August 15, 2009
For the first time in 16 years, Mother Nature did not cast her magic spell upon the Toronto Chapter’s Dick Sale Memorial Golf Tournament. From the moment the day began, on July 23, organizers knew that they were in trouble. The rain kept coming down and the sky showed no signs of sun anywhere.

Should we try to run it, or not? Those were the big questions asked that morning. Everyone showed up and made the best of it, getting in as much golf as they cared to play. Once golfing ended and the diehards had dried themselves, everyone was very generous and supportive of the charity showing great support at the prize tables.

Following a fabulous lunch and speeches, the best part of the day had special guest speaker Mike Pinball Clemons demonstrate his special way of lighting up an audience. His amazing and uplifting speech made the fact that it was raining seem trivial and made everyone realize how lucky we are to have the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Last year the Toronto Golf Tournament raised over $7,000 for the Sick Kids Foundation. Although final figures are not in, this year promises to be another major fundraising success, despite the rain. Thanks go to everyone for their support and a special thanks to all of the people who volunteered to make the tournament another great success.

Winning golfers from the abbreviated tournament were: ladies’ closest to the pin - Audrey Partridge, men’s closest to the pin - Ted Hartwell, men’s longest drive - Dave King and ladies’ longest drive - Jessica Jennings.

The Toronto Chapter thanks the following sponsors: Armstrong Petroleum, Banas Stones, Beaver Valley Stone, Caledon Trees, Camrob, CNLA, Commander Industries, Core Insurance, Douglas Wood Large Tree Services, Draganjac Pressman, Dufferin Aggregates, Eloquip, Envirobond, Fernview Construction, Firstbrook,Cassie & Anderson, Franceschini Brothers, Freemont Landscaping, Green for Life!, Gro Bark, Hanson Hardscape Products, Harmony Printing, Hartwell Irrigation, Horta-Craft, Humber Nurseries, Investors Group, Kontiki Landscaping, Landscape Safety, Lawn Barber, LNR Alarms, Lombard Canada, Masco Farms, Mortgage Intelligence, New Roads National Leasing, Northstar Landscaping, Ontario One Call, Pine Valley Paints, RBC Financial Group, RBC Insurance, Sheridan Nurseries, Sinclair Cockburn, Sora Construction, Techniseal, Tecumseth Landscaping, TFP Media, The Investment Guild, Tradewinds, Unilock, Vander Hoeven Greenhouses and Zander Sod.

LO president Bob Adams accepts a certificate of appreciation from Nicole Wolff from Sick Kids Foundation, thanking LO for its work to raise funds.

Despite the rain, Toronto Chapter golf tournament committee members Frans Peters, left, and Frank Corrado were happy with the results.

Pinball Clemons brought his enthusiasm and inspiration to members at the tournament.