The Lights! - Updated 6/2/17
Our Fitness Center Lights were changed over-night to a new LED fixture. You will notice how much brighter the center appears without blinding you as you look up. We hope you like the change. We appreciate your patience while we facilitated our decision making process to make the change.
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Online Tennis Court Management
Even More Great News: We just signed an agreement with Tennis Central X! Who is Tennis Central X you ask? They are a mobile tennis app company. They provide a mobile app service that will allow you to book your tennis courts online. You can also find people to play with on specific days at specific times. You’ll be able to book your hit & runs, lessons, and clinics etc. online! Keep in mind in order to have access to all of what this app has to offer, you must download this FREE app.
The front desk team will still be there to answer questions and make reservations for you if you opt not to use the mobile app but once you see how easy it is, I am sure you’ll agree, that’s the way to go! We will be launching this new app for our tennis members in the next couple of weeks, keep an eye out for information on how to download this app.
New Tennis Bubble!
We are getting a new tennis bubble! For the 2017—2018 indoor season, we will have a brand new tennis bubble. The mechanics, lights, doors and structure will all be replaced. We are so excited and we hope you are too!
Although we have not decided on which lighting system we will go with, we will be adding 8 more lights to the entire bubble. So instead of having 40 lights, we will now have 48.
Although the bubble will not be insulated and most are not because they are seasonal, the new mechanical system will provide better and more efficient heat.
On April 17, the old bubble will be deflated and hauled away, along with the mechanical system, lights and doors.
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Member Accomplishments: 2016
Congrats to AHC junior, Sania Suchinsky who won the Girls 14's Singles
Tournament L4 at Skyline in Virginia the weekend of December 11th.
AHC MISTL 2016 Champions!
The Aspen Hill team won all their matches in the 2016 Montgomery County Interclub Senior Tennis League (MISTL) for the Burgundy division. Burgundy is the higher level division, with USTA player ratings of 4.0 and above. Co-captains Mike Kane and Stan Sachar accepted the league trophy at the Woodmont Country Club MISTL luncheon on November 10, 2016. The trophy will be on display at the AHC case next to the reception desk. AHC has won this trophy previously in 2011/ 2012/ 2013/ 2014 under the leadership of Alan Rubin.
These were the players for the 2016 team: Mike Kane, Greg Fitzgerald, Julianne Fitzgerald, Alan Rubin, Steve Wade, Geoff Montgomery, Bob Muehlenkamp, Steve Reed, Bob Blair, Susan Towe, Phouy Sengsourinh, and Stan Sachar.
Matches were played outdoors on Tuesdays, from 1:00-3:00pm, on clay courts. The teams in our division included: Lakewood, Chevy Chase, Norbeck, Cabin John, Kenwood, Columbia, and Edgemoor. Aspen Hill had a total of 38 points, and we finished 9 points ahead of the 2nd place team, Edgemoor. Congratulations to all for a very successful season.
Maryland Senior Olympics
Congrats to AHC member, Suzy Zien for medal placing in the Maryland Senior Olympics. In September, Suzy participated in the 50 Yard Breast Stroke at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. Placing first in the 80-84 age group has qualified her for Nationals with a time of 1:14.99!
Congrats to AHC member, Michael Leonard for medal placing in the Maryland Senior Olympics. On September 3rd, Michael participated in a 5k held at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg. His Silver Medal placement for ages 75-79 has qualified him to compete in the 2017 National Senior Games!
The Sommers 4.0 Womens 18 and older team out of Montgomery County won the County Playoffs in June and advanced to regionals (Maryland State Championships) where they won. They advanced to Regionals in mid-July, and will now advance to the Mid-Altlantic Sectionals to compete for a spot at Nationals.
Aspen Hill Club team mates consisted of:
Laura Sommers (captain), Maria Marques, Sophia Modi, Mary Judge, Sharon Tompkins, Christina Copty, Dawn Johnson, Teresa Palman, Marina Connor and Miriam Ostria.
Congrats to our Aspen Hill Club MISTL standings at the end of the spring season. We finished #1 in the Burgundy division, with a 5 point lead on the 2nd place team.
Congratulations to our Ladies D1 Interclub team for finishing at the top of their division. We are very proud of the entire team! Thank you Liz Hastings and Selma Hall for your leadership and efforts to make this season a great team environment. Keep up the great work and looking to continue to improve through out the summer!
Congrats to Michael Depry, our I Lost It at the Club Winner!
Congratulations to Michael Depry, our I Lost It at the Club 2016 winner! Michael won a Kindle Fire with his 13lbs and -5.55% weight loss! We would also like to recognize Shivani Agarwal who came in a VERY close second place with a 15lbs and -5.45% lost.
This boot-camp style weight loss program is held every quarter in the Fitness Center. Measurements are taken at the beginning and end of the program to determine the winner. The winner is chosen based on the participant who loses the greatest percentage of their original body weight. During the weight loss program, participants attend sessions with their team in order to burn extra calories under the guidance of a Coach/Personal Trainer during the 30-minute, twice weekly session.
Pictured Left to Right: Winner, Michael Depry and Fitness Director and Trainer Dana Shorb.
Congrats to Maryruth Coleman, our January Member Rewards Winner!
Congrats to Maryruth Coleman, our January Member Rewards winner! Maryruth was selected by random drawing to recevie a Kindle Fire for taking tennis lessons in January. Maryruth works with AHC Pro, Carole Ford (pictured) two times a week!
The "In Crowd", Member Profiles by Terrance Scott
March 2016: Micki Khademi
Micki Khademi has been a member for 4 and a half years. She remembers the first lesson she had with Jeff Klein. She said she was a little intimidated because she thought tennis involved a lot of upper body strength. I am glad that false perception didn’t scare her away. Tennis is a full body sport, which involves a lot of rotating the core of our body, which is our stomachs and hips. If you have the correct movement, position on the court and the right contact point, you can be very successful.
Micki’s goal is to improve her all around game with the focus on her backhand groundstroke and backhand volley. She would like to develop her game to be able to compete with serious tennis players. Micki is very competitive and she plays to win!
The thing that Micki likes most about the Aspen Hill Club is the people. She really likes the fact that both the members and the staff are very friendly. Micki says she appreciates the family atmosphere, the Club feels as if she was home. She is also very happy with the new look of the Club, and thinks the set up is perfect.
Some of the classes Micki has participated in are Hot Shot of the Month (Thursday, 7:00 to 8:00pm), Singles Instructional Drills (Sunday 12:30 to 2:00pm) and Ilan’s Theory of Tennis, which varies depending on the day.
For a living, Micki is a Clinic Director at her family owned business, Dr. Khademi’s Injury Centers. She works with her husband, Ehsan Khademi who is also a member of the Club. They handle all kinds of injuries from car accidents to back pain to neck injuries. They currently have three offices in Takoma Park, Riverdale and Gaithersburg, MD. They are looking to open a fourth office in Wheaton, which would be the closest to our Club. From what I understand, a lot of our members are their patients for various reasons. For more information you can visit their website at www.doctorkhademi.com.
In Micki’s spare time, she loves to jog, cook, dance, travel and spend time with friends and family. Micki has been married to her husband for 14 years and they have two amazing children, Jax and Skye who are amazing tennis players as well.
Words of Wisdom from Micki:
“It’s never too late to learn new things,no matter how old you are, just try it!”
February 2016: Barbara Dawson
Barbara Dawson has been a member of the Aspen Hill Club for almost 10 years now. She has been playing tennis since she was a little girl. She grew up in Edgemoor, where Pauline Betz Addie had been the Tennis Pro, at which the Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park was named. Those of you who remember Pauline know that she played in the era of Billie Jean King who is one of the great pioneers of the sport. From Barb’s early childhood days, she remembers having to hit 50 forehands and 50 backhands in a row off the wall before her father would allow her to partake in tennis on a court. The purpose was to teach her control so that she wouldn’t disrupt the other players on surrounding courts. One of the number one ways to improve your game is by hitting off the wall. The ball will always come back and you will get the repetition you need to elevate. Barb played tennis in high school and in college. Like most tennis players I know, Barb stopped playing at the age of 20. Man how life always gets in the way of the things we enjoy most. Fortunately, Barb was able to reunite her love for the game at the age of 45. In my mind, that means she just started playing again this year but I could be off a year or two.
Some of Barb’s tennis goals are to be able to hit a topspin backhand which she and I have been working on, always have a great time while enjoying herself and to be able to play tennis in her 80’s. All of Barb’s goals can be achieved at the Aspen Hill Club. Tennis is a lifetime sport.
What Barb loves most about the club is the fact that there is a large variety of tennis options. There is a class for every level any time of the day. There is always something to do at the club. I really appreciate hearing this news, as the director I am here to serve all of our members from beginners to our most advance. Classes that Barbara participates in are Doubles on the Run on Saturdays, Friday Hit and Runs, Hot Shot of the Month, Monday Advance Drills and tennis socials such as the Super Bowl Tennis Tournament that is a lot of fun.
Barb is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In English that means she provides anesthesia to patients. Barb feels she has the best job in the world because she provides patients relief when they are at their worst. She receives positive feedback immediately once the pain is relieved and that is a gratifying feeling. In Barbara’s free time when she is not giving patients comfort, she likes to read...mostly anything related to international politics and current affairs. She is very concerned for our children's future.
Andy, Scott and Greg are Barb’s boys, her husband and two sons. Andy, who she has been married to for 25 years works for the Police department as an investigator, and her two sons are in college one a senior and the other a freshman.
Words of wisdom from Barb Dawson; “Something I want people to know: We, as a society, have lost our compass, on many levels, probably related to years of prosperity. We need to be better global citizens, a more cohesive country with moral standards and integrity; and as individuals, we need to take better care of ourselves, friends and neighbors. So, when you play tennis, enjoy yourself and be grateful for that moment.....it is a little vacation from your stress.
Thank you Barb for being a great member of the Aspen Hill Club.
January 2016: Michael Depry
Michael Depry is from Walcourt, Belgium where there is a population of 2,000 people. Michael came to the US in 1991 as an exchange student in high school. He loved the US so much that the very next year he moved here permanently. I’m sure it’s a huge difference from what he was accustomed to.
Michael is fairly new to the Club and the sport of tennis. He has been a member for 10 months and only playing tennis for 2 years. Mike was bringing his daughter Madison to junior tennis and figured why not try it for himself. He tried it and loved it. If you have seen Mike play, it is hard to believe that he’s only been playing for two years. I must say, he has done it right. Since the very beginning he has been taking private lessons with John Parsley who has laid a very solid foundation on his game. In tennis, the beginning stages are crucial not to develop any bad habits. For those of you who have bad habits, it’s never too late to correct them. Our pro’s are more than ready to help in your efforts to clean your game up.
Mike’s goal is to start competing in USTA singles tournaments and get to a 4.5 level, which I think is a very feasible goal. He is already a very strong 4.0 player. Some of the classes that have helped Michael improve are, Doubles on the Run, Live Ball, Hot Shot of the Month, frequently using the ball machine and doing a weekly lesson. Basically, any class that involves high intensity play. Michael has signed up for our NEW Singles Clinic, which will be held on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:00pm and taught by yours truly. I’m looking forward to taking Michael’s game to a whole other level. Players that participate in our singles programs and on the ladder better watch out, Michael’s game is on the rise!
Michael loves the Aspen Hill Club because we are very convenient. He likes the fact that he can come in very early in the morning or very late at night, if he chooses. He enjoys lifting weights and the spinning classes. Michael also loves participating in our tennis socials where he gets the opportunity to play great doubles, meet new members and have a great dinner and prizes in the end.
For a living, Michael writes software. He works for IMS (Information Management Services). His job is very important as he creates the software that maintains all of the history of cancer patients and cancer research. I’m sure we all know someone who has dealt with that ugly monster. Mike, we appreciate the work that you do.
Sharon Depry is the love of Michal’s life. They met freshman year in college at the University of Maryland where they both were track stars. Michael was ranked 3rd in the Country for the 100 meters and Sharon held the record for the 400 meters in the state of Maryland. They have known each other for 21 years and have been married for 15. Sharon who is also a member of the Aspen Hill Club and new to the sport of tennis is in the process of improving her game as well. I love when members make it a family affair at the Club, what better way to spend the much needed quality time with the family staying healthy and fit, along with learning a new sport. They have two lovely daughters, Ebony who worked at the Café over the summer and will be graduating from the University of Maryland and Madison who participates in our Academy Junior Tennis Program. Soon all four of them will be involved in our tennis program. I’m looking forward to teaching the entire family.
Words of wisdom from Michael Depry to the members; “Sign up for Hot Shot of the Month. Of all the programs, this one has helped me improve the most. The focus on one shot at a time has helped my game tremendously.”