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November 2008 Meeting

Nomads Golf Association
 
Minutes were taken by John Coombs......
 
I was asked to forward minutes to all members......
 
Nomads Golf Association November 11th Meeting
 
Four members attended the official NGA November 11th meeting at the Irish Rover.  In attendance were Doug Heller, Terry Heller, Bruce Pajcic, and John Coombs.  As per the association's by-laws require no less then 4 full members (10% of the membership) to be in attendance for any rules to be voted upon and changed.
 
Most of the meeting centered on which tee boxes to play outings from.  After a lively and lengthy discussion several rule changes were voted upon resulting in 3 competition rule changes and 1 outing sign-up change. 
 
Previously, the NGA membership had agreed that outings should be played from the tee box with the listed course yardage closest to 6,300 yards.  Some suggestions during the meeting included keeping the rule as is, allowing the each member to decide which tee box (out of two choices) they would play from, and allowing membership (through signup where majority decides) as a whole to decide which tee box to use.  After much discussion, it voted upon (4-0 votes) to leave the rule as is.  That is, at NGA outings, the club will play from the tee boxes whose listed course yardage is closest to 6,300 yards.
 
The yardage discussion also brought about a change to the outing sign-up process.  Because of concern about yardages being played, it was discussed that the membership should know other information besides what course will be played for an outing.  As a result, it was passed (4-0 vote) that the outing sign-up page on the website shall include the course name, location (city and state), and the yardage, course rating, and slope of the tee boxes to be played.  Hopefully that information will help membership decide whether or not to sign up and play at that outing.
 
It was also talked about if there should be any exceptions made about what tee boxes to be played from.  Most of the suggestions where dismissed before any vote.  However, it was proposed that the club allow "super-seniors" to play from the tee box and yardage just in front of where the NGA will play from.  Most of the members in attendance liked that idea but weren't in full agreement as to what "super-senior" meant.  It was finally proposed that anyone who is 60 years of age or more at the time of the outing may elect to play from the tee box in front of the official NGA tee box for that outing.  The super-senior would still qualify to participate in the "low net" and "closest to the pin" competitions as well as hole-in-one at the outing.  This proposal passed with a vote of 3-1 (it should be noted that the dissenting vote would have liked the senior to be of age 62).  
 
To further ensure that members have a enjoyable experience (one reason we are all golfing) it was proposed and passed (4-0) that any member may elect to play from the tee box in front of where the NGA will play that outing (handicaps will be adjusted to the tee box being played ).  However, those members deciding to move up to a closer tee box from the official NGA outing tee box will not be eligible for the hole-in-one fund and "closest to the pin" contest for that outing but would be eligable to win the outing "low net" contest.
 
The last competition rule changed proposed was that the club use only 80% of each member's course handicap in deciding the number of strokes each player would receive at each outing.  It was noted that various clubs discount the number of strokes they award competitors when conducting a tournament.  It was voted on and passed (4-0) that starting with the 2008 season, each participating member would receive strokes for the event based on 80% of their course handicap. 
 
The meeting participants also discussed the "hole-in-one" fund.  The discussion centered around providing "every member" the same opportunity to win.  It eventually revolved around golf trips and whether the "hole-in-one" fund should be eligible during golf trips.  The 4 members at the meeting agreed (4-0) to propose the following "by-law" revision for the membership at large to vote on.
 
A "by-law" revision vote will take place at the January 13, 2008 NGA meeting on the following proposal:
 
Hole-in-One Fund (Section 10) 
 
Golf Trips will be considered an official NGA outing if all the following criteria are met. 
First, the golf trip must be organized by a full member of good standing of the NGA (previous year) and open and available for all members of the NGA to attend. 
Secondly, all information regarding the trip (contact person with phone and email address, location, arrival and departure dates, all of the courses to be played, all expenses (including green fees, travel, and accommodations), and travel options shall be available to the NGA membership no less then 90 days prior to the golf trip via email to the membership and posted on the NGA website. 
Thirdly, more then 50% of the golf trip participants must be full members of good standing of the NGA. 
Lastly, if a hole-in-one is hit, it must be witnessed by at least 2 other golfers, one of which must be another NGA member of good standing.
 
A majority vote on this "by-law" revision will take place at the Sunday, 13-January-07' NGA meeting. All 2007 (current) members can vote on this issue at the meeting in person or by proxy (email). All proxy votes shall be sent to the NGA Outing Coordinator via email to: drh3rdsun@verizon.net
Proxy votes MUST be received no later than Sunday, 13-January-07' by 12 noon for printing.
 
The last topic of the meeting was about the Association's financial status.  Without the Treasurer in attendance no status was given.  As a result, the members at the meeting agreed that the Treasurer should provide the Executive Committee members with an update prior to all meetings.  Therefore, if the Treasure is unable to attend a meeting a financial update could still be provided.
 
The meeting started at approximately 7:15 and adjourned at approximately 8:20.
 
To sum up the rule changes that were passed at the meeting:
 
1)      At NGA outings, the club will play from the tee boxes whose listed course yardage is closest to 6,300 yards.
 
2)      Anyone who is 60 years of age or more at the time of the outing may elect to play from the tee box in front of the official NGA tee box for that outing.  The senior would still qualify to participate in the "low net" and "closest to the pin" competitions as well as hole-in-one at the outing. 
 
3)      Any member may elect to play from the tee box in front of where the NGA will play that outing (handicaps will be adjusted to the tee box being played ).  However, those members deciding to move up to a closer tee box from the official NGA outing tee box will not be eligible for the hole-in-one fund and closest to the pin contest for that outing.
 
4)      Starting with the 2008 season, each participating member would receive strokes for the event based on 80% of their course handicap (including all club championships). 
 
5)      The outing sign-up page on the website shall include the course name, location (city and state), and the yardage, course rating, and slope of the tee boxes to be played.