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

 

 

 

Club Newsletter June 15, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS

  1. The Annual Meeting/Fiesta was fabulous: great planning, fabulous food, and plenty of information.
  2. There were 462 registered participants in the recent Centralia tournament. Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend won 25 medals: 11 Bronze, 9 Silver, and 5 Gold. Congratulations!
  3.  We have been awarded a lodging tax grant in the amount of $10,000 from the City of Sequim; thanks to Charlie and Ruby Pugh for their hard work on this!
  4. We have been given $500 by Sequim Sunrise Rotary toward the cost of materials for a storage facility. Thanks to Eric Mahnerd for making this happen!
  5. With school out, Third and Fir courts are available again!  Check the calendar on our website for the schedule.
  6. Our Director of Courts has suffered a serious injury; ask him what you can do to assist with his work. 

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

COME SMELL THE LAVENDER!

Summer is fast approaching and, with that, our need for volunteers to help man our booth at the upcoming Lavender Festival.  Our booth helps raise much-needed funds for the club.  Last year we raised over $2,000!
 
We have some wonderful raffle items this year, so I think we should be able to match that or even surpass it.  Aim high!  That’s my motto.  I will be putting out a signup sheet in the next week or so.  We will work in two-hour intervals and you can signup for as many slots as you like, multiple times and multiple days.  
 
Let’s make this year our most successful ever!  
 
Pickle on!
 
Submitted by Lavender Festival Committee Chair Christy Marazon

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Sequim Picklers, what a great annual meeting; lots of fun and great food.  It is growing each year.  I would like to thank you for having the faith in re-electing the Board, they are a very hard working bunch. We, as a whole, will always have the SP best interests in mind and will keep you posted on the progress of the new courts. This will be a very important year for the growth and success of our Club–a very exciting time indeed!  I will close with some quotes as I like to do.  Again, thank you all for your hard work and support.

  • “Well done is better then well said ” Benjamin Franklin
  • “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.”  Ken Venturi
  • “A will finds a way”  Orison Sweet Marden
Happy Pickling!
 

Submitted by Club President Arvo Johnson

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

It was great to see so many Members, current and new, at the Club’s Annual Party! What a fun group we have!
 

A big welcome to SIX NEW MEMBERS!

  1. Lauren Rogers
  2. Michael Schubert
  3. Charles Szumilas
  4. Nancy Watson
  5. Glen Robards
  6. Cynthia Arnold.

We will see you on the courts!!

Who ever heard of Pickleball TV?!! We did! Several people have asked me when we will host another Pickleball TV event. Watch for an upcoming announcement about that soon!

Annual Dues:  The final deadline for paying 2017 Annual Dues was 6/15/17.  

If you didn’t renew your dues but would still like to be listed on the Sequim Picklers Membership Roster, please submit your payment right away. Those who don’t renew will no longer receive Sequim Pickler email announcements and will be dropped from the Membership Roster.

We don’t want to lose you!!

Dues are $20 for Bronze and Member’s Level. Dues can be given to any Board Member or mailed to: Sequim Picklers PO Box 3441 Sequim, WA 98382

“PICKLE ON & DINK RESPONSIBLY!”

Submitted by Membership Chair Cathy Hathaway

 

Annual Meeting and Club Party  (June 11th)

The Sequim Picklers held their Annual Meeting and a Mexican themed Fiesta Potluck. The venue was beautifully decorated and very colorful. Approximately 65 members attended. The Fiesta featured an Enchilada Cook-Off Contest, a drawing for an original painting by Sharman Owings (Cathy Hathaway winning), and Games including a Pickleball Pinata. Five judges were selected to taste the 6 anonymous enchilada entries. The judges were Richard Cary, Ben Sanders, Katinka Nanna, Diane Fraula and Robert Olson. It was a hard job, but somebody had to do it. All of the entries were delicious. First Place went to Sharman Owings. Second Place went to Margie Rone. Ross Brown created a wonderfully whimsical first-place trophy. Second place was a bag of pickleballs. Not only can we play awesome pickleball, we are outrageous cooks! The side dishes and desserts were fantastic too. To top things off, Katinka and Dick donated a keg of beer. So with everyone happy, we had the meeting, which was short and sweet. We adjourned to more socializing and games. With great enthusiasm, the kids that were there attacked the pinata. The weather cooperated and after clean up, which went quickly with lots of help, we sat outside in the lovely park. To say the least, everyone had a great time. So, if you missed this year’s event, mark your calendar for a tentative date of June 10th for next year’s Annual Meeting and Party.

Thanks to everyone for making it so successful.

Submitted by Chair The Party Planning Committee Margie Rone

COURT TALK

SATURDAY MORNING SUMMER SHOOTOUT LEAGUE
The sign-ups for the Summer Day Shootout League are nearly at the maximum number of entries.  I will begin a back-up list in the event of entries that drop off. 
There are over 40 entries at the time of this writing.  The league will take a break for 1 week during the Lavender Fest and I’m told the Seniors is the same weekend. (That would be July 22nd.)
Check your calendars and watch for notices.  This may extend the League to September 11th for the championships.  I am still looking for substitutes.
SUMMER SCHEDULE
  • The 3rd & Fir summer schedule begins this coming Monday with play on all week days beginning at 9am and go to noon, instead of our afternoon play. 
  • The Tuesday/Thursday novice play and instruction will continue through the summer.
  • The “Intermediate training and practice sessions” will end at the end on June 26th.   I will pick them up at a later date.  
  • Monday nights will continue to be dedicated to Ladder Competition with record keeping.  The Ladder stats will be promulgated monthly.
  • I will be seeking volunteers to assist with the 2nd Annual Youth PB League to be held indoor at the Boys and Girls Club the last full week of July.  Monday, July 24th will be a clinic and sign-ups.  The league will run Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday, the B&G Club will be closed for a Mariners game.  Friday will be the award presentation.  (Format to be announced) The total number of volunteers needed is about 4.  The time slot is 3:30pm to 5pm M,Tu, Th and Fri.
  • We are looking to kick in our exchange program with Port Ludlow for the Summer.  Watch for announcements.
We will see you on the courts everyone!

Submitted by Director of Court Operations Ben Sanders

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

Nothing new to report this month.

Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

Nothing new to report at this time.

Submitted by Club Treasurer Katinka Nanna

 Sequim Picklers Year-End Summary 2016-17

Hi Picklers, Our communications director asked me to summarize some of the events of the last year. Here is my attempt to capture some of the many events but believe me there were many, many, more than the few I describe below.

In 2016 we conducted 8 local pickleball tournaments, a fall and winter league (each 10 weeks long), day clinics for men and women, a week long summer youth clinic at the B&GC and 3 other youth day clinics during the winter at the B&GC. Attendance at these events totaled 8,094 pickleball players.

During the Christmas holidays the Sequim Picklers volunteered at the B&GC to tape, sand, clean and paint new pickleball court boundaries in their gym. The B&G Club director Dave Miller says that pickleball is now the children’s 2nd most played sport at the facility after dodge ball. Some of the many good qualities of pickleball include its low barrier to participate. You only need a paddle and a ball. It promotes sportsmanship and helps kids to grow up to be fit, confident, strong and capable. It promotes healthy activity and lifelong racquet sport skills. The Sequim Picklers are committed to continuing to teach the children of Sequim this game that we all love.

On January 17, 2017 the Picklers began a youth pickleball program at the Boys and Girls Club. Every Tuesday for 8 weeks the Picklers conducted pickleball training and education for three different age groups throughout the afternoon.

During the winter the Director of Court Operations (DCO), Ben Sanders, worked overtime to organize several new formats of play. The first was a ten week winter league that began playing Monday nights 6:00PM-9:00PM at the B&G Club. Team play was organized into skill levels including competition at the 2.5 / 3.0 / 3.5 / 4.0 rated skill levels. This league was overly successful in that there were really too many players for the available time and courts.

Learning from that success, Ben limited the number of signups for his second winter league to 45. He organized a round robin format in which players changed partners in their skill level throughout the 10 week period. Ladder captains kept the total aggregated scores for each rated area and the players really enjoyed this new format and challenge of play against players of your own skill level.As always the club continued our favorite format of play called open play. During open play everyone plays with everyone regardless of skill level. When a game ends the winning pair remains on the court and splits to play with the next two coming in from the paddle wait rack. This mixes the members and allows members to meet and play with all skill levels and new members of the club. Look for this play during the summer between the hours of 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon each day.

Beginner classes were announced in the PDN during the month of May where 17 beginners were taught how to play the game of pickleball.

All year the Picklers worked hard towards our goal of building 8 new tournament-quality, public pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Park in partnership with the City of Sequim. Fundraising continued with several restaurants and applications for grants were submitted. Stay tuned for this year’s Lavender festival fundraiser. Signup with Christy Marazon. A hugely successful challenge grant fundraiser in January/February provided members the opportunity to contribute at one of 3 tiers of support to the building of new courts. Members contributed at the $500 bronze level, $1000 silver level and $2500 gold level. Each level will provide for increasing benefits to the member. New members can still join one of these contribution levels to contribute to the court-build campaign fund and reap the member rewards of those levels. See the SP web site for specifics, www.sequimpicklers.net. As of today we have raised just short of $200,000 towards building the courts and the City still promises at least $51,000, bringing our total funds available to just around $250,000. The City will be able to complete the civil engineering aspects of the courts in the late fall and the request for proposals should go out in the November/December time frame. Courts are planned to be available in the April 2018 time frame.

A recent committee was formed to assist our DCO with planning and scoping new formats of play. The committee is called the Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC). We look forward to their recommendations for new and challenging pickleball play formats.

Submitted by Vice President Charlie Pugh

Club Newsletter June 1, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS

  • CLICK HERE to read about the Sequim Picklers Annual Meeting – it will feature an enchilada cook off.
  • Beginner’s lessons were a huge success! Thank the trainers and welcome the new players.
  • Practice Class is a great learning experience. Thanks to Ben and Arvo.
  • Dave Shreffler has brought us exciting news regarding the courts at Third and Fir! Read his article.
  • USE it or LOSE it. Support play at the Boys and Girls Club. If we don’t have enough players supporting play there, new rent rates will be more than our budget can bear.
  • Watch for an announcement of court cleanup date at Third and Fir. Your assistance will be appreciated!
  • Our fiscal year is coming to a close. It’s been a phenomenal year for pickleball. Come to the annual meeting to hear a recap and to mark your ballot in the election.
  • Note that the food assignments for the Fiesta have changed.
    1. A – R bring side dish or salad
    2. S – Z bring dessert.

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

HEALTH NEWS

DOWNLOAD this article written by Christy Marazon about the health risks of Lyme Disease.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

The weather is finally warming up and drying; hope everyone is enjoying outdoor PICKLEBALL.  I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting, and I will see a few of you down in Centralia.  Best of luck in your play! 

As we get closer to the goal of our new court construction, think of the following:

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” 
Henry Ford
 
Happy Pickling!
 

Submitted by Club President, Arvo Johnson

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the group of students receiving free pickleball lessons from the Club. It was a very positive experience – everyone smiling, happy to have completed the course, munching on Mary Helen’s famous brownies, and all looking forward to playing more pickleball.
Many questions were asked about the Club and our future new courts in Carrie Blake Park. Quite a few asked me for membership forms. So, I’m expecting to see some new faces in our memberships as a result.
A round of applause for our instructors Mary Helen, Ruby, George, Richard, and Nick!
 
**On May 17th, the Sequim Picklers Board voted to reduce annual fees to $20 for Bronze and Members Level players. That was great news!
 
THANKS to those of you who have already paid your annual dues! We hope to receive all dues payments by June 15th.
 
If you haven’t already paid yours, please mail your check as soon as possible to:
Sequim Picklers
PO Box 3441
Sequim, WA 98382

YOU are a valued member of the Sequim Picklers!

 

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

BEGINNER CLASS

Instructors: Richard Cary, Ruby Pugh.
Players: Laurie D’Alessandro, Craig Schwandt, BetteLee Hall, Joanne White, Ron Halpern, Charlie Szumilas, Glen Robards, Cindy Arnold, Kathy Cooper, Nancy Watson, Maria Warner, Ellen Fullhart.
Instructors: Mary Helen Benapfl, George Davis.

During the past month, Sequim Picklers has welcomed a dozen new local players to our favorite sport.  Realizing that there is still a great deal of untapped curiosity and interest, the Picklers advertised a “beginner’s class” in the local newspapers.  Eighteen persons ranging in age from fifty-five to seventy-seven originally signed up for the Tuesday/Thursday afternoon sessions that concentrated on rules, etiquette, and playing the game.

A full dozen saw the course through to the end, and received certificates of accomplishment from the Sequim Picklers.  The short class was developed and run by George Davis, Richard Cary, Ruby Pugh, and Mary Helen Benapfl.

“What impressed me,” said Mary Helen, “Is that they all had such a good time, such good-natured fun.  Even in a thirty mile an hour wind! The only reason they stopped playing was that we had to take down the nets at five p.m.”

So if you find yourself paired with one of our new players, smack your paddles in welcome, and be assured that your favorite game is in good hands and still growing fast.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh

UPDATE ON 3RD & FIR

 
On May 19th, I had a really positive meeting with Gary Neal (Superintendent) and Heidi Hietpas (Business Manager). I have a good rapport with Gary and Heidi, and I’m confident a spirit of cooperation will get us better results than griping. So, if you have issues or concerns, please let me know (360-477-2558) rather than going directly to the Sequim School District (SSD).
 

Key Outcomes:

  • SSD has no plans to demolish/remove the 3rd and Fir courts; that’s a rumor. The levy that passed did not include any demolition or alterations to the courts.
  • SSD agreed to do everything they can to ensure no interruption in summer play at the courts (begins June 19th).
  • SSD was not aware that Sequim Sunrise Rotary and Sequim Picklers built the 3rd & Fir courts in July 2012. Gary and Heidi now understand that SP and Sunrise Rotary have a sense of ownership for the courts and being told by SSD that we can’t play on them while Olympic Peninsula Academy is in session is difficult to swallow.
  • SSD agreed to meet with me toward the end of summer to revisit play at the courts during the school year. Gary verbally committed to finding a solution that allows SP more play time during the week (starting in fall 2017).
Submitted by David Shreffler – PCOC Chair

COURT TALK

SATURDAY MORNING SUMMER LADDER LEAGUE
Ladder League begins for our Summer schedule on the 1st Saturday in July (July 3, 2017):
 
  1. Doors open at 9AM
  2. Ladder Groups are 2.5 / 3.0 / 3.5 / 4.0 and up.  Captains will be elected prior to league play. 
  3. No partner needed, the ladder selects them. 
  4. On each Summer Ladder League, players will play with every player against every other player in a switching partner round robin. 
  5. You will be signed up with your Club Rating unless otherwise designated by the League Director.  (USAPA ratings take presidence over Club Ratings)
  6. Your statistics will be recorded and rankings will come out every week.  
Be the best you can be!  Join the League…(If you also play on Monday nights, League stats will be added to your regular Ladder stats)
 
Interested members should contact Ben.
 
Regular Ladder play continues on Monday nights from 6pm to 9pm. *Get into a Ladder Group and move up the ladder.  Ladder play is the absolutely fastest way to improve your game and find out what level you really play at.
 
Intermediate Sessions will continue thru June.  Do what the Pros do….practice.  What do they practice?….THE BASICS!!!
Drop-shot, lob, close up volleys, kitchen play (dink-masters)  and more…
All courts may be used for specific practice sessions.  Begins at 3pm – goes to 4:30pm. Learn how to perform the most difficult shots in pickle ball.
 

Remember:  BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB etiquette …please enter in the east door, and drive in the west driveway.

 Submitted by Director of Court Operations,  Ben Sanders

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

Nothing new to report this month.

Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

Please see the attachment in the email.

Submitted by Club Treasurer Katinka Nanna

 

 

Club Newsletter May 15, 2017

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS

  • CLICK HERE to read about the Sequim Picklers Annual Meeting – it will feature an enchilada cook off.
  • 100% of the court pledges have been received – Sequim Picklers are awesome!
  • Dave Shreffler is our new liaison to the Sequim School District. He is the only person authorized to discuss pickleball related items with the schools. Contact him if you have any concerns.
  • Court negotiations with the City of Sequim are progressing nicely!
  • PFC is looking for a Kettle Corn organizer; are you that person?
  • New Sequim Pickler T-shirts will be available soon!
  • Our courts will feature a rain garden for water control. We have several volunteers, but could use some more. Can you help? Contact jantatom@olypen.com

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

I am glad to see so many players at 3rd and Fir as well as the Boys & Girls club on the weekends.  As the weather get warmer and drier, the play will only increase.  I would like to take a moment and give a heartfelt Thank You to the Negotiating Team and the Board for all the efforts in taking a giant step forward toward building of the courts.  If you get a chance, give them a thank you for the endless hours of work that they have given.  Without all the SP, the Board and Negotiating Team, none of this would have happened.  

The love of pickleball was the first step, the generous pledges, and countless hours by so many members have all been so important in this endeavor.  Without just one, it would have never happened.

I would like to end here with a couple of quotes that I think are appropriate for our group. Teamwork is so important!

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”           – Helen Keller

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

Submitted by Club President, Arvo Johnson

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Annual Dues Reminder!!
Many THANKS to those of you who have already paid your annual dues! The due date was May 1st. If you didn’t receive your renewal notice or have any questions, please let me know. Dues funds support routine operation costs of the Sequim Picklers such as purchasing balls, nets, tournaments, trophies, etc. Your dues are needed & appreciated!!
  • Gold & Silver level members pay no annual dues
  • Bronze level dues are $50
  • Member level dues are $100
To date, we have 174 Sequim Pickler Members!
 
A big WELCOME to our newest members
  • Paul Crone
  • Yanjing Chen

Thanks for Joining!  Without Members, We Wouldn’t Have a Club!  See you on the courts!!  

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

PFC Update

Are we all interested in having picnic tables and benches or maybe shade canopies to relax in the shade while waiting our turn to play on those beautiful courts at Carrie Blake Park.  How about a clock tower storage area with a bulletin board to place our play schedule, tournaments, and league play?

Your Pickleball Facilities Committee tossed around the idea of having another Kettle Corn fundraiser at 3 or 4 of the Washington State Ferry terminals.  Last year we organized 2 weekend ferry events and netted over $7,310.  This was our most profitable fundraiser so far.  We could do this fundraiser again and get some or all of those wish-list items.

Your Pickleball Facilities Committee is looking for a wonderful pickler willing to organize and lead this fundraiser. The Kettle Corn, carts, event materials, delivery of the Kettle Corn, and reserving the terminal sites will already be taken care of.   All you would have to do is to get the volunteers and coordinate this fundraiser.  If you are interested, please email Ruby Pugh or Dave Katz at  RLMUPUGH@OUTLOOK.COM OR PICKLERDAVE@GMAIL.COM 

Submitted by Ruby Pugh and Dave Katz, PFC Co-Chairs

COURT CONSTRUCTION

As you know, the SP negotiation team has been meeting weekly with the City regarding construction of 8 new, tournament-quality courts at Carrie Blake Park. We want to update you on a new development.
 
SP has been unable to locate a Civil Engineer willing to put his/her professional engineer’s stamp on final drawings and assume liability in this critical area. Yesterday, the City agreed to do the final drawings. This saves SP an estimated $20,000 to $25,000 that we did not have in our budget. It also means a delay in the court construction of 4 to 5 months. The final drawings will be completed in late fall/early winter 2017, and court construction will begin in early 2018. By April 2018 we hope to be playing on our new courts.
 
There are benefits to this court delay:
 

Benefits to SP

Off Season Work – Delaying the project to begin at the end of fall enables contractors to work in the off season and should provide for more competition and more expert contractor availability. Concrete contractors are very busy during the summer, and there was no guarantee when the courts would have been poured. We had no control over whether our courts would be done first or second. Given the City’s road project timeline, it seemed likely that court construction would have taken second place and would have finished in November, without the acrylic coat, as that needs to be done at warmer temperatures. So, the court project was probably going to spill over to spring 2018 anyway.
Contractor Costs – Contractors’ typically have lower costs during the off season.
Separate Contract – Separating the pickleball court project from the City entrance project enables a single sports contractor expert to build the courts and removes the likelihood of a road contractor subbing to a sport court contractor. By state law, the City must accept the “low responsible bid.” Having a separate contract from the City’s road project makes it much more likely that the low bidder will be a qualified sports-court contractor, rather than a road contractor.
Save funding – The City civil engineering work saves us $20K-$25K in overall costs.
Negotiations – The City’s additional investment and liability acceptance is not without cost. We have agreed to do a larger percentage of court maintenance. This will add cost to our yearly budget, but is a bargain considering the $20K- $25K we would have to pay for an outside engineering firm.
Additional Grants – More time allows us the possibility of being awarded additional monies from potential grants, including Sequim LTAC, First Federal, and the Port.
Recognition Plaque– We now have time to design a recognition plaque to be available at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
 
Note: As in all negotiations with the City we are negotiating with the City employees. A contract is not final until the City Council approves the negotiated terms. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward and work to resolve these new challenges as they arise. Much progress has and is being made. We are looking forward to a grand celebration upon completion of the courts in a not too distant future!
 
Submitted by your Board of Directors

COURT TALK

Intermediate training and shot practice has begun.  There were 12 at the first session that utilized 3 courts for Dink Masters, drop shot and follow through and kitchen punch shots.  Thanks to Arvo for assisting. To qualify for fee-free training you must be a member of the Sequim Pcklers club and be rated 3.0 and up or played in at least one complete League.  Training is scheduled on Mondays from 3pm to 4:30pm. First 20 sign-ups or attendees:

  • Choose the court for training and practice that you need.  Change courts whenever you like.
  • Practice all the necessary shots to improve your game!
  • Call Ben to sign up. Monday night Drop-in Ladder is averaging 25 a night for competitive play with those at or near your skill level. Indoor play begins at 6:00pm, first arrivals get first serves; $2 MEMBER, $3 NON-MEMBER.
    Remember:  BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB etiquette …please enter in the east door, and drive in the west driveway.

 Submitted by Director of Court Operations,  Ben Sanders

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

Nothing new to report this month.

Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

Please see the attachment in the email.

Submitted by Club Treasurer Katinka Nanna

Club Newsletter May 1, 2017

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!

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

NEWS TIDBITS

The Nominating Committee has a list of candidates to run for open positions in the June election. If you wish to be added to the list, contact any member of the Nominating Committee: Sharman Owings, Beverly Hoffman, and Lee Bowen.

We have a new Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC) consisting of Dave Shreffler, Debbie Madden, Jay Marazon, and Susan Smith reporting to Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations.

The Court Negotiating Team has been intent on working out the details of our contract with the City of Sequim.

Lots of response received to our newspaper articles advertising free beginner classes. Classes were filled and are currently closed.

Great News: 98% of the pledges have been received; awaiting just a few more!

May 2, 1:00 pm Open House at City Hall to discuss pickleball and other relevant matters at Carrie Blake Park. 

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Annual Dues Reminder!!
Many THANKS to those of you who have already paid your annual dues! The due date is May 1st. If you didn’t receive your renewal notice or have any questions, please let me know. Dues funds support routine operation costs of the Sequim Picklers such as purchasing balls, nets, tournaments, trophies, etc.  Your dues are needed & appreciated!! Gold & Silver level members pay no annual dues. Bronze level dues are $50. Member level dues are $100.
 
To date, we have 172 Sequim Pickler Members!
 
A big WELCOME to our newest members
  • Patricia Knapp
  • Robert Knapp
  • Gary Clark
  • Carrie Kalina

Thanks for Joining!  Without Members, We Wouldn’t Have a Club!  See you on the courts!!  

Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The Nominating Committee has completed the task of procuring nominees interested in running for open positions in the upcoming elections:

  • President:                 Arvo Johnson 
  • VP:                            Charlie Pugh
  • Secretary:                 Denise Cordero
  • Treasurer:                 Katinka Nanna
  • Membership Chair:    Cathy Hathaway
  • Members at Large:    Robert Rankin, Margie Rone, Letritia Flerchinger

** All positions are unopposed except that of Member at Large.

Submitted by Sharman Owings, Membership Chair

BEGINNER TRAINING

Gearing up for beginner training  Four Awesome Picklers (Ruby Pugh, MaryHelen Benapfl, Richard Carey, Nicolaas Holt) are finalizing written lesson plans for the upcoming 4 week beginner training that will take place May 2nd -25th.

The training will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays at the outdoor courts. After a train-the-trainer session with Doug Hastings, the trainers are eager to kick off the session. Once the notice went out in the PDN, there were 17 signups for the training showing that there is great interest in learning the game and reminding us that pickleball is still the fastest growing sport in America.

We are looking for other Awesome pickler trainers to bolster our team and who could step in to assist should one of our trainers have other commitments pop up.

Contact Charlie Pugh or any of the trainers if you can assist.

COURT CONSTRUCTION

City Pickleball Court Negotiating Team
The Team met with the City on April 25th to discuss the key decision points on our planned agreement language with the City. The Team is keeping the Sequim Pickler board fully updated on the status of the negotiations and will meet again with the board this Saturday April 29th in executive session. The Teams next City meeting is May 4th. The current schedule is to complete work on the agreements and present them for approval to City council for the May 22nd council meeting.
Sequim Pickler Architect Work
Christiane Johnson, our pro-bono architect, has been working long hours preparing bid-quality architectural drawings required for both planning and as specifications for a bid package. She has been participating in weekly phone conferences with the City engineering team to coordinate the elevations between the courts and the adjacent new park entrance and to minimize the amount of earth work required. If you see Christiane thank her for her heroic work as an Awesome Pickler!
City Project Open House
From the Apr 25th PDN “An open house from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Wednesday May 3rd will provide information on projects in Carrie Blake Park and on Blake Avenue that are expected to begin this summer. The Sequim Public Works Department will host the open house at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar St. One project is the Carrie Blake Park access road, water-line extension and pickleball court project. It will construct a new access road to provide an entrance into the park from North Blake Avenue near Trinity United Methodist Church. As part of the work, a water main will be extended into the park, and the existing Blake Avenue entrance will be closed to motor vehicles. In partnership with the Sequim Picklers, the project will construct eight pickleball courts, located immediately east of the skate park as shown in the adopted Carrie Blake Park Master Plan. The plan can be viewed on the City’s website at wa-sequim.civicplus.com. Another project entails improving pedestrian connectivity along the west side of North Blake Avenue by constructing a sidewalk near Gebhardt Zwicker Park, where a gap currently exists.”  

Submitted by:  Sequim Pickler Negotiation Team: Charlie Pugh, Katinka Nanna, Dave Shreffler, and architect Christiane Johnson

PICKLERS KORNER

Check out this page for new club ratings, based on Ladder Play or “invitational” ratings that will be recognized by the club for all tournaments, ladder pay and rated courts and other club competitions.

If you have any concerns with your “rating” or if you are not on the list and would like to receive a “Club rating”, call or email Ben Sanders with your comments and to work it out.  

Remember, USAPA ratings take precedence over Club Ratings..

 Submitted by Director of Court Operations,  Ben Sanders

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

The Secretary would like to thank Katinka and Charlie for fulfilling her duties during March and April.  I am back on duty.  THANKS!!

Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

Estes Builders has donated an additional $200 toward court construction.  This is their second donation.

See additional information in the email sent to members.

Submitted by Club Treasurer Katinka Nanna

Club Newsletter April 15, 2017

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!

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

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Annual Dues Renewal Notices were emailed to you earlier this week. The deadline for payment is May 1st. If for any reason you didn’t receive yours, please let me know.
Dues support routine operational costs of the Sequim Picklers such as purchasing balls, nets, tournaments, trophies, etc. Your dues are needed & appreciated!! Gold & Silver level members pay no annual dues. Bronze level dues are $50. Member level dues are $100.
 
On another note, rumor has it that this Mystery Player has been seen on the courts lately. If you see him, please try to find out who his hairdresser is. Inquiring minds want to know!
 
To date, we have 168 Sequim Pickler Members!
 
A big welcome to our newest members
  • Bill Frater
  • Fred Harris
  • Marcy Jackson
  • Dominick Lujan
  • Frank Mauger
  • Philip Mesibov
  • Karla Strutzel

See you on the courts!!  Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

PFC Update

This is an exciting year for your PFC members and the club.  We are moving closer and closer towards construction of the courts. Your PFC members met on April 4 and here are the results on the meeting.
  1. The committee voted unanimously that it was time to call in the member pledges. Funds will need to be in the bank in order to inform the City of the amount the Sequim Picklers will be donating towards the new courts.  Our hardworking, tireless Treasurer, Katinka Nanna worked her magic and sent out invoices on April 7 to all who have pledged.  The deadline of April 21 is nearing, so get your checkbooks out and send in your pledge.
  2. The Sequim LTAC grant submission is complete and has been delivered. The LTAC committee will meet in June to review, vote and recommend to the City Council for approval.
  3. The First Federal grant application will be completed and targeted for the July – Dec time frame.
  4. The application is complete for a booth at the Lavender Festival . Christy Marazon is already 10 steps ahead of the game and has already secured several raffle items. We are not “letting the cat out of bag” on what those wonderful raffle items are.
If any Sequim Picklers hear of any fundraise or grant opportunities, please share it with any of the committee members.  We welcome any and all ideas that will help increase the Capital Campaign Fund.
 
Submitted by PFC Co-chairs Ruby Pugh and Dave Katz 

COURT CONSTRUCTION

Raingarden Perk Test

If you like to watch water drain out of a hole in the ground then you would enjoy watching a perk test. Master Gardener Beth Morrow from Port Angeles conducted a perk test at Carrie Blake Park (CBP) with Charlie and Katinka to evaluate the ability of the pickleball court rain-garden soil to absorb rain water runoff from the new courts. Charlie and Katinka dug an 18 inch hole in the ground from where the test began. Beth indicates that our location has excellent sandy loam soil that is absorbing water very well. So the good news is that we only had to stand watching the water drain from the hole for an hour. We watched 12 inches of water soak into the soil over a period of one hour. These calculations enter into how big our raingarden needs to be and what kind of additional fill is required to ensure proper runoff filtering. We thank Beth Morrow for her assistance and expertise. Beth will be working up a raingarden planting plan for us.
Negotiations
Your City negotiation team met with our new president, Arvo Johnson, March 24th to bring him up to date on the state of negotiations with the City of Sequim regarding building the new courts.  On April 12th the team met with the entire SP board in executive session to go over negotiation plans.  The board endorsed the City negotiation team plan and identified parameters within which that team will work as we finalize our agreements to build these pickleball courts.  We meet with the City next on April 13th in what will be a continuing dialogue with the City until we can conclude final agreements in writing. Our pro-bono lawyer, Alan Millet, has agreed to review the final agreement just prior to signatures.

Submitted by:  Sequim Pickler Negotiation Team: Charlie Pugh, Katinka Nanna, Dave Shreffler, and architect Christiane Johnson

PICKLERS KORNER

  • Local pickle ball beginners get free instruction beginning May 2, 2017 by a great group of Sequim Pickler volunteers.
  • The Ladder League Championships will be held on April 24, 2017 beginning at 6:15pm at the B&G Club. The Top 20 players will battle it out for a Championship, between the Top 5 in each Division. These will be classic matches of the best against the best in 4 (15 point-win by 2) game sets. Don’t miss it . You’re invited – FREE.
  • Drop-in ladder play will begin May 1, 2017, 6-9 PM. Come see how much fun and competition you can enjoy in ladder play. NO partner necessary.
    Just select your skill level and begin playing. Records are kept on all players, so you will know very quickly how you are doing compared with everyone else in your level.
  • This is great drop-in play. First to arrive, first to play. Sign up when you arrive. Doors open at 6:00pm. Non members invited! $2 members $3 non members
  • Don’t forget to renew your membership. We need you!
Submitted by Director of Court Operations,  Ben Sanders

NEWS TIDBITS

  1. Have you sent in your pledge?  It’s due April 21!
  2. Your Negotiating team and Board of Directors are working overtime in planning for court construction.  The excitement builds….
  3. We welcome Margie Rone as our newest Board Member!
  4. Robert Rankin and Margie Rone are selecting their team and planning the food and entertainment for June’s Annual Meeting; contact them to see how you can assist.
  5. The Board has set aside a brief period at the beginning of board meetings to allow members to address the Board.  See minutes for details.
  6. Club president seen sporting a crown and scepter….

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

Denise will be returning to service on the Board the end of April.

Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

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Club Newsletter March 31, 2017

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!

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

New CRTC Paddle Released

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Aero Paddles at the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in Port Angeles just notified the Sequim Picklers that the Aero Paddle we helped to test has been released to Pickleball Central for general distribution and is now available to be ordered. The delay in release was due to our evaluations of the paddle surface issues. The COO provided us a $1000 donation toward our courts and this note to the Sequim Picklers… 
“We had an issue with a bad batch of polycarbonate from the vendor. We have changed vendors and have resolved the issue. We also have an incoming raw material test to make sure we never run into the softness issue again. Thanks for the heads up. Some paddles played great and did not have any issue so your feedback was really helpful as we had not seen the issue until you gave us a heads up.”
The direct link to the new SWIFT Aero Paddle on pickleball central is:
 
**Receive a Swift paddle discount of $10 if you use code ‘swiftmar‘ when you order from Pickleball Central through the end of April.**
 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

It’s my pleasure to serve as the interim Membership Director for the Sequim Picklers until the Club’s 2017 elections take place next August.
I’ve been busy revising forms to include the new Membership levels and associated fees, learning how to use Google Docs, and much more.  Many thanks to those on the Board and Club committees for their input and ideas. A special thanks to Debbie Madden for her great insight and help with the Membership & Join the Club page on the Club’s website (to be published soon) and also to Charlie & Ruby Pugh for “walking me through” the multi-faceted process of adding new members to the Club’s documents (who’d have guessed it would be so involved!).
I’ve also been thinking about what you as a Member would appreciate about the Club in addition to playing pickleball. (I know most of you die-hard pickleball players never think of anything else, but, there might be one or two of you who do!)  If you have any good ideas for fun or improvements, please let me know!
Membership Dues are renewed annually in May. Communication about renewing your dues will be sent to you within the next few weeks.
 
To date, we have 162 Sequim Pickler Members!
 A big welcome to our newest members
 
  • Robert & Sandra Kasper
  • Mary Anne O’Connor
  • Erv Ruhl
  • Suzi Schuenemann
  • Toni Silvett
  • Jeffrey Upchurch

See you on the courts!!  Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Director 

 COURT CONSTRUCTION

Joe Irvin (Sequim Asst. City Manager) updated the City Council on the Carrie Blake Park Pickleball Court project at the March 27th Sequim City Council meeting. You can view the City notes on page 72-74 of the posted Council Agenda. Joe spoke about our weekly meetings with the city and pulled up the picture from the agenda so the Council could see the location of the courts. Most of his discussion was about the size of the courts increasing and moving the walkway to the other side of the skate park. Council member Leonard-Ray asked if this was still the best location for the courts. Joe provided a good discussion of our previous efforts to identify site locations around Sequim and having settled on this site. Another council member mentioned that the site was good from a noise perspective since any location closer to the neighborhood could be problematic from a noise perspective. The court build scheduled is:
 

Target/Schedule/Milestones

  • 90% Design & Specification Milestone is slated for April 14.
  • SEPA posting and notice is slated for April 21.
  • Final Plans & Specification Milestone is slated for May 5.
  • Advertisement Date is May 15.
  • Bid Opening Date is June 5.
  • Notice to proceed for construction is mid-July.

Assistance from Civil Engineer Requested

The City negotiating team is in need of an AWESOME pickler with a civil engineering background. Someone familiar with cut and fill processes to review our current plans. Contact Charlie Pugh if you can help, cbpugh77@gmail.com .
 

Submitted by:  Sequim Pickler Negotiation Team: Charlie Pugh, Katinka Nanna, Dave Shreffler, and architect Christiane Johnson

PICKLERS KORNER

  • Take advantage of the weather and open play every day at 3rd and Fir during Spring Break.
  • New beginner instructors are all getting on the same page with system training for all newcomers.  Invite your friends, fellow workers and acquaintances.  Thank these great volunteers for their efforts and love of the game.
  • New “Drop-In Ladder” play will begin in May this is an exciting format for PB competition.  Watch for it.
  • Please respond to Charlie if interested in becoming a Court Ladder Captain.  They will coordinate, as well as play!  Ask me for details, and Charlie to express interest
Submitted by Director of Court Operations,  Ben Sanders

NEWS TIDBITS

  • The Annual Meeting is set for June 11 from 1-5 pm at Pioneer Park.  Last year’s fun included a chili cook off.  This year’s meeting is still in the planning stage; so let a Board member know if you are interested in assisting.
  • Your Nominating Committee is working on a slate of officers/board members.  Contact any one of them to make a nomination:  Sharman Owings, Chair; Beverly Hoffman; Lee Bowen 
  • An easy-read Fee Schedule is being drafted by your Board of Directors and will be published when completed.
  • Pickler presence at the City Council meetings shows our support for the court construction process in cooperation with the City of Sequim.  Your attendance is always appreciated, so attend when you can.
  • Christie Marazon has volunteered to head the Lavender Booth in July.  Thank You Christie!
  • A new and important job is available.  Please read about it under Court Construction or go to our Job Openings on the website.

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

  • We received notice from the State of WA Corporations Division that our annual report is due on or before April 30, 2017.  This is being prepared by Katinka in my absence. 
  • On the home front Carlos is doing really well, walking 1/2 mile 4X/day and feeling good.  We visit the cardiologist again in mid April.  Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers. 

Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

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Club Newsletter March 21, 2017

Welcome to the first Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!

Our goal is to send these out twice a month, to keep you informed about ALL the happenings with the club and the courts.  We are working to standardize the news sections so you will begin to know what to expect in each newsletter.  

We are overflowing with stuff to say, so this is a long one!  Please read it through.  If you have questions, please contact Jan Tatom.

COURT CONSTRUCTION

Your Sequim Pickler negotiation team is in final discussions with the City to build our new courts in the location that is published in the Carrie Blake Park Master Plan. http://www.sequimwa.gov/documentcenter/view/7583
Initially, the location would not support an option for increasing the size of each court to 34′ x 64′.  However the City agreed to eliminate the need for an 8′ sidewalk between the pickleball courts and the skateboard park.  With the addition of windscreen to the west side fencing, the skateboard park should barely be visible and pedestrian and bike traffic on that side will be eliminated.  The walkway will be moved to the west side of the skate-park. The biggest risk with the current location is the ecology block that will be required on the east and west sides of the courts. While this is less costly than a site retaining wall around the entire court area, it is still estimated to run about $60,000 and is now our major risk area as this cost was not in our original estimates. This $60,000 shortfall is a concern and we will be applying for an LTAC grant from Sequim, a grant request to 1st federal, and hope that bids lower than our construction estimates will meet our construction requirements. We still have the option to go back to the Sequim City Council with any deficit once final bids are received.

While increasing the size of each court to 34′ x 64′ will incur additional cost, there is room to do this and your board will be assessing this option at the next board meeting.

If you wish to review the pickleball plan in the The Carrie Blake Park Master Plan http://www.sequimwa.gov/documentcenter/view/7583 that identifies the location and uses for which the park is allowed, you can do so at the link provided.  The public provided many comments on this plan, as did the Sequim Picklers. Divergences from the plan would require new open public meetings and require that the City change the schedule for our court implementation.  The master plan has us located between the skate-park and the new entrance, we are #29 in the list of planned CBP uses and you can review the pickleball location on the plan map on page 22.  We are now on schedule to have the City staff in full assist mode to help us get the courts installed in this location this year at the same time their new entrance is being installed.  This includes sharing the cost of permitting & SEPA efforts.  Any deviations from this location would stall us additional time and would likely delay us at least a year in implementation.
Let us know if you have any concerns with the plan moving forward. Submitted by:  Sequim Pickler Negotiation Team: Charlie Pugh, Katinka Nanna, Dave Shreffler, and architect Christiane Johnson

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

As we move through the transition from Court Fundraising to Court Construction, we find ourselves evaluating the dedicated folks that make-up on the Sequim Picklers Board of Directors.  

This group has worked hard the past 2 years supporting and growing the club, building a great reputation in the community, and getting us ever closer to those new courts.  This evaluation looked at the time and skill-set required to keep up the momentum and, as a result, a couple of board members have decided to step down and allow some new energy on the leadership team.  The Club By-Laws allow for the Nominating Committee to recommend replacements to fill in and finish the current term of a vacant seat, when voted in by the Board.  We will still be holding elections in June for the 2017-2018 term that begins in August.

So, Richard Carey (Membership Chair) and I, Doug Hastings (President) have resigned effective March 18, 2017.

Thanks to the Nominating Committee, we are VERY fortunate to have two very competent, enthusiast people ready to fill the spots:

  1. Cathy Hathaway was unanimously voted in to be the new Interim Membership Director. The role requires strong computer skills and active participation through the new member on-boarding process; Cathy is a great fit for this.  Richard is very happy about turning the job over to her.
  2. Arvo Johnson was unanimously voted in to be the new Interim President.  I have been worried about my ability to achieve and maintain a high level of engagement and participation – lots of plates spinning in the Hastings household!  I would have happily stayed on and done the best I could, but I am very excited about having someone like Arvo step into the role and lead the group.

It’s critical that we continue to support each other, especially these new folks transitioning in, and later the new slate of officers.  We will make sure the baton pass to them is thorough and smooth so we can remain focused on growing the club, building up the skill level of the members, and building those amazing courts!

Here are a few things I am very thankful for while I represented the Sequim Picklers as president. 

  1. Meeting so many wonderful people.
  2. On my travels always bragging up the Sequim Picklers about the wonderful things they are doing in our community:  youth and adult clinics, tournaments, novice teaching groups and the excitement of making eight beautiful courts a reality in Sequim.
  3. The camaraderie and warmth when I walk into the boys and girls club to watch league play.
  4. How pickleball has transformed people’s lives for the better through exercise or a social outlet.
  5. Seeing so many of you take interest in my daughters when they come to play.

You are a special group and we are in good hands with our new Board. But some of them are getting tired or spread too thin with all of their commitments as well. Please help if you can, by looking on the website for open positions, or if you think you might be interested in being on the board, we have elections in June. Talk to Debbie Madden, if interested, because she is the head of the nominating committee.

Thank you for letting me be a small part of a great club.  Doug Hastings 

PICKLERS KORNER

The Spring Ladder League is in full swing!  There are 57 involved directly in the League, with 44 Leaguers and 17 Subs.  The League plays 38 games per night to 15, and based on available points per night and actual points scored, Leaguers achieve a “percentage” of those points in four separate Divisions:  (2.5. 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0) …all run by 10 great Ladder Captains!
 
A very special message for very special friends:
From the entire League, we wish Carlos a safe,speedy and complete recovery.  Denise, we applaud your bravery and dedication during a rough flight, but “wheels down” safely in the end!  You have a great co-pilot!
Submitted by Director of Court Operations,  Ben Sanders

PFC

While your Pickleball Facility Committee negotiation team is working diligently with the City in the planning and construction phase of the new pickleball courts in Carrie Blake Park, the rest of the committee continues to look for ways to raise funds to increase the capital campaign fund.
 
  1. The Clallam County Lodging Tax Grant check for $34,000 is in the mail to the Sequim Picklers. Hooray!! 
  2. The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in Port Angeles have developed a new carbon fiber pickleball paddle which many of you have had the opportunity to test. CRTC donated $1,000 to build our court fund.
  3.  For the past two years the Sequim Picklers had a booth in the Sequim Lavender Festival.  We plan to do so again at this years’ festival which will be held, July 21 thru 24. Christy Marazon has graciously agreed to be the lead for this event.  We will be asking for volunteers to help man the booth, so stay tuned for more details. 
  4. We are also continuing to look for club members to come help with assisting in grant research and writing and developing fundraising ideas. Contact Ruby Pugh to come lend a hand.

NEWS TIDBITS

  • On March 18, the Board of Directors rolled back the fee at the Boys and Girls Club to $2, except for Gold Members who will play for free.  It was determined that Boys and Girls Club fees were not affected by the terms of the Challenge Grant.
  • On March 18, Gill Goodman was added to the Court Negotiating Team to utilize his experience and expertise in this area.
  • Arvo Johnson is the scheduler for the YMCA pickleball court.  Contact him if you wish to play at the YMCA.
  • The Board of Directors conducts meetings under the direction of Robert’s Rules of Order.  Becoming familiar with these rules will give members an understanding of meeting structure and restriction.
  • The New Membership chair is busy updating the membership forms and process and will share information with you in the next newsletter.

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom

CLUB ADMINISTRATION

  • The WA State Business License renewal, due Apr 30, has been mailed.
  • The WA State Non Profit Corporation annual report is due before Apr 30.
  • No other actions are due until Nov.  
  • I am taking a brief sabbatical to care for Carlos and hope to be back before our next meeting.  Thank you everyone for your prayers, calls, cards and thoughts.  Submitted by Club Secretary Denise Cordero

FINANCIAL 

Coming soon.