The National Club Association (NCA) and Club Management Association of America (CMAA) released “Private Club Governance: A Handbook of Principles and Best Practices.” Written by a joint committee of experts including KK&W partner, Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM, the new publication is a definitive guide to governance of private clubs, designed to be a framework of best practices for clubs at any place on the spectrum of effective governance.

“Governance is among the most discussed issue at any private club,” said joint Governance Committee Chair Tim Muessle, CCM, CCE, Chief Operating Officer, The Olympic Club, San Francisco. “This new publication was written to clearly define the standard of effective governance, offering best practices for club boards, committees and general managers/CEOs.”

The handbook is a comprehensive guide on establishing and maintaining good governance, and covers everything from bylaws and articles of incorporation to board policies, committee structure and roles to evaluations and improvement. It also includes a chapter of sample documents every club board should have.

NCA members can access the handbook here. CMAA members can access it here.

“Private Club Governance” was developed by a joint committee of experts from both associations in a partnership structured to benefit the entire private club community. NCA and CMAA will offer continuing education based on it for club presidents, boards, and CEOs/general managers, including at CMAA’s 2023 Leadership/Legislative Conference Sept. 11-13, and during a joint, online symposium hosted by NCA Sept. 25.

For more information, contact:

Kim Fernandez, CAE, at NCA (
Melissa Low, CAE, at CMAA (