A Week Ahead at the RGC

July 11, 2018

Dear Members,

Happy Wednesday, RGC! I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far. This week I am out of office taking care of my lovely wife as she had minor surgery on Monday.

I will be back tomorrow participating in the annual Hacker’s Cup Golf Tournament at Victoria Golf Course. I am excited to be a part of this incredible event, which in the past has been organized by one of our long-time Members, Brian Schmierer. This year, I tasked my team with the organization and execution of the tournament. As well, Mr. Warren Jones has stepped up and has assisted us with the solicitation of sponsors, prizes, and participants. Thanks, Warren! Tomorrow will be a great day of golf, games, and prizes, followed by drinks and dinner at the Club. For those who have registered, I’ll see you on the course tomorrow!

As you may have already noticed, the Redevelopment Project Information Centre (Centre) is now open in the former junior lounge off the cafeteria. This information Centre was put together as a request from your Board of Directors to allow Members the opportunity to experience the project in a new and interactive way. The Centre is intended to be a living and breathing space that will continue to change and evolve as the project progresses and as we near a fall Membership vote. The space includes up-to-date renderings on TV screens which are played on a loop, swatch examples for the different proposed expansion facilities, past and current Board/Redevelopment Committee communications, and a project timeline. You will note that some of our Senior Management and Sales & Marketing Staff will be staffing the room from time-to-time to be available for Members who have questions. I hope you all have the chance to visit the Centre on your spare time.

On July 20, Members are invited to enjoy a beautiful five-course Italian dinner for our annual long-table dinner series event, Italian Feast. For $135++ per Member, each course will include multiple dishes and will be served with a wine pairing from this year’s handpicked wines. The reception will begin at 6:30pm with dinner to follow at 7pm. Please note that this event is for adults only. Reserve your spots through Member Services today.

On June 25, the RGC was proud to host the one-year anniversary of the Lois Hole Women’s Society. As you all are aware, we have partnered with the Society to be our charity of choice for 2018/19 as a part of the recently established RGC Supports program. RGC Member Nick Lees, reporter for the Edmonton Journal, was in attendance and wrote about the event in the July 8 issue. During the event, those in attendance had the chance to learn more about the work the Society does, including a presentation by Dr. Sophia Pin. Dr. Pin spoke in detail about The Firefly, an extension of the DaVinci Surgical Robot, that will light up during an arthroscopic procedure when cancer cells are detected. This device would be an incredible addition to the already amazing facilities at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. For more information about the Society and the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, please visit https://www.royalalex.org/ways-to-give/join-lois-hole-hospital-womens-society.

Throughout the remainder of the summer we want to make an effort to address some of the concerns Members have shared with us in regard to non-Member access. I know many of you like to bring your friends, family, and co-workers down to the Club from time-to-time to enjoy a meal, take a dip in the pool, or join you in some activities. This is encouraged, as the number one way our Sales Team recruits new Members is through referrals. We want your friends to see and enjoy the RGC! As such, we have decided that over the course of the summer we are going to track how many guests you sign in. Those Members who sign in the most guests by the end of August 31, 2018 will receive a $250 program credit for the Fall and/or Winter program season. Please note that current RGC guest policies apply (Section III in House rules). Furthermore, this experiment will also allow us to do necessary quality control checks. As such, over the next two months we will be conducting random checks to ensure that only Members or guests who have been properly signed in are using your Club. This exercise will allow us to highlight areas for improvement when it comes to Club security. If you have any questions at all, please speak to our Director of Facilities, Dave Gray.

It is almost that time of the year again… the annual Pool maintenance and shutdown. Last year we decided that we would kick off the shutdown with a fun event for Members and their furry companions, so we introduced the first ever Pooches in the Pool. This event took place in conjunction with International Dog Day. The event was so popular that we have decided to bring it back this year. On August 26, Members and their dogs are invited for a pool party in our Aquatics Centre before it is shut down for maintenance. We are still firming up the details, so stay tuned to your weekly newsletter, social media, and Club signage in the coming days for more information.

Enjoy rest of your week, everyone!

Dustin McAvoy


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Main Contacts
Dustin McAvoy
Erin Poulsen
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Lenora Daniel
Member Relations Manager
Tracy Shaw-Aché
Membership Sales Manager
Mitzi Beaubien
Director of Finance

Dave Gray
Director of Facilities

Sean Gillen
Director of Recreation
Steve Buzak
Director of F&B/Exec. Chef
Elizabeth Kendall (on maternity leave)
Director of Sales & Marketing
Carol Warne
Director of HR
Cynthia Osepchuk
Catering Sales & Events Manager
Samantha van Hooydonk
Marketing & Communications Manager
Jocelyn Morrison