President Ron Lucas called the meeting to order at
4:00 PM. Officers present were Peter Disch, Vice
President and Belle Lareau, Secretary. Trustees attending were
Scott Lechmanski, Jack Cortner, Bennett Karnis and Ann
Opening Remarks (R Lucas)
A moment of silence was held for Charlotte Hannabury, a
life long member of the club.The
club procedure is to follow Robert's Rules of Order and an
agenda was presented.
The minutes of the last meeting were distributed by email
and were therefore, not read. They were approved by
Financial Report (R Lucas)
As of October 16th, 2016
Check on hand from Restaurant**
Cash from week of 10/10 operations**
* Includes restaurant security deposit
** To be deposited on Monday 10/17
Additional monies owed from restaurant $8,938
Expected total of club bills due by 12/31/16
We had hoped to pay back the bridge loan we received from
the town, which is secured by our equipment, by this
meeting, but are not yet able to do so.
Our end of September financial reports indicate this
year's revenues are down $64,000 or 33%, compared to last
year, but we were able to reduce expenses for the year by
$56,400 or 45% so far.
Of the about $17,000 in bills that are due or will be
coming due by the end of the year, about $9,000 are from
vendors who have worked with us before and/or are adding
late fee payment charges. Our priorities in paying bills
have been payroll and taxes, including federal and state,
unemployment and sales taxes, insurance, liquor bills and
Last year the club received dues of $13,000 during
November & December and $8,000 in January. Members are
encouraged to pay early. Mark Scola noted the club is close
to bankruptcy and questioned what will happen if members pay
early and the club doesn't open. Ron said we need members to
step up and help the club. Sandra Lucas said if we pay our
dues early it will be to cover this year's expenses, and it
looks like we will need to raise fees for next year.
Liz Lechmanski felt that the president of the club acting
as treasurer was a conflict of interest. There was a
separate treasurer in the past. Finding someone to act as
treasurer among our members has been difficult. Sue Hine
asked if we could have a non-member as treasurer. Kate
Cunningham said a treasurer needs to be elected by the
members. The issue will be reviewed by the new bylaws
Thank you notes were received from Henry George Lang and
Richard Ruscica our scholarship recipients.
Trail fees will remain in place next year. We have had
difficulty collecting the fees and need to do a better job
The board voted to not give cash prizes to the winners of
the club flights because of the low participation and club
finances. Winners have been recognized on the wall plaque.
1st - Ann Beckwith
2nd - Belle Lareau
1st - Peter Disch
2nd - Bruce Taplin
Men's A Flight
1st - Bennett Karnis
2nd - Jack Cortner
Men's B Flight
1st - Mark Scola
2nd - Rich O'Connell
Men's C Flight
1st - Frank Caputo
2nd - Greg Toner
Discussion was held because someone asked to join the
club five days before the membership meeting so they could
vote. They were told no. Several members objected,
questioning why we would not want to take the membership
money. Belle Lareau asked for a show of hands to get a
feeling from the members present on the issue. Seven members
objected to not accepting the membership while the majority
favored a longer amount of time before having voting
privileges. The issue will be addressed in the new bylaws.
The board recommended an increase in cart and membership
fees in 2017. A raise in membership and cart fees was
discussed. The board recommends a 10% across the board
increase in membership fees and a raise in age for senior
memberships to 65. They also recommend an increase in cart
fees to $200 from $140. Sandy Lucas objected because they
get nothing in exchange for the increase. Liz Lechmanski
objected to the same pool of people being tapped. Charlie
Beckwith felt the area should be cleaned up. Bruce Taplin
felt a fee increase to $300 would not be out of line. He
noted that if you play 30 times a year at $10 rental per
time any play over 30 is a bonus. Bruce is in favor of
raising cart fees. Cathy Kenny suggested the new board
review pricing increases and present a package to the
membership. Bob Hall wanted to find out why so many members
dropped out and what can we do to get them back. Kate
Cunningham noted that fees were not being properly collected
and suggested a spotter.
Discussion was held about the precedent of accepting
absentee ballots. On the pro side, this is a common practice
among many boards and associations because it gives members
the opportunity to voice their preferences if they are
unable to attend a meeting. Cathy Kenny questioned why we
would want to deny members the right to vote. Ann Beckwith
felt she and Charlie were denied the right to vote last year
because the membership meeting date changed after they made
travel plans. Even though they were in touch with the club
by phone, they did not vote. Concern was raised because
there is no wording under elections in our current bylaws to
allow for absentee ballots. There is language on absentee
ballots in the by-laws section. Joan Caputo felt absentee
ballots were unfair to people nominated from the floor
because the absentee ballot would not know about the new
nominee. It was pointed out that 3 notices went out
requesting those interested in running for office to contact
the president and send a bio of their qualifications for
release to the members. Is it fair that someone declares
their interest only after they know who is running?
Kate Cunningham made a motion "That in order for a
member to cast a vote for this election, they must be
present at this meeting and the new bylaws need to address
the issue of absentee ballots." The motion was seconded
by Charlie Beckwith. In a show of hands, sixteen voted in
favor, three were opposed and the remainder were undecided.
Again, bylaws reform and clarification is needed.
Ann Beckwith was unopposed for Vice President, and will
fill the remaining one year of Peter Disch's term. The
secretary cast one ballot for the Vice President on behalf
of the membership which was approved.
Cathy Kenny was unopposed for Secretary, and will serve a
three year term. The current secretary cast one ballot for
Secretary on behalf of the membership which was approved.
Since Ann moved up to Vice President, her one year term
needed to be filled, leaving three positions for trustees.
The following declared candidates ran for trustee: Billy
Banks, Gordon Gooding, Chuck Hoffman, Belle Lareau, Scott
Lechmanski and Greg Toner. Wally Ogar was nominated from the
floor. The top two candidate votes went Gordon Gooding and
Greg Toner to fill the 3 year expired terms of Bennett
Karnis and Scott Lechmanski. The third candidate, Belle
Lareau, will fill the remaining one year of Ann Beckwith's
term. The votes were counted by Jack Cortner and validated
by Bennett Karnis. The membership did not want the number of
votes for each candidate announced.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM
Belle Lareau, Secretary
Betty Kontje Memorial
Sunday, July 17, 2016
5:00 to 7:00
Kontje gave a lifetime of love and service to the youth and community
The Shelter Island Country Club. Join us in honoring her memory at
a cocktail party,
2 hour open bar, hot and cold appetizers, raw bar with
clams, oysters and shrimp,
door & raffle prizes, FISHING CRUISE
RAFFLE; 50/50 and more!
(Need not be present to win!)
ADVANCE SALES $65; DOOR SALES $75; CLUB MEMBERS $60
Tickets are available at the Club
CALL 631-749-0416 FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Island Country Club
summary for June*
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Chef Peter Ambrose to run Endless Summer Cafe
After discussions with several highly qualified candidates,
the board has selected Chef Peter Ambrose to run our
restaurant for 2016. Peter has over 25 years in the
Hamptons food industry. He currently owns Endless Summer
Event Catering. We
agreed all liquor sales will go to the club and all food
sales will go to his restaurant.
Peter plans to offer a menu of creative summer food
that is casual and tasty. The menu has been designed to be
both reasonable and appealing to a foursome coming off the
golf course, as well as the family coming from the beach.
Endless Summer Cafe has generously offered to cater our
opening party so you will be able to sample some of the
menu items that will be available this season.
The restaurant will be open for Mother's Day and will
offer a special Mother's Day Menu.
hosted by Chef Peter Ambrose
Sunday, May 1st
The membership meeting will start at 4:00 on May 1st, followed
by the opening party at 5:00. The cost for members is
$10.00 which will be collected at the door. Guests Welcome cost
May & June
May 1 - Opening Meeting & Party
May 7 - Kentucky Derby Party
May 15 - Chilly Willy Scramble
May 23 - Weekly Ladies Scramble
May 26 - Weekly Men's Scramble
June 12 - Flag Day Tournament
June 12 - Club Flight Signup Begins
June 19 - Father's Day Tournament
Sign-up at the clubhouse
( End of club news for 2016 )
Club News 2015
SICC Closing Membership Meeting
Call to order (R Lucas)
President Ron Lucas called the meeting to order at . Officer present was Belle Lareau, Secretary. Trustees attending were Jack Cortner, Scott Lechmanski, BennettKarnis. Ann Beckwith
and Peter Disch were out of town.
Minutes: A motion was
made to dispense with the reading of the minutes of our last membership
meeting on July 12, 2015. The motion
was approved by acclamation.
Treasurer Report (R Lucas)
Our balances are as follows:
Our cash balance is less because income is lower and
expenses are higher. We still owe bills for grass seed, to our
accountant, natural gas and gasoline, and for the new gas tank alarm
Restaurant reimbursements are up-to date as of this
meeting, leaving us down about $9,000.00 from last year at this time.
Profit Center Reports for 2015 vs
2014 as of the end of September indicate approximates of:
$28,000 (expenses also up $19,000)
down $ 300
down $2,000 (273 members vs 275
Discussion followed the financial report about our
finances. President, Ron Lucas, was questioned about the $10,000 increase
in wages and salaries. Part of the increase was due to having to hire an
additional part time person to maintain our equipment and an increase in
staff hours to cover the bar, which was open longer this year.
Several members felt we should have a budget for 2016 and
not just rely on the previous year's figures as we have done in the past.
It was agreed the board will put together a budget that will be presented
at the opening meeting.
Sue Hine asked how many on the
staff and what were they paid. Figures were not readily available but can
Larry Lechmanski asked if we
looked into cost of maintenance. He felt the board is in defensive mode
and should be in offensive mode with regards to equipment maintenance. He
said we may have up to $150,000 worth of equipment that has to be used
and maintained on a regular basis.
Annual Report (R Lucas)
This year we held 9 board meetings and 3 membership
Major improvements were made to the club house. VUE
management received a round of applause. A two year lease was signed with
VUE so they can recoup their investment in the club. A new POS
(point-of-sale) computer system was installed for better tracking of
greens fees, cart rentals, pro shop and bar sales. A new tap beer system
was installed. Our logo was updated.
Our plans for course improvement next year include
installing hand rails on the 7th and 9th tees, and
new tees for 1,2,5 & 7. Longer term, we need
to repair the blacktop around holes 3,5, &
This year gold senior's tees were installed for players
over 55 years of age. A new alarm system was required by EPA and
installed on our fuel tank. The sewer system was finally installed by the
town in July. The town still needs to repair the blacktop by the carts.
We are pursuing a sign for Betty Kontje
on the new 6th ladies tee which will match the other tee
signs. The original sign maker has gone out of business. The sign has
been estimated to cost $1,000. Ed Brown recommended a tree be planted
with a plaque mounted for Betty, which would beautify the course and be
less expensive. Because of the high cost of the sign, it was suggested we
hold a special fund raiser for the recognition of Betty's long term
contribution to our club.
Bylaws revisions will be put off until next year.
In late September and early October, our club hosted ShelterIslandHigh School women's and
men's cross country track meets on our course. The race was scheduled at and over 100 students and parents
attended. We may host these successful events again next year.
Correspondence was received from the historical society
thanking us for our donation to their annual fund raiser. Julia Martin
and Tommy Card sent letters thanking us for our scholarship donations.
No dues increase is planned for next year.
Membership & Development (B Lareau)
The ladies Monday morning scramble was a success and we
will continue the scramble next season. It is a great way for our new
players to gain confidence and meet other players.
We will also have a ladies game at on Wednesday's next season which is
open to all players.
Grounds (S Lechmanski)
Scott apologized for the condition of the greens this
year. The weather was not kind to us, and the greens were damaged in May
due to lack of watering at night. Aeration was not carried out as planned
and we got hit by a downpour right afterwards. Next year we will aerate
in the Spring. We will seek guidance from George Blados.
We need a part time person to help Gator on the course and with equipment
Tournaments (K Gibbs for A
People need to sign up earlier and we need a more visible
location for club notices. Unfortunately, the Backwards Tournament sign
up sheet fell behind the radiator and was not available for member sign
up. A new bulletin board was purchased and has been installed to the left
of the fireplace. Sandy Lucas commented that Belle does a good job of
emailing the tournament announcements and Bob Hall said the tournaments
are posted on the website.
Scott Lechmanski suggested a
sign up sheet for the next tournament be posted on the day of the current
tournament and that the next tournament be announced when the awards are
Pro-shop (B Karnis)
Due to club finances, the Pro Shop did not have the budget
to stock the store. We only stocked a few items which sold well; golf
balls, hats and gloves. Barbara Olton suggested we consider a fulfillment
center with samples available in the shop so people can shop on line.
Others felt the store items were impulse items and should be stocked.
Mark Scola felt we missed dozens of summer
people opportunities because guest players like to take home mementoes of
their visit to Goat Hill. We will consider more items for the Pro
Shop next year since it is a profit center.
Club House (J Cortner)
The club house is in good order
Flight Winners (R Lucas)
All plaques have been updated, including the Hole-In-One
which was achieved by Bob Hall this year with only three clubs and a
putter, on the fifth hole.
Runner Up - Karen Gibbs
Winner - Sherri Surozenski
Runner Up - Bruce Taplin
Winner - Ian Weslek
Men's A Flight
Runner Up - P.J. Lechmanski
Winner - Jack Cortner
Men's B Flight
Runner Up - Sam Case
Winner - Dr. Richard O'Connell
Election of Officers
The board endorsed Jack Cortner
for re-election and called for a vote. Charlie Beckwith was nominated
from the floor. President, Ron Lucas, noted that it was requested by
email that anyone wishing to oppose Jack notify him prior to the meeting
so that we could conduct an orderly voting process. Belle Lareau noted that it was not appropriate to have a
husband and wife on the board because with only five board members
present for a vote, a husband/wife team would represent 40% of the vote.
Phyllis Power said there was nothing in the by-laws prohibiting a
husband/wife team from serving.
Karen Gibbs was then nominated from the floor and agreed
to fill the role of trustee. Other questions arose on the nominating process, the by-laws were read twice for
clarification. The by-laws do not address the nomination process other
than to say they will be done at the closing meeting. Kathy Kenny, a
lawyer, commented that legally if by-laws are silent on an issue, you can
not create a new rule without due process. Jack Cortner
suggested that since we have had nominations from the floor in the past a
precedent has been set. He recommended we accept the floor nominations
for this year.
(The nominating process needs to be defined in the revised
by-laws so a more orderly and professional procedure is in place for next
Ballots were distributed and tallied. Jack Cortner received 21, Karen Gibbs received 13 and
Charlie Beckwith received 8.
Arthur Lucker commented that
some members no longer enjoy coming to the bar and that the restaurant
prices were too high.
Sandy Lucas suggested raising the membership fees. Others
felt that a higher fee and the condition of the course would drive
Ed Brown would like to see more entrees on the menu
between $16 and $20.
Phyllis Power commented that greens fees are a lot less
and suggested we need signs encouraging people to come play golf with us.
TownyMontant asked how many rounds of golf were played. We
can get a number of non-members from the POS system but we are unable to
track members. Members continue to be lax about signing in the book.
Linda Hacker noted she was a new member and this is the first she has
heard about signing in. Greg Toner suggested we have a sign-in book at
the 2nd tee along with the score cards, so members do not have
to go to the club house to sign in.