Spe­cial golf meet­ing to re­solve dif­fer­ences

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

A spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing of Drouin Golf and Coun­try Club mem­bers will be held early next month to re­solve dif­fer­ences of opin­ion over moves to re­brand the club.

The board of man­age­ment de­ci­sion out­lined at the an­nual meet­ing last month to re­brand the club “Open Edge Drouin” has been chal­lenged by the re­quired min­i­mum 10 per cent of or­di­nary mem­bers that pe­ti­tioned the board for the spe­cial meet­ing.

The pe­ti­tion­ers will present a mo­tion aimed at re­tain­ing the name Drouin Golf and Coun­try Club as its prime iden­tity.

The board’s pro­posal it to keep Drouin Golf and Coun­try Club as the le­gal en­tity but adopt “Open Edge” as the over-arch­ing brand with two sub-brands high­light­ing its golf and events/func­tions of­fer­ings.

The spe­cial meet­ing will be held at the club on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, at 4.30pm.

That is a day af­ter the board had planned to launch the new brand.

A board met last Wed­nes­day night set the date for the meet­ing that en­ables mem­bers to be given the 21 days’ no­tice re­quired un­der the club’s con­sti­tu­tion.

Chair­man Richard Snare said mem­bers will be ad­vised by let­ter, that will in­clude forms to sub­mit proxy votes, and the club’s web­site.

He said the con­sti­tu­tion also re­quired the sup­port of 75 per cent of mem­bers to over­turn the board’s plan for the new brand.

Lead pe­ti­tioner John White said the club had a proud his­tory and he saw no rea­son it could not be ef­fec­tively mar­keted un­der its cur­rent name.

The mo­tion to be put to mem­bers is: “The Board will en­sure that all club busi­ness, pro- mo­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing is con­ducted un­der the name and/or logo of the Drouin Golf and Coun­try Club Inc”.

Mr White de­nied that if the spe­cial meet­ing mo­tion was suc­cess­ful it could be seen as a no con­fi­dence vote in the board.

It is not meant to be that, he said.

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