Doris McGuinn is secretary at Belle Haven Country Club.
How long has there been a Belle Haven Country Club?
Since 1924, so that makes it 51 years. We have a board of 12 directors. Out ofthose 12 they have a president, Vice-president, secretary and. treasurer. The remainder are committee chairmen. The board members are limited to a 1year span and each year 4 old members drop out as 4 new ones come in.
There is no discriminatory ruling in the by-laws. The by-laws simply state that a member must be sponsored by 2 members of the club. If they wish to sponsor a Negro or a Jewish person it is their perfect right to do so. As far as I know in my tenure here at the club there has been no Jewish or Negro that has applied. We have Christmas office parties and the members give parties. Not long ago one of the beer distributors, a member of the club, gave a party for his employees and there were colored guests. I don’t know about Jewish people, but I do know that there were colored guests.
Our head waiter is a colored and is over all of the other waiters. Out of 4 permanent waiters, 3 are white, but the head waiter is black. There are blacks on the greens crew. Some of them have been here 10 or 15 years and are working their way up the ladder. I don't think there's any discrimination as far as the hiring and firing policies.
As in any large organization you'll find little cliques. The golfers don't get along with the tennis players all the time and the tennis players might not get along so well with the golfers. I don't know of any actual hatred or dislikes. Of course with the gossip through the club, Just as if it was a small community, you'll hear it if any can't get along. I haven't heard of anything like that.
Belle Haven has always been a golf oriented club. Its tennis program is just beginning to grow. Until just recently we only had 4 tennis courts. Now we have 8 and we're planning on 10. The pool program is beginning to grow.
We have to limit the numbers of guests that members can bring. They can't have guests on weekends or holidays. We do have Wednesdays designated as ladies days.
We wish to have a dining room, party room, larger kitchen facilities, larger grill facilities, larger locker rooms and larger office facilities.