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[Corvallis] Save the Date: Parks & Recreation Director Candidate Virtual Meet & Greet

Richard Hervey
 

Good Morning,

Thought some folks might like to have a say in the hiring of the new City Parks director.  I'm sure that the natural areas advocates will participate.  Would be lovely if the candidates had to field some questions about their support for maintenance of existing disc golf courses and installation of new ones.

Richard

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Save the Date: Parks & Recreation Director Candidate Virtual Meet & Greet

Calendar Date: 
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 5:00pm

The City of Corvallis is hiring a new director for the Parks & Recreation Department. The Corvallis community is invited to review and evaluate the candidates during a virtual meet & greet — similar to what we've done for past recruitments, but conducted online to maintain public health guidelines.

Beginning on July 13, we'll post brief introductory videos from each of the finalists for the community to review, as well as a short survey to gather feedback on the candidates. The materials will be available at www.corvallisoregon.gov/prdirector.

The videos and follow-up survey will be available from 8 a.m. Monday, July 13 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 14.

We look forward to meeting the Parks & Recreation director candidates!

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Willamette Open, Aug 15-16

Robert Voss
 

Spots are going fast! Get in if you want in or get with me right away to save a spot (if you're a dues paid club member!). $300 added cash for pros and $200 for amateurs.

https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Willamette_Open_2020/overview  

Robert Voss
President, Tournament Director
Willamette Disc Golf Club





Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 07/06/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST)

When: Monday, 6 July 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Woodstock's Pizza back room, Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR

View Event

Organizer: Robert Voss robertvoss.wdgc@...

Description: Monthly club meeting, first Monday of the month, except when that collides with a MAJOR holiday, then it's the second Monday of the month (usually). 7 PM during DST (the lots of light time of year) and 6 PM off DST (the dark time of year).

Club business oriented meetings at Woodstock's Pizza in the back room, where we get updates from club members disc golf life, club officers discuss their responsibilities and give status updates, green keepers check in, we talk about what local events are going on in disc golf including league and tournament updates, what projects or events we are working on that need help from club members, propose new projects and topics for the following month's business meeting, etc.


Re: Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 07/06/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

Robert Voss
 

Meeting is moved to Willamette Park at shelter area at 7 PM.

Rob



On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 6:00 PM main@wdgc.groups.io Calendar <main@wdgc.groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST)

When: Monday, 6 July 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Woodstock's Pizza back room, Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR

View Event

Organizer: Robert Voss robertvoss.wdgc@...

Description: Monthly club meeting, first Monday of the month, except when that collides with a MAJOR holiday, then it's the second Monday of the month (usually). 7 PM during DST (the lots of light time of year) and 6 PM off DST (the dark time of year).

Club business oriented meetings at Woodstock's Pizza in the back room, where we get updates from club members disc golf life, club officers discuss their responsibilities and give status updates, green keepers check in, we talk about what local events are going on in disc golf including league and tournament updates, what projects or events we are working on that need help from club members, propose new projects and topics for the following month's business meeting, etc.


Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 07/06/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

main@wdgc.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST)

When: Monday, 6 July 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Woodstock's Pizza back room, Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR

View Event

Organizer: Robert Voss robertvoss.wdgc@...

Description: Monthly club meeting, first Monday of the month, except when that collides with a MAJOR holiday, then it's the second Monday of the month (usually). 7 PM during DST (the lots of light time of year) and 6 PM off DST (the dark time of year).

Club business oriented meetings at Woodstock's Pizza in the back room, where we get updates from club members disc golf life, club officers discuss their responsibilities and give status updates, green keepers check in, we talk about what local events are going on in disc golf including league and tournament updates, what projects or events we are working on that need help from club members, propose new projects and topics for the following month's business meeting, etc.


Willamette Open, July meeting

Robert Voss
 

Hello disc folks,

Let's have the July meeting since we will have just had the delayed dubs tournament the day before and now also have The Open planned. I'll need to order discs for The Open by then. We'll do it outside since it is nice. Meet at Willamette Park shelter area at 7 PM.



Good news: the Willamette Open is going forward as a C-tier at Willamette Park on August 15 and 16. Registration will go live tonight! We have $300 added cash for pros, and 2 Discraft discs and a shirt player packs for amateurs! Pros will have the option to buy a shirt for $12.

All ams will get 150% entry value from the player pack (almost 2x PDGA requirement) so no payouts are planned. There will be at least one CTP for each amateur division and then we will see where the budget shakes out. Maybe more CTP in bigger divisions. The club does not make money from tournaments, so it will go out as gift cards for some kind of prizes if there is money left.

- AMATEURS, YOU ONLY HAVE UNTIL JULY 12 TO GUARANTEE YOUR DISC SELECTION! After that you will get to select from what is available.

- We have until August 1 to guarantee shirt sizes. After that you will get to select from what is available.

Some informational highlights: Online registration only, tee times, quick walk-by check-in with player packs bundled ahead of time, live scoring with paper backup, online player meeting and awards. COVID-19 social distancing protocols in place, "Just roll with it."

Registration link:
https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Willamette_Open_2020




Best regards,

Rob




Checking in

Robert Voss
 

Hi All,

Apparently I am not smart enough to copy and paste text from Facebook today, so here is a screenshot of the current state of things 😑

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Re: Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 06/01/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

Robert Voss
 

Meeting canceled. Nothing new. We're just waiting to hear when we're going to be allowed to run a tournament and where.

Rob


On Sun, May 31, 2020, 6:00 PM main@wdgc.groups.io Calendar <main@wdgc.groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST)

When: Monday, 1 June 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Woodstock's Pizza back room, Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR

View Event

Organizer: Robert Voss robertvoss.wdgc@...

Description: Monthly club meeting, first Monday of the month, except when that collides with a MAJOR holiday, then it's the second Monday of the month (usually). 7 PM during DST (the lots of light time of year) and 6 PM off DST (the dark time of year).

Club business oriented meetings at Woodstock's Pizza in the back room, where we get updates from club members disc golf life, club officers discuss their responsibilities and give status updates, green keepers check in, we talk about what local events are going on in disc golf including league and tournament updates, what projects or events we are working on that need help from club members, propose new projects and topics for the following month's business meeting, etc.


Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 06/01/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

main@wdgc.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST)

When: Monday, 1 June 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Woodstock's Pizza back room, Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR

View Event

Organizer: Robert Voss robertvoss.wdgc@...

Description: Monthly club meeting, first Monday of the month, except when that collides with a MAJOR holiday, then it's the second Monday of the month (usually). 7 PM during DST (the lots of light time of year) and 6 PM off DST (the dark time of year).

Club business oriented meetings at Woodstock's Pizza in the back room, where we get updates from club members disc golf life, club officers discuss their responsibilities and give status updates, green keepers check in, we talk about what local events are going on in disc golf including league and tournament updates, what projects or events we are working on that need help from club members, propose new projects and topics for the following month's business meeting, etc.


Re: PNARB openings

Malia Mickulin
 

Sounds like a good idea to me to promote more through the city, i wouldn't mind helping out.

Malia Mickulin 

On Wed, May 13, 2020, 5:01 PM Richard Hervey <r.e.hervey@...> wrote:
Good Afternoon,

Given the club's difficulty finding officers / laborers it may be pointless, but just in case someone would like to advocate for disc golf from the inside, I see that the Mayor is looking for two people to appoint to the Parks, Natural Areas, and Recreation Advisory Board.

Richard


PNARB openings

Richard Hervey
 

Good Afternoon,

Given the club's difficulty finding officers / laborers it may be pointless, but just in case someone would like to advocate for disc golf from the inside, I see that the Mayor is looking for two people to appoint to the Parks, Natural Areas, and Recreation Advisory Board.

Richard


Re: Time to move on

Greg Johnson
 

I'm not sure what happened recently beyond the damage reported to one of the new signs at Willamette.
There isn't much going on for any sports these days.  At least we can still play casually.

Robert you have done as good a job as anyone could have in what sometimes feels like a thankless position.  The club in general had lost a lot of traction with declining active membership for a few years, and no one being interested in running sanctioned events. A handful of people do everything for the benefit of the local community that we are part of.

As with recent years we will be lucky to have anyone step up to be President, much less get the club back to hosting sanctioned tournaments, which many local players enjoy.  When we can get back to having them, I look forward to playing in more sanctioned events too.

It seems that in the current environment that we should be able to conduct such business electronically. I am not sure anyone active but you has familiarity with the IO Groups voting, and group administration.

Greg

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 03:24:49 PM PDT, Richard Hervey <r.e.hervey@...> wrote:


Rob,

Let's talk soon.  I regret your resignation, but am not surprised given our club culture of "let the Pres do it all".

Richard

On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 3:10 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
Hello club,

Today was a triple whammy. It has been building, came close once before, but it has all collectively finally done it for me. It is time for someone else to step up and be club president and for me to take a step back from the club. I was never the right person for this job. I stepped in and took a job no one else wanted at the time because I didn't want to see the club die, but I don't want to do it anymore.

Now is as good a time as any since there isn't anything going on and hasn't been for a couple months. Next time we can have a meeting we will put in names for nominees and then vote the meeting after. I'll commit to running the couple club PDGA tournaments since I already said I would, if we still want me to, and if we even get to hold them.

I have my reasons is all there is to say about it. Think or say what we will, but it's been 2 years and I put more into it than most anyone else could know. I am okay with it and I only hope for the best for the future for the club.

Regards,

Rob


P.S.
I don't think the bylaws technically allow it and I'm too lazy to look right now, but if the other officers agree then we can go ahead and do it via email. For instance, have folks submit nominations via email in a set period, tally them, and then folks with at least 2 nominations would be put on a virtual ballot that would be emailed to the voting members.



Re: Time to move on

Richard Hervey
 

Rob,

Let's talk soon.  I regret your resignation, but am not surprised given our club culture of "let the Pres do it all".

Richard


On Tue, May 12, 2020 at 3:10 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
Hello club,

Today was a triple whammy. It has been building, came close once before, but it has all collectively finally done it for me. It is time for someone else to step up and be club president and for me to take a step back from the club. I was never the right person for this job. I stepped in and took a job no one else wanted at the time because I didn't want to see the club die, but I don't want to do it anymore.

Now is as good a time as any since there isn't anything going on and hasn't been for a couple months. Next time we can have a meeting we will put in names for nominees and then vote the meeting after. I'll commit to running the couple club PDGA tournaments since I already said I would, if we still want me to, and if we even get to hold them.

I have my reasons is all there is to say about it. Think or say what we will, but it's been 2 years and I put more into it than most anyone else could know. I am okay with it and I only hope for the best for the future for the club.

Regards,

Rob


P.S.
I don't think the bylaws technically allow it and I'm too lazy to look right now, but if the other officers agree then we can go ahead and do it via email. For instance, have folks submit nominations via email in a set period, tally them, and then folks with at least 2 nominations would be put on a virtual ballot that would be emailed to the voting members.



Time to move on

Robert Voss
 

Hello club,

Today was a triple whammy. It has been building, came close once before, but it has all collectively finally done it for me. It is time for someone else to step up and be club president and for me to take a step back from the club. I was never the right person for this job. I stepped in and took a job no one else wanted at the time because I didn't want to see the club die, but I don't want to do it anymore.

Now is as good a time as any since there isn't anything going on and hasn't been for a couple months. Next time we can have a meeting we will put in names for nominees and then vote the meeting after. I'll commit to running the couple club PDGA tournaments since I already said I would, if we still want me to, and if we even get to hold them.

I have my reasons is all there is to say about it. Think or say what we will, but it's been 2 years and I put more into it than most anyone else could know. I am okay with it and I only hope for the best for the future for the club.

Regards,

Rob


P.S.
I don't think the bylaws technically allow it and I'm too lazy to look right now, but if the other officers agree then we can go ahead and do it via email. For instance, have folks submit nominations via email in a set period, tally them, and then folks with at least 2 nominations would be put on a virtual ballot that would be emailed to the voting members.



Willamette tee sign vandalized

Robert Voss
 

Hello group,

Just an FYI on some recent vandalism at Willamette. Tee sign #7 was hit hard enough to break off part of it. These things are pretty darn solid. It was on purpose and hit hard. I've offered a stack of discs as a reward for info that leads to a vandalism charge.

Remember that sign is very close to the road and in the open, so not necessarily done by a disc golfer. Let's not have a bunch of speculation or affirmation of anger over the incident. It is not helpful and generates multiple emails to the group.

Please message me privately if you have something to share. Do not use "reply" or it will send the message to the whole group. Send to robertvoss.wdgc@.... Your information will of course be kept private.

The sign designer Dayna Reed has graciously offered to donate a replacement sign. Including the disc golfers code plaque and the extra sign for pad #2 long, this is the third sign he has donated for Willamette. He has my many thanks and I'm thinking on a special material thank you from the club.

In addition to replacing the sign I am going to buy some 2x2 or whatever fits and screw them to the 4x4 posts to add backing to the signs out towards the edges. Dayna recommended it and I think it is a good idea. It should at least make it more difficult to damage the signs in the same way in the future.

Apologies for the sad news when I don't have good to follow it with.

On a somewhat bright side, Willamette has already been touched with a mower twice this year, and I talked with parks on Friday who committed to getting out there. If we could just the club mower actually fixed or another one we could do a lot ourselves, but that is another frustration all its own. And secondary somewhat bright news, a little birdy says that Adair is not going to get closed due to pandemic despite what they have said all along. Although there is a paving project that is set to start soon that could close down the park road for a couple weeks.

Nothing official new on shutdown front. Looks like there is some possibility for groups up to 25 this summer if things stay calm. That is good enough for leagues and we'll work out how to run some non-PDGA tournaments if it happens. I know a whole lot of us are missing those parts of our disc golf lives.

I tried for good news. LOL

Regards, stay safe and healthy,

Pres Rob


Re: Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 05/04/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

Bryce Downey
 

Good job Robert.  The group is managing without conflict or much debate. ('Course' that could be an artifact of this time).

Is there a way in this time of Billy being busy to have more of us (single person shifts) that are approved for the mowing? 

Bryce 

On Sun, May 3, 2020, 6:02 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
This meeting is also canceled.

Rob



Re: Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 05/04/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

Robert Voss
 

This meeting is also canceled.

Rob



Upcoming Event: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST) - Mon, 05/04/2020 6:00pm-7:00pm #cal-reminder

main@wdgc.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder: WDGC monthly club meeting (DST)

When: Monday, 4 May 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Woodstock's Pizza back room, Kings Blvd, Corvallis, OR

View Event

Organizer: Robert Voss robertvoss.wdgc@...

Description: Monthly club meeting, first Monday of the month, except when that collides with a MAJOR holiday, then it's the second Monday of the month (usually). 7 PM during DST (the lots of light time of year) and 6 PM off DST (the dark time of year).

Club business oriented meetings at Woodstock's Pizza in the back room, where we get updates from club members disc golf life, club officers discuss their responsibilities and give status updates, green keepers check in, we talk about what local events are going on in disc golf including league and tournament updates, what projects or events we are working on that need help from club members, propose new projects and topics for the following month's business meeting, etc.


Re: Willamette Greenskeeping

Bill Gaskill
 

Copied this from FB post.  Thanks all.


Willamette Greenskeeping

Well,  it's that time of year.   It would be nice to have a course to play that doesn't look post-apocalyptic when this is all over. 

Unfortunately (and with heavy heart), I must admit to myself and all of you that my greenskeeping skills are about to be pushed aside by another set of skills for some time here.  I had planned on getting out there a bit this weekend,  but we're down 1 doc already and now I've got to work this weekend for him.    

Please help me out any way you can.  I recommend against work parties (duh), but if you can get out and do a bit of weedeating from time to time, picking up brush, e.t.c,  that would be great.   Also be my eyes on the course.  Keep me posted on anything that needs addressed. 

Thank you all.   Thanks also for maintaining physical distancing even though it's painful.  It greatly effects what I'm doing and helps keep me and the less robust among us safer/alive. 

Hope to see you on the course soon!  Hang in there.   We'll get through this. 

Billy

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 9:06 PM Bryce Downey <dbrycedowney@...> wrote:
Thank you Robert and Richard for your discussion. I suspect that people read what they prefer to read and not contrary positions. Even the internet profiling that occurs prescreens according to our previous search activities.

We do not know what goes into the thinking of those that act out contrary to our own thinking. The conversation is largely one way. For instance the bolt cutting mayhem at Pier did not leave a manifesto, only the remains of the destructive impulse. Which I believe i cowardly in fear of reprisal. And it is a time of cowardly leadership wherein even the speaking from knowledge such as Dr. Fauci results in death threats from those who see it as an attack on Trump's reelection.

Yes with some wisdom Govenor Brown left parks open for exercise, getting out with social distancing guidelines in place. Only the larger venue of State or Federal management with the risk of lawsuit has acted to close access. OSU is one. It was a common problem of a school disciplinary hurdle that most have experienced where the whole of an uninvolved minority suffered because of the actions of a few, or one.

From these pages we should send out arms to share if some are suffering or ill and need some assistance. Not all have family or resources and do not easily ask for assistance. We could even do a virtual tounament to raise money by playing alone and submitting scores not expecting anything other than a local distribution to the persons, agency, and or the club to keep things going. And to send thank you for those doing essential services like front line health practitioners such as Dr. Billy Gaskill, those doing the driving and management of food services, electrical services, and on and on. I believe there is an air of extra care in the community as fewer than normal go to emergency services, people are home schooling, working from home, thereby driving less and the sky is noticeably bluer and pollution is less evident much like in the days after 9/11.

So, play on and be respectful, keep your space, wash your hands, and stay up with friends through the internet or calling. I still write letters.

Regards to you all,

Bryce Downey

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 4:30 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
Hi Richard,

Carefully now since this is going out to the entire group of over 100 people...


From a club president perspective
I've heard this idea mentioned before. The problem is that we don't have poles for every hole. Maybe half. It would be easy and cheap enough to make some more temporaries out of PVC pipe (would that hold up?) if we wanted to go that route. I do want to be careful with club funds since we already lost our club fundraiser tournament date and aren't running leagues, and who knows for how long. The club will not be taking in nearly as much this year but still have all the expenses such as the insurance.

My understanding of the situation at Dexter is that people were parking at and blocking the entrance gate and subsequently blocked access to the plant. Although, since it is a state park, the park was officially closed, the gate closed, and a notice posted. The disc golfers should not have been there at all, so that situation was bound to get shut down sooner or later.

For Willamette, the city parks department was contacted and they said they are not shutting it down. I have been out there almost daily. Yes, I play alone and sanitize the whole time and before I leave... I hardly ever see more than a couple other people on the course when I am around. I am not seeing groups of people out there except for very rare occasion, and they are generally spaced out. So, I don't think we're giving off as bad of an impression as some places have with loaded courses and/or in groups of more than a couple people who aren't even spaced out.

I have heard of parks in Portland and saw pictures of folks still out in groups, and not even just 2 or 3 people and standing tightly together. That is noticeable from a long distance and a bad look. I heard about the baskets at Pier. I do think it most likely that it was someone who specifically wanted to stop disc golfers from playing and it is not the slightest bit of a surprise to me that something like that would happen around Portland. Luckily, so far that is a one time occurrence that we know of and this is not Portland, so I think we can reasonably hope for the best.



My personal perspective
I will risk sharing my opinion. I do not support pulling the baskets. For me, the sound of the chains is sweet, sweet music. No tone pole or post and can setup (played both) can ever match the feeling I get from the sound of a good putt solidly hitting chains. I am a wacko - I full well understand this - but I dream of that sound. I know not everyone takes this virus seriously. I know not everyone is intelligent. Therefore, I know that we can't control everyone and some won't use preventative measures. As usual, the few could ruin it for all, which could be used to make a case to pull the baskets.

Anyone that knows me or sees my Facebook posts knows that I am absolutely taking this pandemic seriously, but I also fully believe that there is a middle ground between the group of folks that think it is all a hoax and don't want to take any precautions and the group of people that thinks we should all be locked in our homes. Disc golf is the only thing I really care about besides things like career and family and most of my exercise comes from it. It is an integral part of my life and my wellness plan. Can I live without it? Sure, if I have to, but in my opinion there is no reason that with the smallest amount of concern and common sense that we cannot throw and be safe. One could argue that, if it is safe enough for the authorities to allow all kinds of businesses to stay open, then it is safe enough to go outside and throw. I am back to work to run testing in order to meet manufacturing dates - a purely monetary decision. I noticed today that a shoe repair store was open. Essential is apparently totally subjective, and in my world disc golf and the sound of banging chains is essential to both my mental and physical wellness.

Another thought is that this is an opportunity for the disc golf community to be leaders. This is a non-contact sport and we don't share gear - except the basket. We have an opportunity show people that it is possible to be a conscious and concerned citizen and still enjoy at least some of our favorite things - just by being a little bit sensible. Like I said before, don't go out in groups, maintain spacing, sanitize after every hole and before you leave the course, and don't touch your face in between. That is really all it should take to be safe and stay healthy and not spread the virus.



This is an open discussion since it was sent to the group . All may feel free to respectfully chime in with well thought out comments that add to the discussion. We can vote on it if we get enough feedback that the group thinks we should remove the baskets.


Best regards,

Rob




On Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 12:50 PM Richard Hervey <r.e.hervey@...> wrote:
Robert,

Per Bill Gaskil's recommendation, I have not been down to Willy.  So, I don't know how much use it is getting.  So, I may be off base. 

I do know that the state requested that the Eugene club pull the baskets from Dexter.  And I see that someone took it upon themselves to limit play at Pier Point by destroying their baskets.  Which leads me to wonder whether we should remove the baskets at Willy, but put in place the poles that usually mark the inactive location.  That way the baskets are safe.  And if folks choose not to honor Bill's recommendation, they can use the poles as tone poles, thereby not putting their virus particles in the basket.

What do you think?

Richard

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 12:04 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
Hey folks,

It likely goes without saying, but I will sadly say it anyway, we are still shut down :-(

The April meeting is cancelled, the handicap league ended while on hiatus, and Sunday dubs is still on hold through April. We'll start a summer handicap league and restart dubs after this all settles down.

Stay healthy my friends,

Robert Voss
President, Tournament Director
Willamette Disc Golf Club





Re: April meeting and events

Bryce Downey
 

Thank you Robert and Richard for your discussion. I suspect that people read what they prefer to read and not contrary positions. Even the internet profiling that occurs prescreens according to our previous search activities.

We do not know what goes into the thinking of those that act out contrary to our own thinking. The conversation is largely one way. For instance the bolt cutting mayhem at Pier did not leave a manifesto, only the remains of the destructive impulse. Which I believe i cowardly in fear of reprisal. And it is a time of cowardly leadership wherein even the speaking from knowledge such as Dr. Fauci results in death threats from those who see it as an attack on Trump's reelection.

Yes with some wisdom Govenor Brown left parks open for exercise, getting out with social distancing guidelines in place. Only the larger venue of State or Federal management with the risk of lawsuit has acted to close access. OSU is one. It was a common problem of a school disciplinary hurdle that most have experienced where the whole of an uninvolved minority suffered because of the actions of a few, or one.

From these pages we should send out arms to share if some are suffering or ill and need some assistance. Not all have family or resources and do not easily ask for assistance. We could even do a virtual tounament to raise money by playing alone and submitting scores not expecting anything other than a local distribution to the persons, agency, and or the club to keep things going. And to send thank you for those doing essential services like front line health practitioners such as Dr. Billy Gaskill, those doing the driving and management of food services, electrical services, and on and on. I believe there is an air of extra care in the community as fewer than normal go to emergency services, people are home schooling, working from home, thereby driving less and the sky is noticeably bluer and pollution is less evident much like in the days after 9/11.

So, play on and be respectful, keep your space, wash your hands, and stay up with friends through the internet or calling. I still write letters.

Regards to you all,

Bryce Downey

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 4:30 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
Hi Richard,

Carefully now since this is going out to the entire group of over 100 people...


From a club president perspective
I've heard this idea mentioned before. The problem is that we don't have poles for every hole. Maybe half. It would be easy and cheap enough to make some more temporaries out of PVC pipe (would that hold up?) if we wanted to go that route. I do want to be careful with club funds since we already lost our club fundraiser tournament date and aren't running leagues, and who knows for how long. The club will not be taking in nearly as much this year but still have all the expenses such as the insurance.

My understanding of the situation at Dexter is that people were parking at and blocking the entrance gate and subsequently blocked access to the plant. Although, since it is a state park, the park was officially closed, the gate closed, and a notice posted. The disc golfers should not have been there at all, so that situation was bound to get shut down sooner or later.

For Willamette, the city parks department was contacted and they said they are not shutting it down. I have been out there almost daily. Yes, I play alone and sanitize the whole time and before I leave... I hardly ever see more than a couple other people on the course when I am around. I am not seeing groups of people out there except for very rare occasion, and they are generally spaced out. So, I don't think we're giving off as bad of an impression as some places have with loaded courses and/or in groups of more than a couple people who aren't even spaced out.

I have heard of parks in Portland and saw pictures of folks still out in groups, and not even just 2 or 3 people and standing tightly together. That is noticeable from a long distance and a bad look. I heard about the baskets at Pier. I do think it most likely that it was someone who specifically wanted to stop disc golfers from playing and it is not the slightest bit of a surprise to me that something like that would happen around Portland. Luckily, so far that is a one time occurrence that we know of and this is not Portland, so I think we can reasonably hope for the best.



My personal perspective
I will risk sharing my opinion. I do not support pulling the baskets. For me, the sound of the chains is sweet, sweet music. No tone pole or post and can setup (played both) can ever match the feeling I get from the sound of a good putt solidly hitting chains. I am a wacko - I full well understand this - but I dream of that sound. I know not everyone takes this virus seriously. I know not everyone is intelligent. Therefore, I know that we can't control everyone and some won't use preventative measures. As usual, the few could ruin it for all, which could be used to make a case to pull the baskets.

Anyone that knows me or sees my Facebook posts knows that I am absolutely taking this pandemic seriously, but I also fully believe that there is a middle ground between the group of folks that think it is all a hoax and don't want to take any precautions and the group of people that thinks we should all be locked in our homes. Disc golf is the only thing I really care about besides things like career and family and most of my exercise comes from it. It is an integral part of my life and my wellness plan. Can I live without it? Sure, if I have to, but in my opinion there is no reason that with the smallest amount of concern and common sense that we cannot throw and be safe. One could argue that, if it is safe enough for the authorities to allow all kinds of businesses to stay open, then it is safe enough to go outside and throw. I am back to work to run testing in order to meet manufacturing dates - a purely monetary decision. I noticed today that a shoe repair store was open. Essential is apparently totally subjective, and in my world disc golf and the sound of banging chains is essential to both my mental and physical wellness.

Another thought is that this is an opportunity for the disc golf community to be leaders. This is a non-contact sport and we don't share gear - except the basket. We have an opportunity show people that it is possible to be a conscious and concerned citizen and still enjoy at least some of our favorite things - just by being a little bit sensible. Like I said before, don't go out in groups, maintain spacing, sanitize after every hole and before you leave the course, and don't touch your face in between. That is really all it should take to be safe and stay healthy and not spread the virus.



This is an open discussion since it was sent to the group . All may feel free to respectfully chime in with well thought out comments that add to the discussion. We can vote on it if we get enough feedback that the group thinks we should remove the baskets.


Best regards,

Rob




On Thu, Apr 2, 2020, 12:50 PM Richard Hervey <r.e.hervey@...> wrote:
Robert,

Per Bill Gaskil's recommendation, I have not been down to Willy.  So, I don't know how much use it is getting.  So, I may be off base. 

I do know that the state requested that the Eugene club pull the baskets from Dexter.  And I see that someone took it upon themselves to limit play at Pier Point by destroying their baskets.  Which leads me to wonder whether we should remove the baskets at Willy, but put in place the poles that usually mark the inactive location.  That way the baskets are safe.  And if folks choose not to honor Bill's recommendation, they can use the poles as tone poles, thereby not putting their virus particles in the basket.

What do you think?

Richard

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 12:04 PM Robert Voss <robertvoss.wdgc@...> wrote:
Hey folks,

It likely goes without saying, but I will sadly say it anyway, we are still shut down :-(

The April meeting is cancelled, the handicap league ended while on hiatus, and Sunday dubs is still on hold through April. We'll start a summer handicap league and restart dubs after this all settles down.

Stay healthy my friends,

Robert Voss
President, Tournament Director
Willamette Disc Golf Club