Club Newsletter August 1, 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         August 1, 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  According to visitors, the new courts are “the talk of Seattle.”  Congratulations to us!

2.  Welcome to our new Board members and thanks to the retiring Board members.

3.  PCOC is working hard at making the transition to the new courts as smooth as possible.  Patience is a virtue….

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates.

5)  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

6)  Our Lavender Festival work and booth brought in $1,958.10.  (Where did that 10 cents come from?)

7)  The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony was a joyous affair; our 92-year-young guest of honor was delightful, and the ceremony was punctuated with much humor and praise.

8)  Open Play:  winners stay and split, losers vacate the court and the next two players in line enter the court.  Player rating is not a consideration.

9)  Rated Play: members play on the courts according to their skill and rating level; winners stay and play as a team, losers vacate the court and the next two players or team in line with the correct rating enter the court. If a doubles team wins 3 games in a row and there are players waiting the winning team exits the court and waits their turn in line to challenge again if they wish.

10)  Court protocol questions should be directed to Christy.

11)  As of August 1, Cathy Hathaway will be your new go-to person for newsletter, website, and other areas of communication.  I am so pleased and fortunate to be handing off my duties to such a capable lady.  

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Greetings SP,

Things have been busy the last couple of months.  The new board members have now stepped into their new positions, and we are all eager to work with you to get much done in the coming year.  We are excited to work with the new board members, while we are sad to say goodbye to our retiring board members:  Charlie, Katinka, Denise, Jan, Margie, Marc, and Robert.  They all did an incredible job on behalf of the SP, and without their dedication, time, and brain power, none of what has been accomplished would have happened.  So I say Thank You on behalf of the SP and hope that we can still use your talents in other ways.  Go enjoy what you worked so hard for, and we will see you on the courts!

We finally saw the dream become a reality with the brand new eight, tournament-quality, courts being completed.  Christiane and I have not seen the final results in person, but we look forward to playing on them upon our return.  I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying the courts and appreciates how fortunate we are to have them.  Please be considerate of them, and help us to keep them in top-notch condition.

The ribbon cutting/opening ceremony was a big success. Again, unfortunately, we were gone during the event but heard it was a good turnout and fun.

The next big thing coming up is our first regional tournament.  Being on the committee, I see how much work and effort is being put forth by the committee members which are Christy M., Debbie M., Katinka N., Mike C., Pam W., and Suzi S.  They, alone, cannot make this a successful tournament; it is going to take a village.  So if you have volunteered to help, thank you; and if you have not, it is time to do so.  The volunteers will be helping with anything from parking assistance, sign-ins, refereeing, and cleanup, to name a few.  So, step up and volunteer to do your part.  We have proven that when the SP work together, great things happen.  Let’s continue this as a team. 

I apologize for missing so many important things lately, but look forward to making up lost time and moving our club forward.  Thank you all again.

“Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.”  Patrick Lencioni

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  Francis of Assisi

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

LAVENDER FESTIVAL BOOTH RESULTS

DRUM ROLL PLEASE………………….Final tally of the Lavender Festival

Sequim Pickler Booth                                                                              $1,358.10

Volunteer work (chalking booths, beer garden, vendor load in)           600.00

                                                                                                                      $1,958.10

For the past 4 years, the Sequim Picklers have participated in the Lavender Festival.  We continue to show our community spirit and play a large role in Sequim’s largest annual festival by volunteering each year with several tasks to ensure the success of the festival.  

A huge THANK YOU to the following who generously gave their time and volunteered to help with the chalking and marking the vendor booths, the set up and tear down of the beer garden, checking and load-in of the vendors, and manning the Sequim Pickler booth.  We cannot forget to also give a SHOUT OUT to our talented and giving picklers for donating the 8 items we raffled during the lavender festival.  We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.  I saw great enthusiasm, wonderful camaraderie, and true ambassadors to the Sequim Picklers.

To the efficient, mathematical picklers who utilized the festival map and successfully marked off every vendor and food booth, THANK YOU: Robert Knapp, George Davis, Kathy Mahnerd, Eric Mahnerd, Robert Ball, Nicolaas Holt, Chuck Madden and Charlie Pugh.

To the strong manly picklers who carried all the fencing and concrete posts to put together a huge beer garden.  And if that wasn’t hard enough they had to tear it down and store the equipment back in the shed. THANK YOU:  Richard Cary, Stu Sherman, Gary Poor, Robert Olson, and Jay Marazon.

To the helpful and courteous picklers who checked in and directed each and every vendor to their respective spots.  THANK YOU: Charlie Szumilas, Susan Szumilas, Richard Cary, and Anne Elwell.

To all the ambassadors to the Sequim Picklers who attempted to stop every visitor at the Lavender Festival and diplomatically suggested they could be the lucky winner of 1 of 8 raffle items. THANK YOU: Charlie Szumilas, Jim Deckman, Eric Mahnerd, Kathy Mahnerd, Laurie McColl, John Herbold, Katinka Nanna, Lynda Schroeder, Diane Froula, Pam Woodward, Gary Poor, Noreen Warwick, Patricia Knapp, Glynda Ball, Mike Cooper, Frank Mauger, Peg Phillips, Jolanda Schlund.

To the amazingly talented and generous picklers who donated the 8 items we raffled.  THANK YOU: Jack Tatom, Katinka Nanna, Jeri Davis, Margie Rone, and Sharman Owings.

Last but not least, a HUGE thank you to my hubby Charlie, there by my side helping with all the emails, helping with coordinating the volunteers, the chalking, helping me put up and take down the booth and taking his turn with me and seeing how many tickets he can get people to put into the raffle boxes.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair

LAVENDER FESTIVAL RAFFLE RESULTS

Here are pictures of the lavender raffle winners, with exception of Noreen Warwick, who won the necklace, and a winner in Port Orchard where we left the cat oil paintings prize on their porch, per their request.  Note that one winner won two prizes (table and Barry the Blue heron):

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Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

 

RIBBON CUTTING REPORT

I want to thank the ribbon-cutting, planning committee of Ruby Pugh, Pat Joersz, Patricia Knapp, and Glynda Ball for their outstanding court dedication program.  The entire program was a huge hit!  Marty Hoffman kicked off the ceremony with his wit and humor as he introduced each speaker and kept the aggressive agenda on track.  The weather could not have been better, and we had an amazing turnout.  We thank Deputy Mayor Candice Pratt for her support and Dave Shreffler, who with the assistance of the new Pickleball Evangelists (PE), led us in a new pickleball cheer.  Great job by Robert Rankin and his committee (Katinka Nanna, Denise Cordero, Ross Brown, and Cathy Hathaway) who introduced and unveiled the Recognition Plaque, Court Named Plaque for Christiane Johnson, and the bronze Dedication Plaque created by Ross Brown with the inscription “partners fulfilling a dream” that is embedded in the court entrance corridor.

The courts were decorated with lavender, the cake decoration was awesome, and it tasted good too!  Sharman’s cookies were yummy and a great surprise for the picklers. 

As for the guest speaker, we are all so fortunate to have had the 92-year-young, Barney McCallum, the last surviving founder of the game of pickleball, attend in person.  The question of where the name “pickleball” came from is now put to rest having heard Barney say emphatically that it came from Pickles the dog!  He also told us that he did not name the no volley zone the kitchen, nor did he know where that name came from; but he felt that the name was very appropriate. 

If you missed this event, Allison Hastings has you covered.  She streamed the entire program on facebook live, and you can watch the 1 ½-hour event here.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 12pm-6pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm SP 3.0 & 4.0 Ladder Play Outdoors.
    Possible 6 pm Play in Gym – check calendar.
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 3.5 Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

SUMMER IS HERE!  

Summer has arrived and with it, lots of gorgeous weather to play on our new outdoor courts.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was wonderful, and it officially signals the opening, so let the shenanigans and fun begin.  Check the Courts Play Schedule for which organized play is scheduled for each day.  We’ve had a few people step up to help with court monitoring, we are still VERY MUCH in need of more.  Without members volunteering to step up, the club is unable to provide the quality of play we have all become accustomed to.  While we understand that there is life outside of pickleball (I know it’s hard for some to imagine), this club runs and operates because volunteers choose to step up and commit to help.  I’d like to personally THANK all who have done just that.  We all APPRECIATE the commitment you all have pledged to the club and the game of pickleball.  

While we’ve had a few hiccups in the daily dealings at the outdoor courts, the overall vibe is that everyone is EXTREMELY happy and excited.  I know that we’ve added new members as well as have already attracted players from all over the country and as far as New Zealand.  Granted, they were just passing through on vacation, but they were pleasantly surprised to find such lovely, world-class courts in Sequim and on the Olympic Peninsula.  That is a direct quote by the way!  We will be hoping that is also the feel we exude when we host the Blue Hole Bash in September.  As you can imagine, lots of work and planning is currently going on getting everything set and in place to host our first regional tournament.  Again, we need LOTS of volunteers.  Please see me if you are interested. 

INDOOR PLAY

If you’ve been missing indoor play, don’t fret.  It will be back in action once the weather and daylight hours decline.  Continue to check the schedule weekly for days that we may be playing.  With the outdoor courts in full swing, we’ve had extremely low numbers at the Boys and Girls Club.  While I love each and every one of you, opening for four or six people on Sunday morning when I could be home with my family makes it a hard sale for me or my other compadres who volunteer to open.  The weather is too nice to be indoors anyway!  

Just keep checking the play calendar for possible times to play indoor.  We usually have it updated at least a week ahead of time.  If you have a question, please feel free to email me about it.  

Court Etiquette                        

I wanted to talk about a possible issue that may be happening at the outdoor courts.  Currently, we don’t have a paddle system in place on the courts.  We are going on the “honor system” of who goes in next.  When it is OPEN PLAY, whether you are a 2.0 or a 5.0, whichever court becomes vacant first, the person who has been in line goes next.  There is no:  you are a 3.0 and we’re 4.0’s business.  It’s open play.  That means everyone plays with everyone.  There is no waiting at a certain court and continually keeping the same players rotating in and out on one court either.  If you want to play with a certain person or group, you all wait in line and work your way into the queue.   That is the technical definition of OPEN PLAY.  IF you want ranked play, check out those days we have slated for your ranking.  Open Play is a social play and gives our newer members and players a chance to increase their play with upper level players.  It also gives upper level players a chance to work on certain aspects of their games while also giving advice and support to our lower ranked players.  We were all the newbie once.  Let’s welcome our new and beginning players and help them achieve their best play possible. It’s a win, win for all.

That’s all for now Folks.  I’d like to say thanks to the Outgoing Board Members and thank them for their contributions.  Let’s make sure to give them each a personal thanks and hug/handshake.  Let’s also remember that this organization runs on volunteers and their hard work and energy.  It’s easy to forget that each and everyone has a life outside of pickleball and the time contributed is precious.  Let’s be kind to each other and work for the success of the club.  

As always, hope to see you on the courts and Pickle ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman, is on vacation.

As always, feel free to contact Dave at (lostmtnloft@olympus.net 360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

 

REFEREE CLINIC 

Another referee clinic will be offered in August in preparation for our Blue Hole Bash Tournament in September.  It will speak well of us if we can provide refs for most of the matches.

Ten individuals participated in the clinic on July 26 and are on their way to becoming capable officials.  Thank you, Sequim Picklers, for letting these folks practice during our club play at Carrie Blake Park and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

I have had some interest from players who would just like to learn more about the rules of pickleball without having to commit to being a referee.  I will gladly provide a session which I would call  “Rules, Do’s & Don’ts, and Procedures.”   This would be a fun class and members would definitely come away with information that will help them be a more astute player.

Please let me know via e-mail, mrhhoffman@msn.com, or talk to me at the courts if either clinic would be of interest to you.

Thank you.

Submitted by Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator

SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

The T-shirts are nearly gone, so purchase yours soon (only $10)!  We still have mens size M and L, but ladies are welcome to wear them, too.  The proceeds benefit our savings for those items needed at the courts or for maintenance.  Contact Margie at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com

Submitted by Margie Rone

Club Newsletter July 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         July 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • To steal Christy’s thoughts, it’s Christmas in June!  New courts, new members, new hours, old and new friends.  What’s not to celebrate!
  • Courts opened June 28, 9 AM due to our hard-working finishing team; THANK YOU!
  • New court schedule is located near the calendar on the home page. 
  • The Outdoor Court Coordinator needs some assistance; contact Rich Bemm.
  • Court  ribbon cutting is set for July 25, 11 AM; fun and games planned!
  • The logo contest winner was Robert Knapp.  Congratulations and to him and thanks to all those other contestants that gave us fine choices!
  • The Annual Meeting filled the park with excitement, great food, excellent desserts, contest winners, and a great new slate of elected board members who will take office in August.  

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Our President is away on vacation and will be sorry to have missed the opening of the new courts.

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Co-Director of Communications

LOGO CONTEST

During the Annual Meeting we all had the opportunity to review the artistic entries competing to be our future LOGO.  Our current Sequim Pickler LOGO was included in this competition.  The first closed vote identified the top 3 entries from the 13 entries received by the deadline. From those entries members were able to comment on what they liked and did not like about the 3 finalists.  A show of hands then picked a new LOGO to represent our club.  The winning entry was submitted by Robert Knapp and has already begun to adorn our web site and correspondence. 

We want to thank all who submitted entries to the contest.  We have some very talented Sequim Picklers and the entries were inventive, fun, and artistic!

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair

LAVENDER FESTIVAL

A huge thank you to all you awesome picklers that volunteered to help with manning the Sequim Pickler Lavender booth, assisting with the vendor load in, chalking and marking of the vendor booths, and the set up and tear down of the beer garden.  This is a great opportunity for the Sequim Picklers to show our community spirit and continue to work and volunteer with the community we all live in.  Thank you for  showing  that the Sequim Picklers are continuing to work together for a bright pickleball future in Sequim. 

Just a reminder, those that are chalking and marking the vendor booths and setting up the beer garden, it will be on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  The vendor load-in will be on Thursday, July 19 and the manning of the Sequim Pickler booth will be on July 20 – 22.  In the upcoming weeks, I will be sending out emails to those that have volunteered letting you know more about the how, when and where.  So, stay tuned and as I obtain more specifics, I will let you know.

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Chair

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. 
    12pm-6pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm SP 3.0 Ladder Play Outdoors.
    6 pm Play in Gym – check calendar
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 3.5 Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 4.0 & Up Ladder Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.  8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

THE CITY HAS JUST GRANTED THE SEQUIM PICKLERS OPERATIONAL PLAY!!

The courts opened on Thursday, June 28th, 9:00 AM for OPEN PLAY.

When you want to play, be sure to bring your Sequim Pickler ID card.  For those of you who have not yet picked up your cards, our Membership Chair will have your ID at the courts for pickup.

There is limited seating at the courts so bring your lawn chair into the corridor to relax between games.

Here is the detailed story…

There has been a great deal of work by the board, and small work teams getting ready for the new outdoor courts to open. We are all excited and anticipating playing on these state-of-the-art, full-size, 34’x64’, individually-fenced, outdoor courts! The surfacing sub-contractor completed his work on Friday June 22nd. The colors and lines all look fantastic and the center corridor is painted green!  The City has a few more punch-list items to clear with the fencing sub-contractor and the prime contractor.  Despite those punch list items, the City allowed the Picklers’ work party access to the facility Wednesday, June 27th, to complete our 3-work-party items.

The work parties were limited to a size that allowed for efficient, quick, and safe work. The items we were responsible for included:

1 Install safety pipe to the top of all interior fencing (lead: Robert Rankin, team: Gary Poor, Charlie Pugh, Robert Ball, Roger Mull, Richard Cary, Chuck Madden).

2 Install nets and posts (lead: Rich Bemm, team: Michael Cooper, Katinka Nanna).

3 Install court number signs, rule signs, and our schedule box (lead: Dave Shreffler, team: Mary Helen Benapfl).

4 Add additional plantings to the rain-gardens on site (lead:  Jan Tatom).

The first three teams met at 9:00 AM and all work was substantially completed by 12:30 PM.  When our work parties completed their work, the City gave us permission to begin play on June 28th.  Wooooohoooooo!

The improvements to the rain-garden will be led by Jan Tatom; contact her if you wish to help.

NEW OUTDOOR COURT OPERATIONS AND PLAY IS NOW AUTHORIZED!!

Transitioning play from 3rd and Fir to Carrie Blake Park (CBP)

As the Sequim Picklers transition from play at 3rd and Fir and other locations around town to the new outdoor courts at CBP, here are some thoughts to consider to ensure that the Sequim Picklers are good neighbors with the Church, Skate Park, Dog Run, and Ball Players:

•When you arrive to play at the courts ensure that you park your car only in a designated parking spot available at the park. We are not authorized to utilize any of the parking spots at the church. You might consider carpooling with other players to save parking spots at the courts.

•Look for opportunities to help pick up any litter around the courts, despite which group might have generated it. There are two trash cans provided to the skate park and there will be a dedicated trash can inside the main gate of the courts. The CBP maintenance crew empties these quite frequently. If a can is overflowing let the local maintenance crew (Gary or Mike) know so they can take care of it.

•The courts have two entrances. Both are secured with level 3 security locks. The combination can be obtained from a Board Member or Court Coordinator. The only people that should have this combination are Sequim Pickler members, CBP Docents, and CBP maintenance crew. The east entrance is the main entrance to the facility. The south facing entrance is the emergency exit and might be used for an ambulance access, but generally this entrance will remain locked.

•We plan to use the same concept of operations that we used at 3rd and Fir with the locked shed. If you are the first Pickler to arrive at the courts, open the gate and open the temporary contractor box for balls.  Set out the signup sheet and sign in for yourself.  Then go play!  No need to set up nets, fences, basketball hoops, pull weeds, etc.  When you leave the courts and no other club members are present, pick up all of our balls and any notebooks, paperwork, etc. and secure it in our storage box.  DO NOT LOCK THE COURTS.  Simply close the gate and leave the lock closed and secured to the chain.  The City will arrange to have the courts locked at the end of the day.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

Click here for the Carrie Blake Community Park Play Schedule

Hello Picklers!  

These are exciting times to be a part of the club.  Above you will find a copy of the current play schedule for the new outdoor courts at Carrie Blake Park.  If you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, the new courts opened on June 28, 9 AM.  We’ve designed the play schedule to accommodate all levels of play, including both social and competitive play.  We want to remind everyone that this schedule is NOT set in stone and that we’ll be reviewing it over the next couple of months.  We need time to gather feedback and stats on things like the number of players we have on a given day, which events are most popular, and if we need to create other categories not yet thought of.  We can only do that after the courts have been open and operating for a period of time.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the matter.  Thanks and PICKLE ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Outdoor Court Volunteers Needed:

 I am recruiting volunteers who would be willing to join me in providing coordination of the Monday through Saturday morning time slots (8:00 to Noon) and the Sunday play period from noon to 6:00 at our new Carrie Blake courts.  Our responsibility would be to unlock the courts and the locked supply box,  insure that the balls get distributed to each court and picked up at the end of the session, have the sign-in sheets out for the players, have the envelope out for collecting fees, welcome guests and visitors, be available to answer any questions or give assistance, and help with any first aide needs or 911 calls.  These responsibilities should not preclude you from playing pickleball during your selected time slot (or multiple slots if you so choose).  It would also be helpful if we make ourselves available while we are playing on days that we are not assigned to be on duty should a need arise.  I would like to have two volunteers for each of the days – Monday through Saturday even though only one person would be on duty on any given day.  Between the two of you, you can decide on a schedule that works best.  For Sundays, I would like to have four volunteers since the time slot is six hours. This would mean that two would be assigned the noon to 3:00 period and another two take the 3:00 to 6:00 period.  The more volunteers we get, the better.  The courts would not be a reality without the hardwork and time volunteered by our members.  Let’s continue to support the club and promoting the play of this game we all love.  Should you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to email or call me at richardbemm@gmail.com or 360-749-6633.  With the courts being available to us any day now, I would appreciate a quick response so that we have the time slots covered as soon as possible.  Thanks.  

Submitted by Rich Bemm, Outdoor Court Coordinator

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

PCOC has been busy working on multiple tasks related to the NEW COURTS: signage, finalizing the schedule and play activities, operations details, court policies, first aid procedures, volunteer staffing of the new courts, coordination with the City, etc.

The peacocks request that everyone be kind and patient, as together we all navigate the exciting opportunities ahead with 8 new courts!!! 

As always, feel free to contact me (lostmtnloft@olympus.net  360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

Finally, we extend a sincere thank you to Debbie Madden for her invaluable service on the PCOC.  Debbie is stepping down as Vice Chair of the peacocks in order to step up as Vice President of the SP Board.  Debbie was awarded the very first honorary peacock feather for her service at the PCOC meeting on June 26th.  Sharman Owings and Katinka Nanna are the newest members of the PCOC.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $10.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com.  Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Club Newsletter June 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         June 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

There are many exciting events happening within the Club, so here are a few highlights:

1.  Club Logo Contest is still accepting entries.  Get yours in soon!

2.  The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the new courts has been delayed.

3.  The Annual Meeting is on June 10.  It will feature a Dessert ContestRaffle, Celebration, Election, and Potluck.

4.  The NEW COURTS are progressing; concrete is poured and fencing is being installed. 

5.  Thanks to Bob Sester for burning the weeds on and around the courts at Third and Fir.  More work is scheduled.

6.  Many success stories are coming in regarding the tournament in Centralia; congratulations to our members who placed!

7.  Thanks to those members stepping up to run for Board positions!

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

We have had a great year filled with accomplishments and I look forward to celebrating those accomplishments with you at our Annual Meeting on June 10!  What could be better than sharing good food with good friends prior to moving into the business at hand?  There are still decisions to be made and work to be done, but Sequim Picklers can be counted on to step up to the tasks.  Thank you for all you have done, and thanks to those who will be stepping up to serve.  You are all appreciated!

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

LOGO CONTEST

Here is an update on the Sequim Pickler LOGO contest.  So far we have received 3 entries from one Sequim pickler.  I know there are other creative editors out there who are working on their entries and just want to remind them that the deadline is June 4th. 

The old LOGO is attached for reference only.  Time to take an afternoon and crunch out your best work that will be exhibited on our future shirts, hats, and letterhead!

Get your creative juices flowing.

The rules of this contest are simple:

  1. Final LOGO needs to be provided in JPEG, GIF, and PNG formats
  2. You have final creative freedom, just remember that your logo must be suitable for letterhead, T-shirts, hats, and other Pickleball stuff
  3. Deadline for entries to be judged is Monday June 4th.  Final judging and voting will take place at our June 10th Annual meeting.
  4. Send your fabulous entry to SequimPicklers@gmail.com
  5. Fabulous PRIZE – The winner of this contest will be forever known as the “LOGO winner” and will have the pleasure of seeing their work on all our future clothing and letters.  That is until the next contest.  Ha Ha.

This contest begins NOW.

Work your magic, and Good Luck to the future LOGO winner.

Go here for ideas:

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

This is an exciting year for us.  While the contractors are busy building the courts, the ceremony committee, consisting of Patricia Knapp, Pat Joersz, Glynda Ball and myself have been diligently working on the agenda for the official grand opening of the 8 new pickleball courts in Carrie Blake Park.

I’m sure some of you have heard that the ribbon-cutting ceremony was going to be held in the latter part of June. That was the plan until our last meeting with the City on May 15 met with a small hiccup.  The weather delayed the concrete pour of the south courts.  The contractors are still trying to aim for completion by the end of June but the city is asking for a little wiggle room so the contractors won’t feel rushed.

Our tentative date for the official opening is now Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:00 am.  There will be an official invitation to all Sequim Picklers, key contributors and stake holders, which will be sent out via email 30 days prior to the actual date.

Stay tuned, mark your calendar, and keep your eyes open for this important email.

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair

PARTY TIME

Sequim Picklers Annual Meeting

And Party!

Appreciation Celebration!

June 10th, 1 – 5:00

Pioneer Park

You are all Stars!

Appreciation!

The Board Members: We appreciate the fabulous outgoing Board and the new incoming Board members.  What an amazing group of people and look what has been accomplished.  Vote on the new Board Members along with the proposed update to Bylaws.  Your vote matters.  Watch for the meeting agenda.

The Membership: All of you have contributed in so many ways to this club.  Congratulations and thank you!

Celebration!

 NEW Courts!

Dessert Contest: The challenge is on.  Bring your best dessert and see how it stacks up.  There will be 5 fun judges. A “Ross Original Trophy” awarded for first place, and prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.

Potluck: Yummy food! (by first letter of last name) Appetizers, A-J. Side dishes, K-R. Main dishes, S-Z.

Beer Kegger: Compliments of Dick and Katinka Nanna.  Non-alcoholic drinks provided.

Raffle

Break the piggy bank and buy lots of tickets to win a New Selkirk Paddle, or a Pickleball paddle bag, or some other great items.  $2.00 a ticket.  Must be present to win.  Winners will be announced at the end of the meeting.  Money raised will help fund amenities at the NEW Courts. Yeah!

Don’t Miss this important meeting!

Margie Rone and Fabulous Committee

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board-Member-At-Large

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. 
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Play in Gym – check calendar
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.  9 am Open Play Outdoors.
  • School is out June 15!!  Check the calendar for changes to open play at 3rd & Fir.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello from the construction court site!  We are almost to the finish line.  The biggest part of the construction has been completed, which was the concrete slab.  After the fencing is installed, and before the final paint is applied, the concrete slab will be tested for low spots using a water hose.  This is a standard procedure to ensure any water from rain or cleaning the play surface will drain properly.  There will be little uneven areas that will be patched up and prepped for the final court finish.  Let’s hope for another stretch of good weather.  We need it so the paint can go on without any blemishes.

Submitted by Christiane Ganss-Johnson, Architect

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

COURT TALK

From the DOCO’s Corner 

Sunglasses on!  Summer is here! 

Sunglasses, check.  Sunscreen, check.  Water bottle, check. Playing pickleball in the summer sunshine, PRICELESS! 

It’s finally here!  Summer that is and with it, MORE opportunities to play.  Sequim schools will be out for summer break starting June 15th meaning the courts at 3rd and Fir will be available for play 7 days a week.  Keep checking the calendar posted on the web page for organized play times. Just a heads up – As of this time, there has been no request by the school for us to discontinue play there because of construction work that will be starting on the adjacent building.  Please be aware of any signs that may be posted to avoid the area or if you are asked to vacate by workers, do so in a respectful manner.  We are visitors there and hope to continue a positive relationship with the school district regardless if we use those courts or not. 

Leagues 

Our Spring league has ended, and Monday nights will now revert to “competitive” open play.  This means that while it is open play like Saturday and Sundays, it is less social with a higher emphasis on strategy and skills.  Over the next month or so, we will try out a couple of new formats, have another skills night, and we are working on organizing a “ranking” night for our members.  I will be sending out more information on this as it becomes available. 

Volunteers 

We need your help!  We have some events that are approaching and will be needing volunteers.  Our club runs and operates because of the endless number of hours that are donated by our members.  It’s easy to forget just how much goes into organizing a club of this size. 

We will have a volunteer signup sheet at the Annual Meeting and what jobs are available.  Let’s all chip in and do our part to help continue making this club a success. 

That’s all for now and I hope to see you all on the courts! Pickle On! 

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

The PCOC has been very busy in May. Here’s a rundown of recent and ongoing tasks:

·        We ordered an AED and waterproof cabinet for the new courts.

·        We ordered the final court number signs, court rules & schedule sign, etc. for the new courts.

·        We ordered a lockable display case where the monthly court schedule will be on display for the public.

·        We received approval from the City for the time slots that are reserved for SP play at the new courts.  Play activities during those time slots still tbd (see below).

·        We have been in weekly communication with the School District about when play at 3rd & Fir must stop due to building demolition and removal of the storage shed.

·        At our May 8th PCOC meeting:

  We developed some court protocol recommendations for the DOCO to try implementing at the Boys & Girls Club to help reduce wait times.

  We recommended that the DOCO write up a statement about the “intent of the 3.5-4.0 court” to provide to the membership.

  We recommended that the DOCO write up a statement for the membership regarding ranking protocols and also move toward establishing a ranking committee.

  We discussed available dates for a summer kids clinic outdoors at the new courts.

  The Assistant DOCO agreed to work on clearing out the shed at 3rd and Fir and storing our items elsewhere as the school building and the shed will be demolished soon.  A note will be going out to the membership letting them know when.

  The DOCO explored many alternatives for indoor play, but so far no viable options have emerged.  The search continues.

 The next PCOC meeting is Tuesday, June 5th at 6pm at Mary Helen Benapfl’s house.  The top agenda item is discussion of play activities during the time slots reserved for SP play at the new courts.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $10.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com.  Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Club Newsletter May 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         May 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

1) The new courts are progressing well!  Stop by or take a look at the pictures here.

2) The DOCO and team are working hard to plan our fall tournament.

3) Once again the gym is open on Saturdays for pickleball. Always check the calendar.

4) The Annual Meeting and Party will be June 10, 1 pm; mark your calendar!

5) Spring League is well underway; a fun time!  Watch the progress here.  A big thank you to Diane and Ron for all their work!

6) Christy wants your thoughts regarding Summer League.

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hello SP,

I hope most of you have been able to see the great progress being made on the new courts; a very exciting time!  Spring is here, weather is warming and drying, and the play is moving outside once again.

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. 
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder League Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.  9 am Open Play Outdoors.

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

 

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Picklers,

As you can tell in going over to Carry Blake Park, there have been a lot of things happening.  Half of our courts are now poured.  We will have a concrete playing surface and not asphalt.  The other half will follow shortly and then there might be a little while with not much happening.  The concrete needs to cure before any painting will start.
Let’s hope for good weather!

Submitted by Christiane Ganss-Johnson, Architect

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

 

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

From the DOCO’s Corner 

Can You Believe It?

Mother Nature has finally decided to treat us to some warmer, sunnier weather and that means outdoor play is in full swing. We’ve resumed our novice sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm, as well as open play on Fridays at 12 pm at the 3rd and Fir Street courts.  Saturday and Sunday play are available at both the B&G Club and the outdoor courts.  If you have a question regarding where we are playing, check the calendar located on the webpage.  A quick reminder that we are NOT allowed on the 3rd and Fir street courts until 4 pm Monday through Thursday, and not until 12 pm on Friday. We play there with permission from the Sequim School District and we’d appreciate everyone abiding by these rules. Soon we won’t have to worry about that as our new courts are well on their way to being completed! YAY!  If you haven’t been by lately to check on the progress, I’d suggest a quick drive by.  It’s amazing the amount of progress and just how quickly it’s going, even though it can’t be soon enough.

Our Spring Mixed Doubles League is halfway through and there’s been some great competition in both groups.  A big thank you out to Diane Froula and all her excellent work in organizing it and to Ron Halpern for keeping the statistics each week.  We all appreciate your hard work.

We need your input.  I’d like to hear your thoughts regarding a Summer League.  Any ideas or feedback would be appreciated.  Some things to weigh in on include – how long would you like to see a summer league last?  Should we consider just hosting open play since lots of our members travel and are away competing in tournaments elsewhere, and possibly having two short sessions of 4 weeks each instead of one long session?  Please feel free to email me or to talk with me in person about any ideas you may have.  I’m open to all suggestions.

I had the pleasure of attending a Hobby Fair at Greywolf Elementary on April 23rd on behalf of the Sequim Picklers and the sport of pickleball. I worked with three groups of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  We played games and had a blast.  We set up a net and each student had a paddle to try his hand at dinking and control of the ball.  It was a great success and I even had students who are eager to learn more.  It’s an honor to be in a position to share this sport with the next generation; and, who knows, there may be a future U.S. Open Champion just waiting to be discovered.  See the kids in action here.
As always, I hope you are all well and getting some quality time in on the courts, either in or outdoors. Hope to see you on the other side of the net.  Pickle On!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

The City approved SP’s proposed signage and a locked display case for the new courts.  The City also approved the Play schedule for the new courts.

The next PCOC meeting is May 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Mary Helen’s house.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

PARTY TIME

Sequim Picklers Annual Meeting And Party
Appreciation Celebration!
June 10th, 1 – 5:00 Pioneer Park
Appreciation!
The Board Members: We appreciate the fabulous outgoing Board and the new incoming Board members.  What an amazing group of people and look what has been accomplished.  Vote on the new Board Members along with the new Bylaws.  Your vote matters.

The Membership: All of you have contributed in so many ways to this club.  Congratulations and thank you!
Celebration! NEW Courts!
Dessert Contest: The challenge is on.  Bring your best dessert and see how it stacks up.  There will be 5 fun judges. A “Ross Original Trophy” awarded for first place, and prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.
Potluck: Yummy food! (by first letter of last name) Appetizers, A-J.  Side dishes, K-R. Main dishes, S-Z.  Beer Kegger: Compliments of Dick and Katinka Nanna.
Non-alcoholic drinks provided.
Don’t miss this important meeting!

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board-Member-At-Large

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $10.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com.  Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Club Newsletter April 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         April 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

1) Spring has sprung and everything is growing, including our courts!

2) Our Annual Meeting is coming up in June and we will be electing a number of new members to fill board positions. Contact Gill to add your name to the ballot.

3) Your Board of Directors is working overtime to form policies and plan for the future of the club.  Contact any board member if you have suggestions.

4) Monday night league play is in progress; contact Diane F. if you can sub.

5) Better weather means more outdoor play; check the calendar for available times.

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Communications Director

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hello SP,

I hope most of you have been able to see the great progress being made on the new courts; a very exciting time!  Spring is here, weather is warming and drying, and the play is moving outside once again.

The new Monday league play started April 9 and was very fun. I missed out on the last one.  Great job to all who make this happen; thank you! 

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”   Henry Ford

“Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”   Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. 
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder League Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.  9 am Open Play Outdoors.
  • Board Meeting Apr 14, 3pm, The Lodge at Sherwood Village.

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

 

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Picklers,
Have you been to Carrie Blake Park lately?  If so, you have seen a lot of progress in the last month.  After grading and re-compacting, most of the fence posts are in, including the interior posts.  If you wonder why some are missing, it is for better access to the courts to the north side when the concrete truck arrives.

I know you are not allowed to walk into the construction site, but even from the sidewalk we can now see the size of the courts.  Often during construction there are tricks played to the eyes: the blank construction site looks really big, then some walls go up.  In our case, posts went up and the site looks different again.  It is getting bigger, then
smaller; just a trick to the eye! 

As many of you know, Ross Brown, our own artist and sculptor, is working on a plaque that will be embedded in the 16′ wide corridor.  He is working closely with the city and contractor to have it properly installed.

Hopefully, the weather is getting better, and we can see a lot more progress in the weeks to come, including concrete. Next it is planned to add a 6 mil vapor barrier, rebar, and our control joint system.  Stop by and see the pickleball courts come to life!

Submitted by Christiane Ganss-Johnson, Architect

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

 

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

From the DOC’s Corner 

APRIL HAS ARRIVED!
The daffodils are blooming, and it couldn’t have come soon enough.  It’s been a long winter, am I right?  There finally seems to be an end in sight and with that some amazing progress on the new Carrie Blake pickleball courts.  If you haven’t been by lately, construction is full steam ahead and the courts are taking shape.  It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Sequim Picklers.  They can’t be completed soon enough!  These courts were a culmination of years of hard work and fundraising by our dedicated members.  They will allow us to not only enjoy the game, but to help grow the sport.  Let’s give a big collective thank you to all who have donated, and are still donating, their time, money and energy to see them become a reality.
On other fronts, the Tournament Board Team has been busy planning our upcoming Blue Hole Bash slated for September. We have created an overview of the tournament and will be moving forward in finalizing details.  We are excited for the opportunity to host such an event to showcase our new pickleball courts and the beautiful city of Sequim.
We hosted our first Skills Night and it was a huge success. Thanks to Kendal Wake for organizing and to everyone who participated.  We plan on having similar “game nights” throughout the year.  The Spring Mixed Doubles league has gotten off to a smashing start and is proving to be full of great competition and lots of fun.  Thanks to Diane Froula and Ron Halpern for all their hard work to make it happen.
Questions about open play?  Anytime you want to check for available opportunities to play, head over to the Play Calendar located on our webpage.  It gives the most up to date information and is accessible 24/7.
As always, any questions, concerns, or problems that may arise, please feel free to contact me.  I’ll be happy to listen and help address them to the best of my abilities.
See you all on the courts and Pickle On!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

-All PCOC meeting minutes from past meetings are posted on the website.

-The next PCOC meeting is Tuesday, May 8 at Mary Helen’s house (6:30-8:00pm).

-PCOC is waiting for final approval from the city on signs for the new courts at Carrie Blake Park.  At the May SP board meeting, PCOC will be seeking approval for sign purchases and also a locked display case where the court play schedule will be displayed.

-Dave Shreffler met with Captain Darrell Sharp of Fire District 3 about installing an AED when the new courts open.  He strongly advised that the City install an AED accessible to all the park users (i.e., pickleball, softball, dog park, playgrounds, etc) in the vicinity of Guy Cole or the restroom building. PCOC is waiting for a response from the City on AED location and whether they will share in the expense.

-Debbie Madden & Cathy Hathaway are developing a new liability waiver with the help of Alan Millet (pro-bono attorney).

-Christy Marazon & PCOC are looking into additional indoor play options.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

 

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $10.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com. Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Club Newsletter Mar 1, 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         March 1, 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

1. Dave Shreffler is more than a great pickleball leader.  He is also a great community leader.  Read about him in our President’s report!

2. Mark your calendars! Our first big tournament has been scheduled for September 21 through 23, 2018.

3. Make your wishes known by filling out the survey form that’s in the DOC’s report.

4. A huge thank you to the following:  

    ♥   Frank for opening and closing the gym on Monday

          Nights! 

    ♥   Mary Helen for running Ladder League!

    ♥   Marty for training our referees!

    ♥   Our volunteer referees for keeping us on the straight

          and narrow!

5. Your Board worked overtime to satisfy the stipulations in the Challenge Grant by the March 1 deadline.  They now move on to a list of new tasks.

6. Many Board positions will be vacated at the end of this year.  Watch for notice from the new Nominating Committee and be prepared to either step up or suggest someone qualified to fill one of the openings.  Gill Goodman, LT (Letritia) Flerchinger, and Gary Poor are on the Nominating Committee.

7. Pickleball Central is having a great sale.  Check it out!                      

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Communications Director

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hello SP,

First I would like to congratulate one of our own: Dave Shreffler, on his nomination as Citizen of the Year.  Dave was one of 5 honored, so next time you see him, give him some love.
 
We are eagerly awaiting the start of court construction, and are planning our first big tournament in the fall.

As much as I wanted to play in the league on Monday evenings, I was late to sign up.  That just goes to show that being president does not have any pull.

It has been a real eye opener helping Marty with his refereeing.  This allowed me the opportunity to watch many players that I would not have gotten to see.  I am really impressed with the high level of play and improvement of the players that we have.  SP will be a force to be reckoned with. Great job!  Continue to improve. 

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” —  Charles Darwin

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. NO GYM Sun Mar 18.
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder League Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play Outdoors
    No GYM on Saturdays. No GYM Sunday Mar 18.
  • Board Meeting Mar 11, 1pm, The Sequim Library

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

 

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had our Pre Construction meeting with the City of Sequim on February 7th, which went really smoothly.  Specification submittals from the contractor are being received and revised and/or approved as we speak.  It will be an ongoing process for a couple more weeks, and the construction time line is as follows:  Start of project March 5th and finish of project is planned for June 15th.

The court colors will be similar to those pictured above, which are US Open Blue for the playing area and Dark Green for the border area.  It’s a sport court surface which means it is an acrylic pigment latex coating.  Lines are white with silica sand in them.  It is not a cushioned surface.

Court posts have been received and are pictured below with Gill and Dave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Christianne Ganss-Johnson, Architect

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

 

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

From the DOC’s Corner 

Hello Picklers!  As some of you know, Monday night Winter Ladder League will be wrapping up on Monday, March 5th.  It’s been a fun time and everyone should give Mary Helen Benapfl a big thank you for doing such an amazing job. Thanks MH!  You are amazing!  We can’t forget to include a giant thanks to Marty Hoffman and his referees-in-training.  They helped give us a taste of what competing in a sanctioned event feels and looks like.  I know I personally loved having someone else keep score for me.  😀 Now on to other business…

Because the League team is new to the job, we thought it would be a great time to ask for some input and ideas.  Kendal Wake has created a survey that will help collect and narrow down information that is helpful to us, as well as a spot to tell us what you’d personally like to see. Thanks Kendal!  The survey is short, sweet and easy to complete.  Just download it, print and fill out, then return it to the next open play event or on Monday, March 5th.  We need all your completed surveys by March 11th, at the latest.  We are planning to hold drop-in Ladder League for the three remaining Monday’s in March, with Spring League starting on April 2nd. 

Please make sure to complete the survey and turn it in so your ideas and comments can help us shape our future formats for Monday night play.  This helps us provide everyone with the best experience possible.  And, after all, aren’t we all here to have FUN and have exciting new experiences with our friends?   I know I am.  Pickle on!

Thanks all!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

 

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

The PCOC is now posting our Agenda/Minutes on the website providing easy access and transparency for the membership. Each meeting “post” will include action items from the meeting, status on HIGH and LOW priority tasks, as well as a list of tasks that are completed. http://www.sequimpicklers.net/category/pcoc-minutes/

Please check out the new webpage – Court Operations Overview http://www.sequimpicklers.net/court-operations-team-overview/ to see all the great people involved in court operations.

Dave Shreffler, Christy Marazon, and Beverly Hoffman met with Pastor Green at the Trinity United Methodist Church in February.  SP is reaching out to the church to be good neighbors in advance of our new pickleball courts opening at Carrie Blake Park.  Christy is following up with the SP Board on several action items from this meeting with the church.

In March, Dave Shreffler will be seeking approval from the City of Sequim for all of the various signs to be installed at the new courts.

The next PCOC meeting is Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at The Fifth Avenue conference room.

The main focus of this meeting is to develop a DRAFT schedule for court activities when the new courts open at Carrie Blake Park.  We encourage members to attend this meeting if they want to share information, voice concerns, or ask questions about current and future Court Operations.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

 

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $20.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com. Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Club Newsletter February 1, 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         February 1, 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

  1. Let the rains cease and the courts begin! See court update.
  2. Winter Ladder League is underway; so much fun for the players.  See our League page.
  3. Port Angeles Tournament is just around the corner….
  4. Information is on the rise on our website; check it out!
  5. All the new volunteer task masters are hard at work organizing SP play.  Thank them!
  6. We have three more new members to welcome to the club! Be sure to introduce yourself.
  7. A Board meeting is scheduled on February 17, 12:30 pm, at The Fifth Avenue; PCOC meeting March 6 at 6 pm at The Fifth Avenue.
  8. Many members seen learning to ref our games; our thanks to them!

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hello SP,

I would like to thank all of the members who have stepped up to fill the various task-management roles that are so essential to our club.  It is great to see so many willing to help make the cub grow and keep all the activities going. There are always growing pains and learning curves to get through, but by working together as we have, all things can be accomplished.

I look forward to seeing all the members show off their well-earned skills at the upcoming tournament in Port Angeles. Remember: win or lose, having a little competition is always good and fun. 

“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust” —Jesse Owens

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” —Albert Einstein

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” —  Cesare Pavese

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder League Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play Outdoors
    No GYM on Saturdays.
  • Board Meeting Feb 17, 12:30pm, The Fifth Avenue

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Hi Picklers,

We are excited that our efforts to build courts is continuing forward on a schedule that was worked out last year. The local contractor, Interwest Construction, is scheduled to have their pre-construction meeting in early February with the City engineers and our Sequim Pickler (SP) pro-bono architect, Christiane Johnson, doing business as KataTjuta Architecture. After the first meeting, the schedule will be adjusted based on expected weather temperatures but generally it looks something like this:

Week of Feb 5 – Pre-Construction meeting with contractor (SP architect to attend)
Week of Mar 5 – Approval of contractor to proceed with site preparation.  Contract must conclude within 75 days of this notice to proceed.
Week of Apr 2 – First approved date that contractor can begin concrete pour.  (Concrete must have a 30 day cure period above freezing)
Week of May 7 – Possible start for surfacing and line painting

The SP board will be busy with two upcoming board meetings. The agendas are long in order to work on many aspects of getting these new courts up and running with a schedule that works for the SP, the public, and considering the City of Sequim agreement terms.  Oh, and we also need to pick a date for our first regional tournament.

To acquaint the membership with the City agreement terms that are currently in effect, I put together a brief reference guide that lays out the primary key decision points. It also has links to the full agreement, estimated future maintenance costs, and an example of how an annual schedule of outdoor play might look.  Click on the link below to view the City Agreement Reference Guide:

CITY-AGREEMENT-OVERVIEW1-24-18

The Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC) will be asked to work on this annual schedule and present the board with their best plan in the next few months. If you have ideas for the PCOC to consider, please attend one of their meetings or contact one of their members with your input.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

COURT TALK

From the DOC’s Corner 

Hey Picklers, one and all!  It’s been a very busy time in our club over the past month or so.  Besides all the new appointments to the club’s staff, including myself, we’ve also gained a few new members.  Welcome to you all! You’ve chosen an exciting time to become part of our ever-changing and thriving club.  Now, on to what we’ve been up to!
THE SP BOARD, AND PCOC, are actively working to get the finishing touches in place for the opening of our new courts in Carrie Blake Park.  Personally, it can’t come soon enough!
THE LEAGUE TEAM, headed by Mary Helen Benapfl, has just started their first Winter Ladder League and it’s proving to be a smash hit.  Sorry if you haven’t already signed up, it’s closed to new entrants.
MARTY HOFFMAN is heading up the Referee Team and will be giving everyone a chance to get some much-needed training and coaching during league and open play.  We are going to need experienced referees for our future endeavors. If you’d like to try it, give him a shout.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR SOUGHT.  We are also working hard to put a new Tournament Director in place.  My Asst. DOC, Mike Cooper, and I have started researching and making preparations for our first Sequim Picklers’ tournament.  It’s slated to be held on the new courts sometime in September, 2018.  We are hoping for over 125 entries.  We’ve had some wonderful people step in beside us to help along the way.  If you are interested in seeing just how a tournament works, there is an upcoming event in Port Angeles on Feb. 9th and 10th. There are lots of entries from our club so come and cheer them on while getting a feel for just how one works.
YOUTH CLINIC.  As some of our seasoned members may remember, we host a Youth Clinic every year at the Boys & Girls Club.  The clinic usually runs one day a week, over a period of 6 weeks.  Not only are we introducing an entire generation to this sport we all love, we are giving back to our community in a big way.  As a parent of a 7-year-old, I personally know the impact a mentor can have on a child.  It really does take a village to raise a child.  I am working with Dave, the B&G club director, to finalize the dates.  We will need VOLUNTEERS to help run and help teach the kids.  If you are interested, contact me and I’ll give you the details once they are in place. It’s sure to be a fun and rewarding experience for all!
AS DOC, it’s my job to communicate effectively with all in our club, not just those on our board.  If, for some reason, you have a complaint, or just some feedback regarding any aspect of the club, don’t hesitate to come to me.  That is what I’m here for.  If it’s an issue I can solve, wonderful.  If not, I will gladly help in finding the best path to follow.  I’m excited and proud to be your new Director of Court Operations.  I look forward to starting some new programs, while keeping some of the old, and moving our club into the future.  The future looks bright!  Pickle ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

The PCOC is now posting their Agenda/Minutes on the website providing easy access and transparency for the membership.  CLICK HERE for the January meeting.  Each meeting ‘post’ will include action items from the meeting, status on HIGH and LOW priority tasks as well as a list of tasks that are completed.

We encourage members to attend the meetings if they want to share information, voice concerns or ask questions about current and future Court Operations. 

Next meeting is March 6th at 6:00 at the 5th Ave.  

Please check out the new webpage – Court Operations Overview to see all the great people involved in court operations.  Special thanks to our new boss lady, Christy Marazon for stepping up to be the new Director of Court Operations!

ITEM OF INTEREST:  A new sign-in sheet is in place now for those playing at the Boys and Girls Club Gym.  We added the liability waiver info to the top of the sign-in form to ensure that ALL players (members and guests) are covered under the waiver during that play time.  Please help us make sure that everyone signs in every time!

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $20.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com. Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

Club Newsletter January 1, 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         January 1, 2018

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

  1. Our check for $217,000 was presented to the City of Sequim.  Court construction begins next spring.  Hooray! See City article here.
  2. Thank you Frank for stepping up to supervise indoor play beginning January 7, 2018; thanks to Debbie and Chuck for taking this on until that time!
  3. Thank you Rich for volunteering to manage outdoor play at our new courts in the spring!
  4. Four additional court management positions are open; see   Sharman Owings or Beverly Hoffman for details.  Also see our Job Opportunities page.
  5. Have a club concern or suggestion?  See any Board member – List at the bottom of the page.
  6. Did you know?  Prior to each Board meeting (except for executive sessions), 15 minutes is allowed for members to address concerns or suggestions to the Board.
  7. Have a court concern or suggestion?  See a PCOC member – List at the bottom of the page. 
  8. Want to be a trained referee?  See Marty. 
  9. There is still room to sign up for the February tournament in Port Angeles. Click here for the full details.

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

 

Twas the night before Christmas

And out on the courts

Were all types of people

In tennies and shorts

All of them beaming and shouting with joy

Happy as children with a new Christmas toy

Out of their bags, colorful paddles appeared

To the kitchen they scurried, lined up, and cheered

Let’s dink it and drop it, let’s volley and kill

The balls started bouncing as if without will

The sound from the paddles and balls as they rose

Moved all of the players to the tips of their toes

Cross court and forward, balls started to fly

When appeared an old player with a wink in his eye

Dressed in all red from his head to his toe

A smile on his face and a warm, cheery glow

0 0 2 he shouted as he served me the ball

He moved like the wind, barely saw him at all

Then all of a sudden, it was 11 to 0

As we lightly touched paddles, he said he must go

Before I asked where, he disappeared in a haze,

But I heard his farewell while still in my daze

“Keep playing and laughing and having your fun!

Merry Pickleball to all, my work here is done!”

GAME ON!
–by Greg LaVelle 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hi SP, I hope everyone had a happy holiday and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Well, it is official: the city has our money, we have a contractor to build the courts, and it is full speed ahead!  The city is going to use this moment as an example of how the city and the residents can work together and accomplish great things.  We have set a wonderful example of how a small group of dedicated, unselfish people working towards a common goal can become a reality.  This is a crowning time for all of us, and a job well done is an understatement.
As always, I include a couple of fitting quotes. These people can say it far better then I.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. if you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”  Tecumseh

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

A little Christmas humor:

What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman?

Snowballs

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play Outdoors
    No GYM on Saturdays.

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Sequim Picklers Contribute to Construction of New Pickleball Courts

Members of the Sequim Picklers presented the City of Sequim with a check for $217,700 on December 20, 2017, to contribute to the construction of eight tournament quality pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Community Park.  The foundation for the courts was constructed in 2017.  The courts are expected to be complete in the spring of 2018.

Members of the Sequim Picklers first addressed the Sequim City Council in December 2014 when they saw that pickleball courts were included in the draft of the Carrie Blake Park Master Plan. 

“We began an education campaign about pickleball and started fundraising amongst our members so we could come to the City Council with seed money for the project,” said Sequim Pickler JoAnne Yerkes. 

The City Council included $51,000 in the 2016 budget for the pickleball courts, and in 2017, the Sequim Lodging Tax Advisory Committee recommended approval of an additional $10,000 grant from lodging tax funds, based on the expectation of tournaments to be held on the courts.
 
In 2016, the Picklers realized that they had raised less money that year, than the previous year.  In order to meet their financial goals, a challenge grant was proposed to the membership that would match a percentage of their contributions with additional funds.  The challenge resulted in a 700% return on investment and raised $55,000 in three weeks with an additional $9,000 in matching funds from the Yerkes Family Fund.  In total, the members of Sequim Picklers contributed $102,037 to the project.

Other contributors to the project include $34,000 from the Clallam County Lodging Tax Fund, pro bono architectural services from Christiane Johnson, $10,000 from the Haller Foundation, $10,000 from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, and $5,000 from First Federal.

“This is a great example of members of the community working together with local government and community partners to accomplish a goal that has wide spread and long-term benefits for the region,” said Assistant City Manager and City parks representative Joe Irvin.

Please contact Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin at jirvin@sequimwa.gov or (360) 582-2457 for more information.

sequim picklers Photo – From left: Sequim Picklers Robert Rankin, JoAnne Yerkes, Katinka Nanna (Treasurer), City of Sequim Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin, Arvo Johnson (President), Denise Cordero (Secretary), Jan Tatom (Communications Director) and Christiane Johnson (Project Architect.)

From City of Sequim News, December 20, 2017

Also see the Sequim Gazette Article here. 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

COURT TALK

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

Our next meeting is January 11th, 2018 at the Sequim Library (6:30 – 8:00 pm). On the agenda to discuss are the DOCO position, upcoming league play, an injury at B&G Club, signs for the new courts at Carrie Blake, plus more.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $20.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com. Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member

PASSINGS

Our dear friend and fellow pickleball player Ron Coleman died on November 10, 2017.  For those of you who did not know  him, he was our miracle guy who survived a heart attack at the courts at Third and Fir.  He loved his family, sports, and people, and never did anything half way.  We were unable to locate an obituary for Ron.

Barbara Vackar, fellow pickleball player and high school sweetheart of Ron Coleman, passed away on November 28, 2017.  Read about her amazing life and accomplishments in her obituary, linked below.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/barbara-vackar-obituary?pid=1000000187431891&view=guestbook

 

Club Newsletter Dec 1, 2017

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         December 1, 2017

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • The November dinner party at The Cedars at Dungeness honored Ben (and wife, Dee) and gave him a royal sendoff.  Fun had by all!
  • Indoor League wrapped up (watch for results).  Ladder play will begin on Monday nights.
  • City of Sequim and the Sequim Picklers continue their mutual admiration and congenial working relationship.
  • Maddens seen opening & closing the gym weekends since Ben’s departure and Debbie running league night.  Thanks Debbie and Chuck! 
  • In addition to her secretarial and web duties, Denise is now keeping our calendar up to date.  Thanks Denise!
  • Welcome to all the new members and to the new members of the PCOC.  You are appreciated!
  • There were many facets to Ben’s job, so many volunteers are needed to fill the void left by his departure.  The Nominating Committee is working to fill that void.  Do not wait for them to call!  Let them know what responsibilities you are willing to assume to keep the club running smoothly (contact Sharman, Beverly or Lee).

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hi SP,

To all of you who attended Ben’s Appreciation Night I would like to thank you; it was a fun night.

A special thanks to the people putting it all together, Jan (venue, dinner and program), Sharman (pickleball cake), Ross (Ben’s trophy), Cathy (framed quotes with member signatures), Margie (decorations and cleanup).  The awards for Ben were great, made by Ross, Jan and Cathy along with a special award from our PB friends from Port Ludlow:  Peter, Hana and Pat.  Decorations and cleanup by Margie and her crew were perfect (Noreen, Katinka, Gary and Henry).  Sharman made an incredible cake that was decorated PB beautiful.

With Ben stepping back, we need some other SP’s stepping up to take on some of his responsibilities.

We have already had a couple individuals doing a great job on some of those tasks to keep things running smoothly for everyone.   

Have a safe and happy holiday.

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”     Victor Borge

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”     Henry David Thoreau

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play Outdoors
    9 am Open Play in Gym-Except Dec 16
  • Dec 16 NO GYM

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The November 13 City council meeting was especially long with 3 public hearings. They did not get to our agenda item until about 10:00 PM.  During the early public comment period, I covered our planned gift of $198,000 to complete building of the courts.

David Garlington (Dept. of Public Works) introduced our topic with a slide that depicted the major parts of the agreement.  There were good head nods all around.  The one change requested by Ted Miller was to add a termination clause for the City.  Ted indicated that the current termination clause, paragraph 16, while sufficient for the City should the SP default, it was insufficient should the City default (because the City would never default).  This was just a small point in the overall great accolades we received from the entire council regarding our interactions with the council for the past 3 years.  The City lawyer said it would be easy to add that one clause.  Ted Miller indicated that the overall agreement was superb and a good example of how the City can do business with non-profits.  Bob Lake and Candice Pratt each weighed in with thank-you’s. Finally, Bob Lake, moved to allow Charlie Bush (City Manager) to sign our agreement with the one additional termination change, and the motion passed unanimously.

We should receive a revised version for Arvo’s signature soon.  Hooray!

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Remember it is not too late to upgrade from a Bronze to a Silver status and take advantage of this incentive.  The “Silver” level membership includes:

  • No annual dues FOREVER (which may be $100 annually once the new courts are operational)
  • No pay-to-play FOREVER.  You can play for FREE FOREVER! (It is anticipated that players below the Bronze level will pay $5 per play session.  If you play twice a week for 40 weeks that is already $400 annually.)
  • Free league play FOREVER.
  • Permanent acknowledgement at the courts, memorializing you helped made these courts a reality.
  • And of course the pride you will have of being a part of such a great endeavor – tournament quality courts for the City of Sequim.

THIS EXTENSION EXPIRES AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2017

For any questions, please call Katinka Nanna 360-681-8554 or email her at katinka@nikola.com

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

COURT TALK

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

A few updates for November:

  1. We’ve added two new members to the PCOC. We’re thrilled to have Kyle McKenzie and Mary Helen Benapfl join the “peacocks” committee!
  1. PCOC has been working with the SP Board to rewrite the job description for the Director of Court Operations (DOCO) and strategize how to keep operations running smoothly until a new DOCO is in place.
  2. Special Thanks to Debbie Madden (PCOC Vice Chair) who has been running the Monday Night Mixed Doubles League, and also keeping the doors open and lights on for Sat/Sun play at the B&GC.  Please thank Debbie next time you see her! 

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

Hey all you new members…….(and a few of you old hold outs).  I still have most sizes and styles available.  Now’s the time to show your enthusiasm for the club and the game.
Only $20.00 each, and the proceeds go to the new courts.  I will have them available when I am at the courts or you can contact me at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com. Don’t be the only one who doesn’t have a T-Shirt as we get closer to the opening of our new courts!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member