To inspire those who are still getting acquainted with Center Club Cares, we wanted to share with you how your fellow Members are giving back to the community, and how you can also get involved through the convenience of Your own Club!

The mission of Center Club Cares is to empower the citizens of Orange County through educational opportunities and human services. From early learning initiatives to veterans programs, we want to take an active part in helping Orange County thrive.Center Club Orange County is proud of our community and our members, and wants to give back in a truly meaningful way, as well as help you fulfill the desire to make an impact in the community.To help us fill Orange County with more dynamic leaders for today and tomorrow you can get involved in many ways. Please reach out to management, or visit us online.

Member Spotlight: 
Brandon Moody, Board of Governor, Community Affairs Committee Member, and Center39 Committee Member

Here are just a couple of things that Brandon has invested his time and heart into. Being part of the Community Affair Committee behind Center Club Cares, Brandon has been involved in the birthing process of this new empowering Center Club Cares fund. 

Anaheim Family YMCA Directing Staff - Camp Miehana Jr Leaders in Training

Anaheim Family YMCA Major Gifts Campaign

2013 Gold Sponsor Susan G Komen Race for the Cure OC

2014 Printing Sponsor - Susan G Komen Race for the Cure OC1st 

3rd Annual Dave + Busters Golf Tournament Printing Sponsor benefiting TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)

Co-Founded the “No Kids Left Behind” Campership Fund with the assistance of C39,

The 12 Movement + Josh Boyd in February 2015

Member and Incoming 2016 Marketing Chairman of Rotary Club of Irvine

Bronze Underwriter + Printing Sponsor of Human Options Black Tie Masquerade 

Printing Sponsor of Young Professionals Leadership Summit 2012-2014 produced by Ed Linck

Named Emerging Professional of the Year by Irvine Chamber 2013-2014

Member Irvine Chamber Ambassadors Committeemost

Recently named 1 of 6 Men of Style by Riviera Magazine

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Brandon Moody YMCA

Spring had sprung and there is a bit of pep in our step at the Center Club. We’ve noticed that Members are starting to venture out to the patio to enjoy an after work cocktail or dinner. And with more sunlight at the end of the day, we all seem to become a bit more social. April is certainly a social month!We kick off the month with one of our favorite Member Traditions - Easter Brunch. The clubs fills will families and friendship, eager to enjoy a leisurely day. Chef Lewis and his culinary team produce the best Easter Brunch in Orange County. I am always impressed with new creations, brunch favorites and creative presentation. The kids are always ready to take a picture with the Easter Bunny and with facepainting, a balloon artist, and a bounce house, we’ll keep them entertained so that you can enjoy brunch, too! I really look forward to welcoming you and your family this Sunday.
As Chris Sarten mentions in his news, it is baseball season! We’ve got some great ballpark events lined up and will have our Encore Lounge TVs tuned into Angels games. On the 30th, we continue our own 30th Anniversary celebration with 30 years of OC Sports. The 30th Anniversary celebration have been fantastic. We provide complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages, enjoy live music and a special theme each month. Mark you r calendar now for the 30th and plan to join us.I also want to draw your attention to a brand new member benefit. Reserve was created especially for our wine enthusiasts and wine lovers. Kristin and Gina have done a terrific job sharing some details with you. I’d like to highlight that only Reserve members will receive special pricing and exclusive invitations to wine events. Club Corp is working with America’s First Master Sommelier, Eddie Osterland to provide tastings and dinners, travel opportunities and unique selections for purchase. You’ll be hearing a lot about Reserve this month as we roll out this new member benefit. We’re upgrading memberships this month so that you can receive benefits beginning May 1st. Reserve is an exclusive benefit of ClubCorp.
Be sure to come out for our Sous Chef Knockout on April 16th with Food Network host, Simon Majumdar! Be entertained, and wined while watching Center Club's Sous Chefs, Kyle and Frank battle it out on the stove. We will have guest judges to critique the entrees such as Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish Tacos, Amar Santana of Broadway, and our very own Executive Chef Lewis Butler. 
There are many exciting events this month with different offerings and opportunities for you to get involved. I'm sure that you will enjoy! 
See you around the Club! Shahin Vosough, Club Manager

A Bus Man’s Holiday

I was talking with our produce rep the other day, a conversation that sparked these thoughts for this month’s newsletter.

We were having a conversation about our free time and how we are still very much engaged in this industry during “off” hours. We go out to restaurants with our families, we are cooking at home. We look at the magazines in the stores to get ideas, grocery shopping, checking out the top restaurant reviews and menus on line. Even at the movies we go out to see films like “The Chef” and “100 Foot Journey”. This is what my mother would always call a “bus man’s holiday”. Here is the description of the phrase:     

First recorded in 1893 in the UK. The idea is that a busman, to go off on a holiday, would take an excursion by bus, thereby engaging in a similar activity to his work.

This is so very true! On top of all the those things I am reading right now, I’m also reading a very funning book called Food, a love story by the comedian Jim Gaffigan. It keeps me chuckling. If you get a chance pick it up. I am sure you will enjoy it.
A couple of other great classic reading books about cooking are:

Heat by Bill Buford. A journalist in New York City who did a stage in Mario Batali’s restaurant. This one is great as it gives you a outsiders point of view into my industry. But another older book is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. This one I am pretty sure most people have read. It follows his culinary journey up to his famous restaurant, “Les Halles” in New York. 

A few good documentaries out there on food and wine are Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The story follows one of the best sushi chef in Japan. Somm is all about wine and the sommelier life. There is also an English series from the 80’s called Chef. Very funny. You’ll fall in love with the English comedian named Lenny Hernry. 

Just a few things in the culinary world to keep you occupied and inspired if you have a few hours to spare. It is good to see that there is so much out there for foodies and I am sure there is much more to come! What food & wine books or movies are you enjoying at the moment?

Enjoy

Chef Lewis

April 22, 2015 is Administrative Professionals Day. In the Private Events Office, we often coordinate directly with administrative professionals to plan corporate events. The projects on the desk of an administrative professional are constantly flowing. Many admins do assist with event planning while also managing their duties in the office. Event planning is a profession in itself, so we’ve devised a few tips to help you help your admin streamline the event planning process so that they can stay focused on their commitments in the office as well.
It’s important to begin the planning process for your admin by providing all of the essential information including preferred date, if there is flexibility with the date, preferred time frame, how many expected guests, preferred room set up, budget as well as any specific details you can provide about how you are envisioning the event. The more information your admin has going into planning an event, the more focused their hunt for a venue will be. 
You will also want to be sure you connect your admin with professionals. Different venues provide different levels of service, and you want to be sure your admin has all the assistance they can get. At Center Club, your admin can call the Private Events office, tell us exactly what you need, and we can personally assist with the details including a detailed food and beverage proposal along with referrals for florists, photographers, etc. This can help to make the planning process more efficient for your admin, as make for a successful event.
It is essential to provide your admin with all the tools necessary to book an event. Most venues require signed contracts, banquet event orders and credit card authorizations to confirm an event. Typically, space can be held for 24 hours without signed confirmation agreements to confirm. It will be helpful to your admin for you to be available for a quick review of options they have gathered if there is a specific date that you are interested in.
One final note… Since your administrative professional is so incredibly supportive of you, why not thank them for all that they do, in the office and beyond the call of duty. Treat your admin to lunch at the Center Club and let them know just how much you appreciate them!
As always, please feel free to contact Kaitlin or Chris directly with any questions at 714-438-3860.
Happy Planning,
Kaitlin Kuykendall & Chris Hartley, Private Event Directors

There are very few things I am passionate about in life and one of them happens to be baseball. “Pitchers and catchers report” are four of the greatest words in the English language. For baseball nuts it’s the equivalent to “let’s get ready to rumble” or “gentlemen, start your engines”. I am not the only baseball fanatic on the staff and I have talked to plenty of you who are just as stoked as we are! So it’s no surprise that there is some excitement at Center Club about the upcoming baseball season.
How excited are we? Well, the Club has secured group seats for some awesome upcoming MLB action. The first game is on April 21st when the Angels take on the division rival Oakland A’s. From the east coast? Perfect! We also have tickets to the Angels/Red Sox on July 20th. Of course you can’t buy tickets to those games and not get tickets to the Freeway Series! Tuesday September 8th, to quote the great Vin Scully, “it’s time for Dodger baseball” when the Dodgers visit the Angels. And we have great seats! You don’t want to miss this series! All games will sell out so don’t wait to get tickets! See you at the ball park! 

Angel Game

MembershipWe are simply thrilled to introduce you to Reserve: ClubCorp’s Inner Wine Circle.  Reserve is the ultimate membership upgrade granting access to the world of wines with in the familiarity of your own club.  Whether a wine aficionado or an aspiring enthusiast, enjoy a comprehensive and exclusive body of wine experiences.  Reserve members are privy to exclusive access, unique events and world class travel.  Benefits include; intimate wine events, curated tastings with Eddie Osterland, your Reserve Ambassador and America’s First Master Sommelier, select wines and Reserve Member pricing, wine locker access and the opportunity to travel to our featured wine destination with Eddie O.Reserve debuts this month and benefits will begin in May.  We know there are many of you who would enjoy this additional benefit, especially if you’ve attended any of the tastings, showdowns or wine dinners recently. We’re eager to share the details with you. To learn more about benefits and upgrading your membership to Reserve, please contact Kristin or Gina in the Membership Department.   

It’s March already! Can you believe it? My team here at the Center Club just closed February by hosting ClubCorp executives and Club Sales teams for the Club 100 party. it was a spectacular event with specials guests such as our President and CEO Eric Affeldt, and COO, Mark Burnette.As we look forward to March and the arrival of spring, we look at menus with new items and the featured food of the month, Brussels Sprouts. Yes, you read that correctly, Brussels Sprouts. Chef Lewis shares a delicious recipe you can try on our Encore Menu. We are certain you will become a fan!In March, The Social is presented by Center 39 and is a Tap Takeover from Four Sons Brewing. Four Sons Brewing is a family owned and operated micro-brewery located in Huntington Beach, California (aka Surf City). We’re also featuring live music from Dublin Public, a local Long Beach Band. That combined with tasty appetizers should well get us into St. Patricks Day mode! The Social, as we call them are always a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow members, so be sure to RSVP.Another highlight this month will be the 30 Years of OC, which we are appropriately holding on March 30th. This is going to be a terrific celebration, including our Orange County theme parks, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.Make sure you take a look at the blog post from Private Events this month. On Sunday, March 22nd, we are hosting the Once Gown Wedding Event. Brides-to-be will have an opportunity to find their perfect wedding dress at prices which won’t bust budgets. Some of Center Club’s Creative Partners will also be present. We had such a great success with Once previously, we are happy to welcome this spectacular event to Center Club again. Tickets can be purchased through Once at www.oncegownevent.com.We’ve had a few of our members sponsor at least 3 new members with our 1-2-3 Sponsor Program. If you would like to benefit from sponsoring new members, please contact Gina or Kristin and introduce us to your friends and colleagues.

Shahin Vosough

I have been in the private club business all told now for about 13 years.  I have grown accustomed to working every holiday, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and especially Valentine’s Day.  Well this year I put my foot down!  On Thanksgiving last November, my 99 year old Great Grandmother (Grams) looked me square in the eyes from behind her walker and said “I’m turning 100 on Valentine’s Day, you know.  I expect you to be there for my party.”  What do you say to that?  You say “hey Shahin, I need Valentine’s Day off this year or I am in big trouble!” 

So, I missed my first Valentine’s Day Since I started in the F&B business. Thankfully I have a wonderful team that took care of business in my absence while I was celebrating with my family.  Thank you to my team and thank you to Grams for going strong after 100 years!

Grams 100th

In 2015 we have seen many Members taking advantage of our corporate blocks of Membership. Corporate blocks are available in both five and ten Member categories. Members from the same company enjoy all the benefits that come with our 30th Anniversary Membership at a preferred monthly dues rate. Joining this category of Membership is simple. Gather up your colleagues and bring them to your Club or send us their contact information. We will provide everything needed to get you and your associates a corporate block!

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If you missed our Bridal Open House in January, not to worry.  The Once Gown Wedding Event will be hosted at Center Club on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and brides will have the opportunity to experience Center Club while shopping for wedding dresses!Once Gown Event is passionate about helping brides-to-be make their dreams come true, yet not break the bank. They understand that you want to feel beautiful and you don’t have hours to search for the perfect dress. That is why Once was created…a wedding gown event, where you can shop through hundreds of once-worn dresses at prices that will help you meet your wedding budget.

BUY: Brides-to-be will have an opportunity to find their perfect wedding gown at prices that won’t bust your budget. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Once has also invited some of their favorite Creative Partners to be a part of this fabulous event. Get your tickets at www.oncegownevent.com

SELL: Brides with once-worn wedding gowns have the opportunity to have their dress in front of hundreds of brides and make 50% profit from the sale of their wedding dress.

DONATE: Donate your once-loved wedding gown to a bride-to-be. Donations are tax-deductible. For questions, contact oncegownevent@gmail.comFor more info: www.oncegownevent.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/oncegownevent
Drop-off locations: 

Rock Thrift Store 
3191 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Rock East County (Sundays only)
808 Jackman St, El Cajon, CA 92020

Rock Point Loma (Sundays only)
2277 Rosecrans St San Diego CA 92106

Rock North County (Sundays only)
1740 La Costa Meadows Dr #200, San Marcos, CA 92078

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Christian Women's Counseling. 
CWCI operates three beautiful residential, Christ centered ministry homes for recovering women and children. The homes are designed for women and their children who are in need of assistance in stabilizing their lives after a trauma or traumatic experience. These women are often recovering from divorce/separation, loss, custody issues, addiction, abuse, depression or mental illness.

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