By Elaine Park, President
Our clubhouse has undergone significant changes over the past few years. At each stage, the goal has been to restore the building’s original character while upgrading to modern building standards.
This past autumn we addressed lighting and sound deficiencies in the auditorium. This project represented the most extensive renovations to the interior of the clubhouse in 50 years. The fluorescent lights have been replaced with fixtures that have the look of 1911 while providing attractive, dimmable, energy-saving lighting.
An even bigger project was the acoustical upgrade. This is a heard-but-not-seen improvement: The acoustical paneling is virtually invisible, but the sound difference is phenomenal. Where once keys falling to the floor or chairs scraping were painfully loud, and large gatherings were so noisy you couldn’t hear your neighbor, now you can hear easily what you want to hear, without echoes and distortion.
There are so many club members to thank for these steps forward, and, at the risk of forgetting anyone, I’d like to particularly call out Sally Newman, Liz Ditz, Kathy Zmay, Jim Pierce, Hilary Paulson, and especially Jane Taylor for her innumerable hours of research, meetings, and project management.