FRIENDS OF Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Club, INC
General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – Cardinal Room, Lady Bird Club House
President Leonard Bentch called the meeting to order at approximately 7 pm with 45 FOLB members in attendance.
Minutes: The minutes from the 2011 General Membership Meeting were approved as electronically delivered.
Treasury: The treasury balance was announced as $2,731.42 (of which $1,688.40 is a Foundation line item designated for Junior Golf).
FOLB Update: Jerry Fischer, FOLB VP, began his presentation by informing members of FOLB’s status as a 501C3/501C4 organization (for tax purposes). He continued by reminding members that FOLB is not simply a golf organization; rather, it is a community organization which supports the vision of improving our golf course in order to provide affordable recreation, to develop an excellent junior golf program and to support tourism. We remain the liaison between the course and the city. Under City Council resolution, FOLB serves as Ombudsman for golf issues in our community and provides a detailed report to City Council on golf in our community. Suggestions are received from the general public in both an FOLB Suggestion Box in the Lady Bird Clubhouse and also through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Plans: Leonard Bentch reported that in 2010 and in 2011 FOLB conducted reviews of golf course operations as required by City Council resolution, and followed each with a comprehensive annual report to the Council. Both reports were accepted in toto as presented. The reports were unanimously agreed upon by the FOLB Board which held multiple open ended discussions in reaching the conclusions. The reports were descriptions of current practices and included many recommendations. Council chose not to follow many of these recommendations. The recommendations spoke mostly to the importance of proper procedures to allow inclusion and transparency, specifically calling for a long term strategic plan. These reports were given to the city secretary for distribution only to City Council and the City Manager.
General Membership Survey: An online survey using SurveyMonkey was conducted in December. 121 surveys distributed and 37 were completed which is considered to be an excellent response. Results were as follows:
78.5% of the respondents indicated that FOLB meets its objectives very well or extremely well
82.9% felt that FOLB communicates very well or extremely well
50% were very pleased or extremely pleased with the bag tag program (38.9% were only moderately pleased)
Junior Golf- This priority received the highest number of votes.
FOLB has raised $1,164 for equipment, instruction and course access
Support from Emil Hale, Janie Schneider Guynes, Alan Wooley and Edwin Dickens
FOLB has initiated discussions with FISD to offer golf experience to elementary and middle school students; FOLB has offered to provide the cost of bus fuel
Enhance Natural Areas:
FOLB has recommended Audubon Certification for Lady Bird.
Additionally, FOLB has provided recommendations for remediation of Live Oak Creek. Work was performed on enhancing the flood plain area by deepening and widening Stink Creek. The work was supported by TPWD and NRCS.
FOLB has continued to maintain relationships with NPSOT and FFON. Bill Lindemann has graciously agreed to serve on the FOLB Board for 2012 to assist this membership priority.
Work with Local Businesses: We are active members of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Director of the CVB participates as an ex-officio FOLB Board Member and allows on-going dialogue with the CVB. FOLB brought three of the local wineries into a partnership to help sponsor what we hope to be an annual Greens and Grapes event The intent is to showcase the wineries and Lady Bird wishing to bring visitors to town for a two night stay.
Educational Programs for FOLB members and Lady Bird staff are being planned. A list of
possible programs for 2012 includes USGA rules of golf, USGA handicapping, Audubon Certification Requirements, how to mentor, how to teach kids to play golf, golf course turf issues, etc.
General Plans for 2012:
Broaden representation on the board of directors
Annual Bag Tag Program to increase visibility of Lady Bird and FOLB
Audubon Certification- begin the 5 year process to achieve certification. Currently only 23 Texas courses have this distinction including fewer than 10 municipal courses like Lady Bird.
Director of Golf, Alan Wooley, PGA
Alan began by thanking FOLB for its motivation and involvement over the past 3 years.
He continued by thanking the Master Plan Committee which developed “the plan”, all those individuals who participated in town hall meetings, focus groups, finance committee and City Council meetings throughout the past year.
The Master Plan in review:
Phase I – replace all greens, re-turf all greens and fairways, re-route the golf course to comply with safety issues required by the City-County Airport Board agreement.
Phase II – Build a new maintenance facility, add additional parking, provide storage with change to electric carts, build learning center at the practice facility.
Phase III – Add decking and catering updates to the Cardinal Room
Phase IV – Provide up to date irrigation for the remaining golf course not improved with current reconstruction.
Phase V – Re-route entrance to the golf course which will require a new all-weather bridge across Live Oak Creek.
Alan provided a hole-by-hole description of the reconstruction plans for Lady Bird
Beginning either February 2nd or 9th, Alan will provide Thursday evening tours of the course.
The practice facility will be open daily except Mondays, with balls available onsite
The practice green will remain undisturbed until late in the project.
Tee Times: for assistance with tee times at other golf courses, call the pro shop Monday-Thursday 12 -3pm
Questions for the DOG:
John Penaloza asked how many crew were currently at work on the project.
- 6-8 currently, but that number will fluctuate from time to time.
Danny Byrd asked the average square footage of the new greens.
- They will be going to approximately 5,000 square feet.
Hershal Byrd asked whether additional trees are to be planted.
- Alan indicated that he wants to get on a more consistent replacement tree program.
Danny Byrd asked what kind of grass will be planted
- Alan replied that current plans are for Champions on the greens and Tiff 419 Bermuda on the fairways. .
Congratulations to the FHS Boys’ Golf team that finished third in the state golf tournament!
Congratulations to Kristin Payne from the FHS Girls’ team that participated as a medalist!
We conducted a successful Junior Golf Camp with 38 participants. Staff: Emil Hale from Boot Ranch, Janie Schneider Guynes from FHS and Edwin Dickens from the Wellness Center and Alan Wooley from Lady Bird plus volunteers.
Rules and Swing Clinics for HS and Middle School golfers
8 free clinics at Lady Bird and Boot Ranch
FOLB, FISD, Lady Bird and Boot Ranch are in discussion with FISD to provide student transportation to junior golf camp golf courses.
FOLB sponsored STPGA Marathon Golf Classic. Alan Wooley played 101 holes and helped FOLB raised over $1000. FOLB also helped sponsor the premier and screening of the film “Seven Days in Utopia” which helped raise even more funds for Junior Golf.
The funds were demarcated to FOLB Foundation to provide equipment and scholarships for junior golfers in our area.
FOLB will continue with its Bag Tag program which was very successful last year. 57 personalized Bag Tags were created in 2011. Work with the CVB and the wineries (Becker, Pedernales Cellars, and Grape Creek) will continue with plans for Greens and Grapes Golf Event in the spring of 2013.
Environment and Natural Areas
FOLB has developed two goals for Lady Bird following reconstruction:
- To become an organically certified course
- To achieve Audubon certification over a five year period
Wildlife and habitat management
Chemical use reduction and safety
Water quality management
Outreach and education
The FOLB Board approved a bylaws amendment to increase the number of Board members. The current bylaws allow for 7-10 elected members. The bylaws amendment will allow up to 15 elected board members, thereby increasing representation and broadening the membership. Mike Elvir moved to accept the change and Bill Armentrout seconded the motion. MOTION PASSED.
Election of Board Members: nominees in alphabetical order
Leonard Bentch, Hershal Byrd, Judy Chase, Jerry Fischer, Jerald Gold, Jeff Jeffers, Bill Lindemann, Jimmy Lukacs, Ron Moerbe, Buzz Roye, and Mark Seitz.
Bill Armentrout moved to accept the slate. Della Potucek seconded the motion. MOTION PASSED.
Current Board Members serving unexpired terms: Jim Drewitz, Joe Kammlah, Anna Marie Kluber and Bruce Reeh.
Unelected Board Members: Ann Armentrout (LGA), Al Bickle (SSMGA) and Bryan Davis (MGA).
All FOLB members are asked to encourage new members, golfers and non-golfers.
Ron Moerbe moved to adjourn the meeting. Bruce Reeh seconded the motion and the MOTION PASSED.
Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.
Judy Chase, Secretary