I am beyond flattered. I thank @BaxterMSP for wanting me to throw my hat in the ring, and for his glowing nomination of me for President.
My time on The Refuge has been one that has provided me (aside from my wife) the most joy in the past 6 months since joining in November of 2019. I was fortunate enough to attend the Duel at the Alamo and meet many of you, including some who are running for President. Meeting @BaxterMSP and having him as a playing partner at Brack for the Duel was an amazing experience, and I thank him for the nomination.
When it comes to statistics here on The Refuge, I definitely pale in comparison in regards to “activity” to those such as @aannddyy00 @RobertHunter . Both are great guys, and I am privileged to have played a round with each of them in the past 6 months. I do visit every day, but my motto is to contribute with quality vs. quantity.
I DO NOT TROLL THREADS
I DO NOT BLOW UP THREADS
I DO NOT POST JUST TO GET HIGHER POST COUNTS
Most of my contributions within The Refuge now, mostly because of COVID-19, is through The Refuge Wine Society and contributing knowledge to those who are earnest with learning more about wine and spirits. I’ve found joy in collaborating with others in that thread to boost the reputation and positive impact the interactions have made in the lives of my fellow Refugees.
However, with that joy, comes a bit of melancholy with the wild west that The Refuge can be on certain days - especially those as of late. I understand that COVID-19 has people on edge (it has me on edge!), but I believe there are ways to help each other out in a positive way, while keeping the peace on a daily basis. Thus begins my campaign election points and creed:
"Don’t Stop Believing"
As President of The Refuge, I will adhere to the laws and guidelines administered by the NLU Boys when running for President. My campaign and hopeful election will focus on the following:
Moderation of The Refuge - While I do believe in the “Invisible Hand Theory” of letting things work themselves out, I do believe there are times when moderation needs to step in and reset things for everyone. I will assemble a “Cabinet of Moderators” who will help me in moderating the site and threads - including talking with specific members about their behavior if necessary. This will be done through positive reinforcement rather than ruling with an iron fist.
Post Limits & Thoughtful Contributions - I believe The Refuge was built on the belief that golf is the common denominator within all of us to coexist in relative harmony. At the end of the day, we all have other interests aside from the wonderful world of golf. However, I do believe that some threads get out of control, which contributes to unnecessary confrontations and frustrations. Is that a fact of life in general? Absolutely. But I also believe that being thoughtful with your contributions to The Refuge can be something that should grow on a daily basis. My plan is to improve this topic.
Recognition of Outstanding Members - We all have the ability to contribute in a positive way to The Refuge. But every now and then, there are certain members who go above and beyond (some in an indirect way) to bring joy and harmony in to the lives of Refugees. I think or @BaxterMSP and @desertduffer and the “spat” that spawned the Duel at the Alamo, and having 50+ Refugees (myself included) come from all over North America for a weekend of fun, golf and camaraderie. I would have never met all of you that I did meet that weekend, and establish the friendships I have know with some of you from that weekend. I also think of members like @Geaugolf @GRWhitehead @Lazstradamus and @gatorz7888 who contribute so much to this community. Whether its through amazing clubhead covers, a fledgling and emerging distillery and the knowledge that comes with it, a precise and encyclopedic knowledge of golf history, or a passionate lefty who contributes so many great clubs to the Silk Road, these members contribute in a positive way that gets us all excited. My plan is to recognize more members like that on a regular basis with badges, monthly award or special recognition that is unique to the individual.
A Collaborative Government - Finally, I believe the best successes in life are those that are collaborative with others who share the same beliefs and sentiments. We are all golf sickos. We all love the game and love how the game has brought us together. In this super “exclusive” sect of the golf world, I believe that governance will be best served through a collaborative government. While I may be president, I will see the governing over the course of 6 months as something that is done with the help of many.
“It takes a village to raise a child”
And in this sense, it takes all of us to raise The Refuge up into something that is legendary.
I humbly accept the request to run for President, set forth by @BaxterMSP.
In the name of wine, whiskey and golf, help me bring this vision to fruition with your vote!
One last thing, if elected, I will work hard to CONVINCE the NLU boys to let my exemption to the NIT (I have one already from San Antonio) be given to someone else as well with the two exemptions set by them. If I succeed in this endeavor, I will have three exemptions to pass on to those of you who would like to participate.