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    PAGE 2 Calendar

    PAGE 3 Club News PAGE 5 Dining and Social

    PAGE 6 Aquatics

    PAGE 7 Fitness

    PAGE 8 Golf

    PAGE 10 Tennis PAGE 11 Internal Directory,

    Committee Briefs

    207.781.3104 | WWW.THEWOODLANDS.ORG

    NOVEMBER 2014

    VOLUME 11

    In this Issue:

    Gingerbread House Decorating Sunday, November 30 Tuesday, December 2 Wednesday, December 3

    12:30PM, 3:00PM, 5:30PM Max seating time is 90 minutes.

    *Buffet Available : 12:00PM-7:30PM

    4:00PM, 6:30PM Max seating time is 90 minutes.

    *Buffet Available: 5:00PM-8:00PM

    4:00PM, 6:30PM Max seating time is 90 minutes.

    *Buffet Available: 5:00PM-8:00PM

    Gingerbread House Decorating $50.00++ per house.

    Included is a locally baked Gingerbread House, icing, and an array of candy to create your very own sweet masterpiece.

    Assorted cookies, coffee and hot cocoa are provided as well.

    Gingerbread Reservations: Online and In-Person: Begin 9AM, Monday, November 3

    Phone: Accepted starting at 11:00AM, Tuesday, November 4 Please provide total number of adults and children in your party, as well as the number of houses you would like to purchase.

    Each member can make only their own reservation, so please encourage other members to make their own reservations. 

    Due to its popularity, this is a members only event. Space is limited, so a waitlist will be established as sessions fill. Members will be contacted in the order they were placed on the waitlist, as spaces become available. If we don’t receive a response within

    24 hours, we will contact the next member on the list. 

    Once a gingerbread order is made, it cannot be cancelled. If you cannot attend your seating, please make arrangements to have your gingerbread kit packaged to take home and decorate at your leisure.

    *Buffet reservations are required for all decorators who choose to partake in a meal before or after decorating. You are encouraged to eat prior to decorating. Reservations begin Monday, November 3, and Justin St. Louis will contact you to confirm your dining reservation. If necessary, the Dining

    Room and Lounge will be open for family seating during these days.

    Buffet Dinner Pricing: Adults: $13.95++ Children: $7.95++

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    November 2014 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday




    Online/In Person Gingerbread & Santa Breakfast

    Reservations Begin

    Winter Swim Challenge Begins

    4 Membership Committee

    Phone Reservations


    Taste of Tuesday Buffet


    6 Aquatics/ Fitness



    Larry Williams Band


    9 10

    Green Committee

    Dining Closed

    11 Veterans Day

    Clubhouse Committee

    Taste of Tuesday Buffet


    Golf Committee

    Tennis Committee



    Turkey Shoot Mixer

    Carmine Combo


    16 17

    Finance Committee

    CPR Class

    Dining Closed


    Taste of Tuesday Buffet

    19 Board of Governors

    New Menus

    20 21

    Bernie Bouthot


    23 Cross Country

    Tourney Golf

    Course Closes


    Dining Closed


    Taste of Tuesday Buffet


    27 Thanksgiving Club closes at 12PM Turkey Burn Cardio



    Steve Grover & Duane Edwards


    Toy Drive


    Gingerbread Decorating



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    Message from Membership

    2014 was another great year for membership growth, as we have added 51 new members to date, and earned $207,000 in initiation fees. Initiation fees from all new members go directly into our

    capital fund which helps to keep our Clubhouse & grounds in tip top shape.

    Recently I was doing some Woodlands membership data mining and I thought I would share a little with you. Did you know that our average age of member is 53? Our youngest member is 26 and

    our oldest member is 91. There are 595 spouses who belong to The Woodlands and 1,049 children under the age of 26.

    In this month’s newsletter, I’ve included some of the fun photos of our September Safari Night. More fun and festive photos are located on the club’s website in the Safari photo album.

    We are in the process of planning the Club’s 2015 Social Calendar. If you have any suggestions for

    events, please send them to me at mmacarthur@thewoodlands.org.

    Please join me in welcoming our newest Woodlands Club Members, Stephanie & Carll Wilkinson.

    Looking forward to seeing you around the Club,

    Mary Anne

    From the General Manager Our Clubhouse is just a shade over 26 years old, and like all 26 year old buildings there is always

    something to be replaced, repaired or updated. That is especially true of a facility that gets used as

    much as ours. Management, in collaboration with the Clubhouse Committee and the Board (under the

    direction of President Mark Fasold), has sharpened its focus on those areas of the Club that were

    looking particularly tired or in need of repair. This is a never-ending process, and each of you may

    immediately think of examples you would like to see addressed. Don’t think for a moment that we

    don’t see the same things, but understand that there will always be more wants and needs than

    available funds. Some examples of recent, ongoing and soon to be addressed projects include, in no

    particular order: replacement of all of the seat coverings in the adult side of the member dining room,

    replacement of the member dining table tops, overhaul of the front steps to the main entrance of the

    Clubhouse, replacement of carpeting in the Fitness facility, repair and replacement of wood on the

    stairs leading up to the patio from outside the golf shop, installation of pavers on the side of the snack

    shack facing the golf course, and the replacement of our crumbling water main. Additional planned

    projects include an update to the main lobby and a multi-phase upgrade of our ballroom beginning in


    While the end of the golf season is, unfortunately, right around the corner, there is still plenty to do at The Woodlands Club during

    the long winter season. For you non-tennis playing members, I have a question. Have you ever given any thought to trying it, or

    resurrecting your game if you used to play but no longer do? We have easily one of the best indoor tennis facilities in all of New

    England. I can think of several members I have spoken to in recent years who have embraced or re-embraced tennis and have had a

    blast. Along those lines, we all know what a great workout swimming is. Beth and Sheilla have a lengthy track record of taking

    members who can barely swim down and back and turning them into accomplished swimmers who achieve goals that leave me

    envious. In fact, on that front, I should take my own advice and give it a try! Oh, and another winter pursuit that is perfectly

    acceptable is to simply gather with friends and family in the dining room and lounge for great food, beverages and music.

    This month will bring the end of this work in 2014 on the irrigation replacement project. The Tanto crew members are here on

    work visas, and they are required to leave by Thanksgiving. As I write this, we are in the midst of our worst weather week in a long

    time, but if it turns and we get another decent stretch they will come close to completing the golf course this year. Regardless,

    there won’t be a lot to finish up in 2015. As I have said repeatedly, we couldn’t be any happier with how this project has gone. It has

    truly exceeded our expectations, and by a wide margin. Until next month, we will see you around the Club.

    Bill Robinson

    Club News


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    Club News (Continued) Breakfast with Santa

    Sunday, December 21

    Buffet Seatings 8:30AM, 10:30AM & 12:30PM Adults: $28.95++ Children (12 & Under): $12.95++

    Signups will be accepted online and in person on

    November 3 at 9:00AM. Phone reservations will

    be accepted beginning November 4. Photos

    with Santa are included. Guests are welcome.

    Annual Toy Drive November 30–December 21

    Drop off an unwrapped toy under our Woodlands

    Club tree in the lobby and we will make sure that

    the children at The Barbara Bush Children’s

    Hospital & Child & Family Services receive the toys

    in time for the holidays.


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    Dining & Social

    Friday Night Entertainment

    Join us in the Lounge Friday nights from