A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN - GEOFF KNORR
It is 25 years since our establishment through the foresight and generosity of Club Members. As Chairman of the Foundation, I wish to remind all of you how the Foundation has flourished to become the envy of many other golf clubs.
I believe all Members should be proud of the achievement. If you are not already a Member of the Foundation, I would hope you will consider how you can help now and in the future. Our magnificent clubhouse is a permanent example of how the financial support of the Foundation enables Metropolitan to maintain its standing in Australian golf and admired throughout the world when seen on television.
We are in a very sound position but we must maintain our standards at the highest level while many golf clubs are under pressure to retain membership and their financial stability.
Even when considering making a donation through the Foundation, there is a way of further assistance I would like you to consider and that is a bequest to the Club.
The Foundation has already benefited from bequests in the estates of some of our Club Members. A bequest is the ultimate gift. It is a lasting contribution towards the ongoing financial strength of the Club we cherish.
I trust you will continue to enjoy the pleasures of Metropolitan. We are so fortunate to share such an outstanding golf course and great camaraderie.
HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION
The Metropolitan Golf Club Foundation was established on 22 August 1990 to raise funds for the benefit of The Metropolitan Golf Club. It evolved from a determination that the standards of the Club must be maintained and realisation that to do this the Club must rely on its own community. Through the foresight and generosity of preceding generations, The Metropolitan Golf Club has grown into a priceless national treasure. It is a matter of Club pride that we not merely preserve the course and its surrounds, but enhance it where possible for the enjoyment of future generations by drawing on the great reserves of goodwill and resources which have always existed at Metropolitan. The Foundation provides a permanent fund to be administered independently from the Club administration to help preserve, develop and maintain the standards and facilities at Metropolitan and in particular:
There are many more ways the Foundation has assisted the Club through large amounts and small in the past and present. Some recent and ongoing examples are:
METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
The Foundation has continued its support of the Club by subsidising the Junior Entrance Fees of Scholarship holders, plus the continued funding of the Metropolitan Development Program. The Metropolitan Development Program was set-up by Club member and seven-time Club Champion, Doug Francis. The program is now in its fifth year and includes regular sessions conducted by former Club Professional, Stuart Leong, who has become well-known for the “Shots To Hole” program that he co-founded.