June/July - Minneapolis Club


June/July - Minneapolis Club

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A New Circle of Friends Page 5.





Easy workout Etiquette Page 7.

Artist’s rendition of the new Garden Patio which will open in July.



M P L S C L U B . O R G

M i n n e a p o l i s C l u b



Frank DiLapo

General Manager


Newly renovated Grill to reopen in September

Main Dining Room on 3rd floor

serves as breakfast and lunch

restaurant in the meantime

The architectural blue prints of

the Clubhouse from 1906 indicate

the space on the first floor currently

occupied by our Grill was the Club’s

Billiards Room and the Hunters Bar

was the porch overlooking the lot to

the north of the Club. The lot is now

our Athletic Wing and beyond that is

the Ameriprise Building.

The Billiards Room was

converted to a restaurant in the late

1920’s. It was renovated in 1950 and

then again for the last time in 1974.

The Grill has remained unchanged

since then.

In 1974 President Nixon resigned

over the Watergate scandal. “The

Sting” was the number one movie in

the theaters; Eric Clapton topped the

From Pool...

charts with his hit “I shot the Sheriff”

and the most popular shows on TV

were “Kung Fu” and the “Waltons”.

Much has changed since 1974.

One of the hallmarks of a successful

Club is its ability to adapt and change

as the needs of its membership

changes. The Minneapolis Club has

a history of successfully changing to

meet its member’s desires. Starting

with reconfiguring the first floor of the

Clubhouse to add the Grill and remove

the Billiards Room.

Other notable changes have been

the elimination of the second floor

Bowling Alleys to expand the Men’s

locker Room. The addition of the

Parking Ramp, the expansion of the

Athletic Wing, the addition of the

Pub and the expanded group exercise

studios in our Fitness Center. All of

these changes were driven by member

needs and desires and thus have ensured

the Club remains strong and relevant in

an ever changing world.

The renovation of the Grill and

the addition of our Garden dining

are just the latest alterations to a

Clubhouse that has been changed

considerably since the original

drawing of 1906.

I realize that there are those

among us that enjoy the Grill as it is

and believe strongly that it should

not change. I appreciate and respect

those opinions. I am also certain

that similar sentiments were echoed

by members at the time of each

of the previous renovations made

to the Clubhouse. Whether it was

the Billiards Room, The Bowling

Alleys, the Sleeping Room for naps

or any number of other renovations

that brought us to our current

configuration, there were members

that did not agree with the proposed

renovation. However, I am certain

all of the previous renovations were


1900’s 1950’s




well thought out and ultimately

added to the overall enjoyment of

our general membership, helped

strengthen our position in the

community as a great Club and

secured our future by remaining


The new Grill & Garden will

have the same positive effect on

our Clubhouse and our general

membership’s satisfaction for this

generation of members and beyond.

The Grill & Garden renovation

have been inspired by the well

received renovation to the Connaught

Hotel in London.

The Connaught has a dining

room with similar sensibilities and

they have done a wonderful job of

paying homage to the history of the

room while still updating its motif.

This is our desire as well.

The Club’s Facility Committee

has gone through a well thought

out process, has employed a great

architect and designer for this project

with one goal in mind, to make the

Grill & Garden an extension of our

members homes. This restaurant and

garden will reflect all the sensibilities

of gracious living and will enhance

the ambiance of the Club’s first floor.

We anxiously wait its arrival and

look forward to serving you in the

Grill & Garden in September.


A thing of the past

& future of the Club

With innovations come a historical reminder that looking

forward and adapting isn’t necessarily popular, but

doing so benefits the Club’s greater good. At one time,

evolving a fitness wing was far from celebrated by all.

“Those who contributed this

handsome sum ($60,000 in 1911)

did so on the understanding that the

building was to be used for athletic

purposes. During recent years the

revenues from this department

have shown a loss; a result very

natural in a club where the great

majority of its members do

not regularly use its facilities

for athletic exercise. Various

proposals have been made with

a view to utilizing the annex

for revenue-producing purposes

other than those for which it was


Admittedly, a very small

proportion of the membership

makes use of the athletic annex,

yet to those who do enjoy its

privileges it is a very vital and

attractive feature in their club

life. Without it, many of them

would seldom visit the club and

possibly some would withdraw from

membership in order to join another

where such facilities were available.

While the athletic annex is

certainly not the producer of direct

profit, it adds very materially to the

spirit and interest of club life and

indirectly contributes largely to the

general revenues. In the broader

view of club development, the

desires and tastes of the minority

as well as the majority should be


William C. Edgar served as Club

President in 1899 and 1909. He

designed the Club emblem.

This excerpt was originally published

in his book, “The Minneapolis Club: A

review of its History From 1883-1920

by an Old Member.”

...to Patio


2012 - Beyond




New Garden Patio!

opening in July!

A limited menu with options like hamburgers,

chicken, and brats will be available until the

renovation of the new Grill is complete.

Casual attire is allowed in the Garden, including

Twins gear, jeans and sundresses.

Same cell phone policy as inside the Clubhouse.

Sorry, no pets allowed.



Left: An artist’s

aerial view

of the new

Garden Patio,

where members

will enjoy dining

and drinks




Every chair will have a commemorative plaque on the

back celebrating the historical nature of each piece.


Bridging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

organization serving the greater

Twin Cities, is the largest furniture

bank in North America. Providing

furniture and household goods

to families and individuals

transitioning out of homelessness and poverty, Bridging gives hope–and

for many–a leap toward financial stability for the first time.










We are happy to welcome a

new circle of friends to the Club!

1) Hart Rosenblatt, 2) Michael

Langley, 3) David Kansas, 4)

The Jennings Family, 5) Kimaya

& Kinaari Shah (Parents: Dr. Rajiv

& Dr. Rajni Shah) 6) Michael

Boulette, 7) Aram Desteian & Aja

Tashjian, 8) Paul Dinzeo, 9) The

Joe Colianni Family




You are the most important part in

maintaining the Club circle!

Don’t forget to distribute and

return Membership Interest Cards.

Contact Membership Director,

Margaret Leto,

for more information.






Club welcomes Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Paul Gregersen looks forward to hitting it

out of the park for his new Club, while never

forgetting what it was like to be a rookie.

My dad has always been the hardest worker I know. So

it should have came as no surprise when he told me I’d be

starting my first job at 13. But of course, I was caught off

guard. I’d heard of a kid or two getting help from their old

man in the job department before, but it was certainly news

to me this could possibly happen without the consent or

knowledge of said kid in advance. Dad, on the other hand,

was quite certain this was how nepotism worked in small-town

Minnesota. Moreover, he would be my boss. Again, his rules,

not mine.

Dad was the janitor at our local newspaper office. He

worked long hours for little pay and less respect. Not until I

ventured into the real world on my own, did I begin to truly

appreciate the hard work and dedication he and Mom put

forth in making the future brighter for my sister and I.

Dad arranged for me to clean a garage full of those

plastic tubes that hang next to mail boxes, used for housing

newspapers. At the staggering rate of a nickel per tube. Keep

in mind, a nickel only constituted tubes that were “done right

the first time.” Needless to say, it took a second or third time in

many instances to get the boss’ approval.

Like any boy my age, I would have much rather been

riding bikes with my buddies to the ball field, than pitching

soapy water at spiderweb infested plastic. I suppose learning the

importance of a strong work ethic is the curveball Dad threw at

me in all of this. I just didn’t realize it at the time. You’d have to

ask him whether I got a hit or struck out on that one.

However, something unexpected happened as I worked

day in and day out with my scrub brush that summer. I fell in

love with the worlds of history and journalism. During breaks,

which were generally taken when the boss wasn’t looking, I’d

poke my head into the newsroom to see what the fascinating

world of the news industry was all about, or venture down to

the basement to browse the archives from the 19th and early

20th Century. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the

beginning of my professional career.

After completing my undergraduate studies with degrees

in Mass Communications and History, I ventured into the

world of graduate school to study Social Responsibility. In the

meantime, I began my career as a print and photo journalist by

renovating an old bunkhouse into an office and photo studio.

At 24, I started a company called Bunkhouse Photography

and Media. By the age of 30, I was fortunate enough to be

working in a profession I loved and doing so on my terms. But

like many in their early thirties, I wondered what that next step

would be in my career path. Little did I know, this opportunity

from the Minneapolis Club would come out of the blue,

For the past three years, Gregersen has been invited by

Justin Morneau to serve as exclusive photographer for

his Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit the 300,000 kids

nationwide living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. When away from

his camera and computer, Gregersen can be found with his

feet up on the Section 130, row 1 rail at Target Field... or at the

cabin. He can be reached at paulg@mplsclub.org.

unexpectedly, as it did when I was 13.

I’m most honored and privileged to serve this historical

institution and its respected members as Communications and

Marketing Coordinator, where it’s my job to tell the stories of

the Club as an artist and historian, create a dialogue among

members and non-members, and spread the word of all the

good things happening inside the clubhouse and out. I will be

responsible for the magazine you have in your hands, the Club

web site, social media pages and general marketing practices

throughout the Club and beyond. My office door is always

open, please swing in and introduce yourself anytime.

Although my dad wasn’t responsible for getting me this

job, in a round about and indirect way he was. He instilled in

me a work ethic I can be proud of and he introduced me to a

profession I love. I look forward to sharing both with you.

All nine innings worth.

Doing the job right the first time.




Jayme Sussner

Health and Fitness Director


Practicing the best fitness etiquette: Easy as 1..2..3..

We all have different reason for working out, whether

it’s to lose weight, obtain rock-hard abs, or stay healthy.

Whatever the motivation, for some of us, getting to the gym

is an achievement unto

itself. So when people don’t

practice the best etiquette it

can be frustrating because

they can distract us from

our fitness goals, or worse, hurt us. While you might think

most adults should know better, in our haste we often toss

basic manners aside. Society has also become more informal,

sometimes making it tough to decide when etiquette rules

apply, notes Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute

and author of Essential Manners for Men (Harper Resource,

2003). “People need to be more conscious about what they’re

doing” he says. Gym etiquette is as simple as having good

manners, but there are a few things you might not think of as

rude until after you have been to the gym a few times yourself

and witnessed members breaking the “rules.” I have come up

with a few tips that may help everyone better understand the

importance of good etiquette throughout the fitness center.

1.) Pick up after yourself- don’t rely on

others to pick up after you. The cleaning staff does their

best to keep up with maintaining the most sanitized

areas but they still need your help. Be courteous to your

fellow club members, throw away used towels, paper

cups and paper towels. Before you toss your towel in

the laundry bin, use it to wipe any water off the floor.

Strive to make the areas you’ve used as clean as when you

“Your workouts should be difficult,

but also fun and rewarding.”

arrived. Leave everything as you found it – this includes

not only wiping down the equipment, but also replacing

weights and equipment. If the equipment you used is

sweaty, remember to wipe

them down. Don’t leave

towels and newspapers in

the steam room or sauna.

Remember the locker room

is not your personal private space.

2.) In the studios- be respectful to everyone

in the class. Members who use the group exercises classes

to catch up over the weekend maybe be ruining a positive,

serious workout atmosphere for the others in the class. Know

when to discuss the weekend activities and when to encourage

the group.

3.) Be time and space consciousthe

fitness center is not very expansive, space is essential for

all members to get a quality workout in. Other members

maybe waiting to use a machine or weights. If you are using

multiple pieces be considerate to others who may want to

work in a set while you are on a break.

By observing these simple tips and by being aware of the

sensitivities of your fellow members, you can make the club

experience more pleasant for everyone. Your workouts should

be difficult, but also fun and rewarding. Others are at the

club for the same reason, so be respectful of those around you.

Help make other Minneapolis Club members’ experience

better by doing your part.

Interested in Massage,

Spa, or Pilates services

Contact the Fitness Center:


612.332.2292 x.440

Congratulations to members Justin Kelly

(4th place 4:43:07) and Les Brunker (5th

place 4:44:45) for competing in the

Minnesota Gran Fondo 100 Mile Bike Race!

Golf Game Woes

Tuesday, June 12th 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Matt Kleinbrook, Head Golf Professional at

Windsong Farm, will be at the Club to answer

all your golf questions. If your game is not

where you want it, then plan on attending.

Matt will talk about golf mechanic, practice

tips, course management, equipment,

and much more! Lunch will be served.

Contact the Fitness Center to register.




Lodyguina places second in national cooking contest!

Please join me in congratulating

Maria for a job well done and for

representing the Club so well.

By: Frank DiLapo, Club General Manager

NEW ORLEANS, LA- Each year the world’s oldest

food appreciation society the “Chaine Des Rotisseurs,”

initially established in 1248, holds an international cooking

contest for young chefs under the age of 27. The Minneapolis

Club’s very own Maria

Lodyguina won the state

contest, then the Midwest

Regional, and on May

19, she competed in the

national contest held in

New Orleans where she

was one of 10 regional

competitors vying for the

USA championship, and

the right to represent America in the international competition

in Berlin Germany on September 14.

Maria placed second in the Nation and will serve as the

alternate, if for

some reason

the winner

(from Hawaii)

is unable to


We are

very proud of

Maria and her

efforts. She is

a supremely

talented chef and

her metal was

tested on the day

of the national

competition. Each contestant was given a mystery basket with

food and then had 30 minutes to construct a menu and 3 hours to

prepare their four portions of a minimum of three different dishes.

The competitors could use other foods found in the kitchens but

they were required to use all the ingredients in the baskets. All

contestant were given sea scallops, a whole speckled trout, a

whole duck, a whole pineapple, carrots, artichokes, and chayote.

Her food looked and tasted amazing and when all was said

and done there was only a single point separating her from the

National Champion.

1) Executive Chef, Hakan Lundberg,

greets some piglets during a May 12

tour of Anderson Farms, an all organic

farm, in Arkensaw, WI. 2-4) Many

beautiful flower arrangements were

displayed during the Mother’s Day

Brunch! 176 adults & 27 kids attended

the annual holiday event! 5) L to R:

Andy Brehm and Matt Martin solved the

world’s problems during “Politics & a Pint”

May 8 in a discussion moderated by

WCCO’s Susie Jones!









A really upbeat, positive & flattering review

of an absolute nobody’s autobiography

By: Burt Cohen

guest book critic, contrary to Club policy

In the Grill, at 12:20 p.m. approximately 8 weeks ago,

just as I was about to dip my spoon into a cup of Butternut

squash soup, the timid, humble, soft-spoken Gary Fink nailed

me. Approaching my table with his cane, sheaf of papers

and a pillow, he announced, “I just wrote my autobiography

and I need you to write a review – a really upbeat, positive,

flattering review for the Minneapolis Club magazine. They

need it by Tuesday.”

“Wait a minute, wait a minute,” I said. “There’s

absolutely no way I can do that, whoever you are. First of all,

it means I’d have to read the book, which makes the whole

idea a non-starter. Besides, the club doesn’t have a magazine,

it has a newsletter, and the newsletter doesn’t contain book

reviews --- a very wise policy.”

What I failed to remember, as I sat there watching my

soup get cold, was that Mr. Fink, prior to his retirement, had

been the most successful salesperson in the long history of

the Prudential Life Insurance company, and that you do not

become the most successful insurance salesman in history by

taking “no” for an answer.

“I’ll loan you a copy of the book,” he said,

“but don’t get smudge marks on it because

then I won’t be able to give it to my brother-inlaw

for his birthday, although he has macular

degeneration and maybe wouldn’t notice.”

And with that, he handed me a book and

walked away, clutching his pillow, leaving me

with my cold soup and wondering why it was

that I like to have lunch at the Club.

It was when he phoned me early that

evening and asked, “Did you read it yet”

that I realized my life would not be my own

until I wrote the review, so I sat down in my

big chair, opened the book to chapter one and

promptly fell asleep. When I awoke, I began to

read, all through the night and most of the next

day, canceling appointments with my banker

(she had left a message about tardy payment

problems) and my doctor, who was inquiring

about a missing specimen container, in order

to finish the entire 300-page book. It was a

fairly slow read because I had to keep stopping

to laugh, laugh, and laugh at the situations,

anecdotes, language, cartoons, and jokes.

It turns out Mr. Fink’s book, The Power

of Positive Phynque-ing / The Autobiography of an Absolute

Nobody, is hilarious. It’s filled with characters who kept

reminding me of You Can’t Take It with You, except these

characters, parents, relatives, friends, are all real. It is filled

with adventures and experiences as colorful and interesting as

they are zany. It’s filled with the philosophy and techniques

that really did result in making Gary Fink the all-time leading

sales leader from a group of approximately one and a half

million sales reps for the Prudential Life Insurance company,

an astounding achievement. And yes, he tells how he did it!

It’s filled with endless numbers of jokes stolen from some

of America’s greatest comics, along with original cartoons

and illustrations. And finally, it’s filled with stories about

Gary’s devotion to philanthropic causes, his deep concern for

animals and nature, and his touching and refreshing take on

what it all means.

This is a light, fast-paced view of what makes this

extraordinarily multi-dimensional, successful, witty, generous

and definitely imperfect man tick. Read it. You’ll laugh,

learn a lot and have a whole different picture of this longtime

Minneapolis Club member who walks around with a pillow.


Contact Concierge

Concierge@MplsClub.org or 612.332.2292


June & July

Book Club

Tuesday, June 5 11:30 a.m.

Eisenhower: The White House

Years by Jim Newton

Happy Hour Lecture

Tuesday, June 5 5 p.m.

Speaker: Imran Ahmad

See Next Page

Mentor Dialogue Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 6 5 p.m.

Speaker: Jack Farrell

Chairman & CEO of Haskell’s

Wine and Spirits

Club Entrepreneur

Thursday, June 7 11:30 am

Speaker: Carl Moe

Topic: “The Chief Revenue Officer”

Happy Hour

Hosted by the YMGs

Wednesday, June 20 5 p.m.

Join other Members of the Club for

drinks and appetizers on the roof of

the parking ramp for a nautical themed event!

“In the Nook” with Chef Håkan

Wednesday, June 20 6 p.m.

Experience an intimate three-course

dinner presented by Executive Chef

Håkan Lundberg $45 - dinner only,

additional $30 for wine pairings.


Tuesday July 3

Breakfast: Served in the Main Dining Room and Pub

Lunch: Served in the Main Dining Room and Pub

Fitness Center: Attendant on duty from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.;

Regular class schedule

Wednesday, July 4

Club Closed

Fitness Center: No attendant on duty, No classes, Child

Care Closed, Members welcome to work out.

Thursday July 5

Regular Club Operation

Beer Club

Tuesday, June 12, 5 p.m.

Join us for the fresh

tastes of warm weather beers!

Roman Holiday

Presented by the Guthrie Theater

Wednesday, June 13

(See Next Page)

Travel Club Luncheon

Wednesday, June 20 11 a.m.

Beth Patten’s Polar Bear

Tundra Adventure is sure to

be a chilling tale!

Book Club (See Next Page)

Tuesday, July 10 11:30 a.m.

Young Members Happy Hour

Wednesday, July 18 5:30 p.m.

Outdoor Lawn Party White Out

Classic Cocktails Club

Thursday, July 19 5:30 p.m.

Tyler Kleinow from Cafe’ Maude will discuss

Summer cocktails.

“In the Nook” with Chef Håkan

Wednesday, July 25 6 p.m.

Members are welcome to bring guests to all Club events. Reservations can be made with our front desk, or through our website.

612.332.2292 - concierge@mplsclub.org - www.mplsclub.org


July Book Club

Tuesday, July 10 11:30 a.m.

Rin Tin Tin was found on a

French battlefield during World

War I - a blind, bald and stillnursing

puppy that would surely

have perished if Corporal

Lee Duncan hadn’t rescued

him. It was the beginning of a

beautiful friendship…and the

start of a legendary film and

television dynasty. Rin Tin

Tin is a poignant exploration

of the enduring bond between

humans and animals. Susan

Orlean’s first original book

since The Orchid Thief is an

irresistible blend of history, human interest, and masterful

storytelling—a dazzling celebration of a great American

dog by one of our nation’s most gifted writers.

Annual Event!

Wednesday, June 13

Tour: 5:30 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m.

A dazzling new musical based on the iconic

film, featuring unforgettable tunes by Cole


Meet at the Guthrie for a private backstage

tour, led by Director Joe Dowling, then enjoy a

lovely reception in the Amber Room on the 9th

Floor prior to the show.




Reception: 5 p.m. Presentation: 6 p.m.








All events are subject to the Minneapolis Club Cancellation Policy.

Cancellations within 48 hours of the event will be charged in full.






Frank DiLapo, CCM

General Manager

frankd@mplsclub.org, ext. 380

Nancee Nystrom

Executive Assistant

nanceen@mplsclub.org, ext 330

Margaret Leto

Membership Director

margaretl@mplsclub.org, ext. 308

Lynn DeVore

Development Director

lynnd@mplsclub.org, ext. 307

Pat Brengman & Daniel Olson

Front Desk & Concierge Team

patb@mplsclub.org, ext. 306

danielo@mplsclub.org, ext. 332

Paul Gregersen

Communications & Marketing

paulg@mplsclub.org, ext. 344

Minneapolis Club

729 Second Avenue South

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402


First Class Mail

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Håkan Lundberg

Executive Chef

hakanl@mplsclub.org, ext. 368

Jodie Weappa & Jessica Sciaretta

Catering Department

jodiew@mplsclub.org, 612.334.0217

jessicas@mplsclub.org, 612.334.0218

Lorin Zinter

Food and Beverage Director

lorinz@mplsclub.org, ext 326

Jayme Sussner

Health & Fitness Director

jaymes@mplsclub.org, ext. 444

All Aboard!...

3rd Annual Train Trip to Chicago!

Windy City




J u n e / J U L Y 2 0 1 2

V o l . 6 N o . 6





A New Circle of Friends Page 5.


Artist’s rendition of the new Garden Patio which will open in July.

M P L S C L U B . O R G





Easy workout Etiquette Page 7.



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