The Charbonneau Villager Newspaper 2020_Jan issue Villager newspaper - Page 18

18 THE CHARBONNEAU VILLAGER Men’s Club ■ From Page 17 sector of the economy — and ev- ery major brand does at a time when consumers have so many choices on how to spend their recreational time and discretion- ary income — there are many reasons for optimism. This starts with the fact that our participa- tion numbers are up in key cate- gories — beginners, avid golfers and those who experience the game at off-course options. A re- cord-tying 2.6 million golfers played for the first time in 2018 — matching the all-time high set in 2017, which was the fourth con- secutive year that number in- creased. These new golfers are more diverse and younger than the overall golf population: 31% are women, 26% are non-Cauca- sian. There could be more new golfers on the way: 47.4 million say they are “somewhat” or “very” interested in trying golf, an increase of 6%. The number of women playing golf has grown approximately 7% over the past six years. Of note, 36% of junior golfers are girls, as compared to 23% of all golfers. Total on-course participation increased to 24.2 million golfers last year. When factoring in off-course participa- tion options, such as Topgolf, to- tal participation climbed to 33.5 million in 2018, up 4% from 32.1 million in 2017. John McLain: I am optimistic January 2020 for golf at Charbonneau. For the Men’s club, our total membership has grown each year, and a quick survey of the other clubs have noticed a similar trend over the past several years. All the holi- day couples golf events were sold out last year, and we expect the same in 2020. Our only limitation for having larger participation is that we don’t have a place big enough to sit down for dinner af- terwards. The Charbonneau Country Club may solve this problem with a new building. The Men’s Club Board is busy planning for over 100 educational, social, and play-day golf events in 2020. There will be continued im- provements in the use of the web- site, emails, and Golf Genius soft- ware to schedule and organize golf events. There will be a focus on new guidelines on signups, tee-sheets, and money manage- ment, to make things go smooth- er for golfers, as well as volun- teers who organize and score events. The list of Major Events is already posted on the Men’s Club Website under the Golf menu. My personal golf New Year’s resolution is to play more golf; in- crease by 12 rounds, the number of rounds posted to GHIN. I man- aged to post 43 rounds in 2019, and I think I can get that number up to 55 in 2020. The average for Men’s Club is 36 rounds posted in the 2018-2019 season. I have a sec- ond New Year’s Resolution; no gimmies, means always putting out on the greens so that my handicap is an honest representa- 503-422-7413 Senior Discounts • Free Estimates • Financing Available Specializing in cedar shake tear off using Owens Corning or CertainTeed Shingles Roofing Maintenance: Gutter Cleaning and Moss Removal Roof Repairs: Cedar or Composition Licensed-Bonded-Insured- ccb# 186827 /LNHS Construction, Inc. tion of my golf profile. When playing with close friends, golfers can tend to say “that’s good” when the ball is within a putter length of the hole. In 2020, I will putt it out. Chili Cook Off The Chili Cook Off will be Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Charbonneau Country Club Dining Room. Contestants set up at 5 p.m. Doors open to tasters/voters at 5:30 p.m. The Charbonneau Men’s Club is hosting a social event for the community of Charbonneau for those staying home to enjoy the wet, cloudy, cold, windy, icy, foggy Willamette Valley winter. Bring the whole family and guests to have good food and the company of friends. Mark your calendar now, more details will come later. Be a contestant Trophy and Cash Prizes: Six quarts of hot chili and a pan of cornbread will get free entry for two. Call John Meyers to register as a contestant at 503-866-2200. Be a taster and vote Cost is $6 per person for all the chili and fixings you can eat, then vote for the best one. Cheese, onions bowls, cups, plastic ware, etc., will be provided. This is a BYOB event. ESSENTRICS CLASS TARGETS STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY By JAN LANDIS I got interested in Essentrics after I read the book “Aging Backwards” by Miranda Esmonde- White, who founded Essentrics. This book was given to me because I was complaining that my knee hurt so bad, I could barely walk up the stairs. After reading the book, I purchased some DVDs and started doing the Essentrics workouts with a few friends. I am happy to say I am again running up the stairs. Essentrics is a full-body workout that improves how you feel in your body through a dynamic combination of stretching and strengthening that works through all the joints and releases tight muscles; effective for an improvement in flexibility, mobility, and posture and for relief of pain. It’s perfect for men and women of all fitness levels. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free See ESSENTRICS / Page 27