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Courses / Re: Dellwood Park Work Hours
« on: May 28, 2014, 07:40:58 PM »
From Facebook (5/27 Sean Callahan):

"Ok its been a couple crazy weeks but we are hitting The Canyons at Dellwood Park really hard this week. We will need volunteers this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We are auggering the holes for the sleeves and installing sleeves on Friday. Steve Matul (008) will be out there leading the whole thing and needs as many hands on deck as possible. We will need people to haul away the spoil from the augger on Thursday and help with moving concrete where ever necessary on Friday. I would like to get as many volunteers on Saturday as well, we have many other things to do. I will be out there as soon as Im done with work both days as well. Let me know if you can help out. Thanks!"

"7:30am through the afternoon. Til we're through."

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: Meeting Minutes
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:11:57 AM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 29
Community Park, Channahon, IL
Meeting called to order:  5:00 PM

Members Present:
Frank Grimes
Jason Poole
Kristi McCarthy
Shawn McCarthy

1) Financials (see attached)
     •   $743.34 Available for course projects.

2) Handicap Singles League
     •   Average of 15 players per week.
     •   Second session has been sanctioned to run from 6/3-7/29 (9 weeks).

3) Bag Tags
     •    J-Town is looking for a member/members to assist with running the Bag Tags.

a)   Ace Fund
     o    3 options put up for consideration
             Roll ace pot over to handicap leagues
             Donate the money to Morning Star Mission as part of our Ice Bowl
             Leave the money as a bag tags ace pot.
     o   Vote pending.

4) J-Town Invitational
     •    9/6/14, Jason Poole-TD, Frank Grimes-Assistant TD, Dellwood park if available
     •   We are currently looking into having trophies (1 pro, 1 am) made.  Frank will ask Kelly Murray if she is willing to do paintings for us again this year.

5) 2014 Elections
     •    Running un-opposed:
          o   Frank Grimes- Vice President
          o   Dean Bingham- Secretary
          o   Jason Poole- Treasurer
          o   Jeremiah Bly- Member Advocate
     •   Voting for President
          o   Thor Batchelor, 6 votes
          o   Dave Kociuba, 8 votes
     •   New officers will take over positions on 6/1/14.

6) Club Baskets
     •   Vote to purchase 4 Discraft Chainstar baskets passed 3-2.
     •   Thanks to Thor Batchelor for picking up the baskets for us and saving us shipping costs.
     •   Basket borrowing rules:
          o   Members may borrow baskets free of charge provided they are returned in the same condition they are received.
          o   Member must have a signed contract on file before being allowed to borrow a basket.
          o   Borrower is responsible for the pick-up and return.
          o   Event requests take priority over personal use.
          o   Borrower will be allowed a 2 week minimum before the next personal request is fulfilled.
     •   Borrowing rules approval vote pending.

7) Open Q&A
     •    No topics presented.

Meeting adjourned, 5:28 PM

Courses / Re: West Park
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:37:54 AM »
The creek is almost full but there is minimal ponding in the fairways.  The fairways next to the creek have not been mowed, however, so its a bit like a jungle out there.  The tee pads are pretty sloppy. 

We skipped holes 2-5, 11, and 16 at handicaps last night.

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: 2014-2015 J-Town Disc Golf Club Board
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:12:51 PM »
Voting is now open for J-Town Disc Golf Club officers.  All positions with the exception of president are unopposed, so voting will only be for president. 

The candidates are
     Thor Batchelor
     Dave Kociuba

You may vote by contacting any officer (Ray Hill, Frank Grimes, Jason Poole, Dean Bingham, or Aaron Studer).  Ballots will also be available at handicap leagues on 5/6 and at the club meeting on 5/12.  Voting will be finalized at the meeting on 5/12 with the new officers taking over the positions on 6/1.

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: 2014-2015 J-Town Disc Golf Club Board
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:43:18 AM »
Last call for nominations.  Deadline is 4/10.

Courses / Dellwood Park Work Hours
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:38:42 AM »
For all the J-Town Disc Golf Club Members hard at work getting Dellwood Park ready, I'd like to make sure everyone gets the credit they deserve.  Any time you go out there, just post here with the date and the number of hours.   I'll monitor this thread and add your points to the Member Reward page.  This includes any work done since 1/1/14.

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: Meeting Minutes
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:59:15 AM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 28
McDonalds – 4280 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60431

Meeting called to order: 5:00 PM

Members Present:
Frank Grimes
Jason Poole

1) Financials (see attached)
   * $682.34 Available for course projects.
2) Ice Bowl (recap)
   * 66 Players in snowy conditions.
   * Total amount raised has not been finalized.

3) Handicap Singles League
   * Season begins 4/8/14
   * Broken up into 3 seasons for PDGA reporting purposes with Months as a designators
      o April/May (8 weeks)
      o June/July (9 weeks)
      o August/September (8-9 weeks)
   * Same entry fees and optional fees as previous season
   * Going back to a single ace fund

4) Club Invitational
   * 9/6/14 date approved by State Coordinator
5) Saturday Bag Tags
   * Average 12 players/week in 2014.
   * Raised $690 for the 2014 Ice Bowl
   * J-Town is looking for a member/members to assist with running the
Saturday Bag Tags. If the spot is not filled, it will be cancelled.
   * $205 remains in the Ace fund.

6) 2014 Elections
   a) Deadlines
      * 3/10/14- 4/10/14 Nomination Period
      * 4/11/14-5/12/14 Voting Period
      * Ballets to be counted and made official at the 5/12/14 board meeting

   b) Nominations
      * Jason Poole nominates Frank Grimes for Vice President. Frank accepts.
      * Jason Poole nominates Jesse Saenz for President
      * Jason Poole nominates Dean Bingham for Secretary
      * Jason Poole nominates Aaron Studer for Member Advocate
      * Jason Poole nominates Anthony Rodriguez for Member Advocate
      * Frank Grimes nominates Shawn McCarthy for Member Advocate
      * Frank Grimes nominates Jason Poole for Treasurer. Jason accepts.
      * Frank Grimes nominates Thor Batchelor for President.

7) Open Q&A
   * Proposal to use $1628 from the general fund to purchase baskets. Vote
      o Basket borrowing rules.
         * Members may borrow baskets free of charge provided they are
returned in the same condition they are received.
         * Member is responsible for the pick-up and return.
         * Event requests take priority over personal use.
         * Members will be allowed a 1 week minimum before the next
personal request is fulfilled.
   * Jason Poole presented some J-Town Disc Golf Club historical data. (attached)
   * Jason Poole presented a summary of the J-Town Member Reward Program points for 2013. (attached)
Meeting adjourned, 6:26 PM

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: 2014-2015 J-Town Disc Golf Club Board
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:16:12 AM »
Nominations will be accepted through 4/10/14

Nominations Listed Below (A=accepted, D=declined)

1.   President
Thor Batchelor (A)
Jesse Saenz (D)
Dave Kociuba (A)

2.   Vice-President
Frank Grimes (A)
Anthony Rodriguez (D)

3.   Secretary
Dean Bingham (A)
Jesse Saenz (D)
Rob Gibson (D)

4.   Treasurer
Jason Poole (A)

5.   Member Advocate
Shawn McCarthy (D)
Anthony Rodriguez (D)
Aaron Studer (D)
Tom Matesevac (D)
Jeremiah Bly (A)

J-Town Disc Golf Club / 2014-2015 J-Town Disc Golf Club Board
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:15:56 AM »
Please take this time to nominate a J-Town Disc Golf club member for the following positions. 

Member Advocate

Individual Board position descriptions are listed below:

1.   President
a.   The President shall chair meetings and special sessions of the Board of Directors. The Secretary and Treasurer shall report to the President. The President participates in the nominating of, and approves, all Staff nominations.
b.   The President is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with Club sponsors, local players, and other disc golf organizations.  President checks and confirms all public communications (monthly newsletters, club flyers, press releases, etc.) before release.
c.   The President shall have access to the Club’s bank account(s) and other investments, if any, with the expressed approval of the Treasurer.

2.   Vice-President
a.   The Vice President shall chair the Staff-based Operations Team, acting as team leader.
b.   The Vice President is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with Club sponsors, local players, and other disc golf organizations. The Vice President shall assist the President as needed.
c.   Any teams or committees created by the Board of Directors shall be managed by the Vice President (or by a delegate appointed by the Vice President if approved by the rest of the Board).
d.   In the event of the President’s absence, the Vice President shall chair Club meetings.

3.   Secretary
a.   The Secretary shall be responsible for much of the communication of information within the structure of the Club. 
b.   The Secretary shall record and disseminate the agenda, minutes, and notes from monthly and other Club meetings. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to respond to public inquiries, answer appropriate Club email, or forward such communication to the President.
c.   By nature of the position, the Secretary will need to work closely with the Webmaster or Assistant Webmaster in the combined goal of maintaining clear and consistent communication within the Club and in the eyes of the public.
d.   The Secretary shall chair Club meetings in the President and Vice President’s absence.

4.   Treasurer
a.   The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial integrity of the Club.  The Treasurer maintains all accounts payable, accounts receivable, sponsorship donations, and other Club investments.
b.   The Treasurer shall give a comprehensive financial status report at the Club meetings.
c.   The Treasurer is responsible for filing all appropriate State of Illinois and Federal taxes and fees.

5.   Member Advocate
a.   The Member Advocate is responsible for maintaining a positive relationship between the Board of Directors and the general membership.
b.   The Member Advocate shall talk with members to come up with member concerns and desired changes in a more informal setting than the general membership meetings.  These topics will then be presented at meetings on the member’s behalf, anonymously if desired.

J-Town Ice Bowl / Re: J-Town 5th Annual Ice Bowl (2014)
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:22:46 AM »
Just a reminder that registration closes today (2/7) at 4pm.

Also remember to bring 2 can goods or a $5 donation in the morning.

PDGA / Re: PDGA Ratings Update question
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:32:56 AM »
Based on this page, they will be updated on 1/21/14.

The rest of the 2014 schedule can be found here.

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: Meeting Minutes
« on: January 16, 2014, 06:20:17 AM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 27
McDonalds – 4280 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60431
Meeting called to order:  5:00 PM

Members Present:
Dean Bingham
Frank Grimes
Ray Hill
Gary Lewis
Shawn McCarthy
Kristi McCarthy
Jason Poole
Kevin Schramm
Aaron Studer

1) Financials (see attached)

2) Tournament J-Town Logo Use
   a) Ropes at the Oaks:  Passes 8-0
   b) IL State Championships:  Passes 8-0
   c) Channahon Classic:  Passes 8-0

3) Club Invitational Date
     •   9/6/14 pending State Coordinator and park approval

4) Member Rewards
     •   No changes put forward for consideration.

a) Member of the Year Award criteria
     o   Must not be a board member
     o   The board will vote on the recipient
     o   Must be a club member
     o   A member may only win once every five years
     o   A member must have 1000 points (member rewards program) or more to be considered
     o   Points will be considered, but not necessarily the deciding factor.  For example, a member having 4000 points spread across multiple categories may be chosen over a member with 6000 points from only one area.
     o   The award will be presented at the Ice Bowl each year

5) Saturday Bag Tags
     •   Avg. 16.56 last session
     •   111 total sanctioned rounds (club net $30.50)
     •   Raised $631 as of 1/13/14 for the Ice Bowl
     •   Aaron Studer will be stepping-down as the director.  J-Town is looking for a member/members to assist with running the Saturday Bag Tags.  If the spot is not filled, it will be cancelled.
     •   Thank you, Aaron, for your dedication!

6) 2014 Ice Bowl
     •   Community Park in Channahon
     •   2/8/14
     •   PDGA sanctioning/ Insurance forms filed
     •   PDGA Endowment Program paperwork filed and approved
     •   Online pre-registration has been setup on jtowndiscgolf.com
     •   Morning Star Mission will be the charitable beneficiary

7) Open Q&A
     •   There is an interest in scheduling workdays
     •   There is an interest in creating a newsletter, “Why Do I Want to be a J-Town Member?” or “Who is J-Town?”, highlighting what J-Town has done since inception (projects, fund-raising, and other statistical data).

Meeting adjourned, 6:20 PM

J-Town Ice Bowl / J-Town 5th Annual Ice Bowl (2014)
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:37:41 AM »
What:  J-Town 5th Annual Ice Bowl (PDGA C-Tier)
Where:  Community Park, Channahon, IL
When:  Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Division     Entry     PDGA Member
Discount Fee
Open (MPO)     $50.00     $40.00     
Pro Women (FPO)     $50.00     $40.00     
Pro Master (MPM)     $50.00     $40.00     
Advanced (MA1)     $40.00     $30.00     
Advanced Women (FA1)     $40.00     $30.00     
Advanced Master (MM1)     $40.00     $30.00     
Intermediate (MA2)     $40.00     $30.00     
Recreational (MA3)     $40.00     $30.00     
Novice (MA4)     $40.00     $30.00     
Junior <19 (MJ1)     $15.00     $15.00     

Ace Fund: $5 (Optional)
50/50 CTP: $5  (Optional)
* In the event that no eligible players hit an ace, the ace fund will be donated to the Morning Star Mission.
* 50% of the CTP fund will be donated to the Morning Star Mission.

All Players must bring 2 non-perishable food items or $5 donation.

All Players who sign up the day of the tournament will be subject to a $5 fee.

Approx 25% of entry fees will be donated to the Morning Star Mission.

First Place winners will receive trophies.

Raffle tickets for sale for prizes.

Free chili, chicken noodle soup, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Registration: 7:30 - 8:30   
Players Meeting: 8:45
First Round Tee Time:  9:00

2 Rounds, 18 Holes Short Tees

Field limited to 90 players.
Pre-registration options include online registration through the jtowndiscgolf.com, in person at J-Town Bag Tags, or by mail to:
J-Town Disc Golf Club
P.O. Box 311
Elwood, IL  60421

J-Town Disc Golf Club / Re: Meeting Minutes
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:47:21 AM »
J-Town Disc Golf Club Meeting 26
11/11/13 5:00 PM
McDonalds- 4280 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL  60431
Meeting called to order: 5:00 PM

Members Present:
   Dean Bingham
   Frank Grimes
   Jason Poole
   Aaron Studer

1)   Financials (see attached)
•   $682.34 Available for projects
•   17 Members qualify for merchandise discount prices. (>1000 Points)

2)   Handicap Singles League
•   2013 (Prizes $300, Perpetual $9.38, Trophies $50, Party $175)
•   $2.42 left in Prize/Party will roll over to next year’s league
•   $68 left in Ace pot will roll over to next year

3)   Mid-Season League Changes
•   No rule changes mid-season.
•   Any changes must be put on the agenda for a vote at a club meeting.
•   Motion to add League Change rules passes 4-0

4)   Saturday Bag Tags
•   Avg 15 per week
•   CTP has raised $474 for the 2014 Ice Bowl

5)   Ice Bowl
a)   2013 Prize
o   Gateway Wizzard’s to be priced at $10 (25 Available)
o   Mini’s to be prices at $2 each or $3 for a nested set. (100 Available)
o   Motion to set pricing passes 4-0.
o   All proceeds go to the Ice Bowl fund. Motion passes 3-1.

b)   2014
o   Date of 2/8/14 approved by the State Coordinator
o   Frank to get the date approved by the Channahon Park District.
o   Jason will get sanctioning, CEP, and IceBowlHQ set up.

6)   2014 Club Invitational
•   Looking at the dates of 8/9 or 7/19
•   Dellwood park if available, Lockport will be the alternate.
•   Jason Poole-TD, Frank Grimes-Assistant TD

7)   Open Q&A
•   Request for logo use for the Vibram Birdie Bash, date tba.  Motion passes 3-0

Meeting adjourned 6:17 PM.

Shoot The Breeze / Re: Gary Lewis Achievement Award
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:58:21 AM »
I've been asked to post my speech for those that couldn't hear me.

Most of you who know me, know I’m not much of a speech person, so I’ll try and keep this brief and just thank all the people who got me involved with the volunteering.

First off, I’d like to thank Gary Lewis, for whom this award is aptly named.  When I first starting playing disc golf in this area, he was pretty much the only person running tournaments.  And they weren’t just your basic tournaments, he ran a very smooth show with all the extras that really make a tournament great.  He was the first person that inspired me to help out.  I would play one day of his events and would show up the other day to give him a hand.

Secondly, I’d like to thank Jesse.  He’s spent countless hours getting courses ready and making sure every little detail that goes into running the biggest and I must say best events get done.  Beyond that, he is a great promoter of the game.  He’s always encouraging new players to join in leagues and tournaments.  Any problems that arise, he manages to handle in a way that makes everyone feel they’ve won.  It’s always a pleasure to help him out in any way I can.

Next, I’d like to thank Frank Grimes.  I know everyone is always talking about how much time he puts into the courses but until I really got involved, I never really know how much time that actually was.  Just look at the number of points he has for the J-Town Disc Golf Club’s Member Reward Program and that doesn’t even include a lot of the work he does out at Channahon and doesn’t want credit for.  Even with all the work he puts in, he is still the first guy to give others a big thank you and props for a job well done.  It seems like, especially this year, that he’s inspiring a whole new generation of players to help out on the course.

Next, I’d like to thank Ray Hill.  He’s another behind the scenes guy who is the inspiration for a lot of what I do.  It’s his ideas that often spark some of the more innovative things we do.  He was the one that asked the state coordinator for the rights to award the IL USDGC spot which lead us to create the Ropes at the Oaks tournament.

Lastly, I'd like to thank all of the J-Town players who come out to these events and show those running it, your appreciation.  A lot of you are willing to step up and help out when it’s needed and it goes a long way towards keeping all these volunteers inspired to keep going.  Thank you.

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