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APRIL 2009

Thoughts from the President


I am truly honored to have been elected President of Chatmoss Country Club. I think you will agree that it is one of the finest clubs in any small town in the country. We are blessed with a caring membership who gives their resources, time, and talents. I would like to take this time to thank our outgoing Board members, Gerry Lawicki, Walt Rhea, David Swisher, and Annelle Williams. All four of these individuals have volunteered many hours insuring that your club continues to be the best that it can be. I would also like to recognize Michele and her outstanding staff who continue to do an excellent job with tight budgets and limited resources. They truly are amazing!

Finally, I would like to welcome our new Board members, Russ Bolden, John Collins, Keith Decker, and Melissa White. They have some big shoes to fill, but I am confident they will hit the ground running. As April is upon us, “change” is in the air. Of course, I am talking about the weather. It is time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. On April 4th & 5th, we are having our annual Invitational Golf Tournament which hosts the finest golfers in Virginia and the surrounding area. Also, on May 8th, 9th and 10th, we are hosting the VSGA 4 Ball Championship. If you want to see some great players, don’t miss these events. In addition, we will be hosting a number of charity golf events throughout the season as well as the Member-Member and Member-Guest, so be sure to sign up. If you have not had the opportunity to meet Angela Naff, our new fitness trainer, please make it a point to do so. She is currently teaching Yoga classes and does individual and group personal training. She is also planning a May/ June boot camp for those who really want to be put to the test.

In closing, I would like to break the news to you that you will not be getting your monthly history lesson. You see, I have a major in Government and Foreign Affairs and one in Spanish. I think it is in my best interest to leave the government issues up to our experts in Washington. I am, however, available to help read labels in the grocery store and signs in the doctor’s office. Just so many of you do not suffer from total withdrawal, I will try to include a little trivia. Which of the following is actually a nut? a. almond b. brazil nut c. peanut d. walnut

(See calendar page for the answer).

Thank you for your confidence in me, and I look forward to seeing you at the club. Will Pannill President


Boxwood Grille Hours

Tuesday-Saturday — Noon-2:30pm


Tuesday-Thursday — 5:30-9:00pm Friday & Saturday — 5:30-9:30pm


The Clubhouse is closed Sunday after Brunch and all day Monday for Food and Beverage Service.

Elmwood Bar Hours


11:00am-10:30pm last call Bar closes at 11:00pm 11:00am-Midnight last call Bar closes at 12:30am 11:00am-2:30pm last call Bar closes at 3:00pm

Duplicate Bridge


April 9th & April 23rd

Lunch at 12:15 PM Bridge at 1:00 PM

Pairs Duplicate Bridge

Friday, April 10th Dinner at 5:45 PM


To the Winners of our


and Wine for Two ”

Pat and Bobby Wilson

The Wilsonʼs were selected from over 100 comment cards the club received in March. All member feedback is important to us. Please take time to fill our the comment cards.

The Clubhouse is closed Sunday after Brunch and all day Monday for Food and Beverage Service.

CHATMOSS COUNTRY CLUB 550 Mount Olivet Road P.O. Box 5063 Martinsville, VA 24115 276-638-2484 / FAX 276-638-2426

OFFICERS Will Pannill, President Steve Dashoff, Vice President Page Beeler, Secretary Amy Lampe, Treasurer

BOARD MEMBERS Page Beeler Steve Dashoff Jim Johnson Donna Lawhon

Morgan Holland Russell Bolden Jim Haskins

John Collins Melissa White Keith Decker

STAFF Michele Benton, CCM, General Manager / Robert Weinerth, Golf Professional / Jody Reece, Golf Course Superintendent Mike Weidl, Tennis Director Anthony Rivera, CEC, Executive Chef / Angela Naff, Director of Fitness / TELEPHONE NUMBERS Clubhouse Golf Shop Sports Complex Tennis Golf Course Maintenance Pool / Cabana Reservations Fitness Center

276-638-2484 / FAX 276-638-2426 276-638-7648 / 276-632-1857 / 276-638-7964 / 276-632-1039 276-656-6603 276-632-1857

Memberships - Roger Owens, Banquets - Jamie Turner, Accounts Payable - Lesia Griffith, Accounts Receivable - Judy Chaney, web page:


Comments from Michele Benton,

General Manager

Let the fun begin! Summer is just around the corner, and we are making plans to have a great summer season. Over the next two months, we will be hiring staff and making plans for a very successful pool season. The pool hours will be extended during the week to 8 PM to allow all the working parents an opportunity to enjoy the facilities after work. Our very popular Sports Camp will again be offered for two weeks this season. The camp will include golf and tennis lessons, swimming activities, arts, crafts, music, recreational games, lunch, and a planned field trip. Due to the extreme popularity of the camp, we have added staff to take up to 32 children per season. Sign-ups are on a first come first-serve basis. Back by popular demand, we will have our Kidsʼ day camps every Tuesday and Thursday morning during the summer months. Each day will have a fun theme, include a snack, and, of course, playtime. Chatmoss Country Clubʼs summer programs are all administered through the Club and are available to membersʼ children and grandchildren only. All applicable fees for the camps will be charged to the memberʼs account. The staff and I are truly excited about our spring programs and events, and we look forward to the warm weather that will come with it! Look forward to seeing you at the club!

Michele Benton

As you open your March bill, please be aware of the dues increase effective April 1. Decisions like these are not easily made in this type of economy. However, with increasing costs and decreasing revenues, it is a necessity. The board, through its committees, is working diligently to find ways to cut costs and increase revenues in an attempt to balance the 2009 operating budget. New Dues Structure Full Senior Junior Non-Resident I Non-Resident II Social Activities Clergy

$305 $305 $170 $230 $150 $205 $130

UP-COMING EVENTS Friday, May 1, 2009

Carlisle Annual Golf Tournament

Course Closed ••••••••••••• Friday, May 8-Sunday, May 10

VSGA Four Ball Tournament Course Closed ••••••••••••• Sunday, May 10, 2009

Traditional Motherʼs Day Buffet ••••••••••••• Friday, May 15, 2009

Chatmoss Country Club

Pro Tennis Exhibition Sports Complex

CCM General Manager

Dollars & Sense Monthly Dues


••••••••••••• Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Celebrating Administrative Assistants’ Day at the Club. Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Gourmet Salad Bar Made to Order Pasta Bar Variety of desserts

$14 per person Reservations appreciated Say “thank you” to those very special people with lunch at the club.

Cabana Grand Opening ••••••••••••• Friday, May 22, 2009

Summer Kick Off

Club Event and Fundraiser Course Closed ••••••••••••• Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pool Opening and Carnival

10:00am - 7:00pm ••••••••••••• Saturday, May 23-Sunday, May 24

Menʼs Member Member Tournament ••••••••••••• Monday, May 25, 2209

Memorial Day Celebration 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Outdoor tennis is finally here! With good weather, we expect a great deal of play on our clay courts. We ask that all of our players please wear the appropriate shoes, smooth-soled shoes, when playing on our outdoor courts. No running or cross training shoes. The traction on these shoes can take away from the playability of the courts. If we have rain overnight or even during the day, please call the Pro Shop to find out when the courts will be playable. The rain will close our courts, but hopefully, only for a short time. To help accommodate everyone who wants to play, if you reserve a court and you cannot make this reservation, please call us so we can make this court available. We ask for 24 hours notice for cancellation of courts and lessons. Our Mixed Socials will finally be able to go back outside and take advantage of all the courts, weather permitting. We are still planning the next social; check the website for the date. All of our junior clinics are still ongoing. If your child has gotten the bug to play and is looking for a clinic to take part in, please call the Pro Shop to get more information on our junior program. If there is anything we can do to help your tennis game, please feel free to call or come by the Pro Shop and we will help you in any way possible. Until next month, keep your eye on the ball.

Mike Weidl

Director of Tennis

CHATMOSS COUNTRY CLUB PRO TENNIS EXHIBITION Friday, May 15th - 6 pm - Until - Sports Complex Great Tennis - Open Bar - Cocktail Service - Buffet - Music - Limited Seating Preliminary Match 6:30 pm - Featured Match 8:00 pm $40 per person (non-member $50) - $12 for children under 18

Do not forget about our May 15th Pro exhibition. There will be plenty of food, drink, and tennis for everyone. You do not have to be a tennis player to come out and have a good time with us. If you have any questions, call Bev at the Pro Shop.


Just a reminder about our Junior membership changes. At their May 2008 meeting, the Board of Govenors voted to raise the age of the Junior membership from 35 to 39 and to lower their monthly dues to just $170.00 per month, making it just under $200.00 a month in dues to be a Junior member. Junior membership is available to those individuals who are between the ages of twenty-one (21) and thirty-nine (39) inclusive. Junior membership provides full access to all of the Club’s facilities including golf, kids camps, swimming pool, fitness, tennis, clubhouse, and social activities. As junior members progress through membership by age, no additional initiation fee is due. This is a great time of the year to get started.

2009 Membership Directories with updated by-laws are available in the Business Office.

Please drop-by, call, or email your request. Do not forget that basic information is available on online at Download a current copy of the membership roster and by-laws from the web page. Just click on the member-only section, put in your last name and member number and there it is!

S erving it Up with Chef Anthony

The warmer months are rolling in, and our ala carte menu is geared for the new season. Be sure to stop by the bar and pick up a menu, or try some of our new sandwiches available on the lunch menu. Times have gotten tough for everyone in this economy, so we are working hard to generate your involvement in the club; so be sure to look over the events for this month. We have some great fun and food for you and your family to enjoy. See you at the club!

Steak Night April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th $24.00

Porterhouse Bone-In Ribeye Lamb Loin


Chef Anthony

Please Give 24 Hour Notice A. Home-style Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

Easter Breakfast - April 11th

Chefʼs Whipped Potatoes Fresh Vegetables, Rolls & Butter

Made to order Pancake Station, Bacon, Sausage, Grits, Hashbrowns, Cereal, Yogurt, Bread and Muffins

and Fresh Ground Chuck Chefʼs Fresh Vegetable, Rolls & Butter

9:30am - 11:00am Adults $13 (13 and over) • 13 and over $9 Children (3-12) $11 • Children (2 & under) $3 The above prices for children include breakfast, activities, and egg hunt. Egg Hunt only $4.

Easter Brunch - April 12th

11:30am - 2:00pm • Adults $22 • Children (6-12) $12 Children (5 and under) Free

Roast Duck Breast with Apple Demi-Glace, Chatmoss Fried Chicken, Seared Halibut, Carved Prime Rib, Corn Souffle, Vegetable Medley, Scalloped Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Breakfast Station with Grits and Bacon, Vichyssoise, Lobster Bisque, Assorted Breads and Muffins, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Shellfish, an Array of Composed Salads and Assorted Dessert Selections

Family Night G April 15th

Mexican Night


Seafood Paella • Cumin Scented Corn • Taco Station with Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, Cumin Chicken, Ground Beef, Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole

April 22nd • 12noon-2pm • $14.00 Gourmet Salad Bar, Made to Order Pasta and a Variety of Desserts

Serves 5 to 8 people / $42.00

B. Homemade Lasagna with Three Cheeses Serves 5 to 8 people / $35.00

C. Tender Beef Tips in Mushroom Burgundy Wine Sauce Fresh Noodles Chefʼs Vegetable, Rolls & Butter Serves 5 to 8 people / $45.00

D. Chatmoss Chicken Magnolia

Macaroni & Cheese Chefʼs Fresh Vegetable, Rolls & Butter

Date Night Serves 5 to 8 people / $38.00

April 28th • $35.00/couple 3-Course Dinner for Two

Salad: Chatmoss House Salad Entree: Steak Diane with Chef’s Whipped Potatoes and Vegetable of the Day or Salmon Wellington with Mushroom Duxelle, Grain Mustard Sauce and Vegetable of the Day Dessert: Chocolate Heath Bar Pie

OnThe G R E E N S

By the time this newsletter arrives we will be putting the finishing touches on the course for the Invitational and hope to have our work completed on the range tee project, as well as our work on the tee projects on four and fifteen. As of March 16th, the weather has not been all that good. We lost about a week to snow and have had several days of rain that pushed back our date for pouring concrete. We now hope to pour on the 23rd but weather will determine if that is possible. A special thanks to Jay Frith for all his time and help with this project. The range tee project will provide three artificial hitting areas located in front of the new Fitness Facility along with three more areas along the back of the range tee. It will also include a teaching area, parking and an access area for carts coming from the number one side of the range. Robert and several members of the Green Committee and MGA found an excellent artificial surface and have had it on display in the Pro shop. I know a lot of you are already aware of what we’re doing, but if you haven’t heard about it, be sure to stop and try the new mats once we finish. After the Invitational, we will aerate greens on Monday, April 6th. I wish we could do it earlier, but this is our earliest window of opportunity. At least by the first week of April, temperatures will be increasing; and we will start seeing the most rapid growth rate that we see all year on the greens, so the recovery period should be short. Before I close, I would like to thank David Swisher for his work for the past two years as Green Committee Chairman. He has shown great leadership and a dedication to the membership that has helped my staff and me to continue making improvements to the golf course. I also look forward to working with our new Chairman, Russell Bolden. Looking forward to seeing you “On the Greens” Jody

With lots of Gratitude…. Employee Profile….

A special thanks to Adrian Van der Sloot for donating his time, vision, and fine work for Chatmoss Country Club. Mr. Van der Sloot, a professional cabinet/furniture maker and uncle of Linda Rachner, a Chatmoss member, built our new desk in the fitness center. With the kind donation from Mr. Van der Sloot for his time for the workmanship and to the Rachner family for the materials, Chatmoss Country Club proudly has a new desk and display unit in our fitness center. It is truly spectacular and is a great addition to the facility. If you have not had a chance to see it in person, the workmanship and style are worth the visit. Again, the fitness committee truly appreciates this wonderful gift.


Junior golf programs at Chatmoss Country Club are open to club members and guests, ages 7-18. The Junior golf programs at Chatmoss Country Club consist of clinics, lessons, tournaments and camps; and itʼs designed to introduce juniors to golf and develop skills to help them improve their golf games. These programs are administered through our PGA Class A professional and his staff, which has a proven record of success with over 30 yearsʼ experience administering youth programs. Chatmoss Country Club, in conjunction with four local clubs, is promoting junior golf through a local Interclub and Junior Club Championship. The club works with local high schools in hosting tournaments and playing opportunities. Internally, the club hosts a Junior Club Championship and an annual bi-summer comprehensive sports camp that involves golf, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, and fun “off campus” field trips. Private instruction for all ages and advance programs with private instruction can be arranged. Please feel free to call Chatmoss Country Club for additional information on our many programs Thanks,

Robert Weinerth

Junior Sports Camp Offered Two Full Weeks Monday, June 15th-Friday, June 19th Monday, July 13th-Friday, July 17th

(Reserve your childʼs spot for one or both sessions) Each session your child will enjoy a variety of activities including swimming, tennis, golf, recreational games, arts, craft, music, and more: Fee: Before June 8

After June 8

$140/child per week

$170/child per week

Additional children from same family $100/child per week $130/child per week

The fee covers all costs, including golf, tennis, swimming, games, t-shirt and lunch each day. The fee will be charged to the memberʼs account. NO refunds will be given for missed days. Enrollment forms are available in the business office. A minimum of 15 children per session is required by June 8, 2009 to commit to each weekly camp.

2009 Tournaments

April 4-5

Invitational (VSGA Event)

May 1

Carlisle Tournament

April 23rd May 8-9

May 22-24 June 9-12

June 13-14 June 26

American Red Cross

VSGA Four Ball Championship

Chatmoss Spring Fundraiser Spring Member Member (Memorial Day Weekend) Henry County Juniors Club Championship

One Day Member Guest

July 25-26

Interclub (Willow Creek)

September 6-8

Parent Child/Spouse Event (Labor Day Weekend)

August 6-9

Men’s Member Guest

September 26-27 Fall Member - Member October 16

November 7-8

One Day Member - Guest

Fall Two Ball Invitational

Fitness NewsNaff, from Angela Spring is here!

Director of Fitness

Spring is here, and that means our daily lives are going to be making changes for the better part of the year. There is an old saying, “When spring comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb”, and so, I am actually looking forward to fall this year to find out if that old wivesʼ tale is true. ☺ With spring and summer, we all start enjoying family vacations and outings. When we are on vacation or away from home, our eating habits usually take a back seat; and we eat and drink whatever we like, and usually, portion control is not an issue to us, or it is not something we are consciously thinking about. I am talking about pizza, hot dogs, fries, candy, and alcohol – basically, junk foods. We all want to enjoy ourselves, and eating is a large part of our happiness and self being. For example, we love to indulge in pizza, but just one slice of cheese pizza is around 270 calories, and most beer can cost you 150 calories! Now, who is going to stop at one beer and one piece of pizza? Also, keep in mind those little fruity drinks with the umbrellas! They are loaded with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and we usually have a couple of those every now and then. Good examples for those drinks are an 8 oz daiquiri; it can equal out to 450 calories!! Thatʼs more sugar and calories than a Dairy Queen sundae (300 calories)! How about a margarita with 2 oz of tequila, 2 oz margarita mix, 1 oz of triple sec, sugar, and lime? That drink will cost you around 560 calories!! Whoa! Another tidbit, 4 grams of sugar is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar, so that means that 1 can of Dr. Pepper is costing you 10 teaspoons of sugar (40 grams)!!!!!!!!!! No worries though ☺ We can enjoy our tasty beverages while on vacation by choosing a light beer, or gin and tonic, for example. How about a wine spritzer (4 oz white wine and club soda) which will run you around 80 calories? We can also enjoy better nutritional choices with our food. How about choosing grilled or baked meats instead of fried? Dump the hot dog choice for a couple of slices of turkey or a fresh fruit salad; or making a pit stop at a local market and picking up some fresh fruit and veggies and packing our meals? Your bodies will thank you for making the better choices. We will feel better, sleep better, and possibly stay in a better mood. ☺ You are what you eat, and if you put junk in, donʼt expect much in return from your body. With bad food choices, you can expect decreased energy, tired days, lower immunity, and the need for more sleep. So, eat well, make smarter choices, and your body will reward you with many health benefits! Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. You canʼt have one without the other. To truly change your lifestyle, you will need the advantages of both. If you want to feel younger, look younger, and keep your body happy, start making small changes with your nutrition, and add some daily activity. ACSM recommends 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. That is minimum! We are capable of much more! When you start exercising and you find the exercises that you enjoy, you will be addicted to them; and your life will not feel complete without exercise and good food choices! Exercise and nutrition are the Keys to Wellness! Also, Boot Camp Class has been talked about a lot in the Fitness Center. Be warned…if you decide to take part in this class, there will be no whining or complaining. You will be seen as and treated like a recruit. I donʼt want any feelings getting hurt. If you participate in this class, be prepared to WORK and find your limits within yourself. We will be doing it the Marine Corps way (there is no other ☺; it will teach you self-discipline! Keep an eye on the fitness calendar for the dates coming soon, Semper Fi!! A note from your future Drill Instructor….OOOOORAH!

Angela Naff

Yours in Health and Fitness,

Employee Profile...

Hi everyone! My name is Tammy Gilbert, and I have two children, Justin and Andria, but the joy of my life is my three-year old grandson, Matthew. I have now been employed by Chatmoss Country Club for four years. In September, I began working full time which couldnʼt have come at a better time. Believe it or not, I really enjoy the rewards of cleaning; so I decided to make it my career. I really appreciate the chance to be part of the team here at Chatmoss.

Tammy Gilbert

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