Minutes of the Board of Governors Meeting of 28 March 2019
Present: Mr. T. Berkel, Mr. R. Congdon, Mr. M. Emprimo, Mr. D. Farrell, Mr. A. Gilligan, Mr. R. Kelly, Mr. B. Leary, Mr. B. Riva
Absent: Mr. J. Cleaveland, Mr. T. Smith, Mr. B. Tighe, Mrs. D. Whalen In Attendance: Ms. J. VanDeusen, Ms. Yeager, Mr. Bacon
1. The Meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM o’clock, Mr. President Dick Kelly presiding.
2. Mr. Kelly next requested and received approval from the Governors of the Minutes of the Board meeting of 21 February 2019.
3. Treasurer’s Report:
a. In the absence of Mr. Treasurer Joe Cleaveland, the flash report was circulated. Mr. Emprimo noted that the Finance Advisory Group has been assisted by Mr. Smith, thus allowing for more fact finding between meetings. The Advisory is continuing to acquit itself of its mission to make a comprehensive review of various and sundry financial issues, seeking to optimize each feature with an eye toward efficient use of funds and the potential for rationalized savings. Basic good management practice suggested routine reviews are appropriate for the Club to keep current.
4. Committee Reports:
a. House: Mrs. Chairwoman Whalen was away, but relayed a brief summary report that that the Club House exterior is being power washed in preparation for staining. Several years of accumulated dust and dirt has been washed away restoring the lighter tone color to the building. This refresh has been due. While that work goes on outside overhead, inside underfoot members will notice a refresh of the carpets. Fraying and splits are testifying to the wear and long tenure of the dark green rugs.
b. Greens: Mr. (Greens) Chairman and Vice President Leary assessed the likelihood of the course opening as having a direct correlation to warmer temperatures and frost exiting the turf. He asked Mr. Superintendent Bacon to update the Board. Mr. Bacon produced a plug of turf taken several days ago from the 11th putting green which was exhibiting vigorous green growth, a good sign. Thus, as the frost leaves that surface, he intends to cover the #11 green to incubate it and spur growth. This green routinely needs some help getting started so that it can competently accept shots without suffering serious damage from ball marks. Mr. Bacon noted that his team has been hard by the course and that it is in good nick insofar as debris and tree removal is concerned. Members will notice that 40 odd trees have been thinned from the right side of the 11th hole, which should improve the sun and air contact with that putting green henceforth. All work this winter has been done within the Greens Budget. In summary, Mr. Bacon projected that frost should be leaving the course in the next handful of days, and with fair fortune and no perversion of the Spring weather the course should open for play in early April.
i. Ladies: No report.
ii. Men’s: Mr. R. Congdon relayed results of the last Golf Committee meeting. Formats were discussed, and a local notice governing play has been developed. The Committee recommended to the Board, and the Board approved, the offer of practice rounds to Spring Open participants during the week prior; this occurring at a low volume period due to the date of the event.
d. Pool: No report.
e. Membership: Ms. Chair Liz Yeager, presented the Governors with a considerable list of adjustments only partially offset by new membership applications. The Board approved the following:
PAUL & CAROL SCOTT FAMILY GOLF
RICHARD & BARB ZDZIARSKI FAMILY GOLF
GREG BATCH SINGLE GOLF
CHRISTOPHER SALIUS SINGLE GOLF
CHRIS KINNE SINGLE GOLF
DAVID MITCHELL SINGLE GOLF
ALEX SCARBRO JUNIOR GOLF
JONATHAN OVITT JUNIOR GOLF
SADIE BROWNSON JUNIOR POOL
NANCY DURYEE-AAS SOCIAL
BRUCE & BETH GAMBLE FAMILY POOL SOCIAL
LEAVE OF ABSENCE:
WILL & CARRIE REGAN FAMILY GOLF
BOB LANDAU SINGLE GOLF
SHAWN BURDICK ADD SINGLE GOLF
JENNA & WAYNE SCHOONMAKER ADD SINGLE GOLF & DROP SINGLE POOL
ED MCCORMICK FAMILY TO SINGLE SENIOR GOLF
JOE CLEAVELAND FAMILY TO SINGLE GOLF (2019 only)
TOM HANKEY FAMILY TO SINGLE GOLF (2019 only)
ED HUTCHINSON SINGLE GOLF TO SOCIAL
RICK RICHARDSON SINGLE GOLF TO SOCIAL
IAN SPIRA SINGLE GOLF TO SOCIAL (2019 only)
ANDY ADLER DROP SENIOR SINGLE GOLF (2019 only)
CHRISTOPHER PERETTI HOLD JUNIOR GOLF (2019 only)
JUDITH VANZON FAMILY TENNIS TO SOCIAL (2019 only)
EDGAR WALKER FAMILY TO SINGLE TENNIS (2019 only)
SID KLEINMAN SINGLE TENNIS TO SOCIAL (2019 only)
DOROTHY MCTEIGUE SINGLE TENNIS TO SOCIAL (2019 only)
ANNETTE LILLY SINGLE TENNIS TO SOCIAL
SCOTT & AMY SMITH DROP FAMILY TENNIS (2019 only)
GENNEIVE SYRETT FAMILY TO JUNIOR POOL
MICHAEL MCTEIGUE DROP SINGLE POOL (2019 only)
TOM LEVINE DROP SINGLE POOL (2019 only)
JOHN & DIANE TRACY DROP FAMILY POOL
CHRISTOPHER BLAIR SINGLE GOLF
ARTHUR COOPER SINGLE GOLF
BETTE DEMERI SINGLE POOL SOCIAL
TIMOTHY HEWINS SINGLE GOLF
JESSE HILLER YOUNG SINGLE GOLF
ANN HUME WEEKDAY TENNIS
THOMAS JONES SINGLE GOLF
JOHN LEGERE SINGLE GOLF
JASON NELSON SINGLE GOLF
KEVIN NORTON YOUNG SINGLE GOLF
JOHN RAIFSTANGER SINGLE GOLF
DAVID WILLIAMSON SINGLE GOLF
f. Mr. Kelly shared with the Board (for information purposes) a very respectable recruitment folder from the Torrington Country Club. The brochure was slick, professionally put together, and was an attractive take-away for prospective new members. He also noted that in reading through it, the effective cost to a new member was an amount north of $5,000.
g. Tennis: Ms. Chair Yeager announced that in the absence of unforeseen circumstances, the target for Tennis opening play is 1 May. In an ironic twist, while the golf course awaits a softening, the Tennis courts need to dry and harden. Separately, Ms. Yeager advised that the Ladies Tennis Party has been moved to: Saturday 18 May 2019.
5. Old Business: None
6. New Business: None
7. The next meeting of the Board of Governors will be Thursday 25 April 2019 at 6:30 PM.
8. There being no further business before the Board of Governors, the meeting adjourned: 7:58 PM o’clock.
Thomas Berkel, Secretary