Welcome to 2016 with the golf season right around the corner. McDonough now enters its 61st year. Our Foundation is in wonderful shape, thanks to you. I invite all of you to celebrate the momentous year and again ask for your financial support for the benefit of our scholars. 2015 was another successful year that provides impetus for continued growth and the prospects of further accomplishment. Year after year, the interview process and having the opportunity of meeting our scholars is a true joy. They are incredible individuals and provide the incentive to expand our mission of providing financial support to our students who have diligently worked at golf courses throughout the state of New Hampshire as they strive to further their education in colleges and universities throughout New England and beyond. Many of you have met our scholars and appreciate their dedication to college and furthering their education. They are a very special group. Our scholars have worked to support our country clubs and golf courses in many positions. Our awards go directly to the individual student in order to avoid any negative affect on other financial aid they may receive. That factor is very important.
I cannot believe, in reality, I am entering my eighth year as president of this amazing institution. The Board of Directors continue to strive to opening the information on the internet and social media. All applications are completed online. We have learned how much our scholars depend and rely upon the internet and strive to expand the ability to contact and communicate with student and alumni. Our new goal this year is to follow up on recent graduates and, frankly, their parents. We are seeking financial contributions from those who have benefitted. Please check us out and update your contact information in order to keep our lines of communication open. Year after year, we seek to leave no stone unturned in seeking new avenues to raise money. Regardless of the outcomes, we forge ahead driven by this labor of love for the game of golf and recognizing the genuine affection to providing scholarships. I commend the diligent efforts by our all volunteer Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is well established, but is always interested in speaking with any of you who may be willing to serve. We welcomed new Board Members in 2015. We have room to have more come into the fold! We have a great group who represent both private and public golf courses.
McDonough has returned to individual Board Members to reach out to our Golf Courses as opposed to incurring expenses in seeking contributions. We are continuing to seek funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. Like many efforts, it does take time. We continue to explore establishing relationships with New Hampshire Golf Association, the First Tee, among others, in an attempt to raise as much money as we can.
We have been consistently able to give in excess of $100,000.00 to our scholars each year. We hope that will carry on and increase annually. We always need your help. No donation is too small. When you see a student at the club, think about sending in a contribution. When a student does something special for you at your course, think about sending in a contribution. Golf is very special to each one of you receiving this Annual Report and reading about McDonough. My request is to keep our Foundation high on your list of priorities when making charitable contributions. We will always rely and honor your support for many years to come.
McDonough scholarships totaled $105,000.00 last year. That amount of money is the amazing. I recall so many years ago receiving financial assistance going through college. I will be so honored to recognize William Lochhead at our annual dinner this year. I’ve known “Sweet Willy” for over forty years, who grilled me at the interview process at the Highway Hotel. There is no better individual that embodies what the McDonough Foundation is all about.
All recipients and their families should be proud but, frankly, now have an obligation to preserve the McDonough Foundation by helping us out. As wonderful as that is, it is clearly no time to rest on our laurels.
The major component of fundraising is attributable to Club Donations under the Club Relations Committee. The contributing clubs have expanded recently and we continue to seek assistance from every club in the State. Increasing revenues and financial support from clubs is paramount in the continuation of McDonough. The Board wishes to increase club contributions and approach clubs whose students have benefitted but have not raised corresponding funds. I have suggested each year on how clubs can increase their financial assistance. The Board of Directors would be happy to discuss any type of option for tournaments, contributions, fun times and the like.
I express special thanks to the members of Manchester Country Club, Bald Peak, Nashua County Club, Laconia Country Club and Abenaqui Country Club for their always impressive annual donations. These Clubs are the cornerstone upon which our Foundation thrives. This recognition by no means is an intentional slight of all of our New Hampshire clubs who provide us with annual support in many different measures. Let’s keep up the good work! Our goal this year is to bring in more clubs from the western part of the State in additional to the North Country.
Manchester Country Club hosted our two major events of the season, beginning with our Annual Dinner. The ambience, collegiality and food were absolutely wonderful. The board was able to honor Matt Thibeault from Intervale with the Stan Lencki Award. I can’t believe we almost had him speechless. New Hampshire’s own Kirk Hannefeld shared wonderful stories of life on the Senior Tour.
At press time, we are looking at May dates for The 2015 Annual Dinner. We have discovered the later date provides a greater opportunity for those returning from warmer climates to attend and we are also looking at getting more of our scholars and their families to attend, as well.
Manchester also hosted our annual tournament in August. As always, a class act. Glenn Walton will continue to spearhead the tournament in 2016. Everyone will play their own ball joined by a New Hampshire professional. By the way, the NHPGA is incredible in what they do for us. We hope you will respond by getting a group together. We also have a number of Sponsorship Levels, beginning at a mere $100.00. As I said before, every financial contribution, though appearing miniscule on its face, is of great benefit.
Our Permanent Fund continues to grow. We will always seek options of establishing named Scholarship Funds. Thank you so much for the effort. If anyone has questions, please contact us and we will fill you in on the details.
I remain hopeful and optimistic in our 61st year. Our Governance Committee is seeking to recruit new board members. If you are interested or think of individuals who would be interested, please give us a call. Talk us up to others who may be interested. We are working diligently to develop a long-term plan for the organization to increase our viability for many years to come.
I am honored to continue my service for our scholars and can assure all of you, the Foundation is committed to our mission. I am anxious for what the future holds for the Foundation and I ask for your continued support, financially and otherwise, to expand our McDonough Family. Those of us who serve on the Board do so with a level of dedication and passion and I know all of you who receive this Annual Report share that sentiment. I wish all of you well and much success during the 2016 golf season. Send us a check!