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Friday, April 9 2021 - Membership Update

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Course Update
April 9, 2021

 

AGM Update

Grande Meadows held its 2021 AGM on March 31. It was attended by over 25 members who heard reports from all committees chairpersons as well as Chairperson Keith Howse. Reports showed that even though we lost some money during the 2020 season due mostly to the Covid-19 pandemic there was an increase in the number of people who played golf at Grande Meadows last year. This bodes well for the future.

 

Membership Dues

Letters should go out to last year's membership in the near future soliciting your participation for the 2021 golf season. The Board of Directors is asking that members pay up the membership fees before the end of April in the hope that it will allow us to take advantage of some government funding. As an incentive for those who sign up before April 30 there will be a pass for 10 free starter buckets of range balls as well as a $10.00 Mulligan's Restaurant gift certificate. We look forward to your continued support.

NOTE:
If you were a member last year and haven't received your membership renewal letter from Grande Meadows please contact Kim via email at grandemeadows@nf.aibn.com.

 

Course & Clubhouse Opening

The budget for the 2021 season presented and passed by membership at the recent AGM is for an opening date of May 17. An early opening will mean an extra cost for workers that isn't budgeted for and will result in further losses for the course. With that in mind there has been some discussion to opening the course early. So we are soliciting members feedback to see if they are willing to pay a nominal fee to play golf for days prior to the May 17. Please pass along your thoughts to Chairperson Keith Howse at keith.howse@persona.ca, Bill Lee at wleegm@yahoo.com or Grande Meadows at grandemeadows@nf.aibn.com.


Click here for the Covid-19 Guidelines for golf courses.

Grande Meadows Committee Chairpersons for 2021

At a recent Board meeting the following committee Chairpersons were elected or appointed for the 2021 golf season.

 

Committee

Chairperson

Chairperson - Board of Directors

 

Keith Howse

Vice-Chairperson

Clayton Welsh

Finance Committee

Barry Stacey

Operations & Clubhouse

Keith Howse

Human Resources

Jeannette Lundrigan

Tournament Golf/Rules

Clayton Welsh

Marketing/PR

Stan McCarthy

Junior Golf/Future Links

John Bugden

Golf Captain

Mike Russell

 

Golf Newfoundland Provincial Golf Championships

Golf Newfoundland will open registration for various provincial golf championships on May 2. You can check out information on the various tournaments and host courses by clicking the link below.

Golf Newfoundland Provincial Golf Championships

Free Membership Promotion 2020 Winner
 

Julia Norris who is now living and working in Marystown was the winner of the free 2021 membership promotion held at Grande Meadows during the 2020 golf season. We look forward to seeing Julia at the course and we do hope she will enjoy her 2021 membership.

 

All the best and stay safe.

Cheers

Barry


Friday, April 2 2021 - 2021 Annual General Meeting Report

Grande Meadows Golf Course

Annual General Meeting

Report

 

The 2021 Grande Meadows AGM was held on Wednesday March 31 at Hotel Marystown with a good turnout of members.

Club Chairperson Keith Howse gave a report on the 2020 season which showed an increase in the number of golfers taking advantage of the good weather to play some golf despite the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Howse noted the total number of rounds for the season increased by almost 37% over 2019. There was a slight increase in the number of regular members but a big increase in student, junior and Future Links golfers which bodes well for the future.

Finance Chairperson Barry Stacey's report showed an overall loss money on golf operations for the 2020 season despite the increase in the number of golfers. Stacey indicated that because of the Covid-19 restrictions including very limited access to the clubhouse for long periods along with a substantial decrease in the number of tournaments held led to a fairly significant decrease in revenue especially from the bar, kitchen and proshop which attributed to our course finishing the year in the red. However, Grande Meadows was able to access some federal government wage subsidy funding as well as some provincial government tourism funding which made up for the loss in golfing operations. As well Grande Meadows qualified for a $1,000.00 grant from Golf Canada to help with the purchase of PPE material and junior golf operations. Stacey also indicated that he believes that the increase in number of golfers should continue for this summer which if there are no further Covid outbreaks bodes well for a great golf season this summer.

Tournament Director Clayton Welsh's report indicated that there were only 7 tournaments held during the 2020 golf season which was down from a normal total of 28 tournaments per season. Again this was due to the Covid restrictions in place last year. Marketing & Junior Golf Director Stan McCarthy reported on some of the activities which were put in place to promote both programs last year. McCarthy also expressed his appreciation to all those who helped out with marketing the course and the successful Junior Golf program during the 2020 season.

Human Resources Director Jeannette Lundrigan reported that she was successful in obtaining a Community Healthy Living Grant of over $11,000 to be used for the purchase of plexiglass for all countertop surfaces, wall mounted hand sanitizers as well as some contactless trash cans. Also included was the purchase of 4 sets of junior golf clubs to be used by those young players who are unable to afford the cost of golf clubs. Lundrigan gave a big thank you to Carol Ann Haley, local MHA at the time who strongly advocated for the funding approval for Grande Meadows.

For the first time in a few years there was a couple of elections during the AGM including for the Board of Directors and Golf Captain. Special measures were put in place in order to allow each person present to vote.

The Board of Directors for the 2021 season include John Bugden, Keith Howse, Jeannette Lundrigan, Stan McCarthy, Barry Stacey, Clayton Welsh and newcomer Gus Keating. The first meeting for the new Board will be held Thursday April 8 at which times committees for the 2021 season will be elected. Mike Russell was re-elected Golf Captain for the 2021 golf season.



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