I am writing this note with a touch of melancholy. The calendar has turned to October; the leaves are falling off the trees at a rapid pace, and the closing date of our course on October 18th beckons. On a positive note, we have been blessed with a beautiful September, and we hope the days we have left in October are as good, if not better.
As Mike has mentioned in his memo, 2020 has been a good year for RDGCC. Members have embraced golf, and we are seeing record rounds being played. Financially, we are projecting to be very solid. A big THANK YOU goes out to all the members for their support and patronage. Mike started his tenure at RDGCC under a cloud of uncertainty. As everybody knows, there are two ways to show a positive result on the bottom line. Either you increase revenues or decrease expenses. Mike was given the mandate from the Board to be as lean as possible and reduce as many costs without sacrificing quality. It was a daunting task, but thanks to Heath and Jon in turf care, Dean, Chris, Kirk and Grant in the pro shop, Robyn, Debbie, Ryan and Amanda in F & B and Deb and Pam in administration, expenses were reduced in all departments, and this reflects favourably on our income statement.
The Board is planning a Town Hall meeting on October 20th to unveil RDGCC’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024 formally. If you wish, you can go to the RDGCC website and review the Strategic Plan in its entirety under the “Strategic Plan 2020” tab in the “Members Only” section of the website. The Plan is ambitious and progressive, but we think it is needed to propel RDGCC to our next century. To quote Sam Waterston, “if you’re not leading, you’re falling behind.” Please circle October 20th on your calendars and let Mike know if you plan to attend by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the COVID restrictions, there is a limit of 50 people for a meeting. Due to this constraint, there will be sessions at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. to accommodate everyone.
I was reminded by a very thoughtful member, (Hugh M.), that we have not formally acknowledged the retirement of Don McFarlane. This recognition should have been done at our opening reception in April, but that was cancelled. It would be remiss of me not to mention Don’s 14-year tenure at RDGCC. Don was passionate about our Club, and his love for RDGCC was on display every day. On behalf of the Board, thank you, Don, for your outstanding service and stewardship. Your leadership has brought our Club to the precipice of the next century. If you see Don at the Club, please wish him well on his retirement.
I also want to give a shout out to Merv Dusyk. Merv is a spry 72 years young, and he recently shot a sparkling 69. It is a goal of every golfer to shoot their age (or under), so pat Merv on the back the next time you see him.
Enjoy the rest of October, and;
Keep it on the short grass.