Club Newsletter April 2018

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Communications Director

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Hello SP,

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

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

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

 

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Christiane Ganss-Johnson, Architect

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

 Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair

 

FINANCIAL 

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

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK

From the DOC’s Corner 

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

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman

 

 SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

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

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member