Friday, November 1st, 2019

Nov 01
Presidents Message – Mad Post October 2019

As the Mad River golf season draws to a close, it seems appropriate to reflect on a year of significant, positive change.

I think everyone would agree that with the infusion of 35 new members and their families, the enthusiasm and engagement at the club is palpable.

The smooth operation of the club is because of the diligence and capabilities of the staff, led by Gary, while your Board has fulfilled its role in trying to ensure the long-term health and viability of Mad River.

The Grounds committee, under the leadership of Bob Cook, has focused on possible improvements to our course proposed by Doug Carrick, our renowned Canadian architect. The Grounds committee has done a significant amount of work in evaluating the proposals and categorizing the various options into high, medium, and low priorities. Nothing will be decided until the membership has vetted any changes and any attendant costs.

Your Board would like to move ahead at the end of next season, with the expansion and redesign of the back shop which is presently over its reasonable capacity. We have safety concerns for the employees and members, and we believe an expansion and redesign will ease traffic congestion, increase storage capacity, and provide a more efficient service to our members.

A Funding Task Force has been struck by the Board in order to evaluate various alternatives to finance new capital initiatives such as this, when they are approved by our members.

Under Bill Strain's leadership, the Finance and Audit Committee has undertaken an insurance review, a risk management assessment and changes to our balance sheet reporting. This is in addition to their regular responsibilities of oversight on all financial matters at the club. I can report that the club is in a strong financial position with momentum created by the success of the Drive for 35.

Oct 31
GM – Mad Post October 30 2019

I would like to begin by thanking all the department Managers and staff at Mad River this summer for their efforts towards delivering another successful season. Sandy, Trish, Brian, Chad and Marcel put in a tremendous amount of time and energy ensuring we put our best foot forward each day for all our events and activities at the Club.
Our annual education awards in memory of Tom Sandell and Roy Emerton went to, Tatyana Feiner (golf operations), Skye Halliday (F&B), Jeffrey Allen and James Watt (grounds). Each were awarded with $500 toward their continuing education and in appreciation for all their efforts over the summer.
We had many other high performers this summer, we wish them all the best over the winter and hope to see many return in 2020.
The 2019 season ended with Debbie Clums retirement party. It was a wonderful event with Chuck Magwood and Rosemary McIntosh serving as MC’s. The stories were interesting, many memories revisited and well over 100 members were in attendance to celebrate with Debbie.
The board have recommended that Debbie be awarded an Honorary Associate membership in consideration of her contributions over the 28 years she was at the Club. We all thank Debbie and wish her the best in her retirement.

Oct 30
Ladies Captain's Report - Frances Painter   
Oct. 24, 2019
The 2019 golfing season is almost done – at least at Mad River. We’ve had a very good season and great times. I’ve had help from many of our members that chaired our numerous events throughout the summer. Your enthusiasm and commitment to golf has made the ladies’ program terrific.

Oct 29
As we move towards the close of the 2019 season, management and the Board of the Club are turning to off-season planning and preparatory work for the 2020 season. One very important project is continuing the efforts to identify members interested in serving on Club committees and the Board in 2020 and beyond.

This note describes the range of opportunities to get involved, the estimated time commitment and some of the things existing members have enjoyed about their roles. We encourage participation by all members, including those who not have previously participated in Club governance and by our newest members.

Any members interested in further information or in volunteering to serve are encouraged to please contact Gary Ward or any member of the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee (David Seville (Chair), Tony Viner, Barry Gordon, Liz Hoffman and Brian Swales) by November 30, 2019.

Oct 26
Hummingbird Moth on the 16th Tee. Photo taken by Virginia Kinney


Oct 26

I would like to thank everyone for wishing me well in my retirement. What a wonderful party.
It was so nice seeing everyone and reminiscing with you. Your gifts were incredible. Thank you so much.
Mad River is a very special place, always has been and always will be. My years there were great and I loved every minute.
So once again thank you for your kindness, support, and most importantly your friendship.   


Oct 21
Thank you to John Macfarlane for this beautiful fall photo taken on Saturday, October 19th from the 14th tee!


Oct 11
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Oct 10

"TEE IT UP IN 2020"

Following the highly successful ‘Drive for 35’ which sold out in record time, Mad River is moving to close out the membership and reach its goal of 350 members and their families by the end of the 2020 golf season. 
Available for sale now are 20 memberships at the frozen price of $17,500.  This is an incredible opportunity for anyone looking to become a member of a top ranked private golf course.
This new membership drive offers the same new member incentive as the successful 2019 campaign: 

Join as a full member and pay no annual dues for you or your immediate family in 2020!    
Once again the Club is asking for your help to provide quality membership leads.  For your efforts, the Club will extend the member incentive program whereby members receive monetary incentives (up to $1,000) for successful membership lead conversions.   

Special bonus gifts will be offered for lead conversions that take place prior to December 15th, 2019.

Don’t delay, email Sandy the names and contact information of those you would consider to be a good addition to your club.

Looking forward to celebrating Mad River’s success in 2020!


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