22/10/2020: Golf Update, AGM & Society Guidelines

Good morning ladies,
I’m sure that by now you have all heard the very disappointing news that under level 5 restrictions golf is not permitted for the next six weeks and therefore, the golf course at Leopardstown will be closed until at least 1st December.   Leopardstown will keep us apprised of any further communications that may come from the governing bodies.
It is very disappointing for us given that golf was one important thing that helped us get out and about and to socially interact with each other, in a very safe way.   However, if missing golf for six weeks means that the spread of Covid retreats, then it will be worth it.   If it all opens back up on the 1st December we will have 2 to 3 Saturdays left to complete our golfing year.   It has been a very unusual and unexpected year but I think we have made the most of it.
I have updated the Calendar of Events for 2020 and attach same.  Golfer of the Year is now your best 4 out of 6 games.  Unfortunately, there is no time left for us to run the annual Turkey Competition!  It is highly unlikely that we will be able to hold our Christmas Party which I know will be missed by many.   Instead, I am running a Christmas Special Competition on the 5th December with a prize for the most festive head piece worn on the day.   There will be three lovely prizes ‘up for grabs’ in each category.   The format on the day will be single stableford.
The AGM will take place on the 3rd December at 7.30 p.m. via Zoom.   I will circulate the access password and format details prior to the 3rd.  On behalf of Honorary Secretary Karen Clinton, please see attached the official Notice comprising the nominations for Vice-Captain Margaret’s proposed new Committee members.
During the course of the year I was asked to provide an up to date copy of the Membership Guidelines to the Society’s bankers.   On investigation it transpired that the most recent Guidelines we had were dated 2005.   A sub-group of the Committee comprising myself, Vice-Captain Margaret and Honorary Secretary Karen reviewed the Guidelines and updated them, as attached.   There were no substantive changes made that would require member consultation.   Rather, we updated them to reflect the current practices and administration processes that have evolved over the years.  I attach a copy for your information.  As is good governance, these will be added to the AGM agenda for formal adoption.  Going forward they should be reviewed annually by the Committee and updated as necessary prior to adoption at the AGM.
President Joyce has asked me to let the winners of prizes on Presidents day know that she would like anyone who has not collected their prize to contact her to make arrangements for collection.
It will be a few weeks before we meet up again and, in the meantime, I hope that you and your families stay safe and well.
With best wishes,
Paula
Lady Captain