For only the second time in the history of the Morrisburg Golf Club, a woman will be sitting in the president’s chair.
The membership-owned club held its annual general meeting this past Sunday, October 26, at which Morrisburg resident and long-time club member Carolyn Weegar was elected president.
Weegar will take over the president’s duties in the next few weeks from outgoing president Jason Broad who moves to past-president.
The only other woman to hold the office of president was the late Nora Markell.
Lori-Ann Davies was re-elected vice-president in charge of the clubhouse, and Mick Mabo was elected vice-president in charge of the clubhouse property.
Returned as secretary was Candace Jamieson, and Scott Robinson was re-elected greens chair. Linda Henderson remained as the senior representative to the board and Monique Patenaude is returning as ladies club captain.
One of two positions not filled was that of treasurer which was made vacant by the retirement of longtime club treasurer Sean Boulerice.
Boulerice, who has been handling the club’s finances for 13 years, has been instrumental in its success having carefully managed it through lean times and times of plenty.
Sunday, he presented the membership with the 2014, financial report that showed the club in a reasonably good position despite the current down turn in the golf industry.
Tops on the agenda at Sunday’s meeting was the repayment of $6,500 of interest free loans made by members during the 2013 golf season to pay for the rebuild of the third hole green and some reconstruction to the second green.
In 2013, the membership stepped in with loans in increments of $500 totalling $33,000 for the work. The payback plan was based over five years with a pre-determined number of draws for $500 to be carried out each year and one draw to be made for a free membership.
The membership draw was won by Nick Lee who was also one of the members whose name was drawn for a $500 repayment.
As a membership owned club, each fall the members approve the next year’s membership fees based on recommendations of the treasurer and board of directors.
Sunday, the members approved an increase of about five percent per membership category for memberships paid before April 1, 2015. Members who pay their membership fee by December 1 of this year, will pay the 2014 rate which was $563.87 per adult woman or man.
That individual rate for men and women goes to $592.12 until April 1, 2015.
Sunday’s meeting was attended by about 70 club members. It marks the final club event of the 2014 season, and the Morrisburg Golf Course will be closed to play at the end of October.