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Annual General Meeting - Tuesday, November 21

The Dufferin Club of Brantford will be holding its' Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm.

It is very important for members to attend. Not only will the agenda include a reception of reports from both tennis and lawn bowling, the treasurer and chair of the club, and representatives from Parks and Recreation, but details related to the management agreement negotiations with the city will also be discussed.

As previously indicated, Dufferin's current management agreement with the City of Brantford expires on November 30. The Parks and Recreation Department was not prepared to negotiate the current contract nor commit to signing a new management agreement. An email was sent on September 30, asking for members to step forward and run as directors in 2018 if they wished the club to continue to operate under the existing management agreement. No members stepped forward before the deadline and as a result, the city will be taking over management of the property as of December 1.

The club can still continue as a viable entity and negotiate bowling and tennis usage with the city as Parks and Recreation will be taking over the maintenance of the property only until a decision is made on where and when new facilities will be built or the club is rebuilt at its current location. Members also still have an opportunity to step forward to join the board at the AGM to continue with user/rental agreement negotiations as the Dufferin Club of Brantford. If there is not enough nominations from the floor at the AGM to form the new executive then the board will start the dissolution process. The current directors will have recommendations for the dispersal of funds at the AGM if a new executive board is not formed. Those concerned about the club and wish for it to continue should get involved now before it is too late.

Management Agreement

As indicated in the spring, the Dufferin Club’s current management agreement with the City of Brantford expires on November 30, 2017. Representatives from the Board of Directors have met with the city to negotiate a new contract. The Parks and Recreation Department was not prepared to negotiate the contract in the club’s favour by assuming some of the fixed expenses and maintenance duties and it was proposed by Parks and Recreation that the city take over the management of the property at the end of the current management agreement.

The Board of Directors unanimously agreed to proceed with this proposal and provided written notification of this in May upon realization that the club can no longer effectively manage the facility nor has the volunteers with the expertise and skills to properly manage the facility, particularly with regards to maintaining the lawn bowling greens and equipment, due to declining membership and revenues as a result of the accelerated deterioration of the facility. Furthermore, the existing clubhouse, courts and lights are 45 years old and require substantial capital improvements to be brought up to current tournament standards and building codes.

Details related to the city taking over the management are still being worked out, i.e. if the city will be taking over management and operations of the entire facility or if the city will be taking over the physical management of the facility with the club and volunteers still running certain programming through a user agreement.

In light of the city taking over management of the facility, the board intends to dissolve the Dufferin Club of Brantford Corporation as of November 30, 2017. There are some members who believe the club should renew our current contract and continue to operate as is with the club managing and operating the entire facility. If the club decides to continue to operate as is, the club a) needs to inform the city as soon as possible and b) needs five volunteer members to join the Board of Directors as of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for November 21, 2017. The Chair, Past Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Lawn Games Coordinator positions will need to be filled.

A brief description of the duties for these positions is provided in the club’s by-laws and can be viewed here. Moreover, board members are also tasked with additional responsibilities such as applying for grants and student funding; hiring, training and managing staff; purchasing supplies and servicing equipment for the greens; completing minor repairs to the clubhouse; grounds maintenance; purchasing supplies for the office, kitchen and washrooms; updating/developing/printing and tracking administrative paperwork for memberships and camps; organizing and managing summer camps; purchasing camp supplies; website maintenance; managing social media accounts; monitoring and answering email and other correspondence; advertising and promotion; ongoing member communications via newsletter and email; and liaising with the city, local schools and media.

These are all volunteer positions and require a lot of time and commitment not only throughout the playing season but also during the off-season as well. If individuals feel strongly about the club continuing to operate as is and are committed to joining the Board of Directors as of the AGM, they need to notify the board in writing of their intent by Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (via email to info@dufferinclub.ca).

Eagle Place Seniors and Ingham Monuments Open Singles Tournament

The Dufferin Club held an Open Singles Lawn Bowling Tournament on Saturday, September 9 sponsored by the Eagle Place Seniors Club and Ingham Monuments. Participants were treated to delicious soup and sandwiches, which were provided by Tranquility Retirement Home.

Winners:
1. Neville Williams, Norwich - 3 wins, 41 points
2. Yvette VanDer Post, Simcoe - 2 wins, 43 points
3. Dave Ancill, Brantford - 2 wins, 39+3 points
4. Karen Jackson, Brantford - 1 win, 36 points (One game high)
5. Gary Whyte, Burlington - 2 wins, 34 points

Thanks to Jim and Eleanor Thomson for setting the greens, Wilma Roblin and Jim Thomson for the draw table and Jeanette McCall and Eleanor Thomson in the kitchen. Further thanks to the jack-setters Robert McVitte, Evely and Jim Munro, Jeannette McColl and Alma Kisser. Congratulations to Eleanor Thomson, winner of the 50/50 draw ($24.50).

McCleister Funeral Home Women and Mixed Pairs Tournament

The Dufferin Club hosted a Women and Mixed Pairs Lawn Bowling Tournament sponsored by McCleister Funeral Home on Monday, September 4. It was a hot, sunny day, but the strong breeze kept conditions comfortable. Competition was friendly; convivial spirits all around for the eight teams entered, which made for a great day.

Winners:
1. Derek Mckie, Woodstock and Yvette VanderPost, Simcoe - 3 wins, 43 points
2. Matt Kolenc, Simcoe and Wendy English, Hagersville - 2 wins, 39 points
3. Karen Jackson and John Matthews, Dufferin - 2 wins, 38 points

Neville Robson and Ruby DeFeu, Burlington had a one-game high of 32 points.

Thanks to Jim Thomson, Eleanor Thomson and Karen Jackson for setting the greens; Jim Thomson, Wilma Roblin and Diane Pope for mastering the draw table; Jeanette McDonald, Eleanor Thomson, Pat Faith in the kitchen, and Pat Faith for photography. Congratulations to Lesley Durham-McPhee from St. George who won the 50/50 draw ($27).

Over 40 Singles Tennis Club Championships

The first event in Dufferin Tennis' Club Championships, the Over 40 Singles, was played on Saturday, August 26. The participants played a round robin against each other to determine who will be crowned champion. Dave Carter went undefeated winning all five of his matches for a total of 30 games. Lee Hendon finished second with 25 games, followed closely by Dave Cureatz in third with 24 games. Ron Beckett finished fourth with 20 games, followed by Garry Horsnell with 16 games and Pete Pongrac with 5. Congratulations to Dave Carter on his victory!

The next event is the Open Singles Saturday, September 9, followed by the Doubles event on Saturday, September 16 and Juniors Saturday, September 23. Rain date is Sunday on each weekend and deadline to sign up is the Thursday prior to each event.

FUNdraiser for Cystic Fibrosis

Great turnout for Dufferin's FUNdraiser for CF on Friday, August 25. Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the event. At the end of the night, the club raised a total of $1,317 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada through donations, raffles and a silent auction.

Cystic Fibrosis

Thank you to all the individuals and business who donated door prizes and items for the silent auction and raffle: Garry Horsnell, Aldo Pignotta, Dave Stewart, Christine Cureatz, Ethan Mavromatis, Healthy Rabbit, Advantage Maintenance, Serenity Country Candles, Burrito Brothers, Brantford Power, Dairee Delite, Whatcha Wanna Wear, Charles Jones Industrial Limited, Sircorp, The Pita Pit and Jack Astor's.

Thank you to Pete Pongrac and Dave Cureatz for donating food for the BBQ and Lee Hendon for donating the ice cream and toppings for the social. Thanks also to staff and additional members who helped set up for the event and helped with clean-up afterwards. A special thank you to Lee Hendon for all your time and effort in canvassing for prizes and promoting the event.

Honda Civic Women and Mixed Pairs Tournament

The Dufferin Club hosted a Women and Mixed Pairs Lawn Bowling Tournament sponsored by Brantford Honda on Monday, August 7. It was a good day to bowl, cloudy but warm. Eight teams were entered and the scores were all very close; three tied games had to play extra ends to determine the winners.

Winners:
1. Derek Mckie, Woodstock and Yvette VanderPost, Simcoe - 3 wins, 32 points
2. Dave Allen and Barb Young, Preston - 2 wins, 31 points
3. Karen Jackson and John Matthews, Dufferin - 2 wins, 30 points

Neville Robson and Ruby DeFeu, Burlington had a one-game high of 31 points.

Thanks to Jim Thomson and Karen Jackson for setting the greens; Jim Thomson, Wilma Roblin and Diane Pope for mastering the draw table; Eleanor Thomson, Pat Faith in the kitchen, and Pat Faith for photography. Congratulations to Karen Jackson, winner of the 50/50 draw ($21).

Bruton Investment Group Women and Mixed Pairs Tournament

The Dufferin Club hosted a Women and Mixed Pairs Lawn Bowling Tournament sponsored by Bruton Investment Group NF on Saturday, July 1. The weather was beautiful for the eight teams entered. The games were very close which made for an exciting day. Bowlers were treated to Canada 150 birthday cake, strawberries and champagne. Medals and trophies were awarded to the winners; the first place team also took home $200 in prize money. Special thank you to Richard Bruton for his continued support for this tournament.

Winners:
1. Karen Jackson, Dufferin and Jan Sommerfeld, Cosburn Park - 3 wins, 38 points
2. Tilly Mannen and Jan Mclean, St. George, 2 wins, 40+5 points
3. Mike Mogan and Rachel Jones, Cosburn Park, 2 wins, 34 points

Katherine Smith and Anne Harris, Ancaster had a one-game high of 20 points.

Thanks to Eleanor Thomson for the festive Canada Day decorations, Jim Thomson, Karen Jackson and Jack Taylor for setting the greens, Jim Thomson and Diane Pope for the draw table, Eleanor Thomson and Wilma Roblin in the kitchen and Pat Faith for photography. Congratulations to Jan Sommerfeld, winner of the 50/50 draw. Check out all the photos here!

Canada Day 2017

Ye Olde Tyme Bowlers Open Pairs Tournament

The Dufferin Club hosted the Ye Old Tyme Bowlers Open Pairs Lawn Bowling Tournament on Saturday, June 17. It was a lovely day, with a brief refreshing shower at the end of the game.

Winners:
1. Carmen and Clare Morris, Hagersville - 3 wins, 32 points
2. Derek McKie and Gerry Hutson, Woodstock - 3 wins, 30 points

Andrew Brightman and Anne Conroy, Simcoe had a one-game high of 18 points.

Thanks to Jim and Eleanor Thomson and Karen Jackson for setting the greens, Jim Thomson and Diane Pope for the draw table and Eleanor Thomson in the kitchen. Congratulations to 50/50 winner Karen Jackson ($24).

Open for the Season!

Thanks to Dave Levac, MPP and Cheryl Antoski, Acting Mayor for swinging by the Dufferin Club's Open House on Saturday. The club is now officially opened for the season. Weekly tennis activities start Monday, May 1 and all are free with your membership.

Weather permitting, the office will be open weeknights from 6 to 9 pm and weekends from 9 am to 12 pm to accept membership and junior tennis camp registrations! Summer camp spaces are filling up fast!

Open House

Welcome to the 2017 Season!

The season officially kicks off Saturday, April 29 with an Open House from 10 am to 2 pm. Meet our court staff and Executive members. Light refreshments will also be available. Everyone welcome and play free the entire day. Information regarding memberships and club activities will be provided and membership and junior tennis camp registrations will be accepted.

The Dufferin Club is also offering FREE "Give it a Try" sessions Saturdays in May from 1 to 3 pm. Come out and try lawn bowling, tennis and/or pickleball. Equipment will be provided, though you must wear flat, non-marking soled shoes.

To ensure this season meets your needs as a member, the Board of Directors is inviting you to provide feedback by completing the 2017 Spring Member Survey.

Spring Clean-up - Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who pitched in Saturday to get the club ready ahead of our Open House on Saturday, April 29.

It was a small group compared to last year, but we certainly accomplished a lot! Related to the building itself, the back of the club received a fresh coat of paint while inside, the kitchen, hall and women's washroom were cleaned, the floor in the men's washroom was repaired, and old tennis balls sorted. Outside, the awning and one side of windscreens were installed, debris along the edges of the courts were cleaned up, benches were moved, the south green was swept of debris, most of the dandelions on the north green were pulled, sand in the trenches were raked, and the grass around the property was cut.

The club is looking fantastic! Thank you again for all your hard work; your dedication and support to the club is greatly appreciated.

Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean-up - Come lend a helping hand

To kick start National Volunteer Week, the Dufferin Club has scheduled a spring clean-up on Saturday, April 22 from 10 am to 12 pm. We need everyone's help to get our club ready for the upcoming season. Make sure to bring some gloves and if you have extra cleaning or painting supplies, rakes, brooms, leaf blowers, shovels, etc, please bring those with you as well. There will be lots to do:

  • Cleaning the inside of the clubhouse (kitchen, hall, washrooms, office, etc)
  • Moving the benches to the greens and courts
  • Installing the nets, windscreens and awning
  • Painting the back of the clubhouse and net posts
  • Sweeping/raking up debris on the courts, greens and property
  • Move sand pile
  • Cleaning out and organizing the shed
  • Cleaning up garbage around the property
  • Gardening and weeding

Registration packages will also be available for pick-up during the clean-up, so even if you are unable to lend a hand, please stop by and pick up your registration packages. Registration packages will not be mailed out to members who receive the club's newsletters through email this year.

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