As we welcome Fred Powers to his new post as President, it is a good time to pay homage to our out going President Brian Catlin.
For those of who have been living under a rock, or playing Bellevue with blinders on, Brian Catlin is the one who is sitting at the tournament sign-up table at 6:00 AM and staying until the last player has finished and all the scores are posted. Or, he can be found on the putting green working his flat stick magic seven days a week.
Having moved here from Wisconsin in 1973, which explains his passion for and his stock ownership in the Green bay Packers, Brian quickly joined Bellevue Men's Club in 1974. A constant participant in the club tournaments and the Friday game, Brian went from just being a regular member of the club to using his passion for golf and becoming a board member in 1978.
After serving terms as tournament chairman, Brian moved into the roll of Vice President in 1984, a roll he would fill for fourteen years. In 1998 he would become the President of the Men's Club.
In addition to playing the roll of President and knowing all that is involved in running the club and it's tournaments, Brian would often (more often than not) chip in to help run our monthly events, putting contests, home and aways and many other extemporaneous functions throughout the course of the year.
Bringing innovations in new formats every year to our monthly tournament events, Brian worked tirelessly each and every year with his only concern the increased enjoyment in the events by our membership. Always willing to listen to new ideas and more likely, having the patience to listen to the never ending trivial complaints with the temperament of a Gandhi, Brian has been a true asset to our club.
The die hard Green Bay fan, who once wore a foam cheese head hat during a very raining tournament day that ended up weighing twenty pounds by the time the round was over, can now relax, reflect and enjoy all he has done for our club, it's members and everyone else that has had the pleasure of playing in a event he has organized.
Thanks Brian for everything you have done for all us MuniRats.
Brian P. Catlin looks on as his son, Brain M. Catlin hits his tee shot on #17
On a separate note:
While we all enjoy the Holiday, Christmas season, take a moment to keep one of our very own in your thoughts and prayers as he faces a very tough battle, one I am sure, with all of our prayers, his fortitude and courage, he will ultimately prevail.
Capt'n Muni Rat