Unless I'm horribly mistaken, no Ice Bowl fees went anywhere into course funding. It all went to the food pantries.
Also, like Greg said, the food is being served because we absolutely need to cut down the time for the break on some club events. When there is the potential for a very full field and, at times when a course is new or side games are planned, it might take longer to knock out two rounds.
In the case of the Inaugural event at Willmore, the food is not
being donated - it's coming from a club member who is volunteering
. The folks who volunteer to cook for these events often even lose money on the food per person... so some of that will
end up being a donation after all. I try to remember that for every person that is just fine with getting hot dogs and chips - again and again - there's another person who's really tired of it and has asked us to try to provide better options. Even if food weren't being provided at an event, where are you going to go and get something of equivalent quality and value, for $5... within a distance that allows you to be there, eat and be back in about 30 minutes... plus give you free beer, water and soda with it?
All that said, we obviously need to have some discussions, like this one, where we take all
of the feedback from all
of the attendees at our events and look at what we should do for future events. Even then, no matter what we try, it still involves a bit of trial and error and I am confident that someone will still be unhappy... that's just how it is with people and it's what makes the world go 'round.
Jeff, to get back to you on a couple of your points to me: You are right that I may lack some of the personal historical frame of reference. For example, I've never seen how it works with a fundraiser with a "Super Pro" side pot. I'll ask about it at the next meeting. The price of discs and a few other retail items in the club store did go up a little bit in 2010, but we're still a good deal cheaper than any retail store. Much of the other merch pricing, especially apparel and event specific items went way down. Look at the Open, day of event shirts were $8 - $12
, custom stamped premium discs were selling below cost and a SuperColor bundle was $12. No claim that the club is "giving this stuff away", but we're not making much of anything.
Trophies aren't that cheap anymore and many of our sponsorship parameters (for trophies, tags, shirts, lots of stuff really) aren't quite as amazing as they used to be - we've been told that inflation and return on investment are factors, not dissatisfaction with the club.
I don't recall anyone saying anything about us putting beer in the pricing - it is still donated (perhaps not as liberally as it used to be, but still).
To the point about membership numbers, I said, "we probably won't make the same numbers as last year." We may not beat the 620 something people from 2012, but we will still have over 500... and that's still better than any year prior to 2012. I don't think the loss of 100 members has as much to do with dissatisfaction as it has to do with less devoted attention to having folks out on the courses pushing for them as in 2012. I'm guilty myself: in 2012, I was out on the course a lot and sold about 40 of them on my own. This year I've not been out much at all, busy working on graphics, working with the City on the Willmore deal and a bunch of other personal reasons. I've only sold 5 or so memberships this year. That's pretty sad. But even at that, I wonder what we could do if we had even half of our current members manage to sell 5 memberships in a year???
Keep the conversation going, I think this is a great discussion and I'm happy it hasn't resorted to a bunch of 5th grade name calling and whining over silly BS.