MAC Newsletter |October 2017
October News to Know
Locker Rentals
 Lockers are available to rent. 

Cost: $8.00/month

Please contact Amy Goff  if interested.
New Members!
Evan Hawkins
Paul Salkey
Richard Dunn
Maya Bey
Teralee ElBasri
Jacob Macias
Courtney Schmitt
Pam Jaeger
Stephanie Caceres
William Heinrich
Andrea Reed
Kathryne Kitson
Sarah Gaborik
Ana Maria Barrios
Chris Johnson
Caroline Robertson
Lanny Fleming
Greer Saunders
Chris Vaughan
Jennifer Preslar
Patrick Waybright
Ellen Fleenor
Anne Marie Blakeney
Kelly Blanchard
William Heinrich
Jennifer Johnson
Abby Miller
Richard Mitchell
Ann Neuhaus
Lewis Thornberry
Tommy Taylor
Dear Members and Friends,

It is with sadness and a heavy heart I put the finishing touches on our October newsletter.  I sit down to the computer today to double check spelling, to review dates and times, and to make sure all of the links are working properly. However, I find it difficult to focus on these mundane tasks, when we as a country have much greater issues at hand.  As if all of the devastation from the hurricanes wasn't enough to test our strength and faith, we now have the tragedy of Las Vegas, and the on-going desire for world peace. Yet, here is what I know.  We must tap into our inner spirit, our strength of character.  We must hunker down and stay the course.  We must keep spreading love and kindness.  We must show compassion to our fellow citizens.  We must contribute to the overall wellness of our community and our country through small efforts in our towns, like a grass roots movement.  Help a neighbor. Give blood.  Visit an elderly relative.  Volunteer at the local library. Call an old friend and say, "Hello, I just called to say I am thinking of you."  These simple gestures are free, they are easy to complete, and they go a long way to building a stronger community. The more tragedies we endure, the stronger and more resolute we must respond with togetherness and with a sense of love, compassion and kindness.  So, it is in the spirit of lifting each other up, I ask, "Help one person at a time, and start with the person nearest you."
With Health and Happiness,

Melissa O'Toole

TENNIS & RACQUETBALL, Sandra,  adult programs,  youth programs, instruction

Congratulations to Our Club Challenge Participants
Congratulations to TEAM MAC, which placed 5th out of 12 club teams at the 25th Annual Anthem  Club Challenge in September. This is the largest tennis team competition event in Richmond.
Special congrats to the following pairings that won all 3 of their matches:
  • Scott Kim & Warren Smigo
  • Darren Curtis & Reny Abraham
  • Ting Heah & Geoff Yih
  • Ginny Diersen & Debbie Messmer
  • Jason Livingston & Susan Staton
These couples will all be exempt from round robin  play for the 2018 MAC club challenge team.

Thank You Captains
If you captained a MAC team in 2017, you should have received an Evite for a special  appreciation event in your honor on Thursday October 12th at 6pm. For planning purposes, please let us  know by October 5th if you will be attending or not. We look forward to thanking you for your  contribution to MAC tennis in 2017 and sharing information on our 2018 program. Please
contact Sandra Mason with any questions about the event.

Upcoming Leagues That Play January - March 2018
The next USTA offering is the 18 & over mixed league that plays January - March 2018. If you would  like to captain again or start a new team, please notify Sandra Mason via by November 1st.. If you would like to play, please contact one of
the captains below or Sandra Mason by November 1st. The 2017 captains were:
6.0 - Donna Lira, Mark Chronis, Toni Bolden (new for 2018)
7.0 - Bill Stephens, Donna Talamo, Eric Kile, Gail Gold, Melissa Abell
8.0 - Allen Huang, Bernice White, Bill Stephens, Byron Roberts, Robin Meyer,
Sandra Mason
9.0 - Sandra Mason, Stephanie Williams
10.0 - Sandra Mason

As a reminder, all members that want to play on a MAC team must have a spot before any non- members will be allowed to play. Members must be at the appropriate NTRP for the team and
notify Sandra by November 1st in order to receive help in securing a team.

Ladies Weekday Intra-Club Winter League
The ladies weekday intra club winter league is open for registration. Please email Sandra
Mason via and include your cell phone number by November 1st if you
want to play. This is a great league to play in as bubbled courts are reserved in advance, four  players are assigned for each match and tennis balls are provided for you; all you need to do is
show up for fun tennis. The cost for this program is $20 per player, and the day of the week you
play is based on your Suburban team or NTRP:

Tuesday,  Suburban A or 4.0-4.5
Wednesday, Suburban B or 3.5
Thursday,  Suburban C or 3.0
The season runs November 28th - March 2nd on courts 5 & 6. No matches will be scheduled the week of
Christmas Day, New Years' Eve or New Years'  Day. Weekly match times are: 9a-1030a; 10:30a-12p and 12- 130p, if needed, depending on the number of participating members.

Rules for this league:
1 player per court, please pick up the new tennis balls at the front desk for your match.
When you arrive on court, 1 of the 4 players must text Sandra Mason the names of all
who have showed up to play (regularly scheduled players and subs).
You must try to find a sub if you cannott play at your scheduled day / time. If you cannot find  a sub by 9pm the day prior, you must email the other 3 players scheduled and copy
Sandra to cancel the court. If a court is not used and not cancelled to allow other  members to reserve it, the player who did not find a sub will be charged the $10 court
cancellation fee.
Anyone that is not a member of this league and subs four or more times will be charged $10  after the 4th match they sub in.
After your match, please leave the tennis balls on the tennis desk for the for the pros to add to the teaching  basket.
We look forward to providing this benefit to our Gold members again this year!
Please note:  If the men of MAC are interested in setting up a similar league on Mondays and /or  Fridays, please email Sandra. She will keep a list of those interested and notify everyone if at
least 8 men have interest in starting a men's weekday intra club winter league. The cost would  be the same as the ladies' league.

Tennis Tournament Sponsors
We are looking for $500 sponsors for our upcoming MAC tennis tournaments. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact Sandra Mason. Benefits  include:
  • The tournament will be named after your company.
  • Your company logo will be featured on all tournament advertisements (at the MAC, on all printed materials, included in goody bags for participants, etc.)
  • Complimentary entry into the tournament for you and your partner.
  • Indoor court assignments for your team throughout the tournament.
  • Choice of match times nightly (as long as your opponent doesn't have a conflict).
  • If your company is interested in sponsoring, please contact Sandra Mason. 
Tournament Registration and Payment
The MAC will utilize a new system to register and accept payments from players to participate in upcoming tournaments.  
Please save this site as a favorite on your computer so that you'll be ready for the next tournament.  USTA tournaments will accept registration through USTA's site, tennis link.
All tournaments will be open to MAC members first but non-members will be allowed to play in order to fill the draw. Please make sure you sign up early to be guaranteed a spot.

Upcoming Tournaments
Oct 14th, 10a-3p, USTA Ladies YoPro Tournament for young professionals ages 18-39,
7.0 & below or 7.5-8.5, (Rain Date: Oct 15th), sign-up via, ID#: 300000517, open to 2.5-5.0 players. (Saturday)
Oct 29th, 930a-230p, USTA 3.0 Men's Tournament, (Rain Date: Nov 5th), sign-up via, ID#: 300102417. (Sunday)
Nov 30th-Dec 2nd, Ladies weeknight member-guest tournament (weeknight / Saturday
Dec 7th-9th, Men's weeknight member-guest tournament (weeknight / Saturday am)
Jan 21st-26th, Mixed Member-Guest Tournament (weeknight)
Feb 12th, Love Doubles Mixed Tennis & Trivia Tournament, members can play with their
sweetheart who is a member or non-member; tennis player or not. (weeknight)
Mar 18th-23rd, Member-Member (Ladies & Men's) Spring Warm Up Tournament

Our 1st WTT Intra Club Season Was a HUGE Success
Thank you to Selena Heah who organized a great World Team Tennis event for our members.    Also, special thanks to the WTT captains, Dorothy Hillgrove, Melody Morton, and Glenn Sturm.    We hope to bring a session back during the winter season.    Stay tuned!

MEMBERSHIP or 804 330 2222 ext 308, membership, billing

Is your credit card attached to your MAC account about to expire, or would you like to switch to a different card?  For any problems, questions or updates, please get in touch with Amy or Susan in the business office.


Halloween Carnival
Join us on Wednesday October 25th for our annual 
MAC Halloween Carnival ! Bring your little ghost or goblin dressed in costume for a night full of games & prizes, a spooky Maze, face painting, pumpkin craft, Bounce House and much more!  

Be sure to register at the Front Desk by October 21st to receive your professional photo & pumpkin craft at the Carnival! 

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  

Volunteers Needed
Adult and teen volunteers are needed to staff games at the Halloween Carnival from 6-8pm.  Volunteers will distribute candy prizes! For more information or to sign up, contact Jill Stansfield at 330-2222 (ext. 318). 

Kids' Club Hours
School has started, and our Kids' Club has returned to regular hours of operation. Monday though Friday, 8:30am-1pm, 4-8pm. Saturday 8am-1pm.  Sunday 11am-5pm.

MAC Birthday Parties
Looking for a great spot to have your son or daughter's birthday party? Look no further! We handle the set-up, clean-up and all the fun in between. Your child can choose between playing games/sports in our basketball gym or swimming in the indoor pool, or playing in the water park and end the event with a celebration in our birthday room. Contact  Jill   Stansfield  at 330-2222 (ext. 318) for further details and to reserve your party today!

Click Here for more information about our MAC parties.

Parents' Morning Out 
Every Tuesday, we offer Parents' Morning out from 9am-1pm.  Price is $3/hr per child for Members and $5/hr per child for non-Members. Please sign up in Kids' Club by the day before your child will attend.

Parents' Night Out
Drop your child off for Parent's Night Out October 13th  from  5:00-8:30pm . The cost is $3 per hour per child for members and $5 per hour per child for non-members. Sign up by  Thursday before the event.  Please remember, our MAC Center Court Cafe offers a special $5 kids' meal during Parent's Night Out. Simply ask a Kids' Club staff member for further details about how to make this event even easier!

Click HERE for Group Exercise Attendance Policy

Yoga to Support New Hope Rescue
Each year, MAC helps provide food and other necessities for the animals saved by New Hope Rescue.  Please plan to participate by donating to New Hope Rescue and by enjoying this special yoga class.

Les Mills Launch
Launch day is set for October 28th!  Your group exercise instructors look forward to bringing you all new workouts and lots of fun!
Family Friendly Classes in September
Kids ages 7 and up are invited to participate with a parent.
October 8, 2pm, BodyFlow with Megan
October 12, 6pm MAC Barre with Lauren
October 16, 6pmAqua Zumba with Tracey
October 23, 6:30pmArms & Abs with Amber
November 1, 5pm Yin Yoga with Debbie

FITNESS, personal or small group training

Personal and Small Group Training
We are pleased to announce that we have hired a new fitness department director, Jim Cohen.  And, we have several new trainers joining our current staff!  Lots of new equipment is arriving over the course of the month, and all of our trainers are eager to share the new "toys" and programs with our members. Please welcome Jim, and two new trainers, Recekah Feliz and Tina Johnson.

MAC Barbell has started classes, and our new endurance athlete program is starting this month as well.

The rates for personal and small group training are:
$70 for 1 hour private session 
$40 for a 30 minute private session 
$700 for a package of 10 sessions, the 11th session is free 
$1400 for a package of 20 sessions (3 free sessions)
$80 for semiprivate 
$90 for 3 people small group 
$100 for 4 people small group 

Senior rates 
$55 hour private session 
$30 for 30 minute session 
$550 for 10 sessions (1 sessions free)
$1100 for 20 sessions (3 sessions free)
$65 semiprivate 
$75 3 people small group 
$85 4 people small group training 

Cross Training for Endurance Athletes

Private Yoga Personal Training Sessions
Why invest in yoga personal training? A private session allows for a more intimate view into YOUR practice. You can start a new practice, deepen your current practice or spend some time working with an injury or specific goal or concern. 

Injuries and health concerns can make a normal yoga class impractical for some participants. A yoga instructor teaching several students at one time cannot focus on individual needs or ensure that the poses will not further injure or strain a particular person. Furthermore, health concerns like pregnancy, diabetes or heart disease may require special alterations to one's yoga practice.   When health concerns are a potential issue, it is best to have a private yoga lesson with a properly trained Yoga Therapist. This can aid in working around the problem, avoid further complications, and help to ease pain or lessen the effects of a certain diagnosis. 

T he MAC fitness department announces that yoga personal training sessions are now available and offered by MAC yoga instructor and certified Yoga Therapist, Shannon Somogyi.  If you are interested in exploring a deeper, personalized yoga practice, for any reason, please stop by the fitness desk or the front desk to get in touch with Shannon.  Read Shannon's biography below to learn about her training and credentials. 

AQUATICS, aquatics programs for youth and adults, including swim team, pool maintenance

Registration and payment for ALL MAC swim programs are now being accepted online.  Please click HERE to visit the site to register and pay for MAC group swim lessons, MAC swim clinics, and MAC master swim.

Fall swimming activities in the Aquatics Department are in full swing, with Swim Clinics, Group lessons, Masters Swimming and Poseidon Swimming all sharing water in our pools.  It has been wonderful to have the outdoor pool open and available during this warm weather spell, but as the cooler weather creeps in, please remember to share a lane when necessary.  We always have two lanes available for member swimming~ even during our busiest times.  But there may be times that lap swimmers may need to double up and share a lone.  Thank you for understanding!  If you would like to participate in our Swim Clinics or Masters Swimming, pro-rated prices are available for late-season registrations.  Email  for more information.

Additionally, Poseidon Swimming will  host a Trunk or Treat event in the lower parking lot on Friday October 20th at 5:30pm that will be open to ALL MEMBERS as well!  There will be drink specials in the cafe afterwards, for those of you who would like to unwind after all the fun.  Look for more details coming soon!

When it's cool, you can still come to the pool!  See you at the MAC!

MAC and Poseidon
Please click   HERE  to read a letter about our new partnership with Poseidon swimming.  We are excited about welcoming new families to the our club, and we hope our current families with kids who enjoy swimming will consider joining Poseidon swimming as well.

Lifeguard Recertification Class
MAC will host a lifeguard  recertification class on October 7th, and we are currently scheduling a lifeguard training class for either November or December 2017.

Important Aquatics Reminders
-When necessary, please be sure to share a lane with fellow lap swimmers and remember lap lanes in the outdoor pool are lap swimming.
-Cell phone use is strictly prohibited in the hot tub and in the locker rooms. 
-Please make sure that proper swim attire is worn in the pool and the hot tub. Workout shorts, cotton and denim are strictly prohibited.
-Please click  HERE    for October indoor pool lane charts. 

ACTIVITIES,  activities  and member programs

Dance with Marianne Kelley's School of Dance
MAC is pleased to offer a dance instruction partnership with MKSD, and classes are forming now.  Please register quickly, as costumes for recitals need to be ordered.
Click HERE for PDF dance registration form.

Speaker Series
Join us on Thursday evening (time TBA) October 26th for a presentation by Coach Rolando Lamb, from the VCU Hall of Fame.  Coach Lamb specializes in youth basketball and motivational speaking.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Night
Congratulations to John Anderson for winning first place place in our poker tournament.  He received a $75 Visa gift card and a MAC gift bag.  Our quarterly Texas Hold 'Em Tournament is a great time, and we look forward to our new one.  Per member request, the next tournament will be scheduled for a Sunday afternoon during football season, so participants may play poker and enjoy exciting football games.

Come try Pickleball! Currently we offer Pickleball on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings  from 9:30am to 12noon in the basketball court. Members may play for free, and non-members pay $2 to play.  Come see what all the buzz is about. Beginners are welcome! Pickleball, the sweet sport with a sour name. 

Member Breakfast
Our complimentary member breakfast is scheduled for October 18th from 7:30-9:30am in the cafe.  

Trim the Turkey 5K Run/Walk and 1 Miles Kids' Fun Run
MAC's annual 5k race will take place Saturday November 25th. This year's race will feature chip timing!
Packet pick up is Friday November 24th from 10am-12 noon and November 25th from 7-8:15am.
Register online by clicking HERE.
Participants may also register by completing the PDF registration form and submitting to the MAC front desk. Click HERE for the PDF registration form.

(804) 330-2222