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MAC Ghost Stories Inside the Diamond:
How to Save for Retirement Retirement Section - Pageoctober 19 2012
CHERRY DIAMOND Halloween Spooktacular
Missouri Athletic Club Founded in 1903 october 2012 CHERRY DIAMOND STAFF Publisher - Joel L. Karsten Director of Communications - James M. Wilson Graphic Designer - Tabitha L. Wilson Communications Assistant - Kelly Barbour
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The candidates for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Sports Personality of the Year are set: Carlos Beltran, Frank Haith, Ken Hitchcock, Matt Holliday, Chris Long and Yadier Molina. The award, which MAC member Jack Buck helped establish in 1970, annually honors the top local sports figure.
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Is the Downtown Clubhouse haunted? The Cherry Diamond went undercover for a special ghost hunt report. A little less spooky, but always fun, is the annual Trunk-RTreat event at the West Clubhouse.
FEATURES 10 15 16 18 19 24 27
Oktoberfest Billikens Luncheon MAC Golf Classic New Beginnings for Junior Tennis How to Save for Retirement Wild Game Dinner Trivia Night
Departments 4 5 6 11 12 14 23 28 29 30
New Members The President’s Column Calendar From the General Manager’s Desk Focus on Fitness Athletics Clubs Within the Club Dining Club News Snapshots
Athletes participated in this year’s Sprint Triathlon at the West Clubhouse.
Annual “Kookin’ for Kids” events have taken place to benefit the St. Vincent Home for Children.
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Are on the ballot for the Sports Personality of the Year award.
Tennis Pros will play at the Annual Tennis Exhibition benefitting the MAC Charitable Society for Children on Oct. 19 at the West Clubhouse. Yoga classes will be offered this fall to help members improve their flexibility.
AUFFENBERG, MATTHEW J.: Auffenberg Dealer Group, 1300 Central Park Dr., O’Fallon IL 62269, 618-622-9001; Res. 1208 Lucas Ave. #504, St. Louis MO 63103, 618-401-4300 CHIAPELAS, TOM (Elizabeth): Bank of Montreal, St. Louis MO 63105; Res. 4 Briarcliff, St. Louis MO 63124, 312852-7105 CUSUMANO, SALVATORE P. (Erin): ING Employee Benefits, 1610 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis MO 63131, 314-686-4615; Res. 1713 Derrynane Dr., Manchester MO 63021, 636-220-2448 FREEMAN, MATTHEW W.: Department of Defense, 4300 Goodfellow Blvd. Bldg. 110, St. Louis MO 63120, 314-2603740; Res. 400 Washington Ave., Apt. #404, St. Louis MO 63102, 440-7547024 GARCIA, LETICIA: KnowledgeLake Inc., 6 City Place Dr., Ste. 500, St. Louis MO 63141; Res. 10379 Gosport Dr., Apt. 1, St. Louis MO 63146, 314-805-8190 GLASS, ELIZABETH: Retired; Res. 1250 Autumn Wood Circle, Ballwin MO 63011-4210, 636-394-2275
GROESCHEN, CARL L.: Project Delivery Resources, 5229 Deergrass Ct., Raleigh NC 27613, 919-306-3807; Res. 15431 Conway Rd. #523, Chesterfield MO 63017, 919-306-3807 HADDAD, ALEXANDER S.: Res. 4364 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108, 314-448-1944 OMMEN, MARK D. (Christine): RubinBrown, 1 North Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis MO 63105, 314-290-3478; Res. 119 College Ave., St. Louis MO 63119, 573-353-9017 POPE, LUKE A.: Clifton Larson Allen LLP, 8112 Maryland Ave., Ste 400, St. Louis MO 63105, 314-966-6622; Res. 1611 Locust #507, St. Louis MO 63103, 618-830-8694 ROTRAMEL, JOEL D.: Brenntag, 126 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis MO 63102, 314-259-5106; Res. 1324 Washington Ave. #310, St. Louis MO 63103, 314259-5106 TUCKER, ROBERT J. (Karen): Beacon Footwear etal, 2208 Edge Wood Manor Ln., Wildwood MO 63011, 636-4052749; Res. 2325 Barnbridge Rd., St. Louis MO 63131, 314-432-4607
WINTERS, DOUGLAS J.: Sher Corwin Winters LLC, 190 Carondelet Plaza, Ste. 1100, St. Louis MO 63105, 314-7215200; Res. 40 N. Kingshighway 7C, St. Louis MO 63141, 314-997-2723
Thanks to the following members for sponsoring new members to the Club. Chris Auffenberg James Dankenbring Brandon Donat Robert Fredrickson Steve Holdren Joel Karsten Adriana Lantzy Byron Lapin Richard Ledbetter Michael Lofton If you would like to refer a new member, please contact Patti Cundiff (Downtown) in the Membership Office at 314-539-4429 or Julie Kueper (West) at 314-539-4408.
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More than 250 MAC members are enjoying reduced dues and increased beneﬁts through the Platinum Partnership. The number grows every day.
Are you Platinum yet? This successful membership opportunity is being expanded and energized: + The Platinum Partnership is now available to all MAC members. + Receive up to $1,200 annually in reduced dues. + Receive Diamond Club beneﬁts (up to $2,100 in annual savings). To ﬁnd out how you can begin receiving reduced dues and added beneﬁts through the enhanced Platinum Partnership offering, Call Patti Cundiff at 314-539-4429 or Julie Kueper at 314-539-4408.
ne of my favorite comments I hear around town, when talking with folks about a common personal or business acquaintance is “Oh, I know them from the MAC.” Sometimes this is said by a former member, so that is my chance to say “You should look at coming back to the Club… there are a lot of exciting things happening.” Hearing about friends or business associates meeting through the MAC should not come as a surprise because personal connections are woven into the fabric of this great institution. Nowhere is this more evident than with our Clubs within the Club. When I run across a former member who has been away from our Club for a while, I make sure to highlight all of the wonderful things these groups are doing to enhance the member experience. Since the inception of the CWC’s less than ten years ago, these groups have exploded in popularity. It is reflected in the pages of this magazine with all of the events and activities. Our members are continually discovering the joys of meeting fellow members who share common interests through the CWC’s. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t hear a glowing review from somebody who attended a wine tasting, a Lunch & Tour group outing or one of the many CWC events. Club Life Co-Chairs Judith Hanses and Troy Robertson are working with staff to continue to bring new and fresh events to the Club. They are active in working with each CWC, which total 19, to combine events which result in an email saying SOLD OUT! That is one of my favorite communications to see... so don’t wait to sign up and risk missing out on the fun with your fellow members.
Recently, you and your spouse were asked to complete a member survey. Thank you to those who participated. This effort will provide feedback that will be instrumental in enhancing the member experience by identifying the Club’s top priorities. It will also help the Board’s Long Range Planning efforts. I will address the survey results in my upcoming columns. Be on the lookout for an upcoming proposed bylaw amendment addressing Honorary Memberships pertaining to Past/Present Governors and Presidents. Be looking for this in your mailbox and vote as you see fit. The Board agrees that the members should vote on these bylaw amendments and additions. After all, it is your Club! In previous columns, I have talked about “raising the bar” at your Club. We have done it again; this time with the Jr. Tennis Programs and the addition of Tennis Pro Kenny Powell. We want to make the MAC THE place to be for rising young tennis players to develop. With Kenny’s experience, enthusiasm and direction we can accomplish that goal. Now is the perfect time to get your children involved in the Jr. Tennis Programs. On Sept. 16, football season kicked off with a great start thanks to an exciting Rams home opener. The MAC was buzzing with activity both inside and outside the clubhouse. The Rams pulled out a victory and new coach Jeff Fisher appears to have the team heading in the right direction. This fall, make plans to be at your Club throughout the season before each home game for more good times. As I am writing this, the Cardinals are locked in another tough battle for
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
a playoff berth. Let’s hope they pull through and we are treated to some more thrilling baseball in October. Anyone who experienced last year’s World Series run can remember vividly how electric this city and our Club was throughout that memorable run. I would like to thank all of the golfers and sponsors who participated in the 5th annual MAC Golf Classic. This year’s event was the biggest in history as 132 golfers hit the links to support the MAC Preservation Foundation. The tournament raised more than $60,000. A special thanks to the Country Club at the Legends for being gracious hosts and playing a key role in supporting the event. Another important effort to support the MAC Preservation Foundation is starting to take shape in the lobby, brick by brick. The commemorative bricks purchased through the Brick Paver Program are being installed in the Art Gallery. If you have not purchased a brick, there is still time to be added to the display! This month, the Board of Governors along with our General Manager Wally Smith will be visiting private clubs in Washington D.C. This trip is paid personally by each Governor that attends. It is a valuable experience to see how other private clubs operate and learn about what additional amenities we can incorporate into our Club. It is also a chance for the Board and their spouses to enjoy camaraderie together outside of our two great locations. Enjoy all that your Club has to offer in October. From the revelry of Oktoberfest to the family fun of Trunk-R-Treat, there is much to enjoy at your Club. Stay connected to your Club, where camaraderie is experienced and relationships are forged.
JOEL KARSTEN - PRESIDENT DAVID P. WEISS - FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT CHRISTOPHER MICHALAK - SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT GORDON D. BUSH - TREASURER • DANIEL D. FUSZ - SECRETARY
TERM ENDS 2013 Gordon Bush Daniel Fusz Joel Karsten Christopher Michalak David P. Weiss
TERM ENDS 2014 John Bugh Mary Frontczak Terry K. Hammer Judith R. Hanses Troy W. Robertson
TERM ENDS 2015 Greg Beekman Kim DeMotte Dean Eggerding John M. Noce John D. Salter
Joel L. Karsten President
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Invitational Sanctioned Bridge West
Youth Toastmasters West
Youth Toastmasters West Rams Buffet Oktoberfest Brunch
Youth Toastmasters West
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Ballroom Dance Lessons
CSC Tennis Exhibition
Wild Game Dinner
Forever Young Club
Invitational Sanctioned Bridge West
Les Misérables at the Fox
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Rams Buffet Trunk-R-Treat
Tuesday, Oct. 16 Saint Louis University basketball coach Jim Crews will preview the upcoming Billikens season. 11 a.m. - Reception 11:30 a.m. - Lunch 12:15 p.m. - Program $30, inclusive Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
Wild Game Dinner Saturday, Oct. 20
Dine on fabulous wild game delicacies with wine pairings presented by A. Bommarito Wines. 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception (Cash/ Signature Bar) 7 p.m. - Dinner $35, inclusive for Rod & Gun Club and Wine Society Members $40, inclusive Non-Rod & Gun Club and Wine Society Members Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
Sunday, Oct. 21 The MAC brunch, a traditional favorite, adds a special twist when it brings Oktoberfest to the Club. You’ll be able to enjoy all your favorites plus special Oktoberfest delights. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Adults - $22.95 + gratuity Children (Ages 5-12) - $12.95 per child + gratuity Children 4 & under – Gratis West Clubhouse Call 314-539-4441 for reservations.
Trunk-R-Treat Sunday, Oct. 28
Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for a spook-tacular Halloween event. 4 - 7 p.m. $12 + gratuity - Adults $8 + gratuity - Children 12 & Under West Clubhouse Call 314-539-4490 for reservations.
Veterans Day Commemoration Thursday, Nov. 8 11:15 a.m. - Social and viewing of military exhibits Noon - Lunch/Program $27.50, inclusive Table of 10, $250 per table Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
9th Annual Wine Tasting and Sale
Friday, Nov. 9 This special event comes only once a year. Local wine purveyors will offer some of the best wines., priced a fraction over cost. 6 - 9 p.m. $22 + gratuity No charge for Wine Society Members Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
Apollos Fall Concert
Friday, Nov. 16 6 p.m. - Cocktails (cash bar) 7 p.m. - Dinner 8:15 p.m. - Program $34.95 + gratuity Missouri Room - Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Veteran’s Day Commemoration
2 MAC Trivia Night
Wine Tasting and Sale Downtown
13 Ballroom Dance 14
Invitational Sanctioned Bridge West
Thanksgiving Brunch West
Forever Young Club
Ballroom Dance Lessons
MAC Happy Hour
Apollos Fall Concert
Invitational Sanctioned Bridge West
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
Downtown Clubhouse Closed
Blue Man Group at the Fox
Thanksgiving Brunch - West
Sunday, Nov. 25 Seatings from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Adults - $22.95 + gratuity Children (Ages 5-12) - $12.95 + gratuity Children 4 & under - Gratis
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet Downtown
Thursday, Nov. 22 Seatings from 1 - 4 p.m. Adults - $29.95 + gratuity Children (Ages 5-12) - $12.95 + gratuity Children 4 & under - Gratis
The MAC offers many Clubs Within the Club (CWC) providing a variety of social opportunities for people who share common interests. Events sponsored by the CWC’s are open to the general membership and their guests.
Christmas Dinner Dance - Dec. 14 Holiday Brunch - Dec. 23
Apollos Mondays, 7 p.m., Downtown
Christmas Eve Dinner - Dec. 24 Christmas Day Dinner - Dec. 25
Forever Young Club
New Year’s Eve Event - Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Brunch - Jan. 1 MAC
Valentine’s Ball - Feb. 9
Broadway Series at the Fox
2012-2013 Schedule Les Misérables-Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Blue Man Group-Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 Priscilla Queen Of The DesertThursday, Feb. 7, 2013 The Book Of Mormon (SOLD OUT)Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 War Horse-Thursday, March 21, 2013 Million Dollar Quartet-Thursday, May 2, 2013 Anything Goes-Thursday, June 6, 2013 Call 314-539-4402 for reservations
Ongoing CWC Meetings
Save the Date
• Reservations for events can be made by calling 314-539-4470 or visiting the MAC website (mac-stl.org). • Club events are subject to gratuity. • Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours before the event to avoid a one-third charge. • No shows will be charged in full. Please call with your own reservation. • For Jack Buck Grill reservations, call 314-5394417. • For dining reservations at West, call 314-5394441.
Forever Young Club Third Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m., West Military History Club Fourth Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m., Downtown Toastmasters Friday (2nd & 4th), 7:15 a.m. West Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Business Development Group Third Thursday of the month, 7:15 a.m., Downtown Book Club Second Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m. West
To join a CWC, or for more information, visit the MAC website (mac-stl.org) or call 314-539-4402.
MAC Ghost Stories
Cherry Diamond Reporter Kelly Barbour Investigates
he MAC has been in business since 1903. Many people have walked these halls over the years. There have long been rumors of extra guests in the hotel rooms and lurking in dark crevices. This Halloween, I investigated these claims to try and get a definitive answer on whether or not the Downtown Clubhouse has a supernatural membership. I started out by interviewing Virgil Tucker, a longtime maintenance worker at the Downtown Clubhouse. Virgil has been in every nook and cranny of the Downtown Clubhouse, and if anyone had seen anything, Virgil would know. What many members may not realize is that there are crawl spaces on almost every floor which give the
maintenance team access to electrical and plumbing equipment. Virgil has been known to be crawling around in these crawl spaces, with unsuspecting members and staff beneath him. It has been speculated that Virgil is a ghost, when in fact, he was just running wires through the Clubhouse. Several years ago, Virgil was running an elevator for a Halloween party, and had a little fun with the members. There are control panels on the top of the elevator cars, and when the members would press the button for their floor of choice, the car would go elsewhere when Virgil overrode the commands. It may have spooked a few people in good fun, but there were no ghosts there either. Virgil did say that there have been things around the Clubhouse that he cannot explain, but he has never seen a ghost. The maintenance crew has heard many bangs and rattles through the years, many of them attributed to a ghostly presence. It’s almost always steam and heat that causes these noises. The boilers can sometimes be mistaken for something spookier, but there are no definitive answers there either. I got a tip about a shadowy figure on the 5th Floor. A maintenance worker was getting something out of storage when the door shut. He thought someone was behind him, but all he saw was a shadow
and a chilly breeze. There have been rumors that there is a small girl who wanders around the Sportman’s Club and plays in the middle of the night. This has never been confirmed, but the rumors have been swirling for years. That’s where the investigation began: I got some ghost hunting equipment and set up on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th Floors, where ghosts have been said to linger. The setup included digital cameras and a decibel meter to check for unseen spikes in energy. On the 9th Floor, there was no suspicious activity, just hotel rooms and business as usual. The meters were normal and the hotel seemed to be in order. Things didn’t begin to get creepy until I, along with Lobby Attendant Kat Brinker, traveled down into the bowels of the building. While on the 6th Floor, we heard a door hinge creaking, but no one was around. The only logical explanation is that the noise came from another floor, through the elevator shafts, but it seemed to be right next to us. The decibel meter spiked several times on the 6th Floor, but there were no visual confirmations of supernatural presence. The photos were normal on each floor. We learned after the investigation that there have been many employees who have had unexplainable phenomenon in the same location. Kat and I knew what we had heard wasn’t normal, and after talking about it with staff, we learned that there were others with similar experiences. A maintenance worker claimed to have heard coughing from behind him, but no one was there. The coughs seemed to follow him as he walked around the 6th Floor. Elevator shafts, or a supernatural spirit? One explanation is logical, the other is possibly supernatural. On the 4th Floor, there was no suspicious activity, but there were also
10 Telltale Signs of Ghosts If you don’t have ghost-hunting technology, don’t worry, there are some telltale signs of ghosts.
Kat Brinker measuring spikes in energy.
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Unexplained noises Doors, cabinets, drawers opening and closing Lights turning on and off Items disappearing and reappearing Objects moving by themselves
crews around dismantling equipment from an event that was happening at the Club that night. No one was around on the 3rd Floor and I went into a kitchen storage area alone. At first, all seemed normal, but then… a wind-like noise radiated through the room. The windows were closed and it was not a windy night. This noise was unexplainable, but it scared me and I abandoned the ghost hunt, with a swift sprint. Perhaps there was someone hiding in the storage area, where there were many places to do so; perhaps not. I told a maintenance worker about my experience and he told me about a time he heard people laughing, but after searching the area for people, saw no one, and then heard another bought of laughter. Where these ghosts laughing at the maintenance worker or trying to scare me? Neither of us stuck around long enough to find out. The result of this investigation, then, is that no one can be certain. There were activities in the building that could be heard, but not seen. Was it employees playing jokes, or something more? There were no visual indications of a ghostly presence, just eerie, unexplainable sounds and spikes of energy. Is the Downtown Clubhouse haunted? That’s a mystery that even modern technology cannot answer. While ghost hunts capture the imagination of adults, Halloween is a holiday for children. Luckily, there have been no reports of a ghostly presence at the West Clubhouse. It’s the perfect place to host a safe and fun-filled Halloween party for the kids and the young at heart. On Sunday, Oct. 28, the West Clubhouse is hosting their annual Trunk-R-Treat. The kids will be dressed as their favorite characters, witches, goblins and perhaps even Lady Gaga; now that’s scary!
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costumes. Kids will ime to start Trunk-R-Treat get the chance to trick polishing up those Sunday, Oct. 28 or treat from car to jokes and thinking 4-7 p.m. $12 + gratuity Adults car in the parking about your Halloween $8 + gratuity Children lot. Families, decorate costume. The annual 12 & Under your car for the MAC Trunk-R-Treat is West Clubhouse festive occasion and slowly creeping closer. Call 314-539-4490 for reservations. you may win a prize! This year’s Trunk-RThe best decorated Treat will be held on car will be given an Sunday, Oct. 28, at the award. West Clubhouse. Dress After working up an appetite with up your ghouls and goblins and the games, dancing and trunk-rfly your broomsticks to the West treating, no witch or ghost will go parking lot from 4 - 7 p.m. hungry. A delicious spread of food Kids and adults are encouraged and drinks will be available. Make to come decked out in their sassiest, your reservations now by calling funniest, scariest and goofiest 314-539-4490.
Every Friday and Saturday in October Jack Buck Grill
House salad with choice of Dressing
Sausage Platter Knackwurst, Weisswurst & Bratwurst Served with Potato Pancakes, Red Cabbage & Applesauce ~ Schnitzel a la Holstein Breaded Pork Cutlet with Fried Egg, Anchovies & Capers Boiled Potatoes, Green Beans & Braised Red Cabbage ~ Jager Schnitzel Veal Cutlet with Sautéed Mushroom Onion Cream Sauce Spatzels in Brown Butter, Green Beans & Braised Red Cabbage
House made Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce ~ Black Forest Cherry Torte $25 Call 314-539-4417 for reservations.
9th Annual Wine Tasting and Sale
t’s October! wine tasting & sale As you get Fri., Nov. 9 6 - 9 p.m. ready to dress $22 + gratuity the kids as No charge for Wine Society scary ghouls Members and pretty Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for princesses, you reservations. are reminded that the holidays are right around the corner. Before you know it, you will be dressing the turkey, shopping for gifts and waiting on Jolly Ole St. Nick to come down the chimney. Save yourself the trouble of rushing last minute for holiday gifts. The MAC Wine Society is hosting the 9th Annual Wine Tasting and Sale on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Downtown Clubhouse. Stock up on fabulous bottles of wine at fantastic prices. This special event only comes once a year, so don’t miss out. Several local wine purveyors will be on hand to share samples of their best wines.
In between tastings, feast on delicious hors d’oeuvres. The holidays are perfect to keep in mind when attending. Pick up a hostess gift for an upcoming party, fill someone’s stocking with a great bottle of wine or stock up on several bottles for your own holiday gathering.
From the General Manager’s Desk Dear Members:
day on the job, he was hospitalized with a back
our buckets and help
problem that has him out of action for the fore-
coordinate our efforts
identification of our opportunities - the “Wally
seeable future. This very unfortunate turn of
Buckets.” Filling our Membership, Rooms and
events has forced us to reconsider efforts. Our
Room and Catering
Banquet buckets and the benefit we derive
thoughts and prayers are with Chef Marbs as he
from our successes are our top priorities. We
recovers, and our hope is he can still join our
talked about the quest of “obvious platinum
team when recovered.
In previous columns, I have discussed the
status” - what that means and how it becomes
The good news for our culinary program
I believe the key at a storied club like the
MAC, with its rich traditions and overall
our target. We also highlighted the need to set
is we were concurrently in conversation with
excellent staff, is to infuse some new eyes and
priorities of where to deploy our resources via
Grant Higgs from Belle Meade CC in Nashville
energy strategically into our operations and
reinvestments, capital improvements and pro-
and working to bring him into our Downtown
culture, without turning over the proverbial
gram enhancements. As you enjoy your Club,
operations as Executive Sous Chef. He respect-
“apple cart.” We will build on our strengths as
we focus on making it stronger and setting our-
fully declined due to his stature and desire
we uncover our opportunities. That’s what we
selves for the next 100 years of success.
to work in his own kitchen operation as Chef
are up to and to reiterate, your input on this
which we respected. With chef Marbs on the
survey is so important as we continue devel-
covery is gathering your input via a third party
sideline the west kitchen became a very attrac-
oping our plans and organizing our work. We
membership survey. As I noted last month, I
tive opportunity for Grant who will now take
will share our findings with you, as well as our
dislike surveys as much as the next guy, and get
over as our chef at West. He is a real foodie,
path moving forward.
inundated with these requests seemingly all the
and is so passionate about his profession, that
The MAC is awesome and I’m so proud
time. The difference here is that this is your
he is a natural for the opening. Grant is going
to be associated with you and your Club. I
Club and your opportunity to play a role in our
to elevate our West food operation.
appreciate your feedback and look forward to
One mechanism selected to aid in this dis-
direction and our applied efforts. One thing I
One other welcome goes out to Diane
playing my part in your Club’s next chapter.
have learned over the years is to ask what you
Rackovan, who will be joining our
Please let us know what we can do to make
think, rather than think I know what you think.
Communications Department. Diane is a mar-
your next visit to the Club the best ever - Go
So please take the 15 to 20 minutes needed to
keting-minded professional who will focus on
Rams! — Wally
give your honest assessment and view of how our future can and should be. Some things are more obvious than others and the low hanging fruit is the easy stuff to see and adjust. With our bucket theme in mind, it was obvious we needed a marketing orientated seller in our room’s bucket, so we have hired Zack Freeman to join our awesome front desk team. Zack will focus on our rooms bucket and encourage all of you to think of the MAC if out of town guests, business associates or family need a very cool place to stay while in town. Zack has a degree is hospitality management from Missouri State University and several years of experience working in busy rooming operations. He will be a great complement to our existing team. I am also pumped to welcome new tennis professional Kenny Powell to direct our youth tennis programs. Kenny is very well regarded in the tennis community is “the man” for developing collegiate scholarship-level players. Kenny will invite a number of the most competitive young players in our region into the MAC, and our new programs. As our competition gets better our programs and kids all get better too creating a win/win and maybe a college scholarship for mom and dad at some point. Last month, we welcomed chef Rob Marbs to our culinary team at West, and after his first
Focus on Fitness
Tuesdays – 5:30 p.m. Thursdays – 5:15 p.m. Downtown Clubhouse Reservations are not required. Call 314-539-4434 for more information.
For a strong core and strong limbs, try this exclusive floor workout. The Mat will work your powerhouse, back, legs and arms by using exercises that will help lengthen your muscles as they strengthen. Mat Pilates is an excellent workout for both men and women alike! It will improve your core strength, flexibility, coordination and muscle control.
Mat Pilates Wednesdays – Noon Aerobics Room – 7th Floor Downtown Clubhouse Reservations are not required. Call 314-539-4434 for more information.
Improve Flexibility this Fall
Strengthen your core with this non-impact class that works your abs, lower back, hips and glutes. Bands and balls are used to strengthen, tone and define. Dynamic Core is taught by Keisha Burns at the Downtown Clubhouse.
Rejuvenate, free yourself and come to life as you take an incredible mind and body journey to peacefulness and relaxation. Yoga assists to increase flexibility and strengthen you both mentally and physically.
Mondays – Noon Downtown Clubhouse Reservations are not required. Call 314-539-4434 for more information.
Mondays – 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays – 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. West Clubhouse Reservations are not required. Call 314-539-4434 for more information.
A fluid form of yoga that links each breath with a physical posture. This athletic and challenging practice incorporates core strength with flexibility, agility and endurance. Concentration is enhanced through body awareness and open focus. Postures will range from beginning – advanced so each person can determine their ability/limit. This 90 minute class includes a 15 minute relaxation allowing ease and integration.
Fridays – 11 a.m. West Clubhouse Reservations are not required. Call 314-539-4434 for more information.
This is unlike your typical yoga class. HardBody Yoga is the “new and literally hot yoga hybrid” that combines strength training with yoga technique to create a strong physique. During this class you’ll work every major muscle group several times over without ever having Christine Elsesser teaching Hard-Body Yoga. to pick up a single weight. All you need is your body, an open mind and a yoga mat; you’ll discover what strong, healthy bodies are made of. Hard-Body Yoga will resume at the Downtown Clubhouse beginning on Monday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 4. Hard Body Yoga classes are taught by personal trainer Christine Elsesser.
Focus on Fitness
he MAC offers a new treatment method to help alleviate aches and pains. The MELT technique keeps connective tissue and nervous system in top condition. This approach helps to keep you healthy, youthful and active. The emotional, mental and environmental stressors in your day-to-day life build tension in your body. The “stuck stress” is trapped in your connective tissues, which surround your joints, muscles, nerves, bones and organs. When stress is left unaddressed, your connective tissue becomes dehydrated and cells can be damaged. This in turn causes aches and stiffness which can escalate into bigger problems. The MELT technique rejuvenates tissue hydration and relieves tension trapped in your body. The technique is easy to learn and you will see immediate results. You will improve your flexibility, mobility, posture, sleep, digestion and overall health while reducing aches, pains, wrinkles, cellulite, tension, stress, headaches and risk of injury. Create a strong and flexible body with the MELT technique. Anyone can benefit from MELT from older adults to young athletes. If you are interested in learning more about the MELT method or scheduling a session, please contact Mandy Puett at 314-539-4481 or 314-323-3600. A one-hour session costs $50, and a half-hour session costs $32.50.
MAC Athletes and Friends Try the Tri
he triathlon is among the most challenging athletic competitions because it requires endurance and proficiency in three different disciplines: swimming, cycling and running. The fifth annual MAC Sprint Triathlon attracted 27 athletes to the West Clubhouse to participate in a race consisting of a 300-yard swim, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and concluding with a 3-mile run. Aaron Hughes won the men’s division; Jill Laswell captured the women’s division; Carl Hogan Jr., was the MAC member winner. There were a handful of first-timers: Bill Stewart, a 77-year-old man, had not competed in a triathlon in almost seven years since having a pacemaker and stints installed. Bill Helfrey, an active 69-year-old, competed as well. Carl Hogan, 59-years-old, was the MAC member (men’s winner).
2012 Triathlon Winners
Men’s: Aaron Hughes 1:00:12 Women’s: Jill Laswell 1:08:28 MAC Member: Carl Hogan Jr. 1:03:40 The Best of the Rest Dirk Elsperman Chuck Bryant Chris Wright Patrick J. Boyle Chris McDonald Ben Brasseur Bryant Relay Team Francis Godfrey Brian Rogers Barb Kraus Greg Bray Tracy Heart Mary Boyle Darby Hogan Craig Smith Tom Hastings Greg Galakatos Tara Hogan Jim Fourshee Mary Hastings Greg Beekman David Helfrey Bill Stewart Annie Beekman
Time 1:03:45 1:03:55 1:05:57 1:06:06 1:08:32 1:11:25 1:12:26 1:14:49 1:16:49 1:17:29 1:19:26 1:20:51 1:22:39 1:24:27 1:25:01 1:26:55 1:30:07 1:30:45 1:31:33 1:34:37 1:36:40 1:39:14 1:41:58 1:50:30
Triathlon winners Carl Hogan Jr., Jill Laswell and Aaron Hughes.
The triathlon began with a 300-yard swim in the pool. october 2012
Squash Season at the West Clubhouse By Squash Pro Heidi Mather his summer, we held our first batch of squash specific camps in many years. We held one camp in June and one in August. Our junior program is constantly expanding and is now a good percentage of our lessons and clinics. Our season kicked off officially in September and our first round of singles league was Friday, Sept. 21.
Yago and I would like to congratulate Reed Whitney who got early acceptance into the Naval Academy. He just started his senior year at MICDS and is looking forward to this next phase of his squash career in Annapolis, Md. We hope everyone had a great summer and look forward to seeing everyone on the squash courts!
The Downtown Pool Got a Makeover
he pool was cleaned and freshly painted over Labor Day weekend. The Downtown pool is open for lap swimming year round.
Platform Tennis Season Underway
10-12 year old squash camp. Madison Connell, Brook Wright, Ellie Connell, Layne Zaegel Bottom row: Yago Cornes, Reed Whitney (who helped us), Jo Jo Dolan, Molly Schmid, Sam Byrne and Heidi Mather.
Gold medalist - Sam Byrne; Silver medalist - Brook Wright and Bronze medalist - Layne Zaegel.
National Fencing Tournament Coming to the West Clubhouse
his fall, enjoy a game of tennis and a bird’s eye view of the city. The original MAC court was restored in 2010. The sport is most popular in the fall and winter. If you enjoy racquet sports, give platform tennis a try. The court can be reserved by calling the Athletic Department at 314-539-4482. Paddles and balls are available for sale in the Pro Shop.
The Fencers Academy Super Youth Circuit Oct. 20 & 21
he MAC will host a national fencing tournament, the Fencers Academy Super Youth Circuit. The Super Youth Circuit (SYC), sanctioned by USA Fencing, is a group of events held throughout the country for youth fencers in various age groups in all weapons that provide an opportunity for young athletes to experience elite competition, earn national points and prepare for future national events. It is also a qualifier for other national youth events. Missouri Athletic Club members are welcome to watch the matches both days for free. Watch some of the top boys and girls from around the country compete in this fast-paced, exciting sport.
Youth Basketball at West Boys and girls can improve their basketball skills at upcoming after-school clinics. Session I: Oct. 9 - Nov. 1 Session II: Nov. 6 - 28 Tuesdays: 4 - 5 p.m. (Age: 5-8 years) Wednesdays: 4-5 p.m. (Age: 9-13 years) • $30 for 4 weeks for Members • $45 for 4 weeks for non-Members • West Clubhouse • Call Eric at 314-539-4468 to register.
Crews to Serve Up Billikens Basketball
ew St. Louis University basketball coach Jim Crews will entertain and inform at the annual Billikens Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Expectations are high for the 2012-13 Billikens as they look to build on last yearâ€™s strong season that saw SLU earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament where they knocked off Memphis and took Number 1 seed Michigan State to the wire. With the core of the team returning, the Bills enter this season as one of the favorites to win the Atlantic-10 Conference. Coach Crews will preview the upcoming season and answer questions from fans. Enjoy a delicious lunch and meet some of the players. Get ready for an exciting season of Billikens basketball!
Blues and Bills Shuttle
top by the Jack Buck Grill before Blues hockey and Billikens basketball games this season. You can park in the MAC garage and dine at the Club prior to regular season home games. When you dine in the Jack Buck Grill, you can enjoy round-trip transportation to and from the Scottrade Center or Chaifetz Arena. The MAC shuttle bus leaves approximately 30 minutes and 10 minutes prior to game time for hockey and 20 minutes for SLU games. Following the games, enjoy a nightcap in the Jack Buck Grill. Bus service could be cancelled due to prior commitments. Call the front desk (314-231-7220) the day of the game to confirm shuttle service. The shuttle bus will be raring to go when the NHL lockout ends and the Blues season begins. The Billikens will tip off their season at the Chaifetz Arena in November.
Billikens Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 16 11 a.m. - Reception 11:30 a.m. - Lunch 12:15 - Program $30, inclusive Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
Kickoff the Big Game at the MAC!
ootball season is in full swing. The MAC is your pre- and post-game destination for all Rams games. The MAC serves up the best football buffet in town. Call 314-539-4470 for reservations. The price is $23.50 for noon games and $18.95 for afternoon games. The MAC is always a great place to stop in for a drink before or after the game.
2012 Rams Home Schedule Oct. 4 Arizona 7:20 p.m. Oct. 21 Green Bay 12 p.m. Nov. 18 New York Jets 12 p.m. Dec. 12 San Francisco 12 p.m. Dec. 16 Minnesota 12 p.m.
The 5th Annual MAC Golf Classic Golfers Hit the Links for Preservation Foundation
he beautiful Country Club at the Legends was the site of the 5th annual MAC Golf Classic. Members and guests hit the links for a day of fun and friendly competition. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the MAC Preservation Foundation. The event began with lunch, followed by the tournament’s shotgun start at noon. Following the round, golfers gathered in the clubhouse for cocktails, dinner and an auction. The team of President Joel Karsten, John Moriarty and Ryan Robertson won the tournament.
Golf Classic winners President Joel Karsten and John Moriarty (Teammate Ryan Roberston was not pictured).
Kim Tucci, Governor Gordon Bush, Don Gunn and President Joel Karsten at the Golf Classic auction.
Jim McMullin tees off.
David Hoffman, Tim Shocklee and Scott Engelbrecht.
Jim Hacking, Rick Lodewyck and David Mason. Mark Belew emceeing the Golf Classic auction.
Tim Van Rhein tees off.
Meet a Master’s Champion – Bob Goalby Reception
eet 1968 Masters Champion Bob Goalby. He won 11 tournaments between 1958 and 1971. Goalby joined the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in 1979, winning twice, and contributed key ideas to the formation and structure of that new Tour, before retiring to a home in his native Belleville, Ill., where he has designed several nearby golf courses. Join him on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at a reception in the Downtown Clubhouse. The price Bob Goalby receiving his includes parking, hors d’hoeuvres and a presentation by the 1968 Masters Champion. Masters Championship coat in 1968.
BOB Goalby Reception Tues., Oct. 23 5:30 p.m. – Reception (Cash/Signature Bar) 6:30 p.m. - Program $20, inclusive Downtown Clubhouse Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
Jack Buck Sports Awards Banquet - Dec. 11
he candidates for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Sports Personality of the Year are set. The award, which MAC member Jack Buck helped establish in 1970, annually honors the top The event always local sports figure. sells out, so make The candidates for the reservations early. 2012 Sports Personality Reservations will be of the Year are Carlos accepted beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2, Beltran, Frank Haith, at 10 a.m. Ken Hitchcock, Matt Call 539-4470. Holliday, Chris Long Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina. sacks. This past summer, Long signed Outfielder Carlos Beltran was an a four-year contract extension with the immediate hit in his first season in St. Rams through the 2016 season. Louis. The Cardinals slugger led the For years, Yadier Molina has been team in home runs and earned a trip to recognized as the game’s best defensive the All-Star game. catcher. This season, Molina emerged University of Missouri basketball as one of the top hitters at the position. coach Frank Haith made a big impact In addition to hitting over .300 for in his first season in Columbia. Despite the second consecutive season, he having just seven scholarship players, established career highs in home runs Haith guided the Tigers to a 30-5 and RBIs. record, marking just the second 30-win The winner of the 2012 Sports season in MU history. Haith was named Personality of the Year will be selected the National Coach of the Year by the by the members of the Missouri Athletic U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Club. Over the years, the award has the Associated Press. honored some of the biggest names in Like Haith, Blues coach Ken sports history: Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Hitchcock made a big impact on his Ozzie Smith, Brett Hull, Albert Pujols, new team. After the team got off to a Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk are a slow start, he replaced Davis Payne and few of the distinguished past winners. guided the Blues to a 43-15-11 record. The 2012 Sports Personality of the Hitchcock led St. Louis to a playoff Year, along with other distinguished series victory for the first time in a members of the St. Louis sports decade. He won the Jack Adams Award community, will be honored at the presented to the top coach in the NHL. 43rd annual Jack Buck Sports Awards Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 11. led the Cardinals in hits and runs batted in. In the absence of Albert Pujols, Holliday stepped up and became one of the most feared hitters in the National League. Holliday earned a trip to the All-Star game and is considered as a strong candidate for league MVP honors. Rams defensive end Chris Long established himself as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. He led the team with 13
Reservations can be made by calling 314-539-4470. The price is $125. Cocktails – 6 p.m.; Dinner – 7 p.m.; Program – 8 p.m.
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New Tennis Pro Will Get Juniors in the Swing!
he West Tennis Junior Program is now headed by tennis professional Kenny Powell. Powell comes to the MAC from Sunset Tennis Center where he was the director of high performance tennis. In addition, Kenny also works as a sports agent in the St. Louis area. After graduating from SLU School of Law, Kenny realized his passion is developing elite tennis players.
“I am excited to use my experience to help further develop the MAC program. My focus and passion has been in developing sectional and nationally-ranked players.” - Kenny Powell Kenny coached Katherine Desloge, who was recruited to play tennis at the University of Richmond, her school of choice. Kenny was with her every step of the way, keeping the school’s coaches informed of her progress. “My favorite thing is watching kids I’ve coached for many years being able to reach their goals.” A native St. Louisan, Kenny was the #1 ranked tennis player in St. Louis throughout his junior career. He is excited to come to the MAC and develop young talent at the Club. Kenny was working with Rex Serituk when the Cherry Diamond met with him. Rex finished fifth in the Missouri Valley Sweet 16 tournament this year, featuring the top 16 tennis players in a five states (Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas). In order to improve his game, Kenny and Rex worked on his footwork and mechanics as a foundation for his continued success on the court. “It’s all thanks to him,” Rex said, referring to Kenny helping him continuously improve his performance. Kenny has USTA high performance certification and will help the Junior Tennis program shine at the MAC. When not on the court, Kenny spends time with his fiancée April and their dog/daughter Guinness. 18
Saving for Retirement Retirement Facts • Fewer than half of Americans have calculated how much they need to save for retirement. • In 2010, 30 percent of private industry workers with access to a defined contribution plan (such as a 401(k) plan) did not participate. • Less than half of Americans are currently saving for retirement. • The average American spends 20 years in retirement. In order to protect yourself from becoming an overwhelming statistic, it is important to get a plan in motion for retirement. One of the biggest challenges workers face when it comes to saving for retirement is starting. Many people don’t know how to start or how much to invest. Making a plan and doing research will literally pay off in dividends. The first step is to figure out how much money you can afford to put away, and when you plan to retire. The following tips will help you plan for your retirement. Diversify Across Asset Classes Invest some savings in each major asset class: stocks, bonds and cash. There will be periods when each one outperforms the others. This can reduce the volatility of your portfolio. Take Advantage of Retirement Plans It may seem like a no-brainer to take advantage of a program at work where your employer matches your retirement fund contributions, but not everyone sees it this way. In fact, about onethird of people who have a 401(k) plan available at work don’t contribute. You should consider doing so, especially when employers offer contribution matching programs. Under these programs, not contributing is like turning down free money - with compound interest.
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Let It Compound Einstein is widely reported to have said that the most powerful force in the universe is compound interest. You don’t need to be a theoretical physicist to understand why. With the power of compounding, you earn interest on both your money and the interest on your money. Over time, your retirement balance increases, and you earn even more money on that larger sum. Plan to Live Longer The biggest threat to a good life in your golden years is living longer than you had expected. The average life expectancy in 99 years, while many
people don’t anticipate living past their 80’s. This can lead to financial trouble in the last years of your life, if you don’t anticipate having them, especially with the rising healthcare costs associated with older age. Don’t Pull Your Investments Don’t make the mistake of trying to time the market, often jumping out of investments at the first sign of trouble. The system works if you put your money in and try not to panic. If you pull your money out every time the market swoons, you’ll likely be selling at the bottom and buying back in at the top, which will take a toll on your portfolio. Save For Retirement Before College Don’t put away too much money for your children’s college fund if it’s at the expense of your retirement fund. Retirement should take the priority over saving for college because your children can borrow for college, but if you’ve saved so little for retirement, you can’t go to a
bank and say that you need money for groceries and medicine. With most people, the thought process should be reversed: Retirement savings should come before college savings. Prepare for Long Term Care The costs of medical care in the late stages of retirement can be so large that even a good long-term care insurance policy may not cover the costs. Often, consumers buy long-term care insurance that covers about $150 a day in care, but the average annual cost for a private room at a nursing home in 2012 was $81,030. That leaves more than $26,000 uncovered by long-term care insurance. These are the things that people don’t want to think about, because the realities can be overwhelming, but they have to think about them. As such, many people will need additional funds to cover the cost of long-term care. Develop a Distribution Strategy Covering retirement costs involves more than simply pulling money out of various forms of savings. Develop a distribution strategy to determine the
Practice Retirement When most people think about retiring, financial worries are all they consider. It’s not until they retire that they realize how important work was for their social lives. Many Americans identify themselves by their job. They miss their coworkers and duties. They ended the biggest, most defining chapter of their lives. Lack of foresight into emotional planning and preparedness can leave some retirees in a state of depression; having a plan can prevent those stressors.
best way to tap your funds. It’s arguably as important as having an accumulation strategy. If you’ve got no idea how to turn what you’ve saved into an income stream for the rest of your life, you’re not setting yourself up for a successful retirement.
There are free online Practice Retirement tools that can help baby boomers as they approach retirement age, but still have the security of income. This can help them transition into retirement while still having the safety net of employment. The tool includes time management skills, social priorities and budgeting. Having a plan is the most important step: With a solid plan on acquiring money for retirement, and a plan on how you’re going to use that money, with whom and where, the stresses of retirement are removed. By having a plan, you can relax and not have to worry about the details; your retired self will thank you for it.
McKnight Place Extended Care
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Garden View Care Centers
arden View Care Centers created the first Memory Care Program in St. Louis and St. Charles County more than 14 years ago. Memory loss is part of many diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Studies show that the best medicine for most memory loss is activity. Garden View Care Center’s Activity Based Memory Care Program helps people to stay sharp, stay healthy, and thrive. Activity also makes life FUN and helps keep families connected. Schedule a tour. See for yourself. Call 636-449-7575. www.gardenviewcarecenter.com
he Charitable Society for Children is taking nominations for the 2013 charities that will be supported by the MAC. Three charities will be selected and each will receive any money raised throughout the year by the MAC CSC. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, Oct. 27. For a charity to be considered it must be: a local charity, nondenominational, family oriented with an emphasis on service to children and for human welfare. Nominations are also required to submit copies of the organization’s IRS letter of determination as a 501(c)3, and the organization’s most recent form 990, which has been submitted to the IRS. The MAC will also access the Guidestar website to verify that the organization’s status as a charity is still valid. Without this documentation, the charity can not be considered for nomination. Nominations can be emailed to CSC Chairman Sam Hopmeier at email@example.com. Along with the charity name, please provide a onepage fact sheet with information about the charity. Also, please make sure the charity is listed with St. Louis Better Business Bureau in their Charity Review section. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the charities will be presented to the selection committee at a meeting at the West Clubhouse at 7:30 a.m. The nominating member or employee must be present at the meeting for a five-minute presentation on the charity. The final recommendations of charities selected will be given to the Board of Governors for approval. If you have a charity that you work closely with, nominate it today and help the MAC give back to the community.
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Roemer Topf Trip Becomes an MAC Toastmasters Tradition
By: Tom Applewhite ktoberfest came early to the MAC Toastmasters in late August. Now in its second year, the trip by the MAC Toastmasters to Roemer Topf, a fine German restaurant in Mascoutah, Ill., owned by Renate and Roy Gray, was fun for all. Toastmasters enjoyed a bus ride over to the restaurant with flavorful German beer and festive hats, including chicken hats. Upon arriving, Toastmasters held a modified version of their weekly meeting where veteran Toastmasters Kim DeMotte and Larry Zielinski performed “mad lib” speeches provided to them by Vice President of Education Elizabeth Kroll. The Toastmasters will be holding a variety of other interesting events throughout the year, from an annual dinner in the Crystal Room to hosting a guest speaker who helped uncover genocide by Saddam Hussein. If you are interested in learning more about MAC Toastmasters, please contact Vice President of Membership Drew Weckbach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put Some Spring into Your Step
et ready to hit the dance floor and start perfecting your moves. The Dance Club is offering a session of Ballroom Dance Lessons this fall at the Downtown Clubhouse. If you missed the first fall session, there’s time to get swinging in the second. The second session will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Nov. 6. Whether you or your spouse are looking for a new interest to share or need to learn a few moves for your first dance, lessons at the MAC are fun and enjoyable for everyone. It does not matter if you have two left feet or are a dance pro, lessons can fit anyone’s skill level. Professional dance instructor Lucy Fitzgerald personalizes the experience for each couple. Dance lessons are a great way to meet new friends at the Club and spend quality time with your dance partner. The five-week sessions costs $55/ person for Dance Club members and $62.50/person for non-Dance Club members. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Katie Maurer at 314-539-4402.
Reception Wine ~ 2011 Zuani Collio Bianco Appetizer Buffalo Mozzarella, Roasted Peppers and Duck Confit Flatbread 2010 Vajra Dolcetto Salad Course Sage & Fava Bean Custard with Shaved Asparagus Meyer Lemon Cream with Poached Quail Eggs 2010 Vajra Dolcetto Entrée Trio of Wild Boar Wild Boar Rack with Raspberry-Jalapeno Jam Braised Pork Bellies with Cactus Fruit Glaze Andoullie Wild Boar Sausage Farmers Cheese Potato Cake Oven Dried Tomatoes French Beans 2008 Vietti Barbera d’Alba Dessert Chocolate Pate with Truffle NV Ferriera Ruby Port
Lunch & Tour Group Upcoming Events
oin the Lunch and Tour Group on Monday, Oct. 15 for a tour of the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146). Attendees will have the honor and privilege of having a question and answer session with a Holocaust survivor after the tour. After the tour, the ladies will be off to a wonderful lunch at Kohn’s Kosher Meat & Deli. Lunch will be matzo ball soup, choice of sandwich (corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, or turkey), potato or meat knishes, dessert and drink. Ladies will also be able to shop at the deli after lunch.
Wild Game Dinner
Dine on fabulous wild game delicacies with wine pairings presented by A. Bommarito Wines. Saturday, Oct. 20 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Cash/Signature Bar) 7 p.m. Dinner Downtown $35 Rod & Gun Club and Wine Society Members, inclusive $40 Non-Rod & Gun Club and Wine Society Members, inclusive Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
The Holocaust Museum tour will be $5 and lunch is $11, making the total event $16. The Group will present a donation and gift for the Holocaust survivor speaker and the Museum. Always remember that attendees can bring a guest(s). Carpooling will be available at the West Clubhouse at 8:50 a.m. Ladies planning on carpooling at West should let the Chairs know when they call or email to register.
Call Marie Salter at 314-567-5976 (or email@example.com) or Mary Lou Lenkman at 314-610-1630 (or brvami@gmail) for reservations.
Monday, Oct. 15 8:50 a.m. – Carpooling at the West Clubhouse 9:15 a.m. – Roll Call at the Museum 9:30 a.m. – Tour Begins 11:45 a.m. – Tour Ends, Lunch to Follow $16
SAVE THE DATE Friday, Dec. 7 Tour of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company (The Hill area). Christmas shopping for candies can be done. More information will be coming.
battle is brewing on the MAC West tennis courts. Get your front row seat at the West Clubhouse on Friday, Oct. 19, to see two exciting matches Lance Vodicka beginning at 6 p.m. The annual Tennis Exhibition is sponsored by the MAC Charitable Society for Children to raise money for the 2012 charities: Our Little Haven, Walker Dave Fuhrig Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders and SouthSide Early Childhood Center. Representatives from the three charities, as well as members of the CSC will be on hand to share information about the charities. The first match will be a battle between tennis pros Lance Vodicka and Dave Fuhrig. Lance Vodicka is a 2012 ATP Touring Professional, with current U.S. Men’s Open Pro ranking of #155. Vodicka finished his junior career with a United States National 18 and Under ranking of #26. Dave Fuhrig played #1 singles at Quincy University for four years. He holds the all-time Quincy record for matches won. He is the defending 2011 and 2012 Bud Simpson Doubles Champion. Fuhrig holds a 5.0 rating by the USTA and has seven years of teaching experience. Following their match, MAC tennis pros Scott Stutz, Mac McDonald, Max Shapiro and Patrick McNally will play a doubles match. All members and their guests are welcome to attend. Admission is free. Donations for the 2012 charities will graciously be accepted. Be sure to read the Cherry Diamond, Buffet and CWC a la Carte for more information about this year’s exhibition. �������� ������������� ����������� �������� ������������
Veterans Day Commemoration
alute our nation’s J4/5, U.S. Transportation Veterans Day Veterans at a MAC Command, Scott Air Commemoration celebration for those Force Base, Ill. RADM Thursday, Nov. 8 who have served our 11:15 a.m. - Exhibits Brown previously served as Noon - Lunch Country. On Thursday, Director of Logistics and 12:30 p.m. - Program Nov. 8, the MAC will host Security Assistance, J4, $27.50, inclusive the 2012 Veterans Day U.S. European Command, $250 for a table of 10 Commemoration at the Downtown Clubhouse Vaihingen, Germany. Call 314-539-4470 for Downtown Clubhouse. The MAC Veterans Day reservations. Guest speakers, a delicious Commemoration begins lunch and musical at 11:15 a.m. with military entertainment will be just a few of the exhibits and a cash bar in the Eads highlights of the special day. Come Room. Lunch will follow in the out to support Missouri Room at noon, followed by those who have the program at 12:30 p.m. The price served our to attend is $27.50, which includes Country. The lunch, the program, parking and featured speaker gratuity. Military uniforms or service and guest of dress for servicemen are appropriate honor will be and a jacket and tie for civilians. NonRADM William A. members may make reservations by Brown, Director credit card or may mail a check to the of Strategy, Catering Department at the Missouri Policy, Programs, Athletic Club, 405 Washington and Logistics, Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63102.
The Bricks Are Coming! Get a sneak peak of the bricks displayed in the Art Gallery.
embers and guests using the Downtown lobby will soon enjoy a new vista: A display of handsome commemorative bricks honoring major contributors to the MAC Preservation Foundation. The MAC Preservation Foundation was formed to raise funds for necessary infrastructure improvements of the historic Downtown Clubhouse. Commemorative bricks will be on permanent display in the Art Gallery area and readily visible to all lobby visitors. The display is currently under construction and they look great!
There is still time to order a handsome commemorative brick. Brick sizes range from 16” x 16” – 12” x 12” – 8” x 8” and 4” x 8”, representing contributions from $2,500 to $25,000. Donors may designate those whom they choose to honor with personalized text. Contributions are tax deductible. Forms are available at the Downtown Front Desk or can be requested electronically by emailing Pam Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Downtown Barbershop has two manicurists that will keep you in the game: Dannelle Jennings and Pamela Adams. They are available by appointment by calling 314-539-4440.
Treat Yourself at West
MAC Friday, Nov. 2 Downtown Clubhouse 6:30 p.m. - Registration 7-10 p.m. - Trivia $35 per person, all inclusive: Trivia, Beer, Wine, Soda, Light Hors D’oeuvres and Garage Parking Call 314-530-4470 for reservations. A portion of the ticket proceeds will beneﬁt the MAC Charitable Society for Children
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Wine and Dine Menu Item of the Month
Caribbean Grilled Marlin
he October menu item of the month is the Caribbean Grilled Marlin: Grilled Blue Marlin with roasted cherry tomatoes, fennel and calamata olive infused spaghetti squash; topped with a fine-herb Beurre blanc.
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he October wine of the month is the Toad Hollow Reserve Merlot. This 2007 Russian River Valley selection is bursting with black cherries and blackberries on the palate. Toad Hollow Reserve can be enjoyed by the glass for $9 or shared with friends for $34 per bottle.
Make Your 2012 Homecoming Memorable
igh school football is in full swing and your children have been hitting the books. With the newness of the school year over, this month brings the excitement of the homecoming dance to high schoolers. The MAC will make your children’s or grandchildren’s homecoming night memorable and elegant. The MAC can host homecoming dinners in the Jack Buck Grill Rendezvous room. Your child or grandchild and their friends will enjoy a delicious threecourse dinner at the Club for only $35 per person, which includes a Caesar salad, entrée, dessert, soda, ice tea or coffee and service charge.
Three entrée options are available and include: Prime Rib, Chicken Modiga or Fried Shrimp. The Rendezvous Room can accommodate groups up to 40. The MAC also has several banquet rooms which can accommodate groups up to 400. Save money on a limo too! Rent the MAC shuttle bus for the evening. The bus seats up to 30 and costs $100 per hour with a three-hour minimum rental. To book a reservation for dinner for groups of eight or smaller, call Kelly Schaper at 314-539-4457. For groups larger than eight, contact Linda Soncasie at 314-539-4424.
MAC Chefs “Kookin’ for Kids”
he MAC Food and Beverage department recently cooked up a delicious dish in support of a local children’s charity. Executive Chef Bart Philipps and Director of Catering Linda Soncasie teamed up to represent the MAC at the St. Vincent Home for Children’s “Kookin’ for Kids.” The annual event is in its 21st year. Each year, local restaurants team up with members of the local media to raise money in support of St. Vincent’s. St. Vincent’s assists troubled children in the area. The organization provides counseling, vocational training, alternative special education Chef Bart Phillips kookin’ for the kids. and a residential treatment center.
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arry Weber is this month’s featured artist in the MAC Art Gallery at the Downtown Clubhouse. Most of the drawings in this exhibit were done in Vietnam, while Weber served there on river patrol boats, in 1966 and 1967. The impressions of Korea and Desert Storm were done at the request of a veteran’s organization in Alabama, where these and other drawings are on display at the Military Museum on the U.S.S. Alabama. Weber is probably best known for his sculptures, which are highly regarded for their sense of movement and vitality. His aim is to have his sculptural work show the same life and spontaneity as his sketches. Weber’s sculptures are installed across the country and abroad. In St. Louis, he is best known for the 10 action figures of St. Louis Hall of Fame baseball players outside of Busch Stadium; the statue of Dred and Harriet Scott on the east side of the Old Courthouse and the large Lewis and Clark statue just south of the Eads Bridge. These and dozens of others are in public view throughout the Greater St. Louis area. If you are interested in purchasing any of Weber’s work that is displayed at the Club, please contact Linda Van de Riet at 314-539-4448.
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he MAC Hermann Trophy is now on Facebook and Twitter! The pages will feature Hermann Trophy and collegiate soccer news throughout the year. Scan the QR codes to keep with up the latest news in collegiate sports.
Save the Date Gala Dinner and Auction
BRIGHT LIGHTS The future looks so bright, you’ll have to wear shades. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
For sponsorship and donation opportunities, contact Katie Maurer at 314539-4402.
Cocktails & Silent Auction 5:30 p.m. Dinner - 7 p.m. Oral Auction - 8 p.m. $125 per person, inclusive Call 314-539-4470 for reservations.
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This month: Jack Flynn Jack has been a member since 1956. 1. Why did you join the MAC? “I got a free membership with my job 56 years ago.” What is your favorite meal at the MAC? “I always enjoy the 50 year dinner.” How do you get the most out of your membership? “I come and visit Pam (Stan Musial Grill bartender) everyday. I stop by Downtown after work occasionally for a cocktail.” What is your favorite MAC event? “They used to have an annual picnic years ago. They don’t host them anymore, but they were always fun. I have good memories of those times.”
October 2012 issue of the Cherry Diamond