THERE ARE MANY NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THEM ALL. GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO BE A PART OF YOUR CLUB!!
Hello ALL! It’s ALMOST UPON US! The 1st Sequim Spring Fling is just a week away! One area where we still could use some help is VOLUNTEERS. These events are only as good as the help we receive to make them happen. I encourage and ask that anyone available to help do so, whether it’s all day or just a couple of hours. See our Volunteer Page , Volunteer Flyer and contact Christy at email@example.com.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CLOSURES: There will be NO PLAY at the B&G Club on Sunday, May 26th or Monday, May 27th because of the Memorial Day holiday. Play will also be suspended the following weekend, Sunday, June 1st and Monday, June 2nd, because of the Sequim Fling. In the interim we encourage everyone to enjoy the amazing courts at Carrie Blake Park.
ANNUAL DUES: Annual Membership dues are due by May 31st. See the Online Membership Renewal form.
WA STATE SENIOR GAMES: This event is for 50 and over players and is broken into 5 year brackets (50-54,55-59,etc.) plus into Skill levels with 3.0, 3.5, etc. See the flyer for more information. Any questions ask Bob Sester (360-808-7605)
THANK YOU TO SEQUIM PICKLERS:
The Esprit Bash tournament yesterday was a huge success. I want to thank Sequim Picklers Bev Hoffman, Mary Helen Benapfl, Richard Cary, Lynda Schroeder, Betty Hendricks, Katinka Nanna and Ruby Pugh for their amazing help. They made the day successful. Port Angeles will be hosting a 2nd annual mixed doubles Pickleball tournament in downtown PA on July 4th. Limited entries. Questions call Steve Bennett 360-460-7424
Update: We now have candidates for President, Vice President and Director of Court Operations. We are still in need of a candidate for Director of Communications. If you have the following skills, please consider this position:
Computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet and Google Drive.
Good administration skills, as well as grammar and punctuation skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Enthusiastic with a good knowledge of the club and people within it.
Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and written, and work well with others.
Members who attend the Annual Meeting on June 16th will be voting on all positions.
I’m encouraging members to give some thought to the upcoming vacancies and consider what you envision for the future of our club! Let me know if you’d like your name on the ballot!! Diane Froula
SPRING ROUND ROBIN RATED PLAY: Round Robin Rated Play is underway Monday and Wednesday evenings at Carrie Blake Park! Read more about Round Robin Rated Play.
WHIDBEY ISLAND TOURNAMENT: There will be a pickleball tournament on Whidbey Island in August. Follow the link for more information. Whidbey Island Pickleball Tournament.
Area Pickleball Club Hosts “Sequim Fling”
May 31-June 2
The Sequim Picklers (SP) announce “Sequim Fling”, a 3-day pickleball tournament starting Friday, May 31 and continuing through Sunday, June 2. Organizers expect more than 300 attendees. Registration is online at pickleballtournaments.com and is open through May 24.
“Sequim Fling” follows the success of SP’s Fall 2018 Blue Hole Bash which attracted more than 250 from up to 500 miles away. Estimates were that 40% of attendees stayed in local overnight accommodations and 60% frequented local restaurants.
Sequim’s USAPA-sanctioned pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Park have become a destination venue for players across the Pacific Northwest. Funded by a partnership between SP and the City of Sequim, the picklers raised $61,000 in grants and members themselves donated $156,700; writing a check to the City in the amount of $217,700 for construction of the public courts, completed last summer. The courts not only provide a recreational venue, they contribute to Sequim’s economic vitality.
Be a Tournament Sponsor
The Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) estimates that more than 2.5 million pickleball players utilize more than 5,000 court sites across the country–Sequim’s being one of the newest. Recognized as the fastest growing sport in America, area entities have an opportunity to sponsor SP pickleball tournaments with targeted promotion and advertising. Sponsorship levels range from $100-$800. Prospective sponsors can call Katinka Nanna at (775) 304-1452 for more details.
Bring your lawn chair and watch Sequim’s pickleball tournament May 31-June 2 at Carrie Blake Park. For more information go to the Sequim Fling Tournament page.
Picklers “Trash” Hwy. 101 – AGAIN!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See our Volunteer page for more great opportunities to get involved.
Get out your Muumuus and your Hawaiian attire and get on your Aloha! JUNE 16!! 1-5pm. Here are all the Party Details.
It’s time for the Annual Membership Meeting with “Picklers in Paradise” as the theme.
Your current Membership Chair, Warren email@example.com
We are having a big tournament at the end of May and will need some more officials. Go to our Referee Training page for all the details.
Please contact me if you are interested in a training session.
Thank you, Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator
LET THERE BE LIGHT:
Members. are you tired of playing in the dark. Let’s all make a donation of $12.99 each. Here is what you do. In the light bulb aisle at Costco there are 4 foot LED lamps (look like fluorescent bulbs) in a two pack. Each time you are shopping in Costco please pick up one and give it to the Boys and Girls club. Once we have 40 donations we can re-lamp the entire gym. I have already given two. So we only need 38 more donations. Thanks Gary Poor
CHOICE PLAY: Out with Open Play, in with Choice Play. Read about the new format – Choice Play.
AED & CPR TRAINING: Our AED training was a great success. Neil is willing to put on a CPR class if we have enough people interested. If you would like to learn CPR from a professional at a reasonable cost, please contact Katinka.
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.