Included in this issue:

  • Winter League Update
  • New appointments by management company
  • Update on 2018 subscriptions
  • Vacation Club benefits for Members.

Golf Results
Due to the very difficult weather over Christmas the recent competition that was run over the Christmas week will now be extended by a further two weeks.  Lets hope that things improve.

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New Appointment by East Clare Development Village
The management company has announced the appointment of William O’Brien as Director together with its intention to create a Course Committee for the future management and development of the golf course.  CEO Brian Martin said ‘We are delighted that William has agreed to come on board.  It fills a gap for us in terms of local golfing knowledge and detailed appreciation of course issues.’
The new Course Committee will comprise William and Green-keeper Ciaran together with representatives of the Mens and Womens Clubs.  Men’s Captain Brendan Magill commented ‘What a positive appointment to the company board, I’d like to wish them every success for the year ahead.’
In like fashion ladies captain Noreen Skehan welcomed Williams appointment saying ‘he undoubtedly has the necessary experience required and he is an excellent communicator.’

New Chef for East Clare
The transformation of the restaurant can start immediately with the new year – Head Chef Mike Hogan has agreed to return to East Clare.  Mike was previously here for a short time a few years ago and spoke with the company shortly after they came on board to indicate an interest in returning to help to redefine our restaurant and bar.
After several meetings – sharing opinions on what would be required for the future – the company offered the post of Head Chef to Mike – he will start work on January 3rd and the plan is to introduce a new breakfast menu and bar menu first, throughout January, and to aim to have a restaurant dinner menu in place for early February.
Company CEO Brian Martin said ‘We hope to have a lot of fun during January and February, inviting members to take part in menu ‘cook-offs’ to try the dishes and using these fun events to arrange social evenings within the club.  The evenings will offer information on the share issue or the vacation club possibilities while we finalise the menu selections and the wine lists for the year ahead.’
‘This is always a great stage of development of any restaurant and a real opportunity for a wide group to get involved and enjoy a few unique evenings around the food choices.’
We will be using these evenings to bring members together and thank them for supporting the call to indicate 2018 membership intentions early and the first target is the weekend of 14th and 15th when we aim to ‘cook-off’ breakfast menu items each morning and will invite some members to join – watch this space!!!’

Restaurant Credits for Members
Members who have paid in full by year end are entitled to a credit against their bar and restaurant account.  The company plans to have this system automated sometime in the first quarter at which point these credits will be applied.  Brian has said that if anyone is desperate to use their credit before then they should contact him directly and he will arrange it.

Subscriptions for 2018 well in hand
Many of you are asking what progress has been made in collecting subscriptions for 2018.  We are delighted to share with you that we have had positive commitment of in excess of 80% of expected fees for the year ahead.
Company Finance Director, Declan Hogan said ‘We asked for commitment from the members and we have had it – what a positive story to relay to the bank and what a positive start to the year.  The year hasn’t yet begun and I think we can confidently predict higher income than expected.  This will facilitate many things not least a reinvestment in the course and clubhouse that we all want to see.’

One immediate example is the plan to increase the size of our club shop, company Director Fergus Merriman said, ‘I have today posted plans to alter the shop and office layouts – members can take a look at these minor works posted on the notice board outside the locker rooms.  It’s just a small job but it gets us started with much need changes and improvements.  The alterations (to open the area up) will allow us to maintain a constant presence in the shop without breaking the bank in terms of employing people.’

 Vacation Club benefits for Members
The company will start to introduce the details of the Members Vacation Club benefit early in January.  Starting with the mens and ladies committees, to make sure the message can be passed quickly through the club, meetings will be arranged with members and their spouses to explain the Vacation Club Offer.

During the next two weeks or so all members who have confirmed their intentions for 2018 will be contacted to arrange to have them enrolled in the vacation club.

The process will take a couple of months to schedule the meetings required and CEO Brian Martin asks that anyone who is in a hurry to get their holidays arranged should contact him directly on to arrange an early appointment.


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