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HOME WELCOME WHAT IS EMPOWER NETWORK? VISION LEADERSHIP SYSTEM Subscribe to RSSGET MONEY CONTACT THOMAS AMAL THOMASAMAL.COMFriday Grab Bag: Updateby Amal | on August 21, 2012 0 Tweet Friday Grab Bag: UpdateFunny how things change in a matter or months, check out a grab bag topic I wrote about inone of my first blogs ever. You tell me, did this sudden change take place because the membersactually want women included or was the lose of major sponsors over the last two years (inparticular IBM) urge this decision.by Amal | on April 27, 2012Maybe once or twice a month I’ll have a Friday Grab Bag consisting of tidbits of various topics,stories, happenings that may or may not of been mentioned in previous blogs. Of course myopinion will be inserted. In essence this will be a cornucopia of sorts, so let’s a take ride.***It is what it is***The Masters golf tournament took place earlier this month, staying true to form the topic ofAugusta National not allowing women members. The question was raised to chairman Billy Payneduring his annual news conference the day before the Master’s began. His reply was that it was a Go Daddy!club matter and refused to discuss any further. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
club matter and refused to discuss any further.Honestly, I don’t get the constant thirst for some women insisting to be allowed admittance intoa privately owned club with rules over 50 years old, just to play golf. Where’s the pleasure inthis? How many men fight to get into female organizations, sororities or to go to a baby showerwith the girls. Better yet, why don’t women start their own golf club & not allow admittance tomen. You have the money, ask Oprah for some change, I’m sure she can spare a couple millionfor the cause. Ladies, it is what it is. I’ll be hard pressed to believe there will be a change, soplease let it go. I don’t understand the concept of forcing yourself where you’re not wanted.Sounds like some of the questionable civil rights tactics from back in the day, how’d that workout for ya?Augusta National welcomes first female Postsmembers Tips in Increasing MotivationCondoleezza Rice, Darla Moore integrate rolls that had Tips in Achieving Success in Lifebeen all-male for eight decades The Long Wait Is Over, Let The Games Begin! Baseball Is Finally Here, YES! Improving The Community With Entrepreneurs Benefits of Having a Personal Budget Get Started Now! *Email start now Condoleeza Rice watches the President’s Cup. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters photo (August 20, 2012)By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers8:45 p.m. CDT, August 20, 2012Bayonets or not, Augusta National now has women in the club.Golf’s most iconic club welcomed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolinafinancier Darla Moore to its rolls, ending 80 years of all-male membership — and a decade ofcontentiousness.“This is a joyous occasion,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said in a statement confirmingRice and Moore as members — itself a break in club protocol that keeps membership issuesbehind closed doors.Both women will receive the club’s signature green jackets when the home of the Mastersreopens in October, following its traditional summer hiatus.“I have visited Augusta National on several occasions,” Rice said in a statement released throughthe club, “and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones throughthis very special opportunity.” converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
Rice, 57, was national security adviser under former presidentGeorge W. Bushand rose tosecretary of state during his second term. Moore, 58, is vice president of the investment firmRainwater Inc., having made her name in banking circles.“They will be great representatives for women in the game,” said Hall of Famer AnnikaSorenstam, now an entrepreneur and philanthropist after hanging up her clubs.“I always felt that Augusta would eventually allow select female members. They are obviously aprivate club, and I figured they would do it when they felt the timing was right, and I am gladthat day is here.”Though the club had no female members until this week, women long had been allowed to playthe golf course as guests. Sorenstam first teed it up there in 2004; LPGA contemporaries PaulaCreamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford and Kristy McPherson are among recent visitors.Membership, though, was a separate issue that had simmered for years, resulting in a publicprotest 9 1/2 years ago. It boiled up again this spring after IBM, one of the Masters’corporate partners, named Virginia Rometty its CEO.Almost certainly, Rice and Moore were under consideration long before that exchange. Thevetting process is a years-long procedure, often without the candidate’s knowledge.Membership became a front-page issue in late 2002, when activist Martha Burk wrote a letter tothen-chairman Hootie Johnson arguing for a woman to join the roster. Johnson went public withhis response, saying the membership process would not be held “at the point of a bayonet.”Burk organized an ill-fated protest at the 2003 Masters, which wound up in an ant-infested field ahalf-mile from Augusta National’s walls. To ease pressure on longtime Masters sponsors,Johnson removed advertisements from Masters TV broadcasts for two years.“It’s significant for the statement it makes that women finally are viewed as equals in some ofthese, if you will, ‘off-campus’ business venues like Augusta National,” Burk told ESPN Radio.“Every brick you put in the wall, building a wall to equality, it helps. Is it happening fast enoughfor me? Certainly not. But it’s happening.”email@example.comThis entry was posted in Empower NetworkTags: augusta national, billy payne, Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore, grab bag, update« Previous Post Next Post » About The Author: Amal A former latchkey kid leading to being INDEPENDENT, self-reliant, DEDICATED follow er in my belief, FATHER of 3 men, HUSBAND, somew hat EDUCATED, filled w ith HOPE, GRATEFUL for life, HUNGRY for SUCCESS, alw ays w illing to give a helping hand, community facilitator, school board member, experienced in various industries, ENTREPRENEUR and a MAN STILL ON THE GRIND.Related PostsFriday Grab Bag0 comments Sign in 1 person listening + Follow Post comment as...Newest | Oldest converted by Web2PDFConvert.com