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posted Jun 14, 2019, 10:42 AM by Jeff Stockman   [ updated Jun 14, 2019, 10:46 AM ]
Good afternoon everyone. We hope everyone is getting their plans ready for the 4th of July celebration at the country club. Despite the poor weather we have had lately we have been busy trying to make up for lost time by getting the lakes swims and grounds ready for the 4th.

We wanted to give all the members some information about our lakes, swims and grounds maintenance so we decided to do a "Did you know"

Did you know that Todd Shirley is our onsite caretaker. Todd his wife Mindi and their two young daughters live on the grounds all year long in the yellow cottage.
Todd is solely responsible for a long list of things at the club. Here are the major things he does on a week to week basis.

1. There are 25 large barrel garbage can's located across the 40 acres of the country club property that Todd has to empty, replace and place in a dumpster daily.
2. There are 8 boats that Todd has to keep cleaned and in operating condition for the membership to use.
3. There are 15 grills across the 40 acres that Todd has to keep clean and it good working condition.
4. There are 40 large picnic tables that Todd maintains by keep them painted, replacing rotted wood & moving them around when needed for picnics and parties.
5. There are 4 bathrooms that contain two showers, 6 toilets and 2 urinals that need maintained daily.
6. Todd takes care of the basic Tractor, Gator and Zero turn mower maintenance.
7. Todd maintains the swimming lake. Including keep the painting done, chemicals in the lake. Cleaning grass and debris out of the lake and ensuring the 2 pumps and 2 aerators we have in the lake are operating.
8. Todd maintains the fishing lake. Doing his best to keep it clean from debris. Treating it with chemicals when needed and trying to keep the weeds on the shoreline down so people can fish.
9. Todd maintains 4 building that we rent out yearly, these buildings average 100 rentals per season.
10. Todd maintains three bridges that are on the 40 acres. He makes sure the wooden planks and steel frames are properly maintained and in good condition. Replacing the planks when needed.
11. Todd maintains the 40 acres that the country club sits on by mowing, raking and weed trimming.
12. Todd maintains 8 buildings that are on the club property by fixing plumbing when it breaks, doing electrical work, painting and general repairs.

Our caretaker does this year around all by himself. There are times in the summer when, through some county programs, he gets a few kids part time to come in and give him a hand.

We also have 7 unpaid board members who jump in and help out from time to time to give Todd a hand it getting this long list of tasks accomplished. These unpaid board members also hire, supervise, and process payroll for 30 club employees (lifeguard, snack shack and welcome center employees) in addition we handle reservation and payments for the rental facilities. We also process payments for dues and daily reconciliation of the money we make from the snack shack and guest fees. In addition we mail out your statements and stickers. We manage the Facebook, Instagram, email, SnapChat and respond to any voicemails, phone calls or text messages. 

This past year has been particularly harsh, we have had 9 trees come down in storms, massive amounts of rainfall, our main bridge began to fall apart and needed massive repairs. As a result we have fallen behind on some of the other duties at the club.
Todd now has a small crew of workers from one of the county programs and they are working very hard to catch up. We are asking for patience and some understanding while we try to catch up and catch our breath so that we can keep your dues low as we always have and keep the club nice as we always have and we have time to do that in addition to enjoying the time we have left with our own families enjoying the Salem Country Club.

We recognize the issues with the fishing lake and the Algae that is growing in it. We are and have been taking issues to address it. We ARE NOT ignoring it and hoping it goes away. Our Lake expert that we partnered with last year is coming out to the Lake this week to give us some additional suggestion for treatment. We will keep you updated.

We hope to see you all on the 4th and a lot this summer. As always feel free to reach out to any of us on the board by sending an email to