Update

Hello ladies,

Firstly I want to thank you for your support and generosity on my Charity Day Muly 3rd for National Guide Dogs for Blind,My target of 2,000 euro was achieved thanks to you all.A beautiful painting was donated by Augusta Mc Cabe and I carried out a separate raffle for all who made donations and the winner was Eleanor Cryan.Congrats Eleanor and enjoy.

June was a busy month with birdies, congrats to Therese Cahill,Tara Kelly,Marie Maher,Ursula Martin,Katy Kennedy,Therese Brosnan,Marion Benville.Player of month was Anne O’Connell.

On July 17th we start at  11.20 and finish at 2.16 as Fairways have Captains/Presidents Day.

Best Wishes,

Margaret.

Lady Captain

Update

Hello all,

Just few quick notes.

Next Saturday 19th June we are playing the back 9 for a change.

The following Saturday 26th June we have an early start as the Swifts have their Captains Day.

July 3rd is my Charity Day which is to support National Guide Dogs for the Blind a wonderful organisation that train these great dogs to help the visually impaired.It will be a team event with raffle and complimentary tea, coffee and scones to follow.

Congrats to members who got birdies in May,namely Rose Leonard,Linda Corrigan and Eileen Smith,

Best Wishes,

Margaret,

Lady Captain

Calender 2021

Hello all,

Am enclosing a scorecard for current play as posted by Paula last year as some cards were incorrectly marked.Also would appreciate if all players could arrive 15 minutes prior to tee time to allow for efficient play.

Calender

Saturday July 3rd Charity Day

Saturday August 28th Presidents Day

Saturday September 11th Weekend Away

Saturday October 9th Captains Day

These dates are subject to change as you will appreciate,

Thats all for now.

Best Wishes,

Margaret,

Lady Captain

Return to Golf

Hello Ladies,

The day has finally arrived.Return to golf is confirmed for Saturday May 1st.

We start with social golf,which is to be reviewed after two weeks.The protocols are as follows;

.2-balls in 8 minute intervals is all that is currently permitted.

.Tee time is from 12.32-17.14. The BRS booking system will be available on Thursday 22nd April at 7pm.

.The cafe will remain closed. golfers are to leave directly after they play, as was the case previously.

.The clubhouse is open for bathroom facilities. Please be aware to sanitizer hands on entry and ensure you wear a face covering. It would be appreciated if no one congregates around the main entrance.

Additionally,

.There will be Casual Golf for Society members Monday – Friday from 17.30 to 18.50  ,starting on Monday 26th April. Bookings can be made by phone or in person. please do not email bookings.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you all on May 1st,

All the best,

Margaret,

lady Captain

Spring memo

Hello ladies,

Hope you are all safe and well and enjoying Spring sunshine.Hopefully we will return to some form of golf in April with restrictions  in place.When details are to hand, the Committee and I will work with Lepordstown to ensure that we return to golf as quickly and as safely as possible.

Thank you to all who have paid their Membership subs and a reminder to those that have not  yet paid.

Lepordstown have been in contact with me and informed me that the golf course is being well maintained and eagerly awaiting our return.

Best Wishes,

Margaret,

Lady Captain

Hello all,

Hope you are all well and safe and eagerly awaiting the Covid vaccine. By now. you have I hope received your 2021 Membership Application forms.We decided to extend the payment date to February 28th.Because we find ourselves in limbo regarding golf, I am delaying sending out the 2021 Calender until  we have concrete up to date information.

The 2021 Committee  are:

Lady Captain         Margaret Woods   0877658937

Vice Captain          Karen Clinton         0868180274

Treasurer               Niamh Quinn           0863048484

Honorary Secretary     Therese Cahill    0868207582

Handicap  Secretary   Mary T Murphy    9877590027

Assistant Treasurer    Geraldine Duffy   0857083891

IT Executive          Linda Galligan          0869086675

Social Secretary      Helen Donnelly     0851384432

Assistant IT Executive      Karin Ryan    0862680932

Assistant Handicap Secretary    Lindsay Sharpe   0879794704

President          Paula Gray        0879787462

Best Wishes,

Margaret,

Lady  Captain

 

Fond Farewell!

Hi everyone,
Thank you so much for the beautiful bouquet of flowers and kind gift I received from you all.   As I have yet to put up my Christmas decorations the bouquet has brought a glimmer of Christmas into my house!
 
Thank you to everyone who was able to join the AGM via zoom.  I believe we had 85 registered attendees.  It was a very good meeting and I hope that everyone managed to have their say.   There were a couple of actions arising which I undertook to follow up on.   The Guidelines will be updated to take account of some of the excellent suggestions made and will be re-circulated by incoming Captain Margaret.
In relation to the refund proposal, and taking into account members wishes, I undertook to have another look at the surplus situation.   With my financial management hat on I had reviewed the finances going back to the years 2015/16.   I think it is prudent that we should all be aware that, if we ignore the year just gone, we have been operating with a deficit outturn for the three years 2016/7, 2017/8 and 2018/9, as outlined in the chart below.  
Opening Balance Closing Balance Surplus/Deficit
2019/2020 13,515.06 22,192.02 8,676.96
2018/2019 14,488.19 13,515.06 -973.13
2017/2018 15,428.72 14,488.19 -940.53
2016/2017 19,205.16 15,428.72 -3776.44
2015/2016 17,872.62 19,205.15 1,332.53
 
 
It is understandable that people may think that because we have days cancelled each year due to bad weather or because the course is closed due to racing, we are making savings.   The reality is that even with a number of days cancelled, based on the figures above, we are eating into our surplus year after year and, at some point in the not too distant future, we will have to either increase membership fees or reduce our annual expenditure.
 
The Committee and I took on board the members views put forward at the AGM and have decided to increase the refund to members from €50 to €75.  The cost of this is €9,075 and brings the carry forward surplus back down to €13,117.02.   For cash flow purposes we should aim to keep a surplus of between €8K and €10K at the financial year end.   This is to bridge the gap between the start of the new financial year on the 1st November and when the membership fees start to arrive in, in mid-late January, which is almost three months.   
 
The €75.00 refund will be offset against next years membership fee request, which from an administration perspective is the easiest way to deal with it.   Anyone not renewing their membership will receive a cash refund.
 
I hope that this is good news and puts a smile on everyone’s face Emoji.   We have had a hard year and it looks like we will be in the same boat for at least another six months.   
 
My job as Lady Captain is almost done with only two weeks to go.  Despite Covid-19 I have had a wonderful year and enjoyed every minute of being Lady Captain.  Everyone has been so kind and generous and it is a privilege being a member of such a wonderful Society.   I am so lucky to have had such a fabulous Committee supporting me throughout the year.   Without naming them I wish to thank many of the former Lady Captain’s who have been so generous with their advice and guidance.  Thanks to our out going President Joyce, who was a hard act to follow.    Good luck to incoming Captain Margaret, and her Vice-Captain Karen, I  know we will be in their very capable hands in 2021.
 
Finally, I wish you and all your families a very safe and happy Christmas and hope that wonderful things come your way in 2021.
With very best wishes,
Paula,
Lady Captain 2020

30/11/2020: Invite/Agenda for AGM Thursday, 3rd December 2020 @ 7.30 p.m. via Zoom

Hi ladies,

Please see below the link/meeting ID and passcode to our Annual General Meeting taking place via zoom on the 3rd December at 7.30 p.m.   
The zoom details are as follows.
Meeting ID: 753 3913 4771
Passcode: 57gSHQ
To ensure the AGM goes smoothly and that all members have the opportunity to contribute, some ‘house rules’ will apply. 
  • When you join the meeting, please introduce yourself and then go on mute.
  • The meeting host will mute all attendees prior to the Lady Captain opening the meeting.  
  • If you would like to speak during the meeting please either,
    1. ‘raise your hand’ (available under ‘More’ in the top right hand corner of apple devices) or
    2. write your name in the chat function.
  • A member of the committee will be monitoring the chat and looking for raised hands and will alert the LC that you wish to contribute.
  • Please unmute yourself before speaking 
Under General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) I wish to let you know that the meeting will be recorded for the sole purpose of transcribing the minutes, following which the recording will be deleted.
 
The agenda is attached together with supporting documentation as follows:
–   Agenda
–   Minutes of previous AGM held on 14th November 2020
–   Financial Statements for the year ended 31.10.2020
–   Financial update on the year ended 31.10.2020
–   Brian Hogan, FCCA letter of representation in connection with the examination of the Saturday Strollers Income & Expenditure for the year ended 31.10.2020
–   Saturday Strollers Guidelines – Updated October 2020
 
In preparation for our return to golf next Saturday, Leopardstown have asked me to remind everyone to keep social distance, sanitise your hands on entry to the reception area and wear your face mask indoors at all times.   There will be no casual golf available to anyone after the societies have finished playing.

I look forward to ‘seeing’ you on Thursday.
 
Best wishes,
Paula,
Lady Captain

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

7/10/2020: Timesheet for President’s Day 10th October 2020

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to President Joyce’s big day.
Attached please see the timesheet with your tee-off time in the first column on the left.   Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your tee-off time in order to allow you a few minutes to greet Joyce and collect your score card.
Please remember that if you loose a ball you should only take 3 minutes time out to look for it.  While you are looking the next person should take their shot, while the other two players may assist you in looking.   At no stage should all four players be looking for a ball.   Play must keep flowing so that there are no back-ups.   It is a very full timesheet and the last line to tee-off will finish at approximately 18.30 hrs, if play is not delayed!!
The cards will be marked on Sunday and Joyce will contact the winners directly before the results are uploaded to the website.    Please check your handicap from the list on the website.   The password is Fairways.
Please take care and put your score card into the correct box after you have finished playing.
Fingers crossed for a good day weather wise and golf wise EmojiEmoji
Best wishes.
Paula