Meet the CDGC Leadership Team – Board of Directors
JIM BANBURY – PRESIDENT
I have been playing disc golf nine years, and have been on the CDGC board for about six years, currently serving as president. I want to serve because I enjoy the game and want to see more people playing. The CDGC is in a position to help the sport reach new heights in this region, which is already a true destination for anyone interested in the game.
As a board member, I have seen the positive difference the game makes for many players, including families. I have also learned how difficult it is to sustain energy with an all-volunteer group relying on a relatively small number of dedicated members to keep momentum going.
I believe the number one goal over the next two years is to broaden our talent base. We need more tournament directors, course directors, committee members and involved players. This would allow the club to present high quality events while maintaining, improving and expanding our course offerings.
As a board member, I am responsible for promoting the club, advising event directors and assisting with event logistics. With my background as a writer and editor, I also assist with club communications.
My vision is for the club to become a certified non-profit organization with a strong leadership structure and expanding membership base. The club will become a national leader in developing new players and attracting disc golfers to the Charlotte area. Working with groups like Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and the Hospitality & Tourism Alliance, we can develop marketing plans for disc golf destination packages. Come to Charlotte, stay at DG-friendly hotels and play famous Charlotte courses while being accompanied by CDGC guides.
My favorite club event is Sugaw Creek Am League, and not because I run it. SCAL, then directed by Fred Dean, was the first DG event my son and I played in. We loved it. It didn’t matter that we sucked. There were always great people to meet, friendly competition and the fascination of winning and throwing new plastic. Back then, and today, you see a very diverse set of players – young, old, male, female, multiple ethnicities, families, skilled players, newbies, and more. It’s an entertaining event that is great fun for everyone.
To be an even better club, the CDGC needs more members to play a role – volunteer for an event, organize a workday, be on a committee, offer suggestions and criticisms. This is the sort of help that will make it possible for Charlotte to grow membership, encourage new players, host major events and take a leadership position at the forefront of disc golf.
Matt Cheney – Vice President
John Rendleman – Treasurer
Patricia Sisco – Secretary
Mark Huether – Course Director
I am honored to have been elected to your board of directors and allowed to support the Charlotte Disc Golf Club in an administrative role. I am proud to have served the club in this way for almost a year.
As a candidate, my goal was to improve communication between board members and the Park Departments and bring course building transparency to the members and leadership. Additionally, it is a goal of mine, to expand disc golf in the community with youth, women, and bring more skill based courses to Charlotte. I am also very interested in leading the charge to bring the 2018 Amateur World Championships to Charlotte and using that as a spring board to attract DGWT, DGPT, and NT events to Charlotte.
As board member my responsibilities include, Park Liason for Charlotte and Cornelius, Maintenance of the 16 properties and the 2018 Amateur Worlds Bid.
I have learned as a board member that tough decisions that are right for the club do not always sit well with everyone. You have to be courageous and strong and convicted to make the right decision. You have to be active, we work best as a board, when we are all pulling our weight. I would definitely consider running again in the next election.
During my tenure as a board member I would like to see a working relationship with Park Department, where we are considered in budgeting and engaged when new construction will affect our courses sooner in the process. I would love to see 501c3 non profit status that is funded by grants, and not player fees. 1000 paid members. 20 Charlotte Courses.
I have played for 8 years and Bailey Road Glow League on Monday Nights is my favorite league. Those guys are just the best, really. They hang together outside of the event and join together for work days. My favorite course is Nevin, duh. Although I often enjoy my Robbins Park rounds more J
The best thing members can do to get involved is HELP! There is something for everyone. Its not just getting dirty, we need – Help with muscle, help with finding us or donating materials(this is an easy one), help finding us course and hole sponsors, picking up trash/deadfall as you play, help in organization skills, help with media, artists. Everyone has an hour or 2 they can donate. Just think how much work just goes into putting together club packages. That is something easy we can all do at a bar watching football. Reach out to a board member, you have a skill that we need. This help will lead to what I believe will create the biggest impact to growing the sport in our area. Safe, well maintained courses. Well marked courses, local community support. I think if we engaged youth or church groups, especially through grant applications, we would grow disc golf tremendously. If we had a good crew at every Charlotte course 4-5 friends, we could turn our focus to bringing 3 hole practice courses to all major Charlotte parks, and donating design and courses to local schools.
Thank you all for the opportunity to serve.
Jim Senior – Board Member
Josh Tolley – Signage Director