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6 MAC’s 40 Under 40 10 Announcing Women of Distinction Program 11 College Basketball Awards

12 Supporting the Foundations 16 Golf Galore! 24 Building Improvement Section

18 Athletics 22 Wellness 28 Clubs Within the Club 31 MAC Past 32 Snapshots

Departments 2 Upcoming Events 4 President’s Column 6 General Manager’s Column 7 Membership 14 Dining



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Golf options extende d to at full membership benefits Glen Echo Country Club




awards will be presented to college basketball’s best at the College Basketball Awards banquet on April 15.

MAC members were recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as among St. Louis’s 40 Under 40.


women will be honored at the MAC’s annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on April 12.

$295 $12,253.08 $87,000

The monthly cost excluding tax to join the MAC’s full membership program at Glen Echo Country Club. was presented to each of the Charitable Society for Children’s three 2018 charities.

was the approximate record-breaking amount collected at the Foundations’ Gala in support of the MAC’s foundations. Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019 F 1

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Taste & Tour (WE) TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Introduce a guest to membership at the MAC. Enjoy a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres in the 1903 dining room while learning about the Club’s athletic, dining, and social offerings from MAC expert staff. Tour the West Clubhouse and finish the evening in the 1903 bar, if desired. 5:30-7 p.m. Event is complimentary Register to attend by calling 314-539-4438 or

MTS Irish Whiskey Tasting (DT) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Join the Mark Twain Society for a night of whiskey tastings. Price includes tasting, cigars, hors d’oeuvres and garage parking. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $42.50 per person plus gratuity for Mark Twain Society members $46.50 per person plus gratuity for non-Mark Twain Society members and guests

St. Patrick’s Day Parade (DT) SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Take a ride on the MAC float and pass out candy and goodies to the crowd. 11 a.m. – Depart from Downtown Clubhouse 12 p.m. – Parade begins Register online or contact Brittany Jenson at 314-539-4470 or to ride aboard the float.

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to Register for Events

1. Login to the website ( 2. From the member homepage, register for all events through the web calendar. Access the calendar the following ways: F My MAC > Calendar > Club Events F Within the Quick Links box under Reservations > Events Reservations can also be made by calling: F Downtown: 314-539-4470 F West: 314-539-4490 For any login or registration questions, contact No shows will be charged in full. Please call with your own reservation. Cancellations must be made at least 72 hours before the event to avoid a one-third charge.


Apollos Spring Concert (DT) FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Join the Apollos for dinner and entertainment at their annual Spring Concert! The Apollos will present The Great American Songbook featuring songs from great composers such as Moon River, Come Fly With Me, I’ll Be Seeing You, Blue Skies and many others. This concert will feature the Apollos as “MAC Pack” soloists just like the members of the Rat Pack and some of the newer members of the chorus. 6 p.m. – Cocktails 7 p.m. – Dinner 8 p.m. – Program 9:15 p.m. – Afterglow $38.50 per person plus gratuity

Women of Distinction Easter Egg Hunt (WE) Golf Kickoff: Masters SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Luncheon (DT) at the MAC (DT) FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Honor St. Louis women for their professional achievements, leadership and character. Betsey Bruce will emcee the presentation featuring panelists Romaine Seguin, Adrian Bracy, Carolyn Kindle Betz, and Cheri McLaughlin! 11:15 a.m. $50 per person, inclusive

Bring the kids for the annual Easter egg hunt at the Club! Hunts will be divided up by age group. Also, enjoy a breakfast buffet, visit with the Easter Bunny, prizes and more. Members are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photos with the bunny. 8-9:45 a.m. – Breakfast buffet 10 a.m. – Egg hunt Adults – $18.95 per person Children (5-12) – $11.95 per child Children (4 and under) – Gratis

Easter Brunch (DT & WE) SUNDAY, APRIL 21

College Basketball Awards Dinner (DT) MONDAY, APRIL 15 The United States Basketball Writers Association and the Missouri Athletic Club are partnering to present awards for the national male and female players of the year (Oscar Robertson Award and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award), the freshman of the year (Wayman Tisdale Award), and coach of the year (Henry Iba Awad). 5:45 p.m. $150 per person

Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch with the family at either clubhouse. Candy, photos with the Easter Bunny, and a petting zoo will take place at the Downtown Clubhouse. Members must bring their own cameras for photos with the Easter Bunny. Kent Miller Photography will take family portraits in the Downtown Clubhouse’s Art Lounge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. West: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults – $36.95 per person plus gratuity Children (5-12) – $16.95 per child plus gratuity Children (4 and under) – Gratis

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Kickoff the 2019 golf season with a presentation featuring guest speakers Jay Randolph, Sr. and Jay Randolph, Jr. Retired Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith will be present to accept a check from the MAC Sports Foundation on behalf of his foundation, PGA Reach. 5:30 p.m. Event is complimentary

Election Rooftop Happy Hour (DT) THURSDAY, APRIL 25 Mix and mingle with fellow members and the election candidates while enjoying appetizers, drink specials and live music. Invite a guest! 5:30-8:30 p.m. Event is complimentary

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from the president It was not only a fun evening at the Foundations’ Gala, it was also a successful fundraiser for our three foundations. There are also several other exciting Club events in the next two months. Before I talk about those, I want to thank everyone who supported the MAC’s foundations by attending the Gala, becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item, or bidding on silent auction items remotely online. Your participation helped make this event a great success, supported the future of the MAC, and built upon our Club’s great culture of camaraderie. Although the final numbers are not in, we collected in excess of $87,000, a new record. Approximately, $63,500 is attributed to the live auction; $16,000 is from the silent auction; $7,400 raffles; and another $40,725 from sponsors, advertisers, and donors. These are all preliminary numbers, but I’m happy to report that the Gala was a success. A special thanks also goes to Gala Chairman Kevin Cantwell, Katie Mauer and their Gala Committee along with the MAC staff who spent hours making sure the Gala was enjoyed by all. Keep the momentum going by planning to attend the annual Masters at the MAC/ Golf Season Kickoff event on April 24. There will be commentary by Jay Randolph, Sr. and Jay Randolph, Jr. Ozzie Smith will be present to accept a check from the MAC Sports Foundation on behalf of his foundation, PGA Reach. At the event, you will hear more about the MAC’s Full Membership Program at Glen Echo Country Club. The MAC has a renewed

partnership with Glen Echo and has locked in a fixed rate of $295 per month plus tax for the next two years and an agreement that the program will continue into the future. In summary, MAC members have the unique opportunity to enjoy full membership benefits at two legendary clubs and three clubhouses. Members are encouraged to contact Rodney Stoyer in the MAC Membership Department to enroll in the program now in preparation for golf season in April. On April 12, the MAC will celebrate local female leaders who have been revolutionary in business, civic engagement, philanthropic programs, or mentorship at the annual Women of Distinction luncheon. New this year, instead of a featured keynote speaker, a moderator will interview panel of very interesting women from a variety of backgrounds, which means there should be great takeaways for everyone attending. Support the MAC’s Women’s Initiative Group by reserving a table at the luncheon or sponsoring the event. Contact Katie Maurer for more information. On April 15, the MAC will host the College Basketball Awards for the second consecutive year. At this event, the MAC will honor the player of the year (Oscar Robertson Award), coach of the year (Henry Iba Award), and freshman of the year (Wayman Tisdale Award). New this year, the MAC will also present the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award to the top woman college basketball player. Reservations for this event open to MAC members only on March 1. Contact Jim Wilson for more information or to

learn about sponsorship opportunities. March 1 is also the deadline to submit letters of intent to run for the Board of Governors. As a follow-up to my January column, the Board of Governors held a special meeting in January to discuss the election process. In summary, while several Governors were in favor of moving to a non-contested election, there were varying thoughts, and the Board did not reach a consensus on revising the election process. As a result, the topic will not be brought to the membership for a vote, and the Club will continue with a contested election. The Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates. Members are encouraged to reach out to the Nominating Committee or Board of Governors, if they have an interest in running or if they want to recommend someone who they think would be a good candidate. During the meeting, there was a consensus on continuing with one vote per member household and electronic voting. Additionally, the Board is going to draft amendments to the bylaws to allow spouses to serve on committees and the Board of Governors. All members should plan to attend the election festivities, which are a great MAC tradition. See page 5 for the election calendar. I look forward to seeing you this spring at these and many other great MAC events.

G. Keith Phoenix, President Missouri Athletic Club

Your participation helped make [the Foundations’ Gala] a great success, supported the future of the MAC, and built upon our Club’s great culture of camaraderie.

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Last Call for Nominations for the 2019 Board of Governors! The Nominating Committee is currently seeking ten qualified candidates to run for the 2019 Board of Governors. Don’t miss this rewarding chance to give back to your Club. Not only is it a way to give back, but the experience is extremely rewarding. You will: F Learn more about the nuts and bolts of governance and strategic planning F Have the opportunity to use your skills and passion to make an impact on your Club F Work with MAC leaders and teams toward a shared goal F Have the opportunity to work with professional and hardworking MAC staff F Gain notoriety within the Club by promoting informed communication to membership


Gain much more from your membership by providing value Develop a deep camaraderie that few ever forget

If you are interested in running, please contact these members of the Nominating Committee:

If you have questions about what board service is all about, feel free to contact any current Governor or Past Governor. They are more than happy to answer questions and share experiences. Your letter of intent is due on or before March 1, 2019.

Troy Robertson 314-249-8240 Mike Schoedel 314-495-5045 Tripp Zumwalt, Bill Springer, Nick Bahn, Pat Cantwell, Mike Hackett, Carl Winters, Mark Neill, Randy Nistler, Tim VanRhein, and Brett Benyo.

2019 CLUB ELECTION CALENDAR Silent Voting – Wednesday, May 1 Regular Voting – Thursday, May 2

VOTING TIMES Wednesday, May 1 Downtown Clubhouse – Veterans Room – Silent Voting 10 a.m.-2 p.m. West Clubhouse – Silent Voting 6-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 2 Regular voting – 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Downtown Clubhouse – Art Lounge 3-6 p.m. – Gauntlet 7:30 p.m. – Results announced in Missouri Room; member party in Missouri/Eads Room immediately following

Election Rooftop Happy Hour Thursday, April 25 F 5:30-8:30 p.m. F Downtown Clubhouse Rooftop Mix and mingle with fellow members, meet the 2019 Board of Governor candidates, enjoy live music, and indulge in delicious food and drink specials, including $3 draft beer and domestic bottles; $4 craft draft beer, premium bottles, and wine; $5 well drinks. Bring a spouse, date or guests to enjoy this MAC tradition and exceptionally fun evening. The event is free to attend! Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019 F 5

from the general manager First and foremost, thank you to everyone who sponsored the Foundations’ Gala, donated an auction item, bid on auction items, and attended the event. It lived up to its reputation as “the party of the year,” but more importantly, it raised approximately $87,000 for the MAC’s foundations, which exceeded our goal of $75,000 and is a new record. I applaud everyone who contributed to the event’s success. These funds make a significant impact on Club and the St. Louis community. For example, gifts to the Preservation Foundation allow us to make improvements to our Downtown Clubhouse while simultaneously freeing up other dollars in our capital budget for improvements at the West Clubhouse. I’m still on cloud nine from the whole experience, which is why I changed my column photo to further commemorate this spectacular event. I’m also still energized about a Business Management Institute continuing education course that West Clubhouse Manager Darrin Harnetiaux and I attended in Phoenix in early January. The course focused on trending athletic and fitness programs ranging from youth programming to racquet sports to everything encompassing wellness. One of the highlights was the day we spent touring the Exos facility headquarters and taking courses provided by their professionals. To summarize, Exos is a company focused on human performance. They offer state-of-theart fitness facilities, expert professionals, and the latest technology all focused on intertwining fitness training, nutrition, and physical and mental well-being. Frankly, they’re three to five years ahead of the industry standard, and I left thoroughly

impressed with their approach and offerings. To paint a better picture, here are just of the few of the forward-thinking fitness and wellness industry trends: F Employment of medical professionals to assess a person’s health and prescribe a treatment plan that incorporates diet, exercise, lifestyle recommendations, and medications. F Provide boutique, custom and personalized experiences by creating unique opportunities for relaxation, such as floatation therapy studio or aroma therapy preferences, or conversely adrenaline pumping, such as hikes, clean cocktails, and live music. F Offer holistic therapies and CBD oilinfusion with spa packages and nutrition offerings. F Increased focus on “spirit” and mental health with meditation, yoga, massage and other stress-reducing therapies. Not surprisingly, Darrin and I came back to the MAC exploding with ideas to share with the team and implement at the Club. Most recently, we met with David Vandeven and Katie Lambert, our registered dieticians at both clubhouses, along with our chefs and fitness staff to discuss providing more healthy dining alternatives, such as real fruit smoothies and a juice bar. We’re looking forward to sharing more details as these ideas become reality. While on the topic of fitness and wellness, I am happy to report that we have received a wealth of positive member feedback since completing Phase One of the West Clubhouse fitness expansion and renovation project and the Downtown Clubhouse weight room

renovation early this year. Phase Two of the West Clubhouse project is slated to begin in September. We’re currently finalizing the design and subsequent costs. I hope to have renderings of Phase Two in May or June to share and reignite the excitement for this ongoing project. Keep in mind, these projects have been in the works for several years. They’re coming to fruition as a result of the vision and leadership provided by your Board of Governors and committees working closely with staff. Not only did your leaders have a vision, but they also developed a plan for staying on track and executing it, which is extremely commendable. On this note, the Board will elect a new president and officers before this printed publication reaches your hands. I want to personally thank the outgoing Board for their exceptional leadership. By keeping a steady hand on the rudder, they’ve kept our ship steered in the right direction. As a result, the past two years have been the best in the Club’s financial history. A big thanks goes out to David Smith, Treasurer; Andrew Carter, Secretary; Matt Morris, Second Vice President; Aaron Pawlitz, First Vice President; and of course, Keith Phoenix, President. On behalf of the entire MAC management and staff, thank you for your leadership and contributions to the Club. See you at the Club,

Wally Smith, General Manager Missouri Athletic Club

I’m also still energized about a Business Management Institute continuing education course that West Clubhouse Manager Darrin Harnetiaux and I attended in Phoenix in early January ... Not surprisingly, Darrin and I came back to the MAC exploding with ideas to share with the team and implement at the Club. 6 F Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019

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Amos, Carol (Clark) of Ferris Group was proposed by Gary Grewe.

Haq, Mansoor (Amber) of SSM Health was proposed by John Pennington.

Ploszay, James (Mead) of Afinitas was proposed by Jim Edwards.

Boedges, Laura (Vincent Dohnal) of U.S. Trust, Bank of America was proposed by Carrie Burggraf.

Hubbell, Michael (Christina) of Premier Pipe, LLC was proposed by John Pennington.

Pope, Jay (Jessica) of Edward Jones was proposed by Troy Robertson.

King, Katie (Nicholas) of Scrubs and Beyond was proposed by Lindsay Bosworth.

Pruett, Robert (Jennifer) of Team Leader was proposed by Matt Gross.

Kruse, Stephen (Rebecca) was St. Louis Blues was proposed by Eric Stisser.

Raines, Tim of National GeospatialIntelligence was proposed by Mel Burkhart.

Mason, Spence (Jenae) of David Mason & Associates was proposed by David Mason.

Rush, Jeff (Amy) of Icon Mechanical was proposed by Mary Noel George.

McMahon, William (Martha) of McMahon Group was proposed by John Pennington.

Sackman, Jamie (Keith) of St. Louis Blues was proposed by Eric Stisser.

Monk, Michael of Dept. of Defense, SAFB was proposed by John Pennington.

Wagner, Chris (Erin) of Gabriel, McCartney and Wagner PC was proposed by Todd Hilliker.

Corbett, Nicholas of Brooks Brothers was proposed by Edgar Sparks. Dreyer, Teresa of Assistance Home Care was proposed by Tom Chelew. Duneske, Chris (Ashley) of Spine Source was proposed by Troy Robertson. Emerson, Keira (Kerry) of St. Louis Blues was proposed by Eric Stisser. Fritsche, Eric (Meghan) of Edward Jones was proposed by Troy Robertson. Gardner, Matt (Aimee) of St. Louis Blues was proposed by Eric Stisser. Girsch, Randy (Elizabeth) of St. Louis Blues was proposed by Eric Stisser. Hackett, Charlie of Wells Fargo was proposed by Mike Hackett. Hallett, Sam of Atlas Building Group was proposed by Jansen Darst.


O’Brien, Daniel (Clair) of Ilerasoft was proposed by Shawn Williams. Palagiri, Anand (Sujani Narayan) of Mercy Hospital was proposed by Julie McGowan. Phillips, Jerina of Lewis Rice, LLC was proposed by Neal Perryman. Place, Sterling of Atlas Building Group was proposed by Jansen Darst.

Wierciak, Nick (Lisa) of St. Louis Blues was proposed by Eric Stisser.

LEADING Proposer Eric Stisser kicked off the new year with a strong lead by proposing six new members! Try to surpass him with seven this year.

In Memoriam


F Mr. William Schicker joined on Oct. 19, 1978 and passed away on Jan. 17, 2019 at the age of 84.

Introduce a guest to membership at the MAC. Members and their guests will enjoy a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres in the 1903 dining room while learning about the Club’s athletic, dining, and social offerings from MAC expert staff. Tour the West Clubhouse, and finish the evening in the 1903 bar, if desired.

F Mr. James Barry joined on May 22, 1975 and passed away on Jan. 19, 2019 at the age of 73. F Mrs. Phyllis Greenberg (wife of Burton Greenberg) joined on Nov. 18, 1976 and passed away on Jan. 19, 2019 at the age of 85.

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THE MAC CON G RATU L ATE S O U R 40 UNDE R 4 0 M E M B E R S Several MAC members were recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as “40 Under 40.” The Cherry Diamond highlights these rising stars in the St. Louis community. RAMONA BEHSHAD MAC member since 2017

CD: What made you want to join the MAC? RB: Neither my husband nor I have immediate family in St. Louis so we were looking to join a club. One of my patients, who is now a dear friend, suggested that my husband and I tour the MAC. It has been great for my family. We like to be active and socialize. CD: Describe your profession. RB: I am an Assistant Professor of Dermatology and the Division Director of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Most of my time is spent practicing dermatology within SLUCare Physician Group, and my focus is on the treatment of skin cancer. CD: Are you involved with any leadership boards or other organizations in the community? RB: One of my biggest accomplishments as a physician is becoming President of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Medical Society. I am only the third female president in the 180-year history of the Society, and the first woman to serve in that capacity in more than 20 years. I am also Secretary of the Saint Louis Dermatological Society, President of the Saint Louis Dermatology Journal Club, and a member of the Faculty Senate at Saint Louis University. CD: Has membership at the MAC influenced your leadership in the community or helped you grow your business, leadership skills, network or achieve professional success? RB: I really enjoy networking with MAC members who are both in healthcare and outside of healthcare. We meet for an early morning workout or to share a meal. My husband and I have invited co-workers to 8 F Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019

attend Easter, Christmas, and Mother’s Day Brunch. We are confident in and thankful for the staff at the Club, who provide excellent food and treat you as if you’re family. CD: Have you or do you plan to use the Club to host business meetings or networking events? RB: Great people, great place to have fun, exercise, and rejuvenate. We held the Saint Louis Metropolitan Medical Society Installation dinner at the Downtown Clubhouse in January, and it was a beautiful event. The ballroom was beautiful, the food was excellent, and the service was outstanding as usual. LAURA BRUNING MAC member since 2010 CD: What made you want to join the MAC? LB: My mother and father-in-law have been members for years so before I joined, I would go to the MAC with them as a guest. In 2008, my husband and I had our wedding reception in the beautiful Missouri Room. So, it was never a question of if I would join, just when. CD: Describe your profession. LB: As Associate General Counsel for Energizer, I handle all labor, employment, and compliance legal issues for the company, which includes employment litigation and counseling, union negotiations, migration, safety and health compliance, training, policy review, etc. And since Energizer has employees in more than 40 countries, my scope is global. On a typical day I could be, for example, helping an employee in Australia get a work visa, counseling HR about leave laws in Russia, or working with local counsel on litigation strategy in Argentina.

CD: Are you involved with any leadership boards or other organizations in the St. Louis community? LB: I recently finished a six-year term on the Missouri Division of Youth Services Advisory Board. I am also the president and founder of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Society. CD: Has membership at the MAC helped you achieve professional success? LB: Absolutely. My husband and I both love our jobs and work a lot, but we are also very family oriented and spend as much time as we can with our two little girls. The MAC allows us to conveniently have a healthier lifestyle. My husband and I use the gym and attend the fitness classes, while the girls hang out in the playroom together or take tennis lessons. Then, we all grab a bite together in the grille. CD: What do you enjoy most about membership at the MAC? LB: For me, the best thing about the MAC is the pool. You can find us there every single Saturday in the summer. The kids have a blast; Brenda always brings us a cold drink; the poolside café has great snacks (the black bean hummus is the best in town), and I get the opportunity to chat with old friends and meet new ones. CD: Why should other young professionals join the MAC? LB: The networking. There are always fun events to attend, and it’s nice to meet people who also have a “work hard play hard” mentality. CD: What are you currently reading, or are there any books or resources that you would recommend to other professionals or community leaders? LB: Instead, I’d like to actually recommend a podcast. My husband AJ introduced me to Tim Ferris’s podcast. The podcast interviews the world’s most successful people, and he extracts from them tips and tools you can use to be better and more efficient in life. It’s a great way to pass the time, learn, and get inspired.

TOM DANKENBRING MAC member since 2002 CD: What made you want to join the MAC? TD: Initially, I wanted to get involved in working out at the MAC and the men’s basketball league. I played basketball throughout my entire life, and I had some friends who were already playing in MAC leagues. I was also blessed to see the incredible relationships my dad, Jim Dankenbring, built through the MAC since he joined in 1978, and I wanted to meet new people in the same way. CD: Please describe your profession. TD: Since college, I have owned a full financial planning practice, affiliated with Northwestern Mutual. My team and I help individuals, families, and businesses with numerous aspects of their financial planning needs, including insurance, investments, and corporate benefits. CD: Are you involved with any leadership boards or other organizations in the community? If so, please describe. TD: I’ve been involved with a lot of committees here at the MAC through the years, including, most recently, the Membership and Nominating committees, and am a past President of the Associate’s Group. I am currently active on the Operating Board for Lutheran Family and Children’s Services as well as Lutheran Association for Special Education. MAC Past President, Dean Eggerding and I have co-chaired LASE’s golf tournament for several years. CD: Has membership at the MAC influenced your leadership in the community or helped you grow your business, leadership skills, network or achieve professional success? TD: Absolutely. Inevitably, being active at the MAC allows people to surround themselves with the best of the best in St. Louis. I can’t think of a better network than the relationships I’ve built through the MAC. The best part is these relationships all started as friendships and have naturally progressed into professional relationships too. CD: Have you used the Club to host business meetings or networking events? TD: I have countless breakfast, lunch, and ‘fellowship’ meetings at both clubhouses with clients. There’s no better place to bring a client than the MAC because I am always certain they will have an incredible

experience. The atmosphere, the food and drinks and, most importantly, the staff are all second to none. I can’t say enough about the staff – they are like a second family to my family and me. CD: What are you currently reading, or are there any books or resources that you would recommend to other professionals or community leaders? TD: I am re-reading Doing Business by the Good Book, written by Dave Steward. It’s fantastic and faith-based. KATIE HAYWOOD MAC member since 2015 CD: Please describe your profession. KH: I am an Industrial Real Estate Broker at CBRE. I focus on both sales and leasing of industrial buildings. CD: Are you involved with any leadership boards or other organizations in the community? KH: I volunteer at my kids’ school, Mary Queen of Peace, whenever I can. I also try to volunteer my time with different charitable committees. CD: Has membership at the MAC influenced your leadership in the community or helped you grow your business, leadership skills, network or achieve professional success? KH: Yes. I do business with many MAC members. Being able to see them in a non-work setting helps build stronger relationships. CD: What do you enjoy most about membership at the MAC? KH: We enjoy all of the diverse amenities the MAC has to offer from Breakfast with Santa, to Easter, to fitness classes, tennis, and activities for the kids. There is always something to do at the MAC. CD: Why should other young professionals join the MAC? KH: The MAC provides a platform to build new friendships, expand business relationships, and strengthen your existing network all while doing activities you enjoy. CD: Are there any books or resources that you would recommend to other professionals or community leaders? KH: I highly recommend Value-Added Selling, which is authored by a MAC member and friend, Paul Reilly.

MATT MASIEL MAC member since 2007 CD: What made you want to join the MAC? MM: My in-laws have been members since the MAC acquired the Town & Country Racquet Club. I joined as an Associate, but resigned in my early thirties to commit more time to my growing family. Then, about four years ago, I learned about the Platinum Partnership Program and decided then was a good time to re-join. CD: Please describe your profession. MM: As President at Prime Building & Construction and Screaming Eagle Development, I focus on adaptive reuse of historic properties into predominately multifamily buildings. I also own a general contracting company that focuses on commercial flat roofing. CD: Are you involved with any leadership boards or other organizations? MM: I am on the Operating Board of Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, and my wife and I are the chairs of this year’s annual auction. I am the President of the Vanderbilt Alumni in St. Louis Association. CD: Have you used the Club to host business meetings or networking events? MM: I have hosted several Vanderbilt Alumni Association events at the West Clubhouse. Working with the Club’s catering team is always easy, and they help put together some great events. CD: What do you enjoy most about membership at the MAC? MM: My family enjoys Friday nights at the Club. We make reservations in the Stan Musial Grille with our friends while our daughters enjoy the MACtivities. I also appreciate how the MAC supports veterans. I named my business in honor of my time in the U.S. Army as Engineer Officer in the 101st Airborne Division, known as Screaming Eagles. CD: Why should other young professionals join the MAC? MM: The MAC is a great place to meet people, especially for young professionals with kids. It allows you to connect with others and still spend time with family.

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WOMEN OF DISTINCTION PROGRAM Honor St. Louis women for their professional achievements, leadership and character. Retired Channel 2 journalist Betsey Bruce will facilitate a distinguished group of panelists featuring Carolyn Kindle Betz, Adrian Bracy, Romaine Seguin and Cheri McLaughlin. Hear from a distinguished group of women who are making an impact in our community. Leading the discussion will be Betsey Bruce, who had an award-winning career for more than 45 years as a television journalist. She reported and anchored thousands of local news stories. Betsey tackled everything ranging from the Flood of `93 to Pope John Paul II’s visit to presidential nominating conventions. The featured panelists will include Carolyn Kindle Betz, President of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the charitable arm of Enterprise Holdings Inc. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $354 million to thousands of registered nonprofit efforts, focused on community improvement, education and environmental stewardship. In her role, Kindle Betz develops and implements the Foundation’s long-term philanthropic strategies and objectives for the future. She is also leading St. Louis’ bid to try to land a Major League Soccer franchise. 10 F Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019

Adrian E. Bracy, MBA, CPA, began as the chief executive officer for YWCA Metro St. Louis on Aug. 17, 2009. Bracy has more than 20 years of senior management finance experience with professional sports teams that include the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins/Joe Robbie Stadium. Her strong background in financial management is complimented by her talents for overseeing long-term business objectives, human resources, risk management and building strong relationships with local communities. Bracy says her calling is “to inspire and make a difference in the lives of women and girls.” Romaine Seguin is president of UPS Global Freight Forwarding. She oversees air, ocean, and rail freight forwarding as well as brokerage and supplier management for the 220 countries and territories UPS serves around the world. Throughout her career, Seguin has held a variety of operational and management roles. Seguin has volunteered on several boards, including the Florida International University (FIU) School of

Business Dean’s Council, the board of Trustees of William Woods University, and the United Way. Cheri McLaughlin is President and owner of Sparks Milling Digital. She directs business development, client relationships, HR legal, and financial operations. McLaughlin works with client teams to develop digital marketing strategies by assessing, analyzing and designing solutions. She currently serves on the MAC’s Board of Governors and previously served on numerous committees including Nominating, Planning, Planned Giving, Finance, By-Laws, Membership and Women’s Initiative. Join the MAC in honoring the following women at the 2019 Women of Distinction Luncheon: F Adrian Bracy F Katrina Pon F Lisa Clark F Katie Rhoades F Dr. Abby Hollander F Katie Castree, F Ann Marr Rising Star FRIDAY, APRIL 12 11:15 a.m. F $50 per person Make reservations online or call 314-539-4470


MAC TO HONOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S BEST The USBWA College Basketball Awards – April 15 Sponsored by: Tom Lange Company Just one week after leading Villanova to the 2018 NCAA College Basketball championship, Jalen Brunson was at the MAC to receive the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award. Oklahoma sensation Trae Young received the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year, and Virginia’s Tony Bennett was presented the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award. Members and guests filled the ballroom as the banquet was a tremendous success. On the heels of that strong debut, the USBWA and the MAC have extended their partnership to host the event for four more years. On Monday, April 15, make plans to honor the best from the world of college basketball for the 2018-19 season. In addition to the three awards that were presented last year, the presentation of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s Player of the Year Award will be added to the program.

“The CBA is an annual highlight on the USBWA calendar, replete with the game’s luminaries,” said USBWA President David Test. “We are grateful to the Missouri Athletic Cub for hosting this celebration of college basketball.” The Voice of the Mizzou Tigers, Mike Kelly, will return as the banquet’s emcee. Event sponsors will get to attend a Q&A with the award honorees conducted by KMOX’s Tom Ackerman at a VIP reception prior to the dinner. “The Missouri Athletic Club is looking forward to continuing our partnership with the USBWA,” MAC President Keith Phoenix said. “Having the opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the best in college basketball fits perfectly with our Club’s tradition of celebrating athletic excellence, which began with our involvement in the 1904 Olympics and

carries through today with our hosting premier sports banquets like the Jack Buck Awards and the Hermann Trophy.” The banquet is certain to be a sellout so make reservations now. Your business can be an event sponsor, which includes recognition at the banquet and admission to the VIP reception for you and your guests. Contact Jim Wilson at for more details. Reservations for the MAC membership go on sale March 1.

MONDAY, APRIL 15 5:45 pm – Cocktails 7 p.m. – Dinner 8 p.m. – Program $150 per person (includes drinks) Register online or call 314-539-4470. Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019 F 11

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The Foundations' Gala, sponsored by Stifel, delivered an elegant evening of cocktails, red carpet photos, themed food stations, and live music by Griffin and the Gargoyles. While members enjoyed a memorable evening in the spectacular Missouri Room, the mission of the event was to raise funds for the MAC’s three foundations: Preservation Foundation, Sports Foundation and Foundation for the Arts. A variety of unique items were up for bid in live and 12 F Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019

silent auctions, plus a raffle for a specialty bourbon package and diamond and ruby necklace and earrings set. New this year, the silent auction was available online beginning a couple days prior to the Gala. Members and guests walked away with some outstanding items and some great memories all while leaving a mark on ensuring the future excellence of the Club. See more photos on Facebook!

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Past President Gives Back to the Club At the end of November, just a couple weeks after he had attended the November Forever Young Club meeting, the Missouri Athletic Club received word that Past President Bill Conway passed away peacefully at his home. He had just celebrated his 83rd birthday. Loving husband of 57 years to Barbara L. Conway (née Ackerman); dear father of Kenneth Conway, Daniel (Claudia) Conway, Elizabeth (Scott) Meier, and Michael (Jane) Conway; proud grandfather of Miranda and Dylan Conway, Mikey and Maria Conway, and Madeline, Evan, and Joe Meier; beloved brother of the late Marie Conway; and friend to many. He was active in the investment industry for more than 50 years and was well-respected by his clients and industry peers. In 1976, Bill founded his own brokerage firm, William J. Conway & Co., Inc., and built a successful firm. Mr. Conway will be dearly missed by his friends at the Missouri Athletic Club. He joined in 1972 and served as President from 1988-1989. During that time, he was instrumental in the

movement to allow female members into the Club. Mr. Conway had a deep admiration for the Club. A couple of years ago, Mr. Conway contacted Cynthia Goudy, Director of Foundations, about remembering the MAC Preservation Foundation in his estate plans. He sat down with Larry Absheer, CFO at the time, and Goudy, and spoke about his devotion to the Club and how he desired to help the future generations of the MAC. Early this year, the Club received Mr. Conway’s planned gift. The Club is honored to receive this gift and looks forward to stewarding Mr. Conway’s wishes. Planned gifts to the Missouri Athletic Club can benefit you, your family, the MAC and one of three foundations. If you are interested in extending your support to make a lasting impact for the next 100 years, there are several gift arrangements to choose from. Contact Cynthia Goudy, Director of Foundations, or 314-797-5474.

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WHAT’S ON THE MENU? The Downtown and West Clubhouses will each feature dining specials throughout Lent. The Jack Buck Grille at the Downtown Clubhouse will offer an expanded seafood menu. The West Clubhouse will serve a modified buffet on Friday nights featuring more Lent-friendly foods such as mussels, hot smoked salmon and fried cod. The buffet will also offer many of the standard kid-friendly items such as grilled cheese and pizza. The buffet prices are $8.99 for kids and $24.99 for adults. Stop by the Jack Buck Grille after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sat., March 16 for corned beef and cabbage specials and a luncheon buffet in the Rendezvous Room. Try one of the new menu items in the Jack Buck Grille including Paella Granada — mussels, roasted chicken, andouille sausage, Roma tomatoes, savory herbs with saffron rice and more.

The hockey season is heating up, and the Blues are making a push for the playoffs. Enjoy a beverage and appetizers in the Jack Buck Grille prior to each home game. Park in the MAC garage and ride to and from the games in the comfort of the MAC shuttle. Spring training is in full swing, which means baseball season is right around the corner. The Cardinals home opener is Thursday, April 4. Make the Jack Buck Grille your pre- and post-game destination throughout the season. That’s a winner!

Back by popular demand, Tom Kelly will perform in the Jack Buck Grille on Saturday, March 23 from 7-10 p.m. Kelly is an accomplished singer who has been a big hit during his performances at the MAC. For many years, his Vegas-style shows were hits with audiences at local restaurants like Failoni’s and Bartolino’s. Whether singing Rat Pack standards or ’60s R&B classics, Kelly delivers a variety of musical genres with style. Whether you are looking for a romantic night out or a fun gathering with friends, stop by the JBG for a memorable night of fine dining and music. Make reservations online or call 314-539-4417.



Egg-cellent Easter Since the Club’s inception, MAC families have celebrated holidays at the Club. This Easter, treat your family to a memorable experience. The MAC is offering three special events. On Saturday, April 20, the West Clubhouse will serve up a delicious breakfast buffet and an Easter Egg Hunt for the youngsters. The event will feature an appearance by the Easter Bunny, prizes and more! Bring a camera to capture the memories.

On Easter Sunday, April 21, the Downtown Clubhouse will offer its traditional Easter Brunch featuring a petting zoo, appearance by the Easter Bunny and candy. Kent Miller Photography will take family photos in the Art Lounge. That same day, the West Clubhouse will also offer a delicious Easter Brunch. Make reservations for these popular events early. Reservations for the Easter brunches will open on March 1.

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Golf Season Kickoff: MASTERS AT THE MAC Featuring Jay Randolph, Sr., Jay Randolph, Jr. and Ozzie Smith

GOLF GALORE! JOIN THE MAC GOLF CLUB FOR THE 2019 SEASON The Golf Club brings together members who enjoy playing golf on a regular basis for league play, tournaments, outings and special events. Members receive GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) registration, prizes, league specials and $25 off the first round of the Club Championships. Annual dues are $75. League events start between 12-1:30 p.m. Golf Club members will be notified of event details two weeks prior to each event. Continued League play every other Thursday depending on weather.

For more information about the MAC Golf Club, contact: Chair Tim Powers at 314-922-8958 or

Wednesday, April 24 5:30 p.m. Downtown Clubhouse

To sign up for the MAC Golf Club, contact:

Register online or call 314-539-4402. Event is complimentary.

APRIL F Wednesday, April 24 Golf Season Kickoff: Masters at the MAC 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Clubhouse

AUGUST F Thursday, August 15 – 7:15 a.m. at Dalhousie Golf Club F Monday, August 26 MAC Foundations’ Golf Tournament Glen Echo Country Club

MAY F Thursday, May 23 Birds and Bogies 9:30 a.m. at Strathalbyn and Glen Echo Country Club

SEPTEMBER F Thursday, September 12 MAC Golf Club Championship 1 p.m. at Glen Echo Country Club F Thursday, September 26 – TBD

JUNE F Wednesday, June 5 – 11 a.m. at Old Warson F Thursday, June 20 – 1 p.m. at Glen Echo Country Club

OCTOBER F Thursday, October 10 – 1 p.m. at St. Clair Country Club F Thursday, October 24 – 1 p.m. at Glen Echo Country Club

Join the MAC’s Golf Club and the KTRS 550 AM to kick off the 2019 golf season with a reception and presentation featuring golf greats Jay Randolph Sr. and Jay Randolph Jr. Tom Ackerman will emcee the presentation. Jay Randolph Sr. has been a personality on the St. Louis airwaves for nearly half a century and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He served as sports director for KSDK for 21 years and went on to broadcast PGA/LPGA golf for NBC sports. For more than 20 years, Jay Randolph Jr. has been a sports radio broadcaster on KTRS 550. According to KTRS, during that time, he has covered 24 major golf championships along with a number of other high-profile sporting evening. Before becoming a radio personality, he played golf in high school and college with the goal of becoming a professional golfer until he changed career goals and paths, and now talks all things golf instead of playing. During the program, the MAC Sports Foundation will present Ozzie Smith with a check for his charitable foundation, PGA Reach. The mission of PGA Reach is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA professionals, PGA sections and the game of golf. 16 F Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019

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JULY F Thursday, July 25 MAC Ryder Cup 1:30 p.m. at Glen Echo Country Club

HIT THE LINKS The MAC does not limit members’ golf experience to a single course. The Club provides local and national golf options in a variety of ways such as through ClubCorp and reciprocal clubs. Members receive special guest privileges at six golf clubs. Guest privileges are automatically included for Diamond Club members. A La Carte members should contact the Membership Department to activate seasonal privileges. All charges are billed back to the member’s account.

Login to the MAC, and navigate to Athletics > Golf > Reciprocal Golf Program for more information about the following courses: F Dalhousie Golf Club – Cape Girardeau, Mo. F Glen Echo Country Club – Normandy, Mo. F The Legends Golf Club – Eureka, Mo. F Panther Creek Country Club – Springfield, Ill. F St. Clair Country Club – Belleville, Ill. F Sunset Hills Country Club – Edwardsville, Ill.

For members interested in golf, the MAC offers a plethora of options to enjoy the sport in fun and convenient ways.

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Glen Echo Members Warmly Welcomed to the Downtown Clubhouse The Missouri Athletic Club recently locked in a guaranteed rate and full membership program with Glen Echo Country Club for the next two years. In exchange, Glen Echo members now have access to the MAC’s Downtown Clubhouse fitness facilities without paying a guest fee as in the past. To help Glen Echo's members get acclimated, the MAC hosted a reception and orientation on Jan. 31 in the Art Lounge. More than 35 GECC members came out for a cocktail reception, brief presentation, and tour of the Downtown Clubhouse. Give these new faces a warm welcome when you see them at the Club!

Enjoy full membership benefits at two legendary clubs and three clubhouses As part of the MAC’s Glen Echo Country Club full membership program, Missouri Athletic Club members will receive unlimited rounds of golf, utilization of the pool and clubhouse facilities, invitation to events, and an assigned locker for only an additional $295 per month. Contact Rodney Stoyer for complete program details and to enroll. 314-539-4471 F

Enroll Now in Spring and Summer Golf Programs & Lessons For the most up-to-date information, login to the MAC website and navigate to Athletics > Golf > Lessons. You will be redirected to a webpage specifically designed by St. Louis Golf Lessons for MAC members. From this page, learn about upcoming programs for MAC adults and youth and enroll. GOLF SUMMER CAMP St. Louis Golf Lessons’ owner Maria Palozola will conduct a junior summer camp that covers all aspects of golf for all skill levels June 25-29 and Aug. 6-10 from 9-11 a.m. PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN The MAC will field two teams in the PGA Junior League again this year. PGA Junior League is a fun, social league for kids ages 7-13 to learn the game of golf from LPGA and PGA professionals.

Participants play on scramble teams with friends and wear numbered jerseys. They will play approximately three home and three away matches against other teams. Team members rotate in and out of their group through the nine holes. Depending on the number of players on the team at each particular match children may play three holes or even nine holes. The league will have six practices, but note that this is a social play program, not an instruction program. Practices are held on Fridays and matches are typically late on Saturdays and Sundays. Cherry Diamond F MAR 2019 F 17

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From camps to specialized clinics, the MAC’s youth have opportunities to learn a new sport or perfect their skills and techniques during year-round athletic and activity programs. For the most detailed and updated information, login to the MAC website and register from the Youth Programs Calendar.


Runs from March 18-22; you pick the days! Children ages 6-11 will get instruction in squash, tennis, pickleball, racquetball and more in these single day camps. Choose from half or full day. F Full Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. F Morning Half Day: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 9 a.m. – Gym games 9:30-11 a.m. – Tennis clinic 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Wall ball F Lunch: 12-1 p.m. (Included in full-day camp; optional $7 for half-day camp) F Afternoon Half Day: 1-4 p.m. 9 a.m. – Gym games 1-2:30 p.m. – Squash clinic* 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Pickleball 3:30-4 p.m. – Gym games *Friday, March 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. – Racquetball clinic Members: F Full Day: $99 per child, per day F Half Day: $45 per child, per day Guests: F Full Day: $114 per child, per day F Half Day: $60 per child, per day

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $10 per week savings!

Members only can get early bird discounted rates for full day Summer Camp MAC and Preschool Summer Camp. Registration opens Feb. 1-March 31. Full Day Camp MAC: $180 per child, per week. Preschool Summer Camp MAC: $145 per child, per week. Cancellation must be prior to 72 hours of camp week. No early bird pricing on specialty camps. No early bird pricing on guest registrations. For all camps, weekly rate will not be pro-rated. Walk-in fee is $25 per week, and walk-ins will not be admitted if there is a wait list or if camp is at limit. No-show fee is $25.


The MAC offers different clinics and private lessons in several sports throughout the year. Basketball private training is always available by appointment.

Kids ages 8-11 can join instructor Alisha Matthews for a preseason refresher. Classes include full swing fundamentals and basics of putting, chipping and pitching. All classes mix technique instruction along with skill-building games and contests. No experience necessary. F April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 F West Clubhouse gymnasium F $125 per child, members only



Runs for 12 weeks, May 28 -Aug. 16 for grades K-6 (no camp on July 4); you pick the weeks! F Full Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. F Half Day: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Members: F Full Day: $190 per child per week (includes lunch) F Half Day: $110 per child per week ($7 optional lunch) Guests: F Full Day: $250 per child per week (includes lunch) F Half Day: $145 per child per week ($7 optional lunch)

Specialty camps are offered throughout the summer and during the holidays. Week-long camps include soccer, flag football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, yoga and golf. Dates vary; login to the MAC website and visit the Youth Programs Calendar for details.



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Members ages 12-17 who have interest in becoming a camp counselor can apply to attend a week-long Counselor in Training Camp. The CIT program will teach teens leadership skills, how to work with children, give them confidence, and teach them responsibility. CIT’s will assist camp counselors, go through a curriculum with camp coordinators, and learn camp safety and MAC service standards. Limited weeks and number of spaces will be offered this summer. Acceptance through application process. Details coming soon. Go to Youth Programs > Camps page for more information.

SUMMER WARM UP GOLF CLINICS Instructed by St. Louis Golf Lessons


Runs for six weeks for ages 3-5 (must be fully potty trained). F May 28, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22 and Aug. 5 F 9 a.m.-noon F $155 per child per week (optional $7 lunch), members only



Field Trip Camps are weekly fun-filled days of exploring St. Louis area attractions, parks, and more. Camps are for members only ages 6-12 and run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. F Explore STL: June 17-21 F Adventure Camp: July 8-12 F Wet & Wild: July 29-Aug. 2 F Price $349 per week F Registration opens March 1.

Between October and May of each year, kids ages 5-12 and infant through age 4 enjoy age-appropriate games, sports, activities and movie nights on Fridays at the West Clubhouse. F 5:30-8:30 p.m.

SWIM – WEST CLUBHOUSE Please visit the team site www.penguins. for more detailed information and for registration.


The MAC Swim Team is a fun yet competitive team for children ages 5-18. Practice is offered five days a week and weekly meets are held on Monday nights.


The Puffin Pre-team is for younger swimmers (ages three to five) who cannot yet swim the full length of the pool. The six-week Puffin Pre-team season offers practice two or three days a week and starts on Tuesday, June 4.


For all families returning from the 2018 team (all participants and siblings), registration opens March 4. All 2018 Penguin and Puffin swim team members and their siblings will be guaranteed a spot on the 2019 team if registered before open enrollment begins on April 1. For new families, registration opens April 1 and ends on May 20 for ages 12 and under and on June 11 for ages 13 and over. The season begins on Thursday, May 30.


May 29 – Meet and Greet May 30 – First day of practice June 3 – Penguin meet; time trials June 4 – First day of Puffins June 10 – Home swim meet June 17 – Home swim meet June 24 – Away swim meet July 1 – Away swim meet July 8 – Home swim meet July 12 – Away conference 11 and up July 13 – Away conference 10 and under July 15 – Swim banquet


Register children ages 5-18 for the MAC’s Dive Team. Practices are Monday-Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Meets occur on Saturday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m. There are typically three to four dive meets and one dive conference meet.


Led by head swim coach Lauren Fonseca and assistant swim coaches for ages six and up. F April 13-May 18 F Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:15 a.m. F $60 per person for six-week session F Login to the MAC’s website to register.


Led by head swim coach Lauren Fonseca and assistant swim coaches for ages four to five. F April 13-May 18 F Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:15 a.m. F $60 per person for six-week session F Login to the MAC’s website to register.

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PRE-MATCH PREPARATION By Kim Steinmetz, Tennis Director

WEEKS IN ADVANCE Because it is important to go into your tennis game physically fit, tennis should not be your only form of exercise. Players with better muscle tone will usually have more control over their body movement and thus be more accurate placing their shots. Players who have better aerobic endurance will make fewer errors near the end of a match. And players who are flexible will be less likely to get injured on the court. The above aspects of the game cannot be taken care of on the day of your match. If you only stretch one day a week, a few minutes before you play, you are not really becoming more flexible. You are warming up your body, and that is good, but muscle strength, tone and endurance all come from sustained workouts over the long haul. THE MORNING OF When you start the day, recognize whether

you are generally having a good day or not. Do you find little annoyances more agitating than normal? Do you feel uptight about other things happening in your life? If your answer is “yes” to these types of questions, you should mentally prepare yourself for a similar response on the court. Since playing tennis could possibly add to your frustrations try to 1) use the tennis itself to be a momentary relief from other stressors, 2) be more patient with yourself and others, and 3) focus on being 100% in the moment mentally. By doing these things, it will enhance your tennis enjoyment and also benefit your overall well-being. MINUTES BEFORE Most injuries happen during the beginning or near the end of a workout because at these times we are either inadequately warmed-up or have reached the point of muscle fatigue. To get warmed-up before a

match, simply reserve five to ten minutes for a short aerobic workout. Although a warmup can be accomplished on the court while hitting, it is more effective to do with a short treadmill or jump rope routine before you set foot on the court. The purpose of this exercise is to increase the blood flow going into your muscles in order to prepare them for the quick and more abrupt movements that are about to be asked of them. THE ON-COURT WARM-UP At this point, you want to have all of your previous preparation work in your favor: Feel the confidence of being well prepared, plan on being patient with yourself and those with whom you are playing, keep the pace of your shots slow at first and work into harder hit shots, run nice and easy at first and plan on sprinting to the ball as you get more and more warmed-up, and then relax and have fun!

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NEW TENNIS PRO strong understanding of stroke mechanics and can quickly diagnose problems, explain them clearly and then let students “feel” the correct adjustment in no time. Michael looks forward to introducing members to the joy and ease of playing tennis naturally and in teaching “Aha” moments to his students. The words of one of his previous students may say it best, “...I LOVED having you as a coach. Your style and technique of teaching is really unique, fun, and effective. It was the best experience in tennis I have ever had ...”

HARLEY LEARNED FROM TENNIS LEGENDS Michael Harley is a St. Louis native who learned from the teachings of Gloria Connors in Belleville to first become an excellent player and later an outstanding teaching pro. As a junior player, he quickly became nationally ranked. To make greater improvements, Michael trained at IMG and was also coached by Arthur Ashe and Nick Bollettieri. From junior competition, he moved on to college where he played at the University of Illinois under Craig Tiley. Michael has 18 years of teaching experience, mostly in Florida and most recently at Saddlebrook Tennis Resort and Spa in Tampa. He is USPTA certified with training by the USTA in “Quick Start” and Cardio Tennis. Michael has had a life-long passion for tennis and has gained knowledge from playing competitively and from each of his coaches along his tennis journey. He has a

MICHAEL SAYS STAY LOOSE! I often hear comments describing how professional tennis players make everything look so “effortless.” Besides endless hours of practice, the pros DO have a secret that is not often known by the average player. That secret is a “loose grip.” In today’s game, it is essential to hold the racquet loosely. After all, don’t we want “the racquet to do the work?” In a recent survey of the top 20 U.S. touring tennis professionals, players were asked to rate their grip pressure during three stages of their swing: (1) During the backswing, (2) at the point of contact, and (3) during the follow through. The answers were recorded on a scale from 0-10, with 10 being the tightest and 0 being the loosest. All pros gave one of two answers: 0-2-0, or 1-3-1! In life, a lot of us tend to be “control enthusiasts,” as I can relate. However, when it comes to tennis, maybe we need to remember to just hold on loosely ... but not to let go! ­— Michael Harley

TENNIS Tidbits In the summer months (June-Aug.) members can enjoy complimentary open court time on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6:30-9 p.m. Contact Kim Steinmetz at 314-5394413 or to make a reservation. On Friday, March 1, all tennis players are invited to Adult Tennis Game Night. From 7-9 p.m. enjoy fun games with fellow members. The cost is $29.50. Contact Scott at for details. The most detailed and updated information on spring and summer adult tennis programming is available on the MAC website. Login to the MAC website to register online: Athletics > Tennis > Adult Programs. Junior tennis camps will be offered this summer from June 3-Aug. 16. There will be no classes on July 4. Register for each week separately online. To register, login to the MAC website and go to Athletics > Tennis > Jr. Programs

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New Therapist Delivers Relief Sara Kammerlen recently joined the Downtown Clubhouse’s Athletic Department staff as a massage therapist. Her responsibilities include customizing and performing individualized massage treatment plans for clients. She has been licensed by the state of Missouri since 2012. Sara specializes in therapeutic massage, which uses an adaptable pressure to relieve tension within the muscle. She also uses a lot of Myofascial release techniques, which helps to restore balance to the musculature system. If you have low back pain, neck and shoulder tension, previous spinal surgeries, or if you just want to unwind and relax, Sara provides treatment that blends all the appropriate modalities the body needs. She also has a background in trigger point sports massage. For same day appointments or for help scheduling an appointment, please contact the Downtown Athletic Desk at 314-539-4482 or the West Fitness Desk at 314-539-4433.

Get a one-hour massage at the half-hour rate; valid only for first-time massage clients at the MAC; members only.



Hal Makes Splash in Barbados In November, MAC member Hal Ball completed a five kilometer open water swim race in Barbados. His time of one-hour and 34 minutes placed him sixth in his age group. During the past three years, Hal has also participated in the fivemile “Buck to Buck” swim race in St. Croix and the 10K “Round the Sound” race in Bermuda. The MAC has played an important role in preparing him for these challenging competitions. “Many of the open water swim races are held in November so the MAC pool being open until late October is a real bonus,” said Ball. “Especially this year, as an exceptionally warm October kept temperatures above 70° for most of the month.” Hal encourages anyone who likes to swim to try an open ocean race and to call him for details. He says it is a lot of fun and a great excuse to go to the islands in November.

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CBD salve is available for purchase in the Pro Shops at both clubhouses In 2017, the MAC expanded its massage services to include many medical-quality massage modalities, as well as a menu of upgrades to Swedish and Deep Tissue massage services. This menu includes cupping therapy, orthopedic massage modalities, aromatherapy, and a CBD hemp salve enhancement. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a widely popular natural remedy that has been gaining traction in the medical community for a wide array of health conditions, and it is making a positive impact on the lives MAC members. “I’ve suffered from back pain and fibromyalgia for over twenty years, and the CBD salve is the only product I’ve found that relieves my pain,” said Jennifer Griesedieck. “It has dramatically improved my life and pain level. After a tennis injury five years ago, doctors discovered severe stenosis in my upper cervical and lower lumbar areas. I had dealt with chronic pain for years, and I participated in spinal therapy twice a week for six months after my injury without much relief. It became increasingly difficult to do simple things like get in and out of the car, cook dinner, or even walk for long periods of time. I was in constant pain but not ready to have two separate surgeries, so I turned to massage to find temporary relief. The CBD calms the nervous system without the harmful effects of THC. It has helped reduce my chronic pain dramatically and has enabled me to become more active again.” So how does CBD work? The human body actually produces cannabinoids naturally. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is a system of endocannabinoid neurotransmitters that bind to endocannabinoid neuroreceptors in the nervous system. Studies have shown the ECS to have influence over sleep, appetite, pain response, and immune response. CBD impacts the activity of

these neurotransmitters and receptors to provide many therapeutic benefits. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike THC, CBD has no mind-altering effects. In fact, CBD actually inhibits THC in that regard. While clinical research is still in relative infancy, pre-clinical studies have shown CBD to be an effective pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and sleep aid, plus it relieves migraines, eases anxiety disorders and many other conditions. Where can you find CBD? For an upcharge of $10, add a CBD application to a regular MAC massage service to provide a little extra relaxation or pain and inflammation relief. Take that relief home by purchasing a jar of CBD salve from one of the MAC’s skilled massage therapists or in the Pro Shops at both clubhouses.

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As a Platinum Club of America, the Missouri Athletic Club ranks among the top five percent of private clubs in the United States. To receive this illustrious designation, an advisory board comprised of club leaders such as general managers, presidents, and owners considers how the Club measures up against seven selection criteria when casting their vote. The criteria include overall experience, universal recognition, caliber of staff and professional service levels, quality and commitment of membership, governance and prudent fiscal management, adapting to changing times, and excellence in

amenities and facilities. In less than five years, the MAC has taken great strides to enhance its facilities and amenities at both clubhouses to affirm, retain, and improve upon that standard of excellence. OVERNIGHT GUEST ROOMS In 2015, the MAC renovated nine hotel rooms that had been offline for many years. The renovation included new carpeting, paint, bathroom fixtures, TVs and more. Since then, the MAC has continued to renovate small blocks of rooms at a time, which allows the hotel

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to continue to operate with minimal disruption while improving its facility standard. The MAC’s maintenance team handles these renovations, which allows for significant cost savings for the Club. The MAC’s Preservation Foundation largely finances these renovations. PACE PROJECT The Downtown Clubhouse was the first building west of the Mississippi to have air conditioning, which was installed between 1934 and 1941, and it still had most of the original air handlers and controllers in 2015. Then, the MAC partnered with the city’s Set the PACE St. Louis program in conjunction with Trane heating and air conditioning. This program allowed the MAC to upgrade its HVAC system to comply with green energy initiatives with no out-of-pocket costs. Monies from the Preservation Foundation allowed the MAC to complete this project without pulling from the Club’s general revenue. This approximately $2.3 million capital project was in development for several years following an energy grade audit. While the aesthetics of this project were nominal, the energy efficiency increased dramatically and was projected to generate $200,000 a year in energy savings. 1903 BAR AND DINING ROOM In response to a member survey, in 201516, the MAC expanded its West Clubhouse to add a 1,600 square foot adults-only bar and patio, plus a renovation to the business dining room. The project cost approximately $1.2 million. The new bar with its rich woods, fine finishes, comfortable seating, and fireplace has become a favorite amenity of current members and attracts many new members. 5M FUNCTIONAL TRAINING ROOM In 2017, the golf simulator room on 5M in the Downtown Clubhouse's Athletic Department was transformed into a Functional Training Room to be used for personal training, group exercise classes and dynamic workouts. The renovated room featured all-new equipment, including TRX straps, a water rowing machine, free weights and a punching bag. 11TH FLOOR GROUP EXERCISE ROOM In 2017-18, the 11th floor judo room at the Downtown Clubhouse was renovated and converted into a Group Exercise Room.


The MAC’s maintenance team gutted and rebuilt the roughly 2,200 square foot space with new paint, lighting, ventilation fans, HVAC, flooring, mirrors, sound system and fitness equipment. The equipment included free weights, a TRX system, water rowing machine, AstroTurf strip for weight cardio exercises, a variety of punching bags, and more. The room is primarily used for group exercise classes and personal training sessions. Fitness class attendance at the Downtown Clubhouse

has increased since the completion of this renovation. MEN’S AND WOMEN’S RESTROOMS In the spring of 2018, the women’s restroom on 1M at the Downtown Clubhouse received a facelift to improve the aesthetics and better appeal to the many brides and bridal parties who utilize the space for their big day. The men’s restroom on the second floor of the Downtown Clubhouse underwent

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renovations in 2018 and reopened in August that year. The design of the space mirrors the sleek look of the men’s restroom on the first floor. DOWNTOWN CLUBHOUSE INDOOR POOL From late August to early October 2018, the Downtown Clubhouse pool underwent an entire renovation including a brandnew paint job and pool deck refinishing. The ceiling and upper walls were scraped free of lead paint, patched, and repainted,

and a brand-new exhaust fan was installed. A very generous member donated a gift to fund this project, and member-company JTW Restoration Services, Inc. completed the renovation. WEST CLUBHOUSE FITNESS EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECT In early 2018, the Board of Governors approved a two-phase plan to expand and renovate the fitness areas at the West Clubhouse. The project took a design-

Phase One A & B Phase One began in April 2018 and was completed in January 2019. During Phase One, the stadium racquetball court was demolished to expand the adjoining weight room, and a Mind and Body Studio designed specifically for yoga and barre classes was built in the mezzanine level above the weight room. The Mind and Body studio opened in October 2018, and the fully expanded and renovated weight room opened in January 2019, featuring new equipment such as dumbbells with self-leveling logo, power racks, a lifting area for power movements, a cable station and more. The project included a full renovation and remodel of the walls, flooring, equipment and layout. The majority of member feedback has been extremely positive since the space reopened. Phase Two Phase Two designs include improvements to the existing cardio and fitness class areas as well as adding specialty training rooms. This portion of the project is slated to begin in September. DOWNTOWN CLUBHOUSE WEIGHT ROOM Renovation of the Downtown Clubhouse’s weight room began in November 2018. All-new equipment was delivered in midDecember, and the completely refreshed space opened in early January 2019. The new design mirrors the look and feel of the recently renovated spaces on 5M and the 11th floor. JACK BUCK GRILLE Looking towards the future, this popular dining and happy hour space at the Downtown Clubhouse is slated to undergo renovations towards the end of the 201819 fiscal year. MAC members are enjoying the Club’s recent upgrades and look forward to continued facility and amenity improvements in the years to come that will ensure the MAC remains a Platinum Club of America.

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American Songbook Featuring standards from great composers such as Moon River, Come Fly With Me, I’ll Be Seeing you, Blue Skies and many others A P OL LO S S P R I NG CON C E RT Friday, April 5, 2019 Downtown Clubhouse 6 p.m. – Cocktails 7 p.m. – Dinner 8 p.m. – Program 9:15 p.m. – Afterglow $38.50 per person plus gratuity

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Mark Twain Society Shindig The Mark Twain Society (MTS) served up a good time at their Redemption Bourbon and Rye Tasting. Members and guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while sampling a true American original from the award-winning Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. Carefully hand-crafted in the river town of Lawrenceburg, Ind. at the 168-year-old MGP Distillery, Redemption Rye’s goal is to revive the classic American Rye

cocktail with floral, citrus and mint notes. The Mark Twain Society offers opportunities throughout the year for members to meet, socialize and dine in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a cocktail, cigar and hors d’oeuvres. The MTS’s next event is an Irish Whiskey Tasting on Wed., March 13 leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Attend the event to get in the holiday spirit!


Meetings The MAC offers a variety of Clubs Within the Club to bring together members with common interests. Apollos Mondays, 7 p.m., Downtown Book Club Second Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m., West Business Development Group Third Thursday of the month, 7:15 a.m., Downtown Forever Young Club Third Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m., West Invitational Sanctioned Bridge Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 6:15 p.m., West Military History Club Fourth Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m., Downtown Toastmasters First, second and third Wednesdays of the month, 5:30 p.m., Downtown PHOTO CREDIT: EMILY ROSE STUDIOS

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Bill Medart won the 900-point contest in the Boys’ Classes. Points could be accumulated in the contest in 75 stunts including track, tumbling, accuracy in shooting the basketball from various positions, stall bars and similar events. Medart posted 855 out of a possible 900 points in the test of all-around athleticism.


Indoor baseball was popular at the Club. Six teams would compete in the gym every week for top honors. Heading into the home stretch, the team captained by Lenny Woods was closing in on the championship. Ollie Kurrus was the top pitcher in the league with three victories. There were also some outstanding hitting performances, led by J.R. Higgins who was described as “an old timer” posting a batting average of .800.




An air of excitement found only in the most competitive sports was evidenced in the MAC pool when 52 MAC youngsters swam at their annual championship meet. Even more excited than the youngsters were the parents who cheered lustily from the grandstand throughout the 16 events.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming MAC Happy Hours. In addition to serving up great drink specials, these events are a great opportunity to meet new members and introduce friends and colleagues to the Club. No reservations are required. Downtown Wednesday, June 25 Wednesday, July 23 Thursday, Aug. 14 5-8 p.m.

West (Poolside) Saturday, June 14 Saturday, July 12 Saturday, Aug. 23 1:30-4:30 p.m.


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