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Wine Lockers & Chef’s Table Annual Meeting

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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

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 PRESIDENT

The Center Club has been bustling with much activity throughout the past few months and is geared to continue that trend through the spring and summer. It is exciting to witness how much you are engaged in the Club’s various and diverse offerings.

The Club hosted back-to-back sold-out events at the end of March, beginning with the Orioles Opening Day Tailgate on March 28 followed by Easter Brunch on March 31. Our Orioles fans filled the Club with high hopes that this year’s team will surpass the incredible and memorable 2023 season. Cheering for the Orioles is not only for Opening Day, but all season long at the Orioles Pub for select games. Once again, our annual Easter Brunch was very successful with families enjoying a delicious menu and delighted children participating in an egg hunt. Also in March, who could forget the ever-popular Seafood Buffet. This sold-out event featured an amazing array of fish, mollusk and crustacean creations by Executive Chef Bannan.

Spring is the perfect time to get involved with two new Interest Groups that recently launched. The Golf Club is chaired by Devin Walsh and The Boating Club is co-chaired by Freddi Lipstein and Michael Saxon. In addition, Healthcare Connections is under new leadership with co-chairs Rochelle Kane and Derek Dangerfield. Thank you to these incredible members, as well as to all our IntraClub and Interest Group chairs, for providing your expertise in leading these groups.

May is a month to honor our mothers—those who are still with us and those we always will hold dear in our hearts. This Mother’s Day, celebrate the extraordinary women in your lives with brunch at the Club. Make your reservations to join us for a special menu and activities the entire family can enjoy.

As always, I thank you for your support of our Club. Together, we are advancing our mission and vision by building powerful relationships in an inclusive environment. I look forward to seeing you again soon at The Center Club.

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Celebrating Membership Milestones

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated members for their years of support. Here’s to many more memorable occasions together!

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Top photo: Jim Coll (40 years), Faith Thomas (35 years) , Robert & Vivian Manekin (45 years) Left photo: Jacen & Nakeia Drummond (5 years), Kenneth & Casandra Grant (15 years) Right photo: Ed & Sondra Starleper (15 years), Jacquie Cohen Roth (5 years), Matthew Shipley (5 years)

RENOVATION BEGINS

MAY 13, 2024

We are looking forward to the start of the 15th Floor renovation, promising our members something truly extraordinary. Excitement mounts and we look forward to unveiling our latest addition, the Culinary Gallery, set to redefine your dining experience, in a few short months. While the 15th Floor undergoes transformation, rest assured the Club remains open for your enjoyment, with only a few select dates affected (refer to page 8 and the calendar in this issue). Stay tuned for updates throughout the renovation.

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Executive Chef Bob Bannan eagerly anticipates utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and expanding menu offerings when the renovation is complete in September. He looks forward to creating unforgettable culinary experiences for our members. With the introduction of the brand-new chef’s table, Chef Bob is excited to engage with members on a personal level, sharing his passion for exceptional cuisine.

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INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST MEMBER AMENITY

WINE LOCKERS

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of our exclusive wine locker service, coinciding with the completion of our kitchen renovation and the introduction of our new culinary gallery. With a focus on delivering unparalleled experiences, we are proud to offer this prestigious feature to our extraordinary members.

A total of 110, temperature controlled, lockers will be available within the Culinary Gallery and the Wine Cellar, each capable of accommodating 12 standard-sized (0.75 L) bottles. The advantages of holding a wine locker with the Club will be detailed in an upcoming email.

As the renovation nears completion, scheduled for post-Labor Day, we invite you to anticipate an enhanced wine journey. Secure your spot and celebrate the epitome of luxury living with our wine locker service. Cheers!

A comprehensive launch email will be sent to all members on Saturday, May 25, National Wine Day, allowing you to reserve your wine locker.

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Dining Locations During 15th Floor Renovation

Lunch Service

Orioles Pub: Tuesday–Friday, 11:30 AM–3 PM

Dinner Service

Orioles Pub: Tuesday–Saturday, 5–9 PM

The Nancy Grasmick Room : Friday-Saturday, 5–9 PM

Club Closures

On occasions, the Club will need to close due to large private events. We will keep these closures to a minimum and apologize in advance for any inconvenience. The Club will be closed for dinner on the following dates in May and June.

• Tuesday, May 14

Due to renovation prep

• Saturday, May 18

• Tuesday, May 21

Open for lunch

• Saturday, June 1

• Thursday, June 6

Open for lunch

• Tuesday, June 18

Open for lunch

There may be instances in which the Club will need to close due to construction.

Renovation Updates

Our communication channels throughout the renovation will include monthly email updates, Uncorked discussions, our website and push notifications via our mobile app. We encourage members to download the app and opt in for notifications. Please note, we will maintain a minimal

EXCLUSIVE CHEF’S TABLE COMING SOON

Introducing the Club’s latest amenity postrenovation: the Chef’s Table in the new Culinary Gallery. Executive Chef Bob Bannan extends a warm invitation to members for this exclusive experience. Designed to offer an engaging and interactive dining encounter, the Chef’s Table provides guests with a close-up view of our culinary team crafting award-winning cuisine. Seated at this table, guests can anticipate personalized attention from the chef, along with exclusive specialty treats. Ideal for gatherings with friends and family, the Chef’s Table promises a memorable dining experience. Information regarding reservations for the Chef’s Table will be available soon.

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Event Calendar

NEW DAILY SPECIALS!

Join us on the 16th Floor for unforgettable dining experiences! During the renovation, get ready for a fusion of old favorites and enticing new additions.

Tuesday

Dive into the wholesome options of Blue Zone Night

Wednesday

Indulge in classics like Burger and Wing Night

Thursday

Half price bottles of wine

Friday

Savor the juiciest cuts during Steak Night Live piano in the Nancy Grasmick room

Saturday

Delight in the flavors of Seafood Night Live piano in the Nancy Grasmick room

Don’t forget about your complimentary birthday entrée good the month of or the month after. New

VETERANS INITIATIVE

Veterans’ PTSD and Psychedelic Therapy

Wednesday, May 1 / 5:30–6:30 PM networking, drinks & hors d’oeuvres / 6:30–7:30 PM program and discussion / $45++ members or $55 guests

Limited capacity / Reservations required

Open to all Center Club members and guests

Non-member registration through Eventbrite Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

Join us for an unprecedented panel discussion, “From Shadows to Light: Unveiling the Potential of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Veterans’ Mental Health,” featuring a dynamic lineup of experts at the forefront of psychedelic therapy and mental health advocacy. A healthcare entrepreneur leads this transformative session with 30 years of experience who has turned personal struggle into a mission for innovative healing.

The panel of experts, moderated by Club member Alan Wiederhold, GBA, will delve into the critical issues facing veterans’ mental health, the historical context and current landscape of psychedelic therapy, and the promising horizon of its application in behavioral health care. Discover the groundbreaking work being done to reintegrate psychedelic-assisted therapy into mainstream mental health strategies, the legal and safety considerations, and the powerful stories of healing and hope.

BOOK CLUB 

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

Wednesday, May 1 / 6 PM / $45++ / Food pairing

Drinks by chit / Limited capacity / Reservations required / All Center Club members welcome

Enjoy an evening discussing our newest book, Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett. In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake.

Join this lively discussion and enjoy a special pairing menu prepared by Executive Chef Bannan.

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

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KENTUCKY DERBY

Bourbon, Bonnets & Bowties

Saturday, May 4 / 4:30–7 PM / Drinks by chit

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres

Reservations required / Bar100, 15th Floor

It’s time for smooth bourbon, big bonnets and colorful bow ties! Join us for drinks in Bar100 as we cheer on the field of three-year-old thoroughbred horses and the most exciting two minutes in sports. We’ll be serving up bourbon flights, themed drink specials and specialty hors d’oeuvres that will transport your taste buds right down to Kentucky. Prizes will also be awarded for the best bonnet and bow tie. Whether your outfit wins, shows or places, you are always welcome to finish your night with dinner in the Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS INTRA

Cocktails and Conversations

Tuesday, May 7 / 5-6 PM cocktails / 6-7:30 PM dinner / Drinks by chit / $60++ or $50++ for WIB members, includes prix fixe three-course dinner Menu selection must be made by noon Friday, May 3 Reservations required

Women in Business members are welcome to network with their business-minded women peers during a cocktail hour at the Club. 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.

EXECUTIVE FORUM 2 INTRA

Wednesday, May 8 / 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.

THE BOATING CLUB 

Great Destinations: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries

Wednesday, May 8 / 5:30-6:15 PM networking 6:15-7:30 PM program and Q&A / $35++

Reservations required / Orioles Pub, 16th Floor

Join The Boating Club as we welcome three experienced sailors and powerboaters in a panel discussion about exploring the top towns on the Chesapeake Bay, docking and dining and spending the night in scenic anchorages under the stars. Whether you travel by boat or “land yacht,” you will walk away with a fresh perspective on regional travel and something to do along the waterfront next weekend.

Our panel of three experts, Molly Winans, Mike Pitchford and Sue Pitchford bring a lifetime of boating experience to the discussion.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 12 / Reservations from 10:30 AM–2:30 PM $95++ / $35++, children under 12 children under 4 dine free / Reservations required / 16th Floor

This event is currently sold out. To be added to the waitlist, contact Tyese Knight at 667-217-3543 or tknight@centerclub.org.

CLUB CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATION PREPARATION

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

CLUB REOPENS ON 16TH FLOOR

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

CLUB CLOSED DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT

Saturday, May 18, 2024

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COCKTAIL CLUB INTRA

Mezcal: Exploring Mexico’s Spirit

Wednesday, May 22 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Cocktail Club members / Limited capacity Reservations required / Peale Room, 16th Floor

Join Cocktail Club as we delve into the world of Mezcal, the traditional Mexican spirit steeped in history and culture. Immerse yourself in an evening of education and exploration as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tastings, discussions and expert insights into this iconic spirit.

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

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, May 28 / 5:30–7 PM / Reservations required / Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

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 in Orioles Pub

EXECUTIVE FORUM INTRA

Rescheduled from May 16 / Thursday, May 30 4:30-6 PM / $30++ / Reservations required Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

A group of CEOs, presidents and executive directors in B2B businesses discussing 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

Maryland’s Sweet Spot

Friday, May 31 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Wine Club members / Limited capacity

Reservations required / Peale Room, 16th Floor

Discover Maryland’s premier wines nestled near South Mountain, where acclaimed vineyards like Black Ankle, Old Westminster, Big Cork and Sugarloaf Mountain Winery thrive. Indulge in our state’s finest vintages curated for your pleasure.

CLUB CLOSED DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT

Saturday, June 1, 2024

WOMEN IN BUSINESS INTRA

Cocktails and Conversations

Tuesday, June 4 / 5-6 PM cocktails / 6-7:30 PM buffet Drinks by chit / $60++ or $50++ for WIB members Reservations required Mitchell Lounge and Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

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

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

ANNUAL MEETING

Wednesday, June 5 / 11 AM–12 PM / Reservations required / B1 Conference Room (basement of building)

The Center Club’s Annual Meeting including the State of the Club and election of the 2024–2025 Board of Governors will be held in the B1 conference room at 100 Light Street. All members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

CLUB CLOSED FOR DINNER DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT

Thursday, June 6, 2024

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, June 11 / 11:45 AM–1 PM / Reservations required / Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

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.

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

There will not be an Executive Forum meeting in June.

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VIEWPOINTS

AI and the Future of Healthcare

Tuesday, June 11 / 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 Peale Room, 16th Floor

Viewpoints welcomes Mark T. Gladwin, M.D. , Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, to share his insights on recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and computing will allow us to create premier learning health care systems across the country that can evaluate both de-identified and secure digitized medical health data to diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases in patients. Harnessing the innovations in health care technologies has become an urgent priority as our nation faces an economic crisis and contends with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Q&A moderated by Patricia J. Mitchell, past President of The Center Club Board of Governors

EXECUTIVE FORUM 2 INTRA

Wednesday, June 12 / 5-6:30 PM / $30++ Reservations required / Limited capacity Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

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.

VETERANS INITIATIVE

A Special Father’s Day Fleet Week Event!

Sunday, June 16 / 11 AM–12 PM buffet; 12–1 PM program and discussion / $45++ members or $55 guests / Drinks by chit / Limited capacity Reservations required / Open to all Center Club members and guests / Non-member registration through Eventbrite / Grasmick Room, 16th Floor

In honor of Fleet Week happening right here in Baltimore from June 13th to June 18th, we are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to esteemed guests from the United States Navy and Marine Corps. It’s our pleasure to invite you to an engaging and insightful event where members will have the unique opportunity to interact with these distinguished leaders. Gain firsthand insights

into Fleet Week, the significance of their presence in Baltimore, Navy community engagement efforts and updates on what the Navy is doing around the world.

Distinguished Speakers:

• Rear Admiral Nancy Lacore Commandant, Naval District Washington

• Rear Admiral Erik Eslich Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12

• Lieutenant General Brian Cavanaugh Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic; Commander, Marine Forces Command; and Commander, Marine Forces Northern Command

CLUB CLOSED FOR DINNER DUE TO PRIVATE EVENT

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

COCKTAIL CLUB INTRA

Off Site—The Bluebird

Wednesday, June 26 / 6:30 PM / Cocktail Club members only / Limited capacity / Reservations required

This month’s Cocktail Club will occur at The Bluebird. Details of this event were not available at the time of printing. Stay tuned for more information via a future email.

Must be a Cocktail Club member to attend.

WINE CLUB INTRA

New Zealand Wines

Thursday, June 27 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Wine Club members / Limited capacity Reservations required / Peale Room, 16th Floor

Immerse yourself in the richness of New Zealand’s vibrant wine culture at June’s Wine Club tasting event. Indulge your palate with a diverse selection of exquisite wines showcasing the unique terroir and varietals of the region; each sip tells a story of craftsmanship and tradition. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or a curious novice, this sensory journey promises an unforgettable experience celebrating the artistry of New Zealand winemaking.

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

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Members have enthusiastically participated in multiple sold-out events, including the very popular Easter Brunch.

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New Members

Joined in March & April 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. Benjamin (Ben) Berger Contract Specialist

Textron Systems Corporation

Ms. Ashley Hatz

Kindergarten Teacher

Baltimore County Public Schools

Proposer: Cindy Atkinson

Mr. Donald (Don) Biles

CFO & Interim CEO

Girl Scouts of Central MD

Mrs. Donna Biles

Proposer: Christine Aspell

Mr. Miles Blauvelt

President

Jiffy Lube

Mrs. Amanda (Mandi) Blauvelt

Proposer: Trey Hilberg III

Reverend Brent Brown Senior Pastor

Greater Harvest Baptist Church

Mrs. Shamyra (Lady Brown) Brown

Proposer: Dwayne Debnam

Dr. Yun-Chi Chen

Associate Professor of Biology

Morgan State University

Dr. Kjell Wiberg

Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Sinai Hospital

Proposer: Charles Young

Mr. Matthew (Matt) Cipriano Senior Manager, Investment Management

Deloitte

Mrs. Sarah Cipriano

Nurse Practitioner

University of Maryland Medical Center

Proposer: Edward Nevin

Ms. Eleanor (Ellie) Clerc Associate

Anderson, Coe & King

Mr. Anthony (Benito) Felice II Associate

Semmes, Bowen & Semmes

Proposer: Michael Brown

Mrs. Heather Culp

Chief Philanthropy Officer

University of MD Medical Center & University of MD School of Medicine

Mr. Jeremy Culp

U.S. Department of Defense

Proposer: Bert O’Malley

Ms. Kertisha (Tisha) Dixon

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Proposer: Ines Calderon

A warm welcome to all our new members!

Mrs. Diana Emerson

Executive Director

Waverly Main Street

Mr. Roger Emerson

IT Director

Parsons

Proposer: Aung Arkar

Mr. Timothy Evans

VP of Partnerships & Development

Greater Baltimore Committee

Mrs. Griselda (Gris) Evans

Proposer: Mark Anthony Thomas

Ms. Jeanette Gibbs

Senior VP Ambulatory Services

University of Maryland Medical Center

Proposer: Mark Gladwin

Mrs. Darcell Graham

Interim CEO

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Mr. Christopher (Chris) Graham

Communication Officer

Baltimore City Police Department

Proposer: Christine Espenshade

Ms. Melony Griffith

President & CEO

Maryland Hospital Association

Proposer: Bradley Chambers

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Mrs. Tiffany Harris Assistant Principal Baltimore County Public Schools

Dr. Patrick Harris

Proposer: Ann Branch

Mr. Josheel (Josh) Kainth CEO

Empire Cyber Group

Proposer: Patricia Haw

Ms. Miriam (Mindy) Lehman Chief Government Relations & Policy Officer

TEDCO

Dr. Bradley (Brad) Phillips Executive Director

Maryland Association of Community Colleges

Proposer: Troy LeMaile-Stovall

Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel Executive Director University of Maryland, Baltimore

Mr. Stephen Liggett-Creel Senior Advisor to Secretary Maryland Department of Human Services

Proposer: Shelonda Stokes

Mr. Milton (Milt) Mayo, Jr.

Mrs. Lora Mayo

Proposer: Mark McDuffie

Mr. Jeff Roth Executive VP, MD & D.C. Breakthru Beverage

Ms. Sheila Golden

Proposer: Julie Mercer

Mr. Brian Sacawa Founder He Spoke Style

Mrs. Robin Sacawa VP Healthcare Social Strategy

Edelman

Proposer: Cindy Atkinson

Mr. Charles (Charlie) Schwabe

Mrs. Leslie Schwabe

Proposer: Frank Bonaventure

Mr. Robert (Rob) Ugiansky Partner Capital Associates

Wealth Management

Mrs. Laura Ugiansky

Proposer: Benjamin Renko

Mr. Aaron Warren Director of Sales & Commercial Client Experience

RESCON Restoration & Construction

Mrs. Ana Warren Director of Environmental Services

Goodwin Living

Proposer: Charles Young

Ms. Tiffany (Tiff) Welch Director Media Rhythm Institute

Proposer: John Denick

Ms. Kristina Williams Owner & Principal Kewl Consulting

Proposer: Lisa Norris Know

New

Tuesday, May 28 5:30–7 PM

Tuesday, June 11 11:45 AM–1 PM Friendly

Please be sure to keep your contact information up to date. This includes home and business addresses, cell phone number and personal and business email addresses. You can update online or email membership@centerclub.org with the information. Don’t miss out on an important communication from your Club.

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someone interested in joining The
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Member Orientation
Wednesday, May 29 5:30–7 PM New
members are invited to a New Member Orientation on the following dates. Registration is required.
Reminder

Congratulations

White House

Harry Coker, Jr. , National Cyber Director in the White House Office of the National Cyber Director

Baltimore Business Journal’s Mentor of the Year Award 2024

Colleen Vacelet , Intreegue Design, Inc.

The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2024

*Denotes Circle of Excellence, three-time winners of Maryland’s Top 100 Women

• Aminta Breaux, Ph.D.*, Bowie State University

• Meghan K. Casey, Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP

• Jacqueline J. Hill, Ph.D., RN, CNE , Bowie State University

• Margaret Kim , Doctor K, LLC, and Higher Ed Prep, LLC

• Colleen Pleasant Kline, Nelson Mullins

• Kathie Herbst Okun , Okun Financial Group

• Deborah S. Phelps*, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools

• Colleen Vacelet , Intreegue Design & Order Green Supply

• Dr. Marylou Yam*, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Happy 100th Birthday

Maurice Furchgott celebrated his 100th Birthday on April 11!

2024 Employees of the First Quarter

Diligent, dedicated, ambitious, adaptable and graceful are just a few adjectives that describe our Employee of the Quarter. For the first time, The Center Club has announced two employees for this outstanding recognition with the mother and daughter duo of Patrica and Paola. These two epitomize the meaning of opportunity. Nearly two years ago Patricia and Paola began their employment at The Club through a local staffing company. Over that time, these two became an important staple to our banquet team. Since joining our team a full-time capacity six months ago, they have had the opportunity to really learn and grow and can be relied on to bartend, serve and even execute private events on their own. We are so proud to witness their growth through triumph and tribulation. They are our “X-Factor” to the overall success of our private events team!

IN MEMORIAM

We send our deepest condolences as we mourn the loss of the following Center Club members.

Armond Darrin

Member since 2018

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CENTER CLUB MEETING SPACE

Are you seeking that perfect venue to convene your nonprofit board or executive committee meetings? Look no further than The Center Club.

We extend a warm invitation for you to host your meeting with us, as we believe in supporting the vital work of organizations within our community. As a gesture of appreciation for your dedication, your first meeting with us will be completely complimentary. This includes the room rental, along with refreshing beverages such as soda, water, iced tea and of course our amazing Arnold Palmers!

Our meeting spaces offer a professional yet welcoming atmosphere, conducive to productive discussions and strategic planning. From our well-appointed meeting spaces to our attentive staff, every detail is tailored to enhance your experience.

Join us at the Club and elevate your board meetings to new heights. We eagerly await the opportunity to support your organization’s mission and foster collaboration within our community.

These complimentary meetings will include a five-minute presentation from a member of our membership team, as this provides a valuable opportunity for fostering Club growth. Additionally, a tour of the club, enhancing attendees’ understanding and engagement with our facilities, will be provided.

To secure your complimentary booking or inquire further, please contact Ashley Murphy, our dedicated Private Event Manager, at amurphy@centerclub.org. Ashley will ensure that your meeting is seamlessly arranged according to your needs and preferences.

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PRIVATE EVENT

RENOVATION SPECIAL

Book your private event for this July or August (mention this Uncorked promotion) for complimentary chefs choice hors d’oeuvres and waived room fees on our 16th floor. 20 person minimum requirement.

BOOK TODAY!

For questions or to book your next event, contact Ashley Murphy, Private Events Manager at 667-217-3547 or amurphy@centerclub.org

Center Club 2024 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 5 / 11 AM

The Annual Meeting is open to ALL Center Club members. Hear about what’s happening at The Center Club, the State of the Club and changes with Board of Governor members.

Registration is required.

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.

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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

Dinner Service Tues–Sat / 5–9 PM

THE NANCY GRASMICK ROOM

Dinner Service Fri–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 Manager 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

April House Digital Marketing Specialist ahouse@centerclub.org 667-217-3548

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

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 hand-held 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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