June/July 2011 Houston Racquet Club
Men’s Championship Division Women’s Championship Division
Robert Collins Ria Gerger
Men’s A Division Women’s A Division
Dave Stablein Jackie Busa
Men’s B Division Women’s B Division
Brian Womac Denise Dunham
Champions Men’s C Division
Men’s Senior Division
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Welcome to all our new members. And, a big thanks to all
members. The word is out and HRC is the place to be.
I hope everyone was able to attend our Open House. It was a great
opportunity to “show off” our Club and enjoy great food, beverages of Directors
and camaraderie. The Club facilities have never looked better. 2010-2011
We are in the “heart” of tennis season. We recently crowned all Paul Peacock - President
our new Club Champions. Congratulations to all of them and look Read Boles - VP & Finance
for their pictures in the Trophy Room. In addition, congratulations Roni Atnipp - Dining & Entertainment
to everyone that is representing our Club at local, state and TJ Burns
national USTA tennis events. The calibre and depth of tennis at Meredith Cooley
Paul Peacock HRC is unbelievable and getting better every day. Lee Ann Coulter - Secretary
Dan Crawford - Tennis
Your Board of Directors has been hard at work. There are many things happening at HRC. A Robert Derrick
recent discussion of your board included a discussion of why HRC is a Great Club. In summary: Dayna Erck - Fitness
Tim Jordan - Facilities
• The HRC brand of family, tennis and recreation is strong. Ryan McCleary
• HRC has proud members that are true “ambassadors” of the Club. Jonathan Mefferd
• HRC has great tradition that includes being the birthplace of the professional John Meredith
women’s tennis tour. Leland Putterman
• HRC’s member generational demographics (i.e. voting, junior, etc.) are recognized Steven Madden - Ex Ofﬁcio
and Club activities are tailored to accommodate.
• HRC’s management and service teams are member focused.
• HRC’s outstanding facilities are restricted for the enjoyment of all members and HRC Women’s
• HRC’s board is elected to provide oversight and vision to senior management.
I hope this summary resonates with each of you. It did with your Board of Directors.
Jamie Alford - President
I am proud to be a member of HRC and I am very proud to be your President. Please feel Allison Groppe - Social VP
free to reach out to me, your Board Members or any member of Club management if you Heidi Hedrick - Tennis VP
have any questions. Leslie Brittain - Treasurer
Vicki Locascio - Secretary
Sue Bramlette/Cathy Lassetter NSWCCC
Carolyn Keeble - Bridge
Marcia Gsell - Parliamentarian
Quick & Savvy Tournament
A special thank you to the law ofﬁces
of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels,
Agosto & Friend for their generous,
of the t-shirts for the Quick
& Savvy Tournament.
1. Quick & Savvy Tournament
1 2. Quick & Savvy Tournament Winners
Back Row: Ben Roberts, Danny
Stephens, Jamie Parker, Mike
Fadden, Mark Bragg, Brett Von Blon,
Andy Johnston, Jacky Ralston and
Bob Hogan. Front Row: Kim & Don
Richards, Anthony Tarantino, Ron Latta,
1 Fowler, Tim Jordan, Paul Schiebl,
Allan Boss, Steve Riner, Nancy Woo,
Veronica Von Blon, Darren Mast, Heidi
Hedrick and Leland Putterman. In Front:
The dog days of summer…!
What does that phrase really mean anyway? Well, you know me. I had to look it up. Here is what I found:
1. The period between early July and early September, when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the
2. A period of stagnation or inactivity
Are you kidding me? Stagnation and inactivity is the last thing that comes to mind during summer at HRC. As our
Club President Paul Peacock mentions in his article, HRC is the place to be and things have deﬁnitely gotten a lot
busier lately. I guess it is back to the good old days. Before the economy collapsed in 2008, the Club was very
active. Economic indicators are ﬁnally showing signs of stabilization, if not improvement, and Club usage reﬂects it.
For example, Friday evenings we used to have about 80-100 members dine in the Grill. Now we have an average
Thomas Preuml of 300+ on Friday evenings. The courts are full as well and so is the Fitness Center and the Pavilion. Could it be all
the additional offerings at the Oasis Sonny talks about in his column? The Club is buzzing with activity and I hope you
are enjoying every bit of it. To all tennis players I say PLEASE take it easy. Thomas Cook is absolutely right on point when he says “plenty of water and
sunscreen”. By the way, that includes him as well, so please “let him have it” if you ﬁnd him on the court without sunscreen or water.
Since it is the busy season I did want to remind everyone about some important Club rules:
• Parents please watch your children. Not only for safety reasons, but also to ensure your fellow members may enjoy their time at the
Club as well. Allowing screaming children to run barefoot through a packed Grill during dinner just cannot be tolerated. When we have to
correct the situation, please be supportive and understand that these rules are your rules. Club staff has the responsibility, and is charged
by the Board of Directors, to enforce them for the beneﬁt of all members.
• Please familiarize yourself with the Children’s Code of Conduct. Look for a printed version in this month’s billing statements and online
• Follow all pool rules as safety is top priority. Therefore, lifeguards have ﬁnal and absolute authority within the pool gates for the sole
purpose of creating a safe environment. Pool rules are posted at both entry gates.
• All members and guests must be signed in while at the pools, the ﬁtness center or on the tennis courts.
• Tennis Courts are for tennis only and proper attire must be worn.
• No children are allowed in the Grill Bar. Slushies, etc. may be ordered at the Oasis or the Courtside Café.
• No food or beverage items may be brought onto Club property with the exception of special occasion cakes.
• HRC is a non smoking facility.
Please do your part to make “HRC - the place to be” for all involved. On behalf of Club staff and members who asked me to remind everyone about
the above…thank you!
Please check out the group photograph of the current Board of Directors, posted at the entry to the Trophy Room.
Also posted are all senior staff members, at the stairs leading to the Club ofﬁces.
MEP Project (Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Upgrades):
The Pro shop work is complete. New air conditioners and ductwork are in place. Brenda and the team are happy.
Thank you for your patience during the installation of the large roof top units. Due to the size of the crane, several areas of the parking lot had to be
closed. We also closed the Clubhouse, including the Kids Club, on two occasions for project work. Your understanding is greatly appreciated. The
project is scheduled for completion in August.
Budgeting of capital improvement projects for the new ﬁscal year (starting July 1st) will be complete by the time you read this. Look for more details
coming soon. Any information necessary to be shared with you in advance of any project implementation will be arriving by mail and/or email.
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or other items needing my attention, please contact me at 713.464.5902 or
Thank you for belonging to HRC. My team and I are proud to serve you. Just let us know how we can.
Have a great summer!
“Deep summer is when laziness ﬁnds respectability” - Sam Keen
June/July 2011 3
Welcome To Our New Members
STEPHANIE & TOM AUGENTHALER MARCIA & PAUL EDMONDS FLORENCE & ALEX KOSMALA
His: Public Relations/ His: Banker/VP – Comerica Bank His: CEO – Artiﬁcial Lift Company
Vice President – Golin Harris Her: Engineer/Exxon Mobil Hers: Marketing Director
Her: Social Media Marketing/Director Children: Hunter (3) & Kaelyn (7 mos) Children: Guillaume (15) & Adrien (11)
Child: Phillip (7) Sponsors: Jon Mefferd & Peter Currie Sponsors: Steve Riner & Mark Bragg
Sponsors: Vinceanne Mandola-Green Referrals: Greg Robbins & Chris Halaska
& Meg Bissinger
MYRIAM & GLENN LEGGE
LISA SWALM FRANTZ His: Attorney/Partner – Legge, Farrow,
ERIC BOSS Private Investor – LSF Foundation Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown LLP
Attorney – AJB -P.C. Children: Grace (18), Rachael (17), Her: Attorney/Retired
Sponsors: Allan Boss & Lenora Wright Caroline (15) Children: Colin (15) & Sarika (14)
Sponsors: Kathy Ratterree & Cathy Lassetter Sponsors: Kendall and Richard Rainer
& Kim Herzog Bonner
JILL & BILL BURROUGHS
His: Senior Sourcing BRIJAL & ANKUR GANDHI
Specialist – Weatherford International His/Her: VP – GDesign LLC MELISSA & PAUL LUTHER
Her: Marketing Manager/ Sponsors: Dominic Mandola & Jason Keyser His: Attorney/Partner – Baker Botts LLP
Verdande Technology Child: Madeleine (9)
Children: Emily (3) & Gracie (1) Sponsors: Gabriela Tormo
Sponsors: Meador Wigington & Hemmat Maguire
& Jan Burroughs Referral: Chip Cowell
LINDSEY & SCOTT GILLEY
His: Internal Consultant
– Friedkin Companies, Inc.
Her: HR & Recruiting/Branch Manager
TIBI & JEFF DEAN Sponsors: Jim Gilley & Jean Stinson ANDREW MARTIN
His: Account Manager – Velocity IT Group President – Sentinel Enterprises/
Her: Sales – Hotel Sorella Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Sponsors: Ginny Keyser & Dominic Mandola Sponsors: Sue and Bob Bramlette
& Bootsie Le Feuvre
Referral: Will de Jong
STACI & TAYLOR JOHNSON
His: Account Manager – Accudata Systems
Her: Marketing – NYCB
GINA & JEFF DRDA Children: Parker (5), Ally (2),
His: Crude Oil Trade – Vitol Conner (1)
Child: Tanner (3) Sponsors: Heidi Hedrick & Bootsie Le Feuvre
Sponsors: Henry Dixon & Chris Mahoney
ISABEL & LUIS MENDEZ ANNE OWEN & HAL PONTEZ BARBARA & CLARK SMITH
His: VP/Business Development – AEI Energy Her: Investor – ADO CO His: President/COO – Buckeye Partners, L.P.
(AEI Services LLC) His: Engineer/President – HPI LLC Children: Frances (20) & Rymer (10)
Her: Wedding Planner Sponsors: Karen and Henry Dixon Sponsors: Dayna and Ted Erck
Children: Valeria (8), Luis (6) & Martha and Andrew Kirkwood & T. Kemp Jones
Sponsors: Jane Shavlan & Andrea Ferruzo Referral: Jane Mason
Referral: Laura Fulton
EMILY & MICHAEL SPERANDIO
KACEY & BRENT RILEY His: Real Estate Development – Avera
ALISON & ALEX MOHR His: Sr. Geophysicist – Conoco Phillips Capital Partners
His: M.D./Spine Surgeon – Advanced Children: Caroline (3) & Charlotte (9 mos) Her: Attorney – BG LLP
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Sponsors: Linda and Roy Arterbury Children: Georgia (4), Grant (3),
Children: Christopher (7) & Charlie (5) & Randy Roden Joanna (3 mos)
Sponsors: Samantha and Jon Lanclos Sponsors: Heather and Eric Chenoweth
& Cherie and Joe Hoepfl & Dayna and Ted Erck
KIM & ROB SELLERS
His: Director of Finance – Texican
JENNY & DAVID MOORE TIZIANA & ROBERTO VELASCO
Natural Gas Co.
His: Strategy Partner/ His: Dentist – Clear Choice Dental
Children: Lily (7), Robert (6) & Alice (2)
Retired – Accenture PLC Implant Centers
Sponsors: Jane and David Shavlan
Her: President/CEO PenParke Enterprises Children: Alejandro (7), Enrique (5),
& Robert Blevins
Children: Parker (3) & Penelope (1) Daniella (3)
Sponsors: Gena and David Rush, Sponsors: Kathleen Wood
Jenna Jackson & Tiffany Wong & Veronica and Charles Peckham
“Hot Time, Summer In The City”
Join us at the New Member/Sponsor Celebration on July 21st by
sponsoring or referring a new member between
January 2011 and July 2011! Don’t miss out!
TERESA & RICK WITTE
Grand Prize for sponsors only: Trip for 2 to the US Open including round His: Attorney – Andrews Kurth LLP
trip airfare, 3 night stay at the New York Athletic Club and two tickets Children: Josh (10), Zach (8),
to the Women’s Semi- Jacob & Madison (4)
Cathy Finals. Great seats! Must Sponsors: Dayna and Ted Erck
Lassetter be present to win. & Kimberly Burleson
Membership New Members & Sponsors
WELCOME BACK TO
eligible for other drawings HEATHER & PAUL CAMFIELD!
including: 4 tickets to the
US Open, dinner by Chef
Bernard in your own home,
June/July 2011 5
Women’s Association Member/Guest Tournament
Summer Is Here
Houston is one of the most difﬁcult places to
play tennis due to the heat and humidity. We
A Power Hour all know that, but sometimes we neglect the
Tennis Events 1 hour clinic for A level players • 6:30 pm simplest measures to make it more fun. Having
grown up playing junior tennis here in Texas, I
Tuesdays with Randy
have a few reminders for you and your children.
Cardio Tennis Drill
Monday & Thursday B Level & Above Championship Power Hours • Drink water: Sports drinks are ﬁne before
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 1 hour clinics for Championship level players and after, but water is what you need while
Thursday A Level Ladies 9:15 am - 10:30 am 6:30 am Mondays with Otis • 6:00 pm you play. There are several low-calorie sports
Tuesdays B Level & Above Ladies Cardio Wednesdays with Randy drinks available now, so you might want to be
9:15 am - 10:30 am aware of that.
Thursday Advanced Beginners • Wear white: Light colored clothing is much
10:00 - 11:45 am Summer Tennis Camp cooler. Help your children to select appropriate
Friday B Level Ladies 9:15 am - 10:30 am Begins June 6 colors.
Saturday Co-Ed B Level & Above 10:00 am • Wear a hat: Again, white is preferable. Visors
For more information and details on signing do not protect your scalp from skin cancer.
The Price Is Right (Free) Drill up on any of the listed Tennis Events, When feasible, a full brimmed hat protects your
Sundays • Check with the Pro Shop contact the Pro Shop at extension 136. ears and sides of your face. I suggest www.
Men’s Night Out Kids Night Out In Tennis • Play on clay: A clay court can easily be ten to
Wednesdays 6:45 pm June 17 and July 15 ﬁfteen degrees cooler than a hard court.
• Use sunscreen: Re-apply a sunscreen greater
than 30 SPF at least every two hours. That
Begin-A-Ginners With Carla Wimbledon Junior includes YOU, gentlemen!
Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Sign up required in the Pro Shop
Tennis Tournament • If you or a fellow player experiences dizziness
Saturday, June 18 or nausea, move to a shaded spot and cool off
(Minimum of 4 Players)
Singles – Flighted with chilled wet towels. Call one of our pro staff
$20 members $25 non-members for assistance as we are all trained in this area.
Informal Friday Night
Mixed Doubles Parent/Child
See you on the courts for a safe, active
Fridays 6:30 pm summer!
Monday, July 4
2011 National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championship
The 2011 National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championship was another huge success! We want to thank our tournament underwriters:
Gardere, the Houston Racquet Club Women’s Association, Memorial Hermann Southwest, Styles Jewelers, and Tarantino Properties. We are also
grateful to our loyal tournament sponsors, and all of the generous members who contributed to the Game, Set, and Match Club. The tournament
was again able to make a gift back to HRC by contributing $5,000 to the shade structure over the children’s playground coming in July. We also
provided a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior girl, and contributed to the renovation of the tennis courts at Jefferson Davis High School.
We sincerely thank the members and staff of HRC and the tournament committee for making this tournament the outstanding event on the
senior women’s calendar! The food and hospitality drew absolutely RAVE reviews from the players. Thank you!!!!
Sue Bramlette & Cathy Lassetter, Co-Directors
Peter Piper Picked A Peck
Of Pickled Peppers
Pickle Punch, chocolate covered pickles and pickles and brie canapés were just some of the
delicious confections served to the members when the Senior Committee hosted a “Pickleball
Exhibition” to show off pickleball to our members. Dr. Christopher Rampochek and his fellow
pickleball players from The Trotter Y showed us how the game is played. Both young and old
enjoyed the festivities with members trying their hand at this newly popular sport.
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UN P S
J June 6 - August 19
Monday-Friday 9:00 - 12:00
9:00 - 11:00 Tennis & 11:00 - 11:45 Swim/Snacks
12:00 Pick up in the Pro Shop area
Please bring snack and swimsuit
No camp week of July 4
Some Of The HRC WOTT Winners
More To Come Next Month...
1 2 3
4 5 6
1. Kim & Don Richards
2. Scott Johnson
3. Christopher Betz & Ben Roberts
4. Drew Cantwell & Steve Smith
5. Brad & Maude Dawson
6. Graydon Oliver & Katherine Sullivan
7. Marshall & JoAnn Eubank
8. Alex Kosmala & Don Richard
9. Sherman Hink
10. Christopher Long, James Broach,
William Barker & Thurman Andress
Micahl Wycoff Photographer
An Earthshaking Event
The 2011 World Tennis Championships In New Zealand
Recently I traveled to New Zealand to play in the World Senior Tennis Championships,
a little bit proud to have been selected for the 6th year in a row to play as a member
of the United States Team. Sometimes it takes an event of real gravity to remind us
that there are some things that matter much more in life. The recent earthquake that
shook Christchurch, New Zealand on February 21st was such an event. That quake
took place in the middle of the International Tennis Federation’s World Senior Tennis
Championships, literally knocking some players to the ground in mid-point, with resulting
bruises and injuries, both physical and psychological, and completely destroying the
courts. Ultimately, none of the players’ injuries turned out to be serious. Unfortunately,
the same could not be said for many in Christchurch, as over 300 were killed, and
thousands injured. Being the second serious quake the city had suffered within 6 months,
the city was devastated physically. Unfortunately for both Japan and Christchurch, the
New Zealand quake was knocked from world awareness by the Japanese quake/
tsunami a week or so later.
I could tell more about our tournament, but the short version is that we took the bronze medal, losing to Spain by a margin of 2 tiny points (11-9
in the tiebreaker) in the semiﬁnals, then, beating Mexico for 3d. But, I would prefer to use this space to testify to the amazing character of the
people of New Zealand. Their courage in the face of disaster, their cooperative spirit, organization, kindness to others (foreign and national), humor,
good nature, and steadfastness, willingness to give, and dozens of other noble traits, are an example to any nation. These things were not just true
during the quake, and in Christchurch, but all over the nation, before, during and after. They deserve our remembrance.
At the risk of sounding like a member of the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, my affection for these people compels me to say that one very
pleasant way to help them is to visit. Tourism provides the number one source of income to NZ, and they need it now. After spending 5 weeks there
I can say, its reputation is well justiﬁed. It is a very strong candidate for the most beautiful, safe and hospitable country in the world, summer or
winter. It is relatively cheap, easy to get around, especially for English speakers, and the people are charming. It has fantastic mountains, glaciers,
beaches, rain forests, rivers, islands, lakes, waterfalls, hiking, skiing, ﬁshing, sailing, white water rafting, dolphins, whales, penguins, etc., etc., etc.
But they won’t be playing much tennis for a while in Christchurch.
Xavier Gonzalez Wins Boys 14
Championship At USTA National Open
HRC Member Xavier Gonzalez won the Boys 14 singles champi-
onship at the United States Tennis Association’s National Open
played in Midland, Texas back in February. En route to the title,
Gonzalez defeated ﬁve opponents without dropping a set. He
triumphed over the number one seed Yancy Dennis (Maryland)
in the quarterﬁnals, over the number four seed Artem Khrapko
(New York) in the semi-ﬁnals, and over the number two seed
Grayson Broadus (Texas) in the ﬁnals. Xavier Gonzalez, cur-
rently ranked number one in Texas in Boys 14, is a freshman
at St. John’s School, where he plays on the varsity tennis team.
Way to go Xavier!
Congratulations To Our
HRC WHLTA Swing Sisters
Ranked #1 In US They came in second place in their division
Singles 30+ and were spotted at the Club celebrating
HRC Member Robert Collins recently
won the San Antonio Clay Court Major
Zone Tournament, the National Hard Gaby Tormo, Rachel Mattox,
Court Championship in Austin and Heather Gaw, Marlene Jessurun,
has been named the No.1 seed in Holly Arian, Jo Soanes, Alisa Slack
the men’s open division of the 2011 & Vicki Locascio
HTA Houston Open for 30 years and
over. He is now ranked #1 in the U.S. Not pictured: Amber Bretches,
in Singles and Doubles in 30 and over. Meredith Cooley, Lesley Krivan,
Congratulations Robert! Kathy Pappas & Bernadette Prakash
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Octane Cross Circuit Pro4700
We are excited to announce that the Fitness
Center now has 4 new cross circuit elliptical
With electronically adjustable stride length
from 18”-26,” exercisers can quickly customize
for walking, jogging and running paces, and for
striding backwards. And Octane’s patented
SmartStride interactive ergonomics monitor
pace and direction and automatically adjust
stride length accordingly.
The upper-body features don’t get any better
than the unmatched Converging Path handlebars that mimic natural movement and expand Active Senior
range of motion. Plus, the patented MultiGrip handlebars offer extra comfort, greater variety and
more muscle use.
New workouts, like the challenging 30:30 interval program designed by the experts at Athletes’
Performance, help maximize motivation and results. Convenience and comfort are optimized with
ﬁngertip controls on the moving handlebars, soft grip pedals and a personal fan.
Monday & Wednesday
Cross Circuit Pro consists of two PowerBlock dumbbells, which are easily adjustable from four to
32 pounds each, an integrated PowerBlock stand, stationary foot platforms on the elliptical and 50 minutes
two Cross Circuit Pro routines: Group and Solo. of movement of Pilates
geared toward the Senior Adult
Cross Circuit Pro uniquely combines cardio intervals on Octane ellipticals with strength training
sets for individual workouts, or instructor-led one-on-one, small group or class sessions. Exercisers
beneﬁt from rigorous conditioning and heightened motivation.
Pool Access Reminder BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
The Fitness Committee would like to remind members
that wristbands are the best way to ensure that all Kids Kardio
members and guests are signed and registered at the
pool. Please remember to sign in each time you enter
the pools. Thank you.
June & July
Resort Pool 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
June & July
Lap Pool Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Only guarded from 10:00am – 9:00 pm
THE STRIKE ZONE
Mondays at 9:30 am Beginning June 6th
>> >> >> >>
Using Everlast 2lb weighted gloves and a 6lb bodybar, The Strike
Zone is the latest in the cardio kickboxing format that we offer Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
here at the HRC. Challenge yourself with this full-body interval Saturdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm
workout that incorporates traditional kickboxing combinations Kids Kardio will work the kids
done with optional weighted gloves, controlled weight-bearing cardiovascular, ﬂexibility, and endurance.
movements with a light body bar and athletic drills. This is not Jamie will take the kids through a full
your typical Kickboxing class. Come prepared to burn tons of body workout indoors and outdoors
calories and have fun doing it. to make the hour go by fast.
They will leave wanting more!
Summer At The Oasis
School is getting out for the summer and the Club is preparing
for more kids than ever for the summer months. You might have
noticed the big blue tent located in the corner of the Pavilion.
Many members have approached me for the past few weeks
asking “What is that going to be?”
It is “The Oasis”. It is a place for kids to ﬁnd fun food and
beverages for the summer. It is centrally located by the pools and
will have a variety of food including, hot dogs, popcorn chicken,
hamburger sliders, corn dogs and snacks. Beverages will include
sodas, juices, waters, frozen lemonade and more. Of course
Sonny McDaniel “Dippin’ Dots”, slushies and snow cones will be available as well.
The Oasis is designed for smaller kids but “Adult Kids” are
certainly welcome. It will be a place you can visit straight out of the pool, coming off the tennis
court or just to have lunch at the Pavilion while reading a good book.
Employee of the Month
The Oasis gives members a place to go while still in their swim wear, barefoot or not quite dressed Position: Maintenance
for the Grill or Courtside Café. It will help alleviate some of the congestion in the Courtside Café Dept/Pro Shop
as well as the dress code issues in the Grill, especially during the summer months. The Oasis Congratulations to Erasmo in our Maintenance/
will open Memorial Day and the hours will be 11:00am to 8:00pm every day. It will remain open Pro Shop department for his dedication and
until Labor Day weekend. hard work. Erasmo has been with the Club for
about 9 months and is responsible for keeping
the Pro-Shop spotless and the Howe House
Come enjoy a “Summer at the Oasis!” Kids’ Movie restroom clean for members. He assists Raul
with maintenance, and he did an outstanding job
Nights for the National Senior Women’s Tournament
and the WOTT. He has a great attitude and we
are happy he is part of our team.
June 10 & 24
Open House July 1, 15 & 29
Exhibition Match Join us for our kids’
this summer in the Pavilion!
May 22nd Complimentary lemonade
and popcorn are provided.
A children’s buffet
Paul Peacock, William Barker, Robert is also available!
Collins, Graydon Oliver, Richard Barker
& Thomas Cook
Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Susanne Susholtz for a
job well done in the Accounting/HR dept.
Susanne began working at the club 4 years ago
in Private Events and last year made a move
to the accounting dept. She takes initiative
and exceeds expectations within her job
responsibilities. Susanne works very well with
the members and has made a major impact
since starting with the accounting dept. When
away from the Club Susanne loves watching
reality TV and hanging out with her ﬁancé Judd
and her dog Bailey. Good job Susanne!
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Ladies Wine Dinner
The ladies of HRC came together in April for a lovely 3-course wine dinner with champagne and
delicious appetizers to kick off the night! If you missed out on this fun evening, be on the lookout
by Cliff Tyree
for our next Ladies Wine Dinner in the fall.
1. Only two people signed The Declaration
of Independence on July 4th. John Hancock
and Charles Thompson.Most of the rest
signed on August 2, but the last signature
wasn’t added until 5 years later.
2. In Lincoln’s Gettysburg address there are
only 10 sentences.
1 2 3. Cindy Crawford was Valedictorian of her
high school graduating class.
4. Abraham Lincoln did not have a beard
during most of his public career. He was
clean shaven until he was 51 years old
and did not have a beard until after he was
5. Francis Scott Key only wrote the words to
3 4 “The Star Spangled Banner,” not the music.
6. More people watched the last episode of
Seinfeld on one night than the movie “Titanic”
during its entire record-breaking run.
7. In 1929, Herbert Hoover was the ﬁrst
President to have a phone on his desk.
Before that there was a telephone booth
outside the ofﬁce used by Presidents.
8. It was 14 years after Columbus’ ﬁrst
Atlantic crossing that a map including the
Americas was printed.
1. Jill Burroughs, Amy Dell Beardshall, 3. Staci Johnson, Kelly Beeler
Ashley Holmsten, Ashley Mandola, & Julie Cominsky 9. On June 15, 1976 a baseball game was
Ginny Keyser, Alicia Mace, Ashley Hall, rained out at the Astrodome.
4. Emily Sperandio & Vi
Lindsay Barnes & Laura Visage
5. Cindy McDowell, Janet McNulty, Karen 10. There are the same number of scales
2. Melissa Cook, Wendy Koy McGee, Denise Dunham & Lisa Bender on a two pound salmon as there are on a 40
& Shirley Meredith pound salmon.
6. Gayette Eicher, Patty Harris
& Bootsie LeFeuvre 11. Camel’s milk does not curdle.
Westwood Junior Golf Program
All Camps are from 9am - 12:30pm
Camp I June 8-10 • Camp II June 21-23
Camp III July 12-14 • Camp IV July 26-28
One camp for $225 • Two for $400
Bingo Is Back! Three for $450 • Four for $475
Includes: Professional instruction and video analysis, one
Wednesday Evenings quality Under Armour golf back pack, one junior visor, golf
Beginning June 8th balls, a delicious daily lunch, prizes, gifts, and an ofﬁcial
6:00 Buffet Westwood Golf Club Certiﬁcate of Completion.
7:00 Games Begin Junior Open Playday and Club Championship
Registration: Westwood Golf Pro Shop 713.774.3011
Kidventure Land Weekly Themes
For registration information and to sign up for Kidventure Summer Camp simply go on to their website at www.kidventure.com.
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gallon hat and dust off your boots, as we THREE thousand light years from earth, TWO- knowledge, excitement and power of planet
learn how to be good ol’ fashioned cowboys gether we’ll rocket through the galaxy and Earth and its ever changing state. Bring your
and cowgirls on the wide open plains of the become a team of ONE….BLAST OFF! towel and prepare to get soaked by the Eco
Southwest. Wave, as we ﬁnd out how one camper can
make a positive change of global proportions.
Enchanted Forest Hero’s Hideout KV Studios
June 13-17 We journey deep within this July 5-8 Through a hidden passage in the July 25-29 As we step behind the velvet
mystic forest, where Kings and Queens await park, we will arrive at our secret “Head curtain, we transform into the cast of our very
our company in castles vast and strong. With Quarters of Heroism” . There we will ﬁnd out own Broadway hit. Makeup, wardrobe, and
magic enchantments at every turn, fairy what it takes to be our own hero and defender special effects all come together as the glow
tales come to life as knights bravely rescue of all that is good. of the spotlight and the applause of the crowd
princesses from tall towers and dragons soar immerse us in the magic of the theatre.
amongst the clouds.
Swashbuckler Bay Topsy-Turvy Treehouse Ollie’s Great Parade
June 20-24 Ahoy thur, ye yella-bellied July 11-15 Beyond normal and above August 1-5 What better way to relive the
scallywags! Hoist sails, raise the anchor, and amazing, you will ﬁnd the entrance to the greatest moments from our summer than a
set course for Swashbuckler Bay, the most Topsy-Turvy Tree House. Our doorway from week long parade? Led by the crowds and
glorious tropical isle that sits upon the seven familiar world to a universe that challenges music, we will experience our favorite rides,
seas. us to discover fantastic new ideas where play the games that made us cheer, and take
creativity is our only limit. one last journey through Kidventure Land to
celebrate our summer together.
HRC Women’s Association Bridge Swim Team
Join us on the second and fourth
Thursday of each month.
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Bridge Winners April 14th
1st place Joan Reid 5:00 -7:00 pm
First $10.00 Second $5.00
2nd place Daad Rodgers
6/2 Braeburn at HRC
You do not need a partner. 6/7 HRC at ROCC
Simply call Ruthe Wilson at Bridge Winners April 28th 6/9 Houstonian @ HRC
(713) 932-0759 for a reservation 1st place Joan Reid 6/14 LCC at HRC
before the prior Sunday. 2nd place Eddie Mattei 6/16 HRC at Forest Club
6/18 Country Club Championship
(by invite only) at LCC
6/21 HRC at Briar Club
6/22 HCC at HRC
6/8 Team Photo at HRC 4:00 PM
6/23 Banquet at HRC Ballroom 6:00 pm
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By Sondra Maxﬁeld
On April 2nd our Harris County
Precinct 3 bus loaded with 37
seniors travelled to Independence,
Texas to visit the Hidden Creek
Farm of HRC Members Elsa and
Roy Horlock. Wow! Elsa, our
tour guide, insisted our ﬁrst
stop be the Washington-on-the-
Brazos Museum. Upon entering
the museum she quickly guided
us to the theater for the ﬁlm
about the birthplace of Texas. By
the end of the movie all of us who
were not born in Texas wished we had been and all of our native born seniors were so proud!
The early settlers all branded their saddles and covered wagons with the initials G.T.T. which
stood for Gone to Texas.*
Being awash in Texas history it was decided to bring our grandchildren back for a true taste
2 3 of early Texas.Our bus then headed down a shady country lane awash with bluebonnets, pink
evening primrose, Maxmilian sunﬂowers and Indian blankets which ended at the Hidden Creek
Farm. We had arrived in paradise. Roy met us at the entrance with his “motorized” mule, the
best kind of animal to have on a farm as it is never stubborn and always goes where you direct.
While the group meandered to the deck with its array of picnic tables with an incredible view of
pastures and grazing horses, Clark Reid unloaded our wonderful “chef prepared” box lunches
and all of us proceeded to eat and drink in the scenery along with the wonderful wine. Roy told
us that the beautiful horses were retired thoroughbreds. It was then that I realized that our
seniors are indeed “retired thoroughbreds.” Following lunch a tour of the farm was in order and
we saw the largest ﬁg tree ever, the most perfect vegetable garden, the tennis court and of
course the “piece de resistance”, the lemurs. Giant high cages housed a collection of the most
4 amazing striped, red headed, big and small lemurs from Madagascar. Roy has built a tree
house in the forest of cages for his grandchildren to spend the night “in the jungle.” How ﬁne
was that? Elsa had prepared clumps of green grapes for us to feed the lemurs and acting like
1. Elsa Horlock feeding the lemurs school children on the most amazing ﬁeld trip ever we did just that. They put on quite a show
and seemed to enjoy the attention. The trip would not be complete without a visit to Roy’s trophy
2. Arles Mason room where we became close friends with African lions, zebras, giraffes, tigers, crocodiles and
3. Shirley Barr in front of the world’s more animals than could ever be identiﬁed by anyone except Roy and Elsa.
largest ﬁg tree
Boarding the bus after our group photo we raced back to Houston to watch the ﬁnal two games
4. Sondra Maxﬁeld of the Final Four, scouting for bluebonnets as we travelled.Never ever prouder to be Texans
than we were on that day it was decided that the Seniors of HRC had absolutely GONE To Texas!
Brian Nay, Bernard Hurley, Tim Jordan, Sonny McDaniel, Bob Stephan, Thomas Preuml,
Scott Stafford, Ron Fisher, Ron Latta, Bill Shrader, Dana Busa, Bill Richter & Bob Landauer
HRC Members and a few senior staff enjoyed an afternoon of golf recently at top ranked HRC Members Cindy & Bob Shealor
Walden on Lake Conroe. If you are interested in joining Walden on Lake Conroe, please con- recently visited their daughter
tact Cathy Lassetter, Membership Director. For an Initiation Fee of $500 and low monthly in Hong Kong and stopped by
dues HRC members can enjoy a full social calendar, Men’s and Ladies Golf Associations, one of the older temples in the
and friendships that will last a lifetime. Angkor Wat site in Cambodia.
Over 200 members and guests dined on some of the largest crawﬁsh of the season while enjoying the sounds of the ever popular
Thibodeaux Cajun Band. A big thank you to HRC Member Dominic Mandola and Ragin Cajun for furnishing the crawﬁsh and
cooking them to perfection! A good time was had by all that attended.
3 5 11
4 9 12
1. Alisa & Tom Slack with guests 5. Bill Sanchez & David Berman 9. Patty Harris & Cathy Lassetter
2. Arlo Van Denover 6. Steven Kato & family 10. Dominic Mandola
3. Liz, Madeleine & Cristina Jordan 7. Claire, Kimberly & Emma Sanchez 11. Jane & Elwin Peacock, Dominic
4. TJ Burns, Dominic & Ashley 8. Thibodeaux Cajun Band Mandola, Paul Peacock & Julie Peacock
Mandola 12. Anice Duytschaever
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Monday, July 4th
Celebrate Your Freedom At HRC
Parent/Child Tennis Tournament
Fun & Games For The Kids
Pool Events & Contests
BBQ & More!