In October Edward Richardson met with your Club Captains, Vice Captains and Competition and Handicap Secretaries from each section. At the meeting Ed explained that it is Get Golfing’s wish to support the coming together of charitable fundraising at each club. Currently, each section raises funds for the Captain’s chosen charity independently of Get Golfing and each of the other sections. The Captain’s have to work tirelessly and without support to raise these funds. While the charities are grateful for the hardwork and endeavours of the respective Captains, the actual sums raised vary considerably year to year.
Ed was proposing that we collectively adopt a different strategy for 2022 where the Club as a whole dedicate its support to one local charity. Get Golfing have hired a designated member of staff who would work with the Captain’s and the chosen charity to promote the following:
- Fundraising within the member and visitors for the local charity.
- Support the charity by creating greater awareness within the club and the local community of the charity’s hardwork.
- Use of club facilities at no cost.
What Get Golfing are bringing to the table is a dedicated member of staff to work with the Club and the charity to ensure they get the most out of the opportunity. In addition to the staff member, the initiative has the full support of the Get Golfing back office with sales and marketing which will further enhance the initiative.
Get Golfing would fund the dedicated member of staff, Yvonne Brooke ([email protected]) where we would train her in the specialist field of fund raising. Get Golfing would not be charging a levy for these services. Having looked closely at this change in the structure of fundraising at Club level we believe that the following will take place:
By coming together as a club with the support of Yvonne:
- We believe we can raise more funds for the chosen charity without having to constantly chase members for greater contributions.
- We believe we can enhance the awareness that the charity’s good work.
- We believe that it change the perception of the immediate community and bring us closer together.
- We believe we can help improve the performance of the chosen charity through the support of the club and the use of our facilities.
This proposal has been left with the Captains to discuss amongst themselves and with other members of the Club as a principle, and if they are in agreement, then collectively decide on a couple of suitable candidates as our Club Charity. Having drawn up a short list, they would then work with Yvonne to assess the suitability of the charity. While we all recognise the good work of charities, we believe that not all charities would be suitable partners that would enable them, and the club, to maximise the opportunity. It is proposed, that once a charity is selected, that the Club will commit all their charitable endeavours to that charity for a fixed period of three years to enable the Club and the charity to properly develop the relationship.
The decision making panel at Hampton is Harry McCreanor (Club Captain), Aun Rhee (Lady Captain), Colin Adams (Senior Stags Captain), Joanne Harbottle (Lady Vice), Gillian Skinner (Lady Vice), Keiko Holt (Handicap Secretary) along with Yvonne Brooke. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on this proposal, may we ask that you come back to Yvonne so that we can collate and reply the feedback.