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					December 2010/January 2011                        Houston Racquet Club

                                       New Year’s Eve
                                        Family Bingo!
                                                               Buffet & Bingo
                                                          5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
                                                 Great Prizes, Party Favors,
                                                Balloon Drop & Festive Food
                                                              $22.00 Adults
                                                    $12.00 Kids Ages 6-12
                                                     Kids 5 and Under FREE!
                                                      Includes 2 Bingo Cards
                                                     Additional Cards $1.00
                                               Reservations 713.464.4811

Letter from the President
                                 As you read this issue of the Raconteur, please make
                                 note of how many winners we have within our Club. Our
                                 Club just recently crowned our 2010 Club Doubles Tennis
                                 Champions and there are many other noteworthy team and                      HRC Board
                                 individual accomplishments at all levels of tennis competition.
                                 Congratulations to everyone! We are proud of the way you
                                                                                                             of Directors
                                 represent our fantastic Club!                                               2010-2011
                                 In my role as your Club President, the one thing that continually          Paul Peacock - President
                                 amazes me is how seamlessly our Club is managed and                       Read Boles - VP & Finance
                                 operated day to day. Our Club is a very large and complex            Roni Atnipp - Dining & Entertainment
                                 organization. To make certain our Club operates efficiently                        TJ Burns
     Paul Peacock                and effectively 24/7, we all count on Thomas Preuml and his                    Meredith Cooley
                                 team. Thank you Thomas and team!                                         Lee Ann Coulter - Secretary
                                                                                                             Dan Crawford - Tennis
Separate and apart from Thomas and his team are the members on our Board of Directors,                           Robert Derrick
who were all elected by you to represent all members of our Club. Our Board of Directors                      Dayna Erck - Fitness
is charged with the overall governance of Club matters and to assist Thomas Preuml in                             Patty Harris
discharging his responsibilities as GM/COO in sync with our overall mission of delivering value              Tim Jordan - Facilities
to all members, every day. Not unlike many Boards, our Board of Directors operates using                         Ryan McCleary
a committee structure and each committee has a chairperson with a mission statement                            Jonathan Mefferd
and committee goals. The committee chairs are listed within this Raconteur and are a very                        John Meredith
important part of how our Board of Directors operates. You should feel free to reach out                       Leland Putterman
to Thomas and his team and to any Board member with input. I have done so many times                       Steven Madden - Ex Officio
myself. Just the other day, for example, I hit a nice lob that bounced off the baseline and into
the trees overhanging the back fence. The ball hung up in the trees and I won the point. The
next day I emailed Thomas Preuml and suggested the trees be trimmed so the inverse of the                 HRC Women’s
situation would not happen to me (or anyone else) in the future. The trees are now trimmed
and look beautiful.
                                                                                                         Executive Board
As with many of you, I recently played in the Club Doubles Championships. I was paired with
a young gun named Will Barker. As I surveyed our competition on the tennis court, I noticed
that I was the old guy on the court. Just like with me, many facets of our Club are beginning               Marcia Gsell - President
to show their age. I have heard many things said about the age and maintenance of the                      Leslie Brittain - Treasurer
tennis courts, equipment in the fitness center and the AC in the Ballroom. I have to agree                Sue Bramlette - NSWCCC
with most of these observations. I am pleased to report, that your Board is looking into all of             Ruthe Wilson - Bridge
these matters. These changes will not happen overnight, but you should see many activities               Debbie Robinson - Secretary
happening in the near future. I am happy to report that the erosion project on Soldier’s Creek           Vickie Locascio - Social Chair
is complete. The costs of the project were funded 100% from existing cash reserves.                        Jamie Alford - Tennis VP

As I walk around the Club, I notice the peacefulness of our surroundings. This is just one perk of
being a member of a Club that sits on 31 beautiful acres in the heart of the Villages. I hope as
a member you have many opportunities to use
all Club amenities to your advantage. I would
like to mention one of the best kept secrets in
the Club. The secret exists in the Grill. Everyone
should know that our Chef attempts to honor all
meal requests. If you want an item that was on
the “old” menu, please ask. It is highly likely your
request will be honored. Of course, feel free to
try the items on the new menu as well. I must
say the Chile Relleno is very good!

You may note I have used the word “our”
throughout my letter. Our Club facilities are
available for the use of all Club members.
Please use it often and bring your friends.
However, remember we have Club rules
regarding non-member usage. It is up to each
of us to honor these rules. Think about getting
your guests to join! We have a great Club.

I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Holiday

                                                   Board of Directors 2010-2011
                                                   Back Row: Steven Madden, Dayna Erck, Read Boles, Robert Derrick, Tim Jordan, Ryan McCleary,
                                                   Jonathan Mefferd, John Meredith, Leland Putterman & TJ Burns
                                                   Front Row: Patty Harris, Lee Ann Coulter, Paul Peacock, Roni Atnipp & Meredith Cooley

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Please Welcome                                                                                     Featured
Our New Members                                                                                    Reciprocals
                                                                                                   The Racquet Club
                                                                                                   of Memphis
                                                                                                   We are our area’s premier Tennis and Fitness
                                                     MEG & JOHNNIE RANDOLPH                        Club, with 26 tennis courts, a renovated
                                                        His: Attorney – Exxon Mobile               clubhouse with new restaurant and locker
                                                    Children: Jack (2), Charlie (7 mos.)           rooms, Fitness Center and a full service Pro
                                                    Sponsors: Patty Harris & Keri Herri            Shop with tennis and fitness clothing and gear.
       CHERIE & BLANE BAUCH                                                              
   His: SVP National Sales – Service Link
            Child: Preston (5)                                                                     The Racquet Club is also host to a professional
Sponsors: Ronda Harder & Andrea Ferruzzo                                                           tennis tournament in February, our facility
                                                                                                   includes a 5000 seat stadium where that
                                                                                                   occurs every year. That info is available at

                                                     CHAD REED & AMY CASSIDY
                                                               His: Attorney/
                                                     V.P Human Resources – Toshiba
                                                          International Corporation
   SUSAN & STEPHEN FERGUSON                                   Child: Jordan (3)
 His: Oil & Gas Exploration – Trace Oil & Gas     Sponsors: Allison Doyle & Rob Johnson
Sponsors: Hershal Ferguson & Kip Ferguson

                                                                                                         The Racquet Club of Memphis

                                                                                                   Shanghai Racquet Club
                                                      MARISSA & RENE SOROLA                        The Shanghai Racquet Club is brimming with
     GEORGE & LUCIANA JAMES                             His: Real Estate Broker/                   resort facilities. There are six indoor and seven
      His: Owner – Viking Iron & Metal                   Rene Sorola Properties                    outdoor tennis courts offering Hard Tru Clay
  Children: John (14), Brian (11), Julie (9)                 Child: Stella (2)                     court surfaces. There is a full complement of
           Sponsors: Jeff Herrin                 Sponsors: Dominic Mandola & Keri Herrin           tennis programs available at the club, all run
          & Trang Trinh-Riechmann                     Referral: Leah & John Leggett                by resident international tennis professionals.
                                                                                                   These include round robins and academies.
                                                                                                   Private lessons are also available. There is
                                                                                                   no charge for use of tennis courts or other
                                                                                                   club fitness facilities; however charges are
                                                                                                   made for programs and private lessons. A
                                                                                                   large outdoor swimming pool with surrounding
                                                                                                   umbrella seating, Jacuzzis and a sandy beach
                                                                                                   is available to all guests. A beautiful indoor
                                                                                                   pool provides the opportunity to take a dip
       KRISTY & MIKE OUTHIER                      REBECCA & KEVIN ZIEGENHORN                       even in the colder winter months. A beauty
        Her: Professional Polo Player                      His: Principal Finance/                 spa, restaurants and the latest cutting edge
      His: Professional Rodeo Cowboy                     Investments – JP Morgan                   fitness equipment are all available at the club.
 Children: Madison Lyn (8) & Ace Louis (2)          Children: Andrew (8), Benjamin (7),
 Sponsors: Louis Waters & Steve Shaper                    Lauren (5), Cameron (4)
                                                  Sponsors: Jessica Parsons & Bob Tarics

                                                Membership Referral Contest
                                                Our current sponsor contest to win a trip to The
                                                La Jolla Beach And Tennis Club is in full swing!
                                                The new members/sponsor party is January
                                                13, 2011. I look forward to hearing from all of
                                                my fellow recruiters. (713) 464-4811, ext.121
                                                or                         Shanghai Racquet Club

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GM’s Communique
                                  Erosion repairs are done. All that’s left to do is filling the planters we installed on top of the gabions. Tim
                                  Jordan and the Facilities Committee may finally put this project behind them, and I could not be happier about
                                  it. We spent 18 months on this project, and if you refer to the “before and after” section in this Raconteur, the
                                  magnitude of the work becomes clear. One good thing that came from all of this is the additional green space
                                  below the Clubhouse. With Soldiers Creek now well away from the Clubhouse, let’s hope that erosion issues have
                                  been put to rest for good. I am also proud of the fact that due to the many efficiency improvements we have
                                  made over the last two years, we were able to pay for the erosion project in cash.

                                Now we have to address another major facility issue: the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) infrastructure
                                of the Clubhouse. Our HVAC systems and electrical components are failing, and having already spent major
                                dollars on emergency repairs for several months, the time has come to stop spending money on “bandaids”. A
                                lot of research has been done by the Facilities and Finance Committees, and we are working on getting to the
   Thomas Preuml                most economical and long term solution to this issue. Basically, we will have to replace the main air conditioning
                                units for the Clubhouse, which are not only highly inefficient, but even worse, falling apart. The good news is
that the work can be done in phases, and no upcoming event should be affected. Even better, once the units have been replaced, the return on
investment is significant and immediate. Please contact me if you would like more information on this project.

The Tennis, Facilities and Finance Committees recently reviewed my recommendations for capital expenditures for this year, and after discussion
at the November Board meeting, the budget and project list was approved by the Board. Some of the highlights this year are major repairs to
courts 20, 21 and 22, as well as 30 and 31. We are negotiating with the best contractors in the industry in order to get all of our courts in
top notch condition. A three year plan is in place to do just that, and I look forward to the results.

In sync with our continuous efforts to improve our emergency action procedures, please be aware of recently implemented additional safety measures.

                     We have installed WIFI Emergency Call Boxes at the following locations:
                     • Gazebo - between Courts 29 and 30
                     • Gazebo - between Courts 35 and 36
                     • At Howe House - near bathroom next to Court 25
                     • At Court 40 - on fence facing the jogging trail

                     The purpose of these Call Boxes is to provide you with additional means to instantly communicate with Club staff during an
                     emergency. Once the button is pushed, each box automatically identifies a caller’s location and the emergency call is heard
across several base stations. These base stations are monitored by Club staff and located in the Pro Shop, the Security Booth, the Clubhouse
Reception Desk, the Administrative Offices and the Fitness Center Desk. When help is needed, simply press and hold the button, speak directly into
the unit and identify the emergency of the person needing assistance. Release the button to listen to our response and stay with the person until
help arrives. Tennis players should use the nearest Emergency Call Box or go directly to the Proshop, whichever is closer, to alert staff. We will
respond and provide emergency First Aid while 9-1-1 is called. In other areas of the Club, simply alert the nearest staff person or call the Front Desk
at 713.464.4811 or at extension 110 from any Club phone. Important - Please do not use these Call Boxes other than during an emergency.

In addition, key staff from all departments have attended refresher courses in the American Heart Association’s CPR & AED (Automatic External
Defibrillator) and First Aid training programs. The Club has AEDs and First Aid Kits located at the Clubhouse Reception Desk, the Kids Club, the
Lap Pool/Lifeguard Office, the Proshop and the Fitness Center Desk. We also have a Physician’s First Aid Kit at the Clubhouse Reception Desk. Maps
identifying the location of all Emergency Call Boxes and other emergency equipment, such as AEDs and First Aid Kits, are posted throughout the property.
If you would like a copy of the emergency response map emailed to you, please let us know.

The time has come to say goodbye to the monthly GM Mix & Mingle. When I first started at HRC, I asked the Board if it would be okay to have a monthly
event in order to get to meet Members in a social setting. The event became popular quickly, but since I am now in my third year at the Club, I don’t feel
comfortable with the continuation of this monthly expense as I have met the majority of the membership. The Finance Committee and Board agreed, so
we will start hosting occasional Member Mixers instead to announce Club news, membership results, and similar. Thank you so much for visiting on the
third Thursday of the month.

There is one thing I look forward to most this time of the year: The annual gingerbread display and delivering it to the kids at the MD Anderson Children’s
Cancer Center. Today, I finally figured out what to build this year, and my car will need a good vacuuming after I get all the stuff out of the back seat. Did
you know that this has become an HRC tradition? The Board of Directors is enthusiastically supporting this project and I am humbled and thankful for
their and your support. Nothing makes me realize more how insignificant my worries are than seeing the big smiles of the kids at MD Anderson when we
deliver the house. Last year, there was even a “deconstruction party” after the holidays, and each child was able to keep a souvenir from the gingerbread
house. Please be part of this HRC tradition by making a donation in support of the kids at MD Anderson. Your contribution will be included in a lump sum
presented to MD Anderson on behalf of HRC. Please make your check payable to the Children’s Cancer Hospital, with a note on the check about any
specific use you might choose for the money to go (i.e. recreational, research, etc). Please mail it to the attention of Controller Brian Nay here at the
Club. Anything would help and I thank you in advance for your donation. Delivery of the gingerbread display and the check is scheduled for December 22nd
in the afternoon.

I wish you and yours nothing but happiness,                “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling,
health and prosperity for the New Year. Enjoy the            how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without
time with your family and thank you for allowing               packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore.
me to be part of such a great Club.                       Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought,
                                                             doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Happy Holidays!                                                                                  ~ Dr. Seuss

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Pro Team Tennis Participants

    1. MSIL Fall 2010 Winners: Steve Smith, Captain, Craig Beasley,     2. MSIL Sportsmanship Award Winner John Edmonds
    Captain, Bob Landauer, Keith Page, Arlo VanDenover, John Jurasin,   3. Sue Bramlette and Margie Cooper – Winners of the 2010
    Brian Savino, Ben Roberts, John Meredith, Mark Bragg, Sampat        Texas State Senior Games
    Prakash, Todd Davis, Clark Reid, Jim Gosnell, David Fisher, Scott   4. HRC 4.0 50+ Men’s Team: Ron Fisher, Brad Dawson, Bob
    Johnson, Andy Newton, Chris Halaska, Andy Johnston, Brian Smith,    Hogan, Mark Kobelan, Tim Purcell, Steven Smith, Nick Stephens,
    John Simmons, Paul Schiebl & Tim Graham                             Michael Brunner & Tim Jordan

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                                                                                                       A Family Affair!
                                                                                                Peyton Erck recently played in and is the
                                                                                                winner of the 10 and under Pre Teen
                                                                                                Tennis Tournament held at the Club.
                                                                                                Way to go Peyton! Here to cheer him
                                                                                                on was his dad HRC Member, Ted Erck
                                                                                                and his grandfather John Been.
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                                                                                              Two Mother/Daughter teams from the
                                                                                              Houston Racquet Club captured national
                                                                                              titles at the USTA National Mother/
                                                                                              Daughter Tournament held at Walden
                                                                                              Racquet Club November 5-7. Heidi and
                                                                                              Ria Gerger pictured with David Gerger won
                                                                                              the Open Division. Joining them as winners
                                                                                              were Bambi Schuette and Emily Schaefer in
                                                                                              the Super Senior Division. 

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Junior Spooktacular Doubles
Tournament Participants

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                                                                                           Employee of the Month
                                                                                           December: Carrie Riley
                                                                                           Position: Pro Shop
                                                                                 Congratulations to Carrie Riley who has been
                                                                                 chosen as our Employee of the Month! Carrie
                                                                                 is an extremely helpful employee that is always
                                                                                 willing to go above and beyond to help others.
                                                                                 She provides great customer service to our
                                                                                 members: she always has a smile and knows
                                                                                 the members by name. In her spare time, she
                                                                                 enjoys spending time with her two beautiful
                                                                                 children, shopping, eating and shopping.

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                                                                                 Happy Holidays
                                                                                                                 Summer came
                                                                                                                 and went in a
                                                                                                                 rush. We had
                                                                                                                 a good time!
                                                                                                                 The      Junior
                                                                                                                 P r o g r a m
                                                                                                                 staff and I
                                                                                                                 met     before
 5                                          6                                                                    the        start
                                                                                                                 of the Fall
                                                                                                                 Program and
                                                                                                                 hashed       out
                                                                                       Otis Sadler III           some      ideas
                                                                                   Junior Program Director       and tweaked
                                                                                                                 the program
                                                                                 a little. The fresh look and some revitalized
                                                                                 energy is great. On Tuesdays and Thursdays
                                                                                 the Club is over run with young and ‘older’
                                                                                 children. Dropping off, picking up, running for
                                                                                 drop shots, doing downs or even playing FIRE
                                                                                 BALL! We will conclude the Fall Program on
                                                                                 December 16th, but before that we encourage
7                                           8                                    everyone involved to sign up and participate in
                                                                                 our end of year junior event, the Junior Jingle
                                                                                 Bells Tournament on December 12th from
     1. Davis Burns & Michael Heinz         5. Arya Arian & Nema Arian           1:30 pm – 4pm. There will be fresh baked
        1st place winners                      1st place winners                 cookies, drinks, music, tennis and lots of fun!
     2. Richard Anderson & Nicholas Burns   6. Taylor Stafford & Danny Jimenez   Call or come by the Pro Shop to sign up.
        2nd place winners                      2nd place winners
                                                                                 I would like to take this time to thank our Junior
     3. Alexa Griffiths & MacKenzie Kurtz   7. Peyton Erck & M.K. Rice
                                                                                 Program Pros and Volunteers. You guys do a
        1st place winners                      2nd place winners                 great job and the Club could not have a Junior
     4. Jasmine Duley & Lauren Perillo      8. Andrew Gilbert & Carter Kroll     program without you.Thanks Guys, you are the
        2nd place winners                      1st place winners                 BEST!

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              Tennis Events                                       Club Doubles
                 Cardio Tennis Drill
                                                                  Championship Winners
   Monday & Thursday B Level & Above 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
        Thursday A Level Ladies 9:15 am - 10:30 am
 Tuesdays B Level & Above Ladies Cardio 9:15 am - 10:30 am
          Friday B Level Ladies 9:15 am - 10:30 am
          Saturday Co-Ed B Level & Above 11:00 am

         The Price Is Right (Free) Drill
              Sundays • Check with the Pro Shop

                  Men’s Night Out
                    Wednesdays 6:45 pm

           Begin-A-Ginners With Carla
             Thursdays from 8:00 am - 9:30 am
   Sign up required in the Pro Shop (Minimum of 4 Players)

               Tennis 101 with Carla
         Mondays & Thursdays 9:30 am - 10:30 am

    Informal Friday Night Mixed Doubles                           1             2
                       Fridays 6:30 pm

                    A Power Hour
1 hour clinic for A level players • 6:30 pm Tuesdays with Randy

          Championship Power Hours
        1 hour clinics for Championship level players
6:30 am Mondays with Otis • 6:00 pm Wednesdays with Randy

              Monday Morning Drills
  9:00 -11:00 am • $30 per session or $100 for all 4 weeks

           Men’s New Member Mixer
        Saturday December 11th 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
                  Tennis & Lunch All Levels
       Free to New Members, All other Members $20

        Jingle Bell Junior Tournament
              December 12th 1:30 pm - 4 pm
        Round Robin Singles • Match Play Fun & Prizes             3             4

   Eskimamas Back To League Workout
            Mondays in January 9 am – 11:00 am
                                                                                 1. Men’s Championships
           $30 per session or $100 for all 4 weeks
                                                                                    Division: Graydon Oliver
                                                                                    & Danny Weingeist
     MSIL 2010 Spring Season Dates
January 17th - Deadline to sign up • January 20th - Draft Night                  2. Men’s A Division:
               January 29th - First of six Matches                                  Keith Page & Ron Latta
     Saturday Mornings at 10 Am • Doubles - Team Format
All Levels • Play When Available • Calcutta Following 1St Match                  3. Men’s B Division:
                                                                                    Bob Gitomer &
       Aussie Open Junior Tournament                                                Brian Savino
              Saturday, January 29th 1pm-4pm
                                                                                 4. Men’s C Division:
       Aussie Open Adult Tournament                                                 Craig Beasley
               Sunday, January 30th 1:30 pm                                         & Brian Smith

                                                                                 6. Women’s A Division
                Senior Men’s Mixer                                                  Patty Harris
                   Saturday, January 22nd
                                                                                    & Maude Dawson

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Berta Gonzalez                                                             Cooking Class
Service Director                                                           with Chef Bernard
                                  I was born in El Salvador and moved
                                  to Houston 27 years ago. I have four
                                  children, two boys and two girls. I
                                  began my food and beverage career
                                  in a little Italian restaurant. I’ve
                                  worked in several hotels in Houston
                                  and corporate dining. Three years
                                  ago I had the opportunity to work at a
                                  country club in the food and beverage    1
                                  department and I discovered quickly
                                  that’s what I was meant to do. I have
                                  a real passion for club management
   Berta Gonzalez
                                  and I look forward to working and
      Service Director
                                  growing with The Houston Racquet
Club. Over the next several weeks I hope to meet each and every
member at the Club. Please come by and say hello. I’m really enjoying
the stories and history of all of our proud members.

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       Allen Brothers Steaks
              Give the Gift of Steaks                                                                                                        1
                  for the Holiday


                                                                               1.   Susan & Mickey Branisa & Bonnie Weekley
                                                                               2.   Kathy Zay, Mary Jane Roeder & Kathryn Coleman
                                                                               3.   Jenny & Thomas Gottschalk
        All Steaks Are From Corn-Fed Stock & Aged 49 Days.                     4.   Mary Jane Roeder
                      Contact Sonny for Pricing.                               5.   Nancy Wilfong, Linda Kay & Kathryn Coleman

      Chicken To Go Sundays                                                                                   Thursday
                          Need a break from cooking?                                                          Mexican
                                 We can help!
                         Order our famous fried chicken anytime for                                         Food Buffet
                              a Sunday pickup between 3-5pm.
                          Choose from 8,16 and 24 piece buckets                                              in the Grill
                          with your favorite side dishes that include
                                                                                                              Fajitas • Tacos • Enchiladas
                           Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Black                                                 Tamales • Chili con Queso
                         Eyed Peas, Corn on the Cob and Cole Slaw.                                             Rice & Beans • Taco Bar
                                    Delicious desserts are                                                  Green Salad •Tres Leche & Flan
                                  also available for take-out.                                                 $13.95 Age 12 to Adults
                                                                                                             $5.95 for children under 12

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Greetings & Happy Holidays                                                                             Oktoberfest
                                 It has almost been a year since I arrived at the Houston Racquet
                                 Club. It has truly been a great experience and filled with many
                                 new experiences with each month that has passed. We are
                                 very excited about the coming year, continuing the growth and
                                 presenting new and exciting ideas to you.

                                We have and continue to work very hard to make your Club
                                a first choice destination for your dining and entertainment
                                pleasures. We receive phone calls, emails and comment
                                cards every week with suggestions and ideas and of course,
                                on occasion, a “kindly worded critique.” I have found that a lot
   Sonny McDaniel               of the suggestions, comments and ideas are already in place
                                at HRC but members were just not aware. As well I have many
        Assistant GM
                                Members telling me they save at least their dues dollars by
taking advantage of all the Houston Racquet Club offers.

So I wanted to share a few of the many things about your Club that maybe you were not
aware of and might clear up a few questions you may have...Did you know?
•    You can order anything on our dining menus to enjoy at home.
•    You can order our Famous Fried Chicken by the bucket at a substantial savings to the
     Sunday Buffet price.
•    You can order The Famous Allen Brothers Steaks to cook at home or to give as an
     incredibly unique gift. Each Steak is aged 49 days, Prime Grade and vacuum sealed to
     maintain their premium quality. We have nice boxes for presentation and shipping. Your
     price is up to 50% off the pricing.
•    The Club will have Holiday Cookies for sale starting Thanksgiving weekend.
•    You can get complimentary coffee, espresso, cappuccino and iced tea at the Courtside Café
     during operating hours. Coffee is always available in the Fitness Center and Proshop as well.
•    The Club has a substantial offering of complimentary appetizers and ½ price wines,
     liquors and beers on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7pm.
•    Every Saturday night in Season’s you can order a 3 course meal for only $23.95. This
     includes a starter course, the Prime steak, fish and chicken dishes with Club-made
     desserts. There are also featured wines available each night as well. Reservations
•    Every Sunday from 11am to 2pm you can enjoy all you can eat...Prime Rib, Boiled
     Shrimp, Omelet’s, Waffles, Soups, Salads, Entrees and Club-Made Desserts not to
     mention “Bottomless Champagne and Mimosas” at our Sunday Brunch Feast for $19.95.
•    That by spending $240 a month in Food and Beverage you have offset the service fee.
•    The Chef makes all of our desserts and pastries from scratch.
•    The Chef makes French Truffles from the finest ingredients - another
     extraordinary product. The Club sells them for gifts as well. Perfect for the Holidays.

                                                    •   The Chef buys seasonal fresh produce

       Holiday Gifts                                •
                                                        every day.
                                                        We will cook dinner while you workout                                                      1
                                                        or play tennis. Just call the Grill.
                                                    •   You can bring work to the Cub or bring
                                                        the Club to work. There is Free Wi-Fi

                                                    Our goal is to provide Member value and to
                                                    give you a reason to visit your Club every day
                                                    or at least every week. By using the Club
       Chocolate Truffles                           within your everyday life, your dues dollar will    Over 80 HRC Members and guests
   7 Piece Box - $14 • 20 Piece Box - $29           return many times over. So before you make          enjoyed delicious German Food prepared
           Club Made by Our Chef!                   any buying decision, ask yourself, can the          by Executive Chef Hurley and the kitchen
           Volume Pricing Available                 Club help me? I believe we will surprise you.       staff plus the musical sounds of the
                                                                                                        Alpenfest Band during our annual
         Holiday Cookies                            Call the Club Receptionist and let us know
                                                    how we can help.                                    Oktoberfest by the Pavilion.
     One Dozen $12 • Two Dozen $22
 Three Dozen $32 • Volume Pricing Available

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Around the Club
Interview with                                       Cathy: Sure is, and this year has kept up
                                                     the trend. I averaged nearly 30 tours a
                                                                                                         Bob: I’m a big fan of our Club dining facilities.
                                                                                                         How do you promote that?

HRC’s Director                                       month between May and July. Activity tapers
                                                     off in late Summer/early Fall, but this year
                                                                                                         Cathy: If the tour is around meal time, I invite
                                                                                                         everyone to lunch. When that doesn’t work, I
of Membership                                        November has been busy.
                                                     Bob: Every tour doesn’t result in a member,
                                                                                                         offer the family a guest day pass that includes
                                                                                                         a meal voucher.They get to use the pools,
Cathy Lassetter                                      though, does it?
                                                     Cathy: That would be too much to hope for,
                                                                                                         fitness center, play some tennis, and have a
                                                                                                         meal in the grill, courtside or Sunday Brunch.
                                                     but the acceptance rate has been pretty             It shows what we have to offer at their pace.
                                                     good.                                               Bob: Are the golf reciprocals interesting to
                                                     Bob: Do you have a “target” age group?              applicants?
                                                     Cathy: Target no, but the best candidates are       Cathy: There are a lot of golfers out there
                                                     young families.                                     and the fact that we provide that option to
                                                     Bob: You have promotions for member                 members as well is a big plus. In fact, we’ve
                                                     referrals. Are those effective?                     just added 3 new local Golf Clubs.
                                                     Cathy: Yes. We’ve sent people to New York for       Bob: Where do members generally
                                                     the US Open and we’ve got a current promotion       come from?
                                                     for 4 nights at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in     Cathy: We’re effectively a neighborhood
                                                     California. We also offer F&B credit to sponsors    club. The majority of new people live in the
              Cathy Lassetter                                                                            Villages/Memorial area. Kids go to area
                                                     & referrals. Really our best candidates come
This interview was conducted by Bob Shealor,         from member referrals.                              schools; they can ride their bikes to the Club.
former venerated Board Member and now                Bob: What’s the typical tour routine?               Many families have transferred here from
merely Raconteur staff writer and session            Cathy: I invite the whole family. It doesn’t        other parts of the country.
player with the Really Brothers Band. I’m            always work but we get as many as we can.           Bob: What do you like most about this job?
sitting in the nerve center of the Club where        Often applicants are familiar with a particular     Cathy: Meeting all the people. Everyone’s got
all critical decisions are made. Phones are          aspect of the Club. HRC is really family            an interesting story. And to get to talk about
ringing off the hook. Despite interruptions, I       oriented with features for everybody. By            a place I really love. It’s a fun job.
interview Ms. Lassetter, also a former Board         showing the whole picture, all club programs        Bob: You’re a pretty good tennis player yourself.
Member, mother of Emily and David, both              designed for various age levels in a family, it’s   Does the job cut into your playing time?
college students, driving force for many of          usually not a hard sell. At that point it’s up to   Cathy: I’ve had to cut back a bit, but play on a
the Clubs social events, and now Director of         the family to determine if membership works         night league and weekends. Time permitting I
HRC’s membership effort.                             for their lifestyle.                                want to get back into water aerobics, too. Its
Bob: Cathy, we were on the board at the              Bob: Are there specific Club features that          great training.
same time? As I remember it, you were the            attract applicants, make them dip into their                                 Bob: Cathy, thanks for
pivotal force in the remaking of our Club. How       pocket and reach for an application?                                         your time. I think all our
long have you been an HRC member?                    Cathy: Depends on each individual situation.                                 members will be happy
Cathy: I enjoyed my time on the Board! My            Our tennis program is a big seller. We have                                  to know a little more
family joined as Junior Members I’ve spent a         programs designed for players of all levels,                                 about you and our
lot of my adult life in and around the Club.         beginner to champion. It’s a great way to get                                membership       efforts.
Most of my friends are here.                         a game back in shape or get children involved                                Have a good one and
Bob: You started as Director of Membership           in the sport. The Fitness Center and our                                     sign up a couple new
in May this year. That’s traditionally the busiest   Swim Program are also a big draw.                       Bob Shealor          members today.
time to attract new members isn’t it?

                  Holiday Camp
                  December 20th - 23rd
                  9:00 am - 3:30 pm
                  4 Memorable Days!
                  $60/per day Members
                  $70/per day Non-Members
                                                                                                          Keep Those Photos Coming!
                  Snow Day                                                                                    Jan Burroughs traveled on vacation
                  December 22nd                                                                             last month to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
                  $75/per day                                                                                        Here she was spotted
                  $85/per day                                                                                    with a copy of the Raconteur.
                                                                                                                        Email photos to

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Fitness Move of the Month
Tricep Pushup
This tricep exercise uses body
weight for resistance and can
be done from a full push up
position or modified on the
knees. Make sure the hands
are closer in towards the
body and directly under the
shoulders. Lean your forehead
forward towards the mat,
forcing the triceps to hold
the position and body weight.
This exercise is most effective
when done slowly, engaging
the triceps, back, and core.
Concentrate on drawing the
navel in towards the spine
throughout this exercise and                                                                                  Active Senior
keeping a neutral spine. As you
get stronger, progress from
the knees up unto the toes.
                                                                                                             Monday & Thursday
                                                                                                                 7:30 am
                                  A Positive Change                                                                 50 minutes
                                                                                                               of movement of Pilates
                                                                                                           geared toward the Senior Adult

                            January will be my two year anniversary as Fitness Program
      Julie Veisah          Director at the HRC. As part of my job responsibilities I am
  Group Fitness Director    required to build a balanced, well-rounded, and complete group
                            fitness schedule. I am highlighting one particular group of men
and the outstanding commitment they share to get in shape. This is what makes my job so

The class is solid interval training, burning fat and calories for one solid hour. As seen in the
photos and from reading the testimonials you can get an idea of the results and hard work being
done while participating in the class and the camaraderie that has been established.

“I have been suffering through Gutbusters almost since its beginning nearly two years ago. It has
been particularly challenging for me being someone well into their sixties. I sometimes think the
reason I keep attending is because it feels so good when a class ends.” - Jim Gilley

“Gutbusters” is not a class just about working on your abs. It is a total body workout. It is a
high cardio workout emphasizing core muscles using bench, bosu ball, weights, bands, sliders,
jump rope and medicine ball. It has not only helped me lose some weight but it has helped with
my overall endurance and strength. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to work
hard and see results. The teachers are very dynamic and work very hard to vary the exercises
in the class.” - Reggie Howard

“The Gutbuster classes offer a great combination of fun atmosphere with the aerobic exercise
that guys really need. Our instructors, Marlene and Regina make the hour just fly by with a full
body work out. Add to that some good old rock & roll and the camaraderie of the group and it is         Ironic Chef
hard to beat!” - S. Nelson
                                                                                                        On Thursday, January 13th from 6:30 am -
                                                                                                        7:30 am come enjoy a complimentary, healthy
“This is the best class at HRC and the instructors are terrific! The reason its not more popular is:    and nutritious, omelette prepared by our
1) its very difficult and people don’t like to work that hard, and 2) people don’t know how effective   very own Director of Fitness, Blake Stovall
the class is. Most people think you need to do 10,000 sit-ups for your abs, while in actuality this     in the Fitness Center in appreciation for our
class is the most effective way of reducing body fat!” - Chris                                          members. Don’t miss out! Stop by before or
                                                                                                        after your workout. Eat at your own risk! Just

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Club Events
Spooktacular Tournament                                                                      Cliff Notes
                                                                                             by Cliff Tyree
                                                                                             1. Clear electric Christmas tree lights were
                                                                                             invented in 1882, outdoor color lights were
                                                                                             introduced in 1914 in Denver.
                                                                                             2. In 1953, Burger King introduced the
                                                                                             Whopper for 37 cents.
                                                                                             3. The song “White Christmas” was released
                                                                                             in 1942 before the movie came out in which
                                                                                             Bing Crosby sang the song. Bing Crosby
                                                                                             turned down the offer to sing “Rudolph
                                                                                             the Red Nosed Reindeer” so it was given
                                                                                             to Gene Autry. Remember the name of the
                                                                                             movie? Jimmy Stewart was the star.
                                                                                             4. Two-thirds of mankind is right-handed.
                                                                                             All polar bears are left handed.
                                                                                             5. Christmas trees are grown in every state.
                                                                                             Even Hawaii.
                                                                                             6. An acorn is a fruit. Mistletoe is a parasite.
                                                                                             7. Tennis is a game played by grown people
                                                                                             in short pants; can’t be that serious.
                                                                                             8. Christmas became a National Holiday
                                                                                             in 1890.
 2                                                                                           9. Remember why you started playing
                                                                                             tennis and why you liked it? It was fun.
                                                                                             Still feel the same?
                                                                                             10. If this article averages 10 notes at least
                                                                                             5 came from you, the members.
                                                                                             Keep them coming. Thanks and have a good year.

                                                                                                   In Memoriam
 3                                          4                                                               Kae Jenkins

  1. Tournament Participants                3. Betsy Beasley, Lisa Bender, Lisa Kroll
  2. Jeannie Hillery, Leslie Brittain,      & Denise Dunham                                           Oh the Weather Outside is
  Jenny Murdock & Janet McNulty             4. Mary Lostak & Dana Comer                              Frightful but the Tennis Is so
                                                                                                     Delightful! Let Your Game and
                                                                                                     Your Friendships Grow at the

                                                    Build Your Own                                     Snowball
                                                    Gingerbread                                      Tournament
                                                       House                                          HRC Women’s Association
                                                                                                    Tennis Tournament & Luncheon
                                                Gather your family for this special treat.
                                                                                                        Friday, December 10th
                                                      December 12th • 1:00 pm
                                                                                                         8:45 a.m. Check- in!
                                                    Sign-up Early. Space is limited.                   Rain Date: December 15
                                                   Give us a jingle! 713-464-4811.                     Wear Your Winter White!
      Holiday Party                                                                                         $35 Per Person
                                                                                                    Guests Welcome…Great Prizes!
     December 12th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
                                                                                                       Call Pro Shop to Sign Up
           Let’s celebrate the holidays!                                                                    713-464-3431
         We’ll have plenty of Christmas                                                                        Hosted by:
       treats to munch. Visit with Santa!                                                           Rhonda Klein & Denise Bender
       Holiday Music and Entertainment.
         Give us a jingle! 713-464-4811

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                                                                                      Club Events
Seniors on the Go!
                                                                                     1. Field Trip to Transtar
                                                                                     2. Senior Fitness
                                                                                     3. Rosine Chappell, Sondra Maxfield,
                                                                                        Ediie Mattei, Lee Ohrt & Chef
                                                                                     4. Eddie Mattei, Joan Reid, Linda &
                                                                                        Monte Pendleton
                                                                                     5. Field Trip to Dubina

                                                                                   Our Second Fitness Frenzy on October 26th
                                                                                   was quite a hit. Not only did we have our very
                                                                                   first group walk (The Silver Sneakers) but
                                                                                   we had Pilates on the Reformer with Chau
                                                                                   and then we stretched followed by shoulder
                                                                                   massages by Al, then Chef taught us how
1                                                                                  to make healthy egg white omelettes and of
                                                                                   course we then ate. What a fun morning -
                                                                                   we’ll do it again soon.

                                                                                   Another amazing dinner was served in
                                                                                   Seasons. Wow! The food was over the top
                                                                                   and Chef previewed each course before it
                                                                                   was served. Excellent service, excellent
                                                                                   food, excellent dinner companions make for
                                                                                   a wonderful evening.

2                                       3                                          Marvelous Wonderettes - 14 members
                                                                                   traveled by motor coach to Stages for the
                                                                                   highly acclaimed and held over performance
                                                                                   of The Marvelous Wonderettes

                                                                                   TranStar - What an amazing field trip.
                                                                                   20 of us traveled by bus to the TranStar
                                                                                   headquarters. Our wonderful tour guide
                                                                                   showed us everything from how they track
                                                                                   hurricanes to message sites, still photos,
                                                                                   closed circuit Doppler, flood warning systems
4                                       5                                          and so much more.

                                                                                   The Trip to Dubina - On Saturday November

    HRC Women’s Association Bridge                                                 20th, 25 of us traveled to the Helms Ranch
                                                                                   (better known as New Dubina) where Dr.
                                                                                   Helms gave us the most incredible tour ever
     Join us on the second and fourth    Upcoming Interclub Dates:                 of his totally restored Western town.
         Thursday of each month.              January 27th - Sugar Creek
           10:00 am - 2:30 pm                 February 24th - Pine Forest
       First $10.00 Second $5.00               March 24th - Royal Oaks

        You do not need a partner.             Interclub Winners
        Simply call Ruthe Wilson at            September 28th Braeburn
     (713) 932-0759 for a reservation             Lee Ohrt & Joan Reid
         before the prior Sunday.                 November 11, 2010
                                        1st place Dot Stehr & 2nd place Lee Ohrt
                                                                                   Sondra Maxfield
                                                                                   Senior Events Coordinator

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Club Events
Ladies Night Out
Sponsored by the Junior Executive Committee
A group of members and their guests spent a
lovely evening together at a ladies only dinner
in the Season’s Wine Room. Chef Bernard
prepared a 5-course tasting of savory wines
paired with a delicious menu, and a good time
was had by all!                                   1

                                                                                                   Mary Allison Boles
                                                                                                   The     American     Volleyball Coaches
                                                                                                   Association announced its 2010 All-
                                                                                                   Region teams on Thursday evening and
                                                                                                   Washington and Lee first-year outside
                                                                                                   hitter HRC Member, M.A. Boles was
                                                                                                   named the South Region Freshman of the
 2                                                3                                                Year in addition being named to
                                                                                                   the All-South Honorable Mention squad.

                                                                                                   Boles, who was also named the ODAC
                                                   1. Jenny Martin, Heather Halaska,               Rookie of the Year and was a First Team
                                                      Leah Leggett & Ashley Mandola                All-ODAC selection, led both W&L and
                                                   2. Bethany Factor & Sayler Robbins              the ODAC with 396 kills and 48 service
                                                   3. Christian Fuqua & Tracy Moss                 aces during the regular season. She also
                                                   4. Lori Thompson, Gina Sanders,                 added 319 digs and 38 blocks while
                                                                                                   playing in 116 of a possible 120 sets in
                                                      Shaneé Bryan & Gracie Dastmalchian
                                                                                                   her debut season.
                                                                                                   Washington and Lee will begin play in

Tennis Outing with the Pros
                                                                                                   the Division III NCAA Tournament on
                                                                                                   Friday when it takes on Mt. St. Joseph at
                                                                                                   5:30 pm as part of the Emory Regional.
Sponsored by the Junior Executive Committee
                                                                                                   Cheering her on at all the games are
Thomas Cook, Director of Tennis, and his tennis pro staff created a fun program for members
                                                                                                   proud parents HRC Members, Kappie
at varying levels on a Sunday afternoon to get to know his staff better, meet other members, and
                                                                                                   and Read Boles
enjoy the game of tennis!  Members worked up an appetite and stayed after for dinner on the
Redwood Deck, while their children played on the playground.

                                                                                                    1. Sara & Jim Boston,
                                                                                                       Betsy & Geoff Hicks
                                                                                                    2. Kids with Parris
                                                                                                    3. Kids taking a break from tennis
                                                                                                    4. Keri & Michael rushing the net
                                                                                                    5. Ginny Keyser, Keri Herrin,
 1                               2                                                                     & Christan Fuqua
                                                                                                    6. John Leggett shot
                                                                                                    7. Afterwards at the playground
                                                                                                    8. Leah Leggett shot
                                                                                                    9. Kenzie Leggett & Hudson Keyser

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                                                                                                   Holiday Camp

                                                                                                   December 20th - 23rd
                                                                                                   9:00 am - 3:30 pm
                                                                                                   For more details, see ad on page 10.
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               We’ve Come A Long Way!

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                                 Bright Lights
                                   Big City!
           2011 National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships
                            Celebrating our 41st Anniversary at HRC
                                   March 21st - 27th, 2011

                    The tournament committee sponsors the Game, Set and Match Club.
              Make a $25, $50, or $100 donation. A great way to support this 41st annual event.

          Become a Tournament Underwriter Donations of $1,000 or more receive special recognition
                in the Raconteur as well as the tournament program and sponsorship banner.
                      Individual business banners will be displayed on tournament courts.

    Become a Tournament Sponsor Donations of $250 to $999 receive special recognition in the Raconteur
                      as well as the tournament program and sponsorship banner.

                       For more information, Sue Bramlette  (
                     or Cathy Lassetter (, co-directors of the 2011 event.

       Join The Game, Set And Match Club
          The GSM is open to anyone who BELIEVES in the benefits of bringing world class tennis to HRC.
            Your $25 (game), $50 (set), or $100 (match) donation helps pay tournament expenses for
                        the 2011 National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships.
                Your name will be posted in the Raconteur and in the official tournament program.

Let’s set a new record in 2011!  Get involved in the biggest event of the tennis calendar!  Every membership HELPS!

             Clip the form below and send to: Sue Bramlette 738 Country Lane  Houston, TX 77024
                                       Make Checks Payable to: NSWCCC

                    Name as you prefer listed in program: _________________________________________

                    Game Set Match Donation: ____________________________________________________

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