December 2010/January 2011 Houston Racquet Club
New Year’s Eve
Buffet & Bingo
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Prizes, Party Favors,
Balloon Drop & Festive Food
$12.00 Kids Ages 6-12
Kids 5 and Under FREE!
Includes 2 Bingo Cards
Additional Cards $1.00
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
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.
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
Please Welcome Featured
Our New Members Reciprocals
The Racquet Club
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 www.rcofmemphis.com
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
V.P Human Resources – Toshiba
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 email@example.com Shanghai Racquet Club
December 2010/January 2011 3
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
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
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.
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.
December 2010/January 2011 5
Junior Spooktacular Doubles
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.
and went in a
rush. We had
a good time!
P r o g r a m
staff and I
5 6 the start
of the Fall
Otis Sadler III some ideas
Junior Program Director and tweaked
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!
Tennis Events Club Doubles
Cardio Tennis Drill
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
December 2010/January 2011 7
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
and I look forward to working and
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.
2 3 4
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
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
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 Allenbrothers.com 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 •
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
December 2010/January 2011 9
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?
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
Fitness Move of the Month
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
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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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.
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
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.
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
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
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 &
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
Senior Events Coordinator
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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
4 5 6
December 20th - 23rd
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
For more details, see ad on page 10.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Cathy Lassetter (email@example.com), 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: ____________________________________________________