2012 SDGA Election Nominations
2012 Nomination Procedure
Let the Nominations Begin
Come to the meeting early
I have no problem with accepting a candidates "written platform" and emailing it to everyone using the club email tool.
In addition to that option a candidate may post their platform right here on the forums or print a copy of his platform and post it at the kiosks at any of our courses.
As for election night a candidate could come to the election meeting early and mingle with the disc golfers that are there to sign up before the election.
There are 44 days left before the election and candidates would be prudent to throw their hats into the ring as soon as possible and use that time to campaign.
Nomination for Steward
I am nominating Tim Nevins for the Board position of President.
I know that Tim has the experience to lead, a passion for disc golf and the integrity that I look for in a leader.
I nominate Jeremy Thornton for Facilities Coordinator.
I'd like to nominate Jeff Crum to run for President.
Nancy Morgan has nominated herself and accepted the nomination for the position of Secretary.
i nominate JJ Atkins for the position of Course Facilitator
I'm nominating Sean Johnson to run for Secretary.
Lyle Parks has nominated Sean Johnson for the position of secretary and Sean Johnson has accepted that nomination.
I nominate Sean Johnson for the position of Steward/President.
Sean, please step up and accept this nomination.
I nominate Jeremy Thornton for the position of Steward/President. I think he's willing to put in the work needed to possibly double the amount of disc golf we have in the city. That is what our scene needs!
I have been communicating with the president of the Fat Tire mountain bike club's president. We talk and text about a number of issues that we are working on. I have a very clear picture on what needs to be done in order to have a positive and fun place for bikers, disc golfers and walkers at Camp Sekani. This picture's details have the proper flow of one of our new courses, but the details of teepad and pin placements is still up in the air. I am interested in having a design contest from club members or groups of club members. It is important to have different eyes looking at a piece of land and to have people involved in what will get play for decades. The more we include others in the design, the more that will be interested in actually doing the work. The more golfers take some real pride into what they have built, the better! I would like to have each hole assigned to 2 or 3 golfers and to enable them to do what they see fit to make their hole as unique and as memorable as possible. The details are what make a course and a hole memorable. Our club members can fill those in, so that they radiate to everybody that plays our courses!!
I also wish to help address the short comings of the SDGA Charter. As a board member I will within a very small group, have limitless decision making ability's. I would like to see the club involved more and have the limits in place on club members be addressed:
1. I think that club members should elect their own representatives, the SDGA board can replace them, until the next official election.
2. If the club votes to accomplish something or makes a decision on an issue that issue should stick. I do not think that the board should be able to run over the club and do as it chooses. There are certain cases where the club has met and made a decision and the information that led to this decision changes. If the board decides that the decision is no longer the best for our club it would need 4 or 5 out of 6 board member votes (similar to the 2/3 majority vote needed to change the charter).
Club decisions should carry some weight, especially since they only are mandated to meet 4 times a year by the charter.
Another issue I wish to address as SDGA president is the lets take 6 months off mentality, that has been a part of our board's culture for the last 3 or 4 years. I am a very busy disc golfer. I own a landscaping business and I tour rather extensively. These two activity's take a lot of my time during the late spring and summer months but I still do not see the need to neglect our goals of growing disc golf in our area. Using emails and the telephone and at least a bi monthly meeting schedule, we can easily accomplish 200% more than what has been done during these months. A big part of this is empowering our club members again. We have great club members that need to be reached out to, set up, and counted on to help make us better. We have the resources to continue growth, we just need access them!
I have been talking with a group of valley Eagle Scouts. They are on board with doing the work to fundraise and install the teepads and the erosion control that needs to happen at Sekani. That allows us to save money and to spend our money on baskets!
I will do my best to lead our community towards the growth that we have been working towards. By leading new fundraising efforts and helping to access all of our community's resources, we can grow disc golf to make it a major part of our region's identity!
What you need to know about me. I am crazy about disc golf and the disc golf community. The etiquette of the game and the sense of fair play it creates is the magical stuff that allows a wildly disparate group of folks to come together, play, compete and celebrate their wins and losses in a way that is rare to find anywhere else these days. I love watching your game - maybe more than I enjoy throwing my own plastic. If it wasn’t for disc golf, my world would be much smaller.
There is chatter out there that I may be some sort of “Board Nazi” out to create some iron fisted rule of law that disallows the membership from participating in club business. The truth is, I believe in a structured, transparent, and responsible board system of representation that is ultimately accountable to the membership. That means everyone counts…….if you don’t think you count, or can’t muster up the conviction to offer up constructive input – you might want to find some other sport or cause to champion. If you want to blame the 10 percent of members that do 90 percent of the work, please do not vote for me – I am not interested in your support and will only disappoint you. Be honest about who you are, temper your voice, be willing to “pay forward” and step up when you are asked to contribute. Don’t assume that just because you pay your “20” that you have nothing to offer. Don’t sit back and expect to take a “mulligan” - realize I will be calling you out to take the next step!
I think there are a lot of frustrated past and present members out there that will not support the Club in any fashion. Some of their grievances are reasonable and need to be addressed. Some are plain nonsense, rooted in old-bad history, disillusionment, and resentment. Let’s end the rancor, divisive talk and disrespect that has crept into our community. Let’s get beyond it…we have work to do!
I believe we would benefit from a series of “Board Orientation/Workshops” (members highly encouraged to participate) to establish expectations for civil discourse, responsibilities of governance and understandable rules of order necessary for any Board to be successful. I have seen enough instances of frustrated Board members with good intentions enter into secret agreements, circumvent established roles and step out of the light of reason and objectivity. I know none of these folk to be bad people – in fact; we have had some truly visionary leaders who sadly, “walked off a course that was not well laid out.” The current Charter is a part of the problem and needs to be addressed, but I am starting to see that there is no way for our Charter to be “amended” into a state of health given the way we are conducting ourselves at the present time. I do not envision any Charter improvements that will end well until we recoup a sense of civility and order back into our interactions.
Disc Golf is growing and so is the business of disc golf. We all have a responsibility to behave in a manner that reflects positively on our sport and the good will it is intended to promote. The public is watching and our public courses exist through public tolerance and ongoing acceptance. Time to grow.
What you can expect from me. According to our current Charter, the President acts as advisor and coordinator of the efforts of the board. What that means to me is that I would assure that any Board agenda represents the business of the membership accurately and completely. That means that if a Member has an issue or question of the Board it gets addressed. I would be responsible to conduct Membership/Board meetings, forums or discussion in a fashion that protects the integrity of the Charter, previous passed motions and/or established business of the Association. I see the job as keeping every matter of Membership business on track and understandable. You can expect transparency and accountability. You can expect me to challenge any disrespect or circumvention of established Board authority. You can also expect I will not enter into agreements conduct (or withhold) any business outside of Board knowledge and approval, nor will I ever condone this behavior from another Board Member or appointee. You can expect me to share with others everything I learn in the course of my term – even if it makes me look stupid. I will pass on ANY lessons I have learned to the next Board elect so that we foster a continuing tradition of leadership and selfless service.
I get an occasional good idea and there are other things I could fill in if you have a mind to ask. Take care and remember to vote. I can’t tell you how much it means to folks running for these offices to see a great turn out. When you all step up and cast a ballot it feels fairer to the loser and gives the winner some assurance that they just didn’t do the dumbest thing in the world…! See you on the course. I aim to get as much time out there as I can!
What I've Been Doing...
Some might wonder what I’ve been doing in the last two years. So, I’ve listed some of my accomplishments that I’m happy to tell you about.
Jeff Crum – President SDGA – 2010 - 2012
To help players have more fun. I’ve been working way too hard to make things better. I’ve had a passion to make the courses fully functional for new players and old hands at the sport. Perhaps you didn’t know who was behind the recent changes, and it’s just plain true that I’ve initiated more than 90% of the improvements that have been done in the last 2 years. I’ve also led the way in the effort to establish new courses in our area. Would you vote for me in 2012?
High Bridge Park
With volunteer help from Justin Shrack and others, built new tee pads for holes #1 and #5 with new foundation and Tee Pad material.
Urged that new Benches be installed and for holes #5, #6, #12, #16, & 18.
Purchased paint and with the help of volunteers painted the benches.
With Justin Shrack’s help, I moved the benches on Holes #8 and #1 into functional positions.
Built a stencil and painted new 10’ x 5’ Tee Sign rectangles on the asphalt for holes #2, 11, 12 & 14.
With volunteer help, I removed all the old sign frames and hauled them to the dump.
Sold 18 sponsorship/ads for every hole. Raised $1,175.00 in cash and $375.00 in trade for design and printing. The cost of the sign materials was a total of $370.77. This included the sign frames, hardware & polycarbonate covering for each sign. Our profit for this program was $849.23. So, we actually earned $47.17 for the Club on each sponsored Tee Sign.
Design and printing were traded for advertising on the signs.
Carefully measured each hole to insure that accurate distances were placed on each Tee Sign.
Led work crews to install and paint the new Tee Sign frames.
Motivated a member to put in 12 anchor covers were made and installed at the holes that have alternates.
Initiated and followed through with the process to apply and receive a grant from the Latah Community through the Community Development organization. We received a grant in the amount of $900.00+ to build Kiosks and pay for other improvements.
With volunteer help I designed, purchased materials, built, and roofed two Kiosks of new materials. Many thanks to David Smith, Henny Deck & Steve Kuiper.
Created the signage for both Kiosks.
Assisted in the design of new Tee Signs which are on the course.
Led the effort to enter into an agreement with the Spokane Park Foundation to have them become our Qualified Fiscal Agent. They will be in essence our 501-C-3 organization. Now, donors will receive tax credit when they contribute to the SDGA.
Initiated the process of pursuing a grant from the Spokane Park Foundation. We received a grant in the amount of $4,815.00 to improve access on the elevated Holes at High Bridge Park. Justin Shrack wrote the grant.
Urged the Board to buy and install a new practice basket near Hole #11 at High Bridge
Contacted and followed through with the process of having the architectural firm of Shelly and VanVoorhees re-work a map of High Bridge Park to reflect the current layout. These awesome maps are located in the Kiosks at the park.
Designed and created ‘sign frames’ that easily attach to the top backs of the Tee Signs so that sponsorship information can be attached for tournaments etc., instead of covering up the Tee Sign information with flyers.
Designed, created, and maintained the ‘Basket Icons’ which identify the current pin positions.
Removed and refinished all the Tee Signs.
Invited Feldberg to the 2010 Downriver Open. Arranged for 2 clinics to be offered in putting and driving. These were well-attended. Dave also won the tournament setting a record at 10 under.
Arranged for 24 yards of crushed basalt gravel to fill the pot holes in the parking lot. The excess was used to create 4 Tee Pads.
Requested that the City’s backhoe operator dig a new easy-access trail through the dirt barrier for easier entry to the course.
Sold 16 Sponsorships for the Downriver Course. Raising $1,300.00 in cash and $375.00 in trade for design and printing. This effort brought in money for the SDGA and cost them nothing.
Initiated the idea that a practice basket be installed. I kept at it until one was installed in the spring of 2011.
Worked in compliance with the City to re-work several holes to comply with their rules concerning erosion. This resulted in the changes on holes 2, 3, 14 & 15.
Initiated the meeting that opened up this area for Disc Golf.
Designed and established the 1st temporary ‘bucket’ course at People’s Park
Planned and manned a booth at the inaugural Summer Parkway events held between Riverfront and Corbin Park.
Participated and encouraged members to attend the annual Spokane River Clean up Event held in September.
Participated in the Sekani Adventure Day at Camp Sekani.
2009 – Prior to being on the SDGA board I researched and discovered that ‘Frisbee Golf’ was included in the 50 page Beacon Hill Master Plan. The next day I walked the property with Mike Aho the author of the Master Plan to begin to establish the boundaries of the property for Disc Golf.
May 18th 2011 – Tapped by Taylor Bressler – The City Parks Operations Manager to make a proposal and design for Camp Sekani. Spent over 50 hours and came up with a 27-hole design and 11 page proposal. I delivered this to him on July 1st 2011. I kept in contact with Taylor and Mike throughout the spring, summer and fall until they finally decided to shut the door on People’s Park and give us the green light for Sekani. My original design of 27 holes was tweaked with Jeremy Thornton’s help in October, into two 18 hole courses. Jeremy is a very skilled ‘hands on’ type of golfer.
After about 10 visits of dumpster diving at the Greenstone and Condron homes building sites I was able to scrounge enough scrap 2x4’s and used 5-gallon buckets to build 38 ‘bucket stand’ temporary Disc Golf targets. These were brought and laid out for the courses in September 2011. These are my buckets as I paid for the gas, screws, saw blades etc. myself. This cost the SDGA absolutely nothing.
The lower course known as Jamboree has 6,300 feet and two, Par 4’s. It is the longest and possibly the most difficult course in the Spokane area.
A small sampling of player comments about the Sekani, Jamboree – Temporary ‘bucket’ Course:
Joshua – “This is the only course I play!”
Jeremy – “I haven’t played anything else in over a month!”
Alex – “This course is awesome!”
Player – “Thanks so much for putting this together!”
Patrick – “I love this course!”
On Saturday December 10th 2011 – There were probably 40 people playing the course during the 2 hour period that I was there, and I only played 12 holes. They were all having fun. I saw a lot of smiling faces, and heard a lot of grateful remarks.
Pay Close Attention
So, I ask you, do you want a leader who is ready, willing, and able to get things done? Or do you want the SDGA to revert back to the leadership of 2009? What, you might ask were the accomplishments of 2009? Well, Gordy announced it at the election meeting of that year. “All we did this year is put garbage cans at Downriver…” That job, my friends probably took them one day.
My guess is that Gordy and his supporters are endorsing Tim Nevins. I very much doubt that they are voting for Jeremy Thornton. Don’t get me wrong, Tim is a great guy, he will be an excellent facilitator and he’s a great communicator. But let’s forget the popularity, the ‘talking’ skills and who’s endorsing who for a moment and consider which of those two candidates has worked harder for building and growing Disc Golf in this area? Who has been a ‘hands on’ person, getting dirty and putting in a lot of energy for the Disc Golf community? And finally, who has more time to devote to the courses? You can tell from the list of stuff that I’ve done that I value the folks who have the ‘get ‘er done’ attitude.
Some have criticized my involvement in hands on work at our courses. Why, they query have I been doing someone else’s job. That’s so unfair. I’ll tell you exactly why I’ve been ‘doing someone else’s job’ and that’s because I didn't think that they'd been doing their job! For example Eric Brown is a great Disc Golfer and a good guy, but he didn’t get a lot done for our courses prior to his fading out of the picture as the FC. I waited for about 5 or 6 months to see what was going to happen and when I realized that nothing was going to happen, I started doing the work myself. Now on the other hand, Jon V. has done some stuff. He’s helped with Tee Pads, benches and what all. However during his tenure I also realized that he didn’t have time or the inclination to do some stuff, so I just rolled up my sleeves and did the work. Who on the current candidate roster do you think will be more likely to do that? That, my friends is the kind of person the SDGA needs. I don’t know for sure, but I have a feeling that Tim V. will be a great hands-on worker. We need more hands on workers. They get @$#%$#@ done!
Forget about who Gordy is supporting or who is the most ‘politically correct’ or whatever. We need some people with an ample supply of good old elbow grease.
I would recommend that you carefully consider what’s important to our courses, the record of the candidates, and vote accordingly.
Sorry to disappoint anyone, but I won’t be on the ballot this year. Other opportunities have arisen and I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
President - SDGA
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
I am throwing my hat in the ring for the F.C. again. I would like to see projects that i have been apart of, through to completion.
Thank You, Jon Verbarg
Jeff, the humble servant does the work and moves on...duly noted by at least one if that is what you need...
As for who supports me...??? Gordy has my life-long respect.
He is a good friend - opinionated, tustworthy and honest in his dealings.
Smarter than most of his detractors, "yes".
Ask him how frustrating it is to be friends with me!
Sorry if I am reading too much into our mutual respect for each other, Gordy...
Let me know if I need additional prerequisites or assumed "buddies" to run for office. Tim
The election was conducted last night at the Field House on Wellesley. Out of 75 current members 47 voted. There was one ballot submitted that was not marked. The new SDGA Board Officers are;
President - Tim Nevins - 42, Jeremy Thornton - 4
Secretary - Nancy Morgan - 36, Sean Johnson - 10
Facilities Coordinator - Jon Verbarg - 29, Tim Vache - 17
Congratulations to our new officers.
The SDGA Board talked with the DGU leadership last night after the election concerning membership transfers.
For those members that did not vote and wish to transfer their membership dues to the Disc Golf Uprising, you will have until the end of January 2012 to contact the SDGA Membership Whip, Joe Barnett and make that wish known to him. Joe will report the count to Gordy in February and Gordy will issue a check to the DGU.
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