Kiwanis Happenings – October 20, 2011

Thanks for checking in on what has been happening with our service organization:

Monday Morning
We had 21 members and seven guests at Monday’s meeting. Joining us as guests were NFDL Key Clubbers Cody Atkinson, Jacob Giese, Parker Grimes, April Weber and Merry Weber, Pete Vercouteren’s brother Karl from The Dallas, Oregon and our guest speaker, Jeremiah Hoffman. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Gary Miller, thankful for all the help at the 3rd Annual Rienzi Harvest Stroll. Bonnie Baerwald was the 50/50 Raffle winner and she drew the six of hearts, not a winner so the pot continues to grow.

Jeremiah Hoffman PGA Golf Pro
Rolling Meadows Golf Course opened in 1972 with 18 holes and underwent a complete revision starting in 1993. In 1996 the new 27 hole Dick Nugent designed championship course opened with 17 new holes and all but 3 of the original holes improved. The rolling terrain, prairie grass, water features and strategically placed bunkers add to the beauty and challenge of the links.
Jeremiah Hoffman was named the course pro for the 2011 golf season after Fond du Lac County took over the golf shop opera-tion after the previous pro announced his decision to retire in 2010. Over the past two years the interior of the clubhouse was extensively renovated with outstanding results.

Rolling Meadows Golf Course offers many affordable opportunities to the juniors of Fond du Lac County and beyond. In the spring and fall, Fond du Lac High School boys and girls, St. Mary’s Springs Academy, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, North Fond du Lac, Oakfield and Trinity Baptist golf teams all call Rolling Meadows home. These teams are offered the opportunity to hone their skills on the driving range, practice hole and golf course during their seasons.

Jeremiah talked about golf in general and how the popularity of golf has a tendency to rise and fall based on a number of factors. The recent popularity of golf can probably be attributed to the popularity of Tiger Woods until his recent personal problems. Golf has also been on the decline for a couple of other reasons; the economic downturn and the time commitment one has to make to play a full round of golf.

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