The MC had planned a nice general update for members on Club issues in a Newsletter. Then corona virus happened and everything changed. So the first thing today is to keep things in perspective and approach everything from a health, and not a golf, viewpoint. There will be plenty of time for golf later on in the year.
Our first thoughts go to any members who may be feeling unwell or have anybody close to them in that situation. We are also thinking of our many members who are on the front line response to this pandemic. We have members who are nurses, health care assistants, ambulance drivers and firemen and others who will find themselves facing dangerous situations and who are looking after the whole population. Please take care of yourselves and thank you on all our behalf.
Temporary closure of the clubhouse and golf course
At a recent meeting the MC took the decision to close the course and the clubhouse. In coming to that decision the MC relied on the recommendation of the GUI and ILGU:
*** the GUI and ILGU recommend that all golf clubs, practice facilities and courses across the island close with immediate effect until April 19th 2020. The message is clear. People must stay at home to help to contain the spread of COVID-19***
The MC is continuing to meet on a weekly basis to manage the effects of this temporary closure. (MC members have been introduced to the delights of ZOOM and meetings occur without the necessity of physical attendance in one place). The situation continues to change on a daily basis and the MC will continue to manage this new situation and keep the members informed by email as appropriate.
The impact of the club closure
Clearly the new situation will impact on the Club finances. As a general rule income during the months of November and December is relatively low, then members will remember that January and February were very wet with a number of days when the course was closed for play. And then in March corona virus arrived.
So at this stage of the year the club is well behind its financial targets. As a result of this the MC has taken a number of decisions as follows:
- all proposed capital spending has been put on hold
- a number of staff have been temporarily laid off and are being supported by government schemes
- one course staff member has taken voluntary leave
- the remaining course staff members are working strictly to approved health related distancing procedures
- the clubhouse has been placed in temporary “lock down” mode with utilities turned off and perishable goods removed
The MC is examining whether or not it is eligible for further government support schemes and will apply for such support if and when appropriate.
There are two big issues that remain in the background for the Club.
It is clearly not possible to reconvene the 2019 AGM and conclude its business in the current circumstances but the MC is ready to do this as soon as large group meetings are permitted.
On the club main loan situation (see more below) the discussions with LINK have progressed as has discussions with financial institutions (not AIB) with a view to obtaining support for the Club. However these two strands have yet to be joined up into a comprehensive package for agreement. Work in this regard is continuing and the MC remains positive about a satisfactory outcome in the not too distant future.
What can I do to help?
Everybody is anxious to help but clearly, for the moment, care of oneself and ones family is of paramount importance as is complying with social distancing and staying at home except for necessary trips outside.
Stay in touch …..watch the website for updates …… open Facebook …..
The office in the Club is now closed until further notice. If a members needs to contact the Club for any reason they should use the email of email@example.com If necessary, our Club Pro Gavin can still be contacted through his usual contact numbers.
From the perspective of the Club, notwithstanding the financial pressures on everyone, maintaining income is really important. Society, green fee and competition income has ground to a halt. This income will not be recoverable even when the situation improves. Competitions cannot be rerun, societies will have other scheduled dates in other clubs later in the year and lost green fees are just lost.
This means that subscription income is critical to maintaining a cash flow necessary for the club to function even in shut down mode. Members who have been put into difficult financial positions that impact on their ability to pay their subs are asked to make contact with the club to discuss the situation. The subscription from other members therefore assumes even greater importance.
Once the situation eases members are asked to support our Club Pro Gavin Byrne and our Club caterer John Wynne as much as possible.
Welcome to Captain and Lady Captain
The members are delighted to welcome Captain Declan McCarthy and Lady Captain Rosemary Buckley and to wish them both a happy and successful golfing year for 2020. Both Declan and Rosemary have been members for many years and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their new roles. They are supported by very strong committees and the Club can look forward to a well organised and interesting golfing year ahead.
You really had to be there ….
Unfortunately the Captain and Lady Captain were unable to attend the traditional drive-in on 1st January and their place was taken by a couple of well known imposters who had mysteriously found their way to Beaverstown. In keeping with its great tradition the members gave the imposters, who appeared to have lost their way and didn’t say very much, a warm and enthusiastic welcome.
A number of the older Club members recognised the visitors as back from the future and they were immediately offered a new Introductory Members package.
Welcome aboard Laurel and Hardy ……..hope to see you again during the year!
Beaverstown installs a new Swing Room
The Club recently added a new swing room to help members improve their golf skills. Members can book a tee time through the Pro shop and rates have been kept deliberately low to encourage all members to have a go.
The facility is managed by Club Pro Gavin. Lessons can be booked and the facility facilitates members who wish to have driving lessons from our Club Pro Gavin.
Let’s watch handicaps tumbling in the coming months!
Committee Members in 2020
The Club welcomes Jim Hender as the new Club secretary and he joins Evan Buckley (Chair), Padraic Fallon (Business Development), Aidan Smith (Facilities) and Liam Kelly (Financial Officer) on the management committee.
In the mens section the captain is Declan McCarthy and Tony O’Hare is the incoming Vice-Captain. Dave Kavanagh is the new hon secretary , Ken Breen is in charge of handicaps and John Quinn has responsibility for competitions. Aidan O’Kennedy, Kieran Argue and Sean Browne are committee members and last year’s Captain Pat Ward completes the team in the role as ex-officio.
In the Ladies section Rosemary Buckley is the Ladies Captain with Joan Halpin as incoming Ladies Vice-Captain. Siobhan Prout Dunleavy is the ladies secretary, Sheila Dowling is handicap secretary with Niamh Duggan in charge of competitions. Adrienne Gallagher is a committee member and last year’s Lady Captain, Alice O’Connor, completes the team in the role of ex-officio.
The Club Trustees going into 2020 are John Walshe, Paul Martin, Padraic Melvin and Tom Kirrane.
Some information from the Club AGM
A large and healthy attendance was present for the Club AGM in early December. Some of the key points from the chairpersons presentation included:
A presentation of the financial picture of the Club indicated that the progress of 2018 was continued into 2019 with a reported surplus of €18k in the accounts.
The membership profile showed a net increase of 30 in 2019 made up of 57 new members while, for a variety of different reasons, 27 had given up their membership
A full update on the status of the club mortgage loan transfer.
The plans, priorities and challenges for 2020.
Update on the Club mortgage Loan Transfer
Members will be aware that there are ongoing significant changes happening in relation to the Club loan. The loan was sold by AIB to a company called Everyday Finance and Beaverstown is in negotiation with Everyday Finance with a view to buying back that loan.
The discussions are at a critical and sensitive stage and all parties are anxious for a satisfactory conclusion. Additional discussions are underway with two major national banks who may provide assistance to the Club in this regard.
Members will know that at the AGM a number of decisions were postponed in order to facilitate those ongoing discussions. Once the outcome of the discussions has become clear the AGM will be reconvened and full information will be given to the members. It is difficult to predict an actual date but at this time it looks like it will be April at the earliest
Motions and Elections from the Club AGM
Three motions were presented for consideration by the AGM
- The motion to change the number of Trustees from 5 to 4 was passed unanimously 2. the motion to revise the fee structure for Intermediate members was passed unanimously
- The motion to apply a 2% increase to membership subscriptions across the board was also passed.
There was only one candidate for each vacancy that was available at the AGM. Consequently Jim Hender was elected as Club Secretary, Aidan Smith was elected as Facilities Officer and Tom Kirrane was elected as a new Trustee.
The chairperson thanked outgoing Trustees Jim Caulfield and Pat McCallion and he also thanked outgoing club Secretary Jim Flanagan for their enormous contribution to the Club over many years.