Rob Richards

Food & Beverage Manager

Clubhouse News

May the Blessings of Easter be with you

I begin this month with a simple Irish blessing.

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's seasons bring the best to your and yours.

The cold weather is still hanging around, but warmer temperatures are just around the corner. We all know it’s bound to happen, hopefully sooner rather than later.

With that being said, the golf season is fast approaching and we are looking forward to a great, and busy, spring season at the Club.

I was thinking of a nice introduction for this month’s newsletter, and a few items came to mind.

I have to say something about the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, as my March Madness brackets fall out of my notebook (don’t judge, you all know you have one). Three things Kentucky is known for Bourbon, Blue Grass, and Basketball. Go Blue!! Hopefully by the time this hits print we will be well on our way to another National Championship.

Anyway…every year as college basketball is winding down it makes me think of the Jim Valvano speech from many years past, that still creates emotions to this day.

For those who don’t know Jim Valvano, “Jimmy V”, was a college basketball coach for North Carolina State who was diagnosed with cancer in 1992, shortly after taking his underdog team to a National Championship. Jimmy passed away in early 1993, but despite his illness and pain, he made one last emotional speech on March 3, 1993 at the first WSPN ESPY awards. The following is an excerpt from that speech:

“To me there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought, and number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears. Could be happiness or joy, but think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day! You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special. ~Jim Valvano

So as he spoke during his speech he also said “time is precious and to keep your dreams alive.” He stated “as cancer may ravage my body, it can never take my mind, my heart and my soul.” Very powerful words from a man that knew he had only weeks to live.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano. The foundations motto is “Don’t Give Up…Don’t ever give up.”

Grab that cup of coffee...it's time for a snapshot of April's events in this month's fireside chat.

Fresh Catch will be held on Friday, April 5. I will check to see what good quality and supply is coming from the Pacific Ocean.

On Friday, April 12 we will have our last Fish Fry of the Lenten season. To refresh your memory, that is all-you-can-eat fish, skinny fries, homemade coleslaw, and hush puppies.

Prime Rib nights are back on Friday, April 19 and April 26 after being absent for the month of March, so come get your beef fix.

The Club will have one PAC Buffet scheduled in April for Niswonger performances.

  • Sunday, April 28 - Herman Hermits – 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

We have a few private events this month so the Clubhouse will be closed on the evenings of:

  • Thursday, April 18
  • Wednesday, April 24
  • Thursday, April 25

That brings me to one of our BIG events for April. It’s become a Willow Bend tradition that’s proven to get better every year. Please join us for this year’s Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 21. This brunch is always fantastic with plenty of food for everyone, so be sure to make your reservations soon and join us on this special day

Take care, be safe, and may the road rise to meet you.

See you at the Club!


Welcome New Members!

  • Bill & Anissa Prowant
  • Larry & Karen Clark
  • Kris & Tony Etzler