Happy Monday everyone,
Well, we had a good week at the Club this past week with many Committee Meetings and a lot of progress. The week started Monday night with a combined meeting between three Committees; the Food & Beverage, House & Grounds, and Social Committees. The agenda was, sequentially; identify possible improvements in the Bar & Grill (menu offerings, hours of operation, equipment, and staff for example), discuss a new look and feel for the Bar & Grill (inside and out), and to build a calendar of social events for member’s enjoyment.
For the Bar & Grill the most significant change that came up was about traffic flow. A new service alcove will be set up outside, behind the kitchen, allowing member access to a large service window built under the original remodel plan in the back of the house but never utilized. It’s never been used before because the kitchen is so darn small but Mark believes he can make it work. It should, at a minimum, remove the wet bathing suit and barefoot crowd from the front of the house on busy summer weekends. Members in/around the pool and even at the upper courts may find this new access site to be a big plus. This is a reasonably low cost improvement requiring small changes in the fencing; it’s really about leveraging the existing resources, which Mark seems unusually adept at. We also discussed the possibility of a soft serve ice cream machine (who wouldn’t want that?) but space is again the constraining factor so it was tabled for the time being. The last discussion point concerned the severe lack of storage space – another shed and some semi-permanent “tenting” will be arranged for the work area behind the kitchen.
The conversation then moved to furnishings. Our House & Grounds Committee, led by Cris Schonefeld and Valerie Behrendt, has done a terrific job putting together the early stages of a grand master plan covering the look and feel of the whole Club. Different areas of the Club are refurbished under their own independent timetables and usually under the oversight of different volunteers each and every time over the years. The idea behind a H&G Master Plan is to have a plan in place that will incorporate and coordinate all of the different areas of the Club so that when maintenance needs to be performed a wheel does not have to be re-invented, and pool furniture will be thematically coordinated with patio furniture and the tennis pavilion (up top), and all the other areas of our Club. When a sign goes up in one area of the Club, its format will be consistent with signage all around the Club. It’s genius if I do say so myself (which I can because Cris and Val thought of it – nicely done ladies).
The area of their Grand Plan that is of immediate need is the Bar & Grill area; inside and out. On Monday night Cris and Val presented the third iteration of a floor plan for that area that included tables, couches, umbrellas, fire pits, ping pong tables, planters and what can loosely be described as a tented area (think big awning attached to our roof, running out over the existing pergola/heaters, with sides that adjust up/down depending on the weather conditions – or think Boudin’s in Corte Madera). As you will see, the Plan is quite comprehensive; it’s a beautiful layout. See the plans just below (click any image to see a larger version) and let me know what your thoughts are about it. It seems to be exactly what we need; terrific job – but I’ll let you decide.
View the complete PDF at http://tiburonpc.org/files/house_grounds/TPC-Cafe-First-Thoughts-Presentation_041513.pdf.
What I did think to ask, as I assume most of you will, was – how much? Let’s spend a minute there and look at how this gets paid for. While only still in the preliminary planning stages, the estimated cost of this portion of the Plan, if we were to proceed down the path laid out on Monday night, is still being calculated but let’s discuss it in big round numbers. The designers who have looked at this put the price tag at between $200-$300k. Let’s plan conservatively and call it $300k although I believe it will come in below that. The vast majority of this cost is maintenance, replacing the existing furniture. The big, new element of the plan is the semi-permanent roof/wall structure that brings the outside in; that runs under $100k. If we were to proceed with this project as it is today (and we haven’t decided that yet), a reasonable completion date would not be before 2015 [choosing furniture, ordering it, getting town approval for the awning (and that’s not an automatic) to name a few time sinks]. The overall project will be broken up into stages with some stages being completed before others, but given that we’re nowhere near approval, the final completion date is more likely 2016. That’s 3yrs or about $100k per year from a Club budget that generates $500k/yr of free cash flow for maintenance and new capital enhancements. In other words, the Club’s budget can easily handle this project – no dues increase, no assessment – a no-brainer. Look at the plans and send me your feedback by leaving a comment below.
The last agenda item for our three Committee meetings last Monday was to build a social calendar. The consensus among us was that there are already probably enough big Club-wide events on the calendar as it is – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, etc. The one Club-wide event we will absolutely bring back this year will be the year end Holiday Party but the SC doesn’t expect to put many other events like this on an already busy calendar. However, the area where the Committee thinks it could move the needle and bring some fun to the Club is in organizing smaller, somewhat regular events that cater to tighter constituencies within the Club. Some of that will be aimed at the group within the Club whose children have grown older (I’m reluctant to describe it as adult entertainment in fear of once again insulting the fragile sensibilities of some of our readers – but as you already know, and it didn’t take 18 letters for you to find out, I have none – sensibilities that is). We’re talking about wine tasting parties, Monday Night Football on a tape delay, Bridge (?), featured speaker nights – something where the young children crowd will be lighter. This isn’t a smirch against young children (I have four lovelies) but we really need to address the members of the Club who no longer have children under foot and want to use the Club when it’s not a thunder-dome.
That concluded the meeting, the next step is soliciting feedback from members – what do you think?
I must confess that I dropped the ball last week in serving you in my temporary role (only 7 more months) as El Hefe. There were two other Committee Meetings last week that I was unable to attend: Tennis and Fitness. So, I can’t really report on any progress there. I do know that the FC is focused on growing and improving their program classes but we will have to wait until the meeting minutes are released to get more detail. I understand the TC had a full agenda dominated by court usage issues and accelerated membership for two tennis families. We’ll have to wait for the minutes there too.
All right, enough, I’m typing one-handed these days which is a pain in the neck elbow so I’ll wrap this up. Upcoming Committee Meetings (yes, you’re all invited):
- Board of Governor’s Meeting – Monday, 4/22, 6:30pm (tonight)
- Youth Committee Meeting – Tuesday, 4/30, 5pm (next week)
Your job: please offer your comments below on the Bar & Grill Plan. I hope you all have a great week ahead.
All the best,