The Don Pat­ter­son Me­mo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Jan Draper North Hatley

OnAu­gust 16 Bound­ary Ro­tary had its an­nual golf tour­na­ment and me­choui. This event has been around for over twenty years and for golfers and non-golfers is a pleas­ant Sun­day-af­ter­noon ac­tiv­ity.

Over the years changes have come about. Ve­gas-style scor­ing was in­tro­duced and the raf­fle has been re­placed by a silent auc­tion. Now there is a me­choui in­stead of lob­ster and steak.

For many years Dick Fletcher was the Golf Tour­na­ment Com­mit­tee Chair and Don Pat­ter­son a mem­ber of the Com­mit­tee. Dick and his wife Betty have re­cently moved to south­ern climes. Don passed away last win­ter.

To com­mem­o­rate Don’s con­tri­bu­tion to Ro­tary Pres­i­dent Allan Smith sug­gested that we name the Golf Tour­na­ment in mem­ory of Don. Golf Com­mit­tee Chair Bill May and the rest of the club were in com­plete agree­ment and with this pro­posal. At last week’s tour­na­ment Aline Pat­ter­son and James and Tracey two of her chil­dren were present when Allan Smith re-named the golf tour­na­ment to honor Don’s ded­i­cated ser­vice in Ro­tary.

Don was al­ways a will­ing par­tic­i­pant in ev­ery pro­gram and pro­ject Bound­ary un­der­took. Don was Pres­i­dent in 2002-2003.

Don and Aline helped to keep the book­store in good or­der and regularly at­tended the sales. Don was al­ways at the an­nual Car­ni­vals at Camp Mas­saw­ippi. He was an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter of the Friend­ship Ex­changes, when a group of Ro­tar­i­ans visit another dis­trict to stay with other Ro­tar­i­ans there. Don and Aline al­ways opened their home to the Ro­tary visi­tors. (Note: This is not an of­fi­cial Ro­tary pro­gram and is funded by the Ro­tar­i­ans them­selves).

Don was part of the projects Bound­ary has un­der­taken at Camp

Mas­saw­ippi and Coutts Mo­ri­arty help­ing the camps with spring clean-up or small ren­o­va­tion and build­ing projects. He was al­ways part of the team that cleaned and ren­o­vated the blue bird houses on the bi­cy­cle trail.

Don was a mem­ber of the Vo­ca­tional Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee which gives schol­ar­ships on both sides of the bor­der.

Don never took on a job with a frown. Al­ways smil­ing and good hu­mored, he em­bod­ied the Ro­tary spirit of ser­vice. Bound­ary hopes that the Don Pat­ter­son Me­mo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment will keep this spirit alive and well in our com­mu­nity.

A de­voted mem­ber of the Golf tour­na­ment Com­mit­tee.

Allan and Don spruc­ing up the Blue bird houses.

Photos cour­tesy

Don and Alinc Pat­ter­son.

Don Pat­ter­son

Don and Aline at Town­ship­pers’ Day in 2013.

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