Com­mu­nity ral­lies to sup­port golf club

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity came to­gether in force to sup­port the Glen­garry Golf and Coun­try Club’s ‘Raise the Roof’ fundraiser, which was capped off by an Oct. 20 tour­na­ment and sup­per.

Jo­hanna Wil­son, speak­ing for the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, ex­plains that the goal was to col­lect enough money to re­place the club­house roof.

A num­ber of ini­tia­tives were un­der­taken, in­clud­ing solic­it­ing do­na­tions and hold­ing a silent auc­tion, but it was the golf tour­ney that proved key.

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee was hop­ing for 72 golfers, but they ended up with 148, pack­ing the course for the tour­na­ment and later fill­ing the club­house for a scrump­tious din­ner.

The food was do­nated by Sylvie Trem­blay, who heads the club’s kitchen, and a spe­cial cake, which show­cased the golf course’s spe­cial ninth hole, was pre­pared by Jac­ques Quen­neville, who also em­ceed the evening’s pro­ceed­ings.

Over $16,000 was col­lected from the event, much to the de­light of ev­ery­one in at­ten­dance.

Quen­neville, on be­half of the club’s board of di­rec­tors, ex­pressed thanks to all, adding a spe­cial

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nod of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Raise the Roof com­mit­tee.

Peter Fil­ion pre­sented $3,000 from the Brian Fil­ion Memo­rial Fund, not­ing the in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity sup­port shown in this fundrais­ing drive. Quen­neville also thanked lo­cal busi­nesses that sup­port the club, ask­ing golfers to in turn sup­port them.

Then there was a stand­ing ova­tion to hon­our JT Gros­smith and Jeane Sig­urd­son for their “count­less hours” vol­un­teer­ing at the club over the past two years.

The duo took on day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the golf course, help­ing to steady the ship, in what Sig­urd­son char­ac­ter­ized as “a labour of love.”

She noted the sup­port of the share­hold­ers, mem­bers, and the com­mu­nity in help­ing the club achieve a bet­ter fi­nan­cial po­si­tion go­ing for­ward.

Gros­smith and Sig­urd­son, who are hus­band and wife, are leav­ing the area to be live closer to fam­ily mem­bers, though they will be back next spring to as­sist with the tran­si­tion to a new op­er­a­tional team.

As for the roof, with the funds now in place, work is ex­pected to be­gin in Novem­ber, com­pleted be­fore win­ter and ready for golfers to en­joy come spring 2019.

Mem­bers of the Gaels var­sity foot­ball team huddle in their fi­nal league ac­tion.

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