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 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 

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

Club Newsletter Nov 1, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • Raves to Ben, our Director of Courts, for all the great play he has organized for the Sequim Picklers and for members of the Boys and Girls Club!
  • Kudos to the City of Sequim for all their cooperative efforts on our court-building project!
  • And Kudos to our negotiating team who has worked tirelessly with the City!  Look for the progress report on the courts; nothing but great news!
  • PCOC has been busy planning court safety procedures along with many other tasks.
  • PFC continues to find ways to add funds to our coffers.
  • Club T-shirts are still available; see Margie.
  • Remember that you get a 5% discount on anything purchased from Pickleball Central and the Club gains points toward rewards. Click here for more information and the code.

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

As many of you know, Ben Sanders is stepping down from his Board position as Director of Courts with the Sequim Picklers.  Ben’s passion and abilities for PB cannot outweigh his bad shoulders, and he has had to say enough already.

I am sure it is incredibly hard to put programs together for the Sequim Picklers and not be able to participate in the game he loves.  Ben’s enthusiasm, generosity and countless hours of work and commitment to the SP cannot be put into a few words.  He has put in place the rating program, Winter and Spring leagues, children’s classes at the B & G club, taught clinics, and always made sure we had a place to play.  These are only a few of his accomplishments.  His programs have led to all Sequim Picklers being better players and they added to the social and fun aspects of pickleball.  The next time you see Ben, let him know how much you appreciate the things he brought to us.  I think I speak for all in saying:  Thank you, Ben! Your guidance will be missed! 

Check out the progress on the new pickleball courts; looking good!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”  
William Arthur Ward

“It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. if you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself to the world by playing your role in a concert.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Thank you

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym-Except Nov 12
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Fall League 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
  • Nov. 4, 11, 12 & 18 NO GYM

 

 

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Co-Director of Communications

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

November 1, 2017

The court site at Carrie Blake Park (CBP) has undergone extensive work during the past two months. Under the schedule C contract from the City of Sequim the entire site went from large piles of dirt to a fully level site with a 1% slope from south to north.  Our pro-bono architect, Christiane Johnson, worked tirelessly with the City to ensure that there was enough room for the larger full size 34’ x 64’ court size recommended by the USAPA.
In October the City provided us opportunities to pay now to have the current contractor (Northern Land Development) purchase, haul, install, level and compact 4 inches of gravel on the entire site using their construction equipment and big roller.  Our treasurer, Katinka Nanna, let us know that we could pay for this work without penalty on the CD in which the court funds are invested.  The SP board elected to take advantage of this opportunity to cover the site with gravel now to help it weather the winter.  The City also had an opportunity to complete the raingarden due to an excess amount of material on the construction site. They used that material to complete the raingarden to the north of the courts. They also made accommodations both to the north and south of the courts for grassy areas that can be used for spectators and or vendors during future planned tournaments. We will be working with the City to see if there are opportunities for the SP to add additional plantings to the raingarden prior to the winter.
The working partnership with the City has really been incredible.  In Dave Shreffler’s words, “I cannot begin to explain to people how different the SP relationship has been with the City than what the Sequim Family Advocates went through when we were building the Playfields.  David and Matt are tremendous partners on the courts project!”.  Gill Goodman agrees “Absolutely agree with Dave’s comments about the City’s (David and Matt) cooperation!!!   Having been a principal active participant in the unsuccessful SARC Levy and Metro actions, I can tell you many horror stories about the city’s lack of cooperation and down right attempts to put negative roadblocks in those efforts.  It is a new era/day of city cooperation and I love it.”  Matt Klontz (City Engineer/Assistant Public Work Director) and David Nakagawara (Civil Engineer, Public Works) have been our primary contacts and go-to-team at the City on this effort.  If you run into either of them tell them how appreciative you are of their efforts!  We plan to send the City an official letter recommending both for an award and or a highly complementary letter that can be placed in their personnel records.
On October 30th the City closed the original entrance to CBP and opened the newly paved entrance from the south.  The planned grassy areas were hydroseeded and sidewalks and the new ADA access walkway was completed into the park.  If you visit the park now you can fully appreciate the huge property that will make up the courts and adjacent grassy areas!
Work on the solicitation for the new courts has been completed by the SP negotiation team.  The solicitation date is delayed by one week due to the heavy City engineering load and desire to do advertisements for two projects at the same time.  The solicitation is now due to go out November 8th with a bid opening on December 4 at 2:30.  The plan is to go to City council on December 11 for final approval of a selected contractor.  Our desire to select a contractor before the end of the calendar year is to meet the final requirement of the anonymous challenge grant.  The notice for the contractor to proceed will be some time in early March with a pad pour date in early April.  The pad then requires 28 days to cure prior to final surfacing (color paint) and line painting. Courts should be ready for play during the month of May!

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

DIRECTOR OF COURT OPERATIONS

Message to the membership:
Most of you would have heard by now of my resignation from the DOCO position, and necessarily the Board of Directors and my USAPA Ambassadorship in the Pacific NW Region (Sequim)
I treasure the well-wishes and positive comments from all of you.  
But, I’m not “leaving”.  I am taking a new direction with something I think I can physically do.  I will still be around, especially during the seasons which I am not as involved in my new endeavor.  Remember, I am a “life member”.  
I can tell you that I hope we do not regress as a Club..  Once, a social club that played pickleball, we are now a Pickleball Club that is social.  
We are respected on the local and National pickleball scene for our club culture, proactive approaches to difficult organizational issues, fund-raising, youth involvement, instruction and diversified play formats…all of which have been OUR goals from the beginning.  This could NOT have been accomplished without the direct input from YOU, as well as the Board of Directors, which has supported me all along the way.
I am proud of our accomplishments and all of you have a reason to be also…YOU DID THIS!
Hail to Sequim!  Hail to Port Townsend!  Hail to Port Angeles!
…see ya!
The SP rocks!
Ben

Submitted by Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations

 PICKLEBALL FACILITY COMMITTEE

We submitted a $10,000 grant request to the Port of Port Angeles under the Port Community Partner Program.  On October 11 we were asked to give an administrative review of our request to ensure that it met Port requirements for the program.  We met with Holly Hariell who administers the grant program.  We were told that our grant request does meet one aspect under the port program (tourism) and we will be presenting our request to the Port Commissioners tentatively on November 21st.  
A huge shout out to JoAnne Yerkes for her outstanding work in submitting a First Federal Grant application for $25,000 in August, 2017.  JoAnne just received a phone call from First Federal stating that they have approved a grant for us in the amount of $5,000 with no challenge restrictions.   My awesome co-chair Dave Katz, provided us with information of a grant opportunity through Walmart’s Community Grant Opportunity Program. Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally – thus creating an impact in the neighborhood where they live and work.  Awarded grants range from $250 – $2,500.  I met with Wendy, the Assistant Manager of the local Sequim Walmart and gave her an informal presentation of who we are and our partnership with the City of Sequim in the construction of the public pickleball courts in Carrie Blake Park.  Wendy said our involvement with the Boys and Girls Club in teaching the kids to play the sport and holding several youth clinics met the criteria of their program.  An application has been submitted for $2,500 and is in review.  Our next PFC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2017. All members are invited to attend. Contact Ruby or Dave for details.

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, PFC Co-Chairman

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

We are pleased to note that the Challenge Grant Extension Option has added $4,372.00 to the capital fund. These funds will be used for bleachers, shade canopies, water fountain, storage shed, brooms etc.
Please thank the following individuals for taking advantage of this opportunity of becoming a Silver member.

Kathy Benedict
Suchit Hart
Patricia Knapp
Robert Knapp

Chuck Madden
Debbie Madden
Phil Milliman
Robert Olson
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

The Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC), also known as “the peacocks” has been busy since forming in May of 2017.

Here’s some of our accomplishments/projects to date:
· B&GC Reserved Days: PCOC published a position statement on use of the B&GC gym and suggestions for communication and financial accounting. 
· Youth Outreach: Ben Sanders (DOC) has instituted a tremendously popular program of youth clinics at the B&GC gym using SP volunteers. The program aligns with our mission and creates community/connection.
· 3rd & Fir Playground Use: Dave Shreffler is in regular communication with the Sequim School District to determine days/times that SP can use the courts.
· 3rd & Fir Summer Schedule: DOC juggled a busy summer of group play at 3rd & Fir … open, novice, singles, rated, etc. with an emphasis on striving to allow time for each rated level, new people, classes/clinics, and social time. Whewwww!
· Club Exchange Program: DOC and volunteers conducted two exchange programs with local clubs. This annual program spreads awareness and goodwill – beneficial for grants, tournaments, community connection.
· Complaints Protocol: PCOC has asked to be the venue for discussion of any complaints related to courts, court operations, and injuries/accidents/incidents.  
· Court Protocols: Susan Smith took the lead on a much overdue update of the Club’s Court Protocols. Thank you, Susan!
· Court Safety/Emergency Procedures: Debbie Madden is leading an effort to develop emergency procedures and ICE (in case of emergency) cards for SP play at all venues.
· AED Training: Debbie is also coordinating AED training for the Club. Stay tuned for dates/times.
· Signs for new courts: At the request of the Pickleball Facilities Committee, PCOC is taking the leading on developing court numbering/emergency procedures/court rules & schedule signs for the 8 courts at Carrie Blake.

PCOC is currently in transition
Sadly, we’ve lost two key committee members. Ben Sanders has resigned as Director of Courts and PCOC committee member.  Susan Smith has stepped down from PCOC due to a new job and other volunteer commitments.  At our PCOC meeting on November 16th, we will be discussing the addition of new peacock members and next steps.

Kudos to Ben
Ben has given selflessly of his time, energy, and enthusiasm. It’s been an honor serving the Club with him. The man seemingly never sleeps, and he’s been all pickleball all the time for this Club. PCOC wishes him the best as he pursues other passions.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

COURT SAFETY

Dear Sequim Picklers,
Your Pickleball Courts Operations Committee (PCOC) is rolling out the first phase of the Courts Safety / Emergency Plan – be it indoor, outdoor or at the new courts.
Details are below. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Madden or Dave Shreffler. Watch our Court Safety page for more phases of the plan in the coming months!  

CPR and AED Training
Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of stories regarding pickleball players having heart attacks on the courts, and some ending tragically when the club or facility was not prepared to handle it.  We are fortunate that the Boys and Girls Club gym has, and the new courts will have, an AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator).  We want to be prepared at both faculties for those emergencies.  There are loads of stats on how the use of the AED and CPR can make all the difference in the first few minutes of an emergency, and how that saves lives.

Here is our plan:
• All members interested and willing should take a CPR/AED class at the Clallam County Fire District #3 fire station.
• There is a public CPR/AED training every 1st Thursday of the month from 6:30 – 9:00.
• You have to call or drop in to sign up so they can plan space.
• Class is free, unless you want an official CPR card, then you have to pay $10 (that’s their cost to get the Red Cross to issue the card).  You can get a free card from the Clallam FD.
• Once you take the class, notify Dave Shreffler or Debbie Madden.
• In April, if we need a final push to get a good percentage of members trained, we’ll organize a training to be held at the Boys & Girls Club just for Sequim Picklers.
• We’ll plan refresher training 2-3 times a year at the new courts; the first will be conducted shortly after the new courts are opened.
We’ll be keeping a list of trained ‘first responders’ at the courts – this information will be used with our In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards and processes – soon to be published.
Thank you for your attention and support of this important step for our club’s safety program.

Submitted by PCOC Chair, Dave Shreffler

In Case of Emergency (ICE) – Cards and Instructions

The Pickleball Courts Operations Committee (PCOC) is implementing the next phase of the Sequim Picklers Court Safety and Emergency plan. (First phase was AED Training Plan).

By mid-November, the ICE cards will be available for members. The ICE card box will be kept with the Director of Courts and brought out during each group play session. It is recommended that each member, especially those that play regularly, fill out a card. This information will be critical during an emergency and for the EMTs should they be called in. We will maintain one set at the Boys and Girls Club Gym and one set at 3rd and Fir.

 If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Madden or Dave Schreffler.

Next phase to the Sequim Picklers Court Safety and Emergency plan: Court First Aid Kits.

Submitted by Debbie Madden, PCOC

 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 October 1, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • Thanks to Roger and Robert O. for replacing our ball backstop at the outdoor courts; awesome job! Don’t forget to tell them how much it is appreciated.
  • Thanks to Denise for repairing the permanent net at the outdoor courts; another awesome job! Let her know that it is appreciated.
  • The Board has approved an “in-house” extension of the Challenge Grant. More details coming soon.
  • There’s progress at the court site at Carrie Blake Park; site preparation is progressing and is under budget. The negotiating team has had a busy schedule working with the city and has exciting news; see Court Construction Update.
  • Ben has announced new play for singles players.
  • PFC is seeking another grant, new committee members, and your suggestions and assistance in fundraising.
  • Court visitors Neil and Sue from BC enjoyed their stay and play and have invited us to join them in Agassiz if we are ever in the area (near Chilliwack).

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hi Sequim Picklers,

It was great to see so many Picklers showing off their skills and representing our club down in Vancouver.  I did not see all the games played, but was impressed with the level of play shown by our players in the games that I did see.  I know this was a first for some of you, and hope you will be joining us in future tournaments.  It really is fun play, and you get to meet a lot of great players from other areas.  Congrats to all of you! The hard work and organization really shows in the the level of play.

I hope you have gotten a chance to see the progress on our new courts and can picture them more clearly in your heads.  It will not be long before we will be hosting our own tournaments right here in Sequim. 

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
Harry S. Truman

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

COURT CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES

Court Construction Update as of Sep 29, 2017:
Your Sequim Pickler City negotiating team met with the City Sep 14, 21, and 29 to continue efforts to complete the Request For Proposal (RFP) that is planned to go out to contractors by the end of October.  Work is progressing nicely thanks to David Nakagawara who has been our primary contact and manager from the City for this effort.  In addition to this work the team continues to coordinate with the City on the current excavation work that is progressing at Carrie Blake Park to level the court location.  The City has listened to our requests and just recently determined that we will be able to include an 8-foot grass strip on the north side of the courts for future tournament spectators.  The City has also decided to provide a 2” compacted and leveled gravel surface on the court area now to help it weather the winter. Water and electric sources have also been identified and both are planned to be available in the court corridor.
As we near the final RFP completion, the team plans to meet twice a week until the work is completed.  Be sure to thank your negotiating team for their hard work to continue to move the court project forward so that we can be assured of year round pickleball play.  The negotiating team includes: Christiane Johnson (architect), Katinka Nanna, Dave Shreffler, Gill Goodman, and Charlie Pugh.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

PICKLEBALL FACILITY COMMITTEE

For our new members the PFC (Pickleball Facilities Committee) is a sub-committee of the Sequim Picklers Board. The PFC is an “idea think tank” that primarily focuses on fundraising and the development of the new pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Park.  We encourage our new members to join this exciting committee and to bring their ideas for upcoming fundraising opportunities.  Ruby Pugh and Dave Katz co-chair this committee and welcome you to contact them.

The PFC met on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Attending were Ruby Pugh, Dave Katz, Jan Tatom, Charlie Pugh, Marc Connelly, Margie Rone, and Richard Cary.  Also on the committee, but not in attendance is Katinka Nanna.  Here are the highlights of the meeting:

  • Charlie Pugh reported that the initial stages of the land development at Carrie Blake Park for court construction is proceeding as scheduled and that bids for the actual court construction are expected to be awarded in late November.
  • The committee discussed a number of specifics relating to court amenities such as proposed signage, equipment storage, possible bleacher seating and a number of other “wishlist items.”  Dave Katz will be researching shed storage options and portable bleacher seating options.  We encourage all members to contribute their ideas and court wishlist items. (picnic tables?, wind screens?, lounge chairs, ball machine?…. speak up, these are YOUR courts!)
  • Jan Tatom is exploring the application for a Port of Port Angeles Community Partner Program Grant.  This grant “offers matching funds for use in trade promotion, tourism promotion, public education & awareness and economic development projects for small cities and non-profits in Clallam County.” The committee recommended that we apply for this grant requesting funds that would contribute to court surface finishing.
  • Margie Rone organized the printing and sales of our Sequim Picklers shirts. Margie reported that about 50% of the shirts have now been sold.  If you have not yet purchased one of these great shirts please contact Margie.
  • The committee discussed the possibility of selling local business advertising on the Sequim Picklers web site (http://www.sequimpicklers.net).  It was decided that further research is required to determine marketability.
  • The committee is looking for new fundraising ideas and affirmed that fundraising in the future will be essential to enhancing our courts with those desired wishlist items.
  • The next PFC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2017. All members are invited to attend. Please contact Ruby or Dave for details.

Submitted by Dave Katz, PFC Co-Chairman

MONTH AT A GLANCE

 

Mon, Oct 2 – 6pm  GYM…Fall League Team Practice (includes subs)

Thurs, Oct. 5 – 4pm  Singles (3rd & Fir) Check in with Kyle M

Mon, Oct 9 – 6pm  GYM…Fall League Team Practice (includes subs)

Thurs, Oct 12 – 4pm  Singles (3rd & Fir) Check in with Kyle M

Mon, Oct 16 – 6pm  GYM…Fall League Team Practice (includes subs) and *Referee Clinic . Check in with Marty H./Bob S./Doug H.

Thurs, Oct 19 – 4pm  Singles (3rd & Fir) Check in with Kyle M

Mon, Oct 23 – 6pm  GYM…Fall League begins – (Registered Members Only)

Thurs, Oct 26 – 4pm  Singles (3rd & Fir) Check in with Kyle M

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
BOO!

*The Referee Clinic is free!  We need future referees for next year’s tournaments!
SP needs YOU!

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

Submitted by Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations
USAPA Ambassador
360-808-1024
Spcben.2015@gmail.com

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

This month, we welcome TERRY OUTCALT to our Membership Ranks!

 

Halloween Blast From The Past

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Our financial statement has not arrived from the bank.  You will be sent a link when the information is in hand.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

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 September 1, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • SCHOOL HAS STARTED, so courts are available to us weekdays after 3pm and all day Saturday and Sunday.  Respect these hours and DO NOT use the courts during school hours.
  • Welcome to all our new members! Membership is now over 160.
  • Enjoy progress at the court site in Carrie Blake Park and read about construction updates here.
  • Check out fall court plans and exchanges.
  • Be dazzled by the new lighting at the Boys and Girls Club, installed by awesome picklers!
  • Our Membership Chair has developed a colorful and informative rack card which is displayed at the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Watch for news of past and future clinics as well as availability of private pickleball lessons.
  • Look for new volunteer opportunities both here in the Newsletter and on the website.  You can make a difference!
  • Check out the fall play schedule on our web calendar; any changes to play schedule at Third and Fir will be listed there. 

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

I hope everyone had a great summer and enjoyed their travels and PB playing.  It was great to see so many players in tournaments this summer and with great results. Congratulations to all!  As we watch the progress and get closer to our goal of new courts, I hope to see you and many more players participating in the future.  Keep playing and improving your game.  So many players have come a long way in a very short time while having lots of fun.  See you on the courts!

Two quotes for thought:

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence. —Jim Watkins  

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. —Confucius

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

 

COURT CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES

Doug Hastings Clinic:  Doug led a Pickleball Clinic for 3.0 and 3.5 Sequim Pickler players on August 26th at the outdoor courts at 3rd and Fir streets.  Doug was one of four experts that provided tips and coaching.  The other experts included Allison Hastings, Kyle McKenzie, and Dave Gibbs.  Over 20 Picklers took advantage of the tips and practice during this event.  Watch out for these picklers as they will be demonstrating their new found strategies and capabilities in their daily play!

B&G Club lighting event:  In an annual long tradition of assisting the Sequim Boys and Girls Club, five awesome Sequim Picklers replaced burned out light bulbs in the Gym.  The Sequim Picklers have been the primary non-profit assisting the club over the last 5 years with keeping the Gym lit.  This year the Picklers replaced 62 burned out bulbs which accounted for over one-half of the existing lamps in the facility.
Thanks to Ben Sanders, Robert Rankin, Chuck Madden, Richard Cary, and Charlie Pugh for carrying out this excellent service.
 
Construction Update:  City negotiation team of Katinka Nanna, Dave Scheffler, Gill Goodman, and Charlie Pugh are re-engaging with the City officials to complete negotiation documents and to assist in writing the proposal for building the new courts.  Our awesome pickler pro-bono architect Christiane Johnson is completing final details on the court drawings to be included in the request for proposals from the Ctiy.  In the meantime you can see the excavation work being done by the City to construct the new entrance to Carrie Blake Park, and install a new water main.  In addition the contractor is leveling the area for the pickleball courts and will be grading it to our court requirements.  Take a walk or drive down to the park to watch the transformation and what will be the new home for pickleball play in the City.
 
Be an AWESOME Sequim Pickler trainer:  During the summer several awesome Sequim Picklers conducted many training sessions that introduced over 50 new eager participants to the game of Pickleball. Thanks to Ruby Pugh, Mary Helen Benapfl, Richard Cary, Nicholas Holt, and George Davis for extending their expertise and time to help new players learn the game. 
As we transition into the fall season we are seeking additional Sequim Picklers who would like to try their hand at introducing the game to new players as they drop in on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the outdoor courts.  If you would like to be one of these awesome Sequim Picklers and lend your love of the game to new players please contact Ben Sanders, Ruby Pugh, or Mary Helen Benapfl.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

COURT TALK

Hi, everybody!
Hope all enjoyed the Port Ludlow exchange visit. What a beautiful place to play!! They are coming here soon.  Don’t miss the mixer and competition with them.  Exact date to be announced.

Next exchange/mixer is Sept. 7th at Gig Harbor:
Sehmel Homestead Park10123 78th Ave NW  98332.  There may be some seats open for ride-share.  Let me know if you would like a ride.

Singles Tournament
September 23rd
Boys & Girls Club
8:30 am – ?
See or contact me for details.

Fall League – Mid-October
Mixed Doubles (sign up now)
Indoor, Monday nights, 6 to 9 pm
Watch the Summer League Championships on Sept. 9th.
Gym – starts at 9am.

Submitted by Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations
USAPA Ambassador
360-808-1024
Spcben.2015@gmail.com

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Wow!! We have nine members to add to the Sequim Pickler Membership  A very big welcome to:

James & Sue Haus
Laurie McColl
John Herbold
Lynn Birch
Anne Elwell
Kyle & Kali McKenzie
Bob Dizon

Membership Action Shots

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

 

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 August 1, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS

  • The City of Sequim has three openings on the Park, Arbor, and Recreation Advisory Board.  For information and to obtain an application go to  http://www.sequimwa.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=654 
  • Ben has graciously granted Tuesday mornings as Ladies’ Days at the courts and Thursday mornings as Men’s Days at the courts. 
  • Ben invited Gig Harbor to join us at the outdoor courts on August 3; news on that will come next newsletter.
  • There have been many signups for the free pickleball lessons, which has brought in some new friends and memberships.  Thanks to our trainers! 
  • The Lavender Festival was a successful fundraiser for us on several fronts! 
  • Cathy has developed a fabulous new rack card to be placed at the Chamber of Commerce.  It will be on display soon. 
  • We anxiously await leveling to begin at our new court location in Carrie Blake Park.  Details on the project from the City at this link. http://www.sequimwa.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=656
  • On August 26 a clinic for 3.0 and 3.5 players will be held at Third and Fir.

Tidbits collected by Jan Tatom, Communications Director 

LAVENDER FESTIVAL NEWS

A huge shout out to all the Awesome Sequim Pickler volunteers who did a fantastic job in assisting the Sequim Lavender Growers Association (SLGA) by chalking the vendor and food booth locations, setting up and tearing down of the beer garden and acting as “gate keepers” by manning the 2 entrance/exit booths.  We received compliments on the work of the Picklers and a $600 donation from SLGA for the dedication of your time and hard work.
The PFC extends a heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the following people who volunteered their time.
For the chalking of the vendor and food booths:  Diana and Dave Herndon, Mary Helen Benapfl, Dave Gittleman, Richard Cary, Robert Rankin, Marc Connelly for the setting up and tearing down of the beer garden:  Margie and Gary Rone, Stu Sherman, Richard Cary, Dave Katz
For the gate keepers:  Noreen and Henry Warwick, Patricia and Robert Knapp, Lynda Schroeder, Katinka Nanna.
Submitted by Ruby Pugh, PFC Co-Chair

LAVENDER FESTIVAL RESULTS ARE IN!


The 2017 Lavender Festival was a success.  While we didn’t surpass 2016’s total, we made enough to help the club purchase some much needed accessories for the new courts.  Our final total for the booth was $847.  We also have a pending donation of $300, that should arrive in the next couple of weeks, bringing the grand total to $1,147.
There was no surprise that the one-of-a-kind table, made by Jack Tatom, netted the most tickets.  The beautiful pendant, made my Margie Rone, was a very close second.  The lovely paintings, painted by Sharman Owings, were also a hit.  The bag and bracelet were donated through the Marazon family, by Patricia Wolf who is located in Texas, and was won by none other than our own Mary Helen Benapf.
Awesome pickler, Jody Henning graciously allowed us to use her tent for the festival and is donating the tent to the club permanently.  We would like to thank all the awesome picklers that donated their time to man our festival booth and for being such great ambassadors for this great game we all love so much.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  Here is the list of our wonderful volunteers – Jan Tatom, Sue Mason, Cathy Hathaway, Diane Froula, Robert Olson, Patricia Knapp, Robert Knapp, Dustin Curb, Jay Marazon, Margie Rone, Mary Helen Beuapfl, Ruth Macy, Marcy Jackson, Fred Harris, Ken Sorbel, Mike M, Suzi Schuenemann, and Richard Cary.
On a more personal note, I’d like to thank Ruby Pugh, Margie Rone, and Jay Marazon because I couldn’t have done it without each of you.  While we didn’t break any records for money raised, it’s safe to say we all had a good time as ambassadors for pickleball and helped reach our goals for securing our new courts.  We salute each of you for your contribution.  Hip Hip Hurray!
Submitted by Christy Marazon, Lavender Festival Chair

BEGINNER CLASS

Lesson Update:
Beginner Pickleball Lessons began on July 27th at 3rd and Fir thanks to a few Awesome Picklers. The lessons are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday 1230-3:00PM until Aug 10th.  George Davis is leading the effort along with support from Ruby Pugh, Mary Helen Benapfl. Michael Schubert also assisted on this first day.  A dozen eager new pickleball players showed up for the the July 27 lesson.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, VP

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

 

Court Construction Update:
The City of Sequim contracted with the Northern Land LLC of Kingston, WA to excavate and level the new location for the pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Park.  The contract was let along with the contract for the new south entrance to the park and the installation of the new water main.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, VP

COURT TALK

Our 2nd Annual Youth League is in the books.  35 kids, 5 days, 23 awards with pics.  (See our Facebook Page)

Here are the Winners:  Left to Right
Ladder League Competition:
Jonas Alakoa – Sportsmanship
Ryley Boice – Staff
Solomon Sheppard – Gold
Adrian Aragon – Runner-up
Exchange Program
We have Gig Harbor Pickle Ball visiting Thursday morning.
Katinka and her welcome committee, Mary Helen and Ruby Pugh will greet, introduce and provide history and answer most questions.  Please contact Katinka or her committee with what you would like to provide for the occasion.  She will coordinate the event.  Thanks To them!
We have new classes beginning, headed up by SP Lead beginning instructor, George Davis.  
Ruby Pugh has done a great job coordinating this SP beginning instruction program.  
Our second class has 8 beginners with 4 instructors involved.

CLUB RATING CHANGES FOR 2017 TO DATE:
Congratulations to the following Ladder and League competitors who have scored high enough during their past 40 Monday night ladder games and league competitions to be “invited” to play at the next level during the course of this year’s rated court play and competitions.
Since last October, we will have held 4 Leagues, with 176 entries and 4 championships for nearly 8 months of competition!
OUR LEAGUES ARE 2 MONTH TOURNAMENTS!
Here we go:

Suzi Schuenemann (2.5 to i3.0)
Richard Cary (3.5 to i4.0)
Charlie Pugh (3.5 to i4.0)
*Arvo Johnson (4.0 to i4.5)
*Steve Bennett (4.0 to i4.5)
Chuck Madden (3.5 to i4.0)
Michael Schubert (3.5 to i4.0)
Stu Sherman (3.5 to i4.0)
Steve Shapiro (3.5 to 4.0)
Beverly Hoffman (USAPA 4.0)
Dave Katz (4.0)
Yan Paul (USAPA 4.0)
Jay Marazon (3.5 to i4.0)
Marty Hoffman 3.0 to i3.5)
Bill Frater (3.0 to i3.5)
Terry Pritchard (3.0 to i3.5)
Margie Rone (3.0 to i3.5)
Gary Rone (3.5 to i4.0)
Lettie Flerchinger (3.0 to i3.5)
Ruby Pugh (3.0 to i3.5)
Sharman Owings (2.5 to 3.0)
MaryAnne (2.5 to i3.0)
Roger Mull (2.5 to i3.0)
Ken Sorbel 2.5 to i3.0)
Tricia (3.5 to 4.0)
Kendal Wake (4.0)
Phil Milliman (4.0)
Mike Joersz (4.0)
Bruce Good (4.0)
Debbie Madden (3.5)
Cherry Bibler (3.5)
Rich Bemm (3.5)
Laura Edwards (3.0 to i3.5)
Cathy Hathaway (2.5 to (3.0)
Ross Brown (3.0 to i3.5)
Sandi Gunn (3.5 to i4.0)
Frank Mauger (2.5 to i3.0)
Katinka Nanna (3.0 to i3.5)
Linda Schroeder (3.0 to i3.5)
Sue Hart (2.5 to i3.0)
Jeff Upchurch (3.0 to i3.5)
Robert  Olson (2.5 to (3.0)
Mike Cooper (2.5 to 3.0)

Note:
Those interested in fast improvement and rating advancement advancement, can start by competing in Ladder Drop-In Competition on Monday nights to begin your 40 games! (B&G Club 6 to 9pm)
Congratulations to all for this year’s new Club rating.

NOTE:
      WE WILL HAVE A 5.0 INSTRUCTED 3.0-3.5 SPECIAL SKILLS CLINIC IN LATE AUGUST.  WATCH FOR IT AND DON’T MISS OUT ON A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE OR SHARPEN YOUR PICKLE BALL GAME!

 Submitted by Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations

FINANCIAL 

Please see the attachment in the email.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

 

Club Newsletter July 15, 2017

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!          July 15, 2017

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • Great news on court construction.   Thanks, Charlie! 
  • Courts at Third and Fir beautiful after cleanup headed by Bob Sester. Thanks, Bob!
  • Ladies play scheduled from 9-12 on Tuesdays at Third and Fir. Thanks, Ben!
  • Men’s play scheduled for 9-12 on Thursdays at Third and Fir. Thanks, Ben!
  • Lavender Festival planning and signups underway.   Thanks, Christy!

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

COME SMELL THE LAVENDER!

When the sun is shining bright and the lavender is in bloom, it’s time for us to ask for your help.   The Sequim Lavender Festival is just around the corner and we will be hosting our annual booth.   In the past years, we have been able to raise much needed funds for the court construction fund.   We need volunteers to help man the booth and sell raffle tickets.   Believe me when I say, it won’t be difficult with all the wonderful items we’ve been able to secure.   Also, it is a chance for us to be ambassadors of the sport and expose as many people as we can to this wonderful game.   The festival is being held this year on July 21st through the 23rd.   The slots are broken up in 2 hour intervals and you can sign up for one or as many as you’d like.   I will have a signup sheet available at all open play times from now until the festival.  If you are unable to signup at open play, feel free to contact me and I will help sign you up.   Thanks in advance for all your support!  Pickle on! 

Submitted by Lavender Festival Committee Chair Christy Marazon

Sequim Picklers PFC Meeting June 29, 2017

  1. Co-Chair Ruby Pugh called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM at 5th Avenue.   Co-chair Dave Katz, members, Richard Cary, Jan Tatom, Charlie Pugh, Margie Rone, Marc Connelly and SP member Christy Marazon (Lavender Festival lead) and Board Secretary, Denise Cordero were present.
  2. Sub-Committee reports: a) Financial Status.   Katinka not present.   No report at this time.   Will use last report given as SP annual meeting. b) Court Construction Status.   Charlie met with David Nakagawa on status of Carrie Blake Park new entranceway.   City added a new “schedule C” to their request for proposal that was sent out for bid to contractors.   This included the implementation of the civil engineering drawing for the courts including all retaining walls that will provide a level, compacted, soil layer on which the courts can be built.   City plan to pay for this portion from their $51 K contribution to the SP.   The negotiation team will re- engage with the City at the end of August to get a bid package for the court construction to meet the grant donor condition by the end of this calendar year and secure the $7K grant donor contribution.
  3. Grants.   Sequim LTAC grant for $10K approved by LTAC committee.   Is in the City’s CIP budget that was presented at the Sequim City Council meeting held June 26.   Ruby followed up with JoAnne regarding the 1st Federal Grant application.   JoAnne responded positively and begin to write grant in Aug, 2017 to submit for the July – Sept timeframe.   First Federal will review all application in Oct and award in Nov – Dec.   Request will be for $25,000 as unanimously voted for in previous PFC meeting.   Jan reported that we meet the Port Authority grant criteria.   Jan spoke with JoAnne who has volunteered to write this application also.   Application will be accepted beginning 2018. Christy brought up a possible grant opportunity with Home Depot.   She will obtain more info and provide status.
  4. Lavender Festival.   Christy reported that she is on schedule for the festival.   Secured Tent from Jodi.   Have at least 5 raffle items and possible 6.   Voted not to do Kettle Corn.   Will be sending out signup sheet.   Ruby suggested the vendor booth chalking and beer garden set up be kept separate from the member volunteer sign- up sheet.   Ruby will send out an email requesting the same volunteers to make the job easier.
  5. T-shirt Sales.   Margie reported that of the 110 tee shirts ordered, sold 46. Not at breakeven status.   Several members requested extra large shirts which she will order.   Will continue to try and sell all shirts.
  6. Role of PFC in 2017.   Discussion around table whether we should continue the meet as the PFC or turn function over to Board and have Board select a chairperson.   PFC is not actively fundraising.   Only have 2 grant applications to pursue and possible 3 depending on info from Christy. Committee has decided to stay in place until completion of court construction.   Will focus on finding grant opportunities rather than fundraising.   Ruby adjourned meeting at 2:15 pm.   Next meeting scheduled for August 2 from 1 – 3 PM at 5th Avenue.

Submitted by PFC Co-Chair, Ruby Pugh

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 
 

Yes! You got that right – four!   Four new members to add to the Sequim Pickler ranks!  Let’s welcome Laurie D’alessandro, Ronald Halpern, Suchit (Sue) Hart, and Jim Schuenemann.   See you on the courts!!

Submitted by Membership Chair Cathy Hathaway

3rd and Fir Court Beautification:

What a group of dedicated Sequim Picklers we have.   If you remember what our Court grounds looked like last week you’ll likely drive right by when you arrive in the future to play, as the site has been totally spruced up.   Some 25 of our members arrived at 8AM Friday July 7thunder the leadership of Bob Sester to lend a hand.   Edgers, weed whackers, lawn mowers, and blowers a humming, along with picks a picking, rakes a raking, brooms a swishing.   And low and behold by 9 we had rejuvenated the Pickleball grounds.

Finishing in 1 hour was record time, thanks to Sharman bringing a buffet to share to with all.   What a spread she laid out.   Thanks Sharman!

And thanks to Charlie, we were able to get some great photographs of our Picklers in action.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1uLVDOOjeSYeTN0Ym dZVERHN2s?usp=sharing

Thanks again!   You Sequim Picklers are special and it shows. 

Submitted by Bob Sester, Member.

COURT TALK

Court Construction and Facility Planning (CC&FP)

July 1, 2017

On Thursday June 29th, 10:00 AM I met with Dave Nakagawara (City of Sequim civil engineer) to catch up on the status of the Carrie Blake Park new south entrance project after my return from travel.   I also wanted to work on a schedule towards our proposal to build the pickleball courts.

  • Dave really exceeded my expectations.   He told me that the civil engineering drawing from the City to cut and fill the elevations for the courts had already been completed and he handed me a copy of that drawing.  
  • Then he advised me that the City had added a new “schedule C” to their request for proposals that was sent out for bid to contractors.   The goal of Schedule C is to implement the civil engineering drawing for the courts including all retaining walls required to support the level platform on which the pickleball courts could be built.   As Dave described it, schedule C will set the table for Christiane’s architectural drawings to be implemented.   It will provide that level, compacted, soil layer on which the courts can be built. 
  • The City plans to pay for this portion of the project from their $51K contribution to the effort. 
  • We then discussed a preliminary schedule for getting the pickleball court request for proposals out for contractor bid.   The tentative plan is to reengage with the city on Wednesday August 30th to work on the final bid package and specifications.

    Status:  

  • The City has received 3 bids on all three schedules.   Schedule A is the driveway, Schedule B is the water main under the driveway, and schedule C is described above.
  • The City will select the winner of the bids in the next two weeks.
  • The City plans to advise the City Council at the next council meeting, July 10th, of their contractor choice and will request approval to move forward with all schedules.

     Action:

  • Recommend that the membership be made aware that ground will begin to move in preparation for the new pickleball courts much sooner than we originally thought. 
  • The membership should know that they are welcome and encouraged to attend the next City council meeting to show our enthusiasm for the Council’s support of our project.

The Sequim Pickler City negotiation team will re-engage with the City at the end of August to knock out the bid package and final memorandum of agreement.

Submitted: Charlie Pugh, Sequim Pickler VP