January 2018 Newsletter

T H E BULLETIN

JANUARY 2018

a newsletter for members of the wilmington country club

OFFICERS

PRESIDENT GaryW. Ferguson

VICE PRESIDENT Melissa Riegel

TREASURER John S.Wellons

SECRETARY Thomas C. Humphrey

DIRECTORS

CLASS OF 2018 D. Michael Gioffre, Jr. Cameron B. McDonald John C. Richmond Edward A.Tarlov MarthaWhite CLASS OF 2019 Richard D. Cates J. Brinton Detwiler Megan S. Greenberg William B. Harman, Jr. Laura Lubin Rossi Edward K.Wissing HONORARY DIRECTORS Joseph F. Hacker, III Richard H. Keller

ADVISORY DIRECTORS

Robert G. Hackett, Jr. Calvert A. Morgan, Jr. Jay R. Brinsfield Pierre duPont Hayward

Allen M.Terrell, Jr. John F. Porter, III

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE It is an honor to serve as President of the Board for our wonderful Club and I look forward to working with the Executive Committee and Board to assure that our Club continues to prosper and grow. I would like to start this message with a tremendous thank you to our outgoing President, Joseph Hacker, M.D. Joe has served us for the past three years with an unwavering commitment to improving service and meeting the ever changing needs of our members.When he began his term, we had just opened the enlarged and renovated Clubhouse. Now, three years later, look how we all use and enjoy our facilities.Who would have thought we would be expanding The Pub! Thank you Joe. 2018 will be an exciting year. Not only will we be completing The Pub Project, but in the near future your Board will be considering a proposal to expand and modernize the indoor tennis facility. The key to the feasibility of projects like these is a strong, active membership. Our highest priority needs to be membership development and retention. All members share equally in that responsibility. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you a very happy and healthy NewYear. Gary Ferguson President

TABLE OF CONTENTS MEMBERSHIP 4 A NOTE FROM PHIL 5 DINING & SOCIAL 6 FEATURED EVENTS 8 EVENT PHOTOS 10 BRIDGE & BOOK CLUB 14 GROUNDS & GOLF 16 RACQUETS 18 FITNESS 22

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MEMBERSHIP Please welcome the following new members when you see them at the Club.

JANUARY EMPLOYEE MILESTONES

NEWLY ELECTED ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Diana M. Long

NEWLY ELECTED JUNIOR MEMBERS James Brinsfield, Sophie Brosman, Mia Gordon, Beckett Huber, Sean Patrick, Scarlett Quinn-Plemmons, Louis Zammarchi, Ellen Zammarchi

Ric Greback Racquets Courts Maintenance Supervisor, 25

JANUARY MEMBER MILESTONES

Mr. Stephan G. Schlobach Mr. Randy L. Christofferson Mrs. Cathy Scott Holloway Mr. Donnan E. Priester Mrs.Virginia Appleby Mr. Robert S. Appleby Mr. Randall M. Attix Mr. Dean M. Measley Mrs. Stacie Pettit Mr.Thomas Scott Smith Mr. Brian DiSabatino Mrs. Kimberly L. Green Mrs. Laura Lubin Rossi Mr. Gordon H. Lewis

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Mr. Harvey T. McCumber Mr.William Campbell Mr. Edward F. Massaglia Mr. Robert K. Payson Miss Elizabeth Richardson Dr. David E. Saunders Mr. R. Bruce Swayze Mrs. Barbara Mitchell Mrs. BonnieWhite Mrs.WendyWise Mrs. Joan Lower Nietubicz Mrs. AliceW. Donaghy Mr. Benjamin Brown, Jr. Mrs. Betty Keith Luke

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Bob Lennon Teaching Professional, 10

SeanWhiston North Course Superintendent , 2

Nicholas Buoni Assistant Equipment Manager , 3

A MESSAGE FROM MEMBERSHIP Happy NewYear! Winter 2018 is a good time to propose a new member! Spring season is only weeks away! Did you know: 1. Most people never join a country club because they are never asked! 2. 50% of our new members join with no other club affiliation! There is a friend or acquaintance that wants to join! Call or email Meghan Spero, our staff Membership Development Manager. She can initiate and help navigate the ask and proposal process. Contact her at mspero@wilmingtoncc.com or call 302-655-6171. Thank you for supporting our legacy and mission. Melissa Riegel Membership Chair

Jennifer Chieffo Garde Manger , 7

Christopher Annone Dining Room Manager , 7

Arnie Solomon AM Sous Chef , 23

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A NOTE FROM PHIL Winter Greetings! Let me begin the NewYear by providing a brief recap of the one just past and offering a glimpse at what lies ahead. From a Club leadership perspective, 2017 was a year of planning and adjustments - both of an operational and strategic nature. Early in the year, the Board recognized a shift in the demographic needs of our younger legacy members and amended the By-Laws to better fit their profile. This adjustment

only be maintained by a membership willing and able to use and support the Club’s facilities. In turn, we, as your staff, are committed to providing you the best possible experience each time you are here. So, the recipe for 2018 is as simple as “use and enjoy”. Now that we are in January, the Club’s operating schedule shifts into a “winter mode”. Each department has listed the various hours of operation that will be observed. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the schedules so that you are not inconvenienced. Just as last year, we will employ a realistic winter operating schedule that attempts to match our hours of operation with your use. Athletic facilities will remain available seven days a week, with full class offerings in Fitness. Golf services will remain closed on Mondays; bag storage and carts will open on Tuesdays with full operations offered Wednesday through Sunday. Clubhouse Food and Beverage outlets will remain closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesday through Sunday, regular food service will be offered but there will be an adjusted schedule for lunch. OnWednesday,Thursday and Friday, lunch will only be served in theTavern/Grille.The Hut will open daily at 3:00 pm and Café 1901 at 4:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday will be regular hours. Confused? Give us a call and we’ll help. This month,The Pub closes for about three months to get re- worked. During this period,The Hut will enjoy a return to action. With the relocated firepit and the opportunity to have menu items delivered from Café 1901 we will do our best to minimize the inconvenience of having your favorite watering hole closed. Victor is counting on you to stop by. There is another winter topic to deal with as well. We have already had enough snow at just the wrong times to be a nuisance and our weather guru says there will be more. When that happens, we are fortunate to have an excellent Grounds crew who have the responsibility of snow/ice removal. Regardless of how vigilant their efforts, the risk of an icy spot always exist. I urge you to always use caution when walking to and from the Clubhouse. My final item for the month is to once again thank those members who so generously contributed to the Employee Christmas Gift Fund.Your appreciation of the year-long efforts of our staff is greatly appreciated.The Christmas Gift is received by each member of staff and helps to create the positive working environment that is required to maintain a dedicated, loyal staff in an always difficult labor market. That’s all for now. As always, thanks for reading. Let’s have a safe, healthy winter and I’ll see you at the Club! Phil Iannelli General Manager

not only delays their stock purchase and increases their future stock purchase discount, but creates a new interim member classification to ease the transition from junior dues rates to that of a full Senior member.There has also been advancement on the planning of the Club’s future capital investment. Three significant projects have risen to priority; The Pub Renovation, the potential expansion of the Indoor Tennis Facility and the renovation of the main Clubhouse Kitchen. The Pub Project was approved in September and is now underway (more on that later). The other two projects remain in planning mode, but are nearing the point of presentation to the full Board for consideration. From a member perspective, your use and support of your Club remained very strong. Your Club has displayed a willingness to address the different demands of a changing membership demographic and you have responded. It is evident that as a membership, you desire a more casual, healthy, family environment than ever before. While we are constantly focused on providing those programs and services that satisfy that need, it is important to remember that your Club is also a business. I’m happy to report that as a business, your Club remains on a very stable footing. Once again, we were able to achieve or exceed all of the most important financial objectives for 2018.We not only funded almost $1.5 million in capital improvements, we successfully began building reserves for the future. Now it’s time to pull out the crystal ball and gaze into 2018. To achieve the same successes we enjoyed in 2017, two simple but very important things have to happen. Every member can help. First, continue to search for the “next good member”.This statement doesn’t mean to suggest that the Club’s membership levels are in trouble. Far from it. In fact, in 2017 we realized one of the lowest turnover rates of membership in a decade. Still, there will always be a natural attrition of members that must be overcome. Your role in identifying individuals who you’ll enjoy having a drink with at the bar is fundamental in the continued success of your Club. Second . . . use your Club. Eat, Play, Entertain - the more, the better.The continued strength of your Club can

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FOOD SERVICE HOURS

DINING & SOCIAL

MONDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm Café To-Go: Not Available TUESDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm Café To-Go: Not Available WEDNESDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hut: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Café To-Go: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm THURSDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hut: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Café To-Go: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm FRIDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm Hut: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Café To-Go: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm SATURDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm Hut: Opens at 12:00 pm Café: Opens at 11:00 am Café To-Go: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm SUNDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm Hut: Opens at 12:00 pm Café: Opens at 11:00 am Café To-Go: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Renovations begin January 1st and while we can't wait to unveil the "New" Pub the fun must go on! During the renovationThe Hut will be open extended hours and grilling at The Hut will resume on Fridays from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. In addition to the regular Hut menu there will also be a "Café To-Go" Menu from which you can order and it will be delivered to The Hut. Feel free to dine there or take it home.We will keep you posted with pictures and updates duringThe Pub's renovation. In the meantime, enjoyThe Hut and let the renovations begin!

- CAFÉ SELECTIONS - cheesesteak eggrolls 8 chipotle ketchup cobb salad 8.5/15.5 mixed greens, chicken breast, bleu cheese, avocado, tomato, egg, bacon ahi tuna bowl 14 napa cabbage, carrot slaw, jasmine rice, toasted coconut, grapefruit teriyaki pulled roasted pork bowl 13 broccoli, carrots, napa red cabbage, onions, peppers, rice noodles, red curry lemongrass broth quinoa vegetable burger 9 caramelized onions, wild mushrooms, applewood smoked cheddar, toasted seeded bun crab cake sandwich 13 lettuce, tomato, cocktail or tartar, toasted seeded bun cheesesteak 7.5 chicken or beef steak frites 19 filet medallions, steak sauce, french fries grilled salmon 16 warm vegetable & potato salad, basil vinaigrette chicken stir fry 13 crisp vegetables, jasmine rice, sesame-garlic sauce fish & chips 13 cole slaw, malt vinegar aioli crab cake 15 warm vegetable & potato salad, cocktail or tartar

- PIZZA - small - 12” 10 (1/topping) large - 16” 13 (2/topping)

toppings : mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon, onions, olives, green peppers, spinach, broccoli, extra cheese margherita 13/16 roasted plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil bbq chicken 13/16 mozzarella, aged cheddar, red onion, cilantro, bbq sauce meat lovers 15/18 tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, mozzarella roasted vegetable 13/16 fennel, squash, red peppers, onions, portabellas, tomato sauce, mozzarella broccoli bianco 13/16 ricotta, mozzarella, broccoli, fresh tomatoes, garlic oil - SIDES - french fries 2.5 sweet potato fries 2.5 kettle chips 1.5 sweet potato chips 2

Click the photo to view the Cafe To-Go Menu larger!

*the regular hut menu is also available for dine in/take out

The Pub is currently closed for renovation.

café to-go hours monday & tuesday: not available wednesday - friday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

saturday: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm sunday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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WINES OF THE MONTH

Reservation Cancellation Policy If you have made a reservation for the Dining Room or a Club function and are unable to attend, please take a moment to call and cancel. This simple gesture may make it possible for another member who wants to attend to do so. Dining Room Attire Jackets, but not ties, are required for gentlemen on Thursday evenings.Ties are required on Friday and Saturday evenings. January 3rd through January 7th Meat Loaf with Green Vegetable, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy January 10th through January 14th Beef Tenderloin Tips, Onions, Peppers, and Mushrooms over Rice Pilaf January 17th through January 21st Italian Week Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread January 23rd through January 28th Roast Pork Loin, Braised Red Cabbage, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Apple Cider Sauce January 31st through February 4th Chicken Cacciatore over Penne, Garlic Bread --- Specials cost $13.95 and include choice of soup or salad. Reservations in the Tavern/Grille for parties of 5 or more are appreciated. TAVERN/GRILLE WEEKLY SPECIALS

This month’s wines hail from the Terra Alta region of Spain. These critically acclaimed wines are quite affordable and will complement a myriad of menu items and are a great accompaniment to tapas, so don’t forget to make reservations for the Tapas Night on Thursday, January 11th. Keith VanYahres Assistant General Manager

Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca 2015 Glass $7.50/ Bottle $27.50

Very aromatic with notes of melon and white fruits on the nose. On the palate it is balanced displaying medium body and a nice crisp freshness. Pairs well with simple tapas and grilled squid. Herencia Altes looks for a range of Garnatxa vines, some very old, others younger, to achieve complexity and balance. Of key importance is picking the grapes before the natural acidity is lost (the white wines have no acidity added!). A short maceration on the skins is followed by pressing and fermentation. The wines spend two months on fine lees to gain texture and complexity. 92 Points Gilbert & Gaillard (Fr) Robert Parker 88 Points

Herencia Altes Garnztxa Negra 2015 Glass $7.50 / Bottle $28.00

The Garnacha Nehra is bright crimson in color and is very expressive with notes of red fruits and minerals that leap from the glass. Plenty of fruit on the palate, a touch of complexity and sweet tannins. Pairs well with grilled meats and lamb. The winemakers look for a range of Garnatxa vines, making certain to pick grapes with a good level of ripeness while avoiding excessive alcohol.

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Meant to be shared among friends, each small plate ordered arrives at your table when ready. This style of dining allows you to try various dishes including cured meats and cheeses, vegetables, salads, meats, andseafood...somethingforeveryone!Werecommend 2-3 plates per person as all items are served a la carte allowing you to build the meal you want! tapas Night thursday, january 11th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | DINING ROOM

3V3 TEEN BASKETBALL NIGHT

To make your reservation, please call the Front Desk at 655-6171. Jackets required.

I T A L I A N W E E K E N T E R T A I N M E N T

WEDNESDAY , JANUARY 1 7TH - SUNDAY , JANUARY 2 1 ST Italian Week

Join us in the Tavern and Grille as we bring a taste of Italy to WCC. Our Italian Week menu works to meld Old World classics such as Grilled Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti, Penne with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage, and Vegetable Lasagna with modern takes on Italian fare.

Daily specials and the regular menu will also be available.

Reservations are requested for five or more persons only.

S A T URD A Y , J ANUAR Y 2 0 T H B E G I NN I NG A T 6 : 0 0 PM T A V E RN & GR I L L E

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Grilling at The Hut 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm The Hut

Rothrock Men’s Tennis Century Doubles Teen 3v3 Basketball Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Indoor Tennis Courts

Squash Club Championship Adults/Juniors Singles & Doubles Begins WCC Book Club 4:00 pm Ladies’ Lounge

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Delaware Junior TeamTennis Begins

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ItalianWeek featuring Frank Sinatra Singer 6:00 pm Tavern & Grille

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'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' Holiday Brunch

Our reimagined combined kids party with Santa and Holiday Brunch was a success! We enjoyed photos with Santa, arts & crafts, and a delicious holiday brunch.

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We celerbated our 20th Anniversary of the Candlelight Dinners this December! We enjoyed an intimate candlelit evening with an exquisite menu. Thank you for making this event so special over the years.

BOOK CLUB The devastating Maine fires of 1947 which wiped out 9 towns, left 2,500 homeless and killed 16 people is the backdrop for our Tuesday, January 2nd selection, Anita Shreve’s gripping novel The Stars Are Fire .Twenty-four year old Grace is the mother of two toddlers and pregnant with another child. Her marriage to Gene, a highway surveyor, is dutiful but loveless. A summer-long drought has left her coastal town at Hunts Beach a tinderbox and now in October fires are reported in several Maine towns. Gene goes off to join others creating a breakfront to fight the blaze, which leaves Grace and the children to flee their home when the fire advances. Grace saves them by burrowing in the surf and sand as flames lick the beaches. After a terrifying night on the beach watching her house burn to the ground, she and the children are rescued. Homeless, penniless and weak, she is unable to find her husband who has never come back and she is faced with an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. Grace is in a constant state of alert and Shreve keeps a low level of dread running through her pages to increase the tension. Grace is tested again and again and emerges stronger by surviving the ravages of life and even finding beauty at times. Join us on the 2nd at 4:00 pm in the Ladies’ Lounge as Christine Barker leads the discussion of this riveting, historical novel. Our February novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See is a stirring coming of age novel of a young Chinese woman who has had to give her baby daughter away because of the rigid customs and traditions of her family’s ethic minority tribe, the Akha. She deals with her sorrow at losing her daughter by finding purpose, passion and the key to a new life by getting involved again in the tea growing traditions of her ancestors. This is a beautiful story of the growing of tea in China and the strong bonds between mothers and daughters especially when a child is given up for adoption.

OUR FIRST ANNUAL WCC CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

On behalf of our WCC Team we want to thank you and Kim & Anthony for being our CBC-Mentors for our 1st Annual WCC-CBC. It was great fun and we couldn't have had a more perfect day for our first ever WCC-CBC. I remained at the Club for an early lunch and when I came out at 12:30 pm there were flocks of birds all over our grounds. Many more than we saw from 10:00 am - 11:15 am, go figure. Also a special thanks and shout-out to Zack in the Golf Shop for getting our carts, as well as Dan Pierson for having the paths & service roads cleared for our ease of access.We really appreciate your help & support! As for the rest of our WCC Bird Team it was a very special event and I strongly recommend signing up for the 2018 WCC-CBC. Happy NewYear! Best regards, Leigh Johnstone

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THURSDAY BRIDGE NEWS Need a partner? Call Mary Jo Fidance (652-5570) and leave a message stating the date you need a partner! THURSDAY MORNINGS - 9:30 AM Louise Roselle, Chair, (302) 421-3603 Ginny Kuhn,Vice-Chair, (302) 656-3801 Lou Ann Carter, Bridge Manager, (302) 652-6709 NOVEMBER 16TH First Place: North - South Section A & B: Mary Jo Chandler - Candy DiSabatino First Place: East - West Section A & B: Marcia Abbott (Guest) - Betty Duncan Section A & B: Patricia Sinex - Judith Spruance Section C: Barbara Togman - Katherine Hoopes First Place: East - West Section A, B & C: Judy Chapman (Guest) - Candy DiSabatino DECEMBER 7TH First Place: North - South Section A: Lou Ann Carter - Joan Bolling Section B & C: Mary Jo Fidance - Candy DiSabatino First Place: East - West Section A: Judy Jackson - Carl DeMartino Section B: Theo Corroon (Guest) - Judith Spruance Section C: Edythe Mendolia - AnneWattman NOVEMBER 30TH First Place: North - South

MONTCHANIN SOCIAL DUPLICATE BRIDGE WEDNESDAYS Lunch Buffet - 12:30 pm Bridge - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm If you are interested in joining our group or have any questions, please call Marina Tarlov at 658-1532.

DECEMBER 14TH First Place: North - South

Section A: Gail Everett (Guest) - Marilyn Dunning Section B: Eleanor Maroney (Guest) - Louise Roselle First Place: East - West Section A: Anne Marie Finch - Caroline Hughes Section B: Mary Jo Chandler - Theo Corroon (Guest)

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A NOTE FROM GROUNDS

ANATOMY OF A BUNKER REHABILITATION During the off-season each year, beginning as soon as the official calendar of golf events is completed, our seasoned and very talented bunker crews initiate the work of bunker restoration. This program is somewhat tedious in nature and requires experience, dexterity, and a very keen eye to do well. Our bunker teams, captained on the South Course by Hipolito “Poli” Aguilar, and on the North Course by Juan Mendez, possess tremendous talent.

The reason this activity is ongoing every year is due to the very nature of almost any bunker design that results in a consistent rate of decline occurring around the edge. This includes the particular challenges of growing grass on vertical profiles and in close proximity to dry sand, the daily maintenance requirements that add traffic wear in the same edge areas, uneven contours that make nutrient and moisture management inconsistent, and pest management programs for insects and disease control problematic. Daily play from the sand

surfaces also deposits small amounts of sand on the slopes, changing the contours over time. As result, bunker edges break down and as they are re-edged to remove dead grass, the shape and integrity of design are compromised. Repair can only be done by hand and is very time consuming.When renovation work is done in house, in a good year we may average three to five holes per course completed. Our priorities are based on individual bunker condition and appearance. The process of renovation begins by pulling all the sand down from the edge of the grass to the center of the bunker. Next we strip away the old grass in affected areas around a given bunker to expose the soil underneath. In many cases, shovel excavation of the soil is required to locate the original edge of the bunker. This process is typically a bit more straightforward on the South Course as protective liners were installed under the sand during the original construction.The North Course is more open to interpretation due to the lack of lining material, though we have been installing lining on the bunker faces of the North Course as we rebuild them. In either case, the next step involving reconstruction of the exposed edge is the same. Thin, flexible boards are put into place to build a wall and secured with stakes so as they do not move. Soil is then compacted on the exterior side of the boards and shaped to tie into the neighboring grades of the green surround. Once this soil is firmly tamped, the boards are removed exposing the new bunker edge. The soil will then be “prepared” with a light raking and covered over in sod. Large staples are used to pin the sod to the surface so that it does not move until the roots have time to grow and hold the new grass in place. Finally, the sand is pushed back into place around the bunker edge so that it blends right up to the grass edge. Care is taken during this last process to ensure the proper depth of sand covers the bottom of the bunker. We are fortunate to have Poli and Juan to guide these tedious tasks as they are second to none in their ability to visualize the finished product from the very beginning. Their creativity in sculpting the land into a pristine playing ground and maintaining the spirit and feeling of the original bunker construction is never short of astonishing. Dan Pierson Director of Grounds

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NEWS FROM THE GOLF SHOP GOLF SHOP NEWS The Golf Shop will officially be closed onTuesdays beginning January 1st. If you need to make a purchase, arrange guest play, or need general assistance, please make arrangements to do so between Wednesday and Sunday. During the cold winter months, quite often there will not be an employee in the Bag Room. Please be sure to see a staff member in the Golf Shop who will gladly assist you with your clubs. WINTER GOLF Don’t let the cold weather keep you from improving your game this winter. Our covered and heated hitting bays in the Teaching Building are the perfect place to keep your game (and body) warm on days where it’s too cold for the main practice tee. Bob Lennon and the Professional Staff are available all winter long for private lessons. Please call the Golf Shop at (302) 655-6022 for more information on any one of these winter golf programs. 2018 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW In late January we will be making our way down to Orlando for the PGA Merchandise Show. This is our chance to see new and exciting lines of clothing, as well as the latest in club technology. We will also be scouting different apparel lines for the Fall season. If there is anything specific you would like us to look for, please be sure to stop by the Golf Shop and let us know. WOMEN’S EIGHTEEN-HOLE GOLFERS We have these reminders for you for our 2018 Golf Season. By now, you should have responded to our brightly colored questionnaire for continuing your membership with the 18-Hole Women’s Golf Group. It is also time to renewWGAP’s membership for 2018.The process can be found on theWGAP website along with dates for team matches, invitationals, open days and special tournaments. It is never too early to place your choices into your 2018 playbook. Production of our Booklet is underway. Once all the information is complete, Susan Herrmann will update each section, proofread and make any corrections prior to sending it off to the printer.Thank you Susan! Booklets will be available at the beginning of our season. Opening Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th - 9:30 am Scramble (South Course) followed by the opening meeting and luncheon.We look forward to seeing everyone as we begin a new golf season. As always, contact any member of this Golf Committee with your ideas for the 2018 season. WOMEN’S NINE-HOLE GOLFERS From April to October, the Ladies’ 9-Hole Golf Group will play everyWednesday at 9:00 am. The events and course change every week. Weekly Events chairs Peggy Babiarz and Chris Campbell and professional Chad Halvonik have planned a great roster for 2018. Among the new events is “Hate Em”: Players choose three holes before teeing off, then keep score as you normally would. At the end of play, you award yourself a par on your three “hated” holes. Lowest score wins! New members should contact Ruth Handler (rhandler@handlerhomes.com). If you have changes for the 9-Holers’ Golf Book, contact Roz Freeman at 29r@comcast.net.

GOLF HOURS GOLF SHOP Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm BAG ROOM Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm DRIVING RANGE Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm COURSE OPENING Monday: 9:00 am Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 8:30 am WOMEN'S EIGHTEEN-HOLE COMMITTEE

Jan Hobbs President Nicoll Keeney-DiDomenico Vice-President Pam McCrery Treasurer Catherine Dean-Gooderham Secretary WOMEN'S NINE-HOLE COMMITTEE Rita Kingery Cook President Tiny Mulvena Vice President Claudia Peters Treasurer

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January is filled with our premier squash and paddle events. The Delaware Pro Squash Doubles from January 12th-14th highlights top doubles players in the world; this event requires tickets. Contact Ed Chilton if you are interested in attending to watch this great doubles squash. The annual Commissioners Squash Doubles event features our member squash players in several divisions. We feature a Junior Paddle Night on Friday, January 12th, an adult mixed paddle social on Friday, January 19th which combines paddle and fun in The Hut and the annual Morrow mixed paddle tournament from January 26th - 28th. The Morrow paddle event uses all the area courts with the finals being atWCC on Sunday, January 28th in the morning and early afternoon. Our annual Men’s Century Doubles Tennis event is being held on Saturday, January 6th. This event which has been held for over 30 years combines players with ages of 100 years or older. Sign up in the Racquet Shop to participate in this and all events. See you on the courts. Ed McQuillin Racquets Director RACQUETS NEWS

ADULT TENNIS MONDAY

8:45 am -10:00 am Ladies’ Clinic 3.5+ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Men’s Cardio TUESDAY 10:00 am – 11:15 am Ladies’ Clinic 3.5+ 10:00 am – 11:15 am Ladies’ Singles Clinic WEDNESDAY 9:00 am – 10:00 am Ladies’ Cardio THURSDAY 8:45 am – 10:00 am Ladies’ Clinic 3.5+ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Mixed Cardio FRIDAY 10:00 am – 11:00 am Ladies’ Cardio 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Ladies’ Clinic 3.0 Below SATURDAY 8:00 am – 9:00 am Men’s Cardio 9:00 am – 10:30 am Men’s Round Robin 9:00 am – 10:00 am Ladies’ Cardio

Saturday, January 6th Men's Century Tennis Doubles, Squash Club Championships Begin UPCOMING RACQUETS EVENTS

Friday, January 12th - Sunday, January 14th Delaware Professional Squash Doubles

Friday, January 12th Junior Paddle Friday Night Lights, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, January 19th Mixed Paddle Social, 6:30 pm

Friday, January 19th - Sunday, January 21st Wilmington Junior Squash Silver Tournament Thursday, January 25th - Sunday, January 28th Commissioners Cup Squash Doubles Friday, January 26th - Sunday, January 28th Morrow Paddle Mixed Doubles

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2017-2018 JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM Session 3: January 2nd - February 18th | Session 4: February 19th - April 8th | Session 5: April 9th - May 21st

JUNIOR HOT SHOTS The full list of session dates and junior clinic policies are listed below. Class times are subject to change due to indoor court availability.

JUNIOR COMPETITION These classes are for players who meet WCC Jr. Tennis Pathway parameters and want to pursue more competitive opportunities. Competition players will be encouraged to play on our Junior LeagueTeams, as well as compete in both District (DE), Sectional (DE, NJ, PA) USTA tournaments. Classes will include on- court playing and off-court fitness training portions. All players who register for the full session will receive an End of Session Player Review. Class times are subject to change due to indoor court availability.

RED 1 (5-6 YEARS) Thursday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 3:45 pm - 4:30pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 3: $119, $22/drop-in RED 2 (7-8 YEARS) Thursday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Friday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 3: $119, $22/drop-in Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Session 3: $140, $25/drop-in ORANGE (8-10 YEARS) Tuesday 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Session 3: $161, $28/drop-in Thursday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Friday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Session 3: $140, $25/drop-in

GREEN COMPETITION Tuesday 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm Wednesday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 3: $245, $40/drop-in Wednesday 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm Thursday 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm Session 3: $210, $35/drop-in YELLOW COMPETITION Monday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 3: $210, $40/drop-in Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 3: $245, $40/drop-in Friday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Session 3: $189, $32/drop-in HIGH SCHOOL Monday 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Session 3: $138, $28/drop-in Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Session 3: $196, $33/drop-in HIGH PERFORMANCE Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Session 3: $196, $33/drop-in

GREEN/YELLOW (10+ YEARS) Thursday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Friday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Session 3: $140, $25/drop-in

Class Size Policy All classes require a minimum of 3 players, but is limited to 6 players per court. Make Up Class Policy Players can make up two classes in the following session. Please notify us if you're unable to attend a registered class. Drop-In Policy Players are permitted to drop-in any appropriate and available classes at a slightly higher rate.

SQUASH NEWS 2018 DELAWARE PRO SQUASH DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

ADULT SQUASH CLINICS & PROGRAMS

WEDNESDAYS 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In an event to break up the monotony of your dark, cold winter, the DE Pro Doubles is returning toWCC for another exciting comeback! Happening the weekend of January 12-14th, 2018, there is no better way to shake off the holiday season languor, than watching the best pro doubles players vying for the championship title. Top players such as Jonny Smith, Chris Callis, and Greg Park along with some impressive new comers such and James Stout, James Asher andWill Mariani will be returning to our event, making the event a full SDA ranked event.We will also have our first female participant; Susie Pierpont (#1 on the WSDA). Behold 180 mph rails, three-wall nicks and eyebrow-raising reverse corners; just some examples of the impressive squash that will be on display over the weekend. Held at the start of the second half of the season, even the first-round matches of our event will be extremely well-contested and a delight to watch. There will be an 8-team main draw, where 6 teams will have spots in the tournament, and 2 qualifier teams rounding out the draw. Our charitable beneficiary is First State Squash, a Squash and Education Alliance Program. Your contribution will be benefiting underprivileged youth in Delaware, hopefully encouraging your additional individual and corporate support of the event. The program will receive all of the net proceeds from the DE Pro Doubles Championship to assist them in providing outstanding support to children. Click to view more information regarding raffle prizes & tickets. JUNIOR SQUASH SCHEDULE MONDAY

THURSDAYS 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

MEN’S SQUASH DOUBLES CLINIC Thursdays 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

CAPTAINS CUP 8 Person Rosters with 2 singles matches and 3 doubles matches. Most matches to be played on Saturdays. 8 Captains will select team members. SQUASH LADDER Singles and doubles.To be added to the ladder list please contact Ed Chilton – echilton@wilmingtoncc.com LADIES' DOUBLES LEAGUE If interested in participating in a morning or evening league please contact Ed Chilton – echilton@wilmingtoncc.com

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years – Pink Dot 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-8Years – Blue Dot TUESDAY 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years – Pink Dot 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-8Years – Blue Dot 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 8-10Years – Red Dot 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: High School THURSDAY 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: 5-6Years – Pink Dot 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm: 7-8Years – Blue Dot 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: 8-10Years – Red Dot 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm: High School SATURDAY

To sign up for programs, please contact the Racquet Shop – racquetshop@wilmingtoncc.com

10:15 am – 11:00 am: 5-6Years – Pink Dot 11:00 am – 11:45 am: 7-8Years Blue Dot 11:45 am – 12:45 pm: 8-10Years – Red Dot 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot SUNDAY 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: 5-6Years – Pink Dot/7-8Years – Blue Dot 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: 8-10Years – Red Dot 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: 10-13Years – DoubleYellow Dot Different colored balls may be substituted depending on the ability level of the class

PADDLE NEWS

Congratulations to Lisa Murray (WCC Head Paddle Professional) and Kristin Mumford (WCC Member) on their Presidents Cup Qualifier win at Saucon Valley CC on December 1st. Wilmington Country Club has had great representation with Cindy Prendergast as well as Lucy Nutting also winning separate qualifiers with their partners this season. This is an exciting time inWCC paddle and congratulations to all!

AREA EVENTS Saturday, January 6th:Way,Way,Way Over 50 Tournament Friday, January 12th: Adult/Junior Tournament Friday, January 19th: Mixed Social, 6:30 pm Friday, January 26th - Sunday, January 28th: MorrowTournament

MEN’S PADDLE EVENTS Mondays: Men’s Clinic, 5:30 pm Mondays: Men’s Practice, 6:30 pm Wednesdays: Men’s D5 & D6 matches Thursdays: Men’s D1 & D3 matches LADIES' PADDLE EVENTS Mondays: Cup 2 & Cup 8 matches Wednesdays: Cup 5 matches Thursdays: Ladies' Clinic, 5:30 pm Thursdays: Ladies' Beginner Clinic, 11:45 am

Thursday Cup Practices: Cup 5 9:15 am – 10:30 am Cup 2 10:30 am – 11:45 am, Cup 8 11:45 am - 1:00 pm Sundays:Women's Weekend League 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

JUNIOR CLINICS Mondays: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Ages 10 to 14) Wednesdays: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Ages 10 to 14) Wednesdays: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Ages 8 to 10) Please register with the Racquet Shop racquetshop@wilmingtoncc.com

FITNESS & YOGA NEWS

PERSONAL TRAINING Our Fitness Staff is on site with our group exercise instructors and personal trainers. Members can schedule a personal training session with any of our personal trainers: Rick Howard, Corey Ryan, Chris Weiss, Maria Lucey and Beth Sheehy. ONE HOUR PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS OR FITNESS PROFILE Individual: $67 Package of 5: $310 ($62/hour) Package of 10: $570 ($57/hour) GROUP PERSONAL FITNESS SESSIONS 2 people: $40/person 3 people: $30/person 4 people: $25/person 5 or more people: $20/person MASSAGE Tracy, Susan, and Vicki have set aside available hours each week but request at least twenty-four hours advance notice, as they are not onsite staff. Some time slots are already filled; other hours may be available.

‘TIS THE SEASON - PRE-SEASON!

The season to get ready for golf and tennis is now! It is also the best time to prepare the kids for the rigors of the upcoming spring sports season! Pre-season by definition is the 8-12 weeks prior to the start of the competition season. It is the time for all athletes to take their hard work gained in the gym in the offseason and start to transition their strength gains into strength- speed (strength expressed quickly) and power (explosive movements) exercises that address the movements of your sport. Even if you didn’t get as much time in the gym as you wanted since it got cold out, there’s still time to improve your fitness. Since tennis and golf are such powerful rotational sports we are trying to reduce your risk of back problems this coming season by giving you fitness advice to be prepared for the upcoming season. • You do not need to be exceptionally strong, but you do need to control your movements with enough strength. •You need the requisite range of motion about your shoulders, hips, and other joints to swing within your body structure efficiently. •You still need a cardiovascular base, but your training should also include High-Intensity- Interval-Training, to help increase aerobic endurance AND aerobic power. • You need to also consider the muscles on the opposite side of your body (golf is practically all one-side dominant). All muscle groups and both sides of your body need to be trained. • You should examine the movement patterns of your sport to help prescribe in which direction(s) you should focus. For example, several studies indicate that tennis is up to 70% lateral movement. If you have a movement deficiency it will be revealed on the course or the court. Correct it now! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of preseason training for your golf, tennis, or fitness program! Please call the Fitness Desk X2113 for more information or if you would like us to help you with program design in a personal training, group training, or workshop setting. Here are some fundamental sports fitness items that should be addressed:

TRACY HALTERMAN therapeutic Wednesday:12:30 pm - 7:30 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm SUSAN BROWN therapeutic Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Tuesday Evening VICKI RUDAWSKY sports Tuesday &Thursday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm MARCY MACKEY Monday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Every other Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rick Howard Director of Fitness

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WCC GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES

GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES

YOGA CLASSES

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

SATURDAY SUNDAY

Boot Camp Beth Sheehy

Hot Vinyasa Beth Sheehy

Boot Camp Beth Sheehy

Hot Vinyasa Beth Sheehy

6:00 am

Golf Fitness (Squash Building) Corey Ryan *Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

Golf Fitness (Fitness Center) Corey Ryan

Golf Fitness (Fitness Center) Corey Ryan

7:00 am

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

FIT Maria Lucey

FIT Maria Lucey

7:15 am

TRX Chris Weiss

FIT Fusion Maria Lucey Krysta Lafferty

*Foundations (90°) Mary Currie

8:00 am

*Balance Mary Currie 45 minute class

*Balance Mary Currie 45 minute class

8:15 am

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

8:30 am

9:00 am

Shape Up (Fitness Center) Beth Sheehy

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

9:15 am

*Foundations (75°) Mary Currie 45 minute class Senior Fitness Mary Harrison (Beginner Level)

9:45 am

10:00 am

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

10:30 am

X-17 Beth Sheehy

6:00 pm

6:15 pm Warm Yoga Flow Beth Sheehy

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

GROUP EXERCISE AND YOGA RATES GROUP EXERCISE AND YOGA RATES

$14/Session *$16/Premium Session $140 Unlimited 30 Day Rate $380 Unlimited 90 Day Rate All classes are one hour in length unless otherwise noted. Limited space and pre-registration is preferred. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Due to the overwhelming response to our classes, if you sign up for a class and do not attend without canceling at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged even if you have an unlimited package. Sign up online at wilmingtoncc.com or call (302) 655-6171 ext. 2113. $14/Session *$16/Premium Session $140 Unlimited 30 Day Rate $380 Unlimited 90 Day Rate All classes are one hour in length unless otherwise noted. Limited space and pre-registration is preferred.Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Due to the overwhelming response to our classes, if you sign up for a class and do not attend without canceling at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged even if you have an unlimited package. Sign up online at wilmingtoncc.com or call (302) 655-6171 ext. 2113.

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