Written by Jacquelyn Estrella: DEXTER - At the regular meeting of the Dexter Town Council Oct. 9, Acting Town Manager, Dave Pearson, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to all the volunteers present who worked on repairing the fourth and fifth holes at the Dexter Municipal Golf Club. Club Manager, Jim Costedio, expressed appreciation for all the volunteers' work.
"We are very lucky to have volunteers; it's a beautiful place." Costedio praised Paul Stiffler, the contractor for the project, saying he went "above and beyond" what was expected, staying at least an extra week."
Costedio also expressed thanks to former Town Manager Judy Doore, who resigned Sept. 5. "She was instrumental in getting the grant ... ," said Costedio.
The grant came from the state's Parks and Recreation Department. It was a matching grant for $9,600. The State provided $4,800 and the matching $4,800 came from the Golf Club's Reserve account.
"It was a most ambitious project." "We had more than 300 hours of volunteer work."
The following Golf Club volunteers were recognized: Ted Bryant, Ken Pooler, Ross Morancie, Don Swan, Don Swain, Ken Gardiner, Tony Mayo, Kasper Klausen, Dale Wright, Andy Bandola, Mike Dyer, Don Vosburgh, Jim-Bob Hartford, Ray Mountain, Gary Sawyer, Rick Smith and Dick Bilodeau.
Then, resident Joe Edes presented Costedio with a plaque in memory of Edes' father, Jim, an avid golfer. The elder Edes passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 87.
The following day, Edes, who doesn't golf, presented the Golf Club with his father's golf cart.
"It seemed sensible to me, my Mom and Dad would be proud," Edes added. "It was important to them. The golf cart will be a gift that keeps on giving. Their spirit ... ," Edes concluded.
Approached to do a Memorial Golf Tournament a week after his father's death, Edes said, "Let's establish a Founders' Fund instead. When someone dies, it's an opportunity for people to make donations - a memorial gift - to the Club," Edes explained. "Lots of people have contributed over the years ... they could be considered founders." Edes discussed it with his siblings and they agreed.
Costedio and Edes are now in the process of setting up a non-profit to administer a Founders' Fund to be administered by the Club's Board of Directors.
Costedio said, "This (Golf Club) is a crown jewel. Without the Lake (Wassokeag) and the Golf Club ... people come. These are great assets."
In other Golf Club business, the Town Council appointed Paul Farnsworth as an Associate member of the Golf Course Board of Directors.
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