VSWGA Spring Board Meeting Minutes
VERMONT STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION
Spring Board Meeting
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Place: Lake Morey Inn
Attended By: Tracy Sloan, Phyllis Simon, Kathy Sikora, Deb
Warner, Judith Manley, Sarah Lee,
Ellen Sheffer, Harriet Parot, Kathy Allbright, Jeanne DiBattisto, and
Cynthia Borck, Carolyn Barbieri, Nancy Myers, Elizabeth Walker,
and Krissie Lohrman
President Tracy Sloan called the meeting to order
Approval of Minutes: The minutes
of the October 20, 2009 were accepted
Tri States: Phyllis Simon reported on the Tri-States: There were 35
applicants; we need 32 players (8 each in divisions A and C and 14 in B
division) with two alternates. The
team will be announced soon. The tournament will be held June 23-24 in
Kathy Allbright reported on the New England Women's Golf Association
tournament which will be hosted this year by Vermont at Green Mountain
National. There are a total of 108 players from the 6 New England states. Each
state has a total of 16 players. The spots are chosen by lowest handicap.
The tournament is self-sustaining as far as cost. Kathy has asked the
VSWGA to provide the money for the continental breakfast the first day, which
should amount to about $500. Volunteers
are needed to be spotters, scorers, and workers on the registration table.
Major Tournament Rotation:
For the 2011
season, Woodstock has expressed an interest in hosting the Senior tournament.
They are not willing to take the 3 year rotation. Other clubs
interested in hosting major tournaments are Sugarbush, Quechee and Orleans.
The Major Tournament Committee is Kathy
Allbright, Sarah Lee, Kathy Sikora, Ellen Sheffer, and Jeanne Morrissey.
Tracy Sloan will take Jeanne Morrissey's slot on the committee.
Kathy Allbright wants to step down from
chair of the Tournament Committee; she feels that after 18 years it is time
for new blood and ideas. She is
looking for someone to co-chair this year and then take over. A few names were
mentioned as possibilities.
GHIN Card Requirement:
discussion, it was decided that it is the player's responsibility to bring
their GHIN cards to state days when required.
It can be produced in an electronic form, i.e., I-Phone. This will be
addressed again during the annual meeting in October 2010.
Club Representative Forum: The first
club representative forum for 2010 was held on Thursday, April 29 at CC of VT
and there were 17 club representatives present.
The second meeting will be held on May 6th at Manchester CC with an
expected 8 club reps attending. Krissie
has moved the VSWGA office to an electronic reporting method for state days.
The membership in the VSWGA stands at
396 as of May 3rd, which is fewer than previous years.
Harriet Parot is looking into advertising the VSWGA to all GHIN
card-holding women, approximately 4,000 in the state of Vermont, via the E
revision on the twice monthly GHIN report that goes to all women who hold GHIN
cards. Also discussed were other
ways to keep in contact with members, the web site, the bulletin board on the
site, a newsletter to be sent to all members, and face book.
For now we will promote the web site and the bulletin board, both of
which Cindy does an excellent job of maintaining.
Were women manipulating the Chelsea
system to get the course and time they want?
The importance of calling ahead to
courses that Chelsea says "carts are limited" was also discussed.
The difference between NC and DQ is
going to be posted on the web. With an NC there is a penalty; a DQ does not
The courses set the parameters of the
tee times and what they choose to charge for carts.
Krissie was unable to attend, but did
prepare a spring office report update. There
are 396 participants in the VSWGA, 325 of who took advantage of the early
discount. A new vendor was used
to print the state day books at a total cost of $745, which was a significant
savings over last year. The TTP
and Chelsea systems started operating April 15, 2010.
There will be two club rep forums held, one at CC of VT and one at
Manchester CC. There are new club
pros at some clubs and some clubs are without pros.
There are new club reps at Richford (Megan Seline), Rocky Ridge (Cecile
Provost) and St J (Judy Kurtz). There
are no reps at Arrowhead, Killington, and Prospect Point.
Krissie is looking into two programs for remote access for the VSWGA:
they are Go2MyPC and LogMeInPro.
Ball Markers: The 80th Anniversary committee of Phyllis Simon, Sarah Lee, Nancy
Myers, and Kathy Sikora decided on a design for a ball maker to celebrate the
VSWGA's 80th anniversary. These
ball markers were included with each state day book that was mailed. There are
extras which will be for sale during the year at various events for $2.00
each. Pat Roelants has designed
an 80th anniversary ornament which we are hoping to have available for order
on the website or at tournaments.
Tournaments: There are women who would like to come
from the NH State Golf Association to help us celebrate at our 80th tournaments.
These tournaments will be held at Okemo and CC of VT. It was decided that we would like them to attend and limit the
number to two groups of two. Acceptance into the two tournaments will be
determined by postmark. Handicaps
will be determined by 90% of score. Foursomes will be determined by handicap. Board
members and committee chairs are encouraged to attend and participate in both
tourneys. If you want to play
both and play Okemo you may be wait listed for CC of VT.
The tee gift for these tournaments will
be pins made similar to the ball markers.
Final State Day
The final State Day on September 21,
2010 at Quechee/Woodstock will celebrate the history of the VSWGA.
We will recognize women who have an importance in the history.
There will be corsages for those honorees. We will invite special
invitees, such as the VT head of the USGA, VGA, and the VT PGA.
Deb Warner reported on the state of the
VSWGA's finances. In the year
2009, we ran an $8,500 deficit. The
VSWGA income last year was $43,514 from GHIN, $65,653 from state days and
tournaments, $19,520 from membership, $5,687 from closest to the pin and
$968 from interest. Our expenses for 2009 were $71,279 for tournaments and
state days, $26,092 for salaries, $17,549 for office expense, $7,977 to GHIN,
$3,484 for depreciation, $2,511 for travel and meals, $7,669 for conferences,
and $7,351 for grants made.
The amount of money given out per point
for state day will be determined later in the year.
There was much discussion about forming
our own organization, similar to "Lakeside" so that members of the
VSWGA do not need to belong to a real estate club. This would generate more income for the VSWGA.
First Tee: It costs less than
$800 to support a first tee program at one school. The VSWGA donates $5,000 to
this program. Vermont is the fastest growing state for this program.
Barbieri was not at the meeting to report on progress of courses to be rated.
There will be a course rating seminar in Concord, NH on May 27th. There
will be a TTP seminar at Rutland CC on May13th.
Sarah Lee is asking members for
any unwanted golf equipment for use by the Vermont Special Olympics.
Ellen Sheffer reported on the Vermont
PGA spring meeting.
Jeanne DiBattisto suggested revitalizing
the courtesy card that allowed board members and committee chairs to play
Vermont courses gratis, which will be issued.
Jeanne also suggested that board members
and committee chairs should be allowed one major tournament at no cost to them
for all the work they do. No
action was taken at this time.
Meeting adjourned at 1:30PM
Submitted by Kathy Sikora
Completed May 19th, 2010
Next Meeting: Next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Rutland CC
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