We were given the 80 acre park and asked if we wanted to put in a course. The opportunity seemed good despite the looks of the park, because we were told it only flooded 3 times/year and they weren’t bad. The overgrowth was a bigger concern than flooding potential in the beginning. Additionally, a majority of the board (at the time) voted to move forward with the project because we (as a club) needed to spend $3,500 pronto (I’ll explain the effect of that contract later)
The RCF has a contractual agreement with the StL Co. Parks Dept. This agreement allowed the RCF to put the money that they would have used for shelter rental directly back into the course. We just need to show them receipts from the improvements.
To simplify, the Parks Dept would allow us to use the money that we would typically pay them for the shelter rentals for course upgrades like benches, retaining walls, etc. No such agreement existed with St. Charles
I know I shouldn’t do this, but my biggest problem is my inability to just let people be wrong. When I got involved with the club St. Charles did not have a delegate on board. So I joined the league out there and tried to start recruiting people.
I was Sarah’s doubles partner and got along well with Dan so I invited both of them to a meeting to represent St. Charles. I was hoping I could get one to be the treasurer, but the goal was to get more young people involved with the club. Shortly after that, their personal lives became much busier and they could not be part of the board.
By this time, Jerry’s daughter had gotten sick and he asked me to take over for him as president, which I reluctantly did. Through league and email, Andy and I had multiple discussions regarding St. Charles. I told him that nothing could get done unless we could get a delegate from the area to come to meetings and he stepped up. Now we’re at approximately May of 2008.
Since I am a bit of a digital pack rat, I went back and looked at the agendas that I drew up for our meetings. The first one I did was for the June 10th meeting, the next meeting was June 30th and St. Charles was on the agenda. In fact, St. Charles was on the agenda nearly every meeting after that.
This was about the time that Andy started making threats about seceding from the RCF and starting a St. Charles DG club. Though I’m not fond of being threatened, Andy did get people and the board to start taking St. Charles seriously.
At the time we came up with the idea of getting 50 QR stamped putters to sell at Quail Ridge and raise funds for additional chains on the baskets that liked to spit putts. Is any of this starting to sound familiar?
The putters were made, stamped and delivered, and sold, but we still didn’t have a contract with St. Charles Parks Dept. The RCF basically needed to proove that this game was popular enough to rent shelter and close the course on league nights, so we, the RCF scheduled more tournaments out there.
They would not allow us to do anything more than what Andy and his group were already doing, which was simply cleaning up the courses and trimming some limbs where needed. This means, even though we knew we needed retaining walls and different pin placements and new benches, they didn’t want us doing that type of stuff out there.
Finally, Andy was able to work his “magic” on the Parks People and they started allowing us to do some minor upgrades. In fact, if memory serves, I think I even signed the check for the first $600 the RCF was allowed to use at QR. Since then the relationship between the RCF and QR/St. Charles has been much better.
Again, the general consensus, even from you post, is that St. Charles DGers felt “abandoned.” But, mark my words, it was not due to lack of effort on the RCF’s part. We did not have permission to go into QR, or any park in St. Charles and do the things that are now getting done.
I know people are impatient and disc golfers are no different. But, to put things in perspective about how quickly volunteer organizations move, the upgrades that were recently completed this past May at Endicott had been on the RCF agenda and “To Do” list since my first board meeting in November of 2007.
I actually think the club is doing great now, and I am proud to have been part of the organization that was allowed to move to the next level. I’d like to think that I helped them achieve those goals since I was part of the board that put those things on the “To Do” list and the events that my administration ran basically footed the bill for all the great things that are being done now.
I am not taking credit away from any of the new board, but rather trying to shine the light on how little the general membership actually knows about what goes on. Its not your fault you’re clueless, you were just uninformed. Now, I know I’m not going to win and popularity contests, and I can admit that I’m about the worst politician out there, but certainly don’t need people like you talking shit!