John Concannon, Publicity
The weather is finally cooling, and our Canadian residents and snowbirds are returning to the valley. So too, IMGA News returns to the Splash from a summer hiatus, at least temporarily.
Plans are already in the works for the 2015 activities schedule and the play day schedule. A significant change to the new schedule is the elimination of the two man game formats. The number of last minute cancellations put an undo amount of pressure on the staff to redo the teams so everyone who showed up could play on a level field. The two man formats will be replaced by other “team” games.
Next year the Member Guest Tournament will be held on Tuesday, February 17. The board has decided to upgrade the gift for all participants. It is a half-sleeve wind jacket. It is a quality garment and ideal for our chilly winter mornings. There is a photo of the jacket on the IMGA bulletin board.
A major issue facing the men’s league is the need for members who are willing to serve on the Board of Directors. Every year it seems like members have to be begged to go that little extra step to support the league. Now I know most of us are retired and have “done our thing,” but what if all of our wives decided that they had done their own thing and were going to retire and let someone else do the dishes, wash the floors, cook the meals; how different life would be here in Sun Lakes. There will be two vacancies on the Board of Directors, vice president and secretary, at the end of this year. If Bill Beltz decides not to assume the office of president (a normal progression from the vice presidency he now holds), there will be three openings. What happens if the openings are not filled? Could the Men’s Club fold? I think it is a very real possibility. On a brighter note (I think), there would be more opportunities for outside play bringing in additional revenue. In the several years that I have been on the nominating committee, I have received absolutely not a single call by a member volunteering to run for the board. I think it has been more than 10 years since we had an election where a position on the board was contested. I do hope that you will think about the future of the Men’s Club and consider running for a position on the board.
Our best wishes go out to Tom Drynan who continues to struggle with ongoing health issues. Hang in there Tom. On a happier note, Paul Jordan, a long time member of our Men’s Club, recently married Joyce Jones of Palo Verde. Paul and Joyce will be moving to a villa in Oakwood but Paul assured me he is remaining with IMGA. Congratulations to you both and may you have many happy years together.