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.


  • 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


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



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


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


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



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  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