Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 06/23/07

I hope everyone is enjoying summer and our wonderful golf course. With the recent rains the greens and fairways are looking great!

As most of you are probably aware, we have had two storms recently that have wreaked havoc on our clubhouse roof (shingles) and some of the trees on the course and driving range. The first storm tore shingles from the North side of the clubhouse and water damage was avoided thanks to the quick action of board member Paul Friesen. Thanks Paul! The second storm tore some shingles from the South side and Tom Johanns crew quickly secured the area with 2 X 4's and plywood to avoid water damage until repairs can be made. In addition, portions of our dock decking were blown off and had to be replaced.

In the past, we have had an issue with seagull guano on the dock. The seagull guano on the dock is, to say the least very repulsive. In the past, Tom Johanns and Marshall Johnston have cleaned it numerous times during the year, only to have the seagulls make the dock unusable in a few days. A member committee of Rod Pickett, Marshall Johnston and Margo Curb Aitken researched the issue and recommended fishing line strung along the sides of the dock. This tactic, in theory, will keep the seagulls off the dock. There is signage in the area about the fishing line so please be careful as we carry out this experiment.

Lastly, it is unfortunate, but we had to release Adina Riley from her position as office manager due to performance concerns. However, on the bright side, we were able to hire Sharon Pankow back. Sharon is back as office manager and doing a great job, so please take time to welcome her back on our staff.

Gene R. Bakke
President BTCC