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.
- 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
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 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.
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
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)
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.
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
Please see the attachment in the email.
Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer