Effort to buy undeveloped land is dead

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The six-month-long community effort to buy undeveloped land and the Country Club property has ended, the Rancho Murieta Association board said in a brief announcement Tuesday night. Read more » Read more » about Effort to buy undeveloped land is dead

Club's bartender retires after 14 years

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Joe Lett

→ See the faces at the retirement party (19 photos)

About 75 people surprised Country Club bartender Joe Lett with a retirement party Friday afternoon at the club. Joe, a 14-year employee, is retiring after his shift Sunday. There were lots of man-hugs and woman-hugs, and Margie Earle, grabbing a selfie here, wasn’t the only one. After an introduction by Rodney Muller, the club’s general manager, Joe, who lives in Elk Grove, gave a soft-spoken speech, thanking members for all they’ve done for him. Bob Gransee of the Men’s Golf Club has written a piece about Joe, which you can see here. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Club's bartender retires after 14 years

Getting the finer points of swing dancing

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Swing dance

Instructor Johnny Ochoa shares the finer points of swing dance Wednesday night at the Country Club. The two sold-out dance classes are up to Week 3. Everyone’s tuning up for the Dance Party 8-11 p.m. March 24 at the club, which is open to the whole community. Music will be performed by Blow Daddy. Members and their guests are $5 a person; non-members and guests are $10 a person. No-host cocktails will be available. Call (916) 354-3416 for reservations and information. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about Getting the finer points of swing dancing

Hundreds attend Club membership event

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Presentation

It was a packed house at the Country Club Tuesday night as AJ Redetzke, vice president of sales and marketing for Creative Golf Marketing, shared the details of a membership program his company has crafted for the club. (Click photo for larger image.)

[Story published 9:30 p.m. March 7] An overflow crowd – probably more than 500 people – turned out at the Country Club Tuesday night, drawn by a presentation on how to grow club membership (and maybe drawn by the free drinks and hors d’oeuvres). The membership program, which runs to July 31, offers incentives to existing members and the new members they recruit. Read more » Read more » about Hundreds attend Club membership event

Club wants to grow membership, get younger

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Armed with a marketing company’s recommendations, Rancho Murieta Country Club is preparing an effort to attract new members, in particular among the younger people who are badly represented in its membership. A key part of this is a bylaws change, which requires a member vote. Read more » Read more » about Club wants to grow membership, get younger

CSD continues to explore land purchase

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At this month’s meeting, the Community Services District board continued its multi-month effort to lay a foundation for the possibility of buying undeveloped land on the North and the Country Club land. Read more » Read more » about CSD continues to explore land purchase

Underfunded pensions impact CSD, RMA too

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[Corrected Jan. 6] Underfunded employee pension programs have been a growing worry nationally for years, and the worries aren’t limited to retirees who get the pension checks. Communities like Rancho Murieta have cause to worry too. Read more » Read more » about Underfunded pensions impact CSD, RMA too

CSD approves trail plan, land committee

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The Community Services District begins the new year with a commitment to a master trail plan and to exploring a proposal to acquire open space and the Country Club property.  The board acted on the issues at its December meeting. Read more » Read more » about CSD approves trail plan, land committee

Why doesn't the club just open up to all?

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Rancho Murieta Country Club’s outgoing president spoke with the Kiwanis Club last week, offering answers to questions commonly heard about the club’s situation. If you’ve ever wondered about the club’s membership situation, the relationship between membership numbers and Murieta’s population, or why the club doesn't just open its restaurants to the public, read on. Read more » Read more » about Why doesn't the club just open up to all?

A holiday brunch and a chance to meet Santa

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Santa Brunch

Photo gallery: 25 photos of Santa and people at the brunch

An elegant brunch and the chance to visit with Santa made for family memories and photos at the Country Club Sunday. Melody Deleon, 4, and her grandmother, Caryn Ribbs, were among the many families who visited buffet tables offering everything from custom-made omelets to frosted Christmas cookies before heading to a brightly decorated North Pole outpost to see Santa Claus. (Click photo for larger image.) Read more » about A holiday brunch and a chance to meet Santa

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