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January 2021 Meeting Minutes
February 2021 Meeting Minutes
Delaveaga DGC 2020 Year in Review
Delaveaga DGC 2020 Year in Review - Matt Beatty
●January 4th, 2020 Membership Club Drive - 50 memberships sold
●Britta L. joined as Social Media Officer on Instagram to boost awareness and start a grassroots outreach to include more women in our club & events
●Very productive work day to spread materials that were donated by the City of Santa Cruz.
●Discussion around the on-site storage unit began February
●Monthly was great in attendance but low in membership sales
●Purchase of new locks was proposed by Matt Beatty at February club meeting to standardize all locks used on the baskets, as well as replace locks that were no longer locking.
●Tree work through Commercial Tree was proposed and voted on unanimously at the February club meeting. Total for 4 days of tree work cost the club $7,500 March
●Enduro Bowl sold out pre registration ○Cesar and Creighton worked together to organize and plan this event
●Discussion around installing two new Par 4 positions was brought up by CJ. CJ suggested that new pin locations be added on Holes 13 and 14 to make those holes have true Par 4 positions that could be played during the Masters Cup. ○Motion was passed and new pins were installed.
●Sean and Matt had a meeting with Travis Beck, Mike Godsey, and Miles Hicks surrounding the course.
○Confirmation of Storage shed and Shakespeare Santa Cruz agreed they would pay for 90% of the new storage container or up to $2,500 and the club would pay the remainder. Estimated total was ~$3,300 (about $800 spent by the club) ○The City asked to be more included when we are closing the course so they can announce that information through their social media channels.
○The City recognized the lack of parking and how inadequate our parking space is when our course is busy.
○Discussion about tree work took place. Informed the City that we as a club spent $7,500 towards tree clean up/removal. They asked that we not place targets in locations on the course that could cause potential injuries. Most importantly, Hole 5 in the long.
○The City gained a very clear understanding as to what we as the Club have been trying to do over all the years we have been stewards of that property. We described it as our sanctuary and they fully understood.
●COVID-19 was in full effect directly after the March Meeting.
●No other in-person meetings have been held since.
●Mid March we were told to close the property. ○Signage was placed at the closed parking lot gate by the City explaining the course closure.
○Baskets were removed from sleeves and laid down on the ground and locked into place to indicate course closed.
■That didn't deter people from playing. Lock on the basket for Hole 17 was broken and the basket was placed back in its sleeve.
■Once the broken lock was identified, it was determined that all 30 targets would need to be removed from the course and stored at an offsite location. April
●Targets were removed from the course entirely
●The course and club activity was put on hold
●Enduro Bowl was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
●Masters Cup 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
●Disc golf on the Municipal Golf Course officially closed until further notice May ●Discussions with the City continue to take place amidst pandemic to try and re open the course.
●May 20th, the Club received word from the City of Santa Cruz that we were safe to re-open the course, with modified targets, to eliminate touching of the targets. At this time during the pandemic, shared equipment was still a concern, and the targets at the course are considered shared equipment.
●Sean’s idea was to remove the cage assembly from the target, so as you threw your putt, the disc would hit the chains, and then fall to ground, thus removing the need to touch the basket in any way.
●Course re-opened after 8 weeks of being fully closed. ○New rules were put in place to allow the course to open.
■Park, Play, and Go. No loitering at all.
■Groups of 2 only
■Social and Physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times
■No shared equipment (Do not touch other people's discs, carts, or bags)
June ●Received email from the City regarding Group sizes being increased from 2 players to 4 players. No groups larger than 4 (still currently in effect) July
●Received email from the City allowing club to reinstall cages on the targets.
○Crew of roughly 8 people showed up to help reinstall cages on targets and get the course fully complete.
○In its entirety, the course was fully closed for 8 weeks without disc golf play at all, and 8 weeks without cages. For a total of roughly 4 months of a closed/modified course.
○Disc golf on the Muni was still closed - Targets covered with trash bags and duct tape to secure. ○Nearly 3 full months without a club meeting. No need for meetings when the course is completely closed.
○Tom Audisio stepped up and began taking full control over Lost and Found at the course ○Jeff Rockwell began a GoFundMe for new course equipment. Jeff managed to raise $2,110 by July alone.
■Two weed whackers were purchased, along with a backpack style blower. Additional funds were held for more fundraising efforts to hopefully get a new chainsaw for the club to use.
○Adopt a Hole Program
■Keenan proposed the idea and Sean helped implement the Guardian program - Assigned every hole on the course a Guardian to assist with hole maintenance throughout the year
○Facebook Club page issues addressed
○Top of the World Memorial Bench - Peter Kline
■The deteriorating status of the bench was brought to the clubs attention (rotted and possible hazard)
■Back story, a visiting disc golfer had a heart attack on TOTW. Memorial bench was quickly installed without club approval.
■Peter volunteered to find out additional information regarding the bench and how to best move forward ○Parking Lot Trash & Recycling
■Keenan noticed trash being dropped off after course hours, filling up our garbage bins with trash unrelated to course operations. When this issue was brought up at the club meeting, it was also mentioned that the recycling at the course was being dumped into the garbage truck. Keenan called Green Waste, City of Santa Cruz & SC P&R to find a solution. Keenan partnered with Miles Hicks from the golf course to get a lock on the dumpster + recycling service for the course August
●Chainsaw purchase from GoFundMe via Jeff R was approved. Club approved to reimburse Jeff for the difference between the cost of chainsaw and the GoFundMe funds. ●Unapproved Course Maintenance Issues ○Club identified unapproved course maintenance taking place by someone at the course (NOT a Guardian). Person was identified and was asked to stop any course maintenance that does not have club approval. Person was encouraged to join the adopt a hole program led by Keenan and Sean.
●Bag Tags came back. First Bag Tag event was scheduled to take place on 8/13. Last club sanctioned event was on March 7th for the Club Monthly.
○Matt B. partnered with UDisc to create a league under their Beta platform so the Club could offer paperless bag tag events
●A discussion about tree trimming was brought up by Steve L in regards to being able to see Hole 27 in the medium position from the tee pad. Basket is partially obstructing the view of the basket in one of three positions. Steve said he would take it upon himself to gather data from players at the course regarding their thoughts on the subject.
●Social Media update from Britta ○She requested that anything posted on the Dela Facebook page be shared with her so she can share it to the club Instagram account. September
●Club President Sean O’Neill moved from Santa Cruz back to Philadelphia
●Matt to be acting interim President, Keenan to be acting interim Vice President, No secretary to backfill Keenan. Braden to remain as Treasurer. Joe Nama steps up to take on more of a role as Club Maintenance Officer.
●Treasury update - $7,328 in account
●Club Membership cost reduced from $40 to $20 for the remainder of the year.
●Peter Kline and Greg Churchill continue to work on the TOTW bench project ○Peter met with the original bench installer, John Tomco and discussed the bench - John T said he might pay for the materials for the new bench
●Lock was put on the dumpster, old/random trash cans were taken from the course and two new recycling bins were dropped in the parking lot
●Received recognition from UDisc for having the #10 rated course in the World.
●Iron Ranger lock was broken off and removed. Club donation box was emptied. Average monthly donations to the Club is ~$175-$225. Iron ranger hadn’t been emptied in about 6 weeks when noticed this so the Club lost at least $200 in donations
●Storage Shed received from City of Santa Cruz October
●Return of the Club Monthly
●No monthly club meeting in October
●Weekly bag tag series ended at the end of October ○Huge success. Massive turnouts nearly every week. Averaged roughly 40-50 players per event since Bag Tags was brought back November
●Autonomous club monthly. Pre registration only through DiscGolfScene and scoring through UDisc thanks to Cesar
●Disc Swap Meet Discussion.
○Potential disc swap to occur after the January Monthly
●Work Day scheduled for Sat 11/14 ○Great turnout for the work day. Got through all donated materials. 52 bales of hay, two pallets (24) straw wattles, 6 bundles of wooden stakes, three 50lb bags of barley seed, and 10 rolls of jute netting used. ○Closed Holes 2, 17, 25, 26, 26a, and 27 until April 1st, 2021
○$714 pulled from Iron Ranger (all since theft) - Thank you Dela Community ♡
○$277 received from Quarter3 Shack Profit (3%)
○$110 received from November Monthly
○$330 paid to Jeff R via check for Chainsaw reimbursement
○$8,795 balance in club account
●Storage Shed update
○Shelving installed in the shed by Tom Audisio to organize all equipment
○Tom A, Chuck B, and Mike W worked on the shed during work day to install new whirling vent to increase air circulation inside the container.
○Marty Hapner inducted into the Dela Wall of Fame. He was presented with plaque during the Club Work Day to commemorate all that he has done for our Club.
○Peter continued to work with Ron L and Greg C. to acquire the necessary redwood to rebuild the bench at TOTW. If the Club is paying for the materials for the bench, the plaque that was on the old bench will not be reinstalled on the new bench. December Club Meeting Agenda:
●Hole 18 - Brian proposes a pathway to be built on the initial fairway of hole 18 so that the path is more defined to prevent erosion of the trail - maybe additional signage needed
○Brian also requested that the TOTW memorial bench be moved further back from the tee pad/tee sign when it is reinstalled
●Trash Signs Update by Britta ○Signs have been completed by Onef Jef
○We will need to get him some 4x4’ posts delivered to his house so that he can mount and install the signs himself. Tom can possibly scavenge materials for Jef. Brian also to bring some materials to the course.
●Tom Audisio - saving funds from L&F profits to purchase a generator for the club to be used to charge equipment, etc.
●Shack Discussion - Marty Hapner
○We no longer have control over what happens at the shack ○~$225 for a quarterly check is not enough
○Post near the road/fairway of 27 is broken. This is an issue because four wheelers are able to access the course
○Similar issue at Hole 11 (cable does not lock)
○Club to work with RJ install metal removable pole (similar to hole 7) so that we or Fire Dept can access this area if needed ●Course Growth - Jeff Rockwell
○Course was PACKED during the monthly. Lower parking lot, main parking lot, middle of parking lot, Parking below the no parking signs, etc. We need to get some logs on that area to prevent people from parking there.
○We should consider what we are going to do in the future - we need to think more long term
●Wall of Fame - Ron Lynch ○Ron suggests that anyone inducted into the Dela Wall of Fame also receive a takeaway memento
●Membership Costs ○Disc order to go along with memberships to be a package
■4 different molds from Innova (Shrykes, Rocs, Firebirds, Aviars)
■Reducing the cost of membership to accommodate the sale of the package to include the discs
■Basic package includes 2021 Bag Tag & Patch
■Women and Juniors $20 basic package, $30 package includes one (1) baseline plastic disc, $35 package includes one (1) premium disc
■Everyone else - $35 basic package, $45 package includes one (1) baseline plastic disc, $50 package includes one (1) premium disc
○Marty would like to see us selling shirts instead - more visibility for our club
■Cesar suggests “shirts to order” so we don't have to store them ourselves - more expensive but you can place smaller orders
●TOTW Bench ○Peter found the son of the disc golfer that passed away then was connected to the bench maker. Then he searched for a redwood slab for the new bench (3-4” thick per Greg’s specifications) . Once the slab is selected, Greg will need a location to store, work on and build the bench.
○Plan is to remove the plaque, demo the bench, move the location of the bench further back and build the new one and incorporate the plaque somewhere else (possibly on the tee pad backstop).
●Exposed Rebar on Hole 1 - Ron Lynch to remedy
●Sanctioning of Events & MC
○We are in communication with the city and they are aware we are planning to run the Masters Cup and they have been provided all information regarding the PDGA COVID-19 guidelines
○April 23-25th for AM weekend, May 28-30th for Pro Weekend
●Travis Beck (Superintendent of SC P&R) - Santa Cruz opting into the three week SIP order starting on the 14th putting the Membership Drive Monthly (1/2/2021) in the red zone. We cannot have people outside the county traveling to play our event and encouraging them to visit the course. Most likely postponed to another date TBD
○We were thinking about a work party for December but that may need to be rescheduled to later in January
●Treasurer Update ○Braden C. stepping down from his position as Treasurer since he will be moving out of the area for the majority of the year
○Stan has offered to reassume the position he held for many years
○Difficulties with getting the 501(3)C back. The law firm or the IRS dropped the ball. We have resubmitted - we don't have to repay but it has been a very frustrating process.
○Financially deposited $469 (membership $ + Iron Ranger)
○$8,452 currently in our account Club Officer Positions:
●Current Positions: Matt (Interim President), Keenan (Interim VP), ??? (Secretary), Treasurer (Braden)
●Course Maintenance Officer - Tom would like to partner with Joe Nama on this position ○Sean was wearing this hat while here. He partnered with Joe on a ton of work. When Sean left, Joe & Tom stepped up big time.
○Matt nominates Tom & Joe to be our Course Maintenance Officers ●Social Media Representatives (Matt, Britta, Keenan, Leah)
○Plan to continue exposure on all social media platforms in 2021 ●Club Membership Officer - Peter Kline
○Peter lives not far from the course and is able to get up to the course and sell memberships
○We are not going to put old bag tags or new ones in the shack. We will put up a Facebook post and it will get bumped up to the top of the page and people can comment if they want a bag tag and then we can connect them with Peter and then he can meet up with them. Ron Lynch to assist if needed.
●Club Events Officer Position ○Cesar has wanted to step away from this position. We owe a lot to Cesar for the work he has done as the Club Events Officer such as being the mastermind behind the rolling start monthlies - We still need his assistance for the spreadsheet but his position is vacant
○Ian Sun & Ron Lynch are willing and able.
○Ron Lynch has experience running events in ultimate frisbee and Ian is currently planning an event.
○Stan Pratt to return as treasurer in 2021
■Promises the 501(3)C back in 2021 - all of our activity hinges on the status of this
■Per Stan : “I can do a report on it later. We have a firm working for us in that. I’m starting the process over with them, and we are gathering tax information needed again for it. Covid screwed us with the IRS on the last try is what they said”
●Club Secretary - Vacant position
○Roles include: take notes, make event pages on Facebook, record discussions that take place during our meetings, reliable people that can help take care of major decisions within the course.
○Keenan and Matt have discussed whether anybody would be interested - Ian Sun to step up.
●Vice President - Keenan stepped up to be the Interim VP when Sean left. Threw in his hat and seconded.
●President - Matt Beatty ○Matt has been interim president since Sean’s departure and will continue to do so in 2021
○Braden warned Matt that being the Masters Cup TD AND the Club President is a huge undertaking
●The Shack Discussion ○When Mark K. left, we had an opportunity to take over the shack. At the time, no disc golfer was prepared to take over the shack business
○Jamie Loustalot and the Golf Course took it over as an extension of their vending permit for the golf course