The other day following the board meeting i approached the gm and had a discussion regarding golf. He pointed out to me some oblique nonsense about it was never intended to be. Then he shifted to so what if it isn't? What's the difference if it's a couple of million dollars in the red every year but we still maintain a million dollar overage by the corporation as a whole? Fair question and he had to leave before i could answer. So, let me do that here. We now know the exiting gm wrote by-laws that gave her absolute authority. But wait you say, there's a budget and finance committee, there's a board for oversight. Yes there is, and i defy, challenge any one of them to tell me how much money golf spent/lost over the last 15 years? They simply can't. The numbers posted to the RCSC site and distributed to the committee and the board never showed those cumulative losses in one area (golf), they always dealt with the overall financial picture of the corporation. In fact, what we always heard from the gm was a statement all departments are operating within their budgets. On occasion a department would miss expectations and there would always be a reason, most often weather related. The problem of course is budgets tell us nothing. They were just the figures the gm predicted they would reach by years end. There was no accounting for what they spent versus what they took in. The board viewed it a bit more pragmatically; will i have to raise the lot assessment and if so, how much to cover the increases? Members tended to view how the board was doing by how much the increase was, or in several years wasn't. All of which fits in to Bill Cook's narrative; what's the difference as long as we keep the cost low? That is a very simplistic argument and without doing a deep dive, we miss the proverbial forest through the trees. This is getting long so i will break it off shortly and come back and revisit why it matters/mattered. I will tell you, i have had these discussions with board members who have filled more than six years. I have told them point blank the gm was spending bushel baskets of money over and above on golf. Their answer was always to point to the money spent from PIF and how little it was compared to the amenity side. All i could do was laugh...and in the next section i will tell you why.