● 1 ON THE FRINGE MARCH, APRIL, MAY, 2011 A New Website is Coming! GET INVOLVED… We have been hard at work designing the new EWGA Tampa Bay Chapter‟s website. It will have a new look and feel, aligned with EWGA‟s corporate website. Most impor- tantly it will have Online Event Registration! You asked for it and soon you will have it – the ability to register and pay for events online. No more checks, enve- GET CONNECTED… lopes or stamps (unless you prefer to pay that way). We hope these new enhancements will make it much simpler to register for our events, and help us communicate with you once you‟ve signed up. Look for the new website in the coming weeks. HAVE FUN... Carol Lanneau,,Website Coordinator EWGA TAMPA BAY LEAGUE PLAY! 2 ON THE FRINGE 2011 is off to a great start! We had a lot of fun at the first Tampa Bay area Golf Fest and met lots of prospective new members. It was amazing to meet so many women golfers who were looking for golf opportunities and had not heard of EWGA. So, please take the time to introduce yourself and our organization as you play golf around the Tampa Bay area. Not only will you meet a new friend but you will also help us to meet our goal of 150 members for our chapter by years end. We are coming off the heels of a very successful kick-off event which was held at The Tampa Club. NINE new members joined our chapter. WOO HOO!! Welcome ladies and we hope to see you at our New Members Orientation on April 7th. Thanks to all of our sponsors. Based off the very spirited bidding that I witnessed, our attendees definitely took advantage of some great deals on golf courses and gifts. Thanks to Linda Philipps who was our organizer and hostess for this great event. I am excited about 2011 and all of the fun activities that are continually being planned on your behalf by our hardworking board of directors. Next up is a golf outing at USF‟s The Claw, a course we have not played in quite a while but definitely oft-requested and geographically- friendly for most of our members. Our Signature Hole series and Tampa Bay Challenge Tour are well underway so bring your best game! Karen and Carol have done a great job keeping track of all the stats. Daylight savings time is finally here and our summer leagues have officially begun. Sandi, Chris, and Sherri have some games planned which will contribute to everyone‟s enjoyment. Come on out to Belleview Biltmore, Westchase, and Pebble Creek and join in the fun. And, don‟t forget to save the date for our Chapter Championship which is planned for May 22. Remember, this event is flighted which means that you will only be competing against players of your own ability. So, there is no excuse not to play! And if you don‟t like to compete and just like to enjoy your game, plan to play in the “fun” flight. No special skills are necessary; just bring your love of the game. If you would like to brush up on your “other “ golf skills, i.e. etiquette on the course, the all important pace- of- play, handicaps, rules etc, plan to attend the seminar and brunch being hosted at Belleview Biltmore by our new Education Chair, Chris Daywalt on April 23rd. In other news, we are very excited about the imminent launch of our new website. Look for a new look and feel very shortly. And, good news, you will be able to register and pay for events on-line. We are hoping to showcase more pictures of our group so if you have any to share please be sure to send them to Carol Zabo Lanneau who has dedicated a lot of time to make this happen. Our headquarters organization continues to add benefits and value to our EWGA membership. Newly announced is the partnership with the LPGA and LPGA Futures Tour. That means that we will be able to attend any of their domestic tournaments for FREE! Just show up and flash your EWGA membership ID and you are in! And, special thanks to our CEO Pam Swensen who spoke at last weeks Transitions Championship Ladies Day event at Innisbrook. She gave a special shout-out to promote our chapter and Cheryll Pricher and I met several attendees who de- cided to join us at Rites of Spring and then committed to a membership. We also have a new sponsor –welcome to RBC Bank and thank you for your sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Chapter. If you are in the Brandon area (Bloomingdale Ave), please stop by to see their manager, and our new member, Melissa Rincon. Well as you can see there is a lot going on with Tampa Bay EWGA. Please continue reading for more details on everything that was mentioned above. We continue to strive to deliver a great member experience in all that we do and welcome your feedback and suggestions. I look forward to seeing you all out on the links. Hit „em straight!! Susan Mason Susanchicago@aol.com 727-374-7757 3 ON THE FRINGE Announcing… The 2011 EWGA Championship Tampa Bay Qualifier Join us for the 2011 Tampa Bay Chapter Championship where EWGA members of all skill levels have the opportunity to compete against other members who share the same playing ability. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or new to the game, the EWGA Championship provides a venue to experience competitive golf among friends and in the spirit of fun. When: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 8:30 am Where: Westchase Golf Club www.westchasegc.com Cost: EWGA Championship Entry Fee: $35.00* *paid directly to EWGA via EWGA Member Portal, fax or standard mail, details on entry form Chapter Tournament Fee: $50 (lunch fee will be additional) Includes: EWGA entry fee covers costs associated with running a National, multi-level Championship event. Chapter Fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, goodie bag and trophies. Practice Round will be held on Sunday, May 15 tee times from 11:30-1:30 $38 + tax per person Carrie Hueston, Vice President 4 ON THE FRINGE 2011 MEMBERSHIP NEWS! CONNECT ● LEARN ● PLAY ● BELONG What is the EWGA? The EWGA provides organized golf, opportunities to learn and improve skills, connections to great women, and endless opportunities to enhance your life locally and nationally….personally and professionally. The EWGA stands for Executive Women’s Golf Association but in fact, it serves every adult interested in opportu- nities to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf for business and for life! Get in the game and enjoy all the personal and professional benefits that come with EWGA membership. 2011 Annual Kick-Off “Rites of Spring” Another successful membership drive on March 22nd at the Tampa Club, downtown Tampa. With exhibitors on hand, photographer watching our moves, winning all sorts of great prizes, silent auction, meeting great new ladies that love the game of golf, and a fantastic wine dinner. This was by far the most new members we registered at one time. 5 ON THE FRINGE Membership News continued... Please welcome our newest members: Joani Kelter, Kathy Knezevich, Sharon Blazer, Patti Hus, Priscilla Cas- tellano, Robin Valladares, Janet Matthew, Sandra Mortakis and our winner for free a membership draw- ing….Kris Carlson! This puts us at 141 members. We are so happy to have you join our Tampa Bay Chapter. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on the course!! New Benefit for EWGA Members! Have you heard about the complementary access for current EWGA members to all 2011 domestic LPGA Tour- naments? And now, you can have that same complementary access to all 2011 LPGA Futures Tour Tournaments. Check out the 2011 calendars on lpga.com and lpgafuturestour.com, and find the tours coming to our area. Just show your membership card to gain access to the tournaments. New Membership Dues - starting January 1, 2011. Classic: $155.00 to join - $130.00 to renew Premier: $185.00 to renew (not an option for new members to join) Executive: $400.00 to join - $375.00 to renew Senior (ages 65+): $125.00 to join - $100.00 to renew Young Professionals (18-20): $75.00 to join or renew Remember, you can go to our website to join, or contact me and I will do the paperwork for you! We value each and every one of you and hope you will help us spread the word about EWGA and continue your own mem- bership in the future. 6 ON THE FRINGE Membership News continued... Other great informational sites are; EWGA on Facebook EWGA on LinkedIn-the social business side of EWGA EWGA Blogs-Pam’s POV, the Championship Blog and Foundation Focus Twitter-Sign up to receive daily EWGA Tweets or read it online Hit ‘em straight! Cheryll Pricher Membership Chair www.ewgatampabay.org Cpricher@tampabay.rr.com 727-804-0902 -Room Networking Tip- Don’t stay in one place too long. After 8-10 minutes, excuse yourself with a pleasantry such as “It was a pleasure meeting you” then move on….. Membership is our lifeblood! RBC Bank: National Member-Benefit Provider and Regional Sponsor At RBC Bank, one of our core goals is to create better communities in the areas we live and do business. Along with our parent company, we strive to effect meaningful, long term change through a variety of different commitments. RBC Bank delivers straight-forward banking solutions, sound advice and personal service to individual, business and commercial clients throughout the southeastern United States. While we began as a small North Carolina community bank, we now maintain more than 420 full-service banking centers, an extensive ATM network and 24/7 online and tele- phone banking across our 6-state market. And as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, we offer our cli- ents peace of mind knowing they’re working with one of the largest and most stable financial services companies in the world. 7 ON THE FRINGE 10 Best Kept Secrets about how EWGA Enriches the Lives of Women through the Game of Golf (That shouldn’t be secrets any more) 1. There is an EWGA Foundation. It was formed seven years ago in 2003 as a charitable not-for-profit entity supported by the EWGA and dedicated to enriching the lives of women through the game of golf. It does this in many ways: 2. For three years, the “Women On Par®” Scholarship has provided financial support to women 30 years and older for their undergraduate education to get “on par” with their peers and better themselves. 2011 is the 4th year to enrich women’s lives through education and we will award two scholarships. 3. Outside of the LPGA and the USGA, the EWGA Foundation is the largest single contributor supporting LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a developmental program designed to bring girls 7 to 17 into the game of golf. In 7 years, the EWGA Foundation has donated over $450,000 to this great program – thanks to indi- vidual EWGA members and EWGA and Chapter fund raising activities. 4. “Drive for Dreams” annually shares the good fortune of many EWGA members with those less fortu- nate. This has been done by converting slightly used golf clubs into cash and contributing other re- sources to give the gift of golf. The 2011 recipient is wounded veterans through two PGA of America- inspired programs: GIVE (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) and SMGA (Salute Military Golf As- sociation). 5. The EWGA Foundation provides financial support to bring speakers with expertise in leadership de- velopment and facilitation to EWGA gatherings. 6. The EWGA Foundation provides financial support for the development and refinement of the EWGA Golf Education curriculum. The Business Golf Connection program will be introduced in 2011. 7. The EWGA Foundation has published a cookbook as part of the EWGA 20th anniversary year celebra- tion. “Recipes for Success – On and Off the Course” includes over 380 great recipes and fun golf games that were contributed by EWGA members and special friends. 8. Members and guests enjoy a carnival-like fundraising event for the EWGA Foundation Thursday night at the Golfpalooza. It’s a great time for a great cause, and let’s hope your Chapter will be represented! 9. Everyone can help by donating to the EWGA Foundation and/or supporting a specific program such as “Women On Par®”, “Drive for Dreams”, buying a cookbook (released in April 2011), attending the fundraising event for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf this October in Palm Springs, or encouraging your Chap- ter to raise funds through a local event. 10. The pride EWGA members feel in being a part of an organization that does so many good things for so many through the game of golf!: Please set thes“secrets” free by sharing this at your season opening Friend-Raising event. 8 ON THE FRINGE Tuesday evening, Mar 22, we held our spring event, this year called Rites of Spring, at the Tampa Club – a great venue with a wine dinner, vendors, sponsors, and drawings – and many old and new friends. We received a variety of items/gifts for our silent auction and bidding was spirited – and everyone got involved. We also had a 50/50 cash drawing that was fun – especially for our winner. We received many auction and drawing items – many from local golf clubs, and all in all a good job done by our members/Board. We had sev- eral vendors at our event with very interesting products – beautiful purses and golf related gifts, and local businesses. We also received a variety of certificates for every guest, and golf balls, which we never seem to have enough of during a tough round. All in all, a fun evening enjoyed by everyone, and especially our new members – to whom we give a strong EWGA welcome. We will have future events as the year progresses, such as a wine tasting or?? Linda Phillipps 9 ON THE FRINGE Tamara Shumate Brown, CFP®, CDFA™ CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ Professional 1211 N. Westshore Boulevard 813 282 0600 office Suite 315 866 933 0605 toll free Tampa,Florida 33607 813 282 0635 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.tamarabrowncfp.com Member FINRA/SIPC 10 ON THE FRINGE LEAGUES! Winter League Play has concluded! Thank you to Mary Winter and Sherri Ferguson for your leadership over the winter. We appre- ciate your time and commitment! Regular League Play is in Full Swing – March 14 through November 4 Please contact Sherri, Chris or Sandi to sign up for league play as indicated below. Pebble Creek: New Tampa / Wesley Chapel Area Day & Time: Sunday @ 2:30 Cost: $15 - 9 holes Contact: Sherri Ferguson, email@example.com Westchase: Western Hillsborough Area Day & Time: Wednesday @ 5:30 Cost: $20 – 9 holes, $45 – 18 holes Contact: Chris Daywalt, firstname.lastname@example.org Belleview Biltmore: Pinellas / Clearwater Area Day & Time: Thursday @ 5:00 Cost: $20 - 9 holes, $45 – 18 holes Regular Contact: Sandi Buell, email@example.com Sandi Buell, EWGA League Chair, 727-415-8036 or firstname.lastname@example.org 11 ON THE FRINGE HANDICAP! Do you have a handicap? If not, WHY NOT? Need Help? Call or email Sandi Buell to help you activate your EWGA Membership handicap system to post your scores. Save your score cards. Start now and have a solid handicap by the end of the summer by playing 9 holes every week in League Play. email@example.com or 727-415-8036 Did you know that the average women’s handicap hovers at 31? Did you know if you have an established handicap that you can take the fol- lowing highest score for a hole? If you don’t have a handicap you must count ALL strokes to post scores to establish a handicap. Ann Marie Brown, Enrolled Agent Tax & Accounting Services IRS Representation 1514 Dale Mabry Highway 102 Lutz, Florida 33548-3010 Phone: (813) 909-1990 Fax: (813) 909 - 8990 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 12 ON THE FRINGE January Fox Hollow The Fox Hollow event was our 2011 kickoff event and the first of our “Tampa Bay Challenge Tour” events. We had a large turnout, and in spite of some chilly weather, a great time! We also learned some good lessons to help make future tour events run more smoothly. Results of the tour event for Fox Hollow: Winners of the tour flight: 1st Alyce Cullers 2nd Chris Martin 3rd Kim Machiran Winners of the Challenge Flight: 1st Chris Daywalt 2nd Karen Sowada 3rd Michelle Pontious Winners of the Futures Flight: 1st Sherida Ferguson 2nd Susan Mason 3rd Rosalyn Kulik February East Lake Woodlands FINALLY, we were able to hold this event! This was a Best Ball/Worst Ball combo event. Winning Teams for the Best Ball/Worst Ball event: 1st Kerry Timm, Cheryl Pricher, LeeAnne Sparling, Alyce Cullers 2nd Jan Pohto, Susan Mason, Tamara Brown, Mary Winter 3rd Elyce Turba, Eileen Zilvetti, Barb Cooksey, Michelle Pontious Winners of the CTTP contests: Kim Machiran (#6) and Kitty Buttice (#16) Winners of the Low Putts Contest: 13 ON THE FRINGE 1st Barb Cooksey 2nd Carrie Hueston 3rd Beth Sholar SIMULTANEOUSLY with the Best Ball/Worst Ball, we had our Challenge Tour competition. Winners of the tour event: Tour Flight 1st Alyce Cullers 2nd Kerry Timm 3rd Beth Sholar Challenge Flight 1st Susan Mason 2nd Michelle Pontious 3rd LeeAnne Sparling March Club Renaissance Our third event of the year was a simple playdate with challenge tour for those participating. Based on the many positive comments we received, we consider this one a huge success and will plan to en- core this format and club in the future. It was a simple shotgun playdate with optional food which seems to be a good formula. Results of the Challenge Tour for Renaissance: Challenge Tour Results for Club Renaissance Tour Flight 1st place Kim Machiran 2nd place Kerry Timm 3rd place Chris Martin Challenge Flight 1st place Kathy Arnold 2nd place Karen Sowada 3rd place Sandi Buell 14 ON THE FRINGE Golf Events continued…. April The Claw at USF Our April event will be another shotgun playdate at USF’s Claw Course. We have arranged optional food on the patio after the round. May – Chapter Championship at Westchase We are considering our Chapter Championship to be our May event, and all are welcome…you do not have to be competing to play! Please look for details from our VP, Carrie Hueston, elsewhere in the newsletter. June: tentative Dunedin Golf Club July: tentative The Vinoy. This event will be a mixer event where you can invite any- one you choose regardless of how many times they have come to EWGA events. Overall Standings for Tampa Bay Challenge Tour after 3 events: Current Overall Tour Standings 1st Alyce Cullers 2000 points 2nd Susan Mason 1900 points 3rd Kim Machiran 1650 points Current Leaders for Signature Hole Series at one under par: Karen Sowada, Sandi Buell, LeeAnne Sparling, and Kathy Arnold Please come join us at upcoming events. Participation is the way to get the most from your EWGA membership and the way to have the most fun. Guest Policy for Golf Events We have had questions over time about the guest policy so we want to clarify. In the past, guest pol- icy has not been well defined. Because we want to ensure that membership is valuable, we feel it is important to differentiate between the benefits of membership and guest privileges. Please bear in mind that the intent of defining the guest policy is so that everyone is treated fairly, and so that our guests have an incentive to join as members! 15 ON THE FRINGE Beginning in 2011, the following guest policy is in effect for golf events: A guest is anyone, male or female, that a member invites to participate in an event or play date. A person may participate in two golf events as a guest. After that the person must join to continue to play in our regular member events. We will track guests beginning in 2011. A MIXER event is an exception to this rule. A MIXER is a special event where a member may bring anyone, male or female, regardless of how many events they have come to in the past. These are typi- cally events where members enjoy bringing their spouse, partner, sons, or daughters, but it can be any- one you would like to invite. We generally have two to three MIXER events per year. The number of MIXER events is subject to change and is determined by the board. Suggestions Please let us know if you have suggestions or requests for a particular golf course, or would like to help host a golf event or play-date at your course. We spend considerable effort and time to plan what we think the group will like, and we welcome any feedback that can help us improve. Your Golf Events Co-Chairs (and Tour Commissioners): Carol Klay & Karen Sowada (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) From The Education Chair Upcoming Event: Rules and Etiquette Seminar on April 23, 2011 At the Belleview Biltmore at 10:30 AM Please attend this interactive learning session where we will discuss golf etiquette, pace of play, and the rules of golf. Following this event will be optional golf. More to come, watch for details! Golf Tip: Do you top the ball when you swing? Well most of us do from time to time, sometimes more often than we like. The best way to overcome this is to make sure you keep your eyes on the back of the ball through your swing. This will help you from trying to peak when you are hitting the ball. Most importantly, when you take your practice swing, practice this same thing by ei- ther putting a tee down to swing at or an object on the ground, like a leaf. Swing through the ball with your eyes on the back of it….you will notice your head doesn’t move then. Hope this helps you if you top the ball. Chris Daywalt 16 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED c/o Red Rose Mailing Service 6122 Benjamin Road Tampa, Florida 33634 Email: email@example.com Mailing or email address changed? Update your membership profile online at www.ewga.com / “Members Only” section and notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER ADVERTISEMENT The EWGA is giving its members the opportunity to advertise in the quarterly newsletter. This is an excellent way to build awareness of your company, its products, and/or services! Advertising rates for a one year subscription (publication in four quarterly newsletters) are as follows: business card $90.00 1/4 page $120.00 1/2 page $150.00 full page $275.00 Email Cheryll Pricher @ Cpricher@tampabay.rr.com for further in- formation.