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Golf course group names new leaders

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The reorganized Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course Association today announced selection of new officers and directors who say they're committed to improving financial condition of the non-profit group.

The new officers are President Perry Weinberg of Evanston, Vice-President Paul Giddings of Evanston, Treasurer Joe Rickard of Wilmette and Secretary Jeffrey Stewart of Evanston.

The election was held at a board meeting March 21 at which the board also adopted new bylaws to govern the association.

The association, formed in 1919, manages the operations of the 18-hole Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course under a special lease agreement with the City of Evanston and Village of Wilmette.

The course runs along the North Shore Channel on land owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District from Green Bay Road to the Baha'i Temple near Wilmette Harbor.

The new 19-member board includes members from both communities.

Board members for Evanston include: Bill Andersen, Chris Carey, Tim Dable, Kevin Kane, Mark McCarthy, Gerry Murphy, Jack Richards and Jay Ryan. Representing Wilmette are: David Iskowich, Larry Mages, Don Olson, John Powers, Todd Ricketts, Rudy Van Loon, and Dan Wikel.

“The association – we are all volunteers – is composed of golfers and neighbors who want to preserve and improve this unique and special green space in our community and fulfill our commitment of providing an affordable and fun golfing experience for a diverse group of users,” Weinberg said in a news release. “This land is a unique and special green space that positively influences our quality of life and community property values.”

The board has also expanded its effort to reach out to the community and has appointed as associates David Fenn, Tom Mann, Mike O'Connor, Tim Pretzsch, Ray Tobin, and Brian Wolf.

Consultants to the board include Carl Bova, Frank Candioto, Tom Gruger, Bill Roberts, Kaari Roberts, Jerry Ward, and Deborah Weixl.

Doug Gaynor and Kevin Wallin of the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department are working closely with the association.

Tom Hotchkiss continues to serve as course manager and Bridget Hapner is the special consultant on the new website.

Chairing key committees are Kevin Kane, finance and tee sponsorships; Paul Giddings, governance; Deborah Weixl, marketing and community outreach; Doug Gaynor, grounds; John Powers and Jay Ryan,  fundraising and revenues, and , Kevin Wallin, first tee youth golf

The primary goal of the association is to maintain and improve the course – for golf and other outdoor activities on a year-round basis – as a welcome respite for residents.

In addition to golf, the course offers walking paths, welcomes dog walkers with disposal bags and encourages nature enthusiasts and bird-watchers.

In the winter, there is cross country skiing, sledding and quiet time to enjoy the beauty.

Weinberg says funding is being sought from many sources, including donations and sponsors of each of the 18 tees.  The board is also working to upgrade the greens, Weinber says, and is committed to continuing in the proud tradition of keeping the space open to all residents for recreational uses.

Top: An image from the golf course website.

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