UNION COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER
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Though the footing is soft, trees have yet to leaf out and there is a definite bite to the wind, the
anticipation of another season of golf has many of us perfecting our swings, stances and grips
knowing this will be the year we hit 250 yard drives down the middle of the fairway consistently.
Hope springs eternal, especially in the spring. Welcome to 2004 and may there be a fair wind at
your back on all your shots.
Saturday May 1 Course Opening
May 6 Twilight League Starts (Mixed) 6:00PM
List of tournaments to be included in attachment
(for email recipients)
ANNUAL SPRING MEETING - The annual spring meeting was held Sunday April 18th at the
Thompson Community Building in Union. Attendance was disappointing, as only 19 members attended
(of these 12 were officers or committee members). The BOD and club officers can only assume that
things are going OK due to the general disinterest in meeting participation. At this meeting a number of
significant decisions were made which will affect all members.
Moment of Silence - Prior to the start of the meeting a Moment of Silence was held in memory of Bob
Bub, Ruth Bub and Anne Pinkney.
Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Verlie Farris reported that the Club is financially stable, however, income is
not keeping up with expenses, meaning that each year we go a little behind. Significant expenditures
incurred last year were the new Kubota tractor and the gang mowers.
Board of Directors: Alan Woodruff, Chet Burns and Hank Read were re-elected to the Board of Directors
by the membership. Kerry Jett was appointed by the Board of Directors to complete the term of Jerry
Pushaw. Jerry reluctantly decided to step down so he could have more time for his growing family and
other commitments. It's been a pleasure to have him on the board, his candor and willingness to
participate made him a good representative for the membership. Thank you. Jerry. - -
Board of Directors - Hank Aho, David Gibbs, Hank Read, Howard Butler, Chet Burns, Verlie Farris, Alan
Woodruff, Kathy Taber, Kerry Jett
BOD election and Committee Appointments -
BOD Chairman - Hank Aho Club President - Dave Gibbs
Vice President - Hank Read Secretary - Kath Taber
Treasurer - Verlie Farris Investment Manager/Clerk of Corporation - Howard Butler
Newsletter Editor - Hank Aho
Greens Committee - Kathleen Ross, Hank Aho, Dave Gibbs
Membership Committee - Howard Butler, Mary Butler
Tournament Committee (volunteers needed) - Mary Butler (women); Kerry Jett (Men)
Building Construction Committee - Hank Read, Kerry Jett, Roger Farris
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2004 Dues/Green Fees: In light of the financial situation described previously, the Board of Directors
recommended that membership and green fees be increased. The members accepted this recommendation
and the new rates are: Single: $120, Couple: $ 200, Junior (14 yrs. To 18 yrs.): $50. Green fees:
$10.00/nine holes or $15.00 for all day (playing more than 9 holes). Note: Member's children under the
age of 14 can play for free, but an adult member must accompany them. Young persons 14 or older can
apply for Junior Membership.
Number of Members: The BOD of Directors recommended to the club that the membership be increased
by 25 members to 175. The directors, in consultation with the Course Manager, agreed that the course
can handle the additional play and it would be healthy to get some new blood into the membership. By a
vote of those present the membership will increase to 175.
Maintenance Building - Hank Read gave a rousing presentation to the members outlining the proposed
maintenance building. Hank had received quotes from three contractors to build the 24' X 40' structure.
The quotes were more or less in the same ball park depending on type of building components and
structural material options. Plans include a bathroom and some office space. Hank's presentation, led to a
serious discussion of building specifics and financing. Finally, the membership voted to authorize the
Board of Directors to enter into a contract to build the building for a cost not to exceed $70,000. Howard
Butler, in his capacity as Investment Manager for the Heald Trust, reported that the preferred funding
option would be to take the money from the trust. The members authorized this as well.
Thanks to the members of the Building Planning Committee for their efforts. Members of the committee
were Hank Read, Kerry Jett, Roger Farris, Paul Rackliff and Peter Norcross.
Bag Tags - The BOD announced that it had voted to adopt Bag Tags as a means of identifying members.
There will be two colors of tags, which have already been ordered. Green will designate members and
white will designate members authorized to use golf carts. It is hoped this will help us to self police
players. As stated in a previous news letter, playing non-members do not appear to be a big problem, but
the Board feels Bag Tags make sense, especially as we add significant numbers of new members.
Club Carts - Union Country Club is a walking course, the carts are provided for those who would
otherwise not be able to play. If you feel you need a cart, please fill out the appropriate section of the
application form and you will receive a bag tag which entitles you to use a cart (assuming that one is
available). The BOD apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, however, it has been
determined that this restriction is necessary. Thank you for your understanding.
Junior Members - In light of the newly adopted bag tags, the membership decided to take a wait
and see attitude regarding junior members. Juniors who misbehave will find them separated from their
bag tags. No bag tag means lose of playing privileges. In addition, new junior member applicants will be
required to provide their birth dates on the application to show they are at least fourteen years old.
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Course Closing - Up until this year the course has been closed to play on Saturdays and Sundays from
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This practice originated back when a significant number (often a dozen or more) of
male members would gather and play at those times. They had the course to themselves. The course also
played different then, as it was smaller with a lot more crisscrossing of fairways. There was a need for the
restriction. Recently, however, there aren't that many players and the course is more spread out. For this
reason, it was decided to suspend the "closed for play" periods on Saturday and Sunday (except for
tournaments). Starting this year members will be able to play at any time on the weekends.
Course Manger - We are delighted to have Kathleen Ross back with us, please feel free to say hi.
Assistant Course Manager - The BOD decided that the position should be filled and are looking for
candidates. This year we are hoping to have someone on-board throughout most of the year in order to
give Kathleen a break and an occasional well earned day off. Some one with mechanical abilities would
be a plus.
Re-rating/Handicap Course - Hank Read has re-rated the course based on the new configuration;
more to come in future.
Board Meeting: The next UCC BOD meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2004, at the Clubhouse at 2:30
PM or after golf. Members are welcomed to attend. Please direct any questions or comments to me on-
line at email@example.com
UNION COUNTRY CLUB - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
"UNION COUNTRY CLUB SHALL BE A PLACE WHERE THE GAME OF GOLF, CAMARADERIE,
AND COMMUNITY ARE CELEBRATED. MEMBERSHIP FEES SHALL REMAIN AFFORDABLE TO
ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO ENJOY THE GAME OF GOLF. THE CL UB SHALL HONOR AND
REFLECT THE LEGACY OF BOB AND ELEANOR HEALD BY PROMOTING VOLUNTEERISM,
EXERCISING THRIFT AND PRACTICALITY WHENEVER POSSIBLE, EXHIBITING A SENSE.OF
HUMOR AND AVOIDING PRETENSION."
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Membership form: Please return entire page with dues on or before June 1, 2004. Return to:
Howard Butler, Membership Secretary
Union, ME 04862
Please fill out and return even if you qualify for the complimentary membership.
Single - $120.00 Couple - $200.00 Junior - $50.00
ڤCheck here if Honorary Member or Complimentary Membership
Enclosed is a check for $ _________ to cover dues for the 2004 golf season.
Members Names: ______________________________________________ Tel._______________
Complete Mailing Address If you have an alternate address, please enter the
complete address and the dates we should use it:
_____________________________ from _______ to _______
The Union Country Club is a walking course. However, the club maintains a small number of carts for
the benefit of members who would not otherwise be able to play the course. If you wish to use a cart,
please complete the following:
Name(s) of member(s) who will use a cart ___________________________
A cart is needed because: ______________________________________________________________
I/we agree to abide by rules for cart use as established by the club.
• Keep carts away from greens and tee areas: travel in rough whenever possible. Use common sense
to minimize damage to the course and interference with other groups.
• Carts are not to be driven by persons under age 18 unless accompanied by an adult.
• Our carts are older models. Please drive them carefully to prolong their existence.
• User should return the cart to the storage area and put the tarp back on.
The club does not charge a fee for the use of carts. However, carts do require fuel and maintenance work.
Donations for the care and feeding of our carts are appreciated.
Would you like to receive your newsletters by email? (Convenient for all, less expensive for the club) We
will install this service if a number of members is interested. If you wish to receive your letters by email,
please enter your email address here: __________________________