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NOV E M B E R 2021



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Veterans Day


Join the MAC and St. Louis Rotary Club for the annual Veterans Day commemoration on Nov. 11 at 11:15 a.m. Register online today.

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Cherry Diamond Staff

Member Spotlight

Publisher – Angie Minges Director of Communications – Jim Wilson Content Marketing Manager/Managing Editor – Robyn Dexter Communications Coordinator – Kelsey Sims General Manager – Wallace L. Smith

Learn about MAC Member and Director of the CRM practice at XTIVIA.

To advertise, contact Kelsey Sims at 314-539-4459 or

Jack Buck Sports Awards Make plans to attend this year's Jack Buck Sports Banquet at the Downtown Clubhouse on Monday, Dec. 6. Learn more about this year's Sports Personality of the Year honoree Paul Goldschmidt.


Wrestling at the MAC Relive the inaugural Wrestling at the MAC, which took place on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The Cherry Diamond Vol. 115/No. 11 (USPS: 102-560) is published monthly by the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102, (314) 231-7220. Subscription - $50 per year, subject to sales tax. PERIODICAL POSTAGE PAID AT ST. LOUIS, MO. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Cherry Diamond, 405 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102

Board of Governors Officers Angie Minges – President Aaron Pawlitz – Vice President Julie Ahrling – Second Vice President Duke Niedringhaus – Secretary Matt Gross – Treasurer Class of 2022 Julie Ahrling, Matt Gross, Angie Minges, Duke Niedringhaus, Aaron Pawlitz



2 Upcoming Events

14 Clubs within the Club

MAC named Cardinals first baseman

4 President’s Column

18 Athletics

Paul Goldschmidt the 2021 Sports

6 General Manager's Column

21 Wellness

Personality of the Year.

7 Membership 13 Dining

26 Around the Club 33 Snapshots

Class of 2023 Steven Albart, E. Tracy Beckette, Brent Beumer, Justin Fowler, Christopher Swank Class of 2024 Carter Alexander, Mark McClanahan, Cheri McLaughlin, Mark Niemeyer, Neal Perryman

The Making of an CONNECT


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18th Annual Wine Tasting and Sale


Art Lecture with Bryan Haynes



The special event only comes once a year! Channel your inner sommelier and sample some of the best wines from local wine purveyors. Price includes wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and discounted wine that makes for perfect holiday gifts. 6-9 p.m. $35 per person plus Club charge No entry fee for Wine Society Members DT

Join the Art Society to welcome Washington, Missouri artist Bryan Haynes. Learn about his career as a nationally recognized artist working in the New Regionalist style and enjoy seeing works from his collection. 6 p.m. $10 per person - Art Society Members $15 per person - Non-Art Society Members

Annual Veterans Day Commemoration DT


Ladies' Lunch and Coffee Group


Sip and Shop

Celebrate and honor all those who have served the United States, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at this Veterans Day commemoration. 11:15 a.m. - Reception and military exhibits 12 p.m. - Lunch and program $29.50 per person


25 Apollos Fall Concert


Watch your favorite singers perform karaoke favorites at their annual fall concert. 6 p.m. - Cocktails 7 p.m. - Program $25 per person



Come join fellow female Members to connect and catch up. Each month will rotate between catching up with coffee in the 1903 bar at the West Clubhouse and a meet-and-eat lunch in the Sportsman's Club at the Downtown Clubhouse 8:30 a.m.


Invite family, friends and coworkers to attend this shopping event! Sip on wine while perusing a large variety of vendors offering items such as jewelry, clothing, accessories, pampering products, handmade merchandise and other items that would make perfect holiday gifts. 5:30-7:30 p.m. No charge to attend

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet


Enjoy a delicious holiday buffet with your family. Food is set by Executive Chef Bart Philipps. 1-3:30 p.m. Adults - $36.95 plus Club charge Children (5 - 12) - $16.95 plus Club charge Children (4 and under) – Gratis Call to make reservations. Reservations open on Monday, Oct. 26.


Associates Holiday Party


Join fellow Associate Members at the Downtown Clubhouse to enjoy cocktails and camaraderie! Proceeds benefit the Charitable Society for Children. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10 per person


Jack Buck Sports Awards


Cocktails with Santa

Attend the premier sports banquet in St. Louis: the Jack Buck Sports Awards, presented by Redbird Carriers. 5:30 p.m. – Cocktails 7 p.m. – Dinner $150 per person, inclusive (Complimentary drinks during reception; drinks by signature during dinner)


Celebrate Christmas Eve with a festive family event featuring mouth-watering dishes, piano music and a cozy atmosphere! WE: 5-7 p.m. (Call 314-539-4490) DT: 5-6:30 p.m. (Call 314-539-4470) Adults – $36.95 plus Club charge Children (5-12) – $13.95 plus Club charge Children (4 and under) – Gratis Registrations open Nov. 23.

25 Christmas Dinner at the MAC


Celebrate a merry MAC Christmas at the Downtown Clubhouse with a special dinner designed by Chef Bart Philipps! 4-5:30 p.m. Adults – $36.95 per person plus Club charge Children (5-12) – $16 per child plus Club charge Children (4 and under) – Gratis Registration opens Nov. 24.


Join the Apollos for a Season kickoff with Jolly ol’ St. Nick and caroling with friends. 5-7 p.m. No charge to attend.

11&18 Breakfast with Santa



24 Christmas Eve at the MAC



to Register for Events

All the good little boys and girls will have a chance to visit with Kris Kringle. Participate in fun and festive activities and savor a delicious breakfast buffet! 8:30-11 a.m. Adults – $31.95 per person plus Club charge Children (5-12) – $17.95 per child plus Club charge Children (4 and under) – Gratis Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Nov. 15.

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 Member Central > Calendar. Then, filter categories tab for "Club Events" Reservations can also be made by calling: F Downtown: 314-539-4470 F West: 314-539-4490

Family Brunch with Santa

For any login or registration questions, contact


Indulge in breakfast buffet favorites with Kris Kringle. Members are encouraged to bring cameras to capture picture-perfect shots! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults – $31.95 per person plus Club charge Children (5-12) – $17.95 per child plus Club charge Children (4 and under) – Gratis

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 onethird charge. All events held in the Missouri Room require business attire unless otherwise specified. OCTOBER 2021 F 3

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT can’t believe it’s November already! The Missouri Athletic Club’s fall traditions are in full swing, starting with our Veterans Day Commemoration on Thursday, Nov. 11 and finishing the month with our Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Downtown Clubhouse on Thursday, Nov. 25. We are so fortunate to have two clubhouses that provides each of us with community, camaraderie and fellowship. I am grateful to be a part of this amazing Club and am thankful for the friendships I have made here. In October, the Board of Governors visited the Detroit Athletic Club for its annual retreat. The Board chose to visit Detroit Athletic Club to learn more about their recent branding initiative and capital improvement efforts. The Governors and I had an amazing experience and learned a lot. Below are some insights the Board and I wanted to share with you. SIMILARITIES BETWEEN CLUBS: F Reason for being: The Clubhouses have many similarities. Detroit Athletic Club was built in 1915, and the Missouri Athletic Club was built in 1916. Both buildings have comparable original architectural features. F External challenges: Like St. Louis, Detroit has faced economic decline; however, the DAC was able to remain relevant with its members and assisted in the city’s turn around. KEY INSIGHTS/LEARNINGS: F Culture is at the heart of everything you do! Create a culture of excellence and you will see excellence everywhere. F DAC’s goal: To make the DAC the most sought-after experience in Detroit. F External pressures drive change. You cannot control the pressures, but you need to adapt to survive. F As a member-based organization, your long- term goal should be to stay relevant with your members. Re-engage members and refresh products and offerings as necessary to build your financial stability. This will require you to follow trends as needed. F Lead with a vision that clearly articulates how you want to grow. F Create a playbook with key priorities, goals, objectives and a strategy. F Your strategy to achieve your vision should include a master facilities plan. F Your history is your brand and is your emotional connection to your current and future members. F Developing a brand strategy is extremely important. Make sure your brand strategy includes your promise, purpose, essence, mission, values and pillars. F Use debt as a key strategy to capital spending plan, invest only as much as you can afford and conserve cash when you can. F Committed to “creating a culture of excellence” and believes a 1 percent improvement each day leads to



“gold.” Keep focused on improving a little each day, and you will reach your vision. F Commit to your Clubhouses, keep the area around your building safe and clean. Don’t be afraid to partner with others around you to help with those efforts. The Board and I are excited to implement some of these key learnings in our own unique Missouri Athletic Club way. I’d like to thank the Board members who were able to attend the retreat, both in person and remotely, for their time and dedication to the MAC and for always thinking of our Members' best interests now and in the future. I’d also like to give the membership an update on our capital improvement projects. In my August article, I mentioned the board approved improvements to the West Clubhouse patio and dining room. Not unlike many of your businesses, the MAC is experiencing supply chain constraints which means we cannot give an exact date as to when these projects will begin. However, as soon as we have better visibility to the delivery of the supplies needed to begin the projects, we will communicate to the membership. Thank you for being patient with us as we work to improve our facilities and the Member experience..

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: This month, I would like to highlight a Member that attended the October Board dinner, Don Nies. Mr. Nies started visiting the MAC by streetcar, with his father in 1937. On Feb. 14, 1948, Mr. Nies officially joined the MAC. For 30 years, Mr. Nies connected with his friends at the Downtown Clubhouse on Tuesday nights to play basketball, handball, squash or swim. After that, they all enjoyed cocktails and dinner as they played gin rummy until midnight. The Board and I truly enjoyed spending the evening with Mr. Nies as he told his favorite stories of the MAC. Mr. Nies, thank you for your dedication to the Missouri Athletic Club. The MAC is a better place because of you. This Thanksgiving, join us for a buffet at the Downtown Clubhouse from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25. Reservations are open now! Call 314-539-4470 or email If you’d like to take a taste of the MAC home, the Club is again offering a Thanksgiving To Go option with pickup from the West Clubhouse. Please see page 13 of this magazine for details and order form. If you see me around the Club, make sure you stop me and introduce yourself. I’m excited for the future of the Missouri Athletic Club and proud to tell everyone I am a Member of this premier Club.F

Angie Minges, President Missouri Athletic Club

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LETTER FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER ast summer, we put out a survey to gauge how comfortable our Members were with using the Clubhouses during the early months of the pandemic. We had an enormous amount of comments from Members saying they weren’t comfortable coming to the Downtown Clubhouse, not because of COVID-19 – but because of their perception of safety and crime in the city. That really got our attention. Many people wanted to know what we were doing as a Club to bring positive change to the community, and we started talking about how we could increase our efforts and be more of a presence in the Downtown St. Louis region. St. Louis is a city that’s full of challenges right now, so in recent years, area leaders and stakeholders have come together to form task forces to focus on safety and civic engagement. Every Monday and Friday, I’m on a phone call with this group talking about working together with our police department to analyze what happened over the weekend and look at some solutions going forward. The MAC has been a part of the Downtown St. Louis community for 100-plus years, and we want to be engaged with the people in the city who can make a difference. We can be change agents and get our city back on track toward thriving and being someplace that’s safe and enjoyable for the next 100plus years. Our historic Downtown Clubhouse has been a cornerstone of the city’s urban core for more than a century where civic and professional leaders have gathered to build relationships and enjoy the MAC spirit of camaraderie Though we’re more than just an athletic facility, we’ve supported the community through athletics since competing in the 1904 Olympics and still pride ourselves on recognizing athletic achievement and giving back to the St. Louis community through the Sports Foundation and Charitable Society for Children. Our Membership is a generous group – something you all demonstrate throughout the year through your time and energy. As we move forward in these


efforts, we encourage Members to expand their civic identities by engaging in partnerships that lead to the growth, progress and success of St. Louis. If we take these smart, purposeful steps now, we can be a part of creating a better community for future generations. Each month from here, we’re going to be talking about the things we’re working on and accomplishing from a civic engagement standpoint. We’re going to discuss how we can effectively impact education and talent development, economic growth, social services and improved quality of life, and crime prevention and public safety – among other initiatives. Keep an eye on this column in the coming months to find out how you can be a part of this ongoing effort! After all, it’s our community, our Club and our futures we’re talking about. Our Members need to be a part of this positive change. To get involved with this civic engagement initiative, contact Kara Kelpe at EMPLOYEE HIGHLIGHT: This is the perfect time to highlight Kara Kelpe, the MAC’s new Membership Development Executive. She came on board after an exhaustive search for someone who could help us with civic engagement and get us more involved in the community from a Membership standpoint. Kara has been involved in our art foundation for years and is the smartest person in the room most of the time. She’s hit the ground running these past five months, and it seems like she’s been a part of the team forever. We’re fortunate to have her with us leading up this huge effort. Be sure to say hello to Kara when you see her! F

See you at the Club!

Wally Smith, General Manager Missouri Athletic Club

As we move forward in these efforts, we encourage Members to expand their civic identities by engaging in partnerships that lead to the growth, progress and success of St. Louis.”




The holiday season is fast approaching, which prompts us to reflect on the outstanding year of events and accomplishments that we have enjoyed. None of these events would have been possible without the diligent work throughout the year of our wonderful staff. We see them every day, or if we don’t see them, we see the effects of their work in the locker rooms, the kitchen, the basement laundry room and Engineering offices. Our hardworking staff is what keeps both Clubhouses running smoothly. Annually, the Employee Holiday Fund extends a holiday bonus to the MAC staff and supports the MAC’s charitable entities. The MAC’s employees are always incredibly thankful to the Club’s membership for this outpouring of appreciation. A portion of the funds are allocated to the foundations and the CSC and are used to carry on the Club’s values of tradition, community and culture. On your Oct. 31, 2021 statement (both paper and digital), please notice a Voluntary contribution charge in the amount of $100 shown as “Empl Holiday/ Foundations Cont.” The funds will be allocated as shown unless you notify the accounting office otherwise. F $95 Employee Holiday Fund F $2.50 Sports Foundation (tax deductible) F $2.50 MAC Charitable Society for Children (tax deductible) Remember, these contributions are voluntary and can be left as is or be adjusted in any proportion, if desired, by contacting the Accounting Department or using the form available on the MAC website. ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT F Phone: 314-539-4432 F Email: MAC WEBSITE F Member Central > Member Documents > Holiday Fund Contribution Form Thank you for supporting the Missouri Athletic Club, our wonderful employees and foundations.

Student-created stained glass windows cap door frames throughout the Burroughs campus.

A Closer Look A program for parents/guardians who would like to learn more about the Burroughs curriculum and meet our faculty.

6:30 pm Wednesday, December 8 The same program will be held on

Thursday, January 13 RSVP to 314/993-4045, ext. 242, or register online at



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WELCOME New Members from

September Arp, Sean of Washington University and Arp, Jessica

Klein, Vincent of Cadeau and Finnegan, Carolyn of Christ, Prince of Peace LaBonte, Christopher of LaBonte Medical Group and LaBonte, Nicole of Rhythm and Ritual Long, David of Global Technology Group and Long, Stephanie of St. Louis Children’s Hospital McHugh, Keegan of Stifel Bank & Trust and Harig, Sarah of Sensory Solutions McKittrick, Timothy of Enterprise Holdings and McKittrick, Kelly of Trinity Lutheran Preschool Meyerkord, Jacob of Stifel Bank & Trust and McKittrick, Kelly of Kling, Shannon O’Neill, Cody of R&S Tower Services Inc.

Bennett, Andrew of SLU Law and Bennett, Grace of Story Seven

Pool, Matthew of Stange Law Firm, P.C. and Pool, Julie of Julie 2 Designs

Binz, Matthew of Berkshire Hathaway and Binz, Elizabeth of Drury Hotels Co.

Ruether, Rebekah of St. Louis Crisis Nursery and Reuther, Benjamin of Keller North America

Butler, Michael of Saint Clement of Rome Catholic Church & School

Sansone, Dan Anthony of The Normal Brand

Capungcol, Sarah of Indigo AG and Sher, Alex of Berkshire Grey Churchill, John of Churchill Wealth MGT and Churchill, Kimberly Etzel III, Otto of O.E. Brokerage and Etzel, Michelle of O.E. Brokerage Gorgen, Ron and Gorgen, Nancy of BHHS Select Properties Guss, Kevin of Marsh & McLennan Agency

Schack, Amanda of Saint Louis University Seabaugh, Bradley of Midwest Valve & Controls INC. and Seabaugh, Kimberly of Midwest Valve & Controls INC. Seabaugh, Jr., Bradley of Midwest Valve & Controls INC. Sims, Ryan of U.S. Bancorp Comm. Development Corp. and Sims, Tara of Jackson Physician Search Smith, Brent of Saint Louis University Turner, Luke of JL Strategic Wealth and Turner, Brynn of Bear Pediatrics

Hageman, Donald of Sandberg Phoenix

Volz, Christopher of WIPFLI/Mueller Prost and Roberson-Volz, Elizabeth of Kullmann Klein & Dioneda, PC

Hill, Tommy of Sterling Project Development and Hill, Monika of Sterling Project Development

Walk, Kevin of Dismas House of St. Louis

Hopkins, Lawrence of Longhorn Investments, LLC, and Hopkins, Marni Johnson, Michael of Vertiv 8 F CHERRY DIAMOND

White, Jahadi of Retired NBA Basketball Wicks, Mark of Interco Trading Company Zielinski, Eric of Emerging Technologies & Capital

Get a Taste of MAC Membership Thursday, Nov. 4 F West Clubhouse Register online.

All Members are invited to bring a new, prospective Member to learn more about the Club, interact with Membership Committee and Board Members and take a tour of the Clubhouse. Club Members should contact the Membership department to make a reservation and to register their guest. Appetizers, beer and wine are complimentary. To attend, contact Rodney Stoyer at or 314-5394429 or register online. Unable to make it to this event? No worries. The MAC Membership Mixer takes place the first Thursday of every month. F

INITIATION FEE INCREASE The Missouri Athletic Club will be officially raising the Initiation Fee following the January 2022 Board of Governors Meeting. Any incoming Members admitted to Membership following that meeting will be subject to the new Initiation Fee of $2,500 for full Resident and Jr. Resident Memberships. The fee for Associate Membership Initiation will raise to $1,250. Please let anyone who is interested in Membership know that this increase is coming and that there is no better time to join the MAC than right now.

Secure Your


Thinking about bringing a Platinum Partner to Club Membership? Be sure to secure your Platinum Partnership before the initiation fee increase, which is planned for the beginning of 2022. F All Members in the Platinum Partnership dues category will remain in the category even if their Partner should resign or go on a leave from the Club. F This will remain in effect until such time as any Board of Governors

could make changes to the Membership categories in the future. F To form a Platinum Partnership, any current Member of the Club must also be the new Members Proposing or Seconding Sponsor. F Now is the perfect time for any Member in the Diamond Club or À la Carte categories to recruit a Member and lock in their Platinum Partnership. F Bring your potential Platinum Partner to the Monthly Membership Mixer to give them a taste of the Club. F

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HONOR VETERANS this Veterans Day Join the MAC and St. Louis Rotary Club for the annual Veterans Day commemoration. At this year's event and honor all those who have served our country, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. VETERAN OF THE YEAR, MAJOR GENERAL CASSIE STROM Major General (Ret) Cassie Strom, U.S. Air Force, has continued to volunteer her time and efforts in the veteran community since her retirement. This includes legal help for veterans, with a focus on women veteran issues based on her experience as a JAG. She has stayed actively involved in connecting veterans to each other, ensuring veterans are aware of the benefits and resources available to them, and educating the local citizenry of the contributions veterans have made in our community. Responsibility to give back to our communities has been her mantra through both her military and civilian careers. VETERAN OF ACHIEVEMENT, MATTHEW WILSON After graduation from Kirkwood High School, Matthew Wilson enlisted into the United States Marine Corp. He did a six-year tour finishing with reserve duty, starting as a radio and wireman and transferring to tactical air control. He also acquired the rank of Sergeant or an E4. In 2014, he developed the Lifewaters group, a non-for-profit 50(c)3 diving group designed to help veterans and first responders that have become disabled. This program works by helping the amputees go pain-free after diving, helping them realize they are capable of functioning in society without feeling inhibited by their injury. They create new friendships with others experiencing the same issues. Over the past years, merged with another 501(c)3 called Handicapable Fishing. He has been a Member of the Missouri Athletic Club for over 35 years, and the St. Louis Rotary Club 11 for 28 years.

LIFETIME DEDICATION AWARD, DUSTIN ROW Dustin Row is a dad, event producer, musician and combat veteran. He fought in Iraq in 2004, escorting fuel convoys all over central and western Iraq. His unit was involved in the worst attack on a supply convoy that either war had seen until this day. They lost two soldiers, one was taken POW and many more wounded. Five American civilian truck drivers also lost their lives. Upon returning home, he was blessed with an amazing family, a great job and a new house. Many of his fellow soldiers did not have the same to return home to. After losing a battle buddy to suicide, he started helping combat veterans. In 2013, he started the non-forprofit Songs4Soldiers. Annually, they hold a two-day music festival in Columbia, IL, featuring national touring artists. All of the proceeds go to helping combat veterans directly. To date, the organization has spent more than $700,000 on 600 combat veterans and their families. KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND GUEST OF HONOR, VICE ADMIRAL DEE L. MEWBOURNE, DEPUTY COMMANDER, UNITED STATES TRANSPORTATION COMMAND

THURSDAY, NOV. 11 11:15 a.m. – Reception and military exhibits 12 p.m. – Lunch and program Downtown Clubhouse $29.50 per person Register online or call 314-539-4470.

“The Missouri Athletic Club and the Rotary Club of St. Louis sponsor the Veterans Day Commemoration and awards luncheon. The POW/MIA ceremony and the stirring speeches from key military leaders provide a solemn and emotional backdrop honoring and thanking our veteran community for their service and sacrifice. For me, it is a day to remember past missions, exploits, and comrades as we went about the nation’s business because the veterans’ courage, selfless service, patriotism and commitment serve as a rallying cry for future generations and inspires us to renew our patriotic spirit. It is a day when I rededicate myself to assisting the veteran community because we, as senior leaders, never really stop serving.” — MAC Governor Tracy Beckette Brigadier General (R), AUS Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA), Missouri (East) 10 F CHERRY DIAMOND

HONOR ROLL Thank you for your service!



Thomas Archambault Army 52-54 Gregory Atchison Air Force 76-98 John P. Baird Army 42-45 Robert C. Barnes Marine 61-67 James T. Barry Army 67-82 E. Tracy Beckette Army 71-2005 Edmund S. Beckette Army 43-45 Timothy J. Beecher Navy 72-79 Glenn A. Bilzing Coast Guard 53-64 Benjamin M. Bishop Navy 53-55 John H. Blixen Army 63-69 Jack R. Bodine Navy 45-46 William Bouchein Army 61-62 George P. Bouckaert Air Force 57-60 James L. Boyd Army 57-58 Patrick Boyle Coast Guard 60-82 James A. Breckenridge Air Force 55-58 Charles L. Bryant Army 87-91 Harold Bulger Army 55-65 Melvin G. Burkart Navy 52-89 Frank Burns, III Army 00-04 Gordon D. Bush Army 66-95 Michael Butler Air Force 85-28 James B. Campbell Army 67-69 Michael Campbell Navy 94-99 John Carroll Air Force 42-45 Thomas F. Caspari Army 65-71 George Chopp Marine 51-52 James P. Cittadino Army 51-54 Donald H. Clooney Air Force 51-54 Thomas H. Cohen Coast Guard 67-72 Robert E. Concannon, Jr. Army 56-58 Christopher P. Connell Air Force 92-97 John Conrad Army 70-76 William J. Conway Army 57-63 James F. Conway Army 55-57 Edward A. Corich Air Force 54-67 Don A. Costello Army 52-54 Robert W. Cranston Air Force 65-72 Harry L. Crisp, II Marine 56-58 Robert L. Croak Navy 43-46 Robert G. Davis Army 57-60 Leonard S. Dino Army 53-55 Robert B. Dunn Army 67-69 Thomas Q. Ebanues Air Force 41-53 Emil P. Elsaesser Navy 55-57 Robert P. Elsperman Air Force 59-67 Victor W. Farah Army 40-45/46-50 George L. Fitzsimmons Navy 68-74 Fred S. Flegel Army 67-73



Peter Fonseca Navy 94-98 Edwin L. Fowler Army 61-66 Donald R. Franz Navy 55-59 Robert B. Frederickson Navy 61-64 Frank Frimel Army 59-62 Don E. Fuller Army 58-61 Alexander Furla Air Force 85-06 Gary M. Gaertner, Sr. Coast Guard 54-61 David Gagan Army 63-59 Robert A. Gassoff Navy 03-Present John J. Gazzoli, Jr. Navy 69-75 Harry Gershenson Army 59-65 Ron Gorgen Air National Guard 70-76 George J. Green Marine 39-65 Burton Greenberg Air Force 51-52 Leonard Griggs Air Force 54-77 Thomas Guignon Army 67-71 Jack Gunn Navy 52-53 Donald J. Gunn Air Force 61-64 Michael Gunn Army 69-75 Kenneth W. Hammer Navy 44-46 Terry K. Hammer Army 66-69 Charles Hansen Navy 43-46 Judith R. Hanses Army 73-98 Michael Hardgrove Army 60-62 Larry J. Hart Navy 68-76 Christopher Hayes Coast Guard 8 6-96 Ted Heimburger Army 61-64 Joseph F. Hellauer Army 82-88 Ronald E. Henges Army 53-57 Thomas F. Hennessy, III Air Force 72-05 John T. Hermen Marine 43-46 John P. Hoehn, III Army 71-73 Joseph W. Hoffmann Army 58-64 W.F. Samuel Hopmeier Army 58-59 Donald J. Hrebec Navy 56-58 Charles L. Hudson Army 45-46 George Hughes Air Force 56-58 Richard L. Hughes Army 55-62 John R. Hughes Army 60-66 James O. Huisinga Army 64-66 Robert A. Jacobson Army 71-73 David F. Jones Air Force 63-67 Brian Kaveney Marine 98-02 J. Robert Keightley Army 59-70 Dale A. Knight Army 44-46 Clyde E. Knussmann Air Force 43-46 William S. Kopp Army 66-68 Phillip Korenblat Army 61-62 Herman L. Kriegshauser Air Force 55-57



Ronald L. Krutzman Navy 67-69 Clifford M. Kurrus Army 51-82 Brainerd LaTourette, Jr. Army 55-57 Gerald T. Lawlor Army 53-55 James A. Layton Navy 55-59 Dack Ledbetter Army 88-92 Peter W. Likes Army 56-58 Joseph G. Lipic Air Force 61-64 Steven E. Lohr Army 68-74 David V. Ludwig Army 75-77 Rene E. Lusser Army 56-61 Jerry F. Martin Army 72-74 Garvin D. Marty Air Force 57-59 Matthew Masiel Army 01-05 Joseph B. McGlynn Army 18-19 Joseph B. McGlynn, Jr. Army 60-61 Stanley Miller Army 63-65 Geoffrey Miller Navy 58-60 Charles J. Milligan Navy 56-60 C. Scott Molden Navy 74-76 Thomas F. Mooney Navy 92-12 Patrick J. Morris Army 61-63 Kurt Mungenast Marine/Army 88-98 99-03 George P. Murphy Marine Corps 66-69 Forrest J. Murphy Army 60-76 Frank J. Niesen, Sr. Army 43-46 John M. Noce Air Force 68-72 Michael E. Nolan Navy 61-92 James P. O'Grady Air Force 58-64 Michael D. O'Keefe Air Force 62-64 Alan Orr, Jr. Navy 88-99 Gerald R. Ortbals Air Force 66-71 Gregory D. O'Shea Marine 53-93 Thomas O'Toole Marine 44-46 Richard A. Overton Army 67-69 Peter J. Palumbo Army 69-73 Basil D. Pappas Marine 67-73 Duane A. Patterson Army 53-55 James A. Paunovich Army 69-72 G. Keith Phoenix Army 68-71 William R. Piper Army 80-83 Roger Placke Navy 55-57 William Profilet Navy 84-89 John C. Reid Army 44-46 H. Kenneth Reynolds Army 43-46 Hon. John Riley Army 71-97 Michael J. Ross Marine 64-67 John Salter Army 66-69 Timothy C. Sansone Army 89-92



Donald L. Schlapprizzi William D. Schneck Vern H. Schneider Charles W. Schroeder Bradley Seabaugh, Jr. Jim Segrist James A. Sheets Charles M.M. Shepherd Raese V. Simpson William A. Skaggs Russell J. Slater Edward W. Smith John J. Smith James W. Smith Edgar C. Sparks Jack T. Steele Richard W. Stegmann Carl C. Stifel Richard Stith Donald L. Stream Edward A. Striker John Stupp Bruce Tarantola Ronald J. Taylor Norm Toon Joseph M. Touhill Luis Tumialan Donald A. Wachter George W. Walker Joseph A. Weber, Jr. Harry C. Weber Robert M. Weinshenker Keith Wheeler P. Chad Wheeler Bill Willert James E. Williams Justin A. Williamson Matt Wilson Richard L. Winter Melvin Witt Eric Woodruff John Wright Rob Wunderlich, Jr. Robert Wunderlich, Sr. Peter J. Yannakakis William L. Zielinski Ralph Zitzmann Lt. Col. Warren Delker

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Zach Bodine CD: In a sentence or two, tell the MAC about yourself. ZB: I am the Director of the CRM practice at XTIVIA. We provide software consulting services to several businesses in the greater St. Louis, the state of Missouri and across the country. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful wife, Katie, and two daughters: Taylor and Parker. CD: What activities are you involved in at the Club? ZB: I enjoy utilizing the fitness center and spinning classes, as well as attending many of the fun events around the Club. My daughter, Taylor, was on the swim team this past summer, and we just signed her up for golf lessons for the fall. Our family loves utilizing the MAC West facilities, as they are very family- friendly. CD: What are your three favorite Club events and why? ZB: Father-Daughter is a lot of fun. That’s the first formal dance I attended with my daughter. My father-in-law, Mark, is a Member as well, so my wife attended with him. It was a family event, and we had a blast. I also attended the Hockley Night at the Downtown Clubhouse where they brought in all the STL NHL players who were drafted in the 2016 class. That was a great experience. CD: Tell us some of your favorite memories at the Club. ZB: I have hosted a couple of work parties at the West 1903 bar and patio. It’s a great venue and our team members really enjoyed it. The staff did a great job of making everyone feel accommodated. Also, watching Taylor graduate from her Puffin swim school was a ton of fun. CD: Why did you join the MAC? ZB: My family and I recently moved to Des Peres, and the MAC checked a lot of boxes for us. It has a gym, is very close to our home, and is family-friendly. In addition, It has been good for networking and hosting business events, and I often enjoy working out of the MAC West business suites. Also, my wife’s family are long-time Members as well, and they are fond of the Club. 12 F CHERRY DIAMOND

CD: Tell us about your career. MS: I began at Wells Fargo Advisors, running a CRM solution called Salesforce. I attended [Salesforce] conferences and was amazed at how innovative their product was. Then, I joined Enterprise Fleet Management and, later, a local healthcare company. That brought me to XTIVIA, where I recently celebrated my third anniversary. CD: Tell us about what do you do within the company. ZB: My predecessor, MAC Member, and all-around great guy, Sean Mohan, was retiring and was looking for someone to take over the ship. I was brought on board to manage XTIVIA’s Salesforce customers and grow our presence. In year one, our Salesforce customer base nearly doubled, and it has really taken over as the primary CRM our team supports. Once Mohan retired, I slid into his Director role, running the entire CRM practice. For those that don’t know, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. A CRM software solution provides a central place for businesses to store customer and prospect data, track customer interactions, and share this information internally with colleagues. It allows businesses to manage relationships with customers helping their business grow. CD: What are some of your favorite accomplishments at XTIVIA? ZB: I know it sounds cliché, but I really enjoy helping our clients achieve success. Purchasing a CRM solution can be a scary and costly endeavor, and customers need partners they can trust to guide them through the process, implementing the technology correctly, catering to their unique business requirements and providing them experience and guidance along the way. Our clients are rarely one-time projects. We take the time to understand their business, and they allow us to support them for many years beyond implementation is completed. That’s a testament to how much our customers trust us and value the service we provide. CD: What does your life outside of the Club and XTIVIA look like? ZB: I love playing outside with my kids and teaching my daughter, Taylor, how to play soccer. I enjoy playing golf with friends and family, taking advantage of the golf package MAC provides, playing at Glen Echo and Bogey Hills. I have spent time volunteering with Youth In Need. There are lots of great charities you can donate money to, but actually sitting down with the children and spending time with them is truly rewarding. CD: Is there anything else that you’d like to share with the Club? ZB: I recently attained my MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. This fall I am looking forward to joining WashU’s Elliot Society so I can help make a bigger impact in our community. F


Thanksgiving To Go Let Chef Charles and the MAC West Clubhouse Culinary staff take the work out of your holiday meal, allowing you to enjoy the day with friends and family! If you are interested in ordering Thanksgiving dinner from the West Clubhouse, please fill out the form and return to: Attn: Turkey Order Missouri Athletic Club 1777 Des Peres Road Town and Country, MO 63131 Keep these dates in mind for your holiday planning: Orders received by mail must be postmarked no later than Thursday, Nov. 18. Phone and in-person orders will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 22. Please contact John Reed at 314-539-4490 or Lauren Berkowitz at 314-539-4444 ext. 7430 to place your phone order. Please note: Thanksgiving To Go orders are limited to the items listed here.

ORDER FORM West Clubhouse Thanksgiving to Go Date of order _________________________________________________________ Member name ________________________________________________________ Member number ______________________________________________________ Member phone number ________________________________________________ Specify a time ______________ (o AM or o PM) on Thursday, Nov. 25 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Each meal comes with: F Harvest greens salad-spring mix, roasted butternut squash, candied pecans, dried cranberries, goat cheese, maple balsamic dressing F Mashed potatoes with gravy F Candied sweet potatoes F Green beans almondine F Traditional cornbread stuffing F Cranberry sauce F Dinner rolls with butter F Carmel apple bread pudding Á la carte: F F

Half ham (4.5 lbs.) - $50 Whole ham (9 lbs.) - $95


Half roasted turkey (6 lbs.) - $50 Whole roasted turkey (12 lbs.) - $95


Whole pies - $20 each F Apple F Pumpkin F Pecan

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MAC Book Club Discusses "The Vanishing Half" Join the MAC's Book Club as they discuss Brit Bennett's "The Vanishing Half." This book depicts the Vignes sisters, identical twins who take very different paths in life, struggling with identity, racial relations and family dynamics. Thursday, Nov. 11 | 5:30 p.m. West Clubhouse To register or be added to the mailing list contact Genie McKee at F Next month, the Book Club will be meeting at the West Clubhouse on Thursday, Dec. 9. There will be no scheduled book for December, but Members are asked to bring suggestions for books to discuss next year. The Club will also celebrate the holidays at this meeting.


Enjoy a Holiday Dinner with the

Wine Society Join the Wine Society as they ring in the season with their annual Holiday Wine Dinner and festivities. More details to come. Wednesday, Dec. 15 6:30 p.m. Register online via the CWC calendar. F

Military History Club Celebrates 65 Years of Peace

In recent years the Military History Club has focused on significant anniversaries including the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Centenary of the Great War, the 75th anniversary of World War II and, currently, the 175th anniversary of the Mexican War and 70th anniversary of the Korean War. As the holiday season begins, the MHC directs their attention to another significant milestone, 65 years of United Nations peacekeeping missions. Initially proposed by Canada’s Secretary of State for External Affairs (later Prime Minister) Lester B. Pearson, Canada was instrumental in the first peacekeeping force in response to the 1956 Suez Crisis and has participated in dozens of U.S. peacekeeping missions to the present. This month, Dr. Andrew Burtch, post-1945 Historian of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, will relate some of the key moments in the evolution, and eventual decline, of Canadian support for international peacekeeping operations. Tuesday, Nov. 23 11:30 a.m. - Buffet Lunch 12 p.m. - Meeting 1 p.m. - Meeting adjourn Buffet Lunch - $13.95 plus service charge Complimentary entry fee for Members and guests Reservations required. Limited seating.F

CWC 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 and third Wednesdays of the month, 5:30 p.m., West For more information, visit or call DT: 314-539-4470 WE: 314-539-4490

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Goldschmidt Wins

Sports Personality of the Year



Cardinals' First Baseman


With an exciting season, the Jack Buck Sports Awards is shaping up to be a memorable night at the Club. Cardinals' first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been voted by Members as the 2021 winner of the Missouri Athletic Club’s “Sports Personality of the Year” award. He will receive the award at the 52nd Jack Buck Sports Awards banquet, presented by Redbird Carriers, on Monday, Dec. 6. Goldschmidt joined the Cardinals in 2019 with a five-year contract. He’s a six-time All-Star and ranked third in the National League this season with 310 total bases. He batted .391 and scored 24 runs in September during the Cardinals’ 17-game winning streak, the longest in the National League since 1937. The Sports Personality of the Year, an award that MAC Member Jack Buck established in 1970 to annually honor the top St. Louis sports figure, is voted on by Members of the MAC. Goldschmidt is the 24th member of the organization to win the award, joining other legendary players such as Bob Gibson (1970), Lou Brock (1993), Ozzie Smith (1984), Albert Pujols (2002), Adam Wainwright (2009), Yadier Molina (2017) and many more. The MAC’s Jack Buck Sports Awards is regarded as the premier sports banquet in St. Louis and has a distinguished list of Hall of Famers, Olympic champions and coaching legends who have been honored. St. Louis Blues great, Gary Unger, will be in attendance to

receive the Bob Plager Legends Award. The banquet is not only enjoyed by a full house in the MAC’s spectacular ballroom, listeners throughout the Midwest and beyond tune into KMOX Radio to hear the program. Make reservations through the MAC website or by calling 314539-4470. Receive prime seating to the banquet and an invite to the VIP reception by becoming a sponsor. Contact jwilson@ for details. F

MONDAY, DEC. 6 5:30 p.m. – Cocktails 7 p.m. – Dinner $150 per person, inclusive (complimentary drinks during reception; drinks by signature during dinner) Downtown Clubhouse Register online or call 314-539-4470. The event always sells out, so make reservations now.



Ainsley Heidbreder Swings for the Fences

Ainsley Heidbreder came to the Missouri Athletic Club in 2016. Under the tutelage of MAC tennis pros Trey (T.O.) Owens and Scott Stutz, she has honed her skills in the MAC junior program. Since that time, she has helped deliver three consecutive state high school team titles to John Burroughs. In the State individual competition, she placed first in doubles in her freshman year; second in singles in her junior year and second in doubles her senior year. Heidbreder's play and results earned her St. Louis Post Dispatch honors on their picks for AllMetro Girls Tennis teams all four years of high school. “Ainsley is also a very strong USTA competitor; working her way through the ranks, all the way up to seventh in the Missouri Valley Section,” said Owens. “Not only did she excel on the tennis court, she is also a rock star in the classroom as well. She graduated John Burroughs with a 4.38 GPA and led many of the after school clubs and organizations.” Heidbreder's dedication to the game and amazing work ethic made her a valuable asset to the Junior Tennis team. Her positive attitude and leadership skills have had an incredible impact on her peers and many of the younger players. This fall, she plans to attend college at Washington University in St. Louis. F

JUNIOR TENNIS CELEBRATES THE END OF SEASON The MAC's annual Junior Tennis Banquet was held at the end of August. Each year the Junior Tennis coaches recognize players in various categories. The winners this year were: F Most Coachable: Levi Dembiec/Finley Rose McGowan F Athletes of the Year: Preston Achter/Emily Kantrobitz F Most Improved: Caitlyn O'Shea/Paul Castleman F Special Coaches' Award: Ainsley Heidbreder (attending Washington University this fall) F Sportsmanship Awards: Ali Kennedy/Audrey Westbrook




The first league play in several years started up again this summer and in August. The top finishers of each division competed in play-off brackets. The winners of each division were as follows: F A league - Dan Tierney F B league - John Higdon F C League - Carrie Burggraf Congratulations to all! The Club is excited that this exciting sport is back in full force once again! F

UPCOMING SQUASH EVENTS MO State Singles Championships F Nov. 3-6 F West Clubhouse F Divisions: A, B, C, D, 55+, 60+, 65+, Ladies A and B Turkey Burner F Friday, Nov. 26 F 9 a.m.-1 p.m. F Open to all levels F $40 entry fee Junior Clinics Future Stars (Ages 7-11) F Tuesdays, 4-4:45 p.m. and Saturdays, 12:15-1 p.m. F One class per week: $100 F Two classes per week: $200 F Pricing is for four weeks of classes

High Performance (Ages 11-15) F Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m. F Member: $390 F Two classes per week: $200 F Pricing is for four weeks of classes Elite Academy (Ages 14+) F Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. F Member: $390 F Pricing is for four weeks of classes Ladies' Squash Social F Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 F 6:15-7:15 p.m.




Missouri Squash Doubles Club Championships BY ALEX INGHAM, SQUASH PRO

B Final: Swoboda and Healy vs. Tlapek and Merenda Daniel Tlapek and James Merenda started their campaign for the double title. Both teams similar style of tough grinding play, whoever could chop it in short with conviction and pin the opposition deep would prove to be the difference. Roadrunners break away with an early lead, Merenda catching out Healey with low kills off wide crosscourts, and firing in a few early reverses, a few cagey errors from Healey/Swoboda racquet. Roadrunners win 15 to 11. The next couple of games were tight, lengthy rallies, which felt like this was playing into the Roadrunners hands. Swoboda/Healey tighten the screw. 1-1. The third game was nip-and-tuck. Healey and Swoboda convert a three-point cushion to reach gameball. Merenda/Tlapek save two, Swoboda swipes a forehand frame volley winner millimeters above the tin. to earn a crucial 2-1 lead. In game four, Healey started to attack, mixing short drops with high, wide crosscourts stretching out the court. This allowed Swoboda to get infront. The roadrunners still absorbing like a sponge, Healey/Swoboda's pace started to drop off, were they running out of puff?! The breakaway came, a quick succession of errors from Merenda/Tlapek, one final push, and Tlapek clips the tin. Not much to separate these teams, Healey/Swoboda won at the buiness end of the games, Congratulations to B champions Swoboda and Healey, 3:1! A Final: Parker/Dolan vs. Gaertner/Suggs During the first game, adrenaline coursing through the body, the ball is flying around like a pin ball machine. Gaertner is punishing anything mid-court short, chopping in the volley fade 9:4 up. Parker/Dolan not quite finding their marks. 15:10 for Gaertner/Suggs. The second game was point for point 9-9. Suggs catching out parker with some clutch volley drops of his own and the elastic man sweeping everything back 15:11. Suggs/Gaertner are ahead 2:0. Parker/Dolan need to break up the pattern of play. Dolan reverts to his Ivo Karlovic tennis serve, smashing wide cross courts on Suggs backhand forcing them deep and allowing Parker to stay up and work the front court. Parker/Suggs are playing cat and mouse at the front, pulling Suggs/Gaertner into a front/back formation. They start to expose some space and tear away 15:8.


The fourth game was brutal, Gaertner nailing pace combined with the short fade, Parker working the ball to all the corners, Suggs sweeping up three-quarters of the court, Pat hammering the cross court wide to the door. The tactics were clear, it was tic for tac. Gaertner/Suggs earn a matchball 14:13! A huge rally, and an open side of the court on the Gaertner trademark forehand clips the post. It was the England vs Italy Euro PKs all over again. 14:14 gameball/matchball, a forced error from the Suggs racquet gives the punters a 5th! Gaertner/Suggs regroup and take a dream start 5-1 up, Parker leading the assault pulls back at 5-5. Frantic retrievals, with Dolan breakdancing around the Gaertner forehand slam. It pays off as they win six consecutive points 10-6 up. Suggs/Gaertner fight back to within arms length 10-11, the crowd are on the edge of their seats, Parker/Dolan find another gear, winning the next four points in a row on a classic Parker bakchand reverse to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and claim a marathon 3:2 victory. ''It was a great match. All four guys going hard! I was bummed I couldn't stick around for cocktails," said Dolan. A classic match to round up the night! C Final: Merenda/Tlapek vs. Sansone/Grewe After this column was written, Daniel Tlapek and James Merenda beat Gary Grewe and Tony Sansone in three games.



Brighter Shines at the MAC Shoeshines are available at the Downtown Clubhouse with Don Rushing Monday-Friday. Members can also drop off their shoes in the Athletic Department anytime during operating hours, and they will get shined the next day that shoeshine is open. Members who visit the West Clubhouse more often can get their shoes shined by Melvin Clark. They can drop their shoes off at the Pro Shop or West haircare to be shined. F

TRAIN LIKE A PRO Looking for that extra push to achieve fitness goals? The MAC can help with the assistance of one of the many certified trainers at either Clubhouse. Schedule a session today by contacting one of the following. Downtown - Courtney Hutt, West - Paul Helfrich, F

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Downtown Athletics Thanksgiving Hours Downtown Athletics will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The following day, Friday, Nov. 26, the Athletic Department will have limited hours from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 27, the Athletic Department will be open with regular hours. F

Join the

Winter Basketball LEAGUE

Join one of the MAC’s longest-standing traditions and register for a basketball league. Registration for the winter basketball league runs Nov. 19-Dec. 10. The open league plays on Monday and Tuesday nights, and the over-40 league plays on Wednesday nights. If the Club gets enough registrations, they may expand to include a Thursday night as well. Members may join both leagues if they so choose. Both leagues begin the week of Jan. 3. F $80 per person per league Register online by navigating to Athletics > Basketball > Leagues & Private Lessons or emailing F


Kickin' It

at the West Clubhouse Get active with a boxing HIIT class moving from bags to various stations such as battle ropes, dumbbells, TRX and cardio equipment. The Club will provide gloves but bringing your own is recommended. F Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays F 10:30 a.m. F Instructed by Angela F Register online. F

SPORTS PERFORMANCE TRAINING Practice general strength/ functional movement training along with speed and agility exercises to promote athleticism and strength. F Tuesdays F 4-4:45 p.m. F Instructed by Chris F Register online. F

COMMIT TO FIT CHALLENGE Save the date for the annual "Commit to Fit" competition. This competition is a 60-day challenge that encourages people to stay fit in the new year. More information to come in the December issue of the Cherry Diamond. Contact Courtney Hutt at with any questions.

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D U N N TO H E A D L I N E HERMANN BANQUET The USWNT Star and Former Award Winner Returns to MAC Nearly a decade ago, University of North Carolina soccer star Crystal Dunn received the Hermann Trophy at the Missouri Athletic Club. On Jan. 7, 2022, the standout on the U.S. Women’s National Team is returning to the MAC awards banquet as the featured speaker. The 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner is considered one of the best players in women’s soccer. In the ESPN FC ranking of top women’s soccer players, she is the second rated American and sixth ranked player in the world. Since 1986, the Missouri Athletic Club has annually presented the Hermann Trophy to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the country. Some of the biggest names in American soccer history like Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Claudio Reyna and Alexi Lalas have won the award prior to going on to international stardom. Find out who will be crowned soccer’s next rising stars at the MAC Hermann Trophy banquet on Jan. 7. The top three male and top three female finalists for the award will be invited to the MAC. A press conference announcing the winners will take place to kick off the event. Make reservations now through the MAC website. Sponsorship opportunities with the chance to meet Crystal Dunn at a VIP reception are available. Contact jwilson@mac-stl. org for details. F FRIDAY, JAN. 7 5:30 p.m. – Cocktails F 6:30 p.m. – Press conference 7 p.m. - Dinner F 8 p.m. – Program $75 per person Register online or call 314-539-4470 to attend. 24 F CHERRY DIAMOND

Enjoy a night at the Fox

Enjoy a night on the town with MAC by attending a show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. There are still a few shows that have seats open. Each night includes a premier theater ticket, coach transportation, three-course dinner at the Downtown Clubhouse and Club charge. Jacket and tie are recommended.

Cats Thursday, Dec. 30

Thanksgiving Parade Join the MAC in the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 25. Members will meet at 7:45 a.m. in the Downtown Clubhouse lobby. This is limited to 20 participants. Email to register.

Contact Katie Maurer at 314-539-4402 to register to attend the event. 5:15 p.m. - Dinner 6:50 p.m. - Depart for the Fox 7:30 p.m. - Show $150 per person, inclusive F

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Mean Girls Thursday, Feb. 24


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Wresting at the MAC Is a Hit The “Million Dollar Man” on the Money at Inaugural Event One of the Club’s most anticipated new events, which sold out in under 24 hours, did not disappoint. The inaugural Wrestling at the MAC, presented by Robbins Law Firm & Strategic Capitol Consulting, was an instant hit! Wrestling fans were treated to six exciting bouts featuring breathtaking action both inside and outside the ring. The crowd was buzzing in the ballroom throughout the evening, reacting enthusiastically to each body slam, pile driver and leap from the top rope. Several times, the grapplers even took the battle outside the ring and utilized a chair or two for the combat.


The event helped kick off the launch of the “Wrestling at the Chase” coffee table book by author Ed Wheatley. Each attendee received a copy of the book. The “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, one of the stars of Wrestling at the Chase, was on hand to help celebrate the occasion. He shared his recollections of his classic matches in St. Louis with King Kong Brody and Harley Race. Based on the strong response from Members, Wrestling at the MAC seems destined to be another popular annual event on the Club social calendar. F

Getting Crafty at the West Clubhouse

Late this September, Members gathered at the West Clubhouse for another Sip and Paint extravaganza presented by B Extraordinaire Gallery. This time, attendees were tasked with recreating Henri Matisse's masterpiece, The Goldfish, 1922. San Diego artist, Tomi Hayes instructed all 30 attendees with step-by-step instructions on how to create their own imitations of this classic piece. Each guest was treated to appetizers and a glass of house wine. F

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On Friday, Oct. 1, Members celebrated the fall season with an Oktoberfest at the West Clubhouse. This event, co-sponsored by the Craft Beer Club and the Mark Twain Society, featured specialty brats and craft beers available for sampling.


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Each year since 2011, the MAC has honored seven local women who have been boundless in business, civic engagement and philanthropic programs by demonstrating excellence, growth, grit and empathy. On Friday, Oct. 1, attendees gathered at the Downtown Clubhouse for a special luncheon to celebrate these women. The honorees this year were Lisa Baron, Director of Memory Care Home Solutions; Dr. Frances Levine, President and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society; Dr. Leilani Carver-Madalon, director of communication and graduate strategic communication and


leadership at Maryville University; Pam Price, therapeutic foster parent; Hon. Robin Ransom, judge for the Supreme Court of Missouri; Lindsey Herzog, Vice President of Weber Shandwick. The event featured a panel consisting of Lisa Nichols, CEO of Technology Partners and host of the Something Extra podcast as the panel host. Three panelists — Khalia Collier of St. Louis Surge and St. Louis CITY SC, Kathy Mazzarella, chairman/President/CEO of Graybar Electric Co.; and Bhavani Amirthalingam of Senior Vice President of Ameren — discussed the theme of "Be the Change You Wish to See in the World." F


Cueing up a new Billards Experience The MAC's billiard tables on the 10th floor of the Downtown Clubhouse received a facelift this last month with the help of a donation from Member Chris O'Hagan. Gov. Justin Fowler

spearheaded this project. In addition to resurfacing the tables, new pool cubes, balls and triangles will be added to the room for Members to use. F


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1 Jim and Jo Ann Ewoldt. 2 The Forever Young Club visited Stages to see Jersey Boys on Oct. 7. 3 MAC and Glen Echo partnered to volunteer at the Ascension Charity Classic. 4 Margaret Pate White and guest Anna Davis at the Associates' Rooftop Concerts and Cocktails. 5 Liam Weller hit a hole in one at the Aberdeen Golf Club playing with St. Louis Golf

Lessons PGA Junior League. 6 Sherri Connors hosted an A+R Wood and Wine Workshop at the West Clubhouse. 7 The SLU MBA reception was hosted at the Downtown Clubhouse.

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