I’ve been getting these e-mail messages about having Stimpi lead (chair) the Club meeting tonight. Jon, Gordy, Lyle and Bob all want him to lead it (on the surface) because he’s supposedly ‘neutral’.
Dictionary.com defines neutral this way…
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not taking part or giving assistance in a dispute or war between others: a neutral nation during World War II.
not aligned with or supporting any side or position in a controversy: The arbitrator was absolutely neutral.
Now re-read these statements that Stimpi has made on the Forum and make your own decision as to his ‘neutrality’.
I played the Jamboree course today, and was very disappointed. Many "dumb" holes, with a couple of "worst holes ever". One involved a huge, steep climb to a nice flat boulder/teepad. The shot was about 200-250ft. across a gully, with another steeper climb down into the gully and back up the other side. Definitely not worth the climb. There were better holes there, but I'm sure they would have encroached on other "designed" holes.
I was pretty disturbed by all the cutting Jeremy is doing, creating fairways where there are/were none. I understand he has permission from parks to cut anything "hand-around", which I take to mean about 2" in diameter. Many trees cut were quite larger. All this work on an undesigned course. Why? Does Jeff and Jeremy really feel this is the best use of this property? Man, I hope that's not where they're going. It'll be very disappointing as I feel Camp Sekani could be a great course. Nothing great about it so far.
They seem invested in two 18 hole courses, but I'm not sure that's the best idea. 27 holes, or one huge 18 would seem to make more sense.
I hope Jeff and Jeremy don't continue in the vein they are going. I wouldn't support SDGA club funds to build this course as it sits and I hope the other members who have been left out of this development feel the same way. If Jeff and Jeremy want to have the whole say, let them start their own club and raise their own funds and then they can do whatever they want. With MY club, I want a vote.
Furthermore, I would like to see the Club distance itself from the bushwhacking that's being done there. It's not being designed to use "natural corridors" as disc golf courses normally are, yet the cutting is being done to satisfy this precarious design of Jeff and Jeremy's.
You're right Tom. The SDGA used to be a viable organization, who built courses, improved those courses, and was considered the "best club in Washington". Then along came our Steward, Jeff, and the club became the Crum show. If Jeff didn't want it to happen, it didn't happen, and if Jeff wanted something to happen, it happened, no matter what the members and Board had to say about it. "the Board" hasn't been able to agree on anything since his inception.
Yep, he's getting something done, all right. We all wish we knew what it was? And we wish we had some input.
Notice that there is no 'balance' of opinion in his comments. Mostly (if not all) negative without any or (little) positive to say.
You guys are trying to make me laugh right? Let’s drop the ‘political correctness’ mask and tell it like it is. These statements do not qualify someone as ‘neutral’. Truth is, many of you are my opponants, and haven’t wanted me there from the beginning. You've actively campaigned against me, and have been salivating for me to quit since I started. Some of you constantly invalidate, put down, and attempt to frustrate my efforts. I have to forgive you constantly. If you want examples I can share them with the world if that’s what it takes.
You guys are all worked up about ‘cutting’ right now, right? Concerning ‘cutting’ at Sekani, at least we’ve been given permission to do so. I had Gordy tell me to look the other way when he was doing some illegal ‘cutting’ on hole #5 at High Bridge. Eric Brown and Troy Farley were actually caught on film by News channel 4 cutting at High Bridge after I had said that cutting wasn’t allowed there. I wonder how many other Board members approved this. And by the way, this isn't private information - I saw it on TV. Gordy also participated in illegal cutting on new hole #14 at Downriver. I saw the ‘before’ and ‘after’ results, as the ‘hole’ design idea was his. You can ask him how many other times he’s wielded the pruners on our courses since we were disallowed from doing so.
It’s also interesting to me that there wasn’t a big ‘frenzy’ over the development of People’s Park – an area I helped to establish and hoped would succeed. I spent hours down there working on learning the land and developing a ‘first design’. I don’t remember anyone complaining about the fact that I did this. Some went down there later and altered it, but I still wanted people to try what eventually Lyle and I laid out. It didn’t work out, but we didn’t need a ‘project manager’ to slow everything down.
So what happened with the Downriver design contest? I submitted a design – as did several others in 2009. After Chirs's design was approved I went to the City to tell them we had a new design and that they would need to come down and review it and approve it. I fully expected Eric our Facilities Coordinator to implement the design that was voted in at the election meeting of 2009. Nothing was ever implemented. It eventually just became a bad memory in people’s minds. I wonder if other Board members encouraged Eric to shelve it. I eventually got frustrated and said that if this wasn’t going to happen then at least perhaps we can install alternate pins. Though we supposedly have a committee to establish these – I’m aware of little progress.
I honestly believe that some on our Board do not want Sekani to happen in ANY form. That’s why Bob and Gordy suddenly tried to resurrect People’s Park which had been abandoned for about 6 months. I rescued the last bucket in September. I saw two others buckets and one of them was broken and had a bees nest in it. It was a waste. If some of you may have thought that I’d got some of the buckets for Sekani from there – think again. None of them were available to be used.
I believe that private course owners in some cases may be threatened by the development of ‘wonderful’ potential courses that are free to the public. Hey, if I had my ‘own’ course and there was a lot of developing competition I might not like that too much. This is simply called ‘conflict of interest’. I believe that this is in part the explanation for why efforts to improve our local public courses are often frustrated.
I can’t believe that Stimpi said that in the past we were considered to be the ‘the best club in Washington’. By whom? I got involved in 2009 precisely because I saw the incredible neglect at High Bridge. Gordy himself admitted at the election of 2009 that all they'd done in '08 was "put garbage cans at Downriver". Concerning High Bridge - there were rumors circulating for over a year of a possible ‘expansion’ under the Bridges. When I got involved I was able to settle the rumors with just a few phone calls. why hadn't someone else done that? In '07,& '08, the facilities’ at High Bridge we’re in obvious disrepair and neglect. Perhaps we were the ‘best club in Washington’ for some other reason that I’m unaware of, but not because that course was functioning up to par.
Let’s be real. There’s no neutrality in Stimpi’s appointment to ‘chair’ the meeting tonight. And if he has political asperations, that makes him even less neutral.
Fact is, I wasn’t even asked if I could make a meeting tonight. It was just ‘announced’ by Bob that we were having it. I guess since they got someone else to ‘lead’ it they’re saying that I am not needed.
It is true though, that if there is not a quorum present (4 or more Board members) that some Board members may need me to be there, so that they can vote against me.
And Stimpi, if I’ve ever done anything to hurt you personally, please forgive me. I’ve always thought you were a pretty good guy.
I was going to make an important positive announcement tonight about Disc Golf in this area – but now… I’m not sure that this is the right time or place…
I feel like I should be watching out for a crazed mob with pitchforks and torches.