Grande Meadows Golf Course
Annual General Meeting
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.