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Informational Packet for Members of the O.H.C.C. – MGA
Annual Meeting Reports for the Annual Membership Meeting
January 31, 2021 at the Orange Hills Country Club at 11:00 a.m.
The following is a summary of the reports to be presented by the Officers and the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting
President’s Report- Dave Piechota
President Piechota offers his thanks to the Smith family, their staff and the Officers and members of the Board for making the 2020 golf season a success especially considering the extraordinary challenges that were presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. He also asked the Board and the Membership to offer congratulations to Bud Smith who recently celebrated his 96th Birthday.
Secretary Report-Rich Arnold
Rich Arnold will read the minutes of the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting. Please see the attachment to this e-mail for those minutes.
There were no recorded Hole-In-One’s for 2020 that were eligible for payment. Therefore, there is still a Hole-In-One account balance of $475 as of this date. If you have already paid your $5.00 for Hole-In-One Insurance, please do not pay another $5.00 at this time. If you have not paid your $5.00 and wish to enroll in the Hole-One Insurance fund, please see Rich Arnold or drop an envelope containing $5.00 in the drawer to the left of the computer at the clubhouse. Please place your name and date of payment on the envelope.
Treasurer’s Report – Roger Sliby
We will carryover $3,063 from 2020 into the new year. We donated $642 to the First Tee. The Memorial Tournament donations were $1,540 and distributed to BH Care Domestic Violence, The Milford Rape Crisis Center and to the Arthritis Foundation. The tournament payouts were over $12,000 for the year.
Membership Report – Roger Sliby (Frank Rully-absent)
We ended the year with 183 paid members. We had 15 new members join in 2020.
Tournament Report – Tom Terzakis
Well, it was quite a year. 2020 presented some obstacles we all thought were probably impossible. The Wuhan Virus took us by storm. We cancelled the first event back in April to adjust to what we were confronted with. We decided as a board to continue with our schedule to try to maintain some normalcy in our lives. While we had minor pushback against moving ahead, I believe we made the right move. In my 25 years in the club, I cannot recall participation levels so high. We averaged close to 100 members for most all events. Thank you’s go out to each and every member who adjusted their habits and adapted to what I fear is another year of internet sign ups and scoring. Our IT guru Matt Wiederecht deserves accolades for helping me/us out to alleviate the chaos.
In 2020 we added some new events including the Intra Club Ryder Cup which was a HUGE success. Ideally, we hope to expand this to 16 per side and we should have answers soon. The Modified Stableford event also worked out very well.
2021 initially looks to continue the status quo. Luckily the tentative schedule shows “date-of-play” sign up for the first few events. It is not until early May when advanced sign up for the spring Member- Member will be needed. We can only hope the virus is more in control by this time.
A tentative schedule has been presented for approval. (Please see the attachment to this e-mail).
I listened (sort of) to your ideas (complaints) and have made some changes. Member-Member events will be played from the Blue Tees for the First Flight. The Classic will play from the Blues for the First Flight and the Club Championship will have the Championship Flight AND First Flight playing back. The Inter Cup Ryder Cup qualifying may be revisited by the new board so that remains up in the air at this time.
The first tournament will be held, weather/virus permitting, April 10 & 11.
Please welcome a new OHCC administration and I’m sure they will continue to advance our club for better.
Finally, a personal thank you to all for the kind words and help during a most troubling time. I am truly grateful!!
Handicap Report – The Club Champion was Peter Tomlinson. The Most Improved Golfer was Rob Kennedy who went from a 7.5 to a 3.4. The overall MGA Cup total points winner was Steve Gettings. The Tournament of Champions winner (low gross) was Steve Gettings. The low net winner was Mark Petrucelli.
Rules Committee: Fred Fawcett
CSGA: Fred Fawcett
Old Business: None
Nominating Committee- James Curzi
The nominating Committee consisted of Mr. Walter (Bud) Smith, David Belowsky and James Curzi. James Curzi will present the following slate of nominees for the 2021 Officers and At Large Board members.
President: Glenn Hottin
First Vice-President and Tournament Chairman: Bruce Stevenson
Second Vice-Chairman and Handicap Chairman: Mark Karagus
Treasurer: Roger Sliby
Secretary: Richard Arnold
Membership Chairman (Member at Large) Dave Belowsky
Board Members still service existing terms: Frank Rully and Fred Fawcett
Past President: Dave Piechota
In addition, the Board would like to express appreciation to outgoing President Dave Piechota, and outgoing Board members Tom Terzakis, Andy Benowitz and Mike Chamberlain for their combined years of service on the Board. Special thanks are due to Dave Piechota who served as President and Tom Terzakis who served as the Tournament Chairman. Their service, especially in 2020 during the Covid pandemic, is greatly appreciated.
Dues will remain at $130 and are payable to the OHCC-MGA by March 22, 2021. A late fee of $25 will be assessed for payments received after the due date. If you wish to contribute to the First Tee of Connecticut, please add your donation to your dues check in addition to your payment of $130.00. Payments can be dropped off at the clubhouse (limited week day hours) or mailed to: Men’s Golf Association, Orange Hills C.C., 389 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477 or Roger Sliby, 460 Savin Avenue Apt A8, West Haven, CT 06516. Payments can also be dropped off to Dave Belowsky, Cretella & Belowsky Insurance, Suite 3, 472 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT. 06477.
Prepaid Tee Times
Members can sign up for 2021 Prepaid Tee Times by contacting Judy Smith at O.H.C.C. Prepaid tee times are not the responsibility of the Men’s Golf Association. Payments would be made directly to the Orange Hills Country Club. Judy Smith will be directly contacting those who wish to renew their prepaid tee times. Those seeking a tee time for the first time should contact Judy Smith at OHCC.