The Winged M, September 2022

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SCORE BIG AT MAC One Family’s Impact PAGE 50

New Members Find Value, Community PAGE 46

Multnomah Athletic Club’s mission: Enrich lives, foster friendships, and build upon traditions of excellence in athletic, wellness, and social programs.

SEPTEMBER 2022 | VOL. 111 No. 9



46 | New Member Perspectives

Some of MAC’s newest members explore the endless opportunities to build community, stay active, and get involved at the club.

50 | Empowering Couple

Helen Heller, Lloyd Heller, Josh Sargeant, and Cassie Heller at the MAF Scholarship Celebration.

Marsha and Rashad Williams are impacting the local community, global initiatives, and their five children. Read more about this dynamic duo.


COMMUNICATIONS TEAM Stephanie Cameron Director Molly Brown Project Manager Brandon Davis Photographer Kari Kohrmann Graphic Designer Laura Lawrence Digital Content Specialist Adam Linnman Communications Manager Carina Mears Connery Communications Coordinator Julia Omelchuck Graphic Designer/ Ad Services Coordinator Deanna Pogorelc Content Manager Kelly Robb Marketing Manager Jake Ten Pas Senior Copywriter

C LU B N EW S 11 | Faces of MAC 13 | Campus Master Plan 17 | In Memorium 21 | Budget Update 21 | Junior Lounge 22 | MAF Fund Drive 23 | MAF Tributes 24 | House Committee 25 | DEI

C U L I NARY 28-29 1891 Reopening Wine Dinners

EVENTS 32-40 MelloMacs Open Rehearsal The Nia 5 Stages

WELLNESS 54-59 Massage Instructor Spotlight Pilates Open House

AT H L E T I C S 60 | Volleyball 62 | Tennis 64 | Climbing 66 | Squash 5 | President’s Column 7 | Manager’s Column 9 | Assistant AD’s Column 42 | Scrapbook 68 | Walk Across America 70 | Advertiser Index 72 | MAC Marketplace

ON THE COVER MAC members Rashad, Marsha, Selah, Sylas, Shyla, Shani, and Sauvion Williams. Cover photo by Brandon Davis.

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Audit Kyle Goulard Athletic Andrew Randles Budget and Finance Kyle Goulard Communications Amanda Harvey Diversity Admissions Maryam Boulori Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Debbie Bensching House Emily Yensen Member Events Mary DiOrio Membership Allison Lee Property Marc Monaghan BOARD

Food & Beverage Rich Director Human Resources Mike Mathews Land Use Kia Selley Technology Eric Miller SPECIALIZED

Arts Susan Kerr Community Involvement Sheri Anderson Investments Doug Post SPORT

Artistic Swimming Marni Davis Basketball Jon MacDonald Climbing Reniera Eddy Cycling Bryan Leslie Dance Ulrike Devoto Early Birds Bill Zander Fitness & Decathlon Steve Brown Golf Larry Vanlaningham Group Exercise Jacqueline Depasse Gymnastics Sara Vanderhoff Handball Conor Casey Karate Mark Twietmeyer Outdoor Activities Program Laura Johnson-Graham Pickleball Mark Jansa Pilates Lisanne Butterfield Racquetball Sanjay Bedi Ski Ken Park Squash Byron Gaddis Swim Brad Fennell Tennis Martin Bleeck Triathlon & Running Dave Hanna Volleyball Darcy Henderson Walking & Hiking Ann Blume Water Fitness Linda Hering Water Volleyball Steve Watson Yoga Miki Chown EVENT

20s/30s Tori Buck Balladeers Jon Lee Culture and Style Kelly Director Family Events Lindsey Hern Holiday Decorating Bridget Connolly MelloMacs Natalie Willes Social Activities Shaunmarie Gutbezahl


m inspired daily by the hard work I see from all those involved in MAC’s committee system, which plays a crucial role in club operations that determine programs and policies. The committees work closely with club staff Mary Turina and leadership, and PRESIDENT together they somehow make the club not only operate, which alone seems like a daunting task, but also remain the thriving and vibrant place that we love.

Committees are a great way to give back to MAC, have your voice heard, and truly assist in governing the club. I encourage everyone to consider being a part of this vital element of club life. On Friday, Sept. 30, MAC is hosting the 2022 Committee Open House, which is a great opportunity to celebrate the club and learn about all 52 committees.

Club Leadership It’s already time to start thinking about 2023, and I’m excited about the new process to nominate Board of Trustee candidates. Traditionally, the Nominating Committee, with advisement from the current board, is tasked with selecting four resident MAC members and inviting them to serve on the club’s board for the following three years. Heavy emphasis was placed on candidates possessing club committee experience, and the Nominating Committee was often faced with the challenge of selecting four candidates from a list of nearly 1,000 members. The Nominating Committee will continue to primarily focus on candidates with committee experience, but new this year is a self-nominating feature. This is intended to extend the reach to resident members who might not have served on a committee, but who possess relevant, executive-level experience. We believe this will result in a more transparent, inclusive process while reaching a broader range of MAC members. The deadline to submit a Trustee Interest Form is Thursday, Sept. 15, and you can find the form and more information on the 2023 Board of Trustees page on

Fall Programming and Registration As Fall Program registration continues, I want to give special recognition to the ad hoc

committee, chaired by former Vice President Chase McPherson, and club staff, who have tirelessly been working during the past several months to improve the registration experience. We’re not quite at the finish line, but the club’s technology team continues to work with Northstar to make improvements to MAC’s existing system to aid in a smooth registration process. The work will continue, and we’re on track to determine the best software path forward by early 2023 to ensure smoother registrations. Thanks also to all members for your patience, cooperation, and feedback as we work through this together.

Multnomah Athletic Foundation This summer, the annual Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF) Scholarship Celebration event brought together amazing recipients, families, donors, and volunteers. This is one of my favorite events, and you can see photos of the joyful day on page 44 of this issue of The Winged M. As a former MAF board member, it warms my heart that the foundation continues to make a difference in peoples’ lives and has a positive impact on so many students.

MAF’s Loprinzi Scholarship is another shining example of this. Since 2000, the Loprinzi Scholarship, named for a beloved club employee, has been supporting community-minded student-athletes who do not have the financial resources needed to attend college. To combat the increased cost of education and to provide additional resources for the 30 program high schools, a new element has been added to provide $1,000 scholarships for all school finalists. To make this opportunity sustainable, the Foundation is looking for 30 partners (individuals, families, small businesses, and corporations) to make a commitment of at least $1,000 per year for three years. Join us and become a principal investor of the MAF 30 Futures Club and fuel possibilities! Learn more at or contact Executive Director Lisa Bendt at 503-5172350 or lisa@multnomahathleticfoundation. com. Fall is here, and I’m feeling refreshed after a summer filled with a lot of family fun, beach trips, and our grandson’s first birthday. We are transitioning to fall with school starting, athletic practices, events happening, and changes in the weather. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the club! SEPTEMBER 2022

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MANAGER’S COLUMN Board of Trustees President Mary Turina Vice President Marilyn Whitaker Secretary Mike Mathews Treasurer Kyle Goulard Trustees Nathan Ayotte Ryan Chiotti Jenny Kim Mary Manilla Richard Maxwell Alison Rosenblum Jennifer Strait Katherine O. VanZanten General Manager Charles Leverton Executive Leadership Team Tech & Portfolio Director Matt Abraham Finance & Accounting Director Mary Averette Chief of Staff Laura Boley Communications Director Stephanie Cameron Athletic Director Valerie Johnson HR Director Amy Mattson Club Operations Senior Director John Sterbis

Senior Leadership Team Portfolio Manager Patrick Martin Food & Beverage Director Erik Anderson Fitness & Wellness Manager Maddy Sweeney Assistant Athletic Director Chad Failla Retail Manager Conrad Hulen Strategy & Special Projects Manager Nathan Loomis Technology Senior Manager Mark Marcelline Facilities Director Daniel Newell Member Services Manager Kevin Pollack


hen asked by prospective members or employment candidates on why they should join our historic community, I often lead with a question: What is important to you? The answer Charles Leverton that I will ultiGENERAL MANAGER mately provide is that our community is a good fit if the individual values a highly engaged membership that actively participates in setting the strategic direction of their own future. That we value true holistic health that spans a lifetime of athleticism that adapts as our bodies and passions change. That we are swimmers, runners, hikers, bikers, tennis players, pickleballers, and Group Ex heroes. That we are parents, children, and grandparents. That we believe everyone has a right to be part of our community if they share our values. I tell them that we have been many things over our long and storied history, but that in the end we have always been one community, comprising hundreds of disparate micro-communities bonded by one goal: Enrich lives, foster friendships, and build upon our traditions of excellence in athletic, social, and educational programs. As we head into fall, we continue our march toward excellence and lifelong athleticism. Our staff is busy helping our families prepare to return to school. MAC youth are busy with dunks, laps, spikes, and pirouettes — all welcomed alternatives to a world filled with digital noise and unhealthy distractions. They are connecting at dances and learning about the arts while attending some of America’s best musicals. They are leaving our clubhouse daily with a smile on their flushed faces, mostly unaware of the lifetime of memories and relationships they are building.

Our seniors and adults of every age are likewise returning to the clubhouse. Watching their favorite soccer team from our newly branded balcony or anxiously awaiting the reopening and return to the delicious meals and drinks served by familiar faces such as Ronnie and Carlos in 1891. They also will be enjoying Mahjong in the lobby and watching the sun’s increasing laziness as our Early Birds continue to greet the morning with laughter and fellowship. Our committees also will continue the meaningful work of partnering with staff to maintain our momentum as we rebuild and renew our club programming. They will define the future of MAC as our Campus Master Plan team continues the critical work of defining our long-term strategy. While our trustees led by our officers’ class, in the second part of their leadership year, define the priorities and operating budget for next year.

Those on our waitlist, who are waiting nearly a year to enter, are hopeful that they will be part of this special community. This month we are presenting to you the stories of some recent members who joined our club and what they found most compelling. I would invite you to get to know them and, if you see them around the club, help them feel welcome. I am sure they would appreciate a friendly outstretched hand and welcoming smile. They would likely even appreciate the occasional direction to whatever part of MAC they are seeking to explore as they learn that sometimes you need to go up a floor to cross into another wing of the club, and that those little doors in the subbasement aren’t secret doors to magical worlds. Unless you are carrying a racquet and then you might feel otherwise. While we are looking to show the best of ourselves to our newest members, let’s also remember to do the same for those we already know. After all, we will be neighbors here for a lifetime.


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s fall approaches, MAC Athletics starts to move into Fall Programming and tryouts for our youth competitive teams. Our popular summer programs have come to an end, and it’s now the season for athletics for both our recreational and competitive programs.

Artistic Swimming: Combine the grace and artistry of dance with the strength and flexibility of gymnastics. Then, add water and you get one of the most challenging sports out there. MAC’s program has been around for more than 50 years and has produced national champions and U.S. team athletes.

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Recreational Classes Fall recreational classes kick off just after Labor Day. Most are offered after school and provide a fun and safe environment for kids to develop all the foundational skills introduced during the summer. One of the most impressive aspects of MAC’s classes is that they are instructed by incredibly talented staff with involvement from our professional coaching staff. MAC’s competitive coaches play an active role in how recreational classes are built to help youth make a seamless transition to competition. Even if there are no sights set on competition, MAC’s rec classes will progress to higher levels as skills are learned and members are looking to advance. Back again this fall are junior sports classes for kids ages 3 to 5. These provide an introduction to sports which develop physical, cognitive, and emotional strengths. Kids can be creative and learn new behaviors. They are offered during the middle of the day and provide a great opportunity for parents to sneak in a mid-day workout while the kids are gaining skills and knowledge that will give them a jump start into athletics.

Compete for Team MAC Although most of our junior competitive teams have been practicing and competing during the summer, fall offers a new season. MAC features nine junior competitive teams, all under the guidance of their associated national governing body. All coaches are Safe Sport certified, which promotes a safe environment for our junior members.

Alpine Ski and Snowboard: MAC’s program is a Bronze Level Certified U.S. Ski and Snowboard Club, offering season-long winter programs, training camps, and dry land conditioning for athletes ages six to adult. Compete in the sports of alpine ski racing, free skiing, and snowboarding.

Basketball: MAC Junior Basketball has competitive teams available for youth in fifth through eighth grades. These teams provide players with the best possible opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills through high-quality practices and games.

Climbing: For the past seven years, MAC Climbing has placed nationally as a top 15 team in the United States, with six different athletes receiving USA Youth National Team invitations. The program serves athletes ages 6-18 and offers opportunities to grow into the lifelong sport while developing problem-solving skills and overall wellness.

Dance: MAC’s Dance Company has been a part of the club for more than 20 years and regularly develops artists that go on to pursue a professional career in dance. The program is designed to help dancers experience the thrill of performance and the rigors of competition, all while instilling a love and passion for the art. Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics: Gymnastics is one of MAC’s longest-standing sports, and few feelings compare to the excitement of watching an athlete stick a difficult landing. Club gymnasts dedicate years to developing the artistry and strength needed to fly high, swing big, and nail dismounts.

Swimming: MAC’s competitive swim teams have more than 100 years of athletic excellence, national-level achievement, and tight-knit community. Join the ranks of some of the club’s best-known athletes under the guidance of top-notch coaches and see what the program has to offer.

Volleyball: MAC volleyball is a competitive junior club program, which includes teams from 12U-18U, ages 8-18. MAC teams compete at local, regional, and national levels from November through May. The program includes developmental and competitive teams across most of the age divisions. Check out to get details on all our junior competitive teams, including tryout dates, and check out the video that celebrates Team MAC. This page will be updated as the year progresses with rosters, schedules, and results.


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FACES OF MAC The Takla family not only believes, but actually lives, the old adage that “beauty is more than just skin deep.” When Sophia Takla was crowned Miss Oregon America at the 2022 pageant in Seaside, her mom, Kimberly, looked on with both the pride of a parent and the personal sense of familiarity that comes from having walked miles in similar high heels. “It’s a lot of fun to see Sophia achieve her dreams and goals,” says Kimberly, who was awarded the title of Miss Oregon USA in 1986 and later became Mrs. Oregon in 2007. “My wish for her is to walk away from this with treasured memories, lifelong friends, and contacts all over the United States. I couldn’t be more proud of Sophia and the woman she is today, crown or no crown.”

Judging by Sophia’s philanthropic efforts, that motherly satisfaction isn’t misplaced.

“On any given week, you can find me out in the community, expanding my social impact initiative, Operation Joy: Bringing Happiness to Children in Medical Need,” she explains. “I volunteer for Chelsea’s Closet PDX, Sparrow Clubs USA, Children’s Cancer Association, and more — all focused on making the hospital experience a little better for families. This cause is close to my heart, as I lost a cousin to pediatric medulloblastoma 13 years ago and have been volunteering ever since.”

Sophia also plans to graduate with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in May, and says she hopes to pursue a career in stage, as well as film and television. A born entertainer, she got her start taking dance lessons at MAC and still looks back fondly on those early years at the club. “Watching MAC members achieve their goals, athletic or otherwise, has always made me feel passionate to chase mine.”

Between now and graduation, Sophia travels to the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, where she’ll vie to become Miss America. “I hope to earn even more scholarship opportunities! Having earned nearly $20,000 already to fund my higher education, I plan to put any extras towards a master’s degree. I also cannot wait to perform my musical theater number — Don’t Rain on My Parade from the Broadway musical Funny Girl — onstage and see what exposure that could lead to in the industry!”

Kim points out that anyone looking for an emcee, singer, or volunteer for their next event can book Sophia via “Winning Miss Oregon is confirmation of how hard Sophia has worked to prepare. She competed with the most intelligent, articulate, and driven women you will ever meet. The candidates are all truly the cream of the crop, who are willing to put themselves out there to achieve their dreams.”

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One lap around all 600,000 square feet of MAC is enough to clue anybody into the possibilities inherent in such a space. For Ryan Reiff, who recently was named the club’s new facilities manager, the sky’s the limit.

“Thinking about the future of MAC has me very hopeful,” he says. “I want to continue to create change for the betterment of the club, members, and staff. From a facilities management viewpoint, I hope to improve the spaces this club has to offer, as well as grow our current maintenance team to a level that helps us do just that!”

Before earning his current title and beating out more than 25 other qualified candidates in the process, Reiff had been serving as the interim maintenance facilities manager since June. During his time with MAC, he has spearheaded the recent Stadium Terrace enhancements, pit ladder safety improvements, and several other Facilities department projects. “One of my favorite parts about working at MAC has been the amount of opportunity in the facility itself. With such a giant square footage, it’s great to see members utilizing these spaces and interacting with each other,” Reiff says. “Wellness, fitness, and the social aspect of the club create such a positive vibe throughout! “Additionally, I appreciate the chance to be involved in staff committees as well as liaison to member committees. That gives another point of view to the role,” he adds.

Reiff graduated from South Dakota State University and worked in field engineering, sales, and project management at Daktronics before arriving at MAC in October 2021.

“Working in a variety of roles for a stadium AV company, I’ve had the opportunity to witness many different facilities, both old and new. Interacting with different personnel within the facilities — from the maintenance staff to technology and IT, all the way up to directors helping to coordinate different projects — provided so many insights. This gives me a great perspective on what MAC could be as a premier athletic club.” SEPTEMBER 2022

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The facilities assessment was completed in August. Gensler will share this report with the ad hoc committee, the Property Committee and club leadership this month. The facilities assessment will help guide the master plan by determining what types of changes the main facility can support.

Phasing The Projects

Virtual Live Q&A with President and General Manager Wednesday, Sept. 21 6-7 p.m. Please join our Live Q&A with President Mary Turina and General Manager Charles Leverton featuring Beverly Davis as they talk about the Campus Master Plan project. This is a great opportunity to hear from other members and get questions answered. The Zoom link to participate will be included in the confirmation emails. Registration is required, and there is no cost to attend. VQA003

We are planning to implement the full Campus Master Plan in phases over the course of approximately 20 years. This is primarily due to cost and member impact. The goal is for the first implementation phase to begin within one to three years after planning is completed in 2023. We expect that the next phase will begin four to six years post-planning. When the final master plan is presented to the MAC Board of Trustees in 2023, it will include an outline of planned projects identified for Implementation Phase 1, Phase 2, and beyond.


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These activities in the first few months of Phase 2 have guided Gensler’s design process and resulted in early draft designs of what we can do to meet our needs.

If you missed an opportunity to share your thoughts in the survey, CMP will be a focus in President Mary Turina and General Manager Charles Leverton’s Q&A this month. In November, we will host a town hall to share designs. These sessions are a great opportunity to provide input and better understand the thinking behind our Campus Master Plan.



Through July, Gensler gathered feedback from members and staff and reviewed historical usage information for class registration to better understand current pain points. Next, in partnership with the ad hoc committee, Gensler developed user personas to illustrate the needs of a variety of member lifestyles and life stages, in order to design around their needs. Following that, Gensler built space types to accommodate the identified needs, and the space types were ranked by members of the ad hoc committee according to how important they are to the future of the club.

As these designs evolve, member input is critically important. At press time, we had received over 2,000 responses to the CMP survey. We are seeing common themes in the survey responses, such as member desire for an outdoor pool and social area, dedicated workspaces, more tennis and pickleball courts, an upgraded spa space, and more. This feedback will guide us in iterating on the designs.



Phase 2 of the Campus Master Plan (CMP) kicked off in April, and after several months of working with Gensler, our design partner, we are excited to share that we are now reviewing early potential space designs, circulation ideas, and schematics for expanding the club!


Campus Master Plan Advances to Design Phase


Friday, Sept. 30 5:30-7:30 p.m. The club’s committees join forces with staff to host an open house that encourages members to explore the endless experiences available at MAC. This annual event also showcases the club’s 52 committees and provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about the committee system and how you can help shape the future of MAC. The night, in conjunction with MAC’s always popular Family Fridays, features a fitness party theme throughout the clubhouse, as well as social opportunities on the main floor. This year’s focus for the event is the Lifelong Athlete, and some of MAC’s premier partners will be present to highlight the future of health and wellness at America’s healthiest community. For more information, visit OPEN001

Look for another CMP update in the October issue of The Winged M, and we hope to see you for the CMP Q&A with Mary and Charles later this month! —The CMP Ad Hoc Committee


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Check in on a friend. Share your lunch. Offer to carry that. Grow a garden and give it away. Ask the tough questions. Then listen. Stand up for someone. Give someone a chance. Give yourself a break. Give to the arts. Start a movement. Start a scholarship. Welcome the new neighbors. Be patient. Walk a mile in their shoes. Donate shoes. Drop off dinner. Leave the last donut. Leave no trace. Take responsibility. Hold the door and your mind open. Endeavor to understand. RSVP. Smile. Hope for nothing more than kindness in return.

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IN MEMORIAM Lawrence Stuart Black Aug. 19, 1929-July 10, 2022

Lawrence “Larry” Black, age 92, passed away in his home at The Springs Living in Lake Oswego on July 10, 2022. He was surrounded by his five daughters. Larry was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. His parents, Alec and Rose Levine Black, immigrated to Iowa from Lithuania. The family then moved to Portland, where Larry and his older brother Herb (deceased) attended Alameda Grade School and Grant High. Larry graduated from Grant in 1947 and went on to attend The University of Oregon, majoring in business and playing football. He became a lifelong Ducks fan.

In 1954, he met the love of his life, Susan Wendel, in Gearhart, Oregon. Three months later, they were married and off to New York, where Larry received his MBA at NYU. Their first two daughters were born in New York. After graduating, they returned to Portland and settled in Beaverton before finding their forever home in Lake Oswego, known as Dohterdale Farm. Three more daughters were born during this time. In Portland, Larry established his investment firm, Black and Company Inc. Later, it became one of the first locally owned Pacific Northwest firms to hold seats on the New York Stock Exchange, a huge accomplishment during that time. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in many small companies throughout his career.

Both Larry and Suzie were avid sports lovers. They played tennis, rode horses, snow skied, and fished. Larry spent years going to the Multnomah Athletic Club, where he exercised, played handball and racquetball, and enjoyed time with friends. He belonged to the Skyline Trail Riders and was a past president of the organization. He had a passion

for fishing, which he did at every opportunity. He loved cooking, the outdoors, and being surrounded by people. He became fast friends with those he met, never hesitating to invite them to a meal. Larry was devoted to his farm and was often found on his tractor, mending fences, or tending to his garden. Together, he and Suzie hosted many barbecues, parties, and special events. Contributing to the community was one of Larry’s passions. He felt it very important to “give back” and did so generously. He was on a variety of boards, including PSU, Metropolitan Family Service, and The Oregon Symphony, and he was appointed to be a commissioner for the Port of Portland. Larry founded the original Classic Wines Auction that was initiated by MFS, chaired the OMSI auction, and was honored at the Boys and Girls Aid dinner, to name a few. With his love for skiing, he became one of the founding board members of Mt. Bachelor, where he and others met regularly to discuss Continued on page 18


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Lawrence A. Heald

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Lawrence Alfred Heald died peacefully at home with the loving support of his wife, Nancy Smith, and his sons, David and Michael. A kind, gentle soul, he never wavered in his acceptance of a terminal cancer diagnosis in April, 2021. He soldiered through treatment and rarely complained about the side effects. His courage and grace were remarkable, and he fulfilled his wish of dying on his own terms. His was truly a Death with Dignity.

and implement plans to improve and expand the ski resort. In addition, Larry liked to think of himself as a mentor, and in doing so, he helped many young people who were starting their careers. Larry and Suzie spent 57 wonderful years at Dohterdale Farm. He often expressed how lucky he was to have lived such a full life with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren. He was a great friend to many and cherished those relationships.

Larry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Susan; and his five daughters, Jennifer (Steve Hanns) Black, Patty (David Estes) Boday, Katie ( Jay) Willoughby, Sally ( Jake) Douglas and Diana Harrell. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He truly lived a full life, one of passion in every day, and will be missed by all.

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Born in Wisconsin, Larry spent his childhood in Pennsylvania and Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College and subsequently received a master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University. He worked for IBM for more than 25

years before being transferred from New York City to Portland in 1992. He married Debby Rankin in 1974, and they enjoyed a 40-year marriage which included homes in Greenwich, Connecticut; Bronxville, New York; and Monterey, Massachusetts.

Following Debby’s death, Larry met and married MAC member Nancy Smith in 2016. They enjoyed an active social life as well as several memorable travel adventures including Nova Scotia, Vancouver and Victoria, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Allison Inn and Spa was their weekend getaway favorite. Larry’s lifelong passion for hiking began at an early age and continued until shortly before his death. He looked forward to regular Tuesday/Wednesday walks and hikes with the MAC groups. His friends and fellow MAC members, Andrew Franklin and Dave Williams, were regular walking companions who encouraged him to keep putting one foot in front of the other during his illness. A seasoned traveler, Larry made annual trips to the western mountain states, including Colorado and Utah, where he enjoyed outings organized by the Sierra Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Zion National

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Park was his favorite. He also enjoyed cycling, especially bike/barge trips in Holland, and he participated in Cycle Oregon. Other travel adventures included Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and a three-week expedition to Antarctica aboard a Russian icebreaker. In addition to his enjoyment of nature, Larry’s other “happy place” was at his desk where he was content being focused on genealogy research and myriad other projects. Larry had a particular acumen for creating impressive spreadsheets, and it has been suggested that if there were a Pulitzer Prize for this discipline, he would have been a strong contender!

An enthusiastic reader since childhood, Larry’s lifelong passion for literature continued during his illness. Near the end of his life, he read Stegner and Dostoyevsky, finishing a lengthy Faulkner trilogy a few days before he died. David and Michael recounted their dad’s nightly bedtime stories. They also noted that for someone who came across as shy and reserved, Larry had a “sneaky” sense of humor.

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A lifelong Democrat, Larry believed in the rights of women and cared deeply about the environment; he supported Planned Parenthood as well as Earth Justice. In addition to his sons David and Michael, Larry is survived by his wife, Nancy Smith; brother, John Heald; and granddaughter Finley Heald. Nancy would like to thank Legacy Hospice and Drs. Perry Hendin and Eric Anderson for their care and support during Larry’s illness.

Please send obituaries for current and former MAC members to obituaries@ Submissions should be 500 words or less and may be edited for MAC style, grammar, and clarity.

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An Update on 2023 Budget Planning I am excited as we work through my first budget season at MAC. The budget process for 2023 is not only new to me — I started working here in April — but also to many of our budgeting managers. I am fortunate to be partnered with Board of Trustees Treasurer Kyle Goulard and can lean on him for his expertise through the process.

We have been working and will continue to work concurrently on the overall club operational budget, capital and initiative budgets, and the Property and Facility Replacement Fund (FRF) budgets. We can optimistically assume that 2023 will be the first “normal” year we have seen in a while. With all the things we know and see on the news nightly, we have our work cut out for us in 2023 with continued supply chain issues, rising inflation, and employment challenges. Even with those challenges, providing the best member experience possible remains our ultimate goal.

What Is Completed We formed our Budget & Finance subcommittee in late June and will schedule meetings with them for September through November. Our goal is to communicate our processes along the way, be as transparent as possible, and be thoughtful in our approach.

Capital and initiative planning started early, with all submissions due in July. August

continued with the Portfolio Management Office (PMO) and Strategy goals of ranking and prioritizing all initiatives and capital assets (CAPEX) plans for 2023. The process has included board members, the Property Committee, PMO, Strategy, and Facilities.

We kicked off mid-July with round one of the group operating budgeting sessions. The goal was to select like minds and get them into a room together for some quality budgeting time. This allowed the groups to budget live while also having Q&A during the session supported by their leadership and Finance & Accounting. As I write this, we have completed round one, and I will say that the process was supportive, interactive, and maybe even a little fun (though our coaches and managers will have a hard time admitting that). Budgeting does not have to be scary — that’s the message we were trying to deliver, and I believe we have been successful to date. Our goal was to have our first draft of the budget completed by the end of August.

What Is Still to Come Following our initial PMO/Strategy sessions and the build-out of round one operational budgets, we will review the budget as a whole, which will direct round two individual department review sessions. The Executive Leadership Team, Senior Leadership Team, and the department managers will participate in induvial review sessions with Finance & Accounting. September brings the final review of 2022 Initiative and CAPEX that will need to roll over into 2023 (started but unable to complete by end of year), deferred (unable

to start in 2022), and net new to 2023 plans. The Budget & Finance subcommittee will meet for the first time in September to review CAPEX, Initiative, and points of interest in the overall operating budget. September committee meetings will present us with the challenge of dues and wage projections for 2023 and the appropriate course of action for the coming year. We will finalize the entire process in October and prep for Budget & Finance presentation in November and then present to the Board of Trustees in December.

Conclusion For 2023, we have started with a zero-base budget approach, which is leading to great discussions around the needs of each department and vision for the club next year. The focus is to be thoughtful in our approach to every line item in the budget. We are setting standards on revenue recognition, expense timing, amortization, and all the good financial buzzwords that my operations partners love to hear me say. As we work our way through the 2023 budget, I know that we all will learn a lot in the process and each year will get better and better. I would like to end with a personal thank you to all that I have met so far in my journey at MAC and the support that I have received from everyone whose path I have crossed. I am loving my new home and looking forward to many years to come!

—Mary Averette, Accounting & Finance Director

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As a community, we strive to foster connections, engage new voices, and work to encourage remarkable individuals in activity for youth. Getting people involved around ideas and action is a priority and passion for us.

TOGETHER WE CAN…SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES The Foundation directs seven scholarship programs, named for amazing MAC members and staff. This year, MAF is funding over $130,000 for 50 recipients. Our volunteers continue to update the criteria for selecting recipients to be relevant and responsive to our community and the world today.

TOGETHER WE CAN ... BUILD A STRONGER COMMUNITY MAF awarded over $120,000 to local nonprofits in the past year! The Foundation prioritizes being responsive to today's needs by giving our grant partners freedom in providing their outreach and services. We engage middle school students through the Youth Grant Initiative to lean into the power of their voices while making funding decisions.

TOGETHER WE CAN… CONNECT PEOPLE MAF is reaching out to include new voices and perspectives. This past year, the Foundation brought back events to gather both old and new members in our community. We continue to expand our volunteer engagement that brings together people with different ideas, backgrounds, and energy to deepen our experiences and outreach.

"We strive to provide access to athletics and education through our grants and scholarships and build a community that empowers the youth," said Sarah Burczak, board co-chair. "The work we do would not be possible without the support from MAC members.Your contribution provides hundreds of underserved youth access to opportunities and gives our nonprofit partners resources they need to serve." The Multnomah Athletic Foundation's board of directors and the MAC's board of trustees together endorse the annual fund drive in October, which fuels the foundation's ability to provide grants and scholarships. Thank you in advance for your support and commitment. Learn more and join the energy at


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September tributes are listed below, with the honored individuals’ names in bold. Larry Black (memorial) Ibby Brooke Kevin & Melinda Sahli Millard McClung (memorial) John & Debra Burns

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House Committee Monthly Report House Committee enforces rules of conduct for members and guests by investigating infractions and recommending sanctions to the Board of Trustees. Recent board actions are listed below, along with reminders about the applicable Club Rules.

Rules Reminders Abuse of Members, Nonmembers, or Staff: Including but not limited to verbal or nonverbal offense, inappropriate gestures, or threatening language.

Behavior Unbecoming a Member: Any behavior deemed inappropriate for a member of Multnomah Athletic Club, regardless of reference to specific club rule.

Damaging Property/Vandalism: Causing or contributing to permanent or temporary damage to the clubhouse, member, or staff property. Including but not limited to knowledge, knowingly or unknowingly, and the failure to report.

Theft or Attempted Theft: Including theft of club property, products or services; and member, nonmember, or staff property.

At the July 27 board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved edits to Club Rules which now includes the Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy and Digital Media Policy. All members should familiarize themselves with the two policies.

Infractions A 17-year-old member was suspended for 6 months for Theft or Attempted Theft. The member stole a wallet from another member in the locker room.

An 18-year-old member was suspended for 6 months for Behavior Unbecoming a Member and Damaging Property/Vandalism. The member was found littering trash in the Member Garage. A 53-year-old member with 30 years of tenure was suspended for 3 months for Abuse of Members, Nonmembers, or Staff and Behavior Unbecoming a Member. The member made an offensive comment, under the guise of a joke, to a group of members.

An 86-year-old member with 51 years of tenure was suspended for 3 months for Abuse of Members, Nonmembers, or Staff and Behavior Unbecoming a Member. The member raised their voice at staff regarding sound level in the Fitness Room. Member previously received two warnings regarding similar incidents.

A 35-year-old member with 8 years of tenure was suspended for 6 months for Abuse of Members, Nonmembers, or Staff and Behavior Unbecoming a Member. The member approached and inappropriately contacted minor members repeatedly. The club confirmed that beyond the initial interactions, there has been no further communication or contact with the minors. All members are expected to understand and follow Club Rules which are updated periodically. Policies and Club Rules can be found on The Club page at


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Join DEI Committee to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month As a new member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, it’s a pleasure to introduce the MAC community to a few things the committee is focused on accomplishing this year. As a reminder, the DEI Committee works to make MAC more welcoming to all members. The goal is to amplify voices and increase representation of the diverse range of members within this community. In this spirit, one of the subcommittees formed is working with the Food & Beverage department to organize cultural celebratory events for all club members to participate in and enjoy. The first big event is Thursday, Sept. 15, which is the start of the Hispanic Heritage Month. This day is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. The subcommittee is planning a cultural celebration of Hispanic heritage that includes music, food offerings from several Hispanic-themed restaurants, and wine tasting with Hispanic, LatinX-owned wineries including the following: • Atticus Wine in Yamhill, Yamhill-Carlton AVA

• Cramoisi Vineyard in Dundee, Dundee Hills AVA

• Parra Wine Co. in Carlton, Willamette Valley AVA

• Cória Estates in Salem, Willamette Valley AVA

• Cubanisimo Vineyards in Salem, Willamette Valley AVA

• Valcan Cellars Attendees can sample the wines and order bottles, plus speak with the winemakers and hear their stories. Guest chef Ricardo Antunez of Pura Vida Cocina has also been invited to share his recipes. Six to eight small plates will be served, plus a no-host bar with margaritas, pisco sours (the national drink of Chile), and caipirinhas (the national drink of Brazil). Hispanic Heritage Month aims to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions. The hope is that the celebration here at MAC will touch upon a few of these achievements and become one of many such events celebrating diversity at the club. Registration will be available online soon. For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month, visit For more information or questions about the DEI Committee, please contact

—Kay Hallmark, DEI Committee Member

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1891 Reopening

Left: Cedar-smoked old fashioned with WhistlePig rye whiskey. Center: Shigoku oysters on the half shell with pickled cucumber. Heirloom summer melon and San Daniele prosciutto with elderflower reduction. Right: Vegan Confit Maitake mushroom with parsley relish. Top of page: Prime Double R Ranch tomahawk steak and roasted Anderson Ranch lamb rack, indicative of the 1891 butcher’s corner.

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Members can expect to see 1891 favorites — including Oregon black cod, bouillabaisse, and Shigoku oysters — plus some new seasonal creations from Executive Chef Philip Oswalt.

The updated menu prioritizes organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from nearby farms whenever possible — a reflection of Oswalt’s commitment to building relationships with farmers, ranchers, foragers, and fish purveyors. Thanks to 1891 Manager Sundiata White’s recent efforts to delve deep into MAC’s wine library, members can explore a more diverse selection of wine offerings as well. The menu represents everything from small, member-owned wineries to some of the largest wine producers in the world. Members also can relish some highly sought-after luxury pours by the glass, as 1891 has a wine preservation system that allows wine to be poured from the bottle without removing the cork, keeping it pristine for a longer period of time. Next door at MACtinis, Bar Manager Roni Pervizi’s newest creations play up premium liquors and memorable presentations. Try the Empress Fizz, for example — a lively concoction of gin, egg whites, cream, house-made cardamom syrup, and lemon that’s dusted with edible glitter. MACtinis also serves up a cedar-smoked old fashioned with WhistlePig rye whiskey that was bottled exclusively for the club and served with a charred orange. Adults ages 21 and over are welcome at 1891 and MACtinis during all hours. Families with children can dine in the east room of 1891 for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit

CraftPortland Dinner:

CraftPortland Dinner:

Guest Chef Dinner:

Cowbell Creamery

Fresh Wild Mushroom

Naomi Pomeroy

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

Kicking off our CraftPortland Dinner series is our local cheese monger, Cowbell Creamery. This dinner features a menu crafted by Chef Oswalt showcasing artisanal cheeses paired with wine. For members only. There is no assigned seating. Cost is $115 per person.

October’s CraftPortland Dinner features foraged wild mushrooms from local forager Fresh and Wild. This dinner features a menu crafted by Chef Oswalt along with the perfect wine pairing. For members only. There is no assigned seating. Cost is $115 per person.

Featuring parings with Brickhouse winery




hen MAC’s most sophisticated place to enjoy a meal reopens its doors for the season on Sept. 6, members can get a taste of an expanded food and drink menu that caters to a wide range of tastes and dietary preferences.




The 1891 menu includes member favorites plus some new creations

Enjoy a meal-inspired wine dinner featuring James Beard-winning guest Chef Naomi Pomeroy. Chef Pomeroy will be pairing this crafted meal with wines and be in attendance to speak about the meal. For members only. Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. There is no assigned seating and seating is first come, first served. Cost is $115 per person. GCD002

Restaurant Hours 1891 & MACtinis


Wine Dinner

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20

Stock up your cellar before the holidays! Columbia Distributing and Galaxy Wine Company are back this fall to offer tastings from over 20 wineries. Members can purchase cases in 3, 6, and 9 bottles at discounted prices. The cost to attend is $25, and is a 21-and-older event for members only.

Enjoy a specialty menu crafted by Chef Oswalt and paired with wine from Pamplin and Anne Amie wineries. Winery representatives speak to the wines and answer questions throughout the evening. Members only. There is no assigned seating. Cost is $115 per person.



Tuesday-Saturday 4-9 p.m.

Sports Pub

Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Monday-Friday 7 a.m-7 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunset Bistro Closes Sept. 3

Reservations for 1891 are recommended but not required. Visit the Dining page at to make a reservation and for the most up-to-date hours.


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Tree to Tree MAC Adventure Day Select September and October events and classes are presented here. Additional experiences are listed on the Events and MAC@Home pages at Event availability is not guaranteed, and some events may be waitlist-only by the time this issue of The Winged M has been received. Please check to confirm availability and make a reservation. Member understanding is appreciated!

Sunday, Sept. 4 Timbers vs. Atlanta United 2:30 p.m. Tickets for games go on sale one month prior to game day. Visit All matches are subject to change by MLS. PTFC038

Wednesday, Sept. 7 Network & Chill

Saturday, Sept. 10 Timbers vs. Minnesota United 7 p.m.

5-8 p.m. MAC Professional Business Networking Group invites you to mix and mingle with other MAC professionals. Stop by to enjoy happy hour pricing and expand your network. No registration needed.

Thursdays, Sept. 8-29 Balladeers Rehearsal 7:15-8:30 p.m. Do you want to be a part of this venerable MAC tradition? The Balladeers are currently

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recruiting for their upcoming season and invite you to attend one of their Thursday evening rehearsals. No audition required. For more information about the Balladeers and how to join, go to


Tickets for games go on sale one month prior to game day. Visit All matches are subject to change by MLS. PTFC039

Sunday, Sept. 11 Tree to Tree MAC Adventure Day 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bring your family for a fun-filled day among the trees at Tree to Tree Adventure Park in nearby Gaston, Oregon! Little ones can explore the Adventure Village, a kid-friendly tree fort nestled high in the trees, while youth and adults can participate in aerial obstacle course

adventures. MAC members also receive half off any of the mini-adventures! These can be reserved day of through the Tree to Tree staff.

Cost: 2-8 years of age: $20, 7-9 years of age: $40, 10+ years of age: $50. TREE002

Monday, Sept. 12 Big Picture Book Club 7 p.m. The Big Picture Book Group reads nonfiction covering a wide range of subjects. The group recommends and votes on which books to read for the upcoming quarter. Meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. Please email Virginia Terhaar at for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 14 MAC Professional Business Networking Group 7:30-9 a.m. Members discuss challenges, successes, and hurdles facing professionals and their enterprises. The group is moderated by Dave Hanna, an organizational development professional and MAC member. The cost to attend is $5, and the group meets the second Wednesday of each month. MPBG009



We’re Here to Help You Get There Monday, Sept. 12

Open Rehearsal and Social Hour with the MelloMacs Adult members are invited to join the MAC’s four-part choir in singing favorite songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s at the Open Rehearsal from 6:308:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in the Duniway/Couch room. Directed by professional musician and arranger Gus Pappelis, the choir meets weekly for rehearsals and fun-filled performances at club events, senior centers, retirement communities, veterans hospitals, and other service organizations. The annual Open Rehearsal offers delicious refreshments, copies of the music arrangements, and an easy way to rekindle your love of singing with a group of friends. Auditions or preregistration are not required. For more information about the choir, contact Natalie Willes at MMOR2022

Wednesday, Sept. 14 Visiting Author Talk: Deena Lindstedt 10-11:30 a.m. The Culture & Style Committee welcomes local author and historian Deena Lindstedt to present her recently published, awardwinning novel, Lady of the Play. Learn about Deena’s extensive research on life in Shakespeare’s England while sipping on tea or coffee and enjoying snacks. VAT001

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Thursday, Sept. 15 Celebrating Culture and Community: Hispanic Heritage 6-9 p.m.

Unpack Your Somatic Suitcase with The Nia 5 Stages with Anita Stark

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with guest chef Ricardo Antunez of Pura Vida Cocina along with local Latin winemakers of Oregon. CCC001

Friday, Sept. 16 Fabulous Fridays: Happy Hour 5-8 p.m.

The Nia 5 Stages is an integrative movement practice based on the five stages of human development: embryonic, creeping, crawling, standing, and walking. Practiced with awareness, these stages have the power to facilitate optimal alignment and improve function and comfort in the body. Whether practiced at length or for as little as five minutes a day, this practice provides a tool for reclaiming and sustaining flexibility, agility, mobility, strength, and stability.

Start your weekend off right this fall at Fabulous Fridays in the Reading Lounge. Enjoy happy hour pricing while relaxing with views overlooking Providence Park. Registration is not required.

The object of practicing the Nia 5 Stages is to prepare the body to become more functional, energetic, and comfortable while moving, dancing, running, or while in yoga postures such as downward dog, spinal twist, forward bend, or child’s pose. Used individually, each stage of movement gives you the opportunity to feel and sense physical places in your body that need to be opened, softened, strengthened, and more aligned. Practicing every day on your own will vastly accelerate your transformation process in as little as 5 minutes per day. The 5 stages can be practiced as a healing modality or as an athletic conditioning practice.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18 Squash Kickoff Tournament Singles/Doubles

Kneepads are recommended and will create greater comfort in your exploration. Gardening knee pads work well, or you can create your own knee pads with ACE bandages and a folded washcloth and clasp. Everyone’s knee pads will be checked for comfort and safety.

This event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 in Studio One. Free event, but registration is required. 2201229997

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Family Friday – Gymnastics Night 6-8 p.m. Bring the whole family for a night of free fun and games around the club! From bounce houses to themed activities, there’s a little something for everyone. Food concessions are available for purchase. Registration is required. FAM101

5 p.m. Start Time Join us for the MAC Squash season kickoff tournament. Multiple singles and doubles divisions available, so all levels welcome! Members only. Entry for the event: $30, includes all refreshments and a Saturday afternoon meal. SQU916

Saturday, Sept. 17 MAC Tailgater - Oregon State vs. Montana State 3-10 p.m. OSU plays football in Portland for the first time since 1986. Watch a livestream of the game from the Ballroom, enjoy games, and choose from an array of no-host food and cocktails. Cost is $25 per person. Child Care hosts an event from 3-9 p.m. for children ages 2.5-6 years for $65 per child with dinner provided. Secure a spot by emailing or calling 503-517-7215. OSU001, OSU002, OSU003

Sunday, Sept. 18 MAC Golf Championships and Awards Banquet 11a.m.-5 p.m. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Price includes green fees, range balls, snack, lunch, and beverage at the turn, and an award’s celebration at the club at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. GOC0918

Monday, Sept. 19 History Book Group 6:30-8 p.m. Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy, and the Taking of the American West by Blaine Harden tells the story of the Whitman “massacre” and how it helped shape the history of the Oregon Country right up to today. Questioners are Craig Siegel and Diane Herrmann.

Wednesday, Sept. 21 Live Q&A 6-7 p.m. Join a live Q&A with President Mary Turina and General Manager Charles Leverton featuring Beverly Davis as they talk about the Campus Master Plan project. This is a great opportunity to hear from other members and get questions answered. The Zoom link to participate will be included in the confirmation emails. Registration is required, and there is no cost to attend. VQA003

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Thursday, Sept. 22 Thirsty Thursdays Hosted by 20s/30s 5-9 p.m. This Fall the 20s/30s Committee invites you to mingle in the Reading Lounge at their monthly Thirsty Thursday. Get cozy and socialize while enjoying happy hour pricing. Registration is not required. Continued on page 36

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Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 22-25 MAC Tennis Juniors and Singles Club Championships 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. on weekends Adult men can compete at 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0+ levels; women at 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0+ levels; and juniors at 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U. A separate boys and girls draw will be made unless entries warrant combining genders. The fee is $20 per player. TEN922

Thursday, Sept. 22 20s/30s Thirsty Thursdays 5-9 p.m. This fall, the 20s/30s Committee invites you to mingle in the Reading Lounge at their monthly Thirsty Thursday. Get cozy and socialize while enjoying happy hour pricing. Registration is not required.

Friday, Sept. 23 20s/30s Rafting & Winery Day Trip

Friday, Sept. 30 Committee Open House

Sunday, Sept. 25 Thorns vs. Chicago Red Stars

This annual event showcases the club’s 52 committees and provides a great opportunity to learn about the committee system and how you can help shape the future of MAC. The night, in conjunction with MAC’s always popular Family Fridays, features a “fitness party” throughout the clubhouse, as well as social opportunities on the main floor. Some of MAC’s premier partners are present to highlight the future of health and wellness. Enjoy light bites throughout the spaces. Drinks will be available for purchase. No registration is required. OPEN001

3 p.m. Tickets for games go on sale one month prior to game day. Visit All matches are subject to change by the NWSL.


Tuesday, Sept. 27 Evening Literary Group 7-8 p.m. The Evening Literary Group meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month for a lively discussion on a previously chosen book. Members and their guest are always welcome. The September book is This Is Happiness by Niall Williams.

Thursday, Sept. 29 Simulator Fun Night at SIM Golf 5:30-8 p.m.

7 a.m.-6 p.m. Members and nonmember guests in their 20s and 30s are invited to raft the exciting White Salmon River with professional river guides and then enjoy a casual picnic lunch. Then, members will drop into two Columbia Gorge wineries with access to a wide range of wine varietals. WWR001

Saturday, Sept. 24 USA Swimming Q&A Webinar on Athletic Performance, Sports Medicine, and Science 10-11:30 a.m. Join the MAC Swim Committee in welcoming two experts from USA Swimming in a 90-minute Zoom presentation and Q&A: Matt Barbini, the national team director of performance, and Keenan Robinson, director of sports medicine and science. Tickets are $10 and include light refreshments. Members only. USW924

Mother & Son Party: Mission to MAC 5:30-8 p.m. This year’s event features space-themed activities geared toward ages 3-12. Moms and sons

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can play together, munch on food that is out of this world, and compete in a friendly game of laser tag! SPACE001


Play games like soccer, baseball, hockey, bowling, zombie dodgeball and more on world-class simulators at SIM Golf located at Washington Square Mall. Plus, SIM Golf has an amazing food menu, craft beer, and cocktails. Simulator bays are open to juniors ages 7-14. All juniors must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $35 for juniors and include food and beverages. Adult admission is free, with food and beverage available for purchase.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1 Oktoberfest 5-8 p.m. The Turnaround will be transformed into MAC’s own Oktoberfest! Join the Social Activities Committee for this 21+ event featuring entertainment by the MAC Company Dancers, bratwurst, beer, and a local vendor market to celebrate this annual German tradition. A selection of local breweries showcase their seasonal lagers and Marzen-style beers. The cost is $25 for members and $28 for guests. Cost includes entertainment, traditional foods, and five beer tasting tokens. Additional tokens may be purchased. OKT001

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Friday, Sept. 30 Family Fall Festival

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6-8 p.m. Come and enjoy the annual Fall Festival in the MAC Turnaround! This event will feature a petting zoo, a fall photo op, and pumpkin decorating, along with other fall fun activities. Apple treats and cider will be available for purchase. There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required. FALL001

Family Friday – Superhero Night 6-8 p.m. Bring the whole family for a night of free fun and games around the club! From bounce houses to themed activities, there’s a little something for everyone. Food concessions are available for purchase. Registration is required. FAM102

Susie Wright Presents: Elevate Your Wardrobe 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the Culture & Style Committee and member Susie Wright as she explains how to take your wardrobe to the next level by curating well-fitting essentials and trendy seasonal pieces. Wright is a former buyer for Nordstrom in New York City, and throughout her 25-year career discovered her true passion for personal styling. SUSIE003 Continued on page 38






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Tuesday, Oct. 4 Listen & Learn - Title IX Series 6:30–8 p.m. Multnomah Athletic Foundation kicks off its newest collaboration with Sport Oregon and their SHE FLIES initiative! This series provides opportunities to learn from the past and take action in the present and into the future. The first session features Rachael Rapinoe, Alex Jee, Jenny Nguyen, and Christi Smith-Ryan. A $10 donation to MAF and She Flies is encouraged. LLSF1004

Wednesday, Oct. 5 Network & Chill

our first Wrightson since the start of the pandemic. Sign up on

there is a Pickleball Committee-hosted bar from 3-6 p.m. Register by Oct. 1. PB1008

Friday, Oct. 7 Pilates Open House Reception

Sunday, Oct. 9 Pickleball Open House

4:30-6 p.m. At this open house event, members can take a free 30-minute introduction to the Pilates reformer (registration required) and learn about classes and personal training in the Pilates Studio on the Basement level. Class times will be at 4 , 4:30, and 5 p.m. There will also be a reception from 4:30-6 p.m. in Lownsdale and the Second Floor Terrace. Registration is required for the reception and classes. PIL300

5-8 p.m.

Family Friday - Karate Night

MAC Professional Business Networking Group invites you to mix and mingle with other MAC professionals. Stop by to enjoy happy hour pricing and expand your network. No registration needed.

6-8 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6 Artistic Swimming Masters Exhibition 7-8 p.m. Come watch the meticulous and methodical synchronized efforts of master swimmers during this annual exhibit of talent, flare, and enthusiasm at the West Pool. This is your chance to see what synchronized swimming is all about! No registration is required.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Balladeers Rehearsal 7:15-8:30 p.m. Do you want to be a part of this venerable MAC tradition? The Balladeers are currently recruiting for their upcoming season and invite you to attend one of their Thursday evening rehearsals. No audition required. For more information about the Balladeers and how to join, go to

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8 Squash Wrightson Cup 5-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday The Wrightson Cup is an annual doubles tournament hosted by MAC Squash. It traditionally sees 80 to 100 entries, mostly made up of MAC members, and visitors come in from all over the West Coast. This will be

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Bring the whole family for a night of free fun and games around the club! From bounce houses to themed activities, there is a little something for everyone. The Karate Committee will have three karate sessions taking place followed by a “demo” session from current MAC karate students. Food concessions are available for purchase. Registration is required. FAM103 FA22

Saturday, Oct. 8 MAC Golf Shamble at Salishan Golf Links 1 p.m. The Golf Shamble kicks off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $125 per person, or $500 for a team of four people, and includes green fees, cart, range balls, and a seafood dinner celebration at Hook & Slice. Tournament participants also have the option to stay on-site for the weekend at the exclusive Salishan Coastal Lodge. Once participants register, they will get a promo code for lodging reservations. Room availability is limited, so book soon! GO108

Pickleball Club Championship 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Two levels of competition are offered: intermediate (3.5 and below) and advanced (above 3.5). Divisions include men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles, men’s singles, and women’s singles, but final categories are based on the number and type of registrants. Doubles participants can register with a partner or be paired with someone. The cost is $15 for one event or $25 for two events. Light refreshments are available, and

2-5 p.m. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, this is the place for you. Members of the Pickleball Committee will be at each court to teach the fundamentals. Participating members must be ages 10 or older. Raffle prizes will be given out. PBOPH109

Monday, Oct. 10 2022-2023 Volleyball Information Meet & Greet 6-7:30 p.m. MAC Volleyball invites new and returning families to spend an evening learning about the club volleyball program geared for youth ages 9-18. Families can get information about the upcoming season and tryouts, ask questions, and meet the coaches. VBMG1010

Wednesday, Oct. 12 MAC Professional Business Networking Group 7:30-9 a.m. Members discuss challenges, successes, and hurdles facing professionals and their enterprises. The group is moderated by Dave Hanna, an organizational development professional and MAC member. The cost to attend is $5, and the group meets the second Wednesday of each month. MPBG0010

Thursday, Oct. 13 Outdoor Vendor Rendezvous 5-9 p.m. A diverse lineup of vendors who specialize in outdoor equipment come together at MAC to promote and encourage outdoor recreation, with a focus on fly fishing, car camping, backpacking, water sports, and SCUBA. The event is in the Climbing Gym with drinks available for purchase.

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Friday, Oct. 14 Fabulous Fridays: Happy Hour 5-8 p.m. Start your weekend off right this fall at Fabulous Fridays in the Reading Lounge. Enjoy happy hour pricing while relaxing with views overlooking Providence Park. Registration is not required.

Mary Poppins Sing-Along 6-9 p.m. The Social Activities Committee, MelloMacs, and MAC Company Dancers team up to bring you a heartwarming evening in front of the big screen. Come dressed as your favorite character and get ready to sing along with the Banks family and friends! Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for guests and includes popcorn and a favor bag that aids in audience participation. Concessions are available for purchase. SING001

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16 Portland Classic (Handball) The Multnomah Athletic Club and World Players of Handball are proud to present the fourth Portland Classic/R48Pro (LTE). This is the first stop of the 2022/2023 R48Pro Season. Please visit the WPH website for a full schedule, rules, and viewing options. If there are more than 32 pros, play may begin Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, Oct. 20 Thirsty Thursdays Hosted by 20s/30s

6-8 p.m. All juniors ages 7-12 are invited to the squash lounge for dodgeball, intro to squash, and a Super Smash Bros Tournament. DSS1021

This fall, the 20s/30s Committee invites you to mingle in the Reading Lounge at their monthly Thirsty Thursday. Get cozy and socialize while enjoying happy hour pricing. Registration is not required.


Member Garage, and bags will be provided. For those who prefer a quieter atmosphere, the Family Events committee has set up a themed sanctuary for a sensory reset in Ainsworth/Lownsdale. Food is available for purchase. Registration is required. There is no cost to attend. FAM105

Family Friday - Puppet Show

Halloween Family Friday Volunteering

6-8 p.m.

5:45-8 p.m.

Bring the whole family for a night of free fun and games around the club! From bounce houses to themed activities, there’s a little something for everyone. Penny’s Puppet Productions features Animals Got Talent. The show begins at 6:30 followed by puppet making and a puppet Q&A. Food is available for purchase. Registration is required. There is no cost to attend. FAM104

Interested in being a spooky monster for the evening? Volunteers are needed to dress in their best PG-rated monster get-up. Expect to man the spooky stations and be available for photo-ops. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours. FAM105-1

Wednesday, Oct. 26 Wine Soils – Listen & Learn 6-8 p.m. Join the Outdoor Activities Committee in welcoming geologist Dr. Scott Burns to speak on Willamette Valley soil and how it relates to wine. Learn about what makes the Willamette Valley soil so special for vineyards and enjoy some great wine. WST1026

Wednesday, Oct.26 Diwali Festival of Lights 6-9 p.m. Come join the Culture and Style Committee in a Diwali celebration. Diwali is the Indian holiday celebrating light triumphing over darkness and bringing prosperity into the year ahead. There will be Indian music and dancing, along with an amazing Indian meal. This event is open to members and non-members. DFL22

Friday, Oct. 28 Halloween Family Friday Monster MAC 6-8 p.m.

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Friday, Oct. 21 Dodgeball, Super Smash Bros, and Squash

Join in on a spook-tacular Family Friday extravaganza! Expect the fun Family Friday happenings with added Halloween pizazz. Get ready for games, crafts, activities, and Trunk or Treat. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes for the annual costume parade! Trunk or Treat takes place on the third floor

Trunk or Treat Volunteering 5:15-8 p.m. Volunteers are needed to decorate the trunk of their cars and park in an area of the third floor Member Garage. MAC Families will filter through, trick or treat trunk to trunk, and vote on their favorite decorated trunk! TRUNK2022

Saturday, Oct. 29 USA Swimming Olympic Athlete Q&A 9:30-10 a.m. This webinar will feature two USA Olympic swimmers who will discuss the dedication and sacrifices needed to become an Olympian. SWM1029

Murder Mystery: I Love the 80s to Death 5-9 p.m. It’s the 80s again, and all the big names are here for a big concert. Tensions run rampant as backstage secrets spill out into the spotlight with, like, totally tragic results! You are going to solve this crime in style. This evening of mystery is brought to you by The Murder Mystery Co. and the Social Activities Committee. Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for guests and include a hosted appetizer spread and one specialty cocktail curated by Roni served up 80s style. This is a 21+ event. NEON001

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Club Scrapbook More photos are at

2 1 BBQ Supper Club

To celebrate National Grilling Month, the Social Activities Committee hosted a backyard barbecue-themed evening at Sunset Bistro on July 19 with food specials and specialty cocktails. PHOTOS BY BRANDON DAVIS

1. Kelsey Staats, Zach Bay, Jody Cienfuegos, and Sean Mele 2. Jutta Allen and Steve Biles 3. Judith Arnell and Debbie Benson 4. Jeannine Buskuhl and guest 5. Maryanne Garvie-Loveland and guests 6. Kevin Smith and Hannah Smith 7. Anan Raymond, Elisabeth Raymond, Lisa Schaller, and Steve Schaller 8. Kids enjoy a summer evening at MAC.



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Summer Camps & Classes

MAC hosted a variety of youth camps and classes throughout the summer to keep kids inspired and challenged. PHOTOS BY BRANDON DAVIS

9. Kaitlyn Moe 10. Julia Vanderhoff 11. Fiona Goodman at junior tennis class 12. Frances Anfuso at Pebble Pushers climbing class 13. Rowan Eddy

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Old Town Brewery Collaboration MACrobrew, a special new West Coast IPA crafted by Old Town Brewing in partnership with MAC, was released for the Timbers vs. Sounders game on Aug. 26. It is available at the Sports Pub. PHOTO BY BRANDON DAVIS

14. MAC Procurement Manager Nick Herrera and Old Town Brewing lead brewer Andrew Lamont.


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The annual scholarship celebration event brings together scholarship recipients representing seven programs, their families, volunteers, and donors. PHOTOS BY BRANDON DAVIS

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Seeing MAC Through New Eyes Recently joined members capture club’s infinite possibilities


By Jake Ten Pas

Since joining the club last year, business owners Ashlee and Arturus Espaillat have uncovered endless opportunities for their 5-year-old daughter, Amaia.


here’s never enough time for all that MAC has to offer. That seems to be a through line for new members, and probably many who’ve been part of the club for decades. When more than 20,000 people make up a community, attempting to find any constants related to their diverse experiences might seem like folly, but similarities suggest themselves, nonetheless.

First of all, MAC’s community isn’t the only one in its members’ lives. The club’s ability to meet, and often exceed, the needs of those who’ve learned to define the term “community” in so many different ways is a testament to its near-universal appeal. For example, Les Vuylsteke joined the club in retirement after working in university systems most of his life, when his search for a new place to serve both his social and athletic needs led him to the perfect deployment of his hard-earned savings.

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Arturus Espaillat grew up the Dominican Republic, spending his free time in a private club where kids could play by the pool while parents socialized. His wife, Ashlee, on the other hand, sees comparisons with her time swimming competitively in high school.

As a longtime former lobbyist and current director of children’s cancer charity UKANDU, Jason Hickox has been a part of both the competitive world of Washington, D.C. politics and the nurturing environs of the nonprofit sector. Yet he continues to find new and life-affirming connections in a club brimming over with individuals who never stop seizing the day.

What one place could possibly resonate with all of these disparate journeys? Every member knows the answer, but it’s still worth looking at the value of membership through the eyes of the recently initiated. Even the seasoned might be surprised at what they find.

Home Away from Home Les Vuylsteke might not be able to see like he used to, but it doesn’t always take 20/20 vision to recognize a good investment. Diagnosed with Fuchs Dystrophy a number of years ago, Vuylsteke is now legally blind, which isn’t the same as being totally blind, he points out.

A former university librarian, the 73-yearold says he regularly consumed a book or more daily for more than 40 years. His diminishing eyesight has slowed that pace, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. His doctor has taught him a variety of coping mechanisms that make reading possible, and Vuylsteke still manages to enjoy one of his primary passions, learning about the world. After retiring 15 years ago, he moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Portland in search of new life experiences, from joining St. Mary’s Cathedral, to volunteering with Central City

Concern, or researching local history ­— including MAC’s — ­ at the library. At that time, joining this club meant being proposed by a member and entering into a lottery, which didn’t immediately make sense to him. After attending a number of club functions as a guest over the years, and a fateful meeting with his lawyer, Vuylsteke reconsidered the proposition.

“When I was making up my will, he said, ‘When are you going to start spending your money? You’re giving all this money away when you die, but why don’t you spend some in your lifetime?’ [I decided that] yeah, I think it’ll be worth the money,” Vuylsteke said. “And who knows? I have a friend who’s 101, and that’s 28 years from now for me. So, I may get my money’s worth even yet!

That dimension has both physical and social aspects, the combination of which was a key factor for Vuylsteke in choosing a second home. “I was used to swimming and working out when I was younger at the university facilities, and I found out that there was nothing else quite like that here in Portland. You can join a health club, but it’s not going to be a social center. It’s not going to have a slew of activities for all ages, all different backgrounds.” Living just a few blocks away from MAC in Goose Hollow, Vuylsteke regularly comes to the club in the afternoon to swim, play cards with friends, or just grab a bite to eat at the Sports Pub. Having recently attended his first Easter Brunch as a member, he’s already looking forward to hosting loved ones for Thanksgiving in November. “I’ve only been a member since March, and so I’m still concentrating on what I do know. I definitely will be using MAC for entertaining my friends at mealtimes, and it’s nice to know the club has other dining areas that I’ve never used.” Despite spending decades in education, Vuylsteke compares himself to college freshman exploring a new campus for the first time. Wayfinding is still a challenge, but meeting new people and finding a sense of serenity in the middle of the city are not.

“I don’t have very high goals. It’s not like I’m going to become a handball player or anything like that,” says Vuylsteke, who’s working with his doctor on a gradual, phased approach to working out at the club. “Let’s just say that the club has everything and more than I need at this stage of my life.”


“The point is, I’ve already, in these few months that I’ve been a member, gotten more benefit than if I had not been a member. It’s added a new dimension to my life.”

Les Vuylsteke, who joined MAC earlier this year, visits the club regularly to swim and play cards with friends. He’s pictured here at the Sports Pub — another of his favorite spots.

Activities for All Ages Even when members don’t have time to use all of MAC’s amenities themselves, it can be reassuring to know they exist. Ashlee Espaillat first explored the club in detail during a scavenger hunt organized by the Membership department, and she still hasn’t been able to get back to everything she discovered that day.

That’s partially because Ashlee and her husband Arturus own their own business, Atlas Pathfinder, LLC, which assists with the transport of wind turbines. According to Arturus, he barely has time for a nap, let alone playing the squash or tennis he dreams of someday tackling.

While their initial inspiration for joining MAC was the enhancement of business connections ­— at the time, Ashlee was a partner at Dunn Carney LLP and Arturus had left Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. to start Atlas Pathfinder ­— the couple has come to realize that their daughter, Amaia, is the main beneficiary of their membership. “The idea of our daughter having something like MAC for her to grow up in, it’s the best thing that I think we could give her,” Arturus says. “It’s a fantastic way of keeping

her engaged because she’s a very energetic person. If she’s not actively doing something, she’s going to just get bored and ...”

“Tear the house down,” Ashlee finishes his sentence. Both laugh.

A similarly energetic child, Arturus had what he refers to as “the MAC of the DR” to teach him to swim, play tennis and soccer, and just generally stay out of trouble while growing up. “It was everything, and it was a big part of my life,” he explains. “We were part of teams that would play against other centers like that or other schools, and it’s one of the most vivid memories I have. So, when we got the opportunity of coming to MAC, it wasn’t so much for me [as for her].” Based on the “societies” of Northern Spain ­ Arturus’ family fled the country after — nationalist dictator Francisco Franco came to power — ­ the Spanish Center (Centro Español), as it was known by all the exiles who founded it, was a home away from home for their families. He and his brother would walk the few short blocks to recreate while adults enjoyed libations, cigars, cards, and dominoes in a nearby clubhouse.

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Continued from page 47 “MAC is all that for us. It’s just a place for Amaia to build relationships and skills. She’s already swimming. I mean, she’s climbing rock walls — ­ a 5-year-old!”

The daughter of a blue-collar home builder, Ashlee grew up in the mountains outside of Yosemite National Park in California before moving down to San Diego. While she was never part of any private club, her experience swimming competitively through high school helped her learn teamwork while enhancing her drive to excel, and she ended up studying at UCLA and eventually, law at UC Hastings. Bringing this mix of perspectives to their MAC membership, both say they’ve been pleasantly surprised at the way the club has defied expectations.

“I was always under the illusion that MAC was this preppy place where only very rich people with the best gear would go, and that I was going to feel out of place there because I don’t dress like that. I was very wrong,” Arturus says. “It has a very human spirit. You have people from all sides, so you can see it from all perspectives, and they are just trying to go there and have a good experience.”

“All the people that we’ve met, especially through our daughter’s classes, haven’t been people that I would consider elitist or anything like that,” Ashlee continues the thread. “They’re very open and warm, and in our similar situation as parents of young children.” Both say that employees are always friendly, and club leadership does a good job communicating policy decisions and soliciting feedback from the membership. While they’ve felt the pinch of trying to get Amaia into every class she wants to take during busy registration periods, they’ve been able to keep her occupied enough to occasionally enjoy MAC themselves.

MAC offers, I’ve never seen something like that. You even have batting cages!” Arturus exclaims.

One of Ashlee and Amaia’s traditions when Arturus travels is stopping by the Sports Pub after swim lessons for dinner. The younger Espaillat almost never fails to order the chicken and vegetable soup, but her mom hasn’t yet settled on a go-to, inadvertently summing up the exciting thing about membership. “I’m trying different things. I haven’t found my favorite dish yet, but I look forward to continuing to explore the menu.”

Life is for the Living Jason Hickox likes to joke that his current position as Executive Director of UKANDU in Portland is a form of penance for his previous career as a lobbyist, but his relationship with the nonprofit serving kids with cancer predates his graduation from high school, let alone even his earliest jobs. He started volunteering there at age 17.

“I was an otherwise punk kid getting ready for my senior year. I had a good family and was probably going to be a decent individual, but that experience changed me and became the through line for my life,” Hickox explains. For the week of camp, his volunteer role was to watch over a group of 8-year-olds. On the last day of camp, while waiting for his mom to pick him up, he struck up a conversation with a 17-year-old camp attendee. “She told me that she was going into her senior year, but simultaneously she was going to be a sophomore in college. I was like, ‘Oh,

that’s cool,’ and wasn’t really tracking. She said that she wanted to be the first person in her family to graduate college, and that was impressive enough that she was thinking about such things at that age.

“As the conversation wore on, I recognized that she knew she wasn’t going to make it because she was dying. That was my wakeup call about life, and after that, every year I came home from college or work, I went back to volunteer again.” Hickox says that, particularly when he was in a place like D.C., whenever he would hear people lament about their lives or the state of the world, he always had the benefit of that perspective. He knew there were a couple of hundred families in Oregon, and so many more across the country, who would trade their problems for whatever was being complained about.

“These 8-year-olds who are facing their own mortality? They’re the best livers of life,” Hickox opines. “Bud Lewis was like that, too. Carpe diem. Suck the marrow out.” If this seems like an abrupt change of conversational direction, it actually isn’t. Hickox has been trying to define the commonality between the best and most inspiring members of MAC, and his recollections of children racing against time remind him of the gusto with which one of the club’s most well-known members approached his final years, and perhaps most of his life. As a Lincoln High School grad, Hickox has known MAC forever, and when he returned to Portland to join UKANDU, he

The Espaillats bring friends to the club for dinner and cocktails, attend the occasional Timbers game, and Ashlee uses Amaia’s back-to-back swim lessons as an opportunity to grab a quick workout, even if it’s just walking the indoor track and watching fellow members play pickleball on the courts below. They also see the potential in the future to explore more sports as their entrepreneurial workloads ebb and flow. “It’s just like, ‘What do you want to do?’ The number of sports and social activities

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“We had one of our only date nights since COVID at the club attending the Winestock event,” Ashlee reports. “We attended the holiday party [with Amaia] and saw the lighting of the tree, and made gingerbread houses, too.”

Jason Hickox, a member of just over a year, runs a local nonprofit and has already gotten involved in club leadership by joining the Membership Committee.

knew he’d find a sense of community at the club. His workouts have changed since those early days playing soccer and outdoor volleyball, and MAC’s premium fitness facilities were appealing in the variety they offered.

Hickox met Lewis through fellow member Darren Vick and was honored to be invited to a lunch with the legend and five or six of his friends at MAC. “He took a liking to me, and we spent some time together,” Hickox recalls. “I would be careful to compare myself to Bud or say that we had a ton of similarities, but we’re both social. He was an older gentleman who loved life. I’ve been surrounded by kids facing their own mortality since I was 17. I think we appreciated each other’s love of life and were able to connect on that level.” Lewis liked to talk about receiving the energy of his fellow members through osmosis, explains Hickox, before adding that he was always trying to soak up whatever it was in Lewis that made him live life with such gusto past the age of 100.

“Bud was all-welcoming, inviting, and engaging. I would like the definition of a MAC member to look as much like him as it could.” While Lewis was never involved with club politics, Hickox has made it his business to get involved with the club committee system, adding another layer to his new-member experience of hitting the Fitness Room, sometimes eating up to three meals a day at the club, and perpetually searching out quiet nooks in which to conduct business. As part of the Membership Committee, he’s committed to keeping the spirit as inclusive and energizing as possible.

“I have a tinkerer’s mind, and I like learning about the inner workings of this place. I didn’t join the club just to work out or drink. If I’m going to call myself a member, I want to be involved,” he says. “Most members might not understand the time and commitment that staff and other volunteer members put into helping the club run so well, and it’s given me a newfound appreciation for what our trustees do. I used to say to my family and friends here in Portland, when I was in D.C., that everybody’s entitled to an opinion, but your opinion matters more if you’re participating in the system. “What I would say to a new member is, take advantage of the free training session we get. Take a tour or two with staff or a member that you know, perhaps your proposer. Engage in the community around you because it’s really the only way to build on what exists. Adding your influence to that community is a real opportunity.” WM

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The Williams family enjoys shooting hoops at the MAC basketball courts.

Love & Basketball Williams family making an impact locally and globally By Jake Ten Pas


ower couple is a term nearly as overused in business stories as “power trio” is when describing rock bands. But when the couple in question is Marsha and Rashad Williams, it’s justified.

The former is the co-founder and CEO of KairosPDX, a mission-driven educational nonprofit with a community grade school firmly focused on serving communities that have typically been neglected in Portland. The latter is the senior director of men’s lifestyle footwear for Nike’s Jordan Brand. Together, they straddle the worlds of progressive education and cutting-edge fashion, all while raising five kids. The Williams joined MAC five years ago, and it has since become an integral part of their family life, even if they might have once struggled to picture themselves as members of the club. In a community chock-full of high-performing professionals and C-suite executives, the Williams fit right in but also stand out. Half a decade on, how do they feel about that decision?

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The Winged M’s senior copywriter connected with them via Zoom for a conversation that ranges from training-room romance to taking on racist power structures.

Jake Ten Pas: Your kids go to KairosPDX?

Marsha Williams: Yeah. Well, two and one more will be going. JTP: How is it having it be a family affair there?

MW: I love it. I’m not a teacher, so I don’t really venture down the hall very often. I have much more of an organizational overall hat there, but what we created and what the intention is, it’s great.

JTP: You have five kids. How old are they?

MW: Sylas is 11. That’s our oldest. Shyla is 8, Sauvion is 6, Shani is 3, and Selah, 11 months. JTP: You’ve been described as a power couple. Is that how you see yourselves? MW: Wow, that’s really nice to hear because we don’t feel that, or I don’t. I

can’t speak for you, Rashad, but that’s very powerful. Rashad Williams: I’m amazing, OK? (laughs) JTP: How did you meet?

MW: We’re college sweethearts. Actually, it’s funny. My daughter just broke the frame for the Love & Basketball motion picture poster we have. That was us. We both played basketball in college. We are a big basketball family. We have kind of converted our kids. This is our fifteenth year now as Trail Blazers season ticket holders. We’ve been in Portland 15 years. That was the one thing we agreed on when we first came here, was to get season tickets. We are really all about raising up our kids.

RW: Marsha and I bonded in the training room in our collegiate days. We both were starting the season hurt, so we were rehabbing together in the training room. That’s where we started at least getting to know each other a little bit.

JTP: One of you was in the whirlpool, the other one was in the ice bath, and then your eyes locked across the room and the rest is history?

RW: I mean, if you want to dramatize. I think a couple of us were just probably shouting in pain as the trainers were stretching us and having us do some crazy exercises. MW: Crazy exercises!

JTP: You thought, “That person’s tortured scream has a lovely timbre. I want to get to know them better.” RW: Exactly.

MW: The Celtics used to practice at our facility, so we actually were rehabbing with all the Celtics players at this time. This is the late ‘90s.

RW: We shared everything. You shared the training room. You shared the practice facility. You shared locker rooms, for the most part. Pervis Ellison was one of their players at the time. MW: He was always in there, and they’re jokesters. Back then, you had a lot more who were coming straight out of college, so they were also younger, our age, like 19-year-olds. We had a lot of fun in the training room.

JTP: I’m going to infer that you had some serious competition, Rashad. Your game must have been incredible to woo Marsha in the face of all these professional basketball players. RW: I told you, I’m an amazing person.

JTP: Which one of you approached the other one? Was there a conversation you were having that evolved into “Maybe this person is date-worthy?” How did it go from seeing each other in the training room to, “Hey, let’s go out sometime”? RW: I’m a little bit of an old soul. When I started college, I came up with this notion I was meeting my wife at that time. One of my best friends growing up, his parents met in college. I don’t know why that stuck in my head, but I walked in thinking, “ There’s a strong possibility I can meet my wife in college.”

Marsha jokes about how I didn’t have any game. I ended up seeing her one day in the practice gym, and I asked her out months ahead of time.

MW: It was spring break of ‘98, and He Got Game was coming out. He asked me out like in March for May. I was like, “What is wrong with this guy? Why are you talking to me about May?”

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Continued from page 51 JTP: At least you knew he was a planner, right Marsha? He was somebody who would set a goal and stick to it? MW: Clearly.

RW: At that time, she wasn’t focused on me. She was pre-med, so she had the plan, actually.

MW: I did communicate that. I ended up getting my degree in medical sociology and health policy. Then I spent over a dozen years in academic medicine. I completed a fellowship, worked on [Capitol] Hill for a little bit when I came out, and then conducted pharmaceutical policy research. Then, we moved here for Rashad’s work, and I stayed in academic medicine at OHSU until I opened up KairosPDX. I stayed in health care, but I went from wanting to do the individual medicine to more policy, which is populationbased health. You’re thinking about, “How does this affect all people? How do different social determinants factor in?” I worked a lot in native populations, elderly populations, and then I looked at race within health care as it related to those different groups and populations. My fellowship was in pharmaceutical policy between Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organization in Geneva, which allowed me to look at access to medicines across the globe, in developing and non-developing countries, and what that looked like. It was really looking at marginalized groups. JTP: As you looked more at how race and health intertwine, did that convince you that older generations are beyond your ability to impact, which is why you decided to focus on kids?

MW: My dad was an administrator — he’s now retired — of an approximately 600-bed facility, and my mom’s a nurse. I grew up with health care being at the forefront of all of our dinner conversations. My dad was a purchasing agent, too. My mom would say, “I don’t understand why they would do that,” and my dad would respond, “Because this fourby-four costs this.” They would have these back-and-forth conversations where my mom was like, “We need what’s best for patients,” and my dad was like, “We’re trying to cut costs and make sure that we can have the facility still running.”

There was always that interesting dynamic of me growing up hearing stories around health care and access and just the understanding of how important your health is. I’m first-generation born in this country, so health

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was always a big factor. Being able to stay healthy was critical. There wasn’t really the connection for me between health care and kids. For me, that came when I started thinking about, “What are we doing in Portland?”

I was on a two-year plan to come here, work, and then go back to the East Coast to have kids closer to my family. When we got pregnant, I realized, “We’re really staying here.” I had to start looking into schools. As a trained researcher, when I looked at the data, it didn’t make sense. I asked, “We’re really having and raising a Black boy in Portland, Oregon?” Rashad’s job was here, and so that was really the shift to kids for me. What does it mean to raise a Black boy in this city?

When I cofounded KairosPDX and we opened doors, my kid wasn’t there yet, but I realized, “This is so much bigger than me. This is what the city needs.” Four of the five of us cofounders are women of color or identify as Black women. JTP: Rashad, parallel to what we just heard from Marsha, give us a sense of your journey. What did you study, what were your goals, and how did you end up moving to Portland for work? RW: For context, I won’t say Marsha and I are complete opposites, but there are a lot of opposites in our lives. She’s a New Yorker through and through. She was born and raised there, and I was born and raised in California. We were trying to figure each other out. She mentioned being first-generation born here, and my family has roughly 16 generations based in the U.S. It’s not a clash of cultures, but a coming together of cultures. We were trying to find ourselves in college, and we end up meeting each other.

I always say meeting at an earlier age allowed us to grow with each other, which I think has contributed to us being married as long as we have been. My journey wasn’t as concrete as hers. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and I was a dude who was just trying to figure it out. I loved sports and knew I needed to figure out how I could make a contribution to the world in a way that I was passionate about. It’s ironic that you said I’m the planner. I’m not the planner of our clan! I am the one who’s a lot more flexible and freeflowing, and that was the approach that I took in a lot of areas. I’m very agile and nimble, where Marsha really thinks things out. JTP: How did you end up at Adidas?

RW: When I came out of school, I got a job at a national marketing agency. I focused on young adults, teens, tweens, branding, and

how to connect with them in a more in-depth way. I had a couple of clients who were in the athletic apparel and footwear industry — all based in New England, because we were still in Boston at the time. I went around the country as a focus group moderator.

I thought, “I’m giving true insights to these companies, and I wasn’t sure they really knew what they’re talking about because they’re coming to me and my company to try to figure it out. I thought I can probably help a brand in this area. It would be cool to work for a global brand and actually put to use something I’m really strong in and see where that takes me.” That’s what ultimately brought me to Portland to work at Adidas

JTP: What made you decide to join MAC?

MW: Kali [Thorne Ladd, a cofounder of KairosPDX] and Billy [Ladd], as well as Chris [Nelson], were the ones who sponsored us.

RW: Kali recruited me very hard to at least consider joining the MAC.

MW: This was over the course of a couple years, and by the time we had our third child, I was running around trying to figure out how to balance everything, and finally was like, “OK.” When we were starting KairosPDX, we had a couple different meetings at MAC, so I had been there before. Then they invited us to some kind of diversity night where we did a tour. As context, the history of Oregon is one where we’re not wanted. There are multiple organizations that have received money from organizations that were trying to create a white utopia. Given that, as a Black person, you have to pick and choose what you’re going to do.

For us, it really came down to a decision to support our lifestyle, and the fact that we have three kids who I was trying to get into multiple classes and schlepping around. That became challenging, so part of why we considered joining was because our family was growing so much. We were trying to make everything more manageable. That was the decision point. RW: You joked before, Jake, about it being a family affair, but I was the first volunteer coordinator for KairosPDX, trying to help them get things started. As our family was growing, KairosPDX was growing, so Marsha’s time was occupied. A lot more time and effort needed to go into that. I had a demanding career as well, so I was traveling heavily. From a lifestyle standpoint, it absolutely made sense.

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Sports massage is now offered both at events and in the recovery room or wellness suite massage rooms.

MAC Massage Expands Services A growing team of licensed massage therapists adds new offerings that meet member needs. By Susannah Skye, Massage Lead, Licensed Massage Therapist


AC’s Massage team has grown by five since December, and the team now has nine massage therapists in total. Sameday appointments are available again, and service offerings have been expanded to include sports massage, event chair massage, and spot massage.

All of the therapists on the team customize their work, listening to the client’s needs and concerns before each session starts. Each session is different, and every massage therapist has unique training that they bring to the team. The massage menu is simple, so it’s easy to book. It includes these types of massages:

• Relaxation massage uses Swedish massage techniques and others like Lomilomi, lymphatic flushing, craniosacral holds, and gentle shiatsu. It is focused on a relaxing outcome and is also perfect for members with medical needs that require mindful, light touch.

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• Deep tissue massage is focused on therapeutic outcomes. It incorporates stretching and positional release and techniques pulled from neuromuscular therapy and orthopedic massage. These sessions go beyond the surface to help bring joints back into alignment and optimize range of motion and circulation. • Prenatal and postpartum massage is offered by MAC massage therapists who have had focused pre/perinatal training well beyond what was taught in their foundational massage school education.

• New! Sports massage is now offered both at events and in the recovery room or wellness suite massage rooms. Sports massage is received when fully clothed and requires communication so the massage therapist can adapt it for the needs of the athlete and their sport. It is dynamic, meaning that clients may need to shift into different positions or actively move during a stretch or positional release. Earlier this year, the team brought in esteemed sports massage therapist



Cuautli Verastegui

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Mariya Zavyalova

Don Schiff

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Cuautli’s passion for sports and living an active lifestyle have led him to seek different forms of self-care. Cuautli is an avid learner and has dedicated his time to developing a wide skill set to help people with their specific needs. These range from PNF stretching and Thai massage on the more active side to Shiatsu and Swedish massage on the more calming side. Cuautli would love to customize a session to your bodywork needs!

Meredith specializes in relaxation, deep tissue, and grief massage. She works with her clients to customize each massage session based on their wellness goals. Meredith blends her training of Swedish massage, spa therapies, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, cupping, and gua sha for optimal relaxation and healing. Her grief massage provides assisted relaxation that focuses on calming the nervous system.

Mariya graduated from East West College in 2013. She has focused on injury rehabilitation and pain management her entire career, both in a chiropractic setting as well as in her private practice. Mariya also received Labor Doula training to aid expectant parents during pregnancy and labor, adding prenatal massage to her repertoire. She prides herself in finding the perfect combination of firm yet soothing pressure, resulting in a satisfying and effective session.

Don has been practicing clinical massage therapy since 1983. He has extensive experience with pain relief and injury rehabilitation, including repetitive strain injuries common to computer users. Don uses precise, specific myofascial techniques and acupressure, usually with the client fully clothed. He can work comfortably and safely with medically fragile individuals.

Myra has been an LMT since 2011. She specializes in injury and surgery rehabilitation, pain management, sports, and relaxation massage, including for those who are usually touch-averse. She combines aspects of multiple modalities, including deep tissue, NMT, polarity, still point, reflexology, stretching, and joint mobilization to create a well-balanced, effective, and comfortable session tailored for each client.


and teacher Molly Verschingel to teach the team, which now has a standardized approach and understanding of how to help athletes. It was a wonderful team-building experience! • New! Chair massage is a new program that uses a specialized massage chair that can be taken to events. It is also a fully clothed massage but is best for targeting back, neck, and shoulders in short sessions.

•New! Spot massage is a 25-minute session that is on a table and fully clothed, similar to sports massage. It is perfect to work on an acute issue, like a crick in the neck, headache, or spasming foot arch. Or, it’s just enough time to get a soothing scalp massage to ease the tension of the day. Many MAC massage therapists have education that goes beyond these offerings, and a specialized massage program is in the works that honors their extensive continuing education. A few therapists have education and experience with clinical rehabilitation massage, Maya Abdominal Therapy, Thai massage, and manual lymphatic drainage. Look for the “Specialized” massage therapy option to be added to the online scheduling options soon.

The MAC Massage team: Don Schiff, Hannah Miller, Cuautli Verastegui, Lauren Craft, Dennis Boardman, Meredith Vorhees, Mariya Zavyalova, Susannah Skye, Katarina Simko, Andrea Trautwein. Not pictured: Myra Reed SEPTEMBER 2022

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Instructor Spotlight

Discover the Importance of the Feet in Special Yoga Workshop

MAC’s Fitness and Wellness staff works to keep members healthy and thriving

Join MAC yoga instructor Jennifer Holzapfel-Hanson for a Friday evening of yoga to explore the roots of the body’s support: the feet. We’ll consider the feet from various cultural, physical, and spiritual perspectives. This fun exploration of props, massage, reflexology, and a breath-centered yoga practice will finish with a walking meditation.

Nuvana Zarthoshtimanesh teaches Yoga Fundamentals and Restorative Yoga at MAC, focusing on the Iyengar style of yoga.

What’s your background/training? I have been doing yoga since I was 5 years old. After a flare-up of my autoimmune ankylosing spondylitis, I started attending yoga therapy classes. During that time, my teacher told me to start helping in the therapy class and start teaching. Thus began my journey of teaching yoga. I learned yoga directly from the source, with Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar also being my guru. I feel blessed to be able to carry on his teachings for over 25 years now.

Can you describe your teaching approach/philosophy? to help them with questions regarding their home practice as well. Yoga is a way of life and not just what you do on the mat.

What are some things you like to do outside of work? I love doing creative, artsy stuff like paper quilling and zentangle drawings. I enjoy talking with people and helping others.


With firsthand experience, I genuinely believe in the healing power of yoga. I have experienced intense pain, and yoga has been the only thing that has helped relieve and manage the pain. Keeping that in mind, I teach with a deep understanding and empathy, always making sure I am taking the time to show the students how to do the right movement and help them experience the difference in their own body. I encourage my students to ask questions and am happy

As the base of our standing foundation, when you focus on the feet, the whole body is affected. Workshop attendees will become familiar with the simple structural anatomy of the feet and using them in a way that allows more overall mobility. Did you know the foot is one of the most complicated structures in the human body? Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Plus, each has an incredible 125,000 sweat glands! On top of that, they have more sensory nerve endings per inch than anywhere else. Participants will stretch their toes and arches and talk about what it means to have strong feet. As their roots become nourished, their whole body can revive and reconnect to the support of the earth, in balance. All levels of experience are welcome, although some basic understanding of yoga poses is recommended to get the most out of class. Chairs will be available.

Yoga Workshop: Your Fantastic Feet – The Roots of Your Support 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 Studio One

Nuvana Zarthoshtimanesh teaches Yoga Fundamentals and Restorative Yoga at MAC.

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Curious About Pilates? Learn More at Upcoming Open House BRANDON DAVIS

The Pilates Committee is hosting an open house for members from 4-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 in the Pilates Studio on the Basement level of the club. Members can sign up for free classes that are scheduled for 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5 p.m., or just come in to observe classes and ask questions. There is a reception in Lownsdale from 4:30-6 p.m. for members to attend. A selection of appetizers and beverages are available. There is no need to attend the classes to come to the reception. Pilates is an exercise system that helps to strengthen muscles while it stretches them. The focus is on stabilizing the core before mobilizing the periphery. Similar to yoga, the breath initiates the movement. Learn more by signing up for one of these free 30-minute classes!

—Jean Leavenworth, Pilates Studio Lead

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Jean Leavenworth assists members with their technique on the Pilates reformer.



Ready to Level Up Your Fitness Routine? Try Updated Pro Series Classes MAC’s Pro Series gives members access to small-group classes led by highly trained coaches and instructors who can provide a more individualized experience than in a larger group classes. After a brief pause in August, look for TRX Pro and Boxing Pro return to the Pro schedule this month! The classes have been reformatted as four- to six-week series to empower members to progress over time. Members register and pay a flat fee up-front to guarantee their spot in the series. Meanwhile, the club has sunset MAC Fit Pro classes and transformed some of them into the popular MAC Fit classes. Members may notice more MAC Fit class offerings on the schedule and a location adjustment to the more private space on the second floor in the Fit Zone. Rounding out MAC’s Pro Series is Pilates Pro, which utilizes the incredibly versatile reformer. Pilates Pro has undergone a slight schedule change and has an updated price of $30 per class. Learn more about the Pro Series and see the full schedule at


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Juniors Volleyball Players Find Community, Elevate Their Game L

ove volleyball? Want to be a part of a fun and exciting community of volleyball athletes looking to improve their game and compete at local and national levels? Check out MAC Juniors Volleyball! The club volleyball program consists of 12-18U teams (ages 8-18) and includes teams for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. The MAC volleyball program focuses on developing the whole athlete. MAC coaches believe that youth athletics should be about more than just skill and competition. The program focuses on fostering tools and skills needed to succeed in everyday life — in school, work, relationships, personal wellness, and health. MAC coaches believe in the whole athlete model because they want to see athletes succeed on multiple levels. MAC volleyball encourages these key components in every practice and competition: • Mental toughness • Skill development

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• Physical strength and endurance • Proper nutrition • Unconditional teamwork • Self-advocacy • Self-awareness • Goal setting • Volunteer work • Academic success

What current MAC athletes have to say about being a part of the MAC volleyball program: “I play club volleyball because it’s an outlet for me! I get to show up to practice with my best friends, and we get better together. It is fun to see myself improve and experience the benefits that come with my hard work.” — Grace Slotemaker, 18U

“Club volleyball has given me teammates that I can rely on and that will be there for me no matter what.” — Kathryn Urquhart, 14U

“Club volleyball has taught me the importance of communication, both on and off the court!” — Sloane Holstrom, 16U

Who’s on the MAC volleyball coaching staff? MAC coaches come from diverse backgrounds of education, careers, coaching, and participation in the sport. Coaches have multiple years of experience playing at club, recreational, and collegiate levels. They have occupational backgrounds in child development, education, and athletics, coaching for different schools, clubs, and recreational programs. MAC coaches are certified by USA Volleyball, CEVA, and Safe Sport. They also are CPR/First Aid certified. MAC Coaches follow coaching models from USA Volleyball, Gold Medal Squared, American Volleyball Coaches Association, and Art of Coaching Volleyball.

MAC coaches strive to create a safe community and space for junior athletes to compete, excel, and make the most out of their volleyball careers.

What kind of commitment is required to play? The season begins in November with tryouts for all age divisions and typically runs through April or May. Some teams who qualify for Girls Junior National Championship play through June or July. Practices begin immediately following those tryouts. Depending on age and skill level, practices occur two to three times per week. Starting in December and January, teams begin playing in weekend tournaments (typically one- or twoday tournaments, depending on the team).

“Club volleyball has given me teammates that I can rely on and that will be there for me no matter what.” — Kathryn Urquhart, 14U How do I join? Check the Fall Program Guide to find volleyball classes, clinics, and open gyms this fall. Members can also book private lessons with MAC volleyball coaches to get one-onone training (or in group lessons).

Families can attend the 2022-2023 Club Season Preview and Coaches Meet & Greet from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10. Registration is now open (VBMG1010). Join head coach, Taylor Canoso, and the rest of the volleyball staff for an informational social hour. Ask questions and learn about club details, including: tryouts, schedules, commitment requirements, costs, travel, and more.

Finally, attend tryouts. Registration for tryouts is available now on the MAC website. Check out the MAC Volleyball page for more information and to see what is required for tryouts. Members who aren’t sure which age group to try out for can check the USA Volleyball Age Definition chart. Go to group/pages/volleyball and scroll to the bottom of the page under Resources.

Any questions about the program can be directed via email to Go MAC!


TEAM MAC Opportunities Abound! Play hard, be part of a team, and grow as an athlete and person by trying out for one of the club’s competitive teams. Now is the time for members ages 8 and older to take a chance, be evaluated, and find fun new ways to take their games to the next level.

SWIM TEAM TRYOUTS 5-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 14-16

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS 5:30-7 p.m. & 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 2:30-4 p.m. & 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS Ages 8-11: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 Ages 11-13: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 Ages 14-15: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 Ages 16-17: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13

Get more details, including a Team MAC hype video and contact information, at

— Taylor Canoso, Head Volleyball Coach SEPTEMBER 2022

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Youth Climbers Place in National Championships The 2021-2022 competition climbing season brought about the first year of normalcy for the MAC Climbing team since the onset of the pandemic. With practices and competitions having returned to their prepandemic schedules, MAC Climbing team athletes were ready to take on some of the best climbers in the country at USA Climbing Youth National Championships. Between July 24 and July 31, the top 50 climbers in the country from each gender and age category descended upon Chicago to try and climb their way to a podium finish — and possibly a spot on the Youth US Team. This year, MAC qualified 23 athletes for the national championship: seven for the bouldering discipline, 10 for the sport climbing discipline, and 23 for the speed climbing discipline. For the first time in MAC Climbing history, the team ranked fourth in the speed climbing discipline — the team’s highest placement to date at a national championship

(above) Alyssa Keanini with Head Coach Drew White. (right) Reeder Smith, Ava Kovtunovich, Sonja Weatherill, and Alec Hoffman. event. MAC climbers Reeder Smith, Ava Kovtunovich, Sonja Weatherill, and Alec Hoffman individually medaled in the speed climbing discipline ranking seventh, eighth, eighth, and fourth, respectively, during the final round of competition. Additionally, Alyssa Keanini was the only MAC climber to qualify for finals in the sport climbing discipline, ranking 10th place individually.

Youth Climbing National Championships concluded a rigorous 11-month training season for nationally qualified climbing athletes. Keep your eyes peeled for this talented team of climbers as they gear up for the 2022-2023 season, set to kick off in September.

— Chi Harris, Assistant Climbing Coach

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Dust off those rusty strings just one more time and get ready for a full squash season in 2022-23! After two years of limited play and events, the MAC squash community returns to a full schedule of events, competitions, and activities kicking off this fall season. The Squash Committee and professional staff has activities for the young and not-soyoung, for beginners and seasoned veterans, and for singles and doubles players, including many of the MAC traditional events plus some new offerings. Get back on the court to have fun, get a great workout, develop your skills or compete at your own level and enjoy the comradery of the greater MAC squash community. Below are some of the many ways to get into the game, or get back into the game, or continue your game.

New to squash or interested in learning more? Check out the “Saturday Club,” which meets on Saturdays starting Sept. 10 for drop-in singles and doubles play. This class is designed for any new or beginner squash players looking to improve their game and meet fellow new players. All levels are welcome. Equipment is supplied. 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays starting Sept. 10

Played before but new to the MAC? Or just looking for a casual game? Drop in for “Good Mondays” (formerly “Thirsty Thursdays”), hosted by Mike Yeti and fellow athletic members. Join us for an evening of drop-in singles and some refreshments in a social setting. 6-8 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 5

Or, double up at “Thursday Drop-in Doubles.” These are weekly social doubles games set up by pro staff for all levels. Contact to join the registration list. 4-7 p.m. Thursdays

Or, contact the MAC professional staff to learn more. Head down to the subbasement to the squash courts to talk with the MAC staff, or email at

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Squash Returns for a Full 2022-23 Season Looking to play competitively through the fall – singles or doubles? Fall in with the Fall Box League, where members compete in weekly box league matches against others in their skill division. To sign up, email to join the singles and/or doubles mailing list. Doubles League: Mondays and Tuesdays starting Sept. 12 Singles League: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Looking to compete on a team in the national women’s Howe Cup Tournament? Join the MAC Howe Cup training squad. With the tournament happening Nov. 4-6, squad practices start in September. If any women players are interested in joining for Howe Cup, please talk with MAC staff or email

MAC squash is hoping to field up to three teams this year, one in each division, for a strong West Coast showing. This year, the Howe Cup will be played at the fabulous new Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia. Developmental funding is available to help offset costs. 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 10

Know a junior player who’s anxious to learn squash or continue their squash experience? They can enroll in one of the following junior classes, all of which start the week of Sept. 12: Junior Recreational (ages 6-9): 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Junior Intermediate (ages 12-16): 4-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

Junior Elite (ages 12-17 tournament players): 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays

Unsure what level class your children should sign up for? Reach out to squash staff at

Drew Goettler plays in the 2022 Squash Drops & Hops tournament.

Wanting to sharpen your game, singles and/or doubles? Take a lesson from one of the excellent MAC squash professionals. Reserve a lesson time or contact them at

Get involved and support MAC squash If you would like to help and volunteer to support the Squash Committee off the court by participating on an event sub-committee, planning the event and donating your time to working at any of the events, activities, or competitions, please reach out to one the committee members. We always need volunteers at any level of effort. We will also be reaching out to you to help make these events successful and make this a great year. This year’s Squash Committee members are Diane Malhotra, Radhika Ashok, Rob Young, Tom Taylor, Wendy Whitsel, Steve Schaller, Geoff McCarthy, Gary Johnson, and Byron Gaddis. There are many ways for everyone to have fun and enjoy the game of squash this year. Hope to see you on the courts!

— Byron Gaddis, Squash Committee Chair

FALL IN LOVE WITH MAC CLASSES ALL OVER AGAIN This fall, the club has social and athletic programs and classes for children, adults, and the whole family! Learn a new skill, socialize with fellow MAC members, or maximize athletic performance with expert coaches and instructors. See the full list in the Fall Program Guide at

Featured Classes: Beginning Canasta AEC141 or AEC142 Beginning Guitar AEC124 STEM (ages 3 to 5) YPP041

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generation that’s coming up. I’m interested in how we feed them to understand their power, their voice, their ability to make change, their ability to move mountains.

Continued from page 52

When I think about the shifts that need to take place in Portland, it’s a transient place for Black people. Black professionals come work here, get experiences on their resume, and leave. There’s not really a need or a desire to stay.

Did I have some reservations? Absolutely. When I walked into the main entrance and saw the wall of hall of fame, I’m like, “Whoa, OK.” They’re not recent pictures. I just a had a visceral response. I had members share that MAC is having conversations. They informed me that the club is a lot more open than what you may visually see and that we should consider it, as they had joined and had great experiences.

RW: Yeah, and you also need to realize, too, we navigate this world outside of the MAC, so it wasn’t something that was too foreign to us. We live in Oregon, so we are dealing with these same dilemmas every day. MAC isn’t a microcosm of that. It’s literally the construct that is here in this state. We said, “You know what? We’ve got to bite the bullet sometime. If we can help, and help change that narrative a little bit, let’s go.” MW: We were at a local community center where we were also like the only Black family. In my mind, it wasn’t really a class thing. It’s like, “This is Oregon,” and that’s part of why we founded KairosPDX, because I didn’t feel like my kids or any Black kids should have to choose between your academic congruence and your cultural identity. JTP: Marsha, it seems like you’re very dialed in to making a change in this community. Rashad, I’m guessing you’re more focused globally?

RW: I think first and foremost, responsibility is absolutely to your local community. For myself, and I’ll let Marsha speak, it’s absolutely local. My job allows me to affect communities from a global perspective, and I’m actually at Nike now. I’m in the Jordan Brand, and I had a conversation this morning about how we can help serve the consumers and their communities who buy our products globally. We discussed how to be less transactional but have more of a positive impact in every region we have consumers. The products that we make create a sense of happiness for them and become part of who they are, but it goes beyond that. From that lens, work allows me to have a bigger impact that way.

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JTP: It sounds like your thought process was, “We can either wait for MAC to be what we want it to be, or we can join it and in our own way help to make the club more of what we want it to be.”

Rashad and Sauvion Williams

JTP: You talked earlier about a two-year plan, Marsha. Do you both envision yourselves being in Portland for the long run now?

MW: We have Oregon babies, as we say. Our kids spend the summer with my parents, with their grandparents. That was one commitment we made: If we’re going to live in Oregon, they’ve got to get out of this bubble, see other places, and understand what it is to be in diverse communities because they won’t get that here. KairosPDX is a bubble for them because that’s not the reality in most of the rest of Portland. From the age of four, they always go and spend five to six weeks in New York with my parents, go to camps out there, get to be around their cousins, and get a lot of exposure. They go see their grandparents in California, too. But they’re also Blazer fans. I have diehard Blazer fans. For them, this is home, and they’re very tied to this place. They don’t know anything else. We’re in a position to give them opportunities to get some grounding of their identity in a way that they don’t always get here. We don’t have family here, so we do a lot of trying to cultivate that. My hope stays with children. I don’t have as much faith that our generation is going to be able to make all the shifts, but I do have a lot of hope in this next

What’s going to make the difference in Oregon? It’s going to be Black people who are born here, who are raised up here, and are home-grown, and that’s the next generation of leaders who I think are going to make some of these changes. It’s not necessarily to reflect the community that we have now, but the community that we want to see. What that means is there’s a level of belonging and inclusiveness that is felt by everybody. When you have a state and a city that has been founded on exclusion, inclusion is such an important part. I hope we’re raising our kids up to be leaders and to understand how their voice and position can help empower other people. JTP: How do you use the club as a family?

MW: Family Fridays are a big hit. We still have younger kids, so for them, it’s really great. Pre-pandemic, we were at the club nonstop. All of our kids do most of their classes there — dance, gymnastics, rock climbing, karate, swimming. RW: We’ve got a kid in camp right now.

MW: We’re all basketball fans, so sometimes we go down there Saturday morning and just shoot hoops. We eat there a lot. We really do like to eat, we like The Sports Pub, we’ve been to the Bistro.

This summer, because all the kids were in New York, we took advantage of putting the baby into day care while we went to dinner a couple times. The day care component has been a big factor for me, especially in between all my kids, and trying to get back to my own balance. I’d try to put them all in classes around the same times, and then put the other one in day care, and then I myself could work out. RW: MAC has become a place of centering and stability for the family because it’s consistent in our lives, and that’s great for our kids. My daughter Shyla knows the teachers, has friends around, knows the people who are working in Joe’s, and they know her name. It’s absolutely centering. Our kids get a wellrounded experience in the classes that they take and a sense of community. WM


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