On October 4, 2016, members of the University Club of Milwaukee and Tripoli Country Club voted to approve a merger of the two clubs. The new combined entity will offer members access to two of the area’s most admired and historic private clubs, with a wide array of amenities, such as superior dining, a top-rated 18-hole golf course and a variety of recreational, enrichment and professional development opportunities.
“When the merger is complete, we will be the only club in the Milwaukee area to offer a full continuum of services for every member of the family,” said Julie Tolan, president of the University Club Board of Directors. “Not only are we expanding the existing range of services and amenities for our current and future members, but we are creating a distinct value proposition for generations to come.”
Approval of the merger required the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of each club present in person or by proxy at a special meeting called for such purpose or of a majority of the members of each club, whichever was less. Proxy votes were collected via mail this fall and special merger vote meetings were held at each club on the evening of October 4th. Following the affirmative vote, the merger is expected to close in late December 2016.
The governance structure for the new club will reflect the current size of the operations for both clubs, with six board members appointed by Tripoli Country Club and three appointed by the University Club of Milwaukee. Dan Aiello, president of the Tripoli Board of Governors, will serve as board president for the combined club. The name of the combined club is still under discussion and will be announced by the end of 2016 when the merger closes.
“In addition to preserving the rich history and traditions of both clubs, we aspire to elevate our members’ experiences through expanded high-quality services, amenities and locations available for both social, personal and professional usage. Together, we will offer the highest-quality experience and amenities available in the region to our combined 800 members, who are colleagues, neighbors and friends committed to both personal and professional excellence,” said Aiello.
Located in northern Milwaukee on Good Hope Road, Tripoli Country Club, established in 1921, offers a lush respite just minutes from downtown and the North Shore. Its members and their families enjoy an exceptional golf experience on its top-rated course that through its history has hosted several PGA tournaments and state professional and amateur championships, as well as swimming, tennis, paddle tennis and a multitude of winter activities including cross country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing. The Club features excellent junior golf, tennis and swim programming, as well as a variety of social events, diverse dining options and multiple private meeting and event spaces in a scenic environment to entertain, socialize or relax.
Committees from both clubs are working on the remaining operational aspects to integrate the two clubs. Graham Leibowitz will serve as general manager of the combined club, while Vicki Schroeder will continue to manage the club’s downtown operations at the University Club of Milwaukee.