It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of National Golf Commissioner.
Druhna Mary Whalen informed our President, Tim, that she would no longer be interested in holding the position of National Golf Commissioner. Thank you, Mary, for a job well done!
Tim asked for my suggestions as to whom should take on this role. I gave him a list of names that I thought might be interested as well as do a good job. I included my name on the list and expressed why I would like to do this.
I did chat with Druhna following my appointment and she shared information regarding the golf. Having chaired a number of National Golf Tournaments, I have worked with Druhna Mary as well as Druh Robert Wienczkowski (who held the position prior to Druhna).
In recent years, I have lost my desire to golf (although with Ryanna golfing, things may change!) but I still like the game and enjoy the tournaments. The advantage with me is that I will not be on the course but at the clubhouse able and willing to help the host Nest.
The first National Golf Tournament I participated in was in 1994, hosted by Nest 493, Batavia, N.Y. There were 248 golfers!
Since that time, I have either participated or helped at most of the National Tournaments (two of the tournaments I missed were due to my involvement with our Youth Programs) and been the Chairperson of several. I have chaired other tournaments during this time for my District, the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation, the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation as well as numerous other outings on a personal level. During this time, I have served as the District IV Golf Commissioner (not the entire time but most of it).
Whether I participated in the tournament or not, I was still involved with some of the logistics prior to the event by communicating with the golfers, working with the host Nest and helping with the waivers.
Obviously, things have changed considerably since 1994. Rules have changed, golfers have changed, expectations have changed. With that being said, I intend to modify the role of the National Golf Commissioner.
My thinking is that some of the logistics of the tournament should be handled by the Commissioner:
- Corresponding with the golfers prior to the tournament including the golf waivers
- Setting up the foursomes
- Registration at the tournament
- Suggestions for fundraising for the host Nest/District
- Fun games other than the actual golf for the participants
Obviously, the Chair of the tournament from the Nest would be involved and have input. My plan isn’t to come in and take over but to help you create a fun experience for the golfers as well as for you!
In one of my other blogs, I talked about how the National Golf Tournament inadvertently led me to my position as your National First Vice President.
I look forward to working with the golfers! If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am more than willing to listen. We need to increase participation as well as entice other Nests to be the host.
Keep safe! Keep warm!
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My phone: 724-747-3179 (my cell phone since I am working from home most of the time)