Member of the Month

March 2020

Peter Doyle, Osterville

Name: Peter Doyle

Hometown: Osterville 

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired

What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC?

Interests -  I am a greenie weenie. Organic lawn, food, hybrid car, compost, freeze at 67 degrees, but, my dark side helps feed 40 plane loads of 747s full of non recycled tennis balls.  

I serve as the Chair for the Town of Barnstable’s,  Infrastructure and Energy Committee. Our efforts are recycling, green community, EV charging stations, climate change initiatives.  All Cape towns have many committees for just about anything, join, be part of the solution.

I also serve on the Cape Light Compacts board as the Town of Barnstable’s alternate.  They are the organization that does “free” house energy audits and helps reduce costs for insulation, heat pumps, lighting etc.

And I am a Barnstable Land Trust land steward which means myself and the others go bushwacking, litter picking, etc to maintain the Trust’s lands.  The purpose being to preserve open space and character of Cape Cod, the reason we live here.

Hobbies -  I own a sailboat and can successfully keep it perpendicular.  I garden (organicly, naturally) and had ten tomato plants last year and about that many tomatoes. Golf in the fair weather but not necessarily in the “fair”way. I own a bunch of guitars and only play when the house is empty.  I like banging around the house fixing things.

Talents -  none.  

When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you? 

I don’t want to be found, I’m a guy.  Or ask Google or Amazon or Visa they follow me around all the time.  If your really looking I like TJ’s, Whole Foods, Home Depot, the library, Rt 6A on back and forth to tennis.  If you find me buy me lunch at Panera. 

 

What days/times are you normally at MCAC?

I sign up for the Bach group 3 days a week and endure the billions of match reversions as a result..  Plus town team, Mashpee, RMPM, (real men play for Mashpee).   

Tell us about your sports and fitness background.

Tennis, Tennis, Tennis.  Nautilus, free weights twice a week, I hate it, But……. 

When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go?

I played tennis as a kid, quit in college, got invited to play with a group at the Hyannis club in the mid 80s.  My Mom, in upstate NY, knew another Mom with a kid on the Cape who needed a player, small world. I have been a member of MCAC for 35 years or so. Who knows how the first workouts went, I am still alive. 

What is your favorite movement/workout?

This must be a trick question.  There are people who like working out?   

What impact has MCAC had on your life?

MCAC is a great place.  The exercise has probably saved untold lives.  Getting the husband or the wife out of the house has probably saved untold marriages.   Credit goes to Peter Bach for his ceaseless efforts to save us from ourselves. I tell my sweetie, when headed for tennis, “I am leaving you”.  That’s the good news, the bad news is, I’ll be back. 

Do you have a favorite MCAC moment?

I was playing the add court receiving serve from Tim, a big brute, a righty  and possessor of right angle spin serve out into the duce court, geometrically impossible.   He aced me, once, he was lucky, I thought. Twice, still lucky. Three times and now my partner was giving me dirty looks, it's not luck, I was doomed.  In came another serve which spun out to my right into my partners duce court. I was ready and lunged for it and then knew I’d never get itl. I yelled “Yours”. And awhile back the Mashpee town team came in second which the other teams have set out to correct.

 

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC?

Just do it    

What is keeping you at MCAC? 

The hope that someday I’d be member of the month and my jealousy of other preening members of the month would then be soothed. And, the dark thought that I have a mental aberration that persuades me that I can learn a feared backhand, a volley that goes over the net and a serve that lands in, ACE,  at least once a set.   

 

February 2020

Marian Manning, South Yarmouth

Name: Marian Manning 

Hometown: South Yarmouth 

Age: 66 

Occupation: My husband and I own a restaurant in West Yarmouth, Captain Parker’s Pub 

What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC? 

In addition to tennis, Pilates and rowing, I enjoy kayaking, biking, skiing, sailing, boating, reading and travel. 

When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you? 

Either at work or enjoying one of my hobbies, preferably with family and/or friends 

 

What days/times are you normally at MCAC? 

You can usually find me at MCAC on weekdays at 7:30 am until 9:30 or 10:30 and sometimes in the early evening. 

Tell us about your sports and fitness background. 

I played softball and basketball in a youth organization, sailed as a youth, started skiing in my twenties and played a little tennis becoming more serious about tennis in my late thirties by taking lessons at MCAC from Jim Leahy over the years. I have been playing five or so times a week year-round. I’ve also enjoyed group fitness classes and some personal training at MCAC. 

When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go? 

I was introduced to MCAC by one of our employees around 1995 or so but my membership began in 2008 when I joined to further my tennis abilities and to play year-round. The first few tennis workouts were semi-private lessons with my husband and friends and I really enjoyed them. My husband is not as much a fan of “active” sports and fitness as I am – so I continued the lessons and clinics on my own and eventually got my daughter involved in lessons and youth clinics. 

What is your favorite movement/workout? 

I really love the Pilates Reformer for stretching and strengthening and working with Rebecca Terkelsen has been great. Two fellow tennis players and I started years ago with Linda McDonald, then Janna for a while after Linda left. There was no instructor who could accommodate our schedule for a while until Rebecca came and we’ve been clients of hers since she started. I was looking to add an activity with a bit more cardio to my routine and recently discovered Indo Row, I love it and hope to add an additional class to my weekly schedule sometime soon. 

What impact has MCAC had on your life? 

I lived in Boston before moving to Orleans, it was a bit of a culture shock for me. I joined Willy’s when it was in Orleans, there were no tennis courts there, it was strictly a health club. MCAC offered much more of what I’m interested in. Fitness and MCAC have been a “sanity saver” for me as well as benefiting my overall physical health. 

Do you have a favorite MCAC moment? 

I can’t point to one specific moment. I have many happy memories and have met so many wonderful people, enjoyed the various tennis leagues and team tennis and the many fitness classes. 

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC? 

I encourage them to visit the website to get a feel for what is offered and to drop in for a tour. For those considering tennis, I encourage them to take a lesson or clinic. 

What is keeping you at MCAC? 

We now live in South Yarmouth, so it is very conveniently located for me. I also start my day by playing tennis every weekday morning (provided we can get a court) with a wonderful group of women. It’s a terrific way to kick off the day. We will all rejoice when the bubble replacement becomes a reality. 

Rebecca’s “Becca Fit Pro” studio is an extremely important part of my week. She does a great job of varying the routines and is very cognizant of her client’s limitations due to injury, etc. and modifies the routines to accommodate. We all appreciate that she keeps current with her training and is very professional. 

January 2020

Karin Mazzoni, East Dennis

Name: Karin Boone Mazzoni

Hometown: East Dennis

 

Age: 54

 

Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC?

Knocking items off my bucket list—right now all 4 Major Tennis tournaments—been to US Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open.  Booked French Open 2021 and am taking my son, Camden as his graduation gift from Davidson

  

When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you?

Work, traveling, hanging with friends

 

What days/times are you normally at MCAC?

Evenings and Saturdays

 

Tell us about your sports and fitness background.

Exercise is important to me—ever since I was a kid, I’ve been involved in organized sports and was an avid runner.  I used to play field hockey, ran cross country and ran spring track thru college. I always wanted to play tennis so picked it up hear at Midcape at 40 and love it!!

 

When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go?

I started about 16 years ago playing mixed with my husband at the time. I remember one player being not too happy to be playing against us bc we weren’t as good as her.  I vowed to never make another individual feel like that.  I love to play against all levels!

 

What is your favorite movement/workout?

My favorite thing is league tennis—Town Team, Grand Prix, USTA

What impact has MCAC had on your life?

MCAC got me thru a very tough time in my life when I was going thru a divorce and wasn’t from here. Some of my closest friends are those I have made through MCAC!

 

It’s also the place my son Camden started and developed his game so I will always have the fondest memories of MCAC

 

Do you have a favorite MCAC moment?

Winning Brandon Cutter as my mixed doubles partner in a live auction for sure!!

 

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC?

It’s a great club, with friendly staff and members

What is keeping you at MCAC? 

The organized tennis, friends, convenience

December 2019

Tim Phelan, Dennis

Name: Tim Phelan

 

Hometown: Dennis Mass

 

Occupation: Oyster Farmer

What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC?  

Fishing, boating, gardening, stock market

 

What was your favorite concert ever attended?  

Alabama at the Cape Cod Melody tent.....  probably because my ear drums were still intact after the event.  I did like Boston and Stevie Knicks.

 

When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you?  

Working on my oyster farm or some over the top event in my neighborhood.

 

What days/times are you normally at MCAC?  

High tide outside work; or, league tennis during the evenings and weekends USTA.

 

Tell us about your sports and fitness background.  

In High School I did the pole vault.  We had to dig a hole in the school designated grass smoking area.  Then we would drop a metal form in the ground that was the base for the pole.  Even the school wrestling team though we were nuts.  Competed in the pentathlon and hurdles for Bentley first two years.  Always was a member of a gym during corporate jobs.  Learned to play tennis when I joined MCAC.  Its never to late to start!  

 

 

When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go?  

Join MCAC when I moved to the cape 15 year ago.  MCAC was close to Dennis and had a lot of work out options.   After a year, I started with tennis at a very beginners level.  Had many lessons with the different pros and played through the different club levels.  Over time I have taken spinning, PIYO, rowing and my favorite yoga.   The club has good instructors and a wide variety of classes and levels to keep you interested and the body challenged.   

 

What is your favorite movement/workout?  

Well, I think that yoga has helped my tennis game and concentration.....   And, I am an advocate of doing different workouts to toss the body a curve.  Lets call tennis and yoga a tie.

 

 

What impact has MCAC had on your life?  

Big believer in taking care of yourself before you can help others.  If you feel good and have confidence, your clarity to help yourself and others should be positive.  You can give yourself half credit if you can at least make it to the hot tub or steam room!

 

Do you have a favorite MCAC moment?  

At one of the season ending tennis celebrations, I was able to get Joyce to eat her first oyster.  Ha Ha.. that was to funny! 

 

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC?    

Stop thinking and start doing!  The human body is amazing... give it a go!

 

What is keeping you at MCAC?   

I want to take advantage of their offerings and the benefits of staying active.   Setting a good example for the next generation, is always positive.

November 2019

Alyson Taubert, South Yarmouth

Occupation: Owner of Ship Shops Boat Yard

 

What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of MCAC? 

I enjoy skiing, boating, and watching my kids play sports.

When you’re not at MCAC, where would we find you?

At the beach or out in a boat.

 

What days/times are you normally at MCAC?

I prefer morning workouts.

 

Tell us about your sports and fitness background

I danced all through college before finding a fitness club.  I also ran track in high school and was on the gymnastics team.

 

When did you start at MCAC? How did you first get exposed to MCAC? How did your first couple of workouts go?

I actually started at MCAC in high school playing racquetball.  After college I joined MCAC around 1997 I believe.  My first classes were with Joy and Mac, a lot of step classes and aerobics.

 

What is your favorite movement/workout?

I actually incorporate a variety of workouts so I don’t get bored.  Rowing has been a passion ever since the water rowers were purchased.  I like TRX, reformer, cardio tramp and barre classes, workouts with Sarah.

 

What impact has MCAC had on your life?

It is keeping me feeling young, healthy, and strong.

 

Do you have a favorite MCAC moment?

Loved the dance parties with Jim Demont.  He had quite the following.

 

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting MCAC?

Start off slow and steady, find workouts you enjoy and keep coming back, don’t get discouraged, ask for help the staff is very knowledgeable.

 

What is keeping you at MCAC?

The variety of workouts to choose from, the hours of operation and it’s kept very clean.

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