By Mollie LaSalle
WOODVILLE – Lee Mann, president of the Rotary Club of Woodville, presided over the noon meeting at the Pickett House, Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Mann reported to the club that the golf tournament has hit yet another snag. He heard from Crown Colony in Lufkin, and, unfortunately, they are closing down their course in April for renovations, which will probably take the rest of 2024 to complete; with this news, the golf tournament is on hold.
With this news, Mann started asking members their thoughts on other fund raisers the club could hold in lieu of the golf tournament. It had already been discussed by club members the enormous work that has gone into the annual gumbo dinner, and Mann began looking into the possibility of having a golf tournament.
He began reaching out to Rayburn Country Club in October of last year and met with some people there along with some of his board members. When negotiations with Rayburn came to a stalemate, Mann began corresponding with officials at Crown Colony, until last week when club officials informed him that the course would be closing, and any tournament would not be doable in 2024.
Mann asked club members their thoughts on alternative fundraisers for the remainder of 2024. Several suggestions were bandied about, with no definite committal to anything, however, Mann did stress that the golf tournament was something the club wanted to do in 2025; “we are going to re-visit this next year in the spring”, he said. He wants to do it right, or not do it all, and this gives the club more than enough time to plan and promote a tournament.
In other club news, Mann inducted three new members into the club. Keith Collins, Sandi Hanks and Lara Robinson were all inducted at last Wednesday’s meeting. Collins is Warren High School principal, Hanks is SEL Counselor and Parent Liaison at Woodville ISD, and Robinson is Woodville High School principal.