CWGA Update, April 2014

Get Ready for CWGA Golf in Charbonneau

As the snowbirds plan their trips “home” to Charbonneau, CWGA is gearing up for another year of fun golf and events.

Welcome New Members

CWGA is happy to welcome several new members.  Cathi McLain, Claudia Ostrem, Victoria Mendenhall, Judy Bruce, Kathy Budnick, and Kathy Gaibler.

New Members Featured this Month

Cathi McLain 

Cathi McLain and her husband John, moved to Charbonneau in November of 2013 after downsizing from their longtime home in Lake Oswego.  They moved to Oregon in 1981 with their two children.  Cathi worked in agriculture for most of her career, first as a home economist with Sunkist Growers in California, and then as a consultant to commodity commissions and food processors and later in marketing for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  She ended her full time employment in 2008 as executive director of a national nonprofit organization that focused on consumer trends.  She still works for the local chapter.  She is a newsletter editor and writer.  Cathi also volunteers at the visitor center at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and plays golf and tennis whenever she can.  She is a member of the RedTailNiners.  Cathi is looking forward to being part of the Charbonneau community and we are glad to welcome her to CWGA!

Victoria Mendenhall

Victoria and her husband David have lived in Charbonneau nearly 18 years and enjoy many of the activities, especially golf and cards, offered by the community, as well as bible study and travel.  They have 4 adult married children and 8 grandchildren between them.  Victoria and her husband work as active realtors and have done so since 1998.  She serves on the Board of Open Arms International, a Christian non-profit organization, serving orphaned children in Kenya, Africa.  She previously was a member with the Niners for the last two years.  Welcome, Victoria!

Judy Bruce 

Judy and her husband Jack, moved to Charbonneau last year in order to downsize to one floor.  Judy volunteers at the Wilsonville Library and is a member of St. Francis Church. They remodeled their home on Village Crest Lane inside and out…whew!  They were members of Tualatin Country Club for many years and now look forward to playing here at Charbonneau.  Judy’s other passions are her family, gardening, bridge and reading…pretty standard diversions for a retired lady!  She looks forward to meeting all the golfers and reports that ShirleeVallo will be her Big Sister when she returns from Arizona.  Welcome Judy, and we will all be your “Big Sisters” until Shirlee returns!

Portland Golf Show

Chris Bensel, Charbonneau Golf Club’s hardworking Pro, coordinated a terrific and very successful booth at this year’s Portland Golf Show.  The booth was one of the most popular and widely visited booths at this year’s show!  Chris and many volunteers from the men and womens’ golf clubs, as well as many members of the Charbonneau community, worked hard to make sure our golf club is the place to play golf.  Thank you to Chris and all the volunteers!

April CWGA Schedule:

April 2  –  Board Meeting    9:00 a.m.

April 3     OPENING SEASON BREAKFAST/SHOTGUN   9:00 a.m. – 10:00 Start time

April 10   Day’s play:  Throw out one hole each nine –  First tee time – 9:00 a.m.

April 17   Day’s play:   Secret Hole – First tee time – 9:00 a.m.

April 24    Day’s play:  Team Play – 4 person/4 Best Net – First tee time – 9:00 a.m.

This month is a busy one – No fooling!  Besides April Fool’s Day on the 1st, World Health Day is coming up on the 7th, Easter on the 20th and Arbor Day on the 25th.

Happy Easter everyone!  I look forward to seeing you on the course soon.


Source:  Linda Owen, CWGA, March 2014.

This is “FORE” you!!

A concerted effort is underway to strengthen the presence of women’s golf at Charbonneau.  The Pro Shop will be supporting events designed to create more opportunities for ALL WOMEN who want to play golf at Charbonneau.  These events are planned for Charbonneau Club members as well as any woman who works during the week or has other obligations prohibiting her playing with the organized clubs.  Membership is NOT required in order to participate and non-resident golfers are encouraged to join in the fun.  Listed below are events planned to assist in bringing women golfers together for fun and skill development, as well as helping to improve the business of golf at Charbonneau.

  • ANY WOMAN PLAYSaturday mornings.  Any woman golfer may sign up to play nine holes with this group.  Tee times will be managed by the pro shop.  This program replaces the smaller groups that have been playing during this time slot.THURSDAYS AT FOUR – Every other Thursday, a time will be reserved for women golfers to play nine holes.  There will be no prizes, no hassle… just fun!
  • GIRLS’  NIGHT OUT –  A fun 9-hole, no shotgun game with dinner following will be held Friday, June 6th at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 13th at 4:00 p.m.  Watch for additional details in the spring!  Get these dates on your calendar!
  • ONCE A MONTH CLINICS-Six (6) three-day clinics have been planned to cover all aspects of golf.  Clinics will begin in May, 2014.  Fliers are available in the pro shop.

A forum has been scheduled for May 14th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.,  inthe club house to discuss all of the above events and to answer any questions you may have.  It is believed that reaching out to all women golfers will benefit the golf club and both women’s organizations.  When you ask yourself the question:  “Is this for me?”  The answer is “YES”.



Source: roving reporter, December 2013.

CWGA News Update, March 2014

Spring is Just Around the Corner?

It is that time of the year !  March 9th brings the return of  Daylight Savings time; Wearing of the Green on the 17th; and the First day of  Spring on the 20th..  The snowbirds are probably thinking of returning “home” within the next month or so, but after the snowy and icy weather in February, they might be giving a second thought or two!

Dues Correction

In case you missed prior announcements, CWGA dues have been raised to $67.00 for 2014.  This is due to increase in fees by OGA.  Be sure to send in your dues by April 1st.  2014 promises to be a fantastic year!

Standing Committees for 2014

The Executive Board for CWGA was introduced in last month’s report.  Standing Committee members include:  Day’s Play:  Kari Muldrow and Patty Graham; Eclectic/Hole in One:  Pat Struckman; Handicap: Linda Schultze; Historian:  Christie Gorsline; Membership and Property/Trophy: Kathy Harp; Publicity: Linda Owen; Rules Joann Linville; Scoring: Marlene Apland; Social/Catering: Susanna Holt and Shirley Higgins; Sunshine: Lynn Liffick; Communication/Web:  Sue Oberg and Kathie Barton

Special Committees for 2014

OGA Liaison: Sue Oberg; CGC Liaison: Laura Noffke; CGC Greens: Sherry Wadley; Men’s Invitational: Kay Gardner and Caryl Thomas;  Battle of the Sexes: Coleen Larson and Pauline Hanlon; Guest Day: Joann Linville and Lois Lorenz;  Kings and Queens: Leslie Leeper and Diane Cole; Roster: Sue Oberg;  Stagette: Linda Owen.

Big Sisters Wanted

If you are interested and willing to be a mentor and companion for new golfers joining CWGA, please send your name via email to Kathy Harp, Membership Chair,

Include the date you plan to begin playing golf at Charbonneau.  She will send you a list of “duties” so you will know the drill!  We hope to have lots of new faces joining us this season.

New and exciting times are ahead, so get ready for a big year with CWGA!  In the meantime, stay warm, dry and most of all, happy. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Source: Linda Owen, February, 2014