Rambler, January/February 2020

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Pinnacle Fence Polymeric Spray Foam & Coating Schwartz Design Center Sothern Star Steel Services Southwest Maintenance Sterling Architects Studio Gallery Sunstate Equipment The Arrangement Trautschold Millwork Co. Waco Caulking Waco Glass and Mirror, Inc. Washer Power Waterloo Plastering Inc. Young Electric

Falkofske Engineering Farmer Masonry Inc. Fitzgerald Landscaping Foxworth Galbraith Building Materials Center Grant Goss Contracting Gross Yowell H.B. Blake Company Honey’s Home + Style Hydroclean Impact Fire Industrial Louvers J.P. Lowry Construction

MTO Cleaning NEI Datacom

Nick Brock Antiques Nickell Metalsmiths Noltex Truss Otis Elevator Company

P&E Mechanical Contractors Pat Cammack Construction

Waco Triangle Tower 510 N. Valley Mills Dr.

Downtown McGregor 401 S. Main St.

South Bosque 27000 W. Hwy. 84

Downtown Waco 901 S. 8 th St.

Elm Ave. Coming Soon

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APPY NEW YEAR!!

on March 28th! We will start with #100 and #95, #31, #6 and finish with the #1 Wine in theWorld!! This is a bucket list dinner!! And there will likely be additional surprises! Look for more info soon or call me!

Can you believe it is already 2020? I for one am ready to put 2019 behind me and charge into the NewYear with the momentum we’ve gained in the past few months. There is so much to look forward to in 2020! The staff and I recently had a calendar/planning session where we tried to formulate event ideas for the new year. We were truly thinking “out of the box” and trying to come up with new and innovative ideas for our well-rounded Membership. For example, kick-off 2020 with a Comedy/Magic Show and dinner on January 11th featuring “Atlantic City Entertainer of the Year Award” winner Harry Maurer. He has opened for such stars as The Supremes, Rita Rudner, Ray Romano, Joey Bishop, Jason Alexander, Rich Jeni, Rosie O’Donnell, Frankie Avalon, and others stars while entertaining U.S. Presidents, Celebrities and International Royalty with his fun and interactive magical style. Then on February 29th, we have the entertainment of the very popular “Killer Dueling Pianos”, now playing in Las Vegas. With cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and again live music…well, it just doesn’t get any better. But YES, it does! Because you can attend both of these events for just $75! It is $45 per event if only attending one… come join us! Nowmy favorite event of ALL! The first-ever at RidgewoodWINE SPECTATOR 2019 TOP 100 DINNER

Stay “tuned in” to your communications from us for advanced information on these events. You will not want to miss them.

Many of you commented on the story I copied in my letter a couple of months back. I love those short inspiring stories and how I can emulate them in my life or work…and I guess many of you do too. I must not disappoint! So, here is another; “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to himwho is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” In 1867, John Roebling had a vision and a passion to do something experts said couldn’t be done: build a bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn, in NewYork City. No one believed it could be done, but Roebling and his sonWashington, a young engineer, persevered. The Roeblings hired their crew and finally got to work on John’s dream. Only a fewmonths into the project, a worksite accident took John’s life. But the project continued, withWashington as its leader. Three years later, Washington was severely injured. He was unable to talk, walk, or even move most of his body. But his mind was sharp, and his dream of building the bridge still burned in his heart. Washington had two things in his favor: one finger that still worked and a wife who loved him. Roebling and his wife figured out a communication system in which he tapped on her arm. For 11 years, Washington tapped out messages and instructions for the bridge, until it was finally complete. Washington Roebling needed a dependable team of people to achieve his dream. He needed his father, his crew, and his wife. We need other people too; at Ridgewood, we need our Members, our Committees, our Board and our entire staff acting and serving as a TEAM . We can love, support, help, and encourage them, and they can do the same for us. The team process is difficult here as the teams are ever-changing… Boards, Staffs, etc. But with a consistent message, good values and perhaps a smile…well, I think we can do it! Let’s face it we are not building bridges here! However, we do have dreams to fulfill! With that many of you know that Chef John Bogue left recently for a return to his hometown of Houston and a great Club – The Bayou Club. John did a fantastic job while here and I wish him nothing but the best. The kitchen and the food and beverage department are better today because of John’s efforts. The Executive Chef is a major part of our team and in addition to being a great cook, they must be able to work well with

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others. Not only must he or she work with the other cooks in the kitchen, but he or she must also be able to work effectively with staff, management, and membership. At Ridgewood, the ability to inspire others and help them develop is critical…and of course…accept feedback! Although a tough time of the year to recruit I was able to go through my Rolodex and interview 5 candidates. I am very proud to announce that Bernard “Bo” Hurley has accepted the position to join our team and will start on January 7th, 2020. I felt like Bo was the best candidate to take us to another level. Also, I believe he brings an experience level to this position that the Club has not had for years. This is not his First Executive Chef position...unlike the previous four. He is a well-respected and seasoned Chef that should bring immediate comfort. For more information see Bo’s bio in this Rambler. Continuing with the team theme: I have moved forward on some staff reorganization within the Department Head staffing. I have dissolved the Membership Director position with its current responsibilities. When I say dissolve, I am saying the Membership Director Responsibilities will change - from title to responsibilities. There is simply not enough work to have that as a stand-alone position. The new position will be the Assistant General Manager of Sales - the skill set is for an individual with a strong club sales background...not only Membership but Events, A La Carte and Golf. Also, a strong Food & Beverage background that can overlap into assisting, developing and working

with Camy, Cheston, Destiny, and Natalia. Structuring it this way and with the right person will strengthen our team , have plenty to do and make for an exciting job. I have found the right person and that person will also start on January 7th, 2020. Tara Turner is currently the Executive Sales Coordinator at Traditions Club. First of all, Tara is one of the easiest to work with, outgoing and has one of the best attitudes of any employee I have ever had. In fact, for years I called her my “female Jimmy Cunningham”. Tara has a B.A. Degree, Speech Communication, English Literature from Texas A&M - Class of 2007. She has a Level 2 WSET (wine education) Certification, Advanced Bar Smart Certification, Professional Wedding Consultant, NECI. She is a Member of Association of Club Catering Professionals, Brazos Valley Bridal Association, Nuptial Essentials, Association of Wedding Professionals, Young Professionals of Aggieland, and Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce Business Networking International. She has both a creativity and passion for this business that is very rare. Some of you may have had the chance to meet her as she was one of the mixologists that came to our F&B/Board Education piece last month. Tara spoke on the history of the Old Fashioned and taught all how to make several variations. Tara is married to Justin, a Chef that owns a Food Truck... thus his work travels, they have two daughters, Abigail -7 and Grace -10. Plus, they have additional family here, thus I believe the move will be good for all.

member Pam Kreuzburg and her able assistant Bob! Oh my gosh! The work they have done in organizing and coaching the Ridgewood Christmas Decorating Team has been unbelievable! REALLY, REALLY UNBELIEVABLE! The Club just looks fantastic and I have no words that could fully relate to my appreciation. Look for the full list of all the volunteer “helpers” in this Rambler and if you see them THANK THEM, HUG THEM, LOVE THEM! They are special people. With that, I would like to brag on our Team . There is an adage from a country song that says, “You can’t keep a good man down.” This has never been truer than when spoken about your Ridgewood staff these past 365 days. Without any hesitation, I can say that I am proud of the staff’s performance during this time in operating your Club. Yes, a lot has happened but it is all made easy and worth it with the patience and support we have had from so many of you. The staff and I are committed and have rededicated ourselves to making Ridgewood Country Club the very best. Let’s all work together to make 2020 a fun and prosperous year.

Speaking on behalf of the entire staff, it is a pleasure to serve you.

One of the best formations of a team recently has to go to our

BILL HORTON, CCM 254.224.8628 BHorton@RidgewoodWaco.com

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We at Ridgewood wish you a Happy, HEALTHY , And Prosperous NEW YEAR

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

Christine & James “Beau” Graham Becky & Charles Burns Jennifer & Bobby Deaton Nancy & Michael Morrison Sheryl & Tom Carroll Mandi & Dakota Hansen

Barbara Hair & Jack Rochelle Tyrha Lindsey-Warren & SidneyWarren

Charlotte & Mike Daniel Alexandra & Cody Benton Charles E. Cook

MEMBERSHIP AT RIDGEWOOD

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idgewood Country Club is the ideal location to host your child’s next birthday party, team celebration, or special occasion. You bring the kids, we will do the rest! Plus, 36363 during the months of January and February, we will provide a complimentary bounce house! We have packages that can be customized to tailor the party to your specific needs and wants. Our packages also include set- up and clean-up by our staff.

If you are interested in booking a party with us, please contact me today!

CAMY BABAN RCC Catering Director CBaban@RidgewoodWaco.com

Closings and Changes in Member Dining • January 1, 2020: entire Club is Closed • January 3 - 5, 2020: 19th Hole is open from noon to 6 pm for beverage service only. • January 24, 2020: the entire upstairs is reserved for a private event. Member dining will be in the 19th Hole • February 15, 2020: Lakeview is closed. Member dining will be in the 19th Hole

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Happy New Year!

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n behalf of all the staff at Ridgewood, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the winter bonus fund. This year’s contributions were over $42,000. For Thanksgiving, the club rewarded staff members with holiday gift cards to share with their families giving thanks. Hidden somewhere in this publication is a Member number. If you find your number, call the General Manager Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm to claim a prize. You must claim your prize and use it before the last day of the month your Member number appears in the Rambler. Hidd n MEMBER NUMBER

The staff is very appreciative of your generosity throughout this holiday season. Coming up for the New Year you will see a few fee changes. These changes will support our ongoing goal to provide you with a better member experience each time you patronize your club.

DANA STEM RCC Controller DStem@RidgewoodWaco.com

Have Your Event Here!

Call for More Information! 254-224-8627

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EXECUTIVE CHEF BIO:

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JOIN US IN THE L AKEVI EW ROOM AND THE 19TH HOLE FOR INNOVAT IVE & ENT ICING DI SHES DES IGNED BY YOUR EXECUT IVE CHEF TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS FROM 6 TO 9 PM

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Some of Chef Bernard’s accomplishments include: • Member of the American Culinary Federation • Member Escoffier Society • Member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) • Club Chefs Association

hef Bernard Hurley was born and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area. Trained in the art of classic cuisine at the Washburne School of Culinary Arts, Chef Bernard gained professional experience in many hotels, restaurants and Private Clubs in Illinois, South Carolina and Texas. In only two years after his graduation fromWashburne, Chef Bernard had secured a position as Executive Chef, a title that he has maintained since 1988. Chef Bernard Hurley will make a stellar addition to Ridgewood Country Club, bringing with

of Chicago, Education Chairman for 8 years • Chocolatier - Du Grand Chocolate, Valrhona, Paris, France • Silver Medal in U.S. Pastry Competition • Chairman of the Chicago

PLUS! DON’T MISS OUR:

American Culinary Federation (ACF) Apprenticeship Program

him over thirty years of professional experience.

Ridgewood Country Club is lucky to acquire such an accomplished Chef. Welcome to Ridgewood, Chef Bernard!

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Valentine’s

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Join us in the Lakeview Room for an exquisite and romantic multi-course dining experience. You will enjoy live music and a special menu designed by your new Executive Chef. Reserve a bottle of wine or chilled champagne for your table! Contact Cheston Goates at 224-8603 $100 per person Reservations Required Please call the Receptionist at 772-0160 The 48 hour cancellation policy is in effect. A la carte dining is in the 19th Hole

Tennis Pro, Julien Curatella, and his staff will show your little ones a great time at the tennis center followed by a kid-friendly buffet and beverages.

Cost is $15 for first child & $10 for each additional.

Children not doing tennis activities are $7 per child for food and beverage.

CHILDREN MUST BE 4 OR OLDER

RE SERVAT ION S PLEA SE: 254-772-0160

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C L U B H O U S E

Please hurry and make your reservations as I’m sure all these events will book quickly!!

1st – 6th, and opening back up on Tuesday, January 7th.

We will kick off 2020 in Lakeview with our wonderful Prime Rib Night on Friday, January 10th and will follow up with the award- winning Comedy and Magic of Harry Mauer on Saturday, January 11th. Along with the return of our monthly Kidz Night and Chophouse, we will have a sumptuous Valentine’s Day Dinner and Date Night. February also brings with it Mardi Gras festivities and the much anticipated Dueling Pianos on Saturday night, February 29th.

We look forward to seeing you in the Clubhouse!

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ello Ridgewood Members!

I would like to thank you for all your support in 2019 and look forward to further improving member satisfaction and experiences in 2020. Please remember that the Club will be closed for maintenance January

CHESTON GOATES Clubhouse Manager CGoates@RidgewoodWaco.com

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“The New MGA”

2020MGA TOURNAMENTSCHEDULE

March 21 - 3 –Man Scramble (Beat the Pro’s) April 4 – 5 - Member-Member May 2 - Two –Man 6-6- 6 (Scramble, Best Ball, ModifiedAlternate Shot) July 10 – 12 - Odis Beck Stroke PlayChampionship August 8 - Individual 3 ClubTournament September 5-7 - Ryder Cup October 10 - FourMan YellowBall (1 score par 5’s, 2 par 4’s, 3 par 3’s) November 14 - Tournament of Champions (Format TBA)

Ridgewood is excited to announce the formation of an MGA committee which is composed of a diverse cross section of our Membership. The committee’s goal is to create a fun but still competitive environment of tournament golf and fellowship.

We will be keeping a points system to award a player of the year and the schedule will end with a tournament of champions event in November. The schedule will consist of 3 major events (Member-Member, Stroke Play, and Ryder Cup) as well as four fun events. Our goal is to increase participation, provide a great member environment and a competitive platform for members to be a part of.

The annual MGA dues are $120 per year and members will no longer be charged an entry fee for any MGA event.

All food and prizes will be included with each tournament and even if a member cannot participate, as a member they can still enjoy the festivities of the day.

Please join us as we get ready for the 2020 season!

To enroll please contact the pro shop at 254-772-2050 or email Jimmy Cunningham.

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F R O M T H E L I N K S

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Ridgewood!

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course and weather condition adjustment, and to establish a new handicap only takes 54 holes of any combination of 9 holes or 18 holes (the new maximum handicap index is 54.0).

fellowship within the club. Please contact the pro shop if you have any questions. Ladies’ RWGA and Junior golf are going to be a high priority for the 2020 season as we look to reach out and build a new golfer base. We look forward to a fantastic year and hope you will join us for all the activities we have planned!

e hope all have had a great holiday season and are ready for a wonderful 2020 golf season. There are a few topics we want everyone to be aware of for the upcoming year: Beginning January 1st, the introduction of the WHS (World Handicap system) will take effect and your normal GHIN system will have a new look. Some of the highlights you will see are a daily revision of scores, maximum score on any hole of net double bogey, abnormal

You will be seeing more detailed information in January.

Along with the new handicap system, Ridgewood is launching our new MGA (Men’s Golf Association) committee which is designed to increase participation and

JIMMY CUNNINGHAM PGA Head Golf Professional JCunningham@RidgewoodWaco.com

The golf committee of Ridgewood has established a handicap flag policy to help members who have difficulty walking certain distances while playing golf. Having a Handicap flag allows a member to gain access inside the restricted areas of green complexes. This does not mean you can park one to two feet from the green but rather 5 to 7 yards. To receive this exemption a member must submit in writing a notification from his or her Primary Care physician stating their condition. Upon review the committee will make a decision and immediately notify the member. All requests should be submitted to Head Professional Jimmy Cunningham in person or by email at jcunningham@ridgewoodwaco.com Handicap Flag Request for Cart Usage

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2020 GOLF CALENDAR

FEBRUARY 8- $25,000 Putting & Cash Grab Competition MARCH MGA Individual 9-Hole Match Play (Starts In March and Ends In July) 21 - MGA 3 – Man Scramble 27 - ½ Day Member-Guest 28 - RWGA Roadrunner Tournament APRIL 4-5 - MGA Member-Member 21-22 - RWGA Member-Member 24 - Burgers N Beer MAY 2 - MGA 2 Man 6-6-6 (Scramble, Best Ball, Modified Alternate Shot) 12-15 - RWGA President’s Cup 28-31 - Chaparral Men’s Member-Guest JUNE 15-16 - Star Burst Junior Golf Classic JULY 4- Firecracker Open – Flag Day 10-12 - Odis Beck MGA Club Champi- onship - Stroke Play Championship AUGUST 8 - MGA Individual 3 Club Tournament 23 - Husband &Wife Championship SEPTEMBER 5-7 - MGA Ryder Cup 15-16 - RWGA Club Championship 19 - Night Golf 25-27 - Texas State Senior Tournament OCTOBER 2 - Hole-In-One Challenge 10 - MGA Four Man Yellow Ball (1 score par 5’s, 2 par 4’s, 3 par 3’s) 13-14 - RWGA Solheim Cup 23 - ½ Day Member Guest NOVEMBER 14 - MGA Tournament of Champions (Format TBA)

December 4, 2019: Bond Browder made a HOLE-IN-ONE on #3! 148 yds, 7 iron, witnessed by Bud Salome, Steve Browning, and Robert Turner.

Ladies: Golf 101 Is Here! Attention all women who have ever wanted to learn to play the game of a lifetime without the significant others “help”. We invite you to join us as we offer two different days of the week to learn the basics of the swing, rules, etiquette and most importantly how to have fun with the sport!! These classes are designed to make new players comfortable while asking all types of questions. Remember there are no dumb questions! You will learn about what type of equipment to have and use as well as experiencing on-course play. Please contact the pro shop at 254-772-2050 or jcunningham@ridgewoodwaco. com to RSVP today. Classes Start The Week of March 10th

SPRING JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY

Starting the week of January 21st, The professional staff of Ridgewood is dedicated to building a fun, positive, and fundamentally sound junior program to create

future legends of the game and Ridgewood members.

Our after school program will begin the week of January 21st and last for 6 weeks (rain outs will have make up days). We will offer two different days of the week for each age group to choose from. Please pick the day that is convenient for the family’s schedule. Tuesdays and Thursdays are for ages 6 – 9 and Wednesday and Fridays for ages 10 – 13. Each day’s session will be one hour long and will focus on the fundamentals of golf as well as rules, etiquette, and course play. Classes will be limited in size so please be sure to register to reserve your child’s spot. Students will need to have their own clubs so please contact the pro shop to help with your needs. The fee for the six-week session is $240 and for multiple children there is a $15 discount per child. To register you can call us at 254-772-2050 or email us at jcunningham@ridgewoodwaco.com.

Tuesdays: 10 – 11 am, or Thursdays: 10 – 11 am, or both

(Dates are subject to change throughout the year)

We look forward to creating great players at an early age!!!!

Attendance Fee $40 per person

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T H E R W G A S C O O P by Laura Kocek

The RWGA Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays and A Wonderful New Year!

2019 SOLHEIM CUP The Blues with 15.5 points were victorious over The Reds earning 8.5 points. Blue Team: Captain Laura Kocek. Nannette Wheelis, Linda Conlon, Mary Hanes, Dena Parsons, Judy Cooper, Susan McKay & Jodi Perkins. Red Team: Captain Peggy Barfield. Candy Odil, Dixie Haddox, Marilyn Ammon, Debra Snow, Carol Collins, Janice Knapp & Diane Schlecte.

2019 Most Improved Player is Nannette Wheelis! The MIP is awarded to member that lowers their GHIN Handicap the most! Nannette also got a HOLE-IN- ONE on #16 on November 6th! Congratulations, Nannette!

RWGA would like to promote & support all women RCC golfing

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members to enjoy the game of golf. Our group is comprised of all skill levels; beginner to experienced. Please contact pro shop for more info!

Jan 8 Playday, Red Tees Jan 15 RWGA Clinic & Playday Jan 22 Playday, Fun format & Luncheon Jan 29 Playday, Green Tees

Feb 5 Playday, Red Tees Feb 12 Playday Green Tees

Feb 19 Playday, Fun Format & Luncheon Feb 26 Playday Red, Green & Gold Tees

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T U R F T A L K

Please check out our course maintenance blog – www.ridgewoodwaco.blogspot.com

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pdates on Holes 1 & 2

in the afternoon. The frequent covering and uncovering can be tedious and labor-intensive, however, we feel that the benefits will be well worth the effort.

more to help limit the impact of bermudagrass. It is important to understand that bermudagrass will eventually overcome even the best mitigation efforts. Contamination

All major renovation work on holes 1 and 2 was completed in early November. Immediately following construction, we began the “planting” and

and encroachment from dissimilar grasses (in our case bermudagrass) is one of several factors that contribute to the life-span of a putting green. As such, preparing for completely replacing the root-zone mix and/or rebuilding greens should be a part of the club’s strategic planning efforts. In the meantime, we will begin plugging the bermudagrass out of the worst greens using grass from our new nursery in early spring.

“grow-in” phases of the project. The new tees, approach, fairway, and roughs were sodded on November 6th and the new #1 green was seeded to bentgrass on November 18th. Given that we planted late in the year, the grass will need until the spring of 2020 to be healthy enough for play. To help the green progress as quickly as possible we

The crew covers #1 Green on December 10th

have been routinely covering the green with a specially made tarp. This large “grow cover”, helps retain temperature and moisture through the winter months. We have been covering the green when nighttime temperatures drop below 50 degrees for any significant length of time. On sunny days we remove the cover to allow the new grass to take in as much heat and sun as possible. We then re-cover the green late

We are excited about the new year and look forward to continually improving our golf maintenance operations in 2020. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns.

Bermudagrass Contamination

Many golfers have asked about the brown patches on our greens. Most of these areas are the result of bermudagrass contamination and encroachment. Our greens were last replanted in 2007. Over the years, RCC has implemented maintenance practices such as edging, plugging, sodding, and

Travis Moore

TRAVIS MOORE Golf Course Superintendent TMoore@RidgewoodWaco.com

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RCC Is Proud To Present This Special Engagement! SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

6 pm Cocktail Hour 7 pm Dinner 8 pm Showtime

$45 - Includes Dinner & Show RSVP Today! Online, On the App or By Phone: 254-772-0160

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we are excited to bring this talented duo to ridgewood! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020 6 pm Cocktail Hour 7 pm Dinner 8 pm Showtime $45 - Includes Dinner & Show RSVP Today! Online, On the App or By Phone: 254-772-0160

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Take Your Training To The Next Level

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1 0 reasons why you should consider hiring a personal tra i ner

7. You have a specific illness, injury or condition 8. You are training for a sport or event 9. You will avoid injury - your trainer will ensure that you are moving in a safe and effective way. 10. You will gain confidence in and out of the gym

1. You are not seeing results 2. You don’t know where to start 3. You are bored with the same old workouts 4. You need to be challenged 5. You want to learn how to exercise on your own 6. You need accountability and motivation

DAVID HILL Fitness Director DHill@RidgewoodWaco.com

C OMMU N I C AT I O N S

meet more of you and developing relationships. I love all aspects of my work, but the Rambler is my darling and provides me a lot of pride and joy. I hope you feel the same, and if you ever have any special moments at Ridgewood that you would like to share in the Rambler, I would love to include them. Also, if you are interested in promoting your business in the Rambler, please contact me at 254-224-8624 to discuss advertising with us! I am looking forward to another great year at Ridgewood and have some fun plans to enliven our communications

with you this year! As always, if you have any questions about communications, including the website, mobile app, social media, the Rambler or email, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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ear Members,

I want to wish you all a joyous and peaceful New Year, and thank you for a terrific 2019. I am honored to be a part of a great team of staff and am excited about what 2020 has in store! Most of my work here at Ridgewood is “behind the scenes” but I have gotten the opportunity to get to know a lot of you and look forward to continuing to

DANIELLE WALKER Director of Communications DWalker@RidgewoodWaco.com

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M A R I N A

H appy New Year! On Behalf of Ridgewood Country Club, we would like to thank our membership for an amazing 2019 and look forward to an even more stupendous 2020! The RCC Marina is hard at work with scheduled repairs and general upkeep to ensure a fantastic upcoming boating season.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns about repairs at MFicklin@ ridgewoodwaco.com and we at the marina will do our best to address any issues that arise!

Let’s make the best of the New Year and start it all off with a bang!

Best Wishes and have a Happy New Year!

MIKE FICKLIN MSM Manager MFicklin@RidgewoodWaco.com

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T E N N I S

Social Events

6th ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS MIXER Saturday, January 25th | 11 am - 1 pm $15 per player – Ages 12 and up Team Tennis scoring format. 4 teams of 8-10 people will compete in a roundrobin competition. The team with the most points will be declared the winner! Come play or hang out for our first tennis social of 2020! Additionally, we will have a high score court where players will have the opportunity to earn a prize and bragging rights if you hit the right targets and accumulate the most points! Each player will get 20 balls to earn as many points as they can!

JOIN US EVERY MONTH FOR KIDZ NIGHT! FEATURING A Bouncy House,

Entertainment, Games, Treats And More!

Reservations Requested: Online, On The App Or By Phone - 254-772-0160

SUPER BOWL LIV TENNIS MIXER Saturday, February 1st | 11 am - 1:30 pm

Come play tennis or just hang out! Food and drinks provided!

Ridgewood Tennis is very excited to continue its growth and to bring you an assortment of tennis programs and activities for the whole family in 2020! Our mission is to offer our members first-class programs and a facility to make your tennis experience a reoccurring and memorable one for you and your family at YOUR club! As our Tennis activity continues to increase, we ask our RCC members to please be sure to call 254-498-6379 to reserve your court. PLEASE RSVP TO JULIEN FOR ALL TENNIS SOCIALS Fun doubles rotation, winner games, speed ball, King of the court, ping pong tournament and prize court! You will have the chance to win points to trade for Super Bowl squares! $15 per player (ages 12 and up)

JANUARY 15 | 6 - 8 PM WINTER FROLIC

JULIEN CURATELLA Director of Tennis 254-498-6379 JCuratella@RidgewoodWaco.com

FEBRUARY 19 | 6 - 8 PM PAJAMA PARTY

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with Celebrating SIXTY YEARS E DD I E MART I N , J R . A , .

by Danielle Walker

Eddie Martin, Jr. was born on May 1, 1937, in the sleepy town of Marshall, Texas. Eventually, the Martin family relocated to Waco, where Eddie attended and graduated from A.J. Moore High School - the first school created for the education of African American children in Waco. To this day, A.J. Moore High School remains an important hallmark of the Waco community, providing quality education for students of all races. As a teenager, Eddie spent his days studying at school and his evenings working in the kitchen of Hillcrest Hospital. Upon his graduation in August of 1955, Eddie Martin, Jr. joined the United States Navy in which he faithfully served our country until August 1959.

Country Club, where he has graced us with his jovial disposition and dedication to service for 60 years now. Eddie reflected on a moment at Ridgewood that stands out in his memory as the time he accidentally broke over 100 drinking glasses while unloading a cart. Much to his dismay, the maître d’ at the time insisted that this was the end of Eddie’s career at Ridgewood and that Fred Crest, the General Manager at the time, would surely fire him. On the contrary, Mr. Crest learned that Eddie is a United States Navy Veteran and assured him all was well. He gave Eddie the moniker of “Commander” and pledged that he never had to worry about losing his job at Ridgewood – the job was his as long as he wanted it. Here we are, decades later and we continue to be blessed by the service, merriment, and

camaraderie of Eddie Martin, Jr.

Over the years, Eddie has seen staff come and go, however, some of his comrades that he particularly enjoyed working with are Adam LeMoin, Ike Austin, Herman Simms, and Vertney Smith. Eddie is also so grateful to all the members that he has enjoyed serving over the years and boasts that “they have all been so good to him.” Just a few of the members that truly stand out in his memory are Mr. Gordon Rountree, Mr. Rondy Gray, Mr. Newman Copeland, and Mr. Pete Groetzinger. Join me in both congratulating and thanking Eddie for six decades of hard work, good times, laughter, and friendship. We are blessed to have you be a part of the

In November of 1959, young Eddie Martin, Jr. arrived at Ridgewood

Ridgewood Family. We love you, Eddie!

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We would like to recognize two exceptional employees that continue to exemplify the RCC employee core values: • Anticipate Needs and Exceed Expectations with a Sense of Urgency • Consistently deliver Superior Experiences • Pay Attention to Details • Have Heartfelt Caring and Respect for all

STEVE SCOTT Line Cook

ER I KA DI EBOLD Head Housekeeper

C L U B R E C E P T I O N I S T 254-772-0160 www.RidgewoodWaco.com

General Manager – Bill Horton - BHorton@RidgewoodWaco.com Assistant General Manager of Sales – Tara Turner - TTurner@RidgewoodWaco.com Controller – Dana Stem - DStem@RidgewoodWaco.com Clubhouse Manager – Cheston Goates - CGoates@RidgewoodWaco.com Ridgewood Golf Shop – 254-772-2050 - GolfShop@RidgewoodWaco.com PGA Head Golf Professional – Jimmy Cunningham Assistant Golf Professionals – Alex Johnson | Jeff Hughes Golf Course Superintendent – Travis Moore - TMoore@RidgewoodWaco.com Executive Chef – Bernard Hurley - BHurley@RidgewoodWaco.com Catering Director – Camy Baban - CBaban@RidgewoodWaco.com Ridgewood Tennis Shop – 254-772-0991 - TennisShop@RidgewoodWaco.com Director of Tennis – Julien Curatella - JCuratella@RidgewoodWaco.com Head Tennis Professional – Ryan Moll Fitness Director – David Hill - DHill@RidgewoodWaco.com Director of Communications – Danielle Walker - DWalker@RidgewoodWaco.com Accounting Assistant – Esmeralda Pierce - EPierce@RidgewoodWaco.com Accounts Receivable – Tiffany Taylor - TTaylor@RidgewoodWaco.com Marina, Security & Maintenance Manager - Mike Ficklin - MFicklin@RidgewoodWaco.com MARINA & SECURITY – 254-744-5539

HACK BRANCH KEVIN KRAUSE PAUL THORP GEORGE HARMON JIM THERRELL NICK DEAVER - Junior Representative ROBERT TURNER - President PHIL MEACHAM - Vice President PAM KREUZBURG - Secretary/Treasurer STEVE SWENKE - Past President JOHN DERRICK JIM BOWEN RUSTY HAFERKAMP BRANDI TAYLOR MICHAEL MCNAMARA DILLON SHORT GEORGE WOLFE Hours Of Operation Accounting Office Monday - Friday The Lakeview Room Tuesday – Thursday Friday & Saturday Sunday

8:30 AM - 5 PM

11 AM - 9 PM 11 AM - 9:30 PM 11 AM - 2 PM Opens at 11 AM 7:30 AM - DARK

The 19th Hole

Tuesday – Sunday

Golf Shop

Tuesday - Sunday Monday - Sunday Tuesday - Thursday Friday & Saturday

Fitness Center

5 AM - 10 PM

Vertney’s Bar

4 - 9 PM 4 - 10 PM

1947

7301 Fish Pond Road Waco, Texas 76710

You can tell how friendly we are from miles and miles away.

The first thing people notice about us is our big Texas flag. But

what they remember is the way we treat our customers. We recognize their faces and know their needs. In some banks, that’s considered “special treatment.” To us, that’s just being Texas friendly.

Mobile Banking | Mobile Check Deposit Bill Pay | E-Statements

Riesel Waco

Apple Pay | Commercial Capture Xpress Online Banking | Telebanking | Zelle ® MyTexasBank.com

Woodway Gatesville Temple/Belton Killeen

You’re Family to Us.

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