1/26/12: Monthly Letter from the RCF President (Jan. 2012)
I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! We have had a very mild winter so far, with very little snow. We’ve had big crowds at all RCF Events from October forward – thanks for all of your participation, and thanks to all of our hard-working volunteers!
Here is a list of the many things we are working on, as well as general comments:
*Bridgeton: On hold right now because Bridgeton is still clearing debris from some of the roads. They would like to talk to us in late February. Stay tuned. We have 18 baskets reserved for this course. Tim Wiegard and I will work with Dave McCormack on this one.
*Other Course Inquiries: Zach Schaeffer would like to get discussion going on Willmore Park in STL City. Steve Hoog from the board will work with him to see if the Aldermen and Parks Dept. has any interest in a course. There are still redesign discussions occurring about Unger Park. Another new possibility is St. Charles Community College – we have been contacted by the new President there and both the RCF and the St. Charles County Disc Golf Club will be involved in the initial discussions – these talks will start in April.
*Ice Bowls: We have had great attendance and charitable contributions given at the Ice Bowl Series Events. Thanks to all! This Saturday (1/28) will be the RCF’s 3rd Ice Bowl Series Event, held at West City Park in Festus in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sharpshooters. The RCF will also be holding its Ice Bowl Series Raffle after the round…be there to hear your number called and get some great stuff!
*March C-Tiers: Besides all of the Ice Bowls and the Valentine’s Massacre (2/11 @ JB), we have done a lot of work setting up our PDGA events – the March C-Tiers were a big priority in January to get sanctioned with the PDGA. Tim Wiegard will TD both tournaments that weekend. Tournament registration for the two events is available at the ProShop on our website.
*STL Open: We also are doing preliminary planning for the STL Open. We do need volunteers to come forward to help us as we will be handling 4+ courses on multiple days. Talks with sponsors on player’s packages is just beginning.
*Collegiate Qualifier: Steve Kleiber has done a great job bringing The Gateway Collegiate Classic qualifier to STL! Click the link for details – it will occur on the first weekend of March. We know disc golf teams from Arkansas and Purdue will play.
*Tee Signs: Tim Wiegard is following progress on these closely. We have the second version of the JB signs and are getting close to completion of JB. Initial signs for Endicott are next.
*PDGA Affiliate Club: I signed us up as a PDGA Affiliate Club for 2012. This means you can save $5 on your PDGA renewal or new membership!
*World’s Committee: I have not called our first meeting yet as I was hoping to have that initial conversation with the PDGA; however, I cannot seem to get Brian Graham to call us back – yet. Admittedly, there has also been a ton to do just prepping this year and laying the groundwork for the tournaments in 2012.
*Thanks: I would like to call out a few people who are doing a lot of work for the club. Steve Kleiber who, besides being Treasurer, is jumping in helping with sign-ups and TD reports, and of course, the Collegiate Qualifier. Bob Waidmann who is doing the heavy lifting on the club merchandise. Ted Spies who always amazes with the Club website, and now a great Facebook Page! Steve Hoog with secretary duties, and jumping in to help with Willmore Park discussions. Greg Dohogne who always helps at tournament central and is always working ahead on upcoming tournament flyers. Tim Wiegard who is pushing on the tee signs and stepped up as TD for the March C-Tiers. Chris Kinsella who is pulling in new members and is a valuable history source of info for me and the club. And of course, any of you who step up and TD or volunteer at an event (Mark Dudenhoeffer, Francis Albanese, etc.). Thanks!!!
*And finally, who is Dave West?: I have heard that some people are asking who I am (PDGA #752)- I was around more in the fall as I held down the fort at the pavilions at the Club Championships in October, and I was at the morning of the Holly Daze in December. I do admit I am not a big winter disc golf player – I spent 23 years in a row coaching basketball between November and March, and now since that is over, I spend that same amount of time doing volunteer disc golf duties (Treasurer last year and President this year). I have always run a single day tournament in Effingham, Illinois every September for the last 8 years, but am now amazed at how much work it is to handle over 20 events for the RCF. You will see me again on the morning of the Hazelwood Ice Bowl (2/4) – I like to help Bob out there, and then I will also be a volunteer at the March C-Tiers, and I will be the TD of the STL Open.