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Orioles are back! INSIDE Women’s History Month New Interest Groups Club Renovation UNCORKED MARCH | APRIL 2024

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Bradley Chambers President MedStar Health president@ centerclub.org

Keith Lee

Vice President  Brown Capital Management

Redonda Miller Vice President

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Shelonda Stokes Vice President Downtown Partnership

Mark Deering Secretary  MacKenzie Companies

Alvin Katz Treasurer KatzAbosch

Denise Adah CPA, MBA RICP®, Advisor

Christine Aspell  KPMG LLP

Franklyn Baker United Way of Central Maryland

Anirban Basu Sage Policy Group

Barbara Bozzuto Community Volunteer

TJ Brightman Baltimore Orioles

Marc Broady Weller Development

Patricia Brown Medically Home

Calvin Butler Jr. Exelon Utilities

August Chiasera  M&T Bank

Kelly Drnec Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Guy Flynn Retired

Nancy Greene Miles & Stockbridge

Al Hutchinson  Visit Baltimore

JoAnn Ioannou Johns Hopkins Health System

Daniel Joerres  WBAL-TV

Louis Kousouris III  MCB Real Estate

Lawrence LaMotte  Advocacy Options

Julia MarciariAlexander  The Walters Art Museum

Patricia Mitchell Immediate Past President

Anthony Moag Whiting-Turner Contracting

Asma Naeem Baltimore Museum of Art

Ronald R. Peterson Immediate Past President

Joey Price  Jumpstart HR

Shanaysha Sauls  Baltimore Community Foundation

Terrence Sawyer Loyola University Maryland

Lynn Selby Caroline Center

Mary Pat Seurkamp  MPK&D Partners

Mark Anthony

Thomas Greater Baltimore Committee

Gregory Tucker  The Tucker Group

Stacey Ullrich BGE

Mark Weigman

T. Rowe Price Associates

Charles Young Young’s Accounting Service

FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER

I hope this letter finds you well and filled with the same enthusiasm that has been buzzing around your Club. I am thrilled to share the exciting updates and accomplishments that have marked the recent past and the promising changes that lie ahead.

First and foremost, let’s talk about our Ravens—what a season it was! Thank you to the many members who joined us for the popular, sold-out tailgates. While it didn’t end the way we all hoped, the team was fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what they do next season.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each one of our members who have recently joined or renewed their membership. Your continued support and active participation have been instrumental in making this season a resounding success. It’s your commitment that truly makes your Club a community, and we are grateful for the camaraderie and shared passion that unites us.

I am excited to share some news about upcoming changes that will elevate your Club experience even further. On May 15, the commencement of renovations is finally upon us. Your Club will undergo a transformation that not only enhances its functionality but also creates a space that reflects the evolving needs and desires of our members.

One of the highlights of this renovation is the introduction of a culinary gallery that promises to tantalize your taste buds. We are dedicated to creating a dining experience that mirrors the excellence your Club is known for. From innovative dishes to a welcoming ambiance, the culinary gallery is designed to be a feast for the senses.

During these changes, one thing remains constant—our commitment to providing you with a club experience that exceeds expectations. I am confident that these enhancements will contribute to making your Club an even more vibrant and dynamic place to gather, connect with and celebrate our shared passion for excellence.

As we look forward to the future, I am excited about the journey ahead and the many moments of joy and camaraderie it will bring. Thank you for being an integral part of the Club’s success, and I can’t wait to share these transformative experiences with each of you.

We will keep all members updated on the progress of this summer’s renovation via email and our website.

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What’s New at The Club?

Temporary Club Closures

Reminder, the Club will be closed on Saturday, March 2 due to building maintenance.

GOLF CLUB

Join the Golf Club if you are interested in golf outings and engaging guest speakers.

Chair: Devin Walsh

The Club will also be temporarily closed for a brief period from Thursday, April 25 to Monday, April 29, 2024, due to essential building maintenance as instructed by the building management, COPT (Corporate Office Properties Trust). During this time, COPT will be conducting necessary work on the building that impacts our Club facilities and requires the entire building to be closed. We appreciate your understanding regarding this unavoidable disruption.

Please note that the Club will reopen and resume normal operations on Tuesday, April 30. We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause and appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Club on April 30.

THE BOATING CLUB

Whether you have a boat or just want to have fun on the water, join us for the launch of The Boating Club.

Co-Chairs: Freddi Lipstein, Michael Saxon

Temporary Reciprocity

During these two closures, the Club will have temporary reciprocity with the following clubs:

Baltimore Country Club

Roland Park 4712 Club Road Baltimore, MD 21210 410-889-4400

Five Farms

HEALTHCARE CONNECTIONS

This existing Interest Group is now under new leadership

Co-Chairs: Rochelle Kane, Derek Dangerfield

For more information and to join, email membership@centerclub.org

11500 Mays Chapel Road Lutherville, MD 21093 410-252-6505

Elkridge Country Club

6100 N Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21212 410-377-9200

More clubs will be added. As a reminder, we always have reciprocity with Turf Valley Golf Club and Country Club of Maryland for your use.

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A SNEAK PEEK

INTO OUR CULINARY GALLERY ADDITION

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Modern Elements Sleek Finishes

Embark on a visual journey into the future of dining with this exclusive sneak peek into the new Culinary Gallery addition, set to be complete by this September. Immerse yourself in the perfect blend of modern elegance and timeless sophistication as sleek lines and contemporary fixtures redefine this new space.

Stay tuned for updates along the way and the grand reveal of your new Culinary Gallery—a symphony of taste and design awaits!

“I am very fortunate and grateful to the membership and Board of Governors for investing into the Club by renovating the main kitchen. After 26 years of providing our members with a wonderful and consistent dining experience, I am thrilled to advance our culinary offerings to the next level. This evolution of a culinary gallery will move the Club into a modern era of dining and create an extraordinary new amenity for our members to enjoy for years to come. This will be a wonderful opportunity for my team to be a part of something great as we collaborate to offer our members the finest dining experience in Baltimore. We will be proud to showcase the freshest ingredients, seafood, pastries and dry aged meat program. What I am most excited about is that our members will be able to interact with the team, first hand, to see how hard they work to make their dining experience memorable. Thank you for this opportunity. I cannot wait to see the reactions from our members when the project is completed.”

Executive Chef Bannan

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Denise Adah

Member Since 2007

Board of Governors and Viewpoints Co-Chair

Q: Who is a woman from history that has inspired or influenced you, and why?

Marian Anderson, (February 27, 1897-April 8, 1993), was the first African American vocalist to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera. She had the most influence on me as a child. I listened to her recordings on our stereo record player. My mom who was a contralto and had vocal training adored her. In elementary school, we learned of Marian’s accomplishments. She received formal vocal education and toured Europe and was considered the world’s finest contralto; however, she never received that recognition in the United Stated because of her race. She became a delegate to the United Nations after serving many years as an informal goodwill ambassador in Europe. In 1963, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and eventually became a delegate to the United Nations. As a child, she was a role model not only for her professional achievements, but also for her perseverance and poise in the face of many obstacles. She rose from poverty to fame and became a champion for the social good of all people.

Madam C. J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867–May 25, 1919) was the first female self-made millionaire in America according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She was also an African American. She made her fortune by making and marketing cosmetics and hair care products for African American women. She was a philanthropist and patron of the arts. Her achievement was a significant milestone not just for African Americans but for all women and is not recognized.

Q: What advice do you have for young women aspiring to make a difference in their respective fields based on the lessons learned from women who paved the way in history?

My advice to young women aspiring to make a difference in their respective fields would be to cultivate confidence. Believe in yourself and your goals and have the confidence to share it with others. Finally, lift others as you rise.

“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?…”

Kelly

Drnec

Member Since 2013

Board of Governors and Young Members Committee

Q: What advice do you have for young women aspiring to make a difference in their respective fields based on the lessons learned from women who paved the way in history?

Be Fearless in Leadership: Women who broke barriers often demonstrated fearlessness in leadership. Don’t be afraid to take on leadership roles, express your ideas, and confidently lead. Your voice matters, and your leadership can inspire others.

Create Opportunities for Others: As you strive for success, create pathways for other women to follow. Lift others as you climb, mentor those who come after you and actively contribute to creating a more inclusive environment in your field.

Celebrate Achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements and the achievements of other women. Recognize the progress made and use those successes to fuel your determination to make a difference.

Remember, Women’s History Month is not only a time to reflect on the past but also an opportunity to shape the future. By drawing inspiration from the lessons of those who came before, you can contribute to a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future in your respective field.

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CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Q: In your opinion, what are some significant milestones or achievements in women’s history that deserve more recognition?

Malala Yousafzai and Girls’ Education Advocacy (2014): Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education, survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Her advocacy for girls’ education earned her the Nobel Peace Prize and brought global attention to the importance of education for all.

#MeToo Movement (2017): The #MeToo movement gained momentum as survivors of sexual harassment and assault shared their experiences, sparking a global conversation about the prevalence of such behavior. It led to increased awareness, accountability and calls for cultural change.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2005): Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first elected female head of state in Africa when she was elected President of Liberia. Her leadership demonstrated the potential for women to lead at the highest levels of government.

These milestones represent just a fraction of the incredible contributions women have made throughout history. Each achievement has played a vital role in shaping the progress toward gender equality, and recognizing these accomplishments is essential for appreciating the ongoing journey toward a more inclusive and equitable world.

Women’s History Month can have a profound impact on individuals by providing inspiration, fostering community and promoting a sense of belonging and empowerment. It catalyzes positive change and encourages women to celebrate their achievements while continuing to strive for progress in their respective fields.

Nancy Greene

Member Since 2011 Board of Governors

Q: What woman do you consider to be a role model? Why?

There are many women I admire, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Thatcher and Michelle Obama. But my mother was my first role model. She worked

full time as a school teacher and, together with my father, raised a family. She made it look easy, even though I know it wasn’t. Early in my legal career, I worked with two fabulous legal assistants who helped “raise me” in Miles & Stockbridge. They taught me how to navigate the firm and how to work well with others. They also taught me to recognize the importance of all individuals and the roles they play. I continue to meet women each day, older and younger than me, who inspire me to be my best self and give back to others.

Q: What advice do you have for young women aspiring to make a difference in their respective fields?

I encourage young women to embrace the twists and turns of the journey:

• Learn the importance of listening, how to be present in the moment and how to listen for both what is said and what is not said.

• Do not discount the value of your contributions and those of others in the conversation. Varied perspectives and backgrounds are essential for solving problems and leading.

• Find a good mentor and be open to who it is.

• Think about leadership roles you would like to take on and then take a step in that direction. It can be a small step at first.

• Show leadership in whatever you are already doing at work.

• Volunteer when your company/firm/organization asks for help. However, do not take on anything extra you’re not interested in. You need to be passionate to lead a committee well or to serve on a board to give them the time and energy they need and deserve.

• Also find a sponsor in your company or firm— someone who already knows you, supports your work and who can help you navigate into a leadership role.

• Be grateful for the opportunities.

• Accept and seek out constructive feedback.

• Embrace any fears and insecurities— facing them will make you stronger.

• Show and give grace.

• Find joy and happiness as often as possible in the everyday tasks and focus on your own wellness.

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CHEERS TO WOMEN IN HISTORY

Celebrate Women’s History Month with our specially crafted collection of cocktails, each inspired by extraordinary women who have left an indelible mark on history. Cheers to Women’s History Month and the women who have shaped the world with their brilliance and grace.

Toni Morrison is an American novelist. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved (1987); she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Amelia Earhart disappeared July 2, 1937 (declared dead January 5, 1939.) She was an American aviation pioneer and writer. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, was one of the first aviators to promote commercial air travel, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

Billie Jean King is an American former world No. 1 tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, she was the U.S. captain in the Federation Cup.

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TONI MORRISON AMELIA EARHART BILLIE JEAN KING
CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Help The Center Club Grow

Introduce friends, family and colleagues

The growth of the Club depends on its members. Introduce, by email or in person, a friend, family member or colleague to anyone on the membership team and let the team do the rest. If this person becomes a member, you receive $50 dining credit, it is that easy.

Events

Do you have a great idea for an event?

Know someone who would make for a compelling speaker on an intriguing topic, including yourself? If you answered yes to either question, put us in touch with the right person, and we’ll see if we can get something scheduled.

New IntraClub or Interest Group

Have an idea for a new IntraClub or Interest Group? Find at least 10 members who are also interested in your idea and bring it to us for consideration. We recommend beginning with at least 10 active, interested members and having co-chairs to lead the group.

Email membership@centerclub.org with potential prospective member names or your ideas for a new event or new IntraClub or Interest Group.

In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day Irish Porter Bread

Yields two small loaves

Ingredients

• 16 oz Guinness beer

• 16 oz raisins

• 16 oz brown sugar

• 8 oz Irish butter

Directions

• 5 cups all purpose flour

• 1 Tbsp. baking soda

• 4 whole eggs

1. Heat Guinness and raisins with brown sugar until warm and raisins plumped.

2. Combine flour and baking soda.

3. Melt Irish butter.

4. Mix all ingredients by hand lightly.

5. Spray two small loaf pans with oil and flour.

6. Ladle batter into sprayed loaf pans 3/4 full.

7. Bake 350°F approximately 35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

If you make this tasty treat, post a photo on social media and tag us so we can see your creation of this member favorite.

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Bon Appétit!

Event Calendar

WEEKLY SPECIALS

Tuesday

2 lb. Lobster Night / $49++

Wednesday

Burger & Brew in Bar100 / $20++

Thursday

Half-Price Bottles of Wine

Friday

TGIF Happy Hour Specials & Live Piano

Saturday

Prime Rib Roast & Live Piano / $49++

HAPPY HOUR IN BAR100

Enjoy Small Plate Specials

Tuesday-Friday / 4–7 PM

 Interest Group Member Table Family

Interested in joining an IntraClub or Interest Group? Want to attend an event limited to group members only? Please contact Emily Ober at eober@centerclub.org for more information or to inquire about guest availability.

The Club will be closed on Saturday, March 2 and April 25-29 due to building maintenance.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS INTRA Cocktails and Conversations

Tuesday, March 5 / 5-6 PM cocktails / 6–7:30 PM buffet Drinks by chit / $60++ or $50++ for WIB members Reservations required

Women in Business members are welcome to network with their business-minded women peers during a cocktail hour in Bar100. Members of the Women in Business IntraClub are invited to keep the conversation going during dinner.

Must be a WIB member or first-time guest to attend.

BOOK CLUB 

Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Wednesday, March 6 / 6 PM / Food and drinks by chit / Limited capacity Reservations required

Enjoy an evening discussing our newest book, Slow Horses, by Mick Herron.  In this action-packed novel, a team of British intelligence agents who have all committed careerending mistakes, and subsequently work in a dumping ground department of MI5 called Slough House.

PROSPECTIVE MEMBER OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, March 12 / 5:30–7 PM / 5:30–6 PM meet & mingle / 6–6:30 PM welcome remarks

6:30 PM tours / Reservations required

Referrals from members are the best way to grow our membership. Invite a friend, family member or colleague to learn about the benefits of joining the only 5-star Platinum City Club in Baltimore City and a Top 100 City Club in the world! Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served before a brief introductory program, followed by a tour of the Club.

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Don’t forget about your complimentary birthday
Good the month of or month after
entrée
New Networking INTRA IntraClub
Prospective Member

ST. PATTY’S WEEK OF CELEBRATION

March 12–16 / Lunch and dinner in the Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room Dining reservations recommended Indulge in the spirit of the Emerald Isle as our talented chef takes you on a culinary journey through authentic Irish delights all week long. From traditional savory dishes to delectable desserts and drink specials, experience the rich flavors of Ireland right here at the Club. On Saturday, immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds of St. Patrick’s Day with a live musical performance by Ken Koldner and Friends. Let the lively tunes set the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. Secure your spot for this weeklong celebration by making reservations through our convenient dining portal. Don’t miss the chance to savor the tastes of Ireland and enjoy the festive atmosphere!

Come raise a glass, share a laugh and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us throughout the week.  Sláinte!

EXECUTIVE FORUM 2 INTRA

Wednesday, March 13 / 5–6:30 PM / $30++ Limited capacity / Reservations required

This group of senior-level executives, business owners and rainmakers discuss the challenges and opportunities in today’s world. The topics vary monthly from internal discussions to guest speakers. Members have come to appreciate EF2 as a trusted group of advisors. To ensure the sharing of information, it is limited to noncompetitors.

Must be a member of EF2 to attend.

SEAFOOD BUFFET

Thursday, March 14 / Seatings begin at 5 PM $95++ / Drinks by chit / Reservations required

Our famous Seafood Buffet returns to the Club. Expertly crafted by Executive Chef Bannan and his team, our buffet spread will showcase an impressive selection of freshly caught seafood, sourced from local waters and beyond. From succulent crab legs to buttery lobster tails, briny oysters to delicate shrimp, we have something to delight every seafood lover’s palate. Our regular dining menu will not be available.  To make your reservation, contact Tyese Knight at 667-217-3543 or tknight@centerclub.org

Please note: The Club will be closed for à la carte dinner.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, March 19 / 5:30–7 PM / Reservations required

All new members and their spouses/partners are invited to join Noreen Frenaye, Director of Membership & Marketing, for a review of the Club’s benefits while getting acquainted with fellow new members over light hors d’oeuvres. Stay for dinner or small plates in Bar100.

VIEWPOINTS

Beyond the Glass Ceiling— Creating Impact and Ensuring Legacy

Wednesday, March 20 / 5:30–6:15 PM networking, drinks, hors d’oeuvres / 6:15–7:30 PM program and discussion $40++ members or $50 guests / Limited capacity Reservations required / Open to all Center Club members and guests / Non-member registration through Eventbrite

The face of U.S. corporate governance has changed. Women now occupy 32% of all directorships at publicly traded companies. More women than ever before are also CEOs of multimillion dollar companies. Is position our top measure of progress?

Join Viewpoints at The Center Club for a moderated conversation with Dean Mary Ann Scully of the Sellinger School of Business, Loyola University MD and corporate board member as she shares her vision of women leaders directing societal change, ensuring permanent impact, and creating a collective legacy.

Moderated by Louise Phipps Senft, another entrepreneur, business leader, and trail blazer in our community.

EXECUTIVE FORUM

INTRA

Thursday, March 21 / 4:30–6 PM / $30++ Limited capacity / Reservations required

A group of CEOs, presidents and executive directors of B2B businesses will discuss the challenges and opportunities of running an organization. Members have come to appreciate EF as a trusted group of advisors. To ensure the sharing of information, it is limited to noncompetitors.

Must be a member of EF to attend.

WINE CLUB TASTING INTRA

Strange Wines from Strange Places

Friday, March 22 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Wine Club members / Limited capacity / Reservations required Enjoy the extraordinary world of wines like no other as we explore unique and offbeat wines from around the globe. Join us for an evening of exceptional vintages, unconventional varietals, and intriguing flavors that will expand your palate and leave you craving more. Cheers to the unexpected, the adventurous, and the wonderfully strange!

Must be a Wine Club member or first-time guest to attend.

THE BOATING CLUB 

Tuesday, March 26 / 5:30–6:15 PM networking

6:15–7:15 PM program / 7:15–7:30 PM Q&A / $35++ Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres / Reservations required Whether you have a boat or just want to have fun on the water, join us for the inaugural launch of The Boating Club. Meet and mingle with like-minded members for programs covering such topics as safety at sea, entertaining aboard, how to buy a boat, being a good guest on a boat, joining local boat clubs, chartering in new and different places and other interests members may have. For our first meeting, we are excited to have Captain Jan Miles of the Pride of Baltimore II. Join us to hear from Jan about the Pride and her role in Baltimore’s maritime traditions.

COCKTAIL CLUB INTRA

March Madness Caffeine Edition

Wednesday, March 27 / 6:30–8 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Cocktail Club members / Limited capacity Reservations required

Get ready for a March Madness like no other! Join us for an electrifying evening at Cocktail Club’s March Madness: Caffeine Edition. It’s a showdown of coffee-infused cocktails and caffeine-fueled concoctions that will leave your taste buds buzzing.

Must be a Cocktail Club member or first-time guest to attend.

RECOGNIZING MARYLAND DAY

The Port of Baltimore: Gateway to Prosperity and the World

Wednesday, March 27 / 5:30–6:15 PM networking 6:15–7:15 PM program / 7:15–7:30 PM Q&A $35++ / Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres included Limited capacity / Reservations required

Join us for a talk with Jack Burkert, a Baltimore native who now works as an educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry during his retirement.

Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to hear about the rich history of Maryland. Were it not for the Port, there may have never been a Baltimore. But the story of the port is more than the long touted “Location, location, location” mantra—it is a story of the work of thousands of people written over hundreds of years.

ORIOLES OPENING DAY TAILGATE

Thursday, March 28 / 11 AM–2:30 PM, buffet begins at 12 / $55++ / Drinks by chit / Limited capacity Reservations required

Baseball season is upon us, and we are excited to provide members once again with an opening day tailgate. The Orioles had a great season last year and we are ready for another fantastic season. Wear your spirit gear! Go Orioles! Please note, complimentary parking will not be available under the building for this event.

ORIOLES PREGAME DINING

Saturday, March 30 / 2-4 PM / Food & drinks by chit Casual menu by chit / Complimentary parking Reservations recommended / Heading down to the Yard to cheer on the O’s? Be sure to visit Orioles Pub featuring a casual game day menu, handcrafted cocktails and local beers.

EASTER BRUNCH & EGG HUNT

Sunday, March 31 / Reservations taken from 10 AM–2 PM / $95++ or $35++ children under 12, children under 4 dine free / Reservations required

Put on your Sunday best and bring the family to our annual Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt for the children. All your brunch favorites will be there including leg of lamb, smoked salmon, eggs benedict and more. Private rooms available upon request. To make a reservation, please contact Tyese Knight at 667-217-3543 or tknight@centerclub.org.

Please note: All brunch reservations have a twohour limit to ensure member accommodation.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS INTRA

Cocktails and Conversations

Tuesday, April 2 / 5-6 PM cocktails / 6-7:30 PM buffet

Drinks by chit / $60++ or $50++ for WIB members

Reservations required

Women in Business members are welcome to network with their business-minded women peers during a cocktail hour in Bar100. Members of the Women in Business IntraClub are invited to keep the conversation going during dinner.

Must be a WIB member or first-time guest to attend.

PROSPECTIVE MEMBER OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, April 9 / 5:30–7 PM / 5:30–6 PM meet & mingle / 6–6:30 PM welcome remarks 6:30 PM tour / Reservations required

Referrals from members are the best way to grow  our membership. Invite a friend, family member or colleague to learn about the benefits of joining the only 5-star Platinum City Club in Baltimore City and a Top 100 City Club in the world! Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks will be served before a brief introductory program, followed by a tour of the Club.

EXECUTIVE FORUM 2 INTRA

Wednesday, April 10 / 5–6:30 PM / $30++

Reservations required / Limited capacity

This group of senior-level executives, business owners and rainmakers discuss the challenges and opportunities in today’s world. The topics vary monthly from internal discussions to guest speakers. Members have come to appreciate EF2 as a trusted group of advisors. To ensure the sharing of information, it is limited to noncompetitors.

Must be a member of EF2 to attend.

ORIOLES PREGAME DINING

Friday, April 12 / 5-7 PM / Food & drinks by chit Casual menu by chit / Complimentary parking Reservations recommended

Heading down to the Yard to cheer on the O’s? Be sure to visit Orioles Pub featuring a casual game day menu, handcrafted cocktails and local beers.

WINE CLUB TASTING INTRA

Finger Lakes

Friday, April 12 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Wine Club members / Limited capacity / Reservations required Experience the essence of Finger Lakes wine culture and enjoy a delightful adventure for your taste buds.

If you’re a wine lover, you won’t want to miss the chance to experience the essence of Finger Lakes wine culture.

Must be a Wine Club member or first-time guest to attend.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, April 16 / 11:45 AM–1 PM / Reservations required

All new members and their spouses/partners are invited to join Noreen Frenaye, Director of Membership & Marketing, for a review of the Club’s benefits while getting acquainted with fellow new members over lunch.

EXECUTIVE FORUM INTRA

Thursday, April 18 / 4:30–6 PM / $30++

Limited capacity / Reservations required

A group of CEOs, presidents and executive directors of B2B businesses will discuss the challenges and opportunities of running an organization. Members have come to appreciate EF as a trusted group of advisors. To ensure the sharing of information, it is limited to noncompetitors.

Must be a member of EF to attend.

COCKTAIL CLUB INTRA

Cherry Blossom

Wednesday, April 24 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Cocktail Club members

Limited capacity / Reservations required

Join us for an evening of exquisite cocktails inspired by the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms, a symbol of renewal and fleeting beauty.

Must be a Cocktail Club member or first-time guest to attend.

VIEWPOINTS

Ladies Night Happy Hour

Wednesday, April 24 / 5–7 PM / Food & drinks by chit

Join us for a special night of networking and conversation in Bar100 and Leaders Lounge.

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Ecstatic to witness an overwhelming turnout at our diverse events, bringing together members. Your enthusiastic participation has made each gathering a truly memorable experience.

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New Members

Joined in January & February of 2024

The Board of Governors, members and Center Club team welcome the following new members. We’re proud to be associated with you and look forward to connecting with you at the Club and in the community.

Mr. Marco Ávila

VP, President, Chairman of the Board

WSP & Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Mrs. Donna Ávila

Director

St. David’s Day School

Proposer: James Dorf

Mrs. Courtney Bode

Market President & Publisher

Baltimore Business Journal

Mr. Douglas Bode

Proposer: Joanna Sullivan

Mr. Sean Brown

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

Dr. Rebecca Brown

Assistant Professor of Surgery

University of MD School of Medicine

Proposer: Ashlyn Hood

Ms. Tiffany Burgess

CEO BRIX LLC

Proposer: Nicolas Abrams

Ms. Melanie Butler

Executive Director

Chesapeake Developmental Support Services

Proposer: Aaron Slater

Mr. Samuel (Sam) Cogen

Sheriff of Baltimore City

Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office

Ms. Jennifer (Jen) Caffrey

Chief Supervising Attorney for Child Support

Maryland Attorney General’s Office

Proposer: Donald Thoms

Mrs. Denise Cortis

Mr. John Russell

Proposer: Dennis Cameron

Mrs. Nicole Donegan

Strategic Planning Director CFG Bank

Mr. Patrick (PJ) Donegan

Senior Account Executive

Timberland PRO

Proposer: Bill Wiedel

Mr. Timothy Falls

President

Ligon & Ligon

Mrs. Sarah Falls

Proposer: Devin Walsh

Mr. Ehren Gaag

Design Director & Principal Gensler

Mrs. Amy Gaag

Director of Communications

Miles & Stockbridge

Proposer: Patricia Mitchell

A warm welcome to all our new members!

Dr. Samuel (Sam) Galvagno, Jr. Professor & Interim Chair of the Dept. of Anesthesiology University of MD School of Medicine

Mrs. Karol Galvagno-Murillo

Proposer: E. Albert Reece

Dr. Mark Ginsberg President Towson University

Dr. Elaine Anderson

Proposer: Brian DeFilippis

Mr. John Hamilton President & CEO

MECU Credit Union

Proposer: Christopher Rahl

Mr. Kevin Hayes Chief of Staff

Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office

Proposer: Donald Thoms

Mrs. LuAnn Leighton

Program Director

Chesapeake Developmental Support Services

Mr. Phillip Leighton Director of HR

Chesapeake Developmental Support Services

Proposer: Aaron Slater

Mr. Vaki Mawema

Managing Director & Principal

Gensler

Proposer: Shelonda Stokes

Mrs. Jessica (Jess) McLain

Senior VP & Chief Philanthropy

Officer MedStar Health

Mr. George McLain

Proposer: Bradley Chambers

Mr. Brendan Miller

Fixed Income Trader

Brown Advisory

Proposer: Joshua Perry

Mr. Jeffrey Moaney

Design Director & Senior

Associate

Gensler

Proposer: T. Scott Jenkins

Mr. Darien Nolin

VP of Internal & External Affairs

Total Health Care

Proposer: Derek Dangerfield

Mr. Owen O’Donnell

Self-Employed

With Owen/

Owen Michael Cosmetics

Proposer: Gina Ramsey

Mr. Keith O’Neil, Jr.

President & CEO

Johns Hopkins Federal

Credit Union

Ms. Kristin DeCou

Club Administrator

Thunder Soccer Club

Proposer: Michele Moore

Mrs. Allyson Owens

Owner

Allons Voyage

Mr. André Owens

Partner

WilmerHale

Proposer: Lynn Selby

Ms. Ciera Parks

CEO

CWC HR Solutions & Training

Mr. Joseph Erwin

Staff Sergeant

United States Army

Proposer: Scott Rodgville

Mrs. Kelly Schulz

CEO

Maryland Tech Council

Mr. John Nowell

CEO

CarrTech

Proposer: Drew Greenblatt

Mr. Michael (Mike) Styer

Proposer: Donald Thoms

Mrs. Teresa Teare

Managing Partner

Shawe Rosenthal LLP

Mr. Keegin Teare

National Director

The Wine Group

Proposer: Stephen Shawe

Mrs. Leah Thompson

Talent Acquisition Manager

Apex Clean Energy

Mr. Antwan Thompson

DEA Liaison

Pharmaceutics International

Proposer: Steven Braun

Mrs. Ashley Van Pelt

President

Native Terrain

Mr. Eugene (Gene) Van Pelt

Vice President

Native Terrain

Proposer: Louise Phipps Senft

Mr. Joseph (Joe) Whitaker III

Chief Deputy Sheriff

Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office

Mrs. Melissa (Missy) Whitaker

Proposer: Donald Thoms

New

Tuesday,

Please

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Know someone interested in joining The Center Club? Join us for an upcoming Prospective Member Open House. For more information, contact Michelle Dase at mdase@centerclub.org
March 12 5:30—7 PM
5:30—7 PM New Member Orientation
Tuesday, April 9
members are invited
Member Orientation on the
to a New
following dates. Registration is required.
PM
11:45 AM—1 PM Friendly Reminder
Tuesday, March 19 5:30—7
Tuesday, April 16
keep your contact information
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on
from
be sure to
up to date. This includes home and business addresses, cell phone number and personal and business email addresses. You can update online
email membership@centerclub.org
the information. Don’t miss out
an important communication
your Club.

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals Pioneer Award 2023

• Al Hutchinson, Visit Baltimore

The Daily Record’s 2023-2024 Power 100 List

• John Angelos, Baltimore Orioles

• Valerie S. Ashby, UMBC

• Christine D. Aspell, Baltimore KPMG LLP

• Franklyn Baker, United Way of Central Maryland

• Anirban Basu, Sage Policy Group

• Stephen Budorick, COPT Defense Properties

• John B. Chessare, GBMC HealthCare System

• Augie Chiasera, M&T Bank Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake region

• Janet Currie, Bank of America— Greater Maryland

• Scott Dorsey, Merritt Properties

• Kerry Doyle, Tradepoint Atlantic

• Martin T. Fletcher, Whiteford Taylor & Preston

• Brendan Foley, McCormick & Company

• Laura Gamble, PNC Bank

• Mark R. Ginsberg, Towson University

• Nancy W. Greene, Miles & Stockbridge

• Michael D. Hankin, Brown Advisory

• Mary D. Kane, Maryland Chamber of Commerce

• Carim V. Khouzami, BGE

• William Lori, Baltimore Roman Catholic Diocese

• Robert A. Manekin, JLL Maryland region

• Redonda Miller, Johns Hopkins Hospital

• Rachel Garbow Monroe, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

• Neil Meltzer, LifeBridge Health

• Wes Moore, Governor, State of Maryland

• Brian Pieninck, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

• Jay Perman, University System of Maryland

• Darryll J. Pines, University of Maryland, College Park

• Timothy Regan, Whiting-Turner

• Barry Rosen, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

• Kenneth A. Samet, MedStar Health

• Terrence M. Sawyer, Loyola University Maryland

• Rob Sharps, T. Rowe Price Group

• Kevin W. Sowers, Johns Hopkins Health System; Johns Hopkins Medicine

• Mohan Suntha, University of Maryland Medical System

• David Sweiderk, SECU

• Mark Anthony Thomas, Greater Baltimore Committee

• J. MacGregor Mac Tisdale, First National Bank

• William Wiedel, CFG Bank

• David Wilson, Morgan State University

Top 100: 2024 Maryland Super Lawyers Top List

• Andy Levy, Brown Goldstein & Levy

• Ava E. Lias-Booker, McGuireWoods LLP

• William J. Murphy, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

• Craig D. Roswell, Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

Influence Digest Media’s Top 15 Coaches In Baltimore In 2024

• Anne Hilb, Graymake Consulting, LLC

Congratulations to Ben and Jill Renko who were married December 30 in Napa. We wish them a lifetime of joy, health and happiness.

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Congratulations

Welcome Vicki Smith

We are excited to welcome Vicki Smith, the Club’s new Director of Finance and Administration. Vicki brings extensive experience from previous roles as the Controller for Cat Cay Yacht Club for 10 years, Controller at Boca Lago Country Club for 7 years and various positions in the hotel industry within both public and private hotel companies.

Most recently, Vicki held the role Director of Finance at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, MD.

2023 Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to Lamar Mitchell for his selection as the 2023 Employee of the Fourth Quarter. Lamar has been with the Club for 11 years. He’s meticulous with his work and leads the efforts of breaking down and setting up events. He’s a team player and supporter.

Orioles Pub

We are excited that baseball season is back! The Orioles’ home opener is right around the corner. The home opener will be an Orioles’ classic tailgate buffet. For the March 30 and April 12 events, you will be offered a casual day menu to select from. The Orioles Pub is a great place to come prior to these three games. Feel free to join us in Bar100 for other games throughout the season. Complimentary parking in the evenings and weekends.

ORIOLES PUB SCHEDULE

Times and dates subject to change. Game day dress code applies.

Thursday, 3/28

vs. Los Angeles Angels

Opening Day Tailgate

Opens 11 AM, Game 3:05 PM Reservations required

Saturday, 3/30

Friday, 4/12

Opens 2 PM, Game 4:05 PM Reservations recommended

vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Opens 5 PM, Game 7:05 PM Reservations recommended

THE CENTER CLUB

100 Light Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

410-727-7788

410-783-0166 fax

centerclub.org reception@centerclub.org

Hours of Operation

EXECUTIVE OFFICES & ACCOUNTING

Mon–Fri / 9 AM–5 PM

BAR100

Lunch Service

Tues–Fri / 11:30 AM–3 PM

Happy Hour

Tues–Fri / 4–7 PM

Dinner Service

Tues–Sat / 5–9 PM

JOSEPH MEYERHOFF DINING ROOM

Lunch Service

Tues–Fri / 11:30 AM–3 PM

Dinner Service

Tues–Sat / 5–9 PM

Club Management

Kevin M. Bonner General Manager kbonner@centerclub.org 667-217-3540

Nicholas Steege

Assistant General Manager nsteege@centerclub.org 667-217-3546

C. Robert Bannan III Executive Chef chefbannan@centerclub.org

Wen Capon

Food & Beverage Manager wcapon@centerclub.org

Chris Hayes

Food & Beverage Manager chayes@centerclub.org

Antoine Norfleet

Food & Beverage Manager anorfleet@centerclub.org

Patrick Raley

Food & Beverage Manager praley@centerclub.org

Milton DeVaughn

Food & Beverage Captain mdevaughn@centerclub.org

FINANCE

Vicki Smith Director of Finance & Administration vsmith@centerclub.org 667-217-3544

Derrick Barner Accounts Receivable dbarner@centerclub.org 667-217-3550

Sharon Roth Accountant sroth@centerclub.org 667-217-3551

HUMAN RESOURCES

Antoinette Warren HR Generalist awarren@centerclub.org 667-217-3549

MEMBERSHIP/MARKETING

Noreen Frenaye

Director of Membership & Marketing nfrenaye@centerclub.org 667-217-3542

Michelle Dase Associate Director of Membership Development mdase@ centerclub.org 410-926-0188

Emily Ober Member Services Coordinator eober@centerclub.org 410-752-1417

Athalie Rivera Digital Marketing Manager arivera@centerclub.org 667-217-3548

PRIVATE EVENTS

Ashley Murphy

Private Events Manager amurphy@centerclub.org 667-217-3547

Tyese Knight Event Coordinator tknight@centerclub.org 667-217-3543

Club Rules & Policies

RESERVATIONS

Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcomed. Please call Reception at 410-727-7788 or visit centerclub.org to make a reservation.

UNACCOMPANIED GUEST POLICY

Members can extend a Guest Card to a friend or colleague which allows them to use the Club unaccompanied. You are able to provide a Guest Card to two different people up to two times per year with no one unaccompanied guest being able to use the Club more than twice a year. Reservations must be made with Reception at least 48 hours in advance.

DRESS CODE

In all Club areas, including Bar100 and Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room, a relaxed and well-dressed business casual look is always welcome. Shirts without collars may now be worn and jackets are recommended. This does not include t-shirts or shirts with slogans or large graphics. Dark, untorn and non-frayed denim can be worn. A jacket is required when wearing dark jeans. Gentlemen, no hats and shirts must be tucked in.

Sports logo apparel can be worn in Bar100 on game days only (Go O’s and Ravens!). Neat, clean denim may be worn in Bar100 only when attending a concert following your visit to the Club.

Never accepted: Flip flops, crop tops, cutoffs or hats for gentlemen

For the complete Dress Code, please visit our website or your Member Guide.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cell phones, laptops and other similar devices may be used in all areas of the Club outside of the Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room with discretion so as not to impose upon other members and their guests. Only handheld communication devices may be used silently in the Meyerhoff Dining Room. The use of speaker phones is prohibited and all devices must be silenced throughout the Club.

PARKING

Although parking is complimentary on weekends and after 4 PM on weekdays, the Club has a limited number of spaces between 7 AM–4 PM on weekdays and it is available on a first-come, first-served basis for a flat rate of $15. We apologize that we cannot reserve parking spaces for any member. Additional parking can be found directly across the street from the building at 30 Light Street Garage with entrances on Light and Lombard Streets. Parking in the 100 Light building is free after 4 PM and on weekends for Center Club members. Show an ID at the Charles Street entrance.

For all Club rules and policies, log into our member dashboard at centerclub.org and download our Member Guide.

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