Dear Fellow Members,
As another successful year to 28 February 2018 has been completed, I am pleased to report, in brief, on various club matters, the financial results and activities at CCJ for the year. A more comprehensive report together with a detailed financial report from the Chairman of Finance, Eric Mackeown, will accompany the Annual Financial Statements to be distributed in June prior to the AGM scheduled for 2 July 2018 at Auckland Park.
For the second year running, the net membership at CCJ has increased by more than 200. Management is to be congratulated on this excellent achievement.
Membership at CCJ is now in excess of 7 000 with 702 new members joining during the year. Approximately half of the new members joining are registered, handicapped golfers. New members are thus also joining the club for the variety of activities that CCJ has to offer.
I am pleased to report that the Main Committee have agreed to appoint Morne Bekker as Vice Chairman of CCJ. Morne is a past golf captain and has been a member of the Main Committee for almost 2 years.
Unfortunately registration of this Trust has been delayed due to severe backlogs at the Master’s Office.
Both the ladies and mens golf sections held their AGM’s recently. Ann Dreyer has taken over from Mary McCarthy as lady captain with Bonnie Mbewe as her vice captain.
Mike Fanucchi continues as captain of the men’s section with Craig Finch as the new vice captain. Congratulations to all on their appointments.
As mentioned previously, the Committee is proposing to erect a roof cover over the Auckland Park patio. This suggestion follows the hugely successful project to cover the Woodmead patio some 2 years ago. Plans are currently being finalised and members will be invited to view the plans and discuss the project, hopefully by the end of this month.
Plans are currently being drawn up and costings done to refurbish and extend the members’ bar at Woodmead to incorporate the grill room. The grill room is not used to best advantage and will be better utilised if it is part of the members bar. The plan is to use the front portion as an overflow for the patio, particularly in winter and for the balance of the area including the grill room to have a more formal dress code and an age restriction.
PROPOSED BURN ON WOODMEAD ESTATE
The Committee is considering a proposal from the Environmental Committee to undertake a controlled burn on certain areas of the Woodmead Estate. The areas suggested are to the left of the 13th fairway on Rocklands and to the right of the 7th fairway on Woodmead. These areas have been identified as having little or no animal activity but will in addition be thoroughly swept prior to the burn taking place. The burn would revitalise grasses, increase soft-leaved herbaceous plants and provide soils abundant in nutrients for the survival of our current hedgehog population.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the AGM on 2nd July.