General Membership Meeting Minutes: March 9, 2010


General Membership Meeting

Lady Bird Golf Club-Cardinal Room

March 9th, 2010 – 5:30 pm

Attendance:  32

At 5:35 president Leonard Bentch called the meeting to order & summarized FOLB activities for 2009:

  1. Hosted Live Oak Creek Seminar which brought together numerous environmental experts, some of whom we’ll turn to again as we develop Lady Bird Golf Course (Master Naturalists)
  2. UTSA connection – Dr. Bojanic and his students have conducted golf course surveys and will assist in writing a marketing plan for FOLB
  3. First Tee of San Antonio- has made 2 visits to Lady Bird.  Both First Tee and FOLB are exploring the possibility of a “fit” here inFredericksburg
  4. City/County Avigation Easement issue- FOLB was involved as a go-between county commissioners and the city council during negotiations.
  5. USGA- Beginning in October, 2008, we underwrote the USGA consultation.  We participated in the September, 2009 follow-up visit, and, again when the county sought a consult in December, 2009.

Goals for 2010:

Junior Golf – Ron Moerbe, Chairman of the committee, introduced to the group

Emil Hale, Pro at Boot Ranch, who, along with Shelly Ross, directs our current youth golf program.  Emil gave overview of the program:

1.   Hal Sutton, Developer of Boot Ranch, wanted to grow Junior Golf in the

community.  First Junior Golf Clinic included 6 kids and Hal Sutton!

The program has grown to 75 kids, with about 35 regular participants.

  1. Mission has been a co-operative effort between the city and Boot

Ranch; Emil, Shelly and Janie Schneider will gladly teach any kids who show up free of charge.

  1. Originally, the plan was to meet every Tuesday for 90 minutes; while not enough time to “make them golfers”, it is sufficient time to kindle their interest in learning the game.
  2. Broken into skill levels (not necessarily age groups), staff impresses upon the youngsters that they CAN play a round of golf in 4 hours!
  3. Juniors are exposed to golf course maintenance and etiquette, honesty, rules and score-keeping.
  4. Before going out on the long course, juniors first play the 3-par executive course at Boot Ranch.
  5. Emil and Shelly weren’t seeing enough progress among the juniors meeting once weekly, so changed it to one clinic monthly in hopes that the youngsters would get out and practice between clinics!
  6. Boot Ranch will get a new owner sometime soon…  Hope to retain Emil Hale and the existing program.

First Tee – Ron Moerbe introduced Tai Moran and Mary Carriker who gave an overview:

1.   Provides learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development

2.   Core Values promoted: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence,  responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment

3.   Life skills taught indoors and experienced through golf on the course then translate into real life situations

4.  Train coaches to develop lesson plans and to implement them

5.  Six levels of training, beginning with 5 y.o. youngsters, culminating with 16 & 17 y.o.

Jerry Fischer asked Emil how being a “First Tee Coach” would be viewed on a resume.

Emil responded, “I would view that individual as a ‘giver’.”

6.  National School Program ~ PGA matches funds to purchase equipment used in elementary and junior high PE programs

Leonard interjected that FISD is NOT interested in the NSP at this time

Discussion ensued about what the role of FOLB should be in regard to Jr. Golf at Lady Bird:


Bob Henke  suggested that we stay with Emil and Shelly’s program because he doesn’t  feel that we can support First Tee

adequately either with people or money.

Mike Elvir wondered what resources would be required and Leonard listed fundraising, a 3-hole practice facility, a meeting room for tutoring and volunteers.

Mike then pointed out the advantage to First Tee is the fact that it’s “a package”

Butch Zenner raised doubt and Jerry Fischer seconded saying,”…not sure if it’s right for us here.”

Jimmy Lukacs pointed out that 47% of FISD kids are “at risk” and 51% are on free lunch

Leonard reiterated that FOLB is only INVESTIGATING at this point

One insightful guest pointed out that perhaps we could enhance Emil/Shelly’s program.  (next clinic will be March 30th at 4:30 at Lady Bird)

Greens Committee: Jimmy Lukacs

  1. Greatest accomplishment this year is increased trust between FOLB and city
  2. At the end of Sept, before overseeding, Brian had the greens in best-ever condition
  3. Addressing weed issues
  4. Over-seeded the practice greens
  5. Tree Issue:  An impasse developed between the city and the county when the county stated its belief that the city was trying to “make hay” out of the situation.  NOT TRUE…

1. FOLB became involved as an intermediary between the commissioners and the city Council.

2.  The figure of $550,000 was finally decided upon; trees will be cut beginning March 22

3.  Three holes will require re-routing (hole  #s 5, 6 and 7)

4.  City committee (Shelly,Brian Roeder,Jeff Jeffers,Jimmy Lukacs )will decide how to do so

5.  City wants FOLB to create a sub-committee made up of the various groups of golfers

to make recommendations to the city’s committee (above).

Discussion:  Mike Elvir asked who’d make the final decision and the answer is … the city’s committee

Bob Henke asked about a timetable and Jimmy Alexander responded, “Give them time to study it and to do it right”

7. City ManagerGaryNeffendorf would like to buy 2 acres from our neighbor whose land  adjoins hole #5.  Until that can       happen, create a low-cost “push-up”  temporary green.

Discussion:  Adam Stafford asked for an approximate cost for the re-routing project and Jimmy

Lukacs answered that he thinks it can be accomplished within the $550,000 budget.

Housekeeping Issues Addressed

  1. IRS tax exempt status still pending; ruling dependent upon revised application for FOLB Foundation to support children, environment and education.
  2. Ron Moerbe moved to accept By-laws; Jimmy Lukacs seconded and motion passed.
  3. Treasurer Dennis Phillips reported a balance of $1,822.
  4. Minutes were read and approved.
  5. Dues discussion:  Dennis Phillips moved to keep dues at $20/person or $30/couple.  Motion passed.
  6. Leonard announced that presently, FOLB has 81 members.

It was moved at seconded to adjourn. Motion passed and we adjourned at 7:15 pm

Respectfully submitted:

Judy Chase, Secretary

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