2020 Board Candidates Newsletter

This year’s Annual Membership Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00pm. This year’s meeting will be held at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church located on Rea Road.  At this meeting the membership will be electing 5 board members. Members have 1 vote per family. The positions up for re-election this year are Vice President, Treasurer and three at-large positions (socials, ladies tennis representative and pool/grounds). Vice president is an open position, Treasurer is an open position, and ladies tennis is and open position. Current board member, Dave McDonald is running for at-large socials, and current board member Mark Wilson is running for at-large pool/grounds. Two of the board nominees of the five openings are running unopposed. The nominating committee approved the following below applicants. Board officers’ will serve a two-year term, attend monthly meetings and have a membership dues benefit after serving one year. Please plan to attend this informational meeting on November 12 and elect this year’s Board of Directors. 

*If you are unable to attend this year’s meeting but would like to vote please email: office@windyrush.com for the voting link. Online voting will close at 5pm November 9. Please remember members have 1 vote per family.*
Nominee for Vice President: Dan Holden
Nominee for Vice President: Dan Holden

Dan and his Maureen have 4 girls (Emily 15, Lanie 13, Mallory 11, Ainsley 10) and a chocolate lab named Jake. His hometown is Seneca Falls, NY. Dan is the Vice President of Holden Building Co. Inc. He and his family have been Windyrush members for 12 years. His hobbies and interests are tennis, swimming, dirt bike riding and whatever his kids are doing. As a family they use both the pool and tennis as well as attend as many social events they can squeeze in. Dan’s goals for the coming year are to enjoy and create a fun accepting atmosphere for both adults and kids at the pool. He would like to try to get more people to use the facilities during the dog days of summer as it seems it dies down after swim/dive team are done (soon after July 4th). Mark does a great job of having things going on. A personal goal is to “keep up with the circus that we call family, friends and work. Be better organized in order to meet the demands of everyday life.”
Nominee for Vice President: Philip Prince
Nominee for Vice President: Philip Prince

Phillip is our current Treasurer running for a term as Vice President. He and his wife Susan have two children, Ben (10) and Jillian (6). Both are on the dolphin swim team and take tennis lessons. Philip grew up in  Greenville, SC, but he’s been in Charlotte since 1995. He has currently served as our Treasurer for the past two years. Philip is a  Relationship Manager with the Builder Finance Group of FNB (First National Bank). He and his family have been members for Eight years! His hobbies are sports and poker. As a family the Princes are involved in Y-Guides, family movie nights, going to the beach and the mountains (go ASU!).
His goals for the coming year (as a member and outside of the club) is to help the club continue on its path to be the best experience for all members.  Personally, he has set a goal to read more.
Nominee for Treasurer: Sarah Gass
Nominee for Treasurer: Sarah Gass

Sarah and her husband Travis have two children, Lillian (10) and Elizabeth (5). Her hometown is Middletown, NY. Charlotte has been her home since 2005. Sarah is a Manager of Financial Process Improvement at Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. Her previous Treasurer Experience is with Carolina Breast Friends (2011 – 2017) and Olde Providence PTA (2017 – 2019). Sarah and her family have been Windyrush members for 4 years. Her hobbies are running, FiA, camping, family and wine. As a family they enjoy cheering on the Dolphins. Lillian has been a Dolphin since 2017, Elizabeth was a shrimper in 2019 and will be a Dolphin in 2020. Sarah and Travis enjoy spending time with their family and friends at the pool, especially Panther Sundays! Goals for the coming year are to be a part of the continued growth of Windyrush. Outside of the club, Sarah’s goal is to travel with her family and continue with their home improvement projects.
Nominee for Treasurer: Thomas Kale
Nominee for Treasurer: Thomas Kale

Thomas and his wife Melissa have a 3 year old son Nolan and a 1 year old daughter Landyn (1). Thomas is from Richmond, VA and works in Operational Risk at Wells Fargo. He and his family have been Windyrush members for 4 years. His hobbies include Windyrush pool season, Carolina Panthers football, and spending time with family. As a family they enjoy weekends in and around the pool. Thomas is looking forward to being more active as a member in the coming year with his daughter Landyn as she becomes a toddler (and staying up later than she was able to this summer). This position aligns really well to Thomas’ existing skill set (degree in accounting from the University of Richmond, he has spent the entirety of his career in an audit services and operational risk function) and interests in finance. He’d love the opportunity to help out at a place that’s brought a ton of happiness to his kids at such an early age. 
Nominee for At-large Socials: Dave McDonald
Nominee for At-large Socials: Dave McDonald

Dave is currently one of our social directors running for another term. He and his wife Kristen have a son, Logan and daughter Lyla. His hometown is  Sanford, NC. The Well Centered Brick Capitol of the World aka Brick City. He is a recruiting Manager with Albemarle Corporation. Dave and his family have been Windyrush members for 11 years (4 as a Board Member). His hobbies and interests are board games, fantasy football, and hanging out in the Benridge Social Club. Their family interests are the pool and the socials.Dave’s goals for the coming year are to have the club become more of a year round club. We are trying to plan more social events outside of pool season.
Nominee for At-large Ladies Tennis: Joni Smith
Nominee for At-large Ladies Tennis: Joni Smith

Joni and her husband Steve, have two sons Carson and Brady, and daughter Leah. Hometown is Cincinnati, OH. Joni works as a Graphic designer. She and her family have been Windyrush members for 13 years! Her hobbies and tennis, CrossFit, and anything outdoors. As a family the Smiths enjoy swimming and tennis. Joni has several goals for the coming year:
1. Continue playing on Windyrush Ladies and Mixed tennis teams.
2. Go to John’s tennis clinics.
3. Attend and help organize tennis social events throughout year. Maybe a parent/kid event? 
4. Get the Ladies’ Thursday Evening tennis back to a more regular weekly event. 
5. Help grow ladies tennis within our club through email and website communication. 
6. Help get more people to participate in tennis clinics throughout week. 
Nominee for At-large Pool/Grounds: Mark Wilson
Nominee for At-large Pool/Grounds: Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is our current pool/grounds Board member. He has two children Sarah Cameron is 15 and Jackson is 13. Mark started coming to Windyrush in 1977 attending birthday parties, swim meets and even teen cotillion in the old clubhouse that burned down. Mark is the Director of Sales for the southeast division of Stanley Black and Decker/Fastener & Tool Division and absolutely loves all that Windyrush offers.  He is a frequent regular nearly every weekend at the pool and is almost certain to be out in the pool playing water volleyball. Mark’s family lives in the Olde Providence neighborhood just down the street from the club. He absolutely loves seeing all of the new faces and reaching out to make everyone feel welcome. “Hands down, it’s our members that make Windyrush such a special place to be”. When giving tours to prospective members and even greeting our newest members, he encourages if not challenges families to truly understand the value of Windyrush, you have to take advantage of all that we offer. 
 
Mark insists that there is no other club that offers as much as Windyrush does.  From holiday events, to bike parades, adult socials, kid friendly events, end of year school celebrations, tennis only socials, beer and wine tastings, Halloween parties and costume contests, movie nights, grills and guitars and even crazy fun rock concerts.  Our DJ alone is the coolest one in Charlotte on events like July 4th and Labor Day and our social committee plan seemingly endless fun activities and entertainment at the pool!   
 
Mark has been over pool and ground operations at Windyrush for several years now and takes a lot of pride in working with Phyllis Smith our Club Manager in keeping the pool as clean, safe and maintained as best possible with the budget we have to work with. Said Mark, “it takes a lot of hours each week in keeping the pool and grounds up and running so we are already planning even more improvements to our facility for next season including expanded seating and freshening up our amazing new pool house and features so that it will be in tip top shape come mid-May opening day”.