Presidents Message

Club Members,
As 2020 approaches, here is an update on the status of our club and events coming over the next year. 

  Finances  The club again finished the year in good financial standing. Between checking account

and money market fund there will be a balance of approximately $18,000 in the club's general fund

at year's end.  Recognizing that this is a large balance for an organization the size of DEGC inc., the

board has decided to run a deficit in 2020. The majority of the deficit will come as a decrease in the

general membership fee from $100 to $80 which includes the GHIN fee. Life and board members will

continue to pay only the $25 GHIN fee. New members will pay the $25 new member fee for a total of

$105. There will also be an increased subsidy for the Memorial and Invitational tournaments. 

Paul Boehm deserves the thanks of the entire membership for the many hours he has spent overseeing

the clubs finances the past several years. My hope is that someone new will step up to the treasurer's

position following the 2020 season. Paul will be happy to spend as much time as needed to help in the transition.   Club Calendar  In addition to preparing the 2020 budget, the 2020 tournament schedule will soon be proposed to the county. The schedule we plan to propose can be found on the club website At this time the schedule should be considered carved in clay rather than cast in stone as the county still has to approve. We plan to continue with the Muni Play Days at all three county courses, with a Monroe County Club Champion awarded for the aggregate score of all three Play Days. Details are being worked and will be added to the tournament schedule once finalized.   Our first club event in 2020 will be our Winter Gathering on Tuesday January 14th at the Durand Eastman Clubhouse, 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  In addition to a season golf pass raffle, there will be a cart pass raffle.  Golf pass tickets will be 5 for $20, cart pass tickets will be $5 each. If 200 golf pass tickets and/or 45 cart pass tickets are sold, winners will be picked during the evening. New this year, members will be allowed to bring a prospective new member as a guest. Please contact me at 585-880-4395 or email me at if you plan to bring a guest. There will be a limit of 15 prospective new members allowed so sooner would be better than later to contact me.    The first members meeting will be on 3/10. Meetings will continue to be on the second Tuesday of the month through September with the exception of July. June and August meetings will be in the tent by the practice green, NOT in the clubhouse.  Please note that the March meeting is NOT open to new members. The names of prospective new members will be read at that meeting, any objections by current members will be heard at that time. New members will be considered members in good standing beginning with the April meeting.  
Thanks to Jack Fox for arranging to have the 2020 banquet at Penfield Country Club. Date is still being finalized and will be added to the club calendar once available.   Course Management  As you probably know, there will be a new County Executive in 2020. At present it is not clear what (if any) changes will result in the management hierarchy of the county courses as a result of this change. If you happen to see Adam Bello around town, please mention to him how happy you are with the operation of the course since the county has taken over and encourage him to keep the same staff.  Regardless of who is managing the course, Gary Rocco will continue to serve as our club liaison for course suggestions.  So if anyone has comments or suggestions, please present them through Gary. This will ensure a positive relationship with the county.   Committees Our club has several committees that help its operation. If you have a suggestion regarding one of these areas, please contact the committee chair mentioned or myself. Rules and Greens, Weekend Games, and Invitational committees are looking for volunteers. Rules and Greens - Adam Cortina Memorial - Gary Siwicki Weekend Games - Mike Eblacker / Joe Hickey Invitational - Mike Eblacker / Joe Hickey Tournament - Brian Webster   Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, and hope to see a lot of you at the Winter Gathering. 
Sincerely,   Steve Olesiuk DEGC President

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