Notice: General Membership Meeting: January 15, 2013

January 5, 2013
On behalf of the Board of Directors of FOLB, I wish to invite you to the 2013 General Membership Meeting.  The meeting is open to the public, so feel free to extend an invitation to all who share our goals
Mission:
     To create the finest affordable golf venue for Fredericksburg residents and visitors
Vision:
      To maintain an affordable municipal golf experience for residents
      To create a destination golf experience to support tourism
       To create an excellent junior golf program

Mock-ups for the 2013 Personalized FOLB BagTag will be available.

Beer and wine will be available.
January 15, 2013  
5:30PM
Cardinal Room
Lady Bird Golf Course Club House
Agenda:
1.    Welcome and call to order
 2.    Approval of minutes of 2012 General Membership Meeting (copy attached):  Judy Chase, Secretary
3.    Treasurer report:  Ann Armentrout, Treasurer
4.    Mission Review:  Jerry Fischer, Vice President
5.    FOLB 2012 happenings including Report to City Council: Leonard Bentch, President
6.    Committee Reports          Junior Golf:  Buzz Roye

                                                     Green:  Ron Moerbe

                                                     Handicap:  Jimmy Lukacs

7.    State of Golf 2013Alan Wooley, PGA
 8.    Election of Board of Directors: (Current Board of Directors attached)

9.    Other Business

10.   Adjourn

We look forward to seeing you next week.

GREENS AND GRAPES EVENT

November 17, 2011

After careful consideration, Lady Bird Municipal Golf Course and FOLB have  cancelled the GREENS AND GRAPES EVENT previously scheduled for December 3, 2011.  The effort to schedule a combined golfing event with area businesses is one which we will pursue in the future.  The unpredictability of weather in December, the late date of initiating marketing and the disruption to golf operations connected with the planned reconstruction at Lady Bird lead us to postpone what we hope to be an annual event to a more auspicious time.

A lot of good productive work has gone into the planning, all of which will hold us in good stead for next year.  We have developed excellent relationships with Becker, Pedernales Cellars, and Grape Creek wineries and have demonstrated our will to support tourism in our community.  Many members of FOLB have contributed in a myriad of ways:  graphic design, marketing, website mangement, community relations, budgeting, training, transportation issues and more.  None of this would have been possible without the expert leadership of our Director of Golf, Alan Wooley.

Our enthusiasm has responded to pragmatism:  we will learn from our experiences and work toward an event of which we can all be proud next year.


FUNDING FOR PHASE I OF LADY BIRD MASTER PLAN

August 22, 2011

City Council approved funding for Phase I renovations at
Lady Bird Golf Course.  The subsequent four
phases detailed in the Master Plan are independent of Phase I; the city is not obligated
to further investment.

Three years of research, hearings and analysis have led to
the broad based consensus that our golf course is not only  a jewel, but a valuable asset that can
significantly improve and support tourism.
Tourism is the biggest economic force in our county:  sales tax receipts provide more revenue to
our city than property taxes.  More than
50% of those sales tax revenues come from visitors.  Hotel occupancy taxes provide additional
millions of dollars used to support local community organizations.

Investing in Lady Bird Golf Course is an investment in the
future of our community.  The golf course
not only provides a quality of life venue for residents as all city parks are
intended to provide, but it is also a draw for business, hiring, and
tourism.  The golf course currently brings
in $1.3 M annually.  Other than the
electric and water departments, no other city department provides this much
revenue.

Even in an economic down turn, Fredericksburg’s proximity to major cities
continues to bring more and more tourists here each year.  Marketing studies show that tourists want
more outdoor activities, especially for men and residents want more outdoor
activities for children.

Fredericksburg
attracts over a million visitors per year.
Approximately 10% of visitors play golf.
Research shows targeted marketing will bring golfers to a reasonably
priced golf attraction, especially when coupled with the other wonderful attractions
we currently have. Throughout Texas,   CVB
data show that visitors who come primarily to play golf spend more than the
average tourist, nearly $1000 per weekend.

Fredericksburgis the second-most popular
wine destination in the United
States.
The most rapidly growing segment of tourism here is the winery visitor and
this demographic group overlaps  the traveling
golfer ideally.

Currently, our golf course supports about 32,000 rounds of
golf per year and according to the USGA can readily handle more .  Additional visitor rounds are only possible
with improvement in the golf experience by bringing the course back up to
market standards. Funding for Phase I provides only for these maintenance
items:  there are no bells and
whistles.  The business plan presented to
City Council suggests that as few as an additional 1300 visitor rounds per year
will allow the golf course to meet all its expenses including repayment of the
loan to the city.

Two mayoral administrations over three years have
affirmatively responded to increasing information concerning the golf
course.  Over the past several years,
City Council has authorized the Friends Of Lady Bird to submit a report each
year on the state of golf in our community with an eye to finding the golf
course’s potential for enhancing tourism.
Based upon that report and the experts, City Council has established the
Department of Golf and hired a new Director, PGA Professional Alan Wooley.  Working with a broad based Strategic Planning
Committee and the city’s golf course architect, Jeff Blume, Mr. Wooley has
developed a Master Plan covering 20 years in five phases. This Master Plan was
unanimously approved by City Council.

The information presented to City Council in support of the
Master Plan for Lady Bird is corroborated by experts and professionals, most of
whom were brought here without taxpayer expense.  These experts include the USGA, PGA, National Golf Foundation, agronomists, golf
course superintendents, several golf course architects and contractors, and the
UTSA Graduate School of Business.

The business plan and funding alternatives have been studied
and endorsed by the presidents of our local banks and  other  local citizens experienced in finance, budgeting,
and marketing.  In addition, the plans
have been discussed in public presentations to the Chamber of Commerce and the
Rotary Clubs.  The City Manager and the
City CFO have endorsed the plan’s conservative assumptions and support the
plan.  According to the city’s financial
consultant, using surplus cash reserves from enterprise funds is consistent
with good fiscal policy, does not adversely affect the bond rating, and does
not strip the funds of necessary cash reserves.
Repaying the city rather than a commercial lender/bond holder saves the
golf course approximately $500,000 in interest.
The city’s general fund remains untouched with current reserves
approximately twice those customarily retained.

Lady Bird Golf Course
has been in the public eye for over three years now.  Multiple Op –Ed articles, Town Hall meetings,
public meetings concerning junior golf and Live Oak Creek as well as many presentations
to city staff and City Council have allowed for unprecedented public
input.  This effort is a model for
intensive and inclusive city planning and is the kind of effort all of us would
wish City Council to use for other issues facing the city.

 


GREENS AND GRAPES GOLF EVENT

July 25, 2011

FOLB IS WORKING WITH THE HWY 290 WINERY ASSOCIATION AND THE FREDERICKSBURG CVB TO SPONSOR A NEW EVENT COMBINING GOLF AND WINE TOURS.  THIS EVENT WILL BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, USING THE SYNERGY OF OUR LOCAL WINERIES AND OUR BEAUTIFUL LADY BIRD GOLF COURSE TO BRING MORE VISITORS TO TOWN.  SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 3 AND 4, THE FIRST ANNUAL GREENS AND GRAPES GOLF EVENT WILL ALSO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHER SEASONAL ACTIVITIES:  CHRISTMAS PARADE, CHRISTMAS MARKET, WEINACHTEN, THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY TOUR OF HOMES, AND MORE.  EACH ENTRANT WILL PLAY IN A UNIQUE GOLF SCRAMBLE ON SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3.  AT 2 PM, COACHES WILL TAKE GOLFERS AND SPOUSES ON A GUIDED TOUR OF SOME OF OUR MOST FAMOUS WINERIES.  AN ALTERNATIVE WINE TOUR ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 BEGINNING AT 12 NOON WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.  SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 4, FOLB WILL SPONSOR A BRUNCH AND AWARDS CEREMONY AT LADY BIRD GOLF CLUB CARDINAL ROOM.

PAR 3 POKER, CATERED FOOD ON THE GOLF COURSE, TASTINGS OF WINES WILL FURTHER ENHANCE THIS UNIQUE EVENT.

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS!


FOLB BOARD MEETING

April 7, 2011

The next FOLB board meeting will be held:

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011 at LINCOLN STREET WINE BAR, 5:30 PM

NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE USUAL TUESDAY MEETING.

AGENDA:

CALL TO ORDER

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 8 MEETING

TREASURER’S REPORT

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  GREEN COMMITTEE, JUNIOR GOLF, CLUB HOUSE, MEMBERSHIP/MARKETING

OLD BUSINESS:

     BAG TAGS

     FALL GOLF TOURNEY

     UPDATE ON STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

     IRS FILING 2010

NEW BUSINESS:

     MEMBERSHIP DRIVE AND MEMBERSHIP LIST UPDATE

OTHER BUSINESS

ADJOURN


FOLB BAG TAGS

April 7, 2011

FRIENDS OF LADY BIRD JOHNSON MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE, INC

www.friendsofladybird.org

 THIS IS THE LAST CALL FOR OFFICIAL PERSONALIZED FOLB BAG TAGS. 

 THE ORDER WILL GO IN ON MONDAY.  AFTER THAT, FOLB BAG TAGS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE, BUT WITHOUT YOUR NAME!

 THESE ARE FABULOUS BAG TAGS WHICH YOU WILL BE PROUD TO SHOW OFF:

 OFFICIAL FOLB LOGO ON ONE SIDE,

 NEW OFFICIAL LADY BIRD GOLF COURSE LOGO ON THE OTHER.

YOUR NAME WILL BE EMBOSSED ON THE TAG….NOT A TAPE.

THESE ARE WHITE RECTANGULAR SHAPED JUST LIKE USGA TAGS.

HELP SUPPORT OUR WONDERFUL MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE:

 JOIN FOLB AND GET AN OFFICIAL PERSONALIZED FOLB BAG TAG.

 JUST TELL US YOU WANT YOUR PERSONALIZED FOLB BAG TAG

 EMAIL: folbgc@gmail.com

 WE WILL SEND YOU A MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND BILL YOU WHEN WE DELIVER YOUR PERSONALIZED TAG.

 FOLB ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS:

 SINGLE                                                                                                           $20

COUPLE                                                                                                           $30

JUNIOR                                                                                                            NO FEE

ALREADY A MEMBER OF LADY BIRD, MGA, LGA, SSMGA:       $10

 THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 


General Membership Meeting News

January 31, 2011

The General Membership meeting was held in the Cardinal Room at Lady Bird Golf Club on January 25.  An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed beer and wine provided by FOLB. Our city manager, Gary Neffendorf, led off the guest speaker portion of the meeting with a description of the selection process used to choose our new Director of Golf.  With the help of the PGA Employment Service, the city received 48 applications for the position.  The Golf Committee comprised of Jerry Fischer, Dennis Kusenberg, Daneeta Jereau, Ann Armentrout and David Holke selected 8 applicants for interviews, finally settling on two highly qualified PGA professionals for a second look.  Their unanimous decision was Alan Wooley, an experienced and talented PGA golf professional who assumed respnsibility for Lady Bird on January 17. 

Alan made his first public appearance at this meeting, telling us about his background, his management style, and his assessment of Lady Bird.  Originally from a small town in Oklahoma, Alan is well suited for his new position in Fredericksburg.  Since completing his PGA training 24 years ago, Alan worked as an assistant Professional in Okalhoma City and Dallas before taking on the Head Professional position at Victoria Country Club.  There for 14 years, Alan worked to improve this traditional course which was designed by Bill Morrow, the same golf course architect who designed the original 9 holes at Lady Bird in 1967.  Eventually, Victoria Country Club was able to host several NCAA Division I golf tournements.  Alan then worked in the Austin area, helping to build the new golf course at Plum Creek and eventually becoming the Director of First Tee.  Active in his profession, Alan has served for the past four years on the Board of Directors of the PGA.  He describes his management style in two ways:  MBWA (Management by Walking Around) and “If it is good, it can be better, and if it is better, it can be best”.  Alan described Lady Bird as “feeling old”.  He related that this feeling was not due to the architecture, but rather to the appearance of Lady Bird.  He cited the poor turf conditions, the unkempt teeing grounds, the random placement of tee markers and flag sticks, the cracked cart paths, and the straight mowing lines as examples.   Already meeting directly with the entire staff, Alan is working to support personal and professional development and standards of excellence.  He has plans to bring more products and services to the golf ocurse including “hardware”.  He wants to provide club fitting services, golf clubs, club repairs, and improved teaching.

Elections for Board of Directors resulted in selection of Anna Marie Kluber, Joe Kammlah, and Jim Drewitz.  Dennis Phillips and Mike Elvir will rotate off the board.  All in FOLB appreciate their work over the past two years and will miss their steady advice and counsel.  Dennis was our Treasurer, and leaves our accounting in excellent shape.

The FOLB FOUNDATION Bylaws were ratified unanimously.  Also, changes in the FOLB bylaws were considered and also passed.  These amendments allow the FOLB Board of Directors to act as the Board of Directors for FOLB FOUNDATION.  The officers of FOLB will also serve as the officers of FOLB FOUNDATION until this wholly owned subsidiary of FOLB requires more direct governance.

Another amendment to by Bylaws makes the Presidents (or their representatives) of the three golf associations (MGA, LGA, SSMGA) voting members of the  FOLB Board of Directors.  The ex-officio Board members are the Director of Golf, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and the Director of the CVB.

Jerry Fischer gave a presesntation on the future of FOLB.  He recalled our work over the past two years, our persistent vision to help Lady Bird be the best she can be, and our efforts in both junior golf and community education.  Jerry suggested that we now focus on expanding our view to partnerships, fund raising, and supporting the needs of the Director of Golf.  The oversight role which has been the focus of the past two years will likely require less time and energy now that Lady Bird has professional management.

The official minutes of the meeting will be posted when available.  The next FOLB Board meeting is Tuesday, February 8 at 5:30 pm at Lincoln St. Wine Bar.


JOINT MEMBERSHIP: GOLF ASSOCIATIONS AND FOLB

January 21, 2011

The FOLB Board voted to ask the members of the three golf associations (MGA, LGA, SSMGA) to consider a joint membership program.  An accounting system could be easily effected.  Each golf association would add an FOLB check-off box to its application/renewal form.

The FOLB application/renewal form asks for information concerning membership in the three golf associations.   Current FOLB dues are $20 for a single person and $30 for a couple (tax deductible).  The FOLB Board suggests that a member of the three golf associations could be a member of FOLB for an additional $10.  An FOLB/Lady Bird bag tag is available as a premium.  The value of this premium is not tax deductible.  This issue will be taken up at the upcoming General Membership Meeting on January 25.