We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season. It was great to see all the members and extended families during the season. What a wild start to winter with a seemingly endless amount of snow! But with that comes the opening of our cross-country ski trails, sledding and of course our always popular ice rink. Thank you for making it through the rough weather to enjoy all the events and amenities the club has to offer during the holidays.
Our Annual Meeting was held on December 6th. For those of you who were unable to attend, the club had a favorable year across all areas of the club. For the year, we applied an additional four hundred thousand dollars towards our principal payments on our short term mortgage and we paid the note off in full. The board has approved the 2018 forecasts, where we show slight gains year over year in comparison to budgeted goals.
Looking ahead, we have a lot going on for you to enjoy in the months of January and February. You can find these on the social events calendar within your newsletter. We would like to highlight the ice rink and the great cross country ski trail that we have mapped out again this year– weather dependent. You will see signs posted by the Grille Room for the start of the intermediate and advanced loops we have created. This is also the time of year for the ever-growing platform tennis season. Grab some friends and come over to enjoy our platform tennis courts! Let us all enjoy some good old-fashioned cold Michigan weather here at the club.
At this time, we would like to thank the Board of Directors and Committee members for all of their volunteer work in order to ensure our club stays on track! We would also like to welcome Kelly Renwick, James Damico and Joe Splendorio to the board. A special thank you goes out to Bjorn Green! Bjorn has served on your board for the past six years, the last two as your president. It has been a great run and we appreciate all your hard work and dedication to the job. We welcome Bill English as your new president! Bill has served on your board for the past 18 years. We are excited to have Bill in this leadership role. Mark Wieshaar will be taking the role of Vice President. We would also like to extend a thank you to all of our members for making Gull Lake Country Club such a special place. We hope to see you around the club in early 2018!
Happy New Year!