February 2017 Newsletter


a newsletter for members of the wilmington country club

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE One of our challenges at Wilmington Country Club is to move the Club into the 21st century, while trying to maintain our culture and traditions that make our Club so special. Along those lines it became clear to us that our communications with our members had fallen behind what was needed in today’s world. It was for that reason that the Club hired Meghan Spero as Membership Development and Communications Manager last year. Meghan was tasked with addressing our Club’s communications with our members and in particular the use of social media. The Club recognizes the importance of communicating through a variety of outlets and has therefore created the “official” Wilmington Country Club social media sites: Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram. • Facebook will be our primary social media tool highlighting upcoming events, news, video messages and happenings around the Club. •Twitter will provide interesting articles and entertaining news. • Instagram will provide a pictorial look into a “Day in the Life” at WCC. The social media accounts are private and you may choose to follow one or all of them. You can access them by clicking on the social media icons at the bottom of any Club email. You must either log in or create a new account to participate. If you have any questions regarding our social media sites, please contact Meghan at mspero@wilmingtoncc.com or 655-6171. Joseph F. Hacker III President



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


PRESIDENT Joseph F. Hacker, III

VICE PRESIDENT GaryW. Ferguson TREASURER Cameron B. McDonald

SECRETARY Melissa Riegel


Bryan & Meg Keen

Steven Hinckley & Marilyn Davis

CLASS OF 2017 Richard D. Cates J. Brinton Detwiler Megan S. Greenberg William B. Harman, Jr. Roland C. Pamm Laura Lubin Rossi Edward K.Wissing CLASS OF 2018 D. Michael Gioffre, Jr. Thomas C. Humphrey Randall P. Mitchell John C. Richmond Edward A.Tarlov



Mr. Edward J. Bassett Mrs. Barbara M. Beck Mr. Edward B. Cover Mr. Daniel A. Dreisbach Mr. Michael S. Purzycki Dr. S. Eric Martin Dr. TheodoreW. Michell

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Mr. P. Clarkson Collins, Jr. Mr. James V. DiSabatino Mrs. Candy DiSabatino Mr. John T. Hogan Mrs. Shirley Campbell Mrs. Margaret Hackett Mrs.Yuko Skoog Dr. Ernest M. Fidance Mrs. Anne Slonaker Mr. Henry H. Silliman, III Mrs. Kathleen Smith

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25 Mrs. Mary Catherine Biondi-Moran 30 Mr. O. Francis Biondi 30 Mrs. Anita Biondi 30 Mr. O. Francis Biondi, Jr. 30

John S.Wellons MarthaWhite

55 FEBRUARY EMPLOYEE ANNIVERSARIES Donna Schroeder Controller - 2/14/94 Peter Coates Senior Hoticultural Supervisor - 2/28/05 Juan Xoco Equipment Operator - 2/01/08 Rafael Trinidad Equipment Operator - 2/10/15 Keith VanYahres Assistant General Manager - 2/24/15 IN MEMORIAM The Board of Directors, members, and staff of Wilmington Country Club extend their sincerest sympathy to the family of: Mrs. Judith H. Hoopes - Member 55Years

HONORARY DIRECTORS Richard H. Keller William H. Daiger, Jr.


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

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


A NOTE FROM PHIL Winter Greetings! I hope this Bulletin finds you warm and healthy. Although the temperatures have been less than we would have desired, we really can’t complain about how little snow we have received this season. There have even been a few bonus days of golf enjoyed by some. Let’s hope for more of the same. Speaking of snow and ice, our Grounds Staff does an amazing job of clearing the parking lots and sidewalks. Regardless of their efforts, it is impossible to be completely free of the occasional slippery patch – especially early in the morning. Please use caution and good judgment when driving or walking this winter. How are you doing on achieving your NewYear’s objectives? If your goal for the NewYear included the phrase “drop a few pounds” or “get in shape”, we are here to help. Personal Training and Group Exercise programs are

available seven days a week. There is no better time to tackle that resolution than now and no more comfortable place than at your Club! Don’t know how to get started? Call Rick or Chris in Fitness for guidance. Don’t forget to cap off a great workout with a great massage.You owe it to yourself! When it comes to dining events, February is usually a fairly quiet month with one huge exception. Don’t forget about Valentine’s Day. We will be hosting a special “Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner” in the Dining Room onTuesday the 14th. Because it falls on aTuesday, this will be the only food service offered that day.The evening comes complete with all the essentials to create the perfect setting to share with that “special someone”. Of course, the entire experience centers around the wonderful menu that Chef Tip has developed. More information is provided in this month’s Bulletin, but don’t wait too long to make reservations. Seating is limited and is expected to fill quickly. Later in the month, on Saturday the 18th, a special Parent (Grandparent)/Child Tea Party will be held. Please make plans to attend. When it comes to regular dining, I’d like to offer a reminder that theTavern/Grille features a selection of brunch specials every Sunday. These items are served ala carte and the menu includes all your traditional favorites. We open a bit earlier (10:30 am) to better accommodate your schedules. All winter long, the Dining Room offers a special “3 for $35” menu in addition to the regular fare. We will be kicking off a series of new “family friendly” nightly specials in Café 1901.Watch for a separate email with details.Whatever you do, DO NOT forget about joining us for Happy Hour in The Pub on Friday evenings from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. It is the place to see and be seen! Speaking of The Pub, the Super Bowl will be on every screen with our traditional Football Fare as well as a selection of special menu items. We also have a couple of “square boards” behind the bar to add to the fun. Can’t join us because you are hosting or attending a house party? We do almost as much take-out for Super Bowl as we do for Thanksgiving.This year, hit the “easy” button and let us help. The next item is to remind those members who have not yet met their food minimum that you have until March 31st to do so. Please do not wait until the final week. If you fail to fulfill this obligation, the balance will be charged to your account. Please don’t ask for relief or special consideration – none can be given. As always, the Fitness Room, Squash Courts and Indoor Tennis Courts are open seven days a week. The Club’s dining facilities are openWednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.Thus far, those of you in town are staying active, and we appreciate your support. Keep it up and I’ll see you at your Club! Phil Iannelli General Manager



Since my introduction in the January Bulletin , a few questions have arisen regarding the role of the Membership Development Committee as well as my role in assisting the membership effort. Under the direction of the Strategic Planning Committee and with approval of the Board of Directors, the Member- ship Development Committee was established towards the end of 2016 with the specific

solve the problem. While the Membership Development Committee’s effort of identifying potential members is part of our sustainable planning, we will always need you, our membership, to help identify those whom you feel would make good additions to the Club. We recognize that sometimes those conversations about membership with close friends or family can be potentially uncomfortable. My role as Membership Development Manager provides a neutral point of contact at the Club who can navigate some of the more difficult conversations especially in respects to the financial aspects of membership. In addition, working in partnership with the Committee, I can assist sponsoring members throughout the proposal process in identifying potential letter writers and obtaining referrals. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you and answer any questions you may have regarding our process and efforts in membership development. We are fortunate to have a strong foundation of long standing members paired with amenities and service which are second to none. This truly makes WCC one of the finest private clubs in the country. Meghan Spero Membership Development and Communications Manager

purpose of identifying those in our community, businesses, churches, schools, etc. who could potentially be a good fit for membership. As we all know, the greatest threat to the continued success of any Club is declining membership numbers. Interestingly, the number one reason why people do not join a private club is because they have never been asked. This is an easy obstacle to overcome. Through the efforts of the Strategic Planning and Membership Development Committees, we look to create a long range and sustainable program for growth; unlike a number of local facilities which believe the focus should be on short term incentive drives. Our experience shows us that this does not

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BRIDGE NEWS 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 Carroll Shannon, Chair, 575-0102 Mary Jo Chandler, Vice-Chair, 622-9363 Lou Ann Carter, Bridge Manager, 652-6709 February 2nd : Game February 9th : Swiss Team Game

BOOK CLUB All you ladies who love to read, join us on Tuesday, February 7th as we discuss O Pioneers! , Willa Cather’s memorable novel about life on the Nebraska prairie. Alexandra Bergson, the protagonist, has just been in town to see the doctor about her dying father when she finds Emil, her five year old brother crying because his kitten had been chased up a telephone pole and can’t get down. The howling wind and frozen ground, the whimpering child, the rough-looking, shivering townspeople all indicate that life is harsh and forbidding in Hanover, and this is where young Alexandra will soon be in charge of her family’s farm and cultivating this wild land. Her father had determined that she, rather than Oscar and Lou her teenage brothers, was the only one who was intelligent and resourceful enough to manage the future of the family and of their farm. And he had made a wise choice. Alexandra was a spirited, independent Swedish immigrant who loved this land no matter how harsh it was. Over the years she transforms the land and is transformed by it. There’s triumph yet tragedy in this prairie life - romance as well as loss for pioneers. Join us on February 7th at 4:00 pm in the Ladies’ Locker Room as Cathy Welsh leads the discussion of this novel which surges with the vibrance, sadness, tragedy, and the romance of life on the wind-swept prairie. Our March selection is Palladian Days , Sally and Carl Gable’s lively account of owning and restoring one of the greatest villas in Italy. The villa’s history and architectural enhancements, the adventures in living in a small town in Italy, and the total joy the Gable’s encounter in living in such a stupendous house will make your reading of this book pure joy. You might even want to take a trip to Italy to see it.

February 16th : Game February 23rd : Game

DECEMBER 22ND First Place: North - South Section A: Patricia Sinex - Kimmie Fulweiler (Guest) Section B: Winkie Gummey - Katherine Hoopes First Place: East - West Section A & B: Mary Jo Fidance - Mary Jo Chandler Section C: Marina Tarlov - Marie Mackay DECEMBER 29TH First Place: North - South Section A: Mary Jo Chandler - Susan Herrmann Section B: Winkie Gummey - Katherine Hoopes First Place: East - West Section A: Elizabeth Fahl - Anthony Cardinal Section B: Candy DiSabatino - Mary Jo Fidance

JANUARY 5TH First Place: North - South

Section A: Judith Spruance - Patricia Turk Section B: Margaret McGrath - Toni Battaglia First Place: East - West Section A: Carl DeMartino - Thomas Hughes Section B & C: Katherine Hoopes - Dorothy Newlin (Guest) JANUARY 12TH First Place: North - South Section A: Eleanor Brown - Joan Bolling

Section B: Joanne Bahr - Theo Corroon (Guest) First Place: East - West Section A (Tie): Carroll Shannon - Virginia Kuhn Candy DiSabatino - Mary Jo Fidance Section B: Candy DiSabatino - Mary Jo Fidance

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.


Once again Chef Tip out did himself with unique, delicious and perfectly paired entrées at the Gérard Bertrand wine dinner this past month. For those of you who attended, it was a wonderful opportunity to spend the evening drinking award winning wine shared by the Vice President of the Bertrand vineyard. Our next wine dinner, featuring Bouchaine Vineyards, will be held Thursday, March 23rd. We encourage you to RSVP early to guarantee your spot for a fantastic experience. As we move into February, it’s hard to believe thatValentine’s Day is only two weeks away. Our sweetheart dinner is always a popular evening with a perfect ambiance of soft piano playing and cozy candlelight.This will be our first time offering the opportunity to order a delicious box of truffles for that special someone. Ladies love chocolate and Chef Annie's truffles are incredible. Click this link for the chocolate truffle menu. As you make your plans for the coming month and even into the beginning of March, mark these dates on your calendar! Saturday, February 18th : Annual Adult-Child Tea Party - Unicorn theme! Friday, February 24th : Mardi Gras festive Happy Hour in The Pub, as well as food and drink specials in the Grille &Tavern. Friday, March 17th : March Madness Kickoff Party from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm featuring all-inclusive food and drinks. Guests are welcome! Friday, March 17th : St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Specials in the Grille &Tavern. Christine Jordan Clubhouse Manager SOCIAL NEWS FROM OUR CLUBHOUSE MANAGER GÉRARD BERTRAND WINE DINNER 1/26

FOOD SERVICE HOURS MONDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm TUESDAY No Clubhouse Food Service Hut: Closed WEDNESDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Pub: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm

THURSDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Pub: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm

FRIDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Pub: Opens at 3:00 pm Café: Opens at 4:00 pm Hut: Opens at 5:00 pm

SATURDAY Dining Room: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Tavern/Grille: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Pub: Opens at 10:45 am Café: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed

SUNDAY Dining Room: Closed Tavern/Grille: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm

Pub: Opens at 10:45 am Café: Opens at 11:00 am Hut: Closed



TAVERN/GRILLE WEEKLY SPECIALS February 1st through February 5th Hearty Beef Stew February 8th through February 12th Roast Turkey Breast with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Vegetable, and Cranberry Relish February 15th through February 19th Cheese Tortellini with Peas, Mushrooms, and Prosciutto in a Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce, Garlic Bread

February’s wine of the month comes to us from Argentina via way of Milton, Delaware. The Sposato Family is extremely excited about their new venture into the wine business.The Sposato Family researched and researched this industry before jumping in with both feet and moving full steam ahead with the project. After six years of researching, studying and visiting the area, the Sposato Family purchased land in the heart of Argentina’s Wine Country, Mendoza, Argentina. They sought this opportunity based on their 23 years of working with land, soil, irrigation and plant material while running their top rated landscape company, Sposato Landscape Co., Inc. located in Milton, Delaware. The farm was purchased in 2012 as virgin ground. A new irrigation system, electric and other improvements have been installed, with more to come as the winery becomes fully operational.The Sposato Family Vineyard is located in Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, 3,000 ft. above sea level. Sposato Family Vineyards recently brought to the United States the first shipment of Sposato Wines. The shipment arrived in Baltimore in August of 2016.The first varietals that came up from Argentina were two Reserve wines, a Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and three classic wines, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Currently the farm is working on the varietals for 2017!

February 22nd through February 26th Ground Sirloin with Green Vegetable, Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy ---

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. Specials cost $12.95 and include choice of soup or salad. Reservations in the Tavern/Grille for parties of 5 or more are appreciated.

Sposato Family Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Glass $7.50 / Bottle $30.00

Dining Room Attire Jackets, but not ties, are required for gentlemen on Thursday evenings.Ties are required on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, herbs and spices with notes of orange blossom. This zesty wine comes from the Mendoza region of Argentina and is quite indicative of the style of the region. The Sauvignon Blanc’s flavors persist through a fairly lengthy finish.

Sposato Family Vineyards, Malbec Reserva, 2014 Glass $8.50 / Bottle $35.00

The 2014 Malbec Reserve was aged in new French and American oak barrels for 14 months and exhibits the intense violet color typical of most Argentine Malbecs. It has a concentrated nose of raspberries, violets, blackberries and notes of sweet spices. The wine finishes with a soft and sweet mouth feel with ripe and velvety tannins.The grapes for this reserve come from the San Pablo Estate Vineyard in the Valle de Uco in Mendoza.

– j o i n u s f o r a N – enchanting tea party saturday, february 18TH 12:00 NOON Our annual adult-child tea party will feature a delicious lunch buffet, desserts, craft activities, COTTON CANDY, FACE PAINTING & more! Guests welcome. $15/PERSON CALL THE FRONT DESK 655-6171 BALLROOM


cooking demo complimentary chair massage Light hors d'oeuvres chit bEER, WINE, & SODA











Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Bridge 9:30 am

Wilmington Junior Squash Tournament

Wilmington Junior Squash Tournament








Wilmington Junior Squash Tournament

No Clubhouse Food Service Golf Shop Closed Ladies’ Paddle

No Clubhouse Food Service

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Bridge 9:30 am

Cardio Team Tennis Mixer 6:30 pm

Golf Shop Closed

Member-Guest 6:30 pm WCC Book Club 4:00 Ladies’ Lounge








No Clubhouse Food Service

Adult-Junior Tennis, Squash, Paddle 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

No Clubhouse Food Service

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm

Adult-Child Annual Tea Party 12:00 pm

Bridge 9:30 am

Golf Shop Closed

Golf Shop Closed

Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner Dining Room 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm








No Clubhouse Food Service

No Clubhouse Food Service

Montchanin Bridge 12:30 pm Fitness Center Open House 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bridge 9:30 am

Mardi Gras Specials

Squash Member-Guest

Golf Shop Closed

Golf Shop Closed




No Clubhouse Food Service

No Clubhouse Food Service

Golf Shop Closed

Golf Shop Closed



LONG-TERM ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT I had the oppor- tunity to travel to many cities and countries to talk about Long-term Athletic Develop- ment (LTAD).

Our Fitness Staff is on site with our group exercise instructor s and per sonal trainer s. Member s can schedule a per sonal training session with any of our per sonal trainer s: 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/per son 3 people: $30/per son 4 people: $25/per son 5 or more people: $20/per son MASSAGE Tracy, Susan, and Vicki have set aside available hour s each week but request at least twenty-four hours advance notice, as they are not onsite staff. Some time slots are already filled; other hour s may be available. TRACY HALTERMAN therapeutic Wednesday:12:30 pm - 7:30 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

they do not yet have the requisite skills to play. We cannot assume (we know what happens when we do that!) that kids will automatically develop skills without qualified instruction much the same way that kids won’t necessarily learn to read by visiting the library. We need child-centered instruction to help guide kids at their specific developmental level, which is an important point, too, as growth and development is not linear and is not the same for all kids. For example, a group of eight- year olds are biologically up to two years on either side of eight years old, so you would really be working with a group of 6-10 year olds! The take home message is that there needs to be an evidence-based plan in place to help everyone at every age develop to the best of their ability, within their given level of endowment (the best plan may not help a 7-footer become an elite gymnast, for example). Make sure you ask questions about long-term athletic development and specific workouts to help promote athleticism for a lifetime. For adults, think honestly about your skill set, your level of basic strength, and the total amount of time you spend playing sports, working out, and being physically active. Please see the Fitness Staff to help you achieve your long-term athletic development goals. Rick Howard Director of Fitness

The key question is, what is LTAD? There are several ways to answer the question, but the one I use is

that LTAD is a framework for positive youth development that promotes muscle strength and motor skills through sport, physical activity, and physical education. As a framework, there is not one way that it must be done. I was fortunate to be part of the writing team that created the NSCA Position Statement on Long Term Athletic Development, which outlined 10 pillars for positive youth development. One important highlight of LTAD is that it is a cradle-to-grave concept. The opportunities to play and participate in organized sports and activities builds skills that can be used throughout the life course. Any gap, overuse, or negative experience can diminish the skill development and enjoyment of the sport or physical activity. Most of us would never consider dropping off young children at the library to learn to read without primary knowledge of letters, words, sentences, etc. yet we often sign kids up for sports when


SUSAN BROWN therapeutic Monday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Tuesday Evening

Wednesday, February 22nd 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Featuring a cooking demo, complimentary chair massage, light hors d'oeuvres, and chit beer, wine, & soda.

VICKI RUDAWSKY sports Tuesday & Thur sday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The open house is a great opportunity to get acquainted or reacquainted with all the wonderful fitness equipment and class options. Our fitness staff will also be on site to provide demonstrations and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to attend and view all thatWilmington CC fitness has to offer.





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.



Boot Camp Emily Windfelder

Hot Vinyasa Emily Windfelder

Boot Camp Emily Windfelder

Hot Vinyasa Emily Windfelder

6:00 am

Golf Fitness (Squash Building) Corey Ryan *Yoga Foundations Mary Currie TRX Chris Weiss

Golf Fitness (Squash Building) Corey Ryan *Yoga Foundations Mary Currie TRX Chris Weiss

Golf Fitness Corey Ryan

7:00 am

*Yoga Foundations Mary Currie

FIT Maria Lucey

FIT Maria Lucey

7:15 am

*Yoga Foundations Mary Currie

8:00 am

Body Sculpt Maria Lucey *Balance Mary Currie

Body Sculpt Maria Lucey *Balance Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie Tri Fit Mary Harrison

FIT Maria Lucey Krysta Lafferty

8:30 am

9:00 am

*Warm Yoga Flow Mary Currie

Shape Up Beth Sheehy

9:15 am

*Balance Mary Currie

9:45 am

Senior Fitness Mary Harrison (Beginner Level)

10:00 am

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

10:30 am

Yoga Foundations Beth Sheehy

Warm Yoga Flow Beth Sheehy

Restorative Yoga Beth Sheehy

6:15 pm


X-17 CROSS TRAINING WITH BETH SHEEHY Wednesday Nights at 6:15 pm Drop-ins Welcome $18/class or $56/session

KIDS YOGA Sundays, 12:00 Noon Kindergarten through Fifth Grade No experience necessary! Yoga strengthens the mind & body.Through games and storytelling, children will develop body awareness, self-confidence, strength, and flexibility.



As winter has now fully set in, the outdoor conditions provide the grounds department with limited opportunity to make progress on course projects. Periods of snow cover and alternating wet/frozen conditions restrict our access to key areas of the property where ongoing projects are in various stages approaching completion. This coincidentally does become a crucial period

efficiency of normal operation as well as to help insure the anticipated functional life of our equipment fleet. Next, these same managers disassemble the cutting assemblies of almost all mowing equipment, regrinding and returning all to their original specifications, and in many cases, replacing operating bearings and seals.When reassembled and properly adjusted they will be ready for when next spring comes and we will once again take on the challenge of producing pristine conditions on all of our playing surfaces. Finally, we take whatever time is available to annually re- evaluate the grounds maintenance operations buildings with regard to efficiency and organization of equipment, as well as adding a little bit of wall paint here and there. Often, floor spaces are reconfigured to better utilize an already overcrowded storage arrangement or otherwise improve efficiency of movement during the operating season. One very specific objective for this off season is the improvement of our storage area for kiln-dried topdressing sand used specifically on putting green surfaces. Our only means of keeping dry sand dry is to contain it within one of our barn facilities. We have always had minor issues with water seeping through the old barn exterior wall that is currently utilized for this sand containment. A plan has been devised that will allow storage relocation to an interior wall of the barn, eliminating the moisture problem. A two-sided cinderblock wall will be constructed bisecting the existing large room to shelter the sand from any possible contaminants or other equipment. This new area will also have direct access to one of our two garage doors, allowing sand to be dumped in front of the door and pushed directly into the storage area. The move will provide additional height and more overall storage area, allowing us the ability to store a greater quantity of dry topdressing sand on site and lessening the always frustrating reliance of delivery trucks maintaining a dependable schedule. Dan Pierson Director of Grounds

during which we have the opportunity to complete many important detail and organizational activities to prepare for the upcoming season. We’d be happy at this time to offer a bit of a tour behind the scenes. One of the main unseen winter tasks that must be completed before the start of the new golf season is rehabilitation processes to all golf course accessories.These include benches, ball washers, bunker rakes, tee markers, flag poles, directional signs, divot boxes, yardage markers, stakes and rope. All of these items will be thoroughly checked for wear/overall stability and evaluated based on age and condition for replacement. Any items that have more than very minor degradation or issues beyond the point of total rehabilitation will be added to the list for replacement with new. Those capable of restoration will be repaired to the degree needed, meticulously sanded down to remove old paint or coatings, and repainted or glossed to match the original specifications. This process ensures all materials begin the new golf season shining like new accessories. These winter months are also a key period during which our equipment managers are extremely busy individually servicing a great portion of our equipment fleet. Initially, a number of our staff members who typically operate the equipment during the growing season, power wash each item to be worked on removing the more difficult grime that may have accumulated throughout the arduous season. Where applicable, wax is reapplied to the machinery to ensure original paint coatings continue to last for seasons to come. Following that, engine service work is completed by our trained mechanics, accomplishing preventative maintenance activities and other repairs if necessary. This eventually includes replacement of all oil and filters based on manufacturer’s maintenance service schedules assuring the



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GOLF HOURS OF OPERATION GOLF SHOP Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm BAG ROOM Monday: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 8:30 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


The 2017 golf season is fast approaching and the golf calendar is in the process of being finalized. We are anticipating it will be finalized in mid-February. Should you need dates sooner for summer vacation plans scheduled around golf events at the Club, please call us in the Golf Shop and we will be happy to provide you with important dates. At the time of this publication, we should just be returning from the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. This year looks like it will be very exciting for golf equipment. Callaway's release of the Great Big Bertha Epic driver is groundbreaking with the newly introduced jailbreak technology.Titleist has released their 917 line of woods which look and sound amazing! Ping has released their new i200 line of irons which are a great combination of the feel you want from a forgiving iron and the look and performance you would expect from a blade. TaylorMade will be releasing a new M line, which has already proven to be explosively long. These newly released clubs are now available as "Demo" clubs in the Golf Shop. As a reminder, we invest in these demos to help our members make good choices when purchasing clubs. They are not "loaner" clubs. We also use these same clubs when providing a professional club fitting. It is important the clubs are returned to the Golf Shop in a timely manner so all members have access. We will also be hosting Demo Days once again beginning in the spring. As always, a member of the Professional Staff will gladly help you select the perfect equipment and ensure it is properly custom fit to your swing. Please stop by the Golf Shop to get the latest news on this year’s golf equipment and apparel from the PGA Merchandise Show.

WOMEN’S EIGHTEEN-HOLE GOLFERS Leslie Porter Secretary There are only seven Mondays until spring! It is never too early to start to get your game ready. Our opening event on Tuesday, April 11th will be here before you know it. REMINDER WGAP TEAM PLAYERS WGAP members, remember to renew your membership for the 2017 season. If you have any questions, please contact Bernadette Murphy at bernmurphy@comcast.net. SAVE THE DATE Tuesday, May 16th is the WCCWomen Golfer’s Cocktail Party. Hosted by the Women’s 18 and 9-Hole Associations for allWCC women golfers. We all look forward to this opening spring event to meet new golfers and renew old friendships. THE WCC WOMEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP The Women’s 18-Hole Golf Association will host the 2017 WCCWomen’s Club Championship Tournament on Sunday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 18th. All WCC women golfing members may compete, provided they pay an entry fee and are eligible. The Association members’ fees are covered by their dues.To be eligible, a woman must have, at the time of registration, a Current 18- Hole Handicap. All individual handicaps will be calculated in accordance with the USGA Handicap System. A Current Handicap is one which is supported by a total of ten (10) scores posted at Wilmington Country Club during the previous and current playing season. New handicaps will be computed every two weeks during the playing season. Hopefully this gives everyone interested in entering, enough time to fulfill the requirements. AN INVITATION For allWCC golfers with an index 31.4 or lower and at least 18 years old, we would like to extend an invitation to join our 18-Hole Group. Please contact Kathy McCormick, Membership Chair, at kathleen.mccormick@comcast.net or Jill McDonald at jillmcd2003@yahoo.com. Jill McDonald President Jan Hobbs Vice President Katherine Klocko Treasurer


Fall in love with what should be your favorite club, “The Putter”. This club can alter your score the most... so how about talking positive about the putter instead of the old negative talk. Too many times I hear that you played pretty well but had 5 three putts. That’s unacceptable! We can work on our stroke and impact positing during the winter months. Find a flat carpet or buy a putting mat. The putting mats run from $25 to $300 depending on the level of quality and sophistication. Having the ability to make a straight putt from 4, 6 and 8 feet would greatly increase your putting statistics. First, aiming the putter at address is not as easy as it seems. All putters do not line up the same to all people. Get fit for the correct putter that matches your posture and stroke, length, lie angle, loft, head shape and grip size. All of these areas are important. If we can start off with the proper putter, the chance of starting the ball on the intended target line is greatly increased. Second, work on developing a stroke that can repeat. There are many strokes that work, but the key is to be able to repeat the motion. Try to make 50-100 strokes three times a week with a putting arc or xyz board so that you insure consistency of the stroke.Third, work on getting into correct posture so that your eyeline is on the target line or slightly inside the line. Never outside the line! Be careful to have the same ball position at all times. If you get fit for the proper putter, are able to create a stroke that repeats and you have proper posture, you will be on your way to lowering your putting average and your score!


The 9-Hole Lady Golfers are finalizing their Membership Book. If you would like to join the 9-Hole Women’s Golf Group, please email Membership Chair Donna Julian at donna.julian@comcast.net. Mark your calendar for the 9-Hole Opening Event onWednesday, April 12th. Members will have an Opening Breakfast and Clinic.




transportation vehicles that range from effective to gimmicky. This year, the one that caught my attention the most was from Oakley. While passing by the Oakley booth, I ran across Bubba Watson’s jet pack. The jet pack, named BW-Air, can fly up to 3,000 feet in the air and has been used by Bubba in various promos. That’s one way to speed up the pace of play! Q. Did you happen to see any celebrities? A. I saw quite a few this year. I walked outside while on my cell phone to try to meet one of my colleagues and when I looked to my right, there was John Daly smoking a cigarette. I saw Bubba Watson give a great interview on the effects of his swing on his body and how he prevents injury. Colin Montgomerie and Greg Norman were walking around the show floor. In years past, I have had the chance to meet Ken Griffey, Jr and Lydia Ko. You never know who you may see at the show! Q. The PGA Merchandise Show is also a great opportunity for PGA professionals to take part in educational seminars. Did you have the opportunity to attend any of these seminars? A. I did not have a chance to attend any of the PGA seminars this year. This is normally a part of my game plan, but I was a little too packed with meetings and the schedules conflicted. Last year, I attended an outstanding short game seminar from James Sieckmann, who is a renowned PGA Tour coach. He mentioned many things I have implemented into my game and teaching philosophy. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to listen to Butch Harmon talk about his swing philosophy. The show offers a wide variety of ways to sharpen your skills as a PGA professional, and to network with others. Q. Are you glad you went to the “show”? Do you find it beneficial for you as a PGA professional and for WCC? A. I love going to the show for many reasons. I was able to meet countless golf professionals from all across the nation, and reconnect with many others. I always feel like it allows me to have a first-hand experience with all of the new products and vendors. I enjoy experiencing the excitement of a new season from our product representatives and golf professionals. It is a great way to start the new year and relay that enthusiasm and excitement to our membership.

Q. So this isn’t your first time to the PGA Merchandise Show, are you always amazed at the size and number of vendors and visitors? A.The show can be overwhelming in size when you first attend. There are hundreds of brands of clothing, golf clubs, teaching aids, travel companies, etc. There really is about anything that you can think of in regards to golf at the show. This year, the show floor was 750,000 square feet, which equals about 14 football fields.That’s a lot of striped golf shirts! Q. When you attend the “show”, do you have a game plan as to which vendors you visit? A. I learned after the first year I attended, you need to have a game plan in place to be effective. Otherwise, you will get lost in the crowd. This year, I had 6 appointments with clothing and golf club manufacturers. I also like to schedule some time to explore and try to find new products. Hopefully, this year we can introduce some new vendors we saw to the Golf Shop. Q. Of the vendors you met with at the “show”, what did you find most interesting or what intrigued you the most? A.We always try to meet with vendors who would fit with our club’s profile. Obviously, we would not be carrying a brand like Loud Mouth golf, which John Daly wears. We did, however, see a lot of great offerings for 2017 from our golf club manufacturers. Callaway’s Epic driver and fairway wood lines are a must see. They have found a way to get around the ball speed limits set by the USGA by putting two “jailbreak” bars behind the face of the club. It is truly a game-changing innovation. Q. What are you most excited to see arrive at WCC’s Golf Shop from your time at the “show”? A. One product line that we are excited about from the show is KJUS. The brand began as a producer of ski apparel, and has now been in the golf industry for the past two years. The new outerwear and men’s polos the line is producing look outstanding and are better fitting. We will be carrying the line in Fall of 2017. Q. What was the craziest gadget you saw at the “show”? A. Every year I see so many different teaching aids, simulators and


As you can see from the upcoming racquets events list below, we have many fun and competitive opportunities in February and March. We hope you will participate in one or several of these events. Our new racquets reservation and event sign up web and mobile sites have been up and running.This should provide you easier access to sign up for indoor tennis and squash courts as well as paddle courts. In addition, all our weekly programs and events are listed for easy sign up. We have filmed several tennis and squash videos for our members that will be featured in our weekly emails. We hope you enjoy these tennis and squash tips. Let us know what additional topics you would like us to discuss in future videos. See you on the courts. Ed McQuillin Racquets Director

USTA MIDDLE STATES AWARDS On Sunday, January 29th the USTA Delaware District Tennis Awards were presented. The followingWilmington Country Club professionals and juniors were honored with awards. USTA/MIDDLE STATES Premier Tennis Facility Wilmington Country Club WCC is the only country club in the Middle States section to receive this award!

USTA/MIDDLE STATES AND DELAWARE Top Teaching Professional Award Jeremiah DeJose

USTA/DELAWARE Millennial Award Jeff Wiedemann

Ken Isaacs Sportsmanship Award : Ethan Bradley – This is the top junior boys award in Delaware. Mary Levin Sportsmanship Award : SophieWilks – This is the top junior girls award in Delaware.

Tuesday, February 7th : Ladies' Paddle Member-Guest, 6:30 pm Friday, February 10th : CardioTeamTennis Mixer, 6:30 pm Sunday, February 12th : Adult-Junior Tennis, Squash, and Paddle, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sunday, February 25th : Squash Men's Member-Guest Wednesday, March 1st :WCC Squash Club Championships Finals Night, Juniors & Adults Friday, March 3rd :WCC Junior Field Day, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 8th : Delaware State Squash Singles and Doubles Finals March 31st - April 2nd : National Junior Squash Doubles UPCOMING RACQUETS EVENTS




JUNIOR TENNIS CLINICS MUNCHKINS (3-4 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Session 4: $134, $22/drop-in

WCC ACADEMY ORANGE ACADEMY Tuesday: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Thursday: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Session 4: $181, $28/drop-in GREEN ACADEMY Tuesday 5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday 5:00pm-7:00pm Session 4: $231, $33/drop-in YELLOW ACADEMY Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Thursday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Session 4: $231, $33/drop-in HIGH PERFORMANCE 1 Tuesday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Session 4: $231, $33/drop-in

6:45 pm to 7:45 pm Men’s CardioTennis

TUESDAY 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ Clinic (3.5 and above) 10:00 am to 11:00 am Ladies’ Singles Clinic

RED 1 (5-6 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Session 4: $134, $22/drop-in RED 2 (7-8 YEARS) Monday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Session 4: $134, $22/drop-in RED 3 (7-8 YEARS) Wednesday 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Sunday 1:30pm - 2:15 pm Session 4: $134, $22/drop-in ORANGE (8-10 YEARS) Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Friday 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Session 4: $155, $25/drop-in

WEDNESDAY 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm Mixed CardioTennis

THURSDAY 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ Clinic (3.5 and above) FRIDAY 10:00 am to 11:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Ladies’ Clinic (3.0 and below)

SESSION SCHEDULE Session 4: February 20th - March 19th Deadline - February 15th Session 5: April 3rd - May 21st Deadline - March 29th

GREEN/YELLOW (10+ YEARS) Friday 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Session 4: $160, $25/drop-in

SATURDAY 8:00 am to 9:00 am Men’s CardioTennis 9:00 am to 10:30 am Men’s Round Robin 9:00 am to 10:00 am Ladies’ CardioTennis

SPRING BREAK CLINICS March 20th - March 24th

Deadline - March 15th March 27th - March 31st Deadline - March 22nd

HIGH SCHOOL Monday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Wednesday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Session 4: $176, $28/drop-in




43RD COMMISSIONERS All three championships went the full five games!

SUPPORT OUR TEAMS Wilmington CC has three Doubles Teams in the Philadelphia Squash Association. Please come out and support our teams when they play at home. Super B Green Doug Herrmann, Jeff Ciconte, Davis Lyons Jr., Herb Matter, Lauren McCrery, Cameron McDonald, and Chip Sawyer Super B Blue Steve Casey, Buzz Hannum Jr., Andy Houston, John Kairis, Chris Saunders, and AndyWilke ATeam Todd Anderson,Tim Porter, JackWyant, Ed Chilton, Scott Simonton and Alex Davis HOME MATCHES Tuesday, February 7th : Super B Blue vs Racquet Club Tuesday, February 14th : Super B Blue Vs. Berwyn 1; Super B Green vs. Berwyn 2 - Four Superb Matches on Valentine’s Day! Thursday, February 23rd : A Doubles vs. Germantown Cricket Tuesday, February 28th : Super B Blue vs. Philly Cricket 2; Super B Green vs. Philly Cricket 1- Another Double Header! SQUASH DOUBLES MEMBER-GUEST Friday, February 24th - Sunday, February 26th Grab a guest and plan on playing some great doubles matches as well as having fun at the event's social functions! There will be multiple draws so that all ability levels can play. Can’t find a partner or don’t know of a partner to ask? Please contact Ed Chilton and he will find you a worthy partner. To sign up, please contact the Racquet Shop at racquetshop@wilmingtoncc.com or call 655-6513.

Division 3: Jared Green and Ray Babiarz defeated EJ Dealy and Justin Haynes (14-15, 13-15, 15-11, 15-10, 15-14) Div. 3 Photo left to right: Co- Commissioner Cameron McDonald, Finalists EJ Dealy and Justin Haynes; Winners Ray Babiarz and Jared Green, and Co-Commissioner Doug Herrmann

Division 2: Cameron McDonald and Blake Rohrbacher defeated Mike Gioffre and Mike Allen (4-15, 9-15, 15-8, 15-8, 15-11) Div. 2 Photo Left to right: Winners, Co-Commissioner Cameron McDonald and Blake Rohrbacher ; Finalists Mike Gioffre and Mike Allen, and Co-Commissioner Doug Herrmann

Division 1: Scott Simonton and Bar t Mackey III defeated Scott Dight and Par ker Justi (10-15, 15-12, 15-8, 11-15, 15-9) Div. 1 Photo left to right: Co-Commissioner Cameron McDonald, Winner s Bar t Mackey III and Scott Simonton; Finalists Par ker Justi and Scott Dight, Co- Commissioner Doug Herrmann Next year’s Co-Commissioner s are Doug Herrmann and Lauren McCrer y.

CHAMPIONS IN TRAINING Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm, Ages 5-6 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm, Ages 7-8 Sundays 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm, Ages 5-6 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm, Ages 7-8 OLYMPIANS IN TRAINING Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm, Ages 9-10 Sundays 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm, Ages 9-10

NATIONAL TRAINING SQUAD Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm, Ages 11-13 Sundays 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm, Ages 11-13 ELITE TRAINING SQUAD Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Ages 13+/High School Sundays 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm, Ages 13+/High School


MORROW PADDLE INVITATIONAL We celebrated our largest paddle event of the season during the last weekend of January. This paddle event featured players of all levels with various flights for beginners up through tournament players!


ADULT-JUNIOR TENNIS, SQUASH, & PADDLE Sunday, February 12th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Juniors ages 7 and older will play all three racquet sports with their parent or adult. This is a great opportunity to play the game your best at and learn another racquets sport. Pizza and drinks will be served following the event. Sign up in the Racquet Shop to participate.


AREA EVENTS February 3rd - 4th : WilmingtonWomen's Open Monday, February 13th : Men's Paddle Club Championships, 6:30 pm Saturday, February 18th : Men’s Philly Cricket Open Sunday, February 19th : Junior Round Robin at Radley Run, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Thursday, February 23rd : Women's B/CTournament Saturday, February 25th : Men's Super B/CTournament Monday, February 27th : Junior Round Robin at Wilmington CC, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

MEN’S PADDLE EVENTS Mondays : Men’s Clinic, 5:30 pm Mondays : Men’s Practice, 6:30 pm Wednesdays : Men’s D6 Matches

Thursdays : Men’s D2, D3, D4 Matches Sundays : MXD Clinic, 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Men's Club Champs : February 13th, 6:30 pm MXD Club Champs : February 20th, 6:30 pm

WOMEN’S PADDLE EVENTS Mondays : Cup 2 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 to 10:30 am, Cup 2: 10:30 am to 11:45 pm

Tuesday, February 7th : Ladies' Paddle Member-Guest Monday, February 27th : Women's Club Champs, 9:30 am JUNIOR CLINICS Mondays : 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (10 to 14 Competitive) Thursdays : 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm (10 to 14) Sundays : 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm (10 to 14)

Thank you to Andrew Podolsky for sharing his photos from the event!


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