Fitness Lighting Concerns - updated 1/27/17
We wanted you to know, we met with the installation crew for the new lighting system in the fitness center.
We are all in agreement that the current system is not sufficient. That’s good news! With that said, they have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution. In the end, the current light fixture will be removed and replaced with another light fixture that will be appropriate for our fitness center.
Until then, we ask that you continue to be patient with us. It will be a few weeks before a new fixture can be located and fabricated to suit our needs.
In advance, thank you for your cooperation while we tackle a solution.
Thank you - MGMT
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At the time of press, the week of February 6th seven new Life Fitness Treadmills will be delivered. If all goes well, they will be here sooner than later for you to enjoy. We hope you enjoy the upgrade in the cardio equipment.
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.
New MCTEF Scholarship Named for Former AHC Member Mary Ruth Benson
Mary Ruth Benson died suddenly while playing tennis on Thursday, October 6, 2016. She was 72 years old. The MCTEF (Montgomery County Education and Education Foundation) has created a scholarship fund in memory of Mary Ruth Benson. Paul Sommers, MCTEF President said: “The funds will go to directly sponsor two students for the MCTEF summer program at the University of Virginia. Every year, MCTEF send 11 students from Montgomery County underserved schools to a four day camp sponsored by the 4-Star Tennis Academy at UVA. The camp includes tennis instruction and also classroom instruction covering entrepreneurship. For many of our students, this is their first time away from home and first time on a college campus. We have received many positives from the students. If more money is collected, more than two students could be sponsored.”
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.”
December 2015: Alan Bruzee
Alan Bruzee was a member of the Aspen Hill Club back in the late 80’s to early 90’s until he moved away. Back in the day, he
wasn’t as serious about his tennis. Alan returned to the Club about 3 years ago with a brand new attitude about the game and met about 60 people to play with in a very short period of time. This is one of the reasons Alan loves the Club so much. He likes the fact that we have a great tennis community and feels that there are a lot of tennis fanatics here at the Club. Alan also likes the fact that players like to mingle and socialize. Socializing at the Club will be even better now that we have enhanced the look of our lounge area. It’s a whole new look, we hope you like it!
Alan does not want to die a 3.5 player. This is music to my ears because as your Tennis Director, my goal is to put the classes and programs in place to help improve everyone’s game. Alan has participated in instructional drills, private lessons with Jeff Klein, John Parsley and Carole Ford, and last but certainly not least, Ilan’s Hit and Runs. Alan says he is looking forward to trying out our new Music Hit and Run on Tuesday evenings. The class is filled with great tennis and great music on three full courts.
Some of Alan’s goals are to make better decisions on the court, stop over hitting, and to receive coaching on where to hit and where to stand based on the shot that he has hit. I have great news; all of these things can be received in all of our instructional drills classes. Alan would also like to improve his footwork. He recently participated in our Doubles on the Run class and had a blast. That class will definitely help you improve both your conditioning and footwork as it is a fast pace class with non-stop movement and did I mention, it’s a lot of fun!
Alan, who graduated from American University, currently sells real estate for Long & Foster with his business partner Yvette Chisholm who is a member of the Aspen Hill Club as well. Alan has a wealth of knowledge in the industry as he has 37 years of experience. He worked with developers for 11 years, worked with bank appraisals, has owned his own Century 21 office and been through it all with high interest rates in the 80’s, to the recession, to the now low interest rates. Alan says the time to buy is NOW! Alan would be happy to assist you whether you are buying or selling a house. Alan is always at the Club so you know where to find him.
During this interview, I found out that Alan and I have a lot in common. Alan and I love music. His favorite song these days is Happy by Pharrell Williams. “How could you not like that song!,” he says. Alan pretty much likes any song with horns in it. He loves Motown, as do I. In the very little spare time he has, he enjoys spending time with his wife Elizabeth (Something else we have in common, as my wife’s name is Elizabeth) and his son Jeff who just graduated from Juniata College. He also loves going to plays and musicals.
Alan says with his second go round of the Club that he appreciates it so much more than before. He feels there are at least 50 things to do. His advice to all the members is to “take advantage of it all. The programs and the Club is better than ever before.”
November 2015: Tom Sheridan
Tom Sheridan has been a member of the Club for four months. He used to be a member in the late 1970’s until 1984 when his wife relocated for work to Virginia. Tom started playing tennis in 1953. He played on his high school and
college teams. He stopped playing tennis when he joined the Navy in 1963, where he continued to work on active duty for the next 8 years. After that, he worked in the Navy Reserves for 20 years prior to retiring. After his
retirement from the Navy, Tom worked for the CIA as an Analyst for 38 years. This job gave him the opportunity to travel overseas a lot. I asked Tom about his job and he said he loved it. He also said, “They didn’t fire me so I must have done something right.” Tom stated that it was very difficult to retire. Tom, as a citizen of the United States, I would like to sincerely thank you for your service.
Tom would like to achieve his tennis goal of playing more singles like he used to back in the day. He knows his true level and is working his way back to form. Tom is participating on our singles tennis ladder and working his way to the top. He also attends Ilan’s Hit and Runs and Jeff’s Senior Drills Clinic on Thursday afternoons from 12:00 to 1:30pm. Tom loves coming to our Club because he absolutely loves the Pro Staff and the consistent pleasant environment.
Some of Tom’s hobbies are playing tennis, reading and following sports. He and his wife enjoy watching soccer every Saturday morning, his favorite soccer team is Liverpool and his favorite football team is the New England Patriots. Now before you all run Tom out of town, the Washington Redskins came in a strong second. I am not one to talk, as I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan, but that’s neither here nor there. Tom is a part of a running group named The Hash House Harries and he runs with them once a week on Saturdays.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, socializing with friends and going out to dinner. Tom has been married to his wife for 52 years as of October 8th. He has a daughter Samantha, son-in-law Brian and two
grandkids Justin and Gavin who are all fitness members here at the Club.
Tom’s final words during this interview are that he is glad to be here at the Aspen Hill Club and is looking forward to great tennis with the tennis crowd!
October 2015: Jerry Breslow
Jerry Breslow has been a member of the Aspen Hill Club for 10 years. He started playing tennis when he was in high school, only because the team needed a sixth player. He said the experience was awful. After that, he didn’t get serious with tennis until he was in his 60’s.
For all you Sopranos fans, Jerry grew up a block away from the
restaurant, Holsten’s where the last episode was shot in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Don’t mess with Jerry or you might end up sleeping with the fishes!
Some of Jerry’s tennis goals are to develop a backhand, improve his serve and last but not least, get the darn ball over the net. I’m sure a lot of us tennis players can relate to that. Jerry loves the Club because he really enjoys the facility, including the Fitness Center, where he has worked with Leigh Ann Wheaton, our Fitness Director. Jerry likes the fact that he can always find someone to play tennis and loves the people. He has developed some wonderful friendships here and travels and hangs out with other members outside of the Club.
Jerry earned a Law Degree from Harvard University but he never worked in a law firm. Instead he worked for the government, at a Communication Satellite Corporation that created International Satellites. There, he earned his position as Vice President Secretary and Chief of Ethics, which made him responsible for the code of ethics involving the stock exchange, where he worked closely with shareholder relations. Jerry said he absolutely loved his job and had a blast going to work every day because it was a lot of fun.
When Jerry is not on the tennis courts he is heavily involved with performing arts. He has performed as a singer, musician and conductor. He has played instruments such as the oboe, piano and clarinet, just to name a few. Jerry started performing while in college in stage plays and choirs. He has created a number of choirs of his own. Currently, Jerry is on the Strathmore Board and writes for Hexagon, who puts on shows to raise money for charity.
In Jerry’s spare time, he enjoys going to the theatre when he’s not performing himself and spending time with his granddaughter Jayna, daughter of his son, Jeff and daughter-in-law, Amie.
Jerry has been married for 50 years to none other than Harriet Breslow, long time member of the Aspen Hill Club. Their 51st
anniversary is approaching, November 1st. Congratulations on the longevity of your beautiful union!
Words of wisdom from Jerry: “While serving, announce the score before each point.”, “There are nice people here at the Club, keep it up.”
September 2015: Sara Magden
Sara Magden is a brand spanking new member at the Aspen Hill Club. She has been with us for 3 months now. She grew up playing tennis as a kid and played through high school. She stopped playing but kept active, as she was a competitive rower on her crew team. She attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and majored in early childhood education. Sara’s educational background suits her lifestyle as she has one of the most challenging jobs of them all, a Stay-At-Home mom. Sara has two beautiful little girls, Marcie who is four and a half and Brooke who is 3. Sara makes good use of our child-minding department, which I must say is well run by our Assistant General Manager, Mindy Carter. The kids that attend NEVER want to leave.
Sara’s ultimate tennis goal is to become a 3.5 player in two years. I am happy to say that she has come to the right place to improve her game. That is what we do here at the Aspen Hill Club. We also try and have a lot of fun in the process. I asked Sara what she liked most about our club and she said working with me. I assure you, I did not pay her to say that. I am flattered and must admit, the pleasure is all mine. Teaching tennis is my passion in life and it is very fulfilling to watch people grow both on and off of the tennis courts. When people improve in anything, it builds happiness and confidence, which is something we all can use. Sara is doing extremely well and is making great progress to achieve her goal.
Sara has not participated in any classes yet, but is really looking forward to doing so in the fall. She is planning on signing up for our Thursday morning 3.0/3.5 instructional drills, which is run by Ilan and I.
Some of Sara’s hobbies are volunteering at the Jewish Federation, running and of course playing tennis. In her spare time she absolutely loves hanging out with friends and family. She believes that balance in life is so important. I agree, all work and no play is dreadful. We all should live life to its fullest.
Sara has been married to her hubby Aaron for seven years. The two of them met in Cleveland, Ohio. They actually play mixed doubles together which I find funny because I have not seen him at the club yet (hint hint). Hopefully we will see him soon.
Something Sara mentioned to me during our interview is that she would like to see the Aspen Hill Club have its own USTA teams that would compete in the summer and winter leagues. I think that is a great idea. I would love to put some teams together and dominate the Mid-Atlantic conference. We have a ton of great players to make that happen!!!
August 2015: Marty Johnson
Marty Johnson has been a member of the Aspen Hill Club for over 25 years. He started playing tennis 50 years ago. He found a love for the game while he was in the Air force where he did electrical engineering. He was in the Air Force for 4 years. Marty’s tennis goals are to keep improving and to play injury free as much as possible.
The thing that Marty loves most about the club is the fitness center. He spends more time there than he does on the tennis court. Marty works out 7 days a week. On days he decides not to workout, then he plays tennis. He does not participate in any of the classes because he likes to have his schedule open.
As mentioned earlier, Marty’s career was in electrical engineering where he worked on ships. He received his degrees at the University of Maryland and Fence University.
Marty’s hobbies are playing jazz piano, writing, traveling and tennis. He travels at least 12 times a year. Some of his favorite places in the world that he has visited are Europe, Asia, South Africa and Hawaii. When Marty is not traveling, he enjoys hanging out with his grandchildren, eating out and playing golf.
Marty takes private lesson 4 times a year. I am fortunate that he has chosen me to help improve his game. We have done two lessons and so far so good. He is pleased with the information he has learned so far. Marty and I have two more lessons to go.
Here are some words of wisdom from Marty Johnson: “It is never too late to become the person you could have been”.
July 2015: Harry Cohen
Harry Cohen has been a member of the Aspen Hill Club for 30 years. As of this year, he has reached the magic combination of 10+ years of membership and 85 years of age, so is now eligible for free membership at the Club. Congratulations, Harry, for reaching both milestones! (Though if you ask me, we may need to card him, as he doesn’t look a day over 65…)
Harry started playing tennis in the 60’s at Wheaton Regional Park, and is still motivated to set goals and improve his game. One of Harry’s goals is to improve his outdoor play on the har-tru courts. He says he is struggling with the slippery movement, the funny bounces that frequently occur, and constantly having to adjust his swing. He really wants to figure the surface out and become more successful when playing doubles with his buddies. Other goals for Harry’s game include learning a topspin backhand to add to his slice and developing his serve as a weapon. Harry and I have just started private lessons and we will do our best to improve in all areas. Harry has also participated in classes with John Parsley and Ilan Shvartz, and thinks taking classes is a great way to improve his game.
The thing that Harry loves most about our Club is the people. He says he has made so many friends here at the Aspen Hill Club, he absolutely loves the Front Desk staff, and he feels really comfortable coming here. He also appreciates the facilities, including the heated and air conditioned courts during the various seasons, and the fact that he can get a bite to eat at Paola’s Plate Up Devine Café.
Harry retired in 1986, after 25+ years working for the government as a mechanical engineer. To keep himself busy, he now runs his own marketing business from home. He sells all kinds of materials such as pencils, clothing, hats, electronics, cell phone accessories, calendars and more. Ask Harry about his business—he’d be happy to sell to you.
Some of Harry’s hobbies are playing chess, photography, listening to music and traveling. His favorite place he traveled was Israel, where he and his wife of 64 years, Sylvia, lived for 3 years. Words of Wisdom from Harry: “Take advantage of every opportunity to support your friends and neighbors in a positive, loving way.” Great advice!!!
June 2015: Marci Grayson
Marci Grayson has been a member of the club for 4 years. She has been playing tennis for a little under a year. She participates in John Parsley’s Junior Mom’s Clinics (JMC), which are held during the same time as junior classes. John has designed this group for parents to play while their kids participate in our junior programs. Marci has also participated in my Elite Performance Training with a few of her girlfriends and has taken lessons with Jeff Klein. Marci’s goal is to be able to rally consistently, so that she can play with her husband of 24 years, Doug, and her 11 year old daughter, Jordan. Marci’s game is coming along very nicely and she will be there in no time.
Marci ‘s favorite thing about the club is the community of great people. She feels like the Aspen Hill Club is a second home as she spends a lot of time here with us. She also absolutely loves the facility and appreciates the fact that there is plenty to do here. She really likes the fact that Jordan is comfortable here, too!
One of the main reasons Marci and her family have joined the club is for Jordan, who is a rising star in our Academy Program and has a very bright future ahead of her. She has won several 12-and-under tournaments with the USTA. In the last four weeks, Jordan has reached three finals, winning two and finishing as the runner-up in the other. Watch out for more great things from Jordan.
Marci and Doug also have two older children: Doug Jr., 20, and Alexandra, 18, who is a dancer at NYU. Marci currently works as a Compensation Consultant. This line of work pertains to paid benefit salary laws, commission plans, and creating sales comp plans. Some of Marci’s hobbies are interior design, hanging with friends, reading, and of course playing tennis!
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Marci and her family. Marci and Jordan were the first members I met during my interview process a little over a year ago, and they have been very supportive of me, the program, and my vision with the Club ever since. Thank you, Marci, for welcoming me with open arms into the Aspen Hill Club family!
May 2015: Jay Krampf
Even though he’s been playing tennis for 40 years, Jay Krampf was something of a late bloomer in the sport. He didn’t start playing tennis until the age of 40, but he has certainly made up for lost time with enthusiasm and dedication! Jay absolutely loves the sport of tennis and says that he’s going to keep on playing until he gets it right. Jay’s ultimate goal is to be better the next day than he was the day before.
The things that Jay loves most about the Aspen Hill Club are: the camaraderie, the fact that his tennis buddies are honest with their calls, and the quality of play. Jay also loves all of the pro staff, the maintenance crew, and the trainers in the gym. He enjoys coming to the club and says it has become his “home away from home” during his 10 years as a member.
Jay participates in the 6:30am Run & Shoot classes with John Parsley. He also enjoyed private lessons with John and Geoff O’Neil. Last but not least, he is a regular at our tennis socials, which is where I had the pleasure of meeting and playing against Jay for the very first time. [It was our Turkey Social and I believe he and his partner won. In case you’re wondering how that happened, I played with my left hand and of course I am a righty. ;-)] Like many of us, Jay is a visual learner and he is very interested in seeing himself on video to help his game improve. We can make that happen, Jay!
I asked Jay what he did for a living, and I immediately wished I had room for a whole new article to dedicate to his jobs. I’m not even going to try to describe the first job he told me he had done. Next time you see him, ask him about it. There’s something to do with a pending lawsuit about his appearance… Anyways, I’m sure you will get a kick out of it. After that, Jay worked as a general contractor, a trained periodontist, and a mortgage banker. His career turned from property management to property financing to commercial wind and solar farm financing and beyond. He has retired at least 3 times. I think moving forward we should call him Jack, as in “Jack of all trades”.
These days, he still keeps himself busy by volunteering at Hope Connections for Cancer Support, The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Montgomery Literacy, and Rebuilding Together. I truly admire Jay for his service in the community. One would think that after all of the hard work he has done in the past, he would want to just relax. Instead he is out doing great things by helping others in need. What a great man! When he does find spare time, Jay enjoys metal sculpting, gardening, hiking, Bridge, and of course, tennis.
Jay is proud to be from Baltimore, despite the recent negative attention the city has received. He says he misses his Baltimore Colts, even 30 years after the franchise moved to Indianapolis.
Jay’s most beloved tennis partner was his beautiful wife, Micki, who passed away 2 years ago. Jay and Micki were married for 57 years, and raised 4 children: a son who passed away and three daughters who are living throughout the country. Jay is now a grandfather of 8 grandkids who range in height from 6’2 to 6’5. (As the shortest in my family at 6’1, I can relate.)
Jay Krampf: proud member of the Aspen Hill Club and now an official member of The In Crowd!
April 2015: CJ
I am proud to spotlight longtime member CJ, whose full name I was not able to extract. If anyone here at the club knows her full name, she says, you better keep it to yourself—or else.
CJ started playing tennis at the age of 9 after a serious conversation with her dad about no longer being able to play tackle football with the boys. Sports are CJ’s life, and she stated that “she feels very blessed to have played tennis thus far with no serious injuries” (as she knocked on wood).
CJ has been a proud member of the Aspen Hill Club for over 25 years. She has known Jeff Klein since the 70’s, and she adores him dearly. For 10 years, she captained the GWTA and Red A Interclub teams, which I’m sure was a lot of work, especially since this was before the internet and texting. At the moment, rather than participating in classes, CJ is primarily playing doubles. (She assures me, however, that she is looking forward to participating in one of my Hit & Runs as she has heard nothing but great things about them.)
I asked CJ what she likes to do in her spare time and the first words out of her mouth were “DRINK”, followed by, “What spare time?” She tells me she keeps herself busy from 7am to bedtime—I guess that’s why she stays so young. She enjoys cooking Italian food and entertaining her friends and family. She also loves going to Annapolis, where she owns a condo right on the water.
CJ cares for her husband, Sam, who is now legally blind. They met when she was in college in Connecticut while he was in the Naval Academy doing a Marine class, and they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 1st. Before you start doing the math on her age, she told me to mention that it was an arranged marriage and she was 2 years old, so stop it. CJ and Sam had two beautiful daughters. I was saddened to hear that one of them passed away when she was 24. Their other daughter is currently living in Gaithersburg, MD.
CJ says coming here is one of her greatest pleasures in life and always lifts her spirits on days when she’s not feeling the greatest emotionally. She loves the interaction with everyone here at Aspen Hill and she works out here at least 4 times a week. It sounds like CJ has put her heart and soul in to this club, and for that we appreciate her.
I really enjoyed doing this interview with CJ. She is a lot of fun to be around. If anyone knows her full name, whisper it to me in passing. I promise I won’t tell her you talked.
March 2015: Bill Bush
Bill Bush has been a member of the Aspen Hill Club for 30 years. He started playing 45 years ago just for fun. He liked the fitness aspect of the sport. As he started to make some progress, he caught the tennis bug and started playing a lot.
A year ago, Bill used to participate in Ilan’s drills quite frequently. Now he is concentrating more on his doubles play. Bill also enjoys taking private lessons in which I have had the privilege of helping him with his serve.Bill always tries to be the very best that he can be. He always feels that there is room for improvement with his game. His focus these days is to compete at a very high level as he concentrates on the emotional and mental aspects of the game. We all know what they say, the game of tennis is all mental (ask Jeff Klein).
Bill had a career in IT-Management for the federal government and retired in 2002. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis every day, poker and riding his motor cycles. He owns a Harley Davidson Cruiser, Honda Sport and the fanciest of them all, a Ducati, red of course. I asked Bill what he liked most about the Aspen Hill Club and his response was the facility and the convenience of it. He likes the fact that it is easy to meet and play with members as the Aspen Hill Club has well over 600 tennis members. He likes the fact that there is a Fitness Center that compliments the Tennis Department. Bill also said he really enjoys the staff from top to bottom, Management to Maintenance.
Anyone who has seen Bill around would know that he is the fashionista of the Aspen Hill Club. He is the most coordinated, well dressed tennis player I know. When asked about his great fashion sense, he credited it to his wife, with who he celebrated his 50th anniversary with last year. He jokingly mentioned that since his game wasn’t strong enough, he would appear to be a strong player and distract his opponents with his appearance. I would definitely say it works because he looks better than the pros on TV.
Bill’s message to all the members is “come to the club and play more tennis”. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
February 2015: Karen McLeod
Karen McLeod is a new member at the Aspen Hill Club. She just joined three months ago but was destined to become a member. Her mother-in-law has been a member for over 35 years. Jeff Klein was the coach of her husband of 18 years Steve McLeod and his sister Francine. Jeff Klein has taught 3 generations of the McLeod family. Karen McLeod, we welcome you to your destiny!
Karen has only been playing tennis for about a year but after seeing her play, one would think otherwise. I guess if you got it, you got it! Karen is a natural when it comes to the game of tennis. She is very energetic and hustles for every ball. She is a very focused individual. Once she sets her mind to a task, she’s fully engaged and devoted to being the best she can be. Some of her tennis goals are to improve her overall strokes by learning the proper technique. She would like to become more consistent, increase her power and wants to develop a really nice serve. Karen currently participates in Elite Performance Training (EPT) on Sundays, 3.5 drills on Thursday mornings, and the Junior Moms Clinics (JMC) on Thursday evenings with John Parsley. She is very motivated to improve her game!
When I asked Karen what she liked most about the club, her immediate response was “the people”. She thinks everyone on staff is amazing and it truly feels like a family environment. When she is at the club, she feels very comfortable. She likes the fact that the club can provide everything she needs with the swimming pool, full gym, aerobic classes, great food at the cafe and of course tennis. She is very happy and proud to be a member.
Karen pretty much lives at the club, not for herself but for her 3 children, Shane(15), Brooke (13), and Sasha (11). All three are very talented tennis players who participate in our Junior Competitive Academy program. She brings the children to the club at least 4 times a week for their classes. They have participated in our junior program for 2 years now and especially enjoy our summer camp which inspired them to want to become members.
For a living, Karen stages homes that are for sale. She also performs redesigns for individual clients homes with their own furniture. Her ultimate goal when working with clients is for them to find peace and joy when walking in to their homes. Karen gets pure satisfaction when her clients can come home and the atmosphere feels like a sanctuary.
We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue the legacy of the McLeod family. Teaching both Karen and her children is a joy and we are committed to do our very best to help them all achieve their tennis goals.