2011 Business Meetings Fundraising Golf Classics Public Service

Golf Club Classic: Presentation

In what must have been one of his first official acts as the new President of the Allendale Lions Club, Richard Snowdon looks delighted to be presenting a cheque for £600 to Cancer Research UK, along with members of the Lions, and Allendale Golf Club.

It’s good to see such smiles, too, from everybody seated around the table in the lovely clubhouse. Not everyone was named, in the accompanying blurb, but it’s important, I think, to recognise Norman Harris in his golfing gilet, in between John Dobson and Colin Wraith. To Colin’s left, of course, Doug Ness and Peter Aldcroft gave excellent bracketing smiles as well.

According to the Business Meeting Minutes #86 (September, 2011), carefully noted by Secretary Irene Ness, there had been some consternation between the expectations on the Golf Club side and the Lions’ wish to generate funds for the cancer charity. Following discussions with the Golf Club, it was agreed that the proceeds of the Classic should be split 50/50 between the Golf Club and Cancer Research. Apparently, the matter was smoothed over because the proceeds from the bar on the day had exceeded expectations (quel surprise!), so that the photo opportunity and big cheque, when the Lions had topped the donation up, came to a similar amount for each concern. Whew!

I like perusing the minutes, in these circumstances, because with a little effort they reveal something of the social history of a community, how folks adhere and work things out together.

2008 Fundraising Golf Classics

Golf Club Classic

Although the actual date of the 2008 Golf Classic is not clear on this flyer, what is obvious is that the effort was yet another way in which the Allendale Lions contributed to the social fabric of our community.

I was never a golfer, myself, though I do know something of the thrill of whacking a ball straight, high and true down a fairway. Putting, chipping . . . not so much. And rather more slicing into the rough, of course, than the straight and true line from the tee.

But the way the Golf Club, whose members were interwoven with other organisations, especially the Lions, worked towards a special facility, whether on the course itself or in the impressively appointed clubhouse with its environmentally-conscious energy capacity, was salutory. Perhaps it was that dedication to a project that inspired many of the Lions to share in the experience.

Or maybe it was the social interaction, the tipple on the 10th hole (is that what you call it on a 9 hole course?), the camaraderie and physical effort that made the golf course more than just ‘a lovely walk spoiled’ as the old joke has it.

What’s undeniable is that the Allendale Lions loved to engage in projects that bound people together, that helped to build a cohesive community.