Niners Proposed Amendment to the By-Laws

Dear Charbonneau Niners Members,

Please attend a Special Meeting on September 26, 2017 at 12:00 in the CCC Lounge.

The purpose of the meeting is to vote on a proposed Amendment to the By-laws that is described below.  The meeting should not last more than 30 minutes.

On September 1, 2017, the Board of Directors voted 17-3 to present the following By-Law Change to the membership.  This change is unanimously supported by the current Elected Officers. This change is unanimously supported by the nominated officers for 2018.

If you have questions or concerns please respond by email.  All of the questions and concerns will be addressed in one email published on September 24, 2017.

It is proposed that Article II section 3 be removed from the Charbonneau Ladies’ nine-hole golfer’s bylaws.
Article II, Section 3
Membership in the Niners precludes membership in the Charbonneau Women’s Golf Association (the CWGA), the women’s 18-hole golf club. CWGA members who wish to join the Niners must relinquish their 18-hole membership. A Niners must relinquish her CLNG membership when joining CWGA. Why do the Niners need to remove this article from the by-laws?  The by-law directly conflicts with 2 other by-laws, is exclusionary and discriminatory.

Article I section 2 states “The Purpose of the Niners organization is to promote the game of golf and encourage good sportsmanship and friendship”.  Golf is not promoted nor are friendships enhanced when our members are forbidden joining another group and our club excludes a group of people from membership.

Article II section 1 says ‘Any woman is eligible to be a member of the Niners.’ It is contradictory to say ANY WOMAN in one paragraph and then exclude a group of women in the next section.

The opening sentence of our handbook states, “The Niners Goal is to have fun playing golf whether you are just beginners or almost professionals.” This goal is not compatible with an exclusion clause.

Currently there are Niners members who have active memberships with other golf clubs. There has been no negative effects as a result of our members being affiliated with another club.

Most importantly, the Niners organization gains nothing by excluding the CWGA members and in fact, is weakening our organization.  By forcing women to choose one group or the other, both clubs lose potential members. Women golfers in our community should be allowed as many golfing opportunities as possible.  By allowing women to join multiple golf groups, we are promoting golf and encouraging friendship – which we stated was our whole purpose for existing.  Cross over between the two groups strengthens CCC, our community and contributes to the financial sustainability of the golf course.

Send your comments and questions to, Liz Henry at h.elizabeth@comcast.net, Diane Meyers at johndianemeyers@gmail.com and Julie Kolln at jakolln@comcast.net.

Again, all questions are concerns will be published and addressed.