welcoming environment.

But, we can always do more. I know several women who join WCGA and work and life prevents them from participating. I’d love to know if we can schedule events differently to work for your schedule, such as sunrise golf or shorter, three-hole outings to fit in an hour?

Please send suggestions to President@wcga.org so we can start planning 2017 and start spreading the word about WCGA to friends and colleagues. Women who join now are automatically members for 2017.

Thanks again for a wonderful golf season!

Sally Schaeffer

President, WCGA