March 2013 - Cleveland - The Union Club

March 2013 - Cleveland - The Union Club

Membership News | March 2013 The Union Club of Cleveland H H H H H A Platinum Club of America Engaging Women Launch Great Things A nything can de...

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Membership News | March 2013

The Union Club of Cleveland

H H H H H A Platinum Club of America

Engaging Women Launch Great Things


nything can develop when engaging women get together with an open agenda. That’s the premise behind the Engaging Women’s Committee At a recent meeting of the Engaging Women’s Committee are (back, from left) Maleia Greenberg, Emily Shacklett, of the Union Club, which since Kristen Milano, Kathi Chapman, Janet Gosche, Yan Maschke, (center, from left) Katherine Friedell, Sheila Niles, its launch in 2007, has sponsored Cai Li, Anne Bingham, and (in front) Laura Steinbrink. everything from current affairs lectures to pajama parties. “Any member can be part of the committee. All we ask is that the person participates and comes to the meetings with ideas,” said committee chair Katherine Friedell. “Our mission is to provide women opportunities to socialize, learn, and build relationships.” Continued on page 4

Richard Pollock

What New Members Are Saying


“In terms of what ‘s most valuable to me about Union Club membership, it’s a tie between the convenience of the club’s location and the quality of the members. The biggest benefit of membership is definitely the opportunities it provides to meet and develop friendships with fellow members. What has amazed me is how quickly the staff has come to know me by name.”

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From the General Manager

Welcome to the Club

Meet New Members Dear Members, After 18 years at the club, our “goodwill ambassador” will say farewell when he provides his last haircut on March 29. Dave Painter, our club barber, is retiring, and we will dearly miss him. We all know Dave for his great sense of humor, quick wit, and the heartfelt belly laughs he provokes at our lunch table every day. No one escapes his humor at work, and everyone gets a good dose of it if they walk by him! Dave has been one of the club’s assets and consistently made meeting a Union Club staff person a positive experience. We wish him many wonderful years and satisfying new ventures. Please join me in congratulating Dave! See you at the club,

Claudio Caviglia

The Power of 140

Enjoy Benefits Through July Five months remain for you and the members you propose to enjoy the benefits offered by the Power of 140 membership challenge. Talk to someone you esteem about the value of Union Club membership. It’s easy! Think Four Steps l Introduce the club l Propose a candidate l Engage the membership team l Connect the new member Consider the Win-Win l Each new member and his or her proposer will receive a $140 usage credit l Members 65 and older who have belonged to the club for 10 or more years will receive a 40 percent dues reduction plus the $140 usage credit ATTEND THE NEW MEMBER RECEPTION The New Member Reception at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, is a must-attend. This annual meet-and-greet provides new and established members the opportunity to mingle over drinks and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. “This is a celebration for the entire membership,” said Marketing, Membership, and Program Director Sally Weinberg. “Join us in welcoming the great members who have come on board in the past year.” 2

Brian Blaushild is a 2010 graduate of Miami University. He recently became the fourth-generation member of his family’s business, Famous Supply, as customer service manager in its Bedford Heights location. Brian enjoys golf, family, and travel. He hopes his younger brother, Kevin, will return to Cleveland after graduating from Miami this spring. Ralph Dise is president of Dise & Company, specialists in executive recruiting and corporate outplacement. He lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Kathy, owner of BudgetEase, a bookkeeping and accounting firm. They have three adult children and enjoy golf and curling. Ralph sings, plays guitar, and hosts monthly Roots of American Music “pickin’ parties.” Diane Downing is senior vice president and regional manager of corporate affairs for Huntington National Bank, Cleveland, and is on the ClevelandCuyahoga County Port Authority board. Diane’s previous positions include service on the executive staffs of former Cleveland Mayors George Voinovich and Michael White, construction project manager for Cleveland Browns Stadium, and stadium operations manager for the Browns. She and her husband, attorney Tom Corrigan, live in Cleveland’s Edgewater neighborhood and have three grown children. James Geuther is a veteran banker who joined JPMorgan Chase Bank in 2012 as president of its Northeast Ohio region and head of its commercial bank team. He and Laura live in Bay Village and have three children. Jim is on the boards of Cleveland Development Advisors and College Now Greater Cleveland, and serves on the Cleveland Foundation’s bank trustees committee. Laura is executive director of Fill This House. David Greenspan is a member of the Cuyahoga County Council and CEO of Green Elk Consulting Services, which focuses on emerging and turnaround ventures. He has served as an elected official on the inaugural charter councils of Cuyahoga County and Sandy Springs, Ga. Dave and his wife, Mary Kim Elkins, live in Westlake with their young son. Dave also has a daughter at Kent State University and a son in Atlanta. Thomas Kelsey is a client service executive with the Hylant Group. He and Brooke, a manager with the Gap, recently returned to Cleveland after living in San Francisco. Tom is on the friends board of the Achievement Centers for Children and is among the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders. Brooke belongs to the Junior League. They have a young son and love Cleveland sports, the city’s food scene, and the University of Michigan.

Just Lunch Plus

Discover the Best Books From 2012 Wondering what should be on your nightstand or e-reader? Book critic Karen Long will return to the club at noon on Tuesday, March 26, to present her list of the best books from the previous year. “This annual luncheon is always sold out. Karen has many fans,” said Katherine Friedell, chair of the Engaging Women’s Committee, which sponsors the Just Lunch Plus series. Long recently left her 34-year career at the Plain Dealer to manage the 77-year-old Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards as a consultant to the Cleveland Foundation. The awards are given annually to honor books that address racism and diversity. “I hope to coax more readers to discover these prizes, read the recipients, and join the conversations they engender,” Long wrote in her Plain Dealer farewell column. Plan to attend this popular luncheon.

Karen Long | 216-621-4230

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Sixth Annual Summit on Leadership

Still Time to Register! Celebrating Cleveland: A Culinary Cornerstone Time remains for you and your friends to claim a place at this year’s Summit on Leadership at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 7. Celebrating Cleveland: A Culinary Cornerstone will explore the city’s dynamic food scene – specifically, how a growing emphasis on fresh, locally sourced foods is enhancing the region’s economic, social, and physical well-being. Opening with a cocktail reception, the evening will feature a 90-minute panel discussion

with four culinary leaders. Mike McIntyre of ideastream will moderate. The conversation will continue over hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Matt. The Summit on Leadership, which is open to the invited public, features established and emerging leaders who are helping to direct trends in Cleveland. Invite others, and call today for reservations!

Farmer Lee Jones, owner of Chef’s Garden, the nation’s leading grower of artisanal produce, and the first farmer to judge the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” competition

Jonathan Bennett, chef and owner of Moxie, RED the Steakhouse, and Rosso Italia and president of Cleveland Independents, a regional association of 80 independently owned restaurants


Donita Anderson, co-founder and executive director of the North Union Farmers Market, operator of one indoor year-round and six outdoor seasonal markets in Greater Cleveland

Doug Katz, chef and owner of Fire Food and Drink and chef and partner of Provenance, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s new restaurant, café, and catering service

"Members and guests will come away from the evening with a greater awareness of the ‘wisdom of food.’ The experts you meet will inform your restaurant choices, food-buying habits, and the way you think about eating for yourself and your family." Paul Weisinger, chairman of the Cleveland Business Leaders Committee Fitness Center

Grand Reopening Challenge Yourself: Join Spring Sprint! JOIN THE YEAR'S FIRST FITNESS CHALLENGE March 11 – April 15 (weekends not included)

Spring Sprint will motivate you to perform a variety of exercises, ranging from beginner to advanced. Exercises are assigned point values according to intensity. The first person to reach 500 points wins a prize. (Only one winner will be selected.) Participants must exercise at least twice per week. Travel vouchers and a list of exercises will be available to participants who must travel during the contest period. At least 10 participants are required.


More than 70 members and their guests turned out for the Fitness Center’s recent Grand Reopening Party. “Attendees enjoyed a smoothie bar donated by Mary Ellen Carney and Louise Dempsey, healthy hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails, and the normal Fitness Center feel was in the air – fun, laid back, and low key,” said Fitness Center Manager Christina Smelko. The event heralded upgrades to the center that include a streamlined layout, new fitness equipment, high-definition TV monitors, and wireless technologies. The Health and Wellness Committee, headed by Robert Bostwick, orchestrated the improvements. “The real credit goes to Christina and Sha’Da (Taylor) for keeping us organized and updated throughout the process,” he said. “It’s exciting to see the club’s focus on fitness,” said Carney. “The grand reopening emphasized that we are listening and want members to see the gem that is right here inside the Union Club.”


1½ apples, halved, seeded, quartered ¾ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 tablespoon brown sugar or other sweetener, to taste ½ teaspoon apple pie spice 1 cup ice cubes

In the order listed, place all ingredients in the container of a high-speed blender and process until desired consistency is reached. Recipe from Mary Ellen Carney and Louise Dempsey | 216-621-4230

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Cover Story

Engaging Women Continued from page 1

The Engaging Women’s Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month and hosts what it calls Just Lunch on the last Tuesday. “Just Lunch is typically in the Tap Room and is open table. Members and their guests are welcome with no real need for reservations,” said Friedell. From Just Lunch, the group conceived the idea of hosting quarterly luncheon presentations called Just Lunch Plus. This month’s visit by Karen Long – former Plain Dealer book editor, now a consultant to the Cleveland Foundation-administered Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – is an example.

"Our mission is to provide women opportunities to socialize, learn, and build relationships." Katherine Friedell, chair of the Engaging Women’s Committee

“Just Lunch Plus offers terrific programming and has a strong following,” Friedell said. Highlights from the past two years include an expert dialogue on prospects for the Middle East, a fashion and beauty series, a presentation by an acupuncturist and herbal therapy expert, and a health and wellness series. “We are grateful to Linda Olejko and Mary Lynn Laughlin, who were instrumental in nurturing the idea for the Engaging Women’s Committee,” said Friedell. “Linda was the first committee chair, followed by Lisa Berger, and my tenure began in 2010. As Louise Dempsey often says, we are friends now but never would have gotten to know each other without the committee.” What about those pajama parties? Last month’s Girls’ Pajama Soiree, organized by Sheila Niles, was the committee’s second such get-together. “We meet in the evening in the Reading Room, where we have a fire and a great time. We stay in the guest rooms, and in the morning, the club provides a wonderful continental breakfast,” Friedell explained. “It’s an opportunity to have a lot of time to talk, instead of the sometimes rushed conversation at a meeting or event.” 4

Arts and Culture

Celebrate Arts Prize Exhibition Pay tribute to many of the city’s finest artists at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, at a reception celebrating the club’s yearlong exhibition of works by winners of the Cleveland Arts Prize. The show’s first installment, hung in January, featured works by winners from the 1960s and 1970s. April 17 marks the opening of the

second installment, dedicated to works by winners from the 1980s and 1990s. The Union Club Foundation and the Arts and Culture Committee are the exhibition’s sponsors. Part of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the foundation’s mission to preserve and advance the club’s and the region’s artistic legacies.

Reciprocol Clubs

Choose Between Two Clubs in Historic New Haven The Graduate Club, a reciprocal club in New Haven, Conn., recently merged with the Quinnipiac Club, meaning Union Club members can now enjoy both facilities. The Graduate Club and the Q Club are just two blocks apart and offer dining and overnight accommodations. The Graduate Club is located on the green in the center of historic New Haven, adjoining Yale University. The 200-year-old clubhouse is a Preservation Trust Landmark. The nearby Q Club, founded in 1931, occupies a handsome, Georgian-style clubhouse

Quinnipiac Club

designed by nationally known architect Douglas Orr. These clubs are among more than 130 clubs worldwide that offer Union Club members reciprocal privileges. Visit to learn more.

Private Lives

Members Recognized for Business and Community Leadership Daniel P. Walsh Jr., president of the Greater Cleveland region of Huntington National Bank, is the winner of the 2012 Kent Clapp CEO Leadership Award from Smart Business. The award recognizes a top executive of a for-profit company whose community service stands as an example for the organization he or she heads. Under Walsh’s leadership, Huntington made a $500,000 commitment to the launch of Global Cleveland and committed $2 million to the startup of the Cleveland office of the Economic and Community Development Institute. Walsh was also instrumental in providing a loaned executive to Team NEO. He is active on numerous nonprofit boards and co-chairs the 2012-2013 Greater Cleveland United Way campaign. Four Union Club members were honored at the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland’s annual Distinguished

Marketing and Sales Awards event on Feb. 28. Len Komoroski (above, left) of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena was named Business Executive of the Year. J. Brandon Davis (above, center) of URS and Lee Stacey (above, right) of Britton Gallagher each won a Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award. Diane Downing (see Meet New Members) is a corporate award recipient. “Private Lives” spotlights members’ professional and personal achievements. Maybe you’ve won an award, chaired a committee, assisted a cause, or conquered a mountain. Whatever your good news, we’d like to share it. Contact Sally Weinberg ([email protected]). | 216-621-4230


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Check the Union Club website at for details about standing monthly events, including Dividend Happy Hour (1st and 3rd Thursdays) and Just Lunch (last Tuesdays).

PRIME RIB NIGHT EVERY THURS Prime rib dinner, $29 plus tax and service charge. Selections from our à la carte menu are also available. Call for reservations.

SUMMIT ON LEADERSHIP CELEBRATING CLEVELAND: A CULINARY CORNERSTONE THURS, 3/7, 5 PM Learn how Cleveland’s dynamic food scene is making our region healthier physically, socially, and economically. This annual event is open to the invited public. $35 plus tax and service charge; includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and parking. Reserve today!

TAPAS NIGHT FRI, 3/8 AND FRI, 3/22 Enjoy a variety of small-plate tastings, live entertainment, and happy hour prices. Tapas menu until 9 p.m. (no à la carte).

BREAKFAST WITH LEADERS WED, 3/13, 7:30 AM Welcome Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, a fourth-generation, family-owned manufacturer of high-performance food-blending equipment made in the company’s Olmsted Falls headquarters. Berg has led the company’s overseas expansion and sales and marketing efforts since coming on board in 1997. As a certified quality auditor, she has traveled the globe delivering leadership training. A members-only event; $20 plus tax and service charge; includes breakfast and parking. WHISKY NIGHT TUES, 3/19, 6 PM Savor five signature selections from Scotland’s Balvenie Distillery accompanied by small-plate food pairings in four courses. A presentation from 30-year industry veteran Jim Ellers will make this a master class in Scotch whisky. $105 plus tax and service charge; includes parking. JUST LUNCH PLUS TUES, 3/26, NOON Karen Long presents her annual review of notable books. $27 plus tax and service charge; includes lunch and parking.

Group Exercise GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES NOW FREE All classes except yoga are free of charge. Class reservations are required, with a minimum of two participants. Yoga classes are $20 per class or $75 for five classes. Please contact the Fitness Center for a complete class schedule.

ALL-LEVELS YOGA Welcome Rachele Massey on her return to the Fitness Center yoga team! Join her in All-Levels Yoga, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Fridays, beginning March 8. Classes will be customized for students’ abilities. Reservations and a minimum of two participants are required.

Save the Date BREAKFAST WITH LEADERS WED, 4/10, 7:30 AM David Franklin, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, is charged with guiding the completion of the museum’s $350 million renovation and expansion project and overseeing acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programs as the institution enters its second century. Franklin, who was named to his role in 2010, is an internationally recognized scholar of Italian Renaissance and baroque art.

TAPAS NIGHT FRI, 4/12 AND FRI, 4/26 Live entertainment and happy hour prices.

GABRIELLE COLLECTION WINE DINNER THURS, 4/11, 6 PM Napa vintner Gabrielle will guide diners in a total of five tastings served before and throughout a four-course dinner. Selections include Pietro Family Cellars’ sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot noir and the Gabrielle Collection’s Vertex and Juxtaposition varietal blends. Call for reservations. $55 plus tax and service charge; includes parking.

NEW MEMBER RECEPTION – NOTE NEW DATE! THURS, 4/18, 5:30 PM All members invited; complimentary hors d’oeuvres; drinks by subscription.

CLEVELAND ARTS PRIZE RECEPTION WED, 4/17, 5:30 PM Celebrate the club’s yearlong exhibition of works by winners of the Cleveland Arts Prize. $35; includes $5 donation to the Union Club Foundation, hors d’oeuvres, and parking.

SPEAKER LUNCHEON MON, 4/19, NOON Featuring Sandra Pianalto, president, Fourth District Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland. FATHER-DAUGHTER DINNER DANCE FRI, 4/19, 6 PM

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Did You Know? Warm weather will bring outdoor dining to the Union Club. Watch for further details as this welcome enhancement blossoms.

Board of Trustees and Officers William H. Coquillette President Brent D. Ballard Vice President and Secretary Geoffrey B. C. Williams Treasurer Linda L. Bluso Howard B. Edelstein Art J. Falco Randell McShepard Jakki Nance Billie K. Rawot Cynthia V. Schulz Daniel P. Walsh Jeffrey J. Weaver Eric V. Bacon Ex-Officio



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