General Membership Meeting
September 10, 2013
Meeting called to order at 5:00 pm by President Ken Brace.
The Minutes of the August 2013 meeting were approved.
Don Kasper gave the Treasurer’s Report:
• We currently have 123 members
• Current balance is $767.39
• Recent and upcoming expenses include: a $50 donation in memory of Dick Griffis; $160 for flowers and a bagpiper for the Crystal Cup Memorial Ceremony; and $450 for the bus to Cobblestone for the upcoming tri-course tournament.
• A get well card was sent to George Patterson, who is recovering from surgery.
News from the Course:
Vice-President Frank Beaty updated the current status of the golf course.
• The greens have been sanded.
• The course will be overseeding the greens this winter, with a spreader. Fairways and tee boxes will not be overseeded.
• Stump grinding has been taking place on a sporadic basis.
Several questions from the floor were raised about various issues on the golf course:
• There is a rumor circulating that the front nine will be closed and renovated in the spring of 2014. Beaty could confirm that there is a plan to rebuild the greens, tee boxes and bunkers, and also to add a few new tee boxes. However, at this point, no approvals have been given to proceed. The new practice facility, planned for the driving range, is still on the books for 2014.
• In response to questions about weed growth and the dry condition of some of the fairways, Beaty said that the greenskeeper is still working on the watering system and is putting pre-emergent weed control down all over the course. The previous owners did not do this in the fall of 2012, so weed growth is heavier than usual this year.
• Bill Todd added that all flags have been taped with reflective tape to aid in the use of rangefinders.
Ray Naramore presented the results of the Cedar Creek tournament, which are posted on the website.
Ben Peppard described the upcoming tri-course tournament to be held on September 25, 27, and 30 at, respectively, the Aiken Golf Club, Cobblestone Park, and Cedar Creek. Fees and details are posted on the website.
Dean Wood announced that the next tournament would be the Sammie Hawkins tournament, to be held at Cedar Creek on October 26. Details are on the website.
A final vote of the membership was taken on the motion made at the August meeting to remove the responsibility for governing the Dogfight from the By-laws of the MGA. The vote was taken in accordance with the by-law that 30 days notice be given before any amendment of the by-laws can be voted on. A motion was made, seconded, and voted upon to approve the August motion. The relevant Dogfight clauses will be stricken from the by-laws and governance of it will now pass to Golf Committee of another organization.
Nominations were made and votes taken to elect the MGA officers for 2013-2014. No new nominees came forward or were nominated for the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. All current officers: President Ken Brace; Vice-President Frank Beaty; Treasurer Don Kasper: and Secretary Ken Sabol, were re-elected by a vote of the membership.
Bob Kistler, Paul Sheiman, and Terry Eckert volunteered to be tournament directors for 2014. President Brace thanked them for their willingness to serve.
Brace confirmed that a Memorial Service honoring members who have passed on will be held at the 7th green at 8 am on September 20. Frank Beaty and Ray Naramore will be cleaning up the area prior to the ceremony.
President Brace thanked Bill Robinson and Dick Leach for their clinic on measuring loft and lie angle. For those that missed the original date, another session is being planned.
The greenskeeper needs four additional volunteers to assist in trimming vegetation interfering with the cart paths. Bill Robinson, Joe Nicewarmer, Byron Vanier, and Ray Naramore volunteered.
There have been complaints recently about the availability of adequate cups and drinking water on the course. President Brace explained that he has discussed the situation with course owner, Jim McNair and that Mr. McNair pledged to improve the water situation. Brace also reminded the membership the Cedar Creek Grill is no longer part of the golf course and that the owner is providing the cups, ice and water, along with the space for our meetings, at no charge. Brace said that all will be working together to improve the water situation.
Brace also commended McNair for his continuing efforts to improve the course and clubhouse.
President Brace expressed appreciation the MGA membership for its continued support of our programs.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:27 pm.