2 My goal is to witness financial and facility improvements every season much like we did this year. It is the responsibility of Edelweiss management, along with the board of directors, to continue to improve the conditions of our facility. I feel we have taken the necessary steps to accomplish that task beginning with the 2006 season and beyond. You will be receiving your 2006 membership invoices soon. The board of directors has approved an approximately 3% increase on membership items and a $1 increase on greens fees. Edelweiss, just like you and I, has experienced a price increase on necessary items such as fuel, fertilizer and propane, to name a few. We feel that a 3% increase in membership fees and a $1 increase in greens fees is an extremely balanced way to offset our increased expenses. I agree that we as human beings do not like to pay more than we have to for a product or service. The simple fact is that we know we are going to be paying more for the same amount of product used in past seasons and we have no choice but to account for those increases. We sincerely value our members at Edelweiss and look forward to continuing our relationship. Joel Sarbacker, Club Manager RESTAURANT NEWS AND VIEWS To the members of Edelweiss, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of Edelweiss. Just as a reminder - Edelweiss will be closing for the winter on November 18 th . That means there are still three Friday nights in which you can enjoy one of our wonderful fish fries. I hope I will see you! I have had many people ask me what I am doing for the winter. Well, I will be staying here. The list is endless of things to be done for spring and the coming season, because yes, it will be here before you know it. I will continue to tweek the menu and try to bring Edelweiss as much as I can possibly offer. There are many chores and things to be cleaned that can’t be done during hours of operations. I will be booking weddings EdelweissChaletChatter and holiday parties. Yes, I said holiday parties. If you have a group or know of a group of at least 50 guests, Edelweiss and I would be more than happy to cater to your every need. Once again, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of Edelweiss. If I don’t see you at the annual meeting, I will see you come spring time. Thank you, Chef Justin HAPPENINGS FROM THE BOARD (This is a short synopsis of the minutes of the board meeting. A complete listing of the board minutes is posted on the bulletin board in the bar entryway. Please take the time to read them. It’s your club!) September 28, 2005 Rick Hagen, a representative of the Klein Insurance Agency, presented tentative bids from two insurance companies, General Casualty and Allied, for our workman’s comp and liability insurance for next year. The board will look over the bids and make a decision as to which company to use at the next meeting. Joel reported to the board that we have three wedding receptions scheduled for October. Jim and his crew have fertilized the greens, tees, and fairways. Jim told the board that he is not going to do a pre-emergence treatment for quack grass and broadleaf weeds this fall. If we have winter kill again this winter, we would not be able to seed those areas, as was the case this past spring, because of the pre-emergence treatment. Jim also presented the board with equipment recommendations. Joel has been working on next years budget. Suppliers of fuel and chemicals have already told us to expect increases in costs of about 30%. Sky Cable, our current cable TV provider, is going out of business. We will be serviced by Dish Network beginning October 1. The bid from Harker Heating and Air Conditioning was accepted to replace our heating and cooling system.
3 Advanced Roofing will be putting new shingles on the roof at the same time as the new heating and cooling units are installed on the roof. Pat and Rick attended the Exeter Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday night. The Exeter board will do a site view to determine if we can put a driveway into the two lots that were recently surveyed. Martinson Drainage will be tiling on #3, #8, #14, and #15 this fall. The money to pay for this improvement will come from the money market fund for beautification of the course. COURSE & GROUNDS NEWS We have several projects going on in the month of November. You will see drain tile being placed on some of the lower holes on the course. This will help some of our water problems on these holes. We have also finished adding sand to some of the bunkers on the course. Be on the lookout for some fluffier, better playing bunkers next season. As we put the finishing touches on this season, I know the challenges that next season will bring are undetermined at this time, but I am very excited about the direction that we seem to be headed in addressing the conditions of our course. The addition of some vital pieces of equipment, as well as the enthusiasm of the people that will be on staff next year, have me excited about our ability to provide you with a totally different golf course for the 2006 season. Have a great Thanksgiving and I hope that you enjoy the last couple of weeks of golf. Hopefully, Mother Nature will give us great weather to do just that. Jim Scott Superintendent EdelweissChaletChatter FROM THE OFFICE For those of you who like to plan ahead - the annual meeting of the membership of EdelweissChalet Country Club is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2006. Please mark your calendars and set that day aside to attend. Rick Meier and I have been attending the Exeter Planning Commission meetings for the past three months. We have a parcel of land that is located between the cart sheds and Fred Cruse’s home that the board is going to recommend to the membership at the annual meeting in January that we sell at this time. Rick and I have been doing the preliminary work to determine whether or not we could sell this parcel of land for building lots. At the October 25 th meeting at the Exeter Town Hall, the Planning Commission voted to recommend to the Exeter Town Board that we be allowed to have two lots of 1.5 acres each, with a shared driveway onto Edelweiss Road. Whether the membership votes to sell the lots at this time or keep them for future sale, this preliminary work needed to be done. I am busy getting the invoices for next years dues ready to be mailed. The board voted on a very reasonable 3% increase in the dues for next year. Given the increases that we will be seeing in fuel and fertilizer, this is a very modest increase. We have lots of activity here at Edelweiss right now. Martinson Drainage began preparations for the drainage work on Monday and they will continue until this work is completed. Next Monday Harker Heating and Advanced Roofing will begin the work on the new heating and air conditioning system and the new shingles on the roof. Bruce Company will also be here in about a month to move trees to the #13 fairway. With the nice weather that we are having (for November), it is fun to see so many of you out here enjoying the last few rounds of golf for the season. It is not too often that we have 60 and 70 degree weather in November! Pat