Saturday, April 27 SP volunteers will don orange vests and brave the elements in search of all forms of trash on the section of Highway 101 between Dryke and Shore (between Sequim and PA). If you have already volunteered for the SP Adopt-A-Highway Project, you recently received a “Save The Date” email. If you haven’t yet signed up, just let us know you can talk trash with the best of them and want to be part of the team by emailing email@example.com. See our Volunteer page for more great opportunities to get involved.
The Sequim Picklers have, for the past 3 years, provided workers to assist with setting up portions of the Sequim Lavender Festival, marking booth spaces and assisting with vendor load in. The festival will be held in Carrie Blake Park from July 19-21. We need a Club member volunteer to step up and be the leader of that work group. Full details on our Job Opportunities page.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE NEEDED:
At the business meeting in June we will be voting on candidates nominated for board positions. It is the job of the Nominating Committee to find and bring those candidates forward. We are looking for 2-3 people to serve as this year’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee reports to the president of the Board and uses their amazing networking and persuasion skills to find the perfect, qualified candidates to fill important board positions. Please contact Arvo Johnson if you are interested.
DOGONE LIES ABOUT PICKLEBALL: Bob Sester shares this article from the Kitsap Sun about how pickleball got its name. Read it here.
THE SEQUIM PICKLERS IS NOW IN THE AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support non-profit organizations every time you shop on Amazon at no cost to you. Click here for all the details.
MAILING MONEY COLLECTED AT CARRIE BLAKE: Many thanks to those of you who have counted and mailed funds collected after Carrie Blake play sessions – your assistance is greatly appreciated! We have learned the hard way that we should not mail coins! Those pesky coins have been putting holes in the envelopes during transport. Also, when coins are included, the parcel is considered a package, not a letter, and that requires additional postage. So, please note: DO NOT MAIL COINS! Simply leave any coins in the money envelope to be picked up by our Treasurer or other Board Member. Thank you!! See more information about Carrie Blake Court Procedures here.
501c3 APPROVED: The Sequim Picklers recently obtained our own nonprofit 501(c)(3) status! Thank you, Katinka Nanna, for your efforts in handling the paperwork for this. Previously, the Club was allowed to “piggy back” on the non-profit status of Sequim Family Advocates. Becoming our own nonprofit organization will allow us tax-exempt status, access to grants, tax-deductible donations, and more!
CLUB RATING PROGRAM BEGINS:
The USAPA has been working hard to revamp the current pickleball ratings system. The Sequim Picklers have decided to follow suit and do the same. We are fortunate to have Bob Sester, Beverly Hoffman, and Doug Hastings who have volunteered their time to develop a working system for the Club. It is our hope that this rating system will close the gap between our club ratings and the USAPA ratings. This gives our members a more accurate and fair assessment of their game, allows our members who play in tournaments and leagues to sign up in the correct divisions, creates balanced and fair play and encourages continued growth for ALL players.
We encourage all members to complete the Self-Assessment, even if you already have a USAPA rating. Please go to the Club Ratings & Skill Rating Procedure page under Members Only to see current ratings or to submit your Skill Assessment Form.
BRONZE MEMBERSHIP PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:
Your Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new payment plan option for Bronze Membership. This payment plan was created to make it easier to become a Bronze Member. Basically, the plan consists of an initial payment of $70 ($25 Annual Dues and the first month’s installment of $45), followed by 11 monthly payments of $45. The total cost is $565 ($25 Annual Dues, $500 One Time Capital Campaign Fund Contribution, and $40 administrative fee). As previously announced, if you have already paid $50 for Annual Dues as a Basic Member, that $50 may be applied towards this upgrade to Bronze. Those enrolled in the Bronze Membership Payment Plan will not pay $5/day on the outdoor courts and are eligible for any other Bronze Member discounts. Additional terms are outlined on the enrollment form located on our “Join the Club” page. If, after reading the terms outlined on the enrollment form you have further questions, please contact a Board Member.
INDOOR PLAY IS BACK: Boys & Girls Club, Mondays 6pm-9pm, Sundays 9am-12pm, and Saturdays (when available). Always check the Play Calendar. Monday nights will either be Open Play or League Play.
1) Please do not arrive before 5:50 pm on Monday nights. Do not try to enter the club UNLESS it has been cleared by whomever is opening for the Sequim Picklers.
2) When driving into the club, use the proper entrance and do not drive in using the EXIT.
3) The fee for indoor play is $2. Please try to bring small bills when paying – change is not always available.
4) Players MUST wear appropriate court shoes. Black soled shoes or anything other than sport/tennis shoes are not permitted.
5) Follow all the rules regarding open play and HAVE FUN!
Pickle On! Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations
SAVE THE COURTS: Dear Picklers, You may have noticed dirt, pebbles, and scratch marks on our new courts. The dirt and pea gravel along the south fence is tracking onto the courts and is going to quickly ruin our lovely surface. PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN THE DIRT AND PEA GRAVEL. From the parking lot, please use the grass or the street to access the sidewalk for entrance to the courts. Thank you!
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LEARN ABOUT CLUB RATINGS: Doug Hastings shares some insights on Club ratings. Click here to learn more.
PRIVATE PICKLEBALL LESSONS:
Lessons and Clinics by 5.0 established instructor
We are lucky to have a talented teaching Pro in our community. He is wonderful to work with, and can help you improve your game. Click here for more information.