Uncorked - May/June 2023

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MAY / JUNE 2023 A PLATINUM CLUB
High Tea
CFG Bank Arena Annual Meeting

Ron Peterson

President, Board of Governors

FROM THE PRESIDENT

As I sat down to compose my letter for this edition of Uncorked, I was reminded of how fast time passes as we get a little older. Believe it or not, my one-year term as President of the Board of Governors is just about up! My months of service, particularly during the second half of the 60th Anniversary Year, really flew by.

Membership continues to grow, and it is noteworthy to remind all members of the important role you can play in introducing new prospects for Club membership. The growing membership has resulted in higher use of the Club, and that has bolstered the healthy financial condition we continue to enjoy. We also recently unveiled a new membership benefit—The Center Club Suite at CFG Bank Arena—which will provide our members with premier access to more than one hundred concerts and shows coming to the newly renovated arena this year. Learn more about this new benefit on our website.

Members are also taking advantage of Club-sponsored events in increasing numbers, so much so that several have sold out. Events to consider in the upcoming weeks include a unique High Tea in honor of the coronation of the King of England, the ever-popular Mother’s Day Brunch, and Trivia Night, which is generating significant interest. As we approach the early summer season, please keep The Center Club in your summer dining plans.

By the time you read this edition of Uncorked, the Board of Governors will be putting the final touches on the next version of the Club’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, which will address the continued emphasis on the excellent Club experience and value of membership through the provision of superior dining and special event offerings, as well as strategies for membership growth, recruiting and retaining dedicated, service-minded staff and comprehensive plans for major renovations of the 15th and 16th Floor kitchens.

If you should have an interest in learning more about the state of the Club and plans for the future, please join us at the Annual Meeting on June 7. This will also be an opportunity for you to meet my successor, Brad Chambers, if you do not already know him.

As always, I wish you all the very best and hope to see you in person at the Club!

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Ronald R. Peterson President president@centerclub.org

Bradley Chambers

President Elect MedStar Health

Guy Flynn

Vice President

DLA Piper, US

Keith Lee

Vice President  Brown Capital Management

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

Anirban Basu Sage Policy Group, Inc.

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 Hotel Revival

John Frisch Shawan Leadership

Nancy Greene

Miles & Stockbridge

Al Hutchinson  Visit Baltimore

JoAnn Ioannou

Johns Hopkins Health System

Daniel Joerres  WBAL-TV

Louis Kousouris III  MCB Real Estate LLC

Lawrence LaMotte  Advocacy Options

Julia Marciari-Alexander

The Walters Art Museum

Redonda Miller

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Patricia Mitchell

Immediate Past President

Anthony Moag

Whiting-Turner Contracting

Joey Price  Jumpstart HR

Rhonda Pringle  Baltimore Business Journal

Shanaysha Sauls

Baltimore Community Foundation

Lynn Selby

Caroline Center

Mary Pat Seurkamp  MPK&D Partners

Gregory Tucker  The Tucker Group, LLC

Stacey Ullrich BGE

Mark Weigman

T. Rowe Price Associates

Charles Young Young’s Accounting Service

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CENTER CLUB SUITE AT CFG BANK ARENA

Access to 100+ concerts and shows throughout the year

Private suite for up to 16 members per show

Private restrooms and concessions through the venue’s West Club

Premium lower-level sideline seating next to the stage

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Email
for more information.
concert_suite@centerclub.org

Thanks to our award-winning culinary team, The Center Club has been named a 2023 Top Ranked Culinary Experience by Club + Resort Chef.

2023 Center Club Annual Meeting

Wednesday, June 7 / 11 AM

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

Registration is required.

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Propose New Members in 2023

Help our membership grow!

What does it mean to propose a new member? Simply bring the membership team a prospective member’s name, and we’ll do the rest. If they submit an application and you propose them, you are all set!

Propose 1–3 New Members

Receive $50 dining credit for each

Propose 4–8 New Members

Receive $100 dining credit for each

Propose 9–12 New Members

Receive $150 dining credit for each

Propose 13+ New Members

Receive a Chef’s dinner for six (not each)

Take pride in knowing that you belong to a prestigious group!

The Center Club and its members are recognized with Platinum Club status—a designation belonging to the cream of the crop in private clubs around the country. This incredibly respected acknowledgement is based on the votes of private club general managers, owners and presidents. Thank you for making The Center Club best in class!

What Criteria Must Be Met to Be Awarded Platinum Status

• Universal recognition

• Excellence in amenities and facilities

• Caliber of staff and professional service levels

• Quality of membership

• Governance and prudent fiscal management

• Adapting to changing times

• Overall experience

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On the Calendar

CLUB CLOSED

Tuesday, May 2

All areas of the Club will be closed due to private events. No lunch or dinner reservations will be available. The admin office will be open.

BOOK CLUB 

Dirt by Bill Buford

Wednesday, May 3 / 6 PM / $45++ / Food pairing

Limited capacity / Reservations required

Enjoy an evening discussing our newest book, Dirt by Bill Buford. What does it take to master French cooking? This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon his perfectly happy life in New York City and move to Lyon, the so-called gastronomic capital of France. But what was meant to be six months in a new and very foreign city turns into a wild fiveyear digression from normal life, as Buford apprentices at Lyon’s best boulangerie, studies at a legendary culinary school, and cooks at a storied Michelin-starred restaurant, where he discovers the exacting and incomprehensibly punishing rigueur of the professional kitchen. Join this lively discussion and embark on a culinary adventure with a French-inspired pairing menu.

CINCO DE MAYO

Friday, May 5 / 5:30–7 PM / Food & drinks by chit

Reservations requested

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, join us for happy hour in Bar100 where we will be serving up small plate specials, tequila flights and agave cocktail drink specials along with bread service and chips and salsa.

FRENCH CLUB 

Friday, May 5 / 5:30–7 PM / Food & drinks by chit Reservations requested

Immerse yourself in the beauty and richness of the French language over drinks and small plates. This Interest Group welcomes all language levels.

KENTUCKY DERBY

Bourbon, Bonnets & Bowties

Saturday, May 6 / 4:30–7 PM / Drinks by chit

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres / Reservations requested

It’s time for smooth bourbon, big bonnets and colorful bowties! Join us for drinks 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.

HIGH TEA—THE KING’S CORONATION

Saturday, May 6 / 11 AM–3 PM / $45++, $15++ children under 12 / Reservations required

You are cordially invited to family tea in the British traditional style while witnessing the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Treat yourself to a variety of tea, scones, pastries, tea sandwiches, champagne and a build-your-own-mimosa bar featuring a wide selection of fresh fruit, juices and sparkling wine. The featured cocktail will be Bubbles & Berries.

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New Prospective Member Networking INTRA IntraClub  Interest Group Member Table Family

WOMEN IN BUSINESS INTRA

Cocktails & Conversations

RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 2 / Tuesday, May 9 5–6 PM cocktails; 6–7:30 PM buffet / Drinks by chit / $60++ or $50++ for WIB members Reservations required

All 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, May 9 / 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, May 10 / 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.

FIRST 90 DAYS OF LEGISLATION

Wednesday, May 10 / 5:30–6:15 PM networking, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda; 6:15–7:15 PM panel; 7:15–7:30 PM Q&A / $35++ members or $45 guests

Limited capacity / Reservations required / Non-member registration through Eventbrite

Now that the 2023 Legislative Session is over, join us to learn what’s next. The Baltimore Banner’s politics team will moderate a panel discussion as they break down the 2023 legislative session and what lies ahead for Baltimore and Maryland.

TRIVIA NIGHT

Thursday, May 11 / 6 PM arrival; 6:30–8 PM trivia Drinks and food by chit / Reservations required Trivia Night is back! Think you have what it takes to be the Center Club Trivia Champion? Organize a team of 5–8 or join one for the night. Take advantage of drink and food specials while you play. Center Club members on the winning team will receive a $25 Food & Beverage Credit.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 14 / 10 AM–2 PM / $85++, children under 12 $30++, children under 4 free / Reservations required

Our popular Mother’s Day Brunch returns this May as a spectacular WE SERVE YOU experience featuring numerous food stations to include: surf & turf, made-to-order omelets, crabcakes and more brunch favorites! Treat the special women in your life to a lively brunch complete with live music and complimentary mimosas and sparkling wine throughout your two-hour reservation. Crafts for kids and a photo booth will be available on the 16th Floor. To make a reservation, please call Tyese Knight at 667-217-3543 or email tknight@centerclub.org.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, May 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, May 18 / 4:30–6 PM / $30++ / Limited capacity Reservations required

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

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ON THE CALENDAR

CRAFT BEER CLUB  BBQ & Beer

Thursday, May 18 / 5:30–7:30 PM / $40++

Limited capacity / Reservations required

We can’t think of a better way to prepare for warmer months ahead than tasting a variety of shandies and light beers as Chef Bannan prepares a selection of BBQ favorites.

WINE CLUB INTRA

Women Winemakers—Old Westminster Winery

Friday, May 19 / 6:30–8 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Wine Club members / Limited capacity / Reservations required Maryland is a state on the rise in the wine world, and Lisa Hinton and her family are leading the way. In 2013, Lisa and her siblings officially opened Old Westminster Winery, a passion project to revitalize their 17-acre Carroll County family farm and share wines with their community. A decade later, they have planted a vineyard, opened their tasting room, and are constantly trying innovative and experimental things with their wine. Join us as a representative will be on hand to present their wines. Must be a Wine Club member or first-time guest to attend.

PREAKNESS 148

Saturday, May 20 / 4:30–7 PM / Drinks by chit / Bar100

Join us in Bar100 to watch the pivotal jewel of horse racing’s ultimate series, the Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes has shaped the legacies of champion horses such as Seabiscuit and Secretariat. The last Triple Crown winner was Justify in 2018. Will we have another this year? Whiskey flights and themed drink specials will be offered. Conclude your evening with dinner in the Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room following the race.

COCKTAIL CLUB INTRA

Drinks from Around the World

Wednesday, May 24 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Cocktail Club members / Limited capacity Reservations required

Prepare to be transported to three separate continents as we explore traditional flavors from Spain, India and Thailand. During this event, we will also be implementing the first phase of our June Cocktail Club event as we select our own juniper berry flavor profiles to establish a baseline for infusing our own gin. If you plan to attend the June Cocktail Club event, you are strongly encouraged to attend this event. Must be a Cocktail Club member or first-time guest to attend.

NATIONAL WINE DAY

Thursday, May 25

In celebration of National Wine Day, join us in Bar100 for a curated cheese display and special wines by the glass. Also, enjoy 50% off select bottles of wine and waived corkage fees. We will also offer complimentary sangrias between 4–6 PM.

HAPPY HOUR 4–7 PM | Small Plate Specials

WEDNESDAY

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FRIDAY TGIF Happy Hour Specials & Live Piano
Burger & Brew in Bar100 $20++
Prime Rib Roast & Live
$49++
SATURDAY
Piano
of Wine
lb. Lobster Night $49++
THURSDAY Half-Price Bottles
TUESDAY 2
Don’t forget about your complimentary birthday entrée, good the month of or month after.

JAZZ NIGHT

Thursday, May 25 / 6–9 PM

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the Netherlands-based Peter Beets Trio in the Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room during our dinner service. As one of the most sought-after jazz artists of our time, Peter Beets has attracted a devoted international audience, performing regularly at major jazz festivals and venues throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. To join us for dinner, dining reservations are recommended.

FRENCH CLUB 

Friday, June 2 / 5:30–7 PM / Food & drinks by chit Reservations requested

Immerse yourself in the beauty and richness of the French language over drinks and small plates. This Interest Group welcomes all language levels.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS INTRA

Philosophy Winery & Vineyard

Tuesday, June 6 / 5–5:30 PM networking; 5:30–7:30 PM wine tasting / $60++ or $50++ for WIB members

Reservations required

We will be hosting Philosophy Winery & Vineyard for a special tasting as co-owners Denise Matthews and Kimberly Johnson share their experience founding the first African American women-owned winery in the state of Maryland. Chef Bannan will also provide a special selection of curated foods. Must be a WIB member or first-time guest to attend.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CENTER CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Wednesday, June 7 / 11 AM / Registration required This year’s Annual Meeting including the State of the Club and election of the 2023–2024 Board of Governors will be held in person at the Club. All members are invited to attend the annual meeting which will discuss the State of the Club, its future and review the Board of Governors slate.

VETERANS INITIATIVE 

The First Women Naval Aviators

Wednesday, June 7 / 5:30–6:15 PM networking, drinks & hors d’oeuvres; 6:15–7:30 PM program and discussion

$35++ for members; $45 for guests / Reservations required Open to all Center Club members and guests

Non-member registration through Eventbrite

Author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and instrument-rated private pilot, Beverly Weintraub, will visit the Club to discuss her book, Wings of Gold: The Story of the First Women Naval Aviators, which was named an Amazon Editors’ Pick for Best History. Weintraub details the story of groundbreaking Navy jet pilot, inspiring commander and determined and dedicated leader, Captain Rosemary Mariner, who was selected for Navy flight training as an experiment in 1972 and whose drive, along with her five fellow graduates from the inaugural group of female Naval Aviators, broke down barriers, opened doors for female aviators wanting to serve their country and ensured the United States military had its choice of the best America had to offer— both men and women.

PROSPECTIVE MEMBER OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, June 13 / 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.

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ON THE CALENDAR

EXECUTIVE FORUM 2 INTRA

Wednesday, June 14 / 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.

REAL ESTATE CONNECTIONS  The Future of Harborplace

Wednesday, June 14 / 6–6:30 PM networking, drinks & hors d’oeuvres; 6:30–7:30 PM program; 7:30–8 PM Q&A $35++ / Limited capacity / Reservations required

Join us for a fireside chat with David Bramble, Co-founder and Managing Partner of MCB Real Estate, who is currently overseeing the redevelopment of Harborplace in the Inner Harbor. David has been working in real estate investment for over 20 years. As a corporate and real estate attorney by training, David brings a deep knowledge of all aspects of the real estate cycle. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be provided.

EXECUTIVE FORUM INTRA

Thursday, June 15 / 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.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Tuesday, June 20 / 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.

JUNETEENTH LUNCHEON

Thursday, June 22 / 12 PM / $45++ / Drinks by chit Reservations required

The Young Members Committee is putting together a compelling program to help Club members remember and honor Juneteenth. More info will be sent via email when details are confirmed.

WINE CLUB INTRA

Napa & Sonoma

Friday, June 23 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Wine Club members / Limited capacity / Reservations required Napa and Sonoma Valleys might be two of the most well-known wine regions in the United States. After all, Napa Valley is home to some of the world’s most renowned vineyards. Visitors flock from across the country, and even the world, to taste the delicious wine produced in these regions. For this month’s Wine Club, we will provide a selection from both regions while exploring what makes them unique. Must be a Wine Club member or first-time guest to attend.

COCKTAIL CLUB INTRA

Educational Gin

Wednesday, June 28 / 6:30 PM / $60++ or $50++ for Cocktail Club members / Limited capacity Reservations required

Originally introduced during our May Cocktail Club event, we will be implementing the second phase of our gin infusion process as members add their own botanicals and ingredients to their gin. We will also provide three different gin-based cocktails throughout the evening. Must be a Cocktail Club member or first-time guest to attend. It is strongly encouraged that all Cocktail Club members attend the May Cocktail Club event so that we can develop a baseline profile for your gin. All gin will be available for pickup one week after this event so that the infusion process can be completed.

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What Interests You?

Did you know there are six Interest Groups at the Center Club? Interest Groups are created and run by members and include various topics. To join an Interest Group, or to start one, email Emily at eober@centerclub.org.

 BOOK CLUB

Gather together with other members for a bi-monthly Book Club curated by members of the group.

CRAFT BEER CLUB

This group is for those who are interested in tasting different styles of beer and meeting others who share the same appreciation for craft beer.

 FRENCH CLUB

Those interested in practicing or learning more French attend monthly meetings.

All skill levels welcome.

HEALTHCARE CONNECTIONS

This Interest Group provides an opportunity for members who are passionate about healthcare to interact and meet with the top healthcare industry leaders and service providers in an intimate setting.

 REAL ESTATE CONNECTIONS

Real Estate Connections gathers Baltimore’s top real estate leaders and service providers in an intimate setting, providing content that is unique, informative and current.

VETERANS INITIATIVE

The Veterans Initiative brings the unique perspectives of military veterans to The Center Club. The Initiative is a forum to discuss a range of topics such as current events, projects, history and the intersection of industry, innovation and the modern military.

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Congratulations

Women Who Move Maryland 2022

• Christine Aspell, KPMG LLP

• Karen Beasley, Maryland Dermatology

Laser, Skin & Vein Institute

• Lori Villegas, Morgan Stanley

25 Black Marylanders to Watch for 2023

• Sashi Brown, Baltimore Ravens

• Calvin Butler Jr., Exelon Corp.

• Janet Currie, Bank of America, Greater Maryland

• Al Hutchinson, Visit Baltimore

• Wes Moore, Governor, Maryland

• Sonja Santelises, Baltimore City Public Schools

The Daily Record’s Power Government & Lobbyist 2023

• Wes Moore, Governor, Maryland

• Gregory Proctor Jr., G.S. Proctor

• Brandon Scott, Mayor, Baltimore

The Daily Record’s Lifetime Achievement Honorees 2023

• Stuart Simms, Retired/Attorney

The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Honorees 2023

• James Bragdon, Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP

• Craig Roswell, Niles, Barton & Wilmer

• William Thrush, Friedman, Framme & Thrush, P.A.

The Daily Record’s Generation J.D. Honorees 2023

• Kaitlin Corey, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Katherine Mahool Iconoclast Award from AAF Baltimore 2023

• Diane Devaney, Devaney & Associates

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management 2023 Business Leader of the Year

• William McCarthy Jr., Catholic Charities of Baltimore

The Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2023

• Stephanie Bagley, SCB Management Solutions

• Kara Beverly, Johns Hopkins University, Office of Institutional Equity

• Irina Burd, MD, Ph D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

• La Keita Carter, PsyD, Institute for Healing

• Janet Currie, Bank of America

• Jill Donaldson, FACHE, MedStar Harbor Hospital

• Erin Lamb, Ph.D., HASA

• Carole Miller, M D., Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital

• Sharon Markley Schreiber, Greater Baltimore Committee

• Barbara Simmons, M&T Bank

• Rebecca Snyder, RS Partners Inc.

• Tammi Thomas, TEDCO

• Melissa Walker, KCW Engineering Technologies

The Daily Record’s 2023 Health Care Power List

• John Chessare, GBMC

• Theodore DeWeese, Johns Hopkins Medicine

• Ed Lovern, Ascension St. Agnes Hospital

• David Maine, Mercy Health Services

• Neil Meltzer, LifeBridge Health

• Redonda Miller, Johns Hopkins Hospital

• Brian Pieninck, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

• Kenneth Samet, MedStar Health

• Bradley Schlaggar, Kennedy Krieger Institute

• Mohan Suntha, University of Maryland Medical System

• Harsh Trivedi, Sheppard Pratt

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2023 Employee of the First Quarter

Ted Williams joined the Club team in May of 2022 as a bartender. His coworkers and managers praise him for being a hard worker, always reliable, and a true team player. His personable demeanor toward all of our members is contagious, and his Kraftwerk is never done.

Congratulations, Ted!

Welcome Michael Nitti

We are excited to welcome Michael Nitti to The Center Club team. Michael is our new Digital Communications & Marketing Manager in the Membership & Marketing Department. A New Jersey native and 2012 graduate of Towson University, he comes to us after serving 11 years as the Multimedia Production Manager at Loyola Blakefield, a private Catholic college preparatory school in Towson. He boasts a range of creative marketing skills including writing, photography, videography and graphic design.

A longtime resident of Baltimore City, he is excited about continuing and expanding upon the legacy of excellence that defines The Center Club brand.

Please welcome Michael, and be sure to say hello during your next visit to the Club!

2023–24 Excellence in Leadership Award

We Asked, and Our Members Delivered!

Thanks to all who donated more than 200 books between March 2–10 in celebration of National Read Across America Day. The books were delivered to the Maryland Book Bank, a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods.

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Congratulations to General Manager Kevin Bonner who recently received the by Platinum Clubs of America

Welcome New Members

Joined March & April 2023

The Board of Governors, members and Center Club team extend the warmest welcome to 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.

Dr. Valerie Ashby

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Proposer: Freeman Hrabowski

Mr. Stephen Auvil

Chief Federal Engagment Officer, TEDCO

Ms. Anne Auvil

Director, Ashland Preschool

Proposer: Troy LeMaile-Stovall

Ms. Nicki Biggs

Principal, Key Business Solutions

Mr. Karl Biggs

Founder & CEO, The Chandler’s Key

Proposer: Nikita Laws

Ms. Amandi (Mandi) Cannady

Program Manager, United States Department of Defense

Mr. Richard Manago

Engineer, Optimus Technology, Inc.

Proposer: Jayfus Doswell

Mr. John Chalmers, Sr. Director of Operations, WB Waste Solutions

Mrs. Carolina Chalmers

Engineer, WSSC Water

Proposer: Gerald Burton

Mr. Sam Chawkat

COO, Dynamic Network Solutions

Proposer: Aida Keehner

Ms. Cici Chen

Securities Administrator, Melnick

Rosenbaum Wealth Management

Mr. Jet Lu

Customer Solutions Leader, Amazon

Proposer: Jade Dai

Mrs. Jasmine Crandol

Upper School Counselor, McDonogh School

Mr. Devin Crandol

Principal, KYP Construction

Proposer: Suzanne Fischer-Huettner

Dr. Derek Dangerfield II

Associate Professor, George Washington University

Proposer: Ericka Wylie-Chambers

Mr. James (Jim) Davis

Ms. Charlotte Sherman

Member, Stewart, Plant & Blumenthal, LLC

Proposer: Mark Weigman

Mr. Anthony (Tony) DiPietro IV President, Standard Precautions

Ms. Lauren Fischer

Assistant Nurse Manager of CCU, CVIL & Echo, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Proposer: Ryan Preston Palmer

Mr. David (Dave) Dolan

CEO, Attender

Mrs. Barbara (Barb) Dolan

Nurse, Anne Arundel County

Proposer: Jayfus Doswell

Ms. Savonne Ferguson

SVP, Chief Compliance Officer (Mutual Funds) & Associate General Counsel, Neuberger Berman

Proposer: Karen Bond

Mr. Todd Frederick

Director of Advertising, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Mrs. Melanie Frederick

Director of IT, Maryland State Police

Proposer: Triffon Alatzas

Ms. MaryAnne Gilmartin

Founder & CEO, MAG Partners

Proposer: Robert Manekin

Mr. Demetrius Goodwin

Executive Director, NPower

Ms. Ellarice Goodwin

Senior Employee Relations Advisor, Freddie Mac

Proposer: Taber Small

Dr. Douglas Hofmann

Ms. Cecilia Hofmann

Proposer: Daniel Crerand

Hon. John Howard

Ms. Katherine (Kathy) Howard General Counsel, Regional Management Johns Hopkins Club transfer

Dr. Harry Janes

Ms. Karen Janes

Proposer: Barbara Valeri

Mrs. Kelli Kahn

Global Co-Head and Senior Vice President, Blackstone

Proposer: Ryan Preston Palmer

Dr. Myron (Mike) Kellner

Mrs. Helene Kellner

Proposer: Duke Zimmerman

Dr. Christine (Chris) Lau

Robert W. Buxton Chair & Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Proposer: Jill RachBeisel

Mr. Arthur (Art) Locke

President, Xcel Coaching

Ms. Diana Risell

Executive Director, Debbie Sardone Consulting

Proposer: Jane Sopher

Dr. Tammira Lucas

CEO, The Cube Cowork

Mr. Robert Lucas

CEO, Lucas Special Services

Proposer: Eleanor Matthews

Ms. Nakeia Mack

Principal/Owner, Oliver MackInsurance

Proposer: Taber Small

Dr. Allison Marier

Principal Data Scientist, United States Department of the Army

Proposer: Sarah Mogol

Mr. Owen McEvoy

Deputy Secretary, Maryland

Department of Housing and Community Development

Mrs. Katie McEvoy

External Affairs Manager, AT&T

Proposer: R. Michael Gill

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Ms. Jade Merritt

Founder & Executive Director, The Black Executive Directors Network

Mr. Joseph (Joe) Wellsey IV

CEO, Inkwell Recording Studios

Proposer: Eleanor Matthews

Mrs. Shevelle Montgomery

Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Associated Black Charities

Mr. Brandon Montgomery

Information Systems Supervisor, General Dynamics Information Technology

Proposer: Sharonne Bonardi

Ms. Krystle Myers, Esq.

Chair of the Board, The Black Executive Directors Network

Proposer: Eleanor Matthews

Mr. Keith Paul

Founder & President, AtaraxyCare

Proposer: Alvin Katz

Dr. Tameka Payton, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, Psychometric Solutions

Proposer: Leonard Wise

Mr. Cal Perry

Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Baltimore Orioles

Mrs. Noreen Jameel

President & CEO, Boiling Frog Media

Proposer: Todd Brightman

Ms. Tracey Pool

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Dr. Adedamola (Mola) Omogbehin

Radiation Oncologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Proposer: Al Hutchinson

Mr. Brian Rayme

Chief Financial Officer, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Dr. Elizabeth Rayme

Science Teacher, Baltimore City College

Proposer: JoAnn Ioannou

Mr. Sean Rush

CEO, Pipeline Soccer Club

Dr. Lisa Veselovsky

Orthodontist, Amanda Gallagher Orthodontics

Proposer: Mary Beth Lennon

Dr. Arti Santhanam

Executive Director, Maryland Innovation Initiative, TEDCO

Mr. Kirthikar Anantharam

Vice President, CVP

Proposer: Troy LeMaile-Stovall

Mr. Matt Simon

Director of Network and Clinical Analytics, Cotiviti

Proposer: Lynda Perry

Mr. Bernard Sims

Director of Culture & Community, Associated Black Charities

Ms. Wynette (Wendy) Sims

Proposer: Sharonne Bonardi

Ms. Leslie (Lisa) Smalls

Vice President, NewYork-Presbyterian

Mr. Michael (Mike) Riley

President & CEO, Universal Contract Cleaning

Proposer: Sabastian Brown

Mr. William (Will) Smith

Sales & Marketing, United Real Estate Executives

Proposer: Charles Young

Mr. Terry Speigner

President & CEO, NGEN, LLC

Ms. Lisa Speigner

Director of Administration, NGEN, LLC

Proposer: Michael Cryor

Ms. Sahmra Stevenson

Founder & CEO, S.A. Stevenson Law Offices

Mr. Lamarr Stewart Head Football Coach, Walsh University

Proposer: Marc Broady

Mr. Javon Summers

Principal, KYP Construction

Mrs. Gwendolyn Summers

Mental Health Therapist, Solace FamilyCounseling

Proposer: Aida Keehner

Mr. Mark Thomas

President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Mr. Marcus Gilmore

Senior Manager, Electric Mobility, ENGIE Impact

Proposer: August Chiasera

Ms. Tammi Thomas

Chief Development & Marketing Officer, TEDCO

Proposer: Troy LeMaile-Stovall

Ms. Chrissy Thornton

President & CEO, Associated Black Charities

Mr. Jermaine Dixon

Neighborhood Service Specialist, Town of Riverdale Park

Proposer: Sharonne Bonardi

Mr. Anthony Verni

Vice President, Corporate

Partnerships, Baltimore Orioles

Mrs. Stephanie Verni

Adjunct Professor/Writer, Stevenson University

Proposer: Todd Brightman

Mr. Heith Welch

Budget Specialist, Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Annie Harrelson

Assistant Director of Finance, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Proposer: Cindy DiMarco

Ms. Jenenne Whitfield

Director, American Visionary Art Museum

Mr. Tyree Guyton

Founder, The Heidelberg Project

Proposer: Gregory Tucker

Mr. Christopher (Chris) Zoeller

Market Executive, CFG Bank

Mrs. Catherine (Kelly) Coble

Behavior Health Program Director, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Proposer: Bill Wiedel

Mr. Reinhard Zuber

Mrs. Asayo Zuber

Proposer: Arthur Wasserman

Know someone interested in joining the Club? Join us for an upcoming Prospective Member Open House. For more information, please contact Michelle Dase at mdase@centerclub.org.

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2023 is off to a busy start. Members have enjoyed IntraClub and Interest Group events, attended the Mardi Gras party complete with good food, drinks and music and the Orioles Opening Day Party and two pre-concert tailgates. Viewpoints celebrated Women’s History month with amazing story sharing and we can’t forget about our Guest Bartender Night with several members stepping behind the bar.

Member Referral Bonus: If a member provides us with a referral and that referral hosts their wedding at the Club, the member will receive a $50 food & beverage credit. Scan the QR Code or visit our Eventbrite to register.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS

2023 WIB Trailblazers Award

Celebrating Leaders in Diversity

This year, we are honoring women who support, champion, participate and make great strides in the evolution and execution of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in their organization and community. An email requesting nominations will be going out soon.

SAVE THE DATE

The 2023 WIB Trailblazers Award dinner will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. We look forward to celebrating with past, present and future trailblazers.

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Website Redesign

We officially launched our redesigned website in mid-April. This new design improves upon navigation and efficiency, while making the site more attractive for members and prospective members alike.

When you visit our site, you will notice things have moved and some areas may have a new name. An example of this is the My Club section once you are logged in. This area includes your profile, statements, etc.

You may also notice a cleaner and more uniform design for our event listings. Don’t worry, the calendar of events is still available if that is your preferred view.

We invite you to explore the redesigned site and let us know what you think.

IN MEMORIAM

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

Charles ‘Ted’ Herget Member since 1965

Atwood Tate

Member since 2002

Did You Know?

Spouses are considered full members of the Club. To add your spouse to your Club profile, contact Emily at eober@centerclub.org.

Resident classification members can have their children join with no initiation fee.

You’re able to keep a credit card on file to pay your monthly house charges.

Confirmations are automatically generated for all lunch, dinner and event reservations. If you have the mobile app, reservations made will show up under “Your Reservations.”

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THE CENTER CLUB

100 Light Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

410-727-7788

410-783-0166 fax www.centerclub.org reception@centerclub.org

BOOK YOUR PRIVATE EVENT TODAY

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

FINANCE

Tony Haynes Director of Finance & Administration thaynes@centerclub.org

667-217-3544

Derrick Barner Accounts Receivable dbarner@centerclub.org

667-217-3550

Sharon Roth Accountant sroth@centerclub.org

667-217-3551

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

Michael Nitti Digital Communications & Marketing Manager mnitti@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 www.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 “smart 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 nonfrayed denim can be worn. Sports logo apparel can be worn in Bar100 on game days only (Go O’s and Ravens!).

Joseph Meyerhoff Dining Room Jackets are not required. They are recommended for men when wearing a shirt without a collar.

Orioles Pub

Hemmed shorts and athletic shoes in good condition may be worn. T-shirts and shorts/logo-themed apparel in good condition may be worn. If you would like more detailed information or an updated copy of the House Rules, reach out to Emily Ober, Member Services Coordinator.

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 www.centerclub.org and download our Member Guide.

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