VALLEY VOICE JANUARY 2019
welcome back to valley high
$60 per person
relive the good ol’ days at valley’s reopening party!
friday, february 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
e theme will be centered around Members’ high school graduating classes and the night will be lled
with dancing and games and will include heavy appetizers, a complimentary specialty drink (and Jello
shots, anyone?), Member-charge bar, photo booth and more! Dress according to your high school
graduation decade and come to Valley for some reminiscent fun.
Register online or with the Club Receptionist.
For added fun, send a picture of yourself from high school to Lisa Schmid at [email protected] for a special surprise.
register early and receive a complimentary 2019 valley yearbook!
STAY CONNECTED MEMBERSHIP TABLE OF CONTENTS
At Valley, we love treating
our Members. Whether it's Year in Review Special Interest . . . . . . . . . . 4
exceptional service, exciting
events or babysitting for the While our team is filled with excitement and ideas for the 2019 calendar WGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
kids, we've got you covered. of events, I would like to look back over 2018 and highlight some of the
special achievements and memorable moments that come to my mind. Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Check out how you can
stay informed about what's One thing is for sure: the most noticeable change from years past has Q&A with Matt Mayne . . . 10
been the amount of children using the Club and taking part of our
happening at Valley! thriving—and still growing—Youth Activities Program! There were Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
also fun additions of new family-friendly events such as Jammin’ Trivia
ONLINE Nights, Nature’s Educators Animal Show and more Kids’ Craft Nights Calendar of Events . . . . . . 12
valleycountryclub.org than I can remember!
Picture Perfect . . . . . . . . . . 14
EMAIL It seems like the golf and tennis competitions get better each year and it’s
Be sure to check your email terrific to see so many of our new Members being welcomed into the fold ANNIVERSARIES
by our amazing community of friends. 40 Years
for our weekly eblast. It's David and Sandi Kipper
loaded with upcoming Last year also brought some staff changes. Zach Bauer replaced Todd
Zoerink as Grounds Superintendent, Becky Fuson had some big shoes 10 Years
events happening at Valley. to fill when she took over for Chris DeConna as our Creative Services Sana and Thomas Wood
Manager, Tara McElmurry, our Banquet Manager, was replaced by Matt
TEXT MESSAGES Mayne and certified Executive Chef, Ryan Somodji, replaced Mark 5 Years
Text VCC to 71441 to Yacovetta. I know change can be difficult at first, but as you have all Jim and Margaret Escobedo
receive important Club witnessed the great work these four bring to the table, we continue
information directly on to elevate our Club to the highest standard of service and excellence. 1 Year
Thank you for your patience and understanding through our transitions; Josh and Lisa Thies
your phone. your feedback is always welcome and appreciated! Abdelfattah Omar and
SOCIAL MEDIA I would be remiss not mentioning the other Department leaders who Lyndee and Scott Berkley
played their part in keeping Valley a well-oiled machine: Barry in Golf,
ValleyCCColorado Lisa in Membership and Marketing, Shelby in Food and Beverage, 2019
Danielle in Catering, David in Tennis, Jacob in Maintenance and last but
valleycc1956 certainly not least (but hard to find tucked away in her office), Crystal BOARD OF DIRECTORS
in Finance. All our Department leaders and their respective teams
valleycc1956 produced a memorable and special year with their cheerful energy and Mark Ransom
selfless service, and for this I am most grateful! President
EVENT WALLS Tom Croke
Be sure to check out As is common at this time of year, I’d like to announce the nominees for Vice President
upcoming events on our the 2018 Employee of the Year: Mike Aberle
event walls! Our upper Treasurer, Budget & Finance
event wall is located upstairs James Cable, Kitchen Tara McElmurry, Banquets Dan Mong
between reception and the Brian Collins, Food & Beverage Hector Sotelo, Golf Secretary, Law & Insurance
Greenside Grille. Our lower Yunlan Giggy, Housekeeping Braiden Darley
event wall is located at the Grounds, Guardians
Golf Shop indoor entrance. Lastly, I want to thank you, the Members, for continuing to make Valley Sean Fanning
Country Club such an integral part of your lives. I appreciate you being Guardians, Budget & Finance
PHONE the wonderful, warm and inviting people who make Valley a special Brian Fisher
If you have questions about home away from home! Golf, House
the Club, please call us Now here’s to an exciting new year! Swim & Tennis,
at 303-690-6373 during Long Range Planning
regular business hours and Mark Tiernan, Mack Graves
our friendly staff will be General Manager Grounds, Membership
happy to help! Long Range Planning, Golf
House, Swim & Tennis
Project & Oversight
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96 Years Young
Valley Member, Dollie Fletcher, recently
celebrated her 96th birthday. She is Valley's
eldest Member and on behalf of Valley
Country Club, happy, happy birthday, Dollie!
"I have been a friend of Dollie’s for over 25
years. We were neighbors and also Valley
Members. She always says that one of the
best decisions she ever made was to join
Valley. She still has a zest for life and loves
going out with friends where she enjoys a
“toot” before dinner. She is always ready to
go “up the hill” (code for the casinos).
"If you ever get a chance, ask her about her
experience during WWll when she was a
secretary in Washington DC. She has lots
of stories to share.
"Happy Birthday ‘Doll.’"
~ Barb Gibb
"Dollie is a happy friend, full of joy and
fun, loves good food and a good Scotch
and loves to play bridge and travel—
especially to the casinos. She loves to share
stories, and I hope I’m as sharp as she is
when I’m 96 years young."
~ Jean Myatt
“We love Dollie’s downhome sense of
humor and positive attitude.”
~ Richard and Betsy Fieman
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WHO WILL BE THE MASTER OF RANDOM INFORMATION?
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
MEMBER-CHARGE BAR A LA CARTE DINING GUESTS ARE WELCOME
FIRST-, SECOND- AND THIRD-PLACE PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED!
At the Helm premier event that will showcase our Club and
WITH 2018 BEHIND US, WE TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT course. Plans are currently in the making.
THE NEW YEAR HAS IN STORE FOR THE WGA
Is there anything you’d like to convey to
Carol Kishiyama is steering women's golf at is the name of our donation and community Valley Members regarding the WGA this
Valley toward a more interactive and inclusive outreach program. This fund was established year?
Women's Golf Association program. We by the generous donations of the Ed and I and the rest of the Board of Directors wish
connected with the newly-elected WGA Chair Bette Arnold family, and it is now self-funded to sincerely extend an invitation to all the
to discuss her vision for the 2019 WGA season. through the WGA Osa Allen Day of Play held women at VCC who have an interest in and
annually during the WGA season. Of note were enjoy the game of golf regardless of their level
What do you hope to accomplish for the the golf scholarships the fund awarded to two of play or ability as the WGA offers something
2019 WGA season? young women last year. It is also my hope that for everyone. There are lessons and casual
It is my desire to repeat and continue another we will see increased play and participation by golf for beginners and novices, social events
successful season of golf centered around fun both women who work outside of their homes and opportunities to play other courses
and congeniality for the women who play and those working in their homes caring for and tournaments that allow players to be as
golf at Valley Country Club. I like to think of their families. We hope to do this by creating competitive as as they wish. Mostly, there is a
the VCC WGA as a well-oiled machine that greater flexibility in availability of play as well lot of enjoyment.
continues to run because of its amazing and as improved networking.
talented Membership. I wish to also address the upcoming changes
Are there any events you’re particularly being made to tee time play and availability. As
What changes, if any, do you foresee? excited about? Why? the demographics of our membership grow, it
Rather than change, I see growth and refinement The WGA will be hosting a two-day Ladies' is evident that we are a family-oriented Club
of some of our latest projects such as the newly Invitational in July which will be open to all whose membership requires that we consider
established WGA Friendship Fund, which 9- and 18-hole players. We hope it will be a multiple and varying needs. There are those
of our men who play, our women who play,
couples who play and juniors who play.
Even though it may require some compromise,
I advocate a system that equally and fairly
addresses all the players at VCC and that allows
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A New Era JOIN THE WGA COMMUNITY
Last year was a season of firsts, most notably Being a part of the WGA is an experience that Valley ladies have grown to love.
for the 2018 WGA Club Championship. While golf is what brings these ladies together, lasting friendships is what keeps
Cathy O'Dorisio won her first 9-Hole them together. The 2019 WGA season is right around the corner, and the WGA
Club Championship. The 18-Hole Club would like to invite you to join the fun! Whether you're new to golf or have been
Championship saw its first change-up as golfing all your life, you will fit right in as the WGA offers golf for all skill and
well. For nearly 20 years, either Lynne competition levels.
Batchelder or Nancy Ziereis walked away
with the WGA 18-Hole Championship To join the WGA, simply fill out the form below and give it to the Club Receptionist,
trophy. In 2018, however, Ashley Gibson or call 303-690-6373. Dues will be charged to your Member account.
broke the mold. After a tremendous game
played by all, Ashley Gibson snatched first Valley Country Club Women's Golf Association
place. In a historic moment Batchelder and
Ziereis passed on the torch to Gibson. What YES! I would like to participate in the 2019 WGA Season!
is particularly remarkable about this event is
that Gibson's mother, Colleen Prust, won the
annual Championship game 19 years earlier! Name Member No.
It's occasions like these that make the WGA
experience at Valley such a joy to be a part of.
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With fond memories behind us, it's now time
to look ahead at another fun-filled year of golf
for the ladies of Valley. The season will begin Email
with the Sunrise Tournament in April. This
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the course. In June, the Member/Member Wednesday Play Only
Tournament will be a two-day event where 18-Hole New Member
Valley WGA Members team up for great 9-Hole Renewing Member Upgrade to Regular Membership at
competition and even better prizes. New any time during the season.
this year is the inaugural WGA Invitational Golfing with Casual Members
happening in July. This two-day event replaces is permitted.
the 18-Hole Member/Guest Tournament and
is open to both 9- and 18-Hole Members. $85 $40
Also in July is the 9-Hole Member/Guest
Tournament. The theme of the event will be Be sure to register by March 15, 2019 to avoid a $10 late fee.
determined closer to the event, but it's a fun
way to show off the Club to your friends. The Donate to the Employee Education Fund
last hoorah of the season will take place at the
end of September with the WGA Sunset. As I would like to make a donation to the Employee Education Fund.
women's golf winds down, this tournament
is the perfect way to reflect on the highlights
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a wonderful 2019 WGA season!
WGA 2019 // LOOKING AHEAD
SUNRISE MEMBER/MEMBER INVITATIONAL 9-HOLE MEMBER/ SUNSET SUNSET
Tuesday Tuesday and Tuesday and GUEST DAY TOURNAMENT BANQUET
April 30 Wednesday Wednesday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday
June 18-19 July 9-10 July 23 September 24 September 25
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was not strict, and members of STAR could
come and go as they pleased. Whether they
made one card or 100, it was a way to bring our
group closer together while doing something
special for a community that needed a little
extra love. The simplest of ideas had provided
an incredible return.
So when I introduced this event to Valley, I was
so excited to bring our teens closer together
while supporting a community right in our own
backyard. It was one of the first teen events I
organized for Valley, and I was excited about
the possibilities. The turnout ended up being
four Valley teens and me. After working on the
project for about an hour and a half, we were
able to make approximately 100 cards. I had
higher hopes, but getting any participation was
A Lasting When I introduced
Impression this event to Valley,
THE UNASSUMING TEAM-BUILDING EXERCISE I was so excited
THAT INSPIRED A VALLEY TRADITION OF KINDNESS to bring our teens
IN THE COMMUNITY
Valley's Director of Programming, Chris our group, the president of STAR put together while supporting a
Huston, recounts a seemingly mundane an event where we would make Valentine's Day community right in
event that ended up making an indelible cards for individuals living in an assisted living our own backyard.
impact on him. Not only did it bring facility. At the time, it seemed a bit remedial.
him closer to his immediate team, but I thought this was something fourth- and great. Since then, we have steadily increased our
it sparked an idea that would become a fifth-graders should be doing, not juniors and attendance as well as the number of cards we
Valley tradition of love. seniors in college. But after attending the event, have been able to make each year. This simple
I knew I would use this idea for the rest of my event has continued to grow and is now one
In February of 2014 I was in college at the professional career. of my favorites at Valley. Next month we'll be
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosting this event for the fourth consecutive
where I was very involved in an organization It brought our group so much closer together. It year, and I'm really excited for what we will be
called the Sport, Tourism and Recreation was a simple task, so we had a large turnout— able to do!
Association (STAR). As a bonding activity for the biggest for any event I had been a part of
through STAR. The 5:00–8:00 p.m. time frame Traditionally, we have made this a teen-only
event. However, you don't have to be a teenager
to want to give back or to add a little more love to
the world. So this year, any and all are welcome
to join us on Sunday, February 10, as we will
once again be making Valentine's Day cards for
the Morning Star Assisted Living community at
the corner of Jordan and Arapahoe. Feel free to
stay the entire time or stop by for five minutes
to make a single card. This is an opportunity to
not only grow our Valley community, but also to
help our neighbors. I hope to see you all there
and can't wait to see what this group can do!
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PaintyOUR OWN POTTERY!
Friday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Register by January 11 and receive $5 off admission!
Kids! while your parents are playing trivia, come over to the ballroom
for some creative fun. Paint your very own pottery and pick it up at
the front desk after it’s fired in a kiln. All supplies are provided.
Q&A | MATT MAYNE
If you weren’t a banquet manager,
what would you be?
I would probably be a head golf pro somewhere
or a hockey coach.
Where do you garner your inspiration
for event ambiance?
I get my inspiration from all kinds of places
like stores, people’s houses, other events that I
manage or attend and even the seasons.
We have family in
Colorado and we love
the mountains, so we
are ready for this next
step in our lives.
What has surprised you the most
in the service industry?
I’m surprised at how many lifelong friends
I have made over the years and what a small
world the food and beverage industry is.
Onward What might Members be surprised
FROM WISCONSIN TO ARIZONA TO COLORADO, to know about you?
VALLEY'S NEW BANQUET MANAGER IS LOOKING That I grew up on a dairy farm in a small town
AHEAD AT THE POSSIBILITIES AT VALLEY. in southwest Wisconsin.
Tell us a little about yourself and your professional. In the process of waiting for that As the banquet manager, what sort of
family. to happen, I landed in the food and beverage trends do you see on the horizon?
I’m 42 years old and have been married to my industry. Fifteen years later, I’m still in the food I’m thinking bold colors, big flower displays,
wife, Ashlee, for five years. Our son, Cameren, and beverage industry and not on tour ... yet! and great-looking buffets with risers and
just turned two in November, and we have two matching decor.
cats named Harley and Peaches. We are living You recently relocated from Arizona.
in Lone Tree right now and building a house in What prompted you to pursue your What has been the biggest obstacle in your
Castle Rock. career in Colorado? career? How did you overcome it?
My wife works for U.S. Bank and her job Having to take a year off of work after back
What inspired you to enter into the brought our family to Colorado. We also surgery. I worked hard in therapy to walk and
banquet industry? have family in Colorado and we love the get back to normal again.
I moved to Arizona for school to become a golf mountains, so we are ready for this next step
in our lives. What is your life philosophy?
10 VALLEY VOICE JANUARY 2019 Don’t look backwards ... you are not going
What do you do when you're not working?
I like being outdoors and doing things like
four-wheeling, snowmobiling, camping and
exploring back roads in my truck. My favorite
thing, though, is just spending time with my
family and being a dad.
Tennis Tips for Karaoke Night
During the off-season, it can for growth. To improve your
be easy for tennis athletes to get game, play against people who
out of the swing of things (pun are above your skill level for a
intended). David Terzaghi, Head game that challenges your skills.
Tennis Professional at Valley,
understands this challenge all Focused workouts. Switching
too well. In his career, he has up your workout in the gym
seen his fair share of players who is great. Switching it up on the
lose their edge on the court due court is not. Terzaghi suggests
to off-season neglect. In order picking a specific area of your
to maintain a high level of play game that needs improvement
in the summer, it is imperative and focusing on it for at least
to continue fitness routines three weeks. Studies show that
throughout the winter to retain concentrated practice helps
your dexterity. improve problematic areas.
Terzaghi shares several ways Restring your racquet. Colorado
athletes can stay sharp at their winters can do a number on
game of tennis while the courts your strings! Exposure to cold
are thawing out: leads to the deterioration of your
racquet strings and they begin
Challenge yourself. While it’s fun to weaken. A primed racquet is
to establish a routine with players an important element of play,
with whom you're comfortable, so make sure your strings are in
there is not a whole lot of room good shape.
VOTE ON THE 2019 TENNIS UNIFORMS
Come out to the Tennis Shop SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 from
2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for complimentary beverages and
appetizers. Check out the new uniform options with fellow
Members and vote on what style you would like to see as
the official Valley tennis uniform!
Please make your reservations with David Terzaghi in the
Tennis Shop by calling 303-693-1546 or emailing him at
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CALENDAR of EVENTS
January February 13-17
1 VALENTINE'S MENU
WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY
1-11 WELCOME TO 8 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
VALLEY HIGH Valley is celebrating the
JANUARY CLOSURE KIDS' CRAFT NIGHT FRIDAY TRIVIA NIGHT holiday of love all week!
Please remember that POTTERY PAINTING 6:00 p.m. FRIDAY Dine at Valley during
the Clubhouse will FRIDAY $60 per person 6:00 p.m. Valentine's week for an
be closed Tuesday, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Celebrate the reopening of Complimentary event experience you're sure
January 1 through $25 per child* the Clubhouse as we relive Join us for another night to enjoy.
Thursday, January 10. Kids, while the parents the good ol' days of high of trivia fun! Go head to
The Club will reopen play trivia, join us in the school. Dress up according head against your fellow 14
for dinner Friday night, YAC and create your very to your graduation decade Members to see who will
January 11, and we own piece of ceramic and head to Valley for walk away as the trivia VALENTINE'S
are excited to see our art! Pottery and paint a reminiscent evening champ of February! DINNER
Members again! The will be provided. Dinner of themed food, drinks, THURSDAY
Golf Shop and course is included and meal dancing to music from your PRIME RIB NIGHT 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
will remain open during selection is requested high school graduation FRIDAY Treat your loved one to
this closure. upon reservation. era, games and more! 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. a memorable Valentine's
* Register by January 11 To add to the fun, email $25.95 (12 oz) dinner as a live pianist
18 and save $5! a high school photo of Join your fellow Members completes the ambiance
yourself to Lisa Schmid at at the Club and enjoy of the evening.
TRIVIA NIGHT 24 [email protected] prime rib, a baked potato
FRIDAY for a special surprise. and vegetable medley. PAJAMAS & A MOVIE
6:00 p.m. COOKING Please provide the name THURSDAY
Complimentary event WITH CHEF of your high school and the 10 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Trivia Night is back! THURSDAY year you graduated when $20 per child*
Put your knowledge of 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. you register. TEEN SERVICE DAY Grab your jammies and
random information to $25 per child* SUNDAY join us in the YAC for
the test against fellow Put on your chef's hat PAJAMAS & A MOVIE 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. another movie night!
Members to see who and get cooking at Valley! FRIDAY Complimentary event The featured film
will be this month's Chef Ryan will be teaching 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Hey, teens! Spread the for this event will be
trivia master. Prizes will kids how to make $20 per child* love at our fourth annual Bedtime Stories, starring
be awarded for first-, vegetarian eggrolls and Grab your favorite pair card-making teen service Adam Sandler. Dinner is
second- and third- fried rice. All ingredients of pajamas and head to event. We will make included. Parents, please
place winners. Trivia is are peanut-free. And for the YAC for a night in. Valentine's Day cards make your child's dinner
complimentary; Member- dessert? Cookies! While the parents enjoy that will be donated selection from the kids'
charge food and drinks * Register by January 17 the Valley High School to Morningstar Senior menu upon reservation.
will be available. and save $5! party, kids will be in the Living Center right here * Register by February 7
YAC watching Disney- in Centennial. Be a part of and save $5!
Pixar's Monsters University. this amazing opportunity
Dinner is included, so to bring joy to the elderly
parents, please make your in your local community
child's dinner selection this year.
from the kids' menu
* Register by January 25 and
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KIDS' CRAFT NIGHT with chef
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
$20 per child*
We're making a craft and the
kids are welcome to join us in
the YAC! To continue the spirit
of Valentine's love, the kids
will be constructing a tree of
hearts. Dinner is included in
the cost and a selection from
the kids' menu should be made
* Register by February 16 and
24 Thursday, january 24 @ 5:00 pm
PAINT & SIP $20 on or before january 17
SUNDAY $25 on or after january 18
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$30 per person Hey, kids!
Spend a relaxing afternoon with
your fellow Members learning Learn how to make vegetarian
to paint while sipping on a eggrolls (peanut free) and fried rice
complimentary glass of wine. with Executive Chef, Ryan Somodji. For
Light appetizers will be served, dessert, bake some delicious cookies.
and a Member-charge bar will
be available. All painting supplies Register today!
Please Register online or with the Club Receptionist
Unless otherwise noted,
reservations may be made
either online or with the
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Breakfast with Santa
The Clubhouse was
buzzing with Christmas
spirit at the annual
Breakfast with Santa.
constructed their letters
to Santa and created
ornaments for the
tree. Parents spent the
morning catching up with
their fellow Members,
and enjoying a festive
brunch with the family.
And kids young and old
shared their holiday list
with Santa as they had
their photo taken with
the jolly man. Valley
Member, Tim Fitzgerald,
had this to say: "Briana
and I both thought that
Breakfast with Santa was
excellent. The food was
fantastic (best buffet
and omelette bar we’ve
had at VCC) and my kids
really enjoyed Santa and
We truly enjoyed hosting
event this year for
The lights were turned
way down low, and
candlelight filled the
Clubhouse as the holiday
spirit filled the air! Valley
Members enjoyed a
menu created specially
for the event while they
were serenaded by
carolers at this year's
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Members and their
families and friends
enjoyed a delicious meal
prepared specially for this
ambient Valley occasion!
As the fireplace glowed,
brunch favorites were
served along with hot
chocolate, mimosas and
champagne. A beautiful
assortment of holiday
treats was also offered to
To continue the holiday
festivities, Valley families
gathered in Creekside
to decorate gingerbread
Bright, colorful candy
was ready to be added
to each gingerbread
house as families
designed their perfect
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GOLF & TENNIS
CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE
GOLF AND TENNIS SEASON AT VALLEY!
Complete your punch card and win prizes!
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 | 6:00 PM
Cash bar and complimentary appetizers
GUARDIANS GROUNDS MEN’S & JUNIOR ADULT PICKLEBALL
SCHOOL WOMEN’S PROGRAMS SOCIAL
Register online or with the Club Receptionist for this exciting annual event.