Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club, Dundas, Ontario
July 30, 2013
A Message from Paul Sorley, President of the Golf Historical Society of Canada
Gentlemen, I can't say enough about how pleased I was with the way everything went on Tuesday July 30th, 2013 at the Dundas Valley Golf & Country Club, our Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
Ron, you did a fantastic job as MC, I knew right from the start you were the right man for that job and you did it wonderfully. Your years in the pulpit certainly showed up in your presentation of every detail of the proceedings.
Thank you so much.
Doug, with out your help with the course layout, the gifts that you and the committee arranged for and looking after the clubs, the tournament would not have gone as well as it did, Thank You.
Ian, your control of the purse strings was commendable and your dedication to make sure everybody paid their way was very much appreciated. it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it. Thank you.
David, our Auctioneer, for you, Ian & Pat to pull that all together in such short order, I don't know how you did it.
To Ian, for all the work to put his display together for the members of Dundas Valley to see and the time he put in at his display and to Pat for supervising all the auction stuff, that's a big job. To the three of you I say Thank You.
Joe, our new Bulletin Editor, for arranging for those plaques for the families of our Founders. I know it impressed our members and I could tell it had an emotional effect on the families. Having received an email from George Elliott today, he said that the whole day is something he and his sister will never forget. I sincerely say Thank You.
Paul Dietz, you never cease to amaze me with your eagerness to help everybody and your ability to know what everybody needs and should have. You made a big hit with the Hausers and they really enjoyed their golf because of you and look who the winners were. Thank you so much for all that you do for the Society.
Norm Moreau, we owe a great debt of gratitude to you for getting us this far. I just wish you were going to be around for another twenty-five years if for nothing else to just see were the Society gets to. You got us rolling I sure hope we can keep it going and that the people who take over from us will have your kind of dedication to see us grow to an even better Golf Historical Society of Canada with the same kind of intensity.
To the rest of the Board of Director I say thank you for everything you did to make our Special Day as special as it was and for all that you do to make our Society something that people will take notice of.
I am so proud to be the President of the Golf Historical Society of Canada and I Thank You for the honor.
Paul W. Sorley
Could our 25TH Anniversary celebration at Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club have been any better?
It was a great turnout at a marvellous golf club with the weather gods acting in our favour for our celebration of 25 years of the Golf Historical Society of Canada.
From the moment our members arrived at the Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club, we were treated in a first-class manner. After the ceremonial tee shots, we were led onto the Stanley Thomson designed course for our shotgun start. The course known as "The Gem in the Valley" was in magnificent shape and Dundas Valley members can certainly be proud of their golf course that dates back to 1929. After our round of golf, our traditional programs of historical paraphernalia and club sales followed by an auction were observed. All of these actions plus our superb meal and awards presentations took place on the upper level of the newly designed clubhouse. It was a little hard to concentrate on the indoor activities while looking out the windows at the stunning views of the Hamilton/Niagara Escarpment.
Let us also give credit where credit is due for the success of the Silver Jubilee Tournament at the Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Our GHSC Board of Directors made the correct judgement calls leading up to our special day.
Our President - Paul W. Sorley made the right call when he asked Ron Archer (aka Ronny Red Rocket?) to act as Master of Ceremonies for the dinner. Ron went beyond the call of duty by making sure that every detail of the day was orchestrated and on time. I believe that he might require a new computer as I know that I received a multitude of e-mails in reference to the tournament leading up to the event.
A special set of congratulations to Board Members Doug Marshall (course set-up, golf clubs & prizes), Ian Clarke (finances & registration), Paul Dietz (golf clubs), Ian MacCrimmon (displays), and David Burgess & Pat Mihm & Ian MacCrimmon (auction). A special thank you goes out to GHSC and Dundas Valley member Bill Stewart for his contribution of the half-way house liquid refreshments.
A great deal of work went into locating relatives of our Founders and I hear that they thoroughly enjoyed the day and the honours bestowed upon their fathers - our Founders. It was a pleasure meeting Judy Bullis and George Elliott, Ken Rutherford as well as Barbara and Monica Nutley.
Thanks also to Karen Hewson from Golf Canada for her kind words and continued support of the GHSC.
Thanks also to the Golf Association of Ontario and their Executive Director - Dave Mills. The GAO presented a congratulatory framed certificate to Paul W. Sorley which reads, "The GAO congratulates the Golf Historical Society of Canada as they celebrate their Silver Jubilee. Your contributions towards maintaining and raising the awareness of the history of the Game are to be commended."
Mr. Mills also announced and presented awards to the Founding Members of the GHSC through their families on their inclusion on the GAO Wall of Recognition. Their individual certificates read, "As a Founder of the Golf Historical Society of Canada, 'George Elliot, Norm Moreau, Bob Nutley, Jack Rutherford', takes his place as part of the storied history of our sport."
The winning team in the golf portion of the day was the Hauser Family entry of Ernie Hauser, Drew Hauser, Parker Loggan and Ben Bauer.
But were we not all winners for being there and participating?
Our only surviving Founder had a smile on his face from the moment he arrived at Dundas Valley until he was one of the last to leave. We can only imagine how proud he was of our organization that he assisted in creating in 1988. In an e-mail copied to the Board, he wrote - "Dear Ron and Paul, I am still recovering from the accolades and events at the GHSC Anniversary golf tournament at Dundas Valley on July 30. (I am still trying to forget my ceremonial tee shot.) I am most grateful to you both for your kind words and generous actions. Ron, your role as MC was worthy of a Canadian golf academy award! Tuesday, July 30, 2013 is a day I will always fondly remember, and I also thank you for your acknowledgement of Nathayada as my partner. With continuing good health, I will be happy to continue my participation and support for our society. Yours appreciatively, Norm Moreau.
Kind words indeed, but we have to thank Norm as well as George Elliott, Bob Nutley and Jack Rutherford for their actions in forming our organization that we call The Golf Historical Society of Canada.