Roger, give it time; we only started the membership drive this Saturday and we already have 13 new members. Didn't you get the email that went out to the membership on Friday? It's the same email I posted on this site to start this thread. But to ease your fears, we are creating flyers to be posted at the kiosks for those members w/o internet. Announcements will be made at all the leagues and handouts will be available. Again, we are just getting started so give it time; 700 new members is simply the goal; 13 down, 687 to go. I’m told there are 10,000 golfers in the St Louis area playing our courses. Go sponsor one.
We are using 2 golf course quality baskets as the incentive for the membership drive and fundraiser. We hope that out of towners playing our tournaments become members and also buy tickets therefore we are drawing for one of the baskets at the St Louis Open in May. The membership drive is continuing to the Club Championships so people can still be excited about signing up to get a ticket and support our club and the golf courses.
One ticket gives you and the new member 2 chances at a basket until the St Louis Open. Go sponsor one soon.
All of the course captains will have tags, discs and forms for this drive. It might be a good idea to pre-purchase a couple of tags and discs so you can have them available in your golf bag. You can return them if you haven’t moved them over the weekend.
I am in a better position to move tags because I have them to move. I am also actively asking people if they are members yet. Of the 300 plus members, 25 have signed up because I asked them to. Can you imagine how much we could do for St Louis disc golf if each of our members simply asked a newbie to join us?
It doesn’t really matter what position you are in if you don’t do anything with it.
I am in no better position than you are to pick up trash. I pick up trash every time I play and it makes a huge difference on the golf course. Can you imagine how good our courses would look if all of us picked up trash while we played? For one, my rounds of golf would go faster.
You mention that the membership drive only benefits the few and not the entire membership. You are completely missing it. You are looking at the winning of the baskets as the only prize. You are forgetting about the money raised from the membership drive going back into St. Louis area courses. You are not seeing the larger pool of resources, contacts and larger circle of influence and potential sponsors. You are not seeing the larger tournament payout from more tournament players. This is why we do everything we do; to promote disc golf and to improve existing courses and open new courses.
Regarding the newsletter, unless you are volunteering to put it together, write it, get the artwork, format it, get a mailing list together, stuff the envelopes, stamp them, and take them to the post office, this is not a viable endeavor right now. The existing board members are already doing as much as they can; we are not adding new duties.
Regarding the minutes, there is so much planning and debate over the course of 2 to 3 hours that posting it is not productive and adds clutter to the message board. There are on average, 12 people hashing out ideas. For our email debates, we include 50 more of which you are one. Most people don’t want to be bothered with details, they want to play golf. Any club member can contact Dan, our secretary, and ask for the minutes. Any club member can contact Steve, our treasurer, and ask for the bank balance. Any club member can contact me, the prez, and ask for the tournament report.
As the President of our Club, it is my duty to be a good steward of your money and your trust. It is my responsibility to steer the club in the direction the members want to go. It is my obligation to do the best I can with what I have. It is my hope that you support me.
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