Country Club de Chapala Chapala, Jalisco Mexico Office (376) 763-5384 Pro Shop (376) 763-5136 Restaurant (376) 763-5625 You may sign up for events directly in the in the restaurant; or you may phone for dinner reservations; or you may login to your account and go to the calendar to place your reservations online. Contact Us - Locate Us Club Emails: Main Office firstname.lastname@example.org (Pepe) Jose de Jesus Rodriguez - General Manager email@example.com Antonio Perez - Accounts firstname.lastname@example.org Marco Bouleau - Restaurant Manager email@example.com Ramiro Barajas - Pro-Shop Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Problems/Concerns? Send an email to the Comisario email@example.com Office Hours of Operation Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ernie Sowers President Ernie Sowers
My wife and I retired in mid- 2006 and immediately moved from Reading, PA to the Lake Chapala area; we have been full time residents ever since, and plan to spend many more years lakeside. I have been a member in good standing of CCC since January of 2007. I served on the BOD as House Chair in 2008, 2009, and 2011: generating a small profit in 2009 and 2011 on the food and beverage service and coming in under budget every year on the club house expenses. My goal is to bring transparency, fairness and value to the club membership, while seeing that each department adheres to the budget approved by the club membership. I worked in information systems for over 25 years. Retiring from VFC (world’s largest apparel company; 248 on the Fortune 500) after over 22 years of service: I was the CIO of the retail division when I retired in May of 2006. As CIO I was directly responsible for a 5 million dollar budget and was indirectly responsible for another 15 million dollars. I designed, developed, and implemented a retail accounting system that supported a 425 million dollar business; which was ultimately implemented a 2 other VCF retail divisions. In 2002 I was part of the corporate management team charged with overseeing and implementing the Sarbanes/Oxley requirements for all of the VFC’s retail financial systems Alison Porteous Vice-President Alison Porteous
My name is Alison Porteous and after being a golfing member at Chapala Country Club for five
years, I feel optimistic about stepping up and running for the board.
Before retiring full time three years ago, my husband and I were snowbirds for eleven years and
returned to Calgary in the summers to run our Pub. We ran the successful Kensington Pub for 23
years. We have recently purchased a house on the golf course and are looking forward to being
active members of Vista de Lago and Chapala Country Club. Lynn Van Slogteren Treasurer / Tee Talk Editor Lynn Van Slogteren
My partner, Janis, and I arrived from California October 2015. After visiting my sister the previous Thanksgiving, we fell in love with the area and decided to retire here. We started out living in Brisas de Chapala and moved here to Vista Del Lago in August 2016, as I had started golfing and got “hooked.” I spent the first 25 years of my working career in some aspect of accounting, with the last 17 years in the automotive industry as a business manager. At the age of 42 I realized I needed a career change and decided to start college. While working fulltime, I managed to complete a BA in education, Master’s in education, with an emphasis in classroom management, and a Doctoral course in Education and Organizational Leadership. Patricia Gonzales Secretary Patricia Gonzales
Patricia Allen Gonzales was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and lived for the past 15 years before retiring in Denver, Colorado. Prior to arriving Lakeside with her husband, Mike, in 2016, Patti’s career included work in banking, special finance, private investment, and healthcare services, focusing on support and management of sales teams and sales operations.
Besides enjoying golf, Patti also volunteers at Todo Bueno, a Lakeside consignment store dedicated to Have Hammer, a woodworking vocational school for Mexican students, and the outreach program of St. Andrews Anglican Church. When not playing golf or volunteering, Patti and Mike spend time with their three dogs: Maggie, a Golden Retriever from the US, and Tillie and Seve, two rescues from the club. Clayton Longfellow Greens Chair Clayton Longfellow
My wife and I became residents at CC de Chapala at the end of December 2017 after spending our lives
living and working on the coast of Maine. We are loving it here in the Chapala area.
I spent the majority of my working years in the Golf Club business. I started in the maintenance end of
the business in 1986 as an Assistant Superintendent of an 18 hole course. While in this position I
attended the University of Massachusetts for turfgrass management.
I worked for Harris Golf Properties from 1998 to 2008 as the manager of construction and maintenance.
This was my first experience in the construction of a new golf course where I was both the project
manager and the superintendent. It was a fantastic experience to be able to take a raw piece of land and
create a golf course. During my employment I over saw all agronomics and management for 5 golf
courses. In this timeframe we also built 3 new golf courses, including Sunday River Golf Club in 2003,
which was voted best new course that year.
From 2008 to present I worked for NMP Golf Construction as a Project Manager. I have been involved
with many of the lead architects in the industry and have worked at some of the top golf courses on the
east coast. Our work spanned from athletic fields to golf course renovation and new golf course builds. Gordy Britt Golf Chair Gordy Britt
Gordy was born in Hartford CT and raised in Avon, a small rural town, west of Hartford.
He developed a love for the game of golf at the early age of eight while caddying at a private club in town. He spent the next ten seasons caddying and learning as much as he could about the game.
After graduating from Springfield College in 1973, with a degree in Elementary Education, Gordy began his teaching career. It lasted for 40 years, with retirement in 2013. Along the way, he taught in in Brockport, NY, Wickenburg, AZ, and Henrietta, NY.
Being “involved” has always been important to Gordy. Besides being on hundreds of committees over the years, chairing, as well as a general participant, Gordy was the
President of the Wickenburg USD Teachers Association for five years, coached football, basketball, and golf at the high school level, and coached boys and girls in several youth sports leagues.
Gordy and his wife Lisa love to travel to experience the treasures of cultural diversity. They spent the past three years traveling to Australia, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, and several places in Mexico. After spending two days Lakeside last December, they both knew where home had to be. They arrived in July and Gordy became a member of CC de Chapala by the end of the month. Gordy and Lisa are
thrilled to be living in paradise!
Gordy hopes that the skills he has perfected over the years as an elementary teacher will be assets for any role he may have at CC de Chapala. Barbara Naisby Membership Chair Barbara Naisby
Retired Entrepreneur, Writer & Small Business Owner/Manager.
1 part workaholic, 1 part geek and 2 parts crazy
Barb moved to Mexico from Scotland in 2014 to escape from her equally crazy kids and to rid
herself of her work addiction. To some extent she’s succeeded but she still seems to attract work
like a bee to a honeypot!
Barb was the innovator and marketer behind the world renowned Black Isle Dental Studio which
was a “by invitation or referral only” dental practice in the remote Scottish Highlands. Her skill
was to create a practice that was so difficult to join that everybody wanted to be a member. The
key to this was her personality and that of the other team members including her husband, David.
She also wrote monthly articles for the “Marketing Pirates of Dentistry” magazine and helped her
younger daughter to set up the only female owned and operated Chimney Sweeping company in
Although she has only been a member of CC de Chapala for a little under 3 years, her outgoing
and friendly persona has enabled her to become acquainted with a large portion of the membership.
Grateful for an amazing group of friends here at CC de Chapala, Barbara unfailingly wanders over
to anybody unknown to her in the clubhouse and “meets n greets” just on the off chance that they
might be new members. This is a skill which is extremely useful in helping prospective members
to make a decision to actually join the club. She is also extremely skilled in organisation and
management. She feels that these skills could benefit the club as she is very interested in standing
for the post of Membership Secretary
Apart from golf her hobbies include an addiction to logic puzzles, reading crime thrillers and
working on becoming fluent in Spanish. Karen Rowell House Chair (non-voting) Karen Rowell
After retiring from educational administration in the Simcoe and Brantford , Ontario area, my late husband and I moved to lakeside in 2003 . We owned and a ran a very large antique business in Port Dover, Ontario for 25 years, specializing in art glass, art nouveau and art deco lighting.
Soon after my retirement in 1999, I started to golf and have continued here . My husband Barry and I live here in Vista del Lago and I have been here since we married in 2009.
Currently I am the other person on the ladies' tournament committee and have served for 4 years, as well as being on the house committee for 2 years.
I am also the treasurer of the Lake Chapala Garden Club and have been for 7 years.
For two successive years , I won the coveted Bing Award as a member of the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic (CASA). Even though I have had no formal training , I am a gourmet cook .
I look forward to working with Marco again. Rodney Brooks Social Chair (non-voting) Rodney Brooks
Rodney Brooks graduated from Antioch College with a degree in Education in 1970. He met his future wife, Peggy Brooks, also an education major, at Antioch. They were married in 1971, and have two daughters, three granddaughters, and two grandsons.
Rodney and Peggy taught school for three years in Oregon. Returning to their native California, Rodney became a Farmers Insurance agent in 1980. Starting from scratch, he built an agency with Peggy’s help. When they sold the Farmers Agency to their daughter Molly in 2009, they were servicing the insurance needs of 1,200 families in Santa Cruz County.
Rodney has served on numerous boards including: Watsonville Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Rotary, Pajaro Valley School Board, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Cabrillo College Bond Oversight Committee, and Pajaro Valley Bond Oversight Committee.
"One of the things I have learned about serving on boards is it is important to disagree without being disagreeable." Bryan Ozorio Long Range Planning Chair Bryan Ozorio
I have been a member of the Chapala Golf Club since 2016 when I moved to Vista Del
Lago with my wife Wendy from Dundas, Ontario. I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario
but grew up as a military brat (navy), splitting time between Halifax, N.S., Victoria, B.C.,
and CFB Borden. We eventually landed back in Ottawa where I finished high school and
attended Carleton University. After graduation I got a job with the Government of
Ontario in Toronto where I spent the next 25 years of my career.
I had a number of jobs with the provincial government early in my career, primarily as a
policy advisor with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Eventually, I landed in the
Provincial Sport and Recreation Branch as a policy advisor and Manager of Sport
Programs. This involved running programs that provided support for high performance
athletes and provincial sport organizations. In 2011 I left the Provincial government to
work for the City of Hamilton. I spent 5 years in Hamilton as Director of City-Wide
Services in the Recreation Division. I retired in 2016. Kathryn Vine Director at Large Kathryn Georgia Vine
Kathryn has been a full time resident at Lakeside since 2000.
She has served on the CCC Board for several terms since 2001 and on the membership committee continuously since that time.
Kathryn retired after 33 years in secondary education in Ontario. Brad Clark Communication Chair Brad Clark
I was a member of the Canadian Forces for 23 years, working as an electronics and
computer technician supporting the Canadian Forces Communications systems.
During my time in the military, I was stationed on bases across Canada, Germany
and a short stint in Italy. In addition, I was stationed as a United Nations Peacekeeper in Egypt.
After retiring from the military, I moved to Bermuda where I worked as an IT
consultant. I was the President of an IT consultancy company which provided IT
guidance and support to all business verticals. We specialized in all aspects of
Microsoft, Citrix, Cisco networking and Firewalls. Upon leaving Bermuda, my
wife, Johanna and I moved to Merida in the Yucatan, where we lived for some time.
Finally we decided to move to Ajijic and have taken up golf for the first time. Lindsey Taylor Comisario Lindsey Taylor
Born in Scotland then raised in Ontario, I moved to Ajijic in October 2017 with my husband, Gordon and our three border collies. Good friends introduced us to golfing and the Chapala Country Club. We are enjoying the challenges of learning a new sport and the great friendships
that we have made both on the course and afterwards on the terrace.
While in Ontario I served on the executive Board of Directors of our yacht club for four years and also on the Board of Directors of a local not-for-profit sailing school for youth age 8 to 18 for another four years. I understand that clubs can only survive through the volunteer work provided
by the membership. I am excited by the prospect of being able to serve the club as Comisario for the year 2019. Warren Pease Alternate Comisario Warren Pease
Warren grew up in the Kansas City area and received a Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration. He and his wife, Christine, have also lived in Houston and Colorado Springs. For approximately 15 years he served in Controller/CFO roles for manufacturing operations. In the
mid-90s, he transitioned into Accounting Software Consulting and in 2004 founded Pease Consulting Group, Inc. Since that time, he has assisted medium to large organizations in Business Process Improvements with a core client base in Not For Profits. He and Christine
moved to Chapala in July 2018. They are currently building a new home in Vista Del Lago, where they will be year round residents.