Club Newsletter July 2019

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         July 2019

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Frank Mauger.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  The Club needs a Volunteer Coordinator-see our Volunteer page.

2.  Welcome your new Board Members who start Aug 1.

3.  Don’t miss our Sequim Picklers Round Robin Tournament, August 8th.  Round Robin for 2.5 and below.

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates. Monday night Open Play at Boys & Girls Club is in progress.

6.  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

Submitted by Frank Mauger,  Director of Communications

Welcome to the new Board Members who will begin on August 1 – Sharman Owings, President; Robert Olson, Vice President; Katinka Nanna, Treasurer; Pam Woodruff, Secretary; Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations; Warren Mecca, Membership Chair and Kendal Wake, Director of Communications.  Thank you for stepping up to serve your club!! Thank you to our outgoing Board Members, Arvo, Debbie, Christy and Frank.  

LOCAL YOKELS RECAP:

The Local Yokels took place under mostly cloudy skies with little wind – perfect pickleball playing conditions!  Over the course of two days, 81 participants played a total of 133 games.  It was especially good to welcome players taking part in their first tournament.  All this and free pizza too!

Many thanks to all who helped: the announcers, referees, score runners, food supervisors, registration helpers, parking directors and to everyone who was so willing to step up and help out. Some of our volunteers were:  Margie Rone, Robert Olson, Frank Mauger, Patricia Knapp, Diane Froula, Kathy Mahnerd, Eric Mahnerd, Jan Tatom, Bea Albarado, Noreen Warwick, Sandi Gunn, Forrest Franz, Letritia Flerchinger, Marty Hoffman… and more. And, of course, thanks to my fellow committee members: Mike Cooper, Sharman Owings, Arvo Johnson and Katinka Nanna. See the recap on our tournament page and photos in our gallery.

Next up: the Blue Hole Bash, September 27th to 29th.

Submitted by Pam Woodruff, Secretary

NEW BULBS FOR THE B & G CLUB:  We are going to change out the lights at the Boys and Girls Club on Saturday the 20th. Starting at 9:00AM. It will mostly be opening the LED bulb packages and receiving the old ones to be disposed of. I will go up on the lift with one other person to do the actual replacement. The gym is empty, so we could play afterwards if we wanted. I am guessing it will take 5-6 hours. Please contact Gary Poor at 360-912-1600 to let him know if you can help. 

Submitted by Gary Poor

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 12 pm-6 pm Choice Play Outdoors. Boys & Girls Club 9am-12 pm. Check the Calendar!!
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Choice Play Outdoors & 6 pm-9 pm Ladder Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm Open Play Gym.  
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Tournament Practice, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Choice Play Outdoors.  6 pm-9 pm Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Tournament Practice, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm & 6 pm-9 pm Choice Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Greetings from your recently elected Membership Chair,

Almost a year ago I volunteered to fill in as the Membership Chair but now I am officially elected! Yay for me! I am getting better at this job (I hope) but I am still getting used to working the spreadsheets and email systems so please be patient.

I feel I should know everyone’s name. We currently have 225 members listed as active and I’m guessing I know about half of you on sight. As you can see, learning everyone’s name is still a work in progress for me. It’s mostly a fun job and somebody has to do it but I might approach you and introduce myself more than one time. If I do that to you please be kind and understand I’m learning a lot of names and faces. 

If we haven’t met yet I hope to soon make your acquaintance. Believe it or not I’m a little shy so feel free to go ahead and break the ice yourself by walking up and introducing yourself.

See you on the courts,

Submitted by Warren Mecca, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Here are links to the 2019 Financial Report.

Profit & Loss for June 2019

Budget vs Actual June 2019

Regional Spring & Local Yokel Tournaments

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK 

 

Sequim Picklers Round Robin Tournament
 
We will be having a 2.0 – 2.5 Sequim Pickler Round Robin Tournament on, Thursday, August 8, 2019.  Rated play will end 9:30 AM. After rated play, let’s  all hang around and cheer on our 2.0 – 2.5 Sequim Picklers in their Round Robin Tournament.  See all the information on the Sequim Picklers Round Robin Tournament flyer.

 

 Novice Trainers Needed:

We need a few patient members to give us a hand, to be willing to show up to do sign-ups and to give guidance to the steady stream of good folks who wish to give our sport a try, and to ensure that they have fun doing it.

     Our novice sessions are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 1:30. If you are willing to help in this worthy effort to grow our sport, please give me a call or shoot me an email and we can arrange the details. Thank you in advance for your interest.

Submitted by Mary Helen Benapfl

mhbenapfl@hotmail.com  

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! 

There is a lot going on at the courts – rated play, ladder play, novice and beginner lessons, choice play.  Check the Club Calendar and Carrie Blake Park Court Schedule and come down and play!!  

 

Club Newsletter June 2019

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         June 2019

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Frank Mauger.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  The Club needs a Volunteer Coordinator-see below.

2.  The Annual Meeting & Party was a great success! Welcome your new Board Members.

3.  Don’t miss our Local Yokels Tournament July 6th & 7th.  Women’s and Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles 2.5-4.0.

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates. Monday night Open Play at Boys & Girls Club is in progress.

6.  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

Submitted by Frank Mauger,  Director of Communications

ANNUAL MEETING & PARTY 

The Annual Meeting & Potluck Party was a huge success and well attended by the Picklers. If you missed it be sure to make it next year. The tropical theme was enhanced by live music. Delicious food was abundant. The dinking contest was a highlight and the winners are….Ruby P. and Gill G! Runners up Arvo J. and Suzi S.  Happy raffle winners went home with some treasures. Volunteer recognition went to the following: The Energizer award went to Frank Medgin for always being ready to play. The MacGyver awards went to Mike Cooper and Gary Poor who have both put in untold hours to maintain and improve the courts. The Novice program (Mary Helen Benapfl and Ruby Pugh) was recognized for bringing in 42 new members. Thank you to all our current Board Members who work hard to keep our club running smoothly and also plan our successful Blue Hole Bash, Spring Fling and the upcoming Local Yokels tournaments to be held on July 6th and 7th.  Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this year’s Annual Meeting & Party one to remember.  Welcome to the new Board Members who will begin on August 1 – Sharman Owings, President; Robert Olson, Vice President; Katinka Nanna, Treasurer; Pam Woodruff, Secretary; Ben Sanders, Director of Court Operations; Warren Mecca, Membership Chair and Kendal Wake, Director of Communications.  Thank you for stepping up to serve your club!!  See our Vice President’s message below on how you can get involved by volunteering with your club.  

VICE PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Another commercial about volunteers.    Everything we have, say and do is done by volunteers who love this sport, this club and this community.  We are a WA State Business, registered as a 501(c)3 that helped build a $250K asset in partnership with the City of Sequim.  The board is all volunteers and we don’t have paid staff or an executive director running the day to day operations.  Until we set up a new project goal that requires fundraising or coordination, we have the following volunteer opportunities throughout the year:

  1. Serving on the Board
  2. Serving on Committees
  3. Helping at the Tournaments – Blue Hole Bash, Sequim Fling and Local Yokels.
  4. Adopt a Highway – next one is July 27
  5. Member meetings / parties

This is an amazing club and a wonderful sport – please consider contributing your time and skills next time the call goes out.  At a minimum, stay engaged with the leadership, be kind to new players and show them the good stuff this club is made of.

We are still looking for a Volunteer Coordinator.  Please see our Volunteer page for all the details.

Submitted by Debbie Madden, Vice President

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Just 4 years ago a small group realized the need for pickleball courts in Sequim.  Less than 1 year ago we were still playing on rough little courts at 3rd and Fir.  Our VP, Debbie, has put together a brief History of the plan, the fundraising, the marketing, the donations and the many volunteer hours that bring us to our club today with 8 beautiful pickleball courts and over 200 members.  Read Our Club’s History and appreciate what a group of pickleball lovers can do.

As a reminder, we are a 501(c)3 corporation – the money given to the club through membership fees are donations. The money donated now goes into a capital fund.  A budget is created every year to manage the operations of the club with the remainder going in the capital fund.  A certain amount is saved each month so by the time we get to about the 5 year mark, we’ll have the money we need for maintaining the lines, surface and nets if necessary – estimated at about $25,000.  We do not own the courts, the courts belong to the city, a gift from this generous club.

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 12 pm-6 pm Choice Play Outdoors. Boys & Girls Club 9am-12 pm. Check the Calendar!!
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Choice Play Outdoors & 6 pm-9 pm Ladder Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm Open Play Gym.  
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Tournament Practice, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Choice Play Outdoors.  6 pm-9 pm Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Tournament Practice, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm & 6 pm-9 pm Choice Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Hello Everyone, 

I’ve got good news and bad news. First the bad news, sorry to be the taxman but… the Annual Membership Dues are now past due. If you haven’t yet submitted your annual dues please, “let’s get ‘er done.” Contact me through the website if you don’t know what to pay.

Now the good news! We have 22 new members since the last newsletter. This club has exceeded 200 members! And, I saw the four newest members signing up today but too late to make our list. 

We are growing so fast and no wonder; we’re a fun group. It’s getting so that you can’t go anywhere in Sequim without running into a fellow pickler.

I’ll end with this reminder, if you see someone at the courts that you don’t know, introduce yourself. 

See you on the courts,

 Submitted by Warren Mecca, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Here are links to the 2019 Financial Report.

Profit & Loss for May 2019

Profit and Loss June 2018-May 2019

Budget vs Actual June 2018-May 2019

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK 

 

WOW! What a FABULOUS weekend the Sequim Fling Tournament had! Three 13 hr days of pickleball! It was amazing weather, wonderful players and competition, and even better times socializing with our pickleball family from far and wide! We saw babies that since our last tournament have learned to walk, players who have since moved up in rankings, had players competing in their very first tournament, a match between our oldest and one of the youngest competitors in the tournament, we even made some new friends! This is what pickleball is all about. The tournament team and the Picklers thank everyone who came out and give a giant shout out to Mike Hoxie, Kathy Cheeseman Rambousek, and Gigi at Pickleball is Great for their amazing tournament directing! If your club is hosting a tournament, this is who you want! And a big thank you to all our volunteers – referees, parking, the “sheriff”, runners, registration, food tables and more!  We couldn’t do it without all of you. Again, thanks everyone and now begins planning for the next one!

Local Yokels Tournament.  Register now!  This is your chance!  We’re having a local tournament for 2.5s and up.  The deadline for registration is 4th July.

6th July: Men’s and women’s doubles, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0

7th July: Mixed doubles, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0

Event formats and start times will be announced closer to the time.

The registration form can be found on the Sequim Picklers web. 

If you would like to volunteer to help run the tournament, please let us know by emailing sequimpicklers@gmail.com

There is a lot going on at the courts – rated play, ladder play, novice and beginner lessons, choice play.  Check the Club Calendar and Carrie Blake Park Court Schedule and come down and play!!  

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

 

Club Newsletter April 2019

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         April, 2019

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Frank Mauger.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  The Club needs a Volunteer Coordinator-see below.

2.  Save the date!  Annual Meeting & Party is June 16th at the Guy Cole Center.  We need donated items for the raffle!!

3.  The Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament is coming up in May 2019.  Registration is open at Pickleballtournaments.com. For more information see our Sequim Fling page.

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates. Monday night Open Play at Boys & Girls Club is in progress.

6.  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

Submitted by Frank Mauger,  Director of Communications

VICE PRESIDENT’S CORNER

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR NEEDED:

The Sequim Picklers club has been through some crazy growth this past year; we’ve opened the new courts, added 10 new members, held a regional tournament, and offered play options for all levels.  Everything you see, hear and experience about pickleball in Sequim happened because of the Sequim Picklers.

We are a WA State charitable organization holding a contract with the City of Sequim and managing a membership of 190 who use and maintain a $250,000 asset we funded and built.  That’s huge!!

ALL of that was done by dedicated volunteers who love pickleball and were wiling to spend the hours it took to get the job done.  Many of those hearty souls have been involved since the beginning, before there was an official club and when fundraising was the highest priority.

Today, thanks to all those people, the club is fiscally strong with a great reputation both locally and regionally.  We’ve got some great momentum and the future looks amazing!

The Club needs your help.  

With this growth and maturity comes the need for even more club members to participate.  Specifically, we are looking for someone to be the Volunteer Coordinator.

The Volunteer Coordinator will report to the Membership Chair and assist with messages to the board and membership.  The Volunteer Coordinator will solicit, manage and assign volunteers to activities as they come up throughout the year.  This includes tournaments, member meetings and social events, and when specialized tasks for a specific skill set is needed.  We’re looking for someone that likes working with and organizing people, is a good communicator and is comfortable on the computer.  You won’t be managing the activities – just a pool of people!  

This club runs on volunteers, so this might be the most important job we have!  If you have a few hours a month you can spare to help keep this great club humming along, please contact Warren Mecca.  If you want more information about how you can help, either as the Volunteer Coordinator or as a volunteer, please contact a Board Member – we’re happy to get the volunteer pool list started!

Submitted by Debbie Madden, Vice President

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Save the Date  for June 16th 12:00 – 5:00 for the SP Annual Membership / Business Meeting at Guy Cole Center in Carrie Blake Park – more details to follow. We need a small committee to work with the board to organize this event – at least 1 person right now to be lead and get more volunteers as needed. Please contact Debbie Madden if you are interested.

 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 12 pm-3 pm Open Play Outdoors. Boys & Girls Club 9-12 pm. Check the Calendar!!
  • Mondays: 9 am-12 pm & 5 pm-7 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm Open Play Gym.  Check the calendar!!
  • Tuesdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Singles, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Wednesdays: 9 am-12 pm & 5 pm-7 pm Open Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors. Singles, 1:30p-3:00p.
  • Fridays: 9 am-12 pm & 5 pm-7 pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Welcome new members in 2019:
Vebol Bo, Wayne Schmitt, Bill Averill, Curt Haugen, Richard Rube, Tom Rambow, Neil Van Blaricom, Suzy Narbutovskih and Christina & Tom Cunningham.
 
We now have 190 members including 51 Basic, 43 Bronze, 68 Silver, 19 Gold, 4 active military and 5 minors
 

Save the Date June 16th Annual Members Meeting at the Guy Cole Center.  The theme is: Picklers in Paradise so be prepared to wear your Hawaiian attire. More information to follow. We need donations for our raffle. Contact Warren if you can provide a great raffle prize for the party. See you there, Warren

Hit it to Their “Sweet Spot”

The conservation about playing with club members “below my level” has come up several times at Carrie Blake Park. I say, “Hit it to their sweet spot!”

 You are more likely to get a return shot to hit if you hit it to their sweet spot. They will have more fun playing and you get more practice than if you hit it where they can’t get to it. It’s a Win-Win!

By trying to hit it to their sweet spot you are still getting practice “targeting” which is a good thing, right? You get practice targeting, they get practice getting a paddle-on-the-ball. Everybody is happy. Later on, when they improve you can go ahead and try to get it past them.

I say,  in the interests of maintaining a club atmosphere, when playing with a lower ranked player, instead of targeting their weakness, target their strength. You will still win the game (if you are really as good as “all that”)  and they will benefit from having played with you. 

See you on the courts,

 Submitted by Warren Mecca, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Here are links to the 2019 Financial Report.

Profit & Loss for March

Profit and Loss June 2018-March 2019

Budget vs Actual June 2018-April 9, 2019

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK 

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

I am happy to be your new PCOC Chairman and welcome new PCOC members Kendall Wake and Robert Olsen to the group. Their additions make us a very well rounded group to best represent the club. Thanks to Dave Shreffler for his term as PCOC Chairman.

As always, feel free to contact Doug at Contact Us or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

Change Ahead Road Sign“Open Play”- done. RIP                         “Choice Play” – Welcome aboard!

Hey Ya’ll, we are making a change. What we have all become accustomed to calling “Open Play” will now be termed “Choice Play”. I KNOW! Whaaat?” “Choice Play”?

Here’s how it works: During “Choice Play” each of you observes the play on the courts in use. From what you observe you “choose” the court you feel most appropriate for you to join. It is as simple as placing your paddle in the fence by the gate of that court. Your“Choice”. Get it? From there on, nothing changes. If your paddle is up next, you are in next. You are not locked in on that court. If you decide later that another court suits your play you can paddle up there. Just remember, putting the paddles up is crucial for success.

Let’s get real. Not everyone will read this. If you see another member who appears to have missed this memo KINDLY explain. It will take a while for all of us to “out with the old, in with the new”. Be patient.

Also, you may not realize we have a sign for a “Drill Court”. Look for it to show up on one of the 2 courts closest to the shed. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to hone their skills. Dink? Lob? 3rd shot drop? drill, drill, drill.

Submitted by Doug Hastings, PCOC Chairman

SEATTLE BOOST CAMP REVIEW

I had the pleasure last weekend of attending a 3-day Seattle BOOST Camp.  I found it extremely informative, educational, well organized, and entertaining.  Certainly well worth the time and cost involved..  The personnel (Peter, Brian, Takako, and G) were top notch instructors, terrific representatives of the organization and the pickleball community, plus of course, darn good players.  (And I definitely think the two male characters should take their comedy act on the road doing standup. Very entertaining.)  My final overall grade for the camp is a solid 5 stars, and rates a loud “BRAVO ZULU”, which is Coast Guard-speak for “Well Done”..    My compliments..

 Submitted by CAPT Gill Goodman, USCG(ret)

Club Newsletter February 2019

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         February, 2019

Enjoy reading about your club!   If you have questions, please contact Frank Mauger.

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  The snow has cleared and hopefully weather will be improving for outdoor play.

2.  Welcome to Frank Mauger, our new Director of Communications.

3.  The Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for May 2019.  Early registration starts March 2nd here

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates.

5.  Monday night’s Open Ladder League in progress.

6.  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

7.  The Olympic Pickleball Tournament 2019 was held February 22-24.  The Picklers made a good showing.

Submitted by Frank Mauger,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Greetings SP,

Well the snow is finally gone and we can get back to the courts. I hope everyone faired well with the unusual snowfall for “Sunny Sequim”. We will be setting up the benches this weekend now that the snow is gone, look for the new addition to the courts. For those of you playing in the PA tournament good luck and have fun. I spent some time with Steve Shapiro who some of you know, a player from PT who moved to Tuscon, AZ last year. He is president of the pickleball club with 370 members, we talked about different ideas for our clubs. They have 16 courts and are busting at the seams with a growing community. With our Spring tournament on the board now we will be looking for volunteers to make this as successful as our last Fall tournament.

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.

Have fun and be safe,

“In Winter, I plot and plan. in Spring, I move.”   Henry Rollins

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”  Vince Lombardi

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Save the Date  for June 16th 12:00 – 5:00 for the SP Annual Membership / Business Meeting at Guy Cole Center in Carrie Blake Park – more details to follow. We need a small committee to work with the board to organize this event – at least 1 person right now to be lead and get more volunteers as needed. Please contact Debbie Madden if you are interested.

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.

CHANGE IN THE BOARD

Sequim Picklers,
 
It has been a rewarding experience assisting the Sequim Picklers over the last couple of years first as Membership Chair and secondly, Director of Communications.  Due to a myriad of issues in my personal life, it was no longer a good fit for me to serve as the Director of Communications.  Much appreciation to Frank Mauger for stepping up to take over!  I wish the best for the Sequim Pickleball Club and to all of our members.  
 
Submitted by Cathy Hathaway
 

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 1 pm-4 pm Open Play Outdoors. Boys & Girls Club 9-12 pm. Check the Calendar!!
  • Mondays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm Ladder Play Gym.  Check the calendar!!
  • Tuesdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-2 pm Novice Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 12 pm-2 pm Novice Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 9 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Our membership is now at 188 members.

49 basic 43 bronze 68 silver 19 gold 4 active military 5 minors

Look Smart, Be Smart

           Wear Protective Eye Gear!

Hello Everyone,

Recently, while having an eye exam at the Sequim Vision Clinic, I asked my optometrist Cynthia Bidegary if I should be wearing eye protection while playing pickleball. She told me a strike from a pickleball can cause loss of vision, a detached retina and in her words, “lots of other yucky stuff.” She recommends wearing a pair of polycarbonate lenses every time I play. 

I just wanted to pass along the reminder to Wear Protective Eye Gear every time you play pickleball. All the best players do it and so should you. 

See you on the courts,  

P.S s  (Get it? “See” you on the courts).

 Submitted by Warren Mecca, Membership Chair

FINANCIAL 

Click here for the January 2019 Financial Report.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer

 

COURT TALK 

Snowmageddon put a crimp in our outdoor play. Thank you for your patience and letting mother nature clear the snow.  Open Ladder League is underway, Monday nights at the Boys & Girls Club.  Next Monday, March 4 our groups switch times.  3.5 – 4.0 players will play 6 p  to 7:30 p and 2.5 – 3.0 players will start at 7:30 p and play until 9 p. Come out and join the fun!!  Our Sequim Fling Pickleball Tournament is scheduled for May.  You can register early at pickleballtournaments.com.   We will be looking for lots of volunteers to help make this a successful tournament.

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman, is on vacation.

As always, feel free to contact Dave at (lostmtnloft@olympus.net 360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

 

Club Newsletter August 1, 2018

Welcome to the Sequim Picklers Club Newsletter Blog Post!!         August 1, 2018

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

 

1.  According to visitors, the new courts are “the talk of Seattle.”  Congratulations to us!

2.  Welcome to our new Board members and thanks to the retiring Board members.

3.  PCOC is working hard at making the transition to the new courts as smooth as possible.  Patience is a virtue….

4.  There is limited play at the Boys and Girls Club; watch the calendar for times and dates.

5)  Keep the court surface in good repair by avoiding the dirt and pea gravel area on the south side of the courts.

6)  Our Lavender Festival work and booth brought in $1,958.10.  (Where did that 10 cents come from?)

7)  The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony was a joyous affair; our 92-year-young guest of honor was delightful, and the ceremony was punctuated with much humor and praise.

8)  Open Play:  winners stay and split, losers vacate the court and the next two players in line enter the court.  Player rating is not a consideration.

9)  Rated Play: members play on the courts according to their skill and rating level; winners stay and play as a team, losers vacate the court and the next two players or team in line with the correct rating enter the court. If a doubles team wins 3 games in a row and there are players waiting the winning team exits the court and waits their turn in line to challenge again if they wish.

10)  Court protocol questions should be directed to Christy.

11)  As of August 1, Cathy Hathaway will be your new go-to person for newsletter, website, and other areas of communication.  I am so pleased and fortunate to be handing off my duties to such a capable lady.  

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Greetings SP,

Things have been busy the last couple of months.  The new board members have now stepped into their new positions, and we are all eager to work with you to get much done in the coming year.  We are excited to work with the new board members, while we are sad to say goodbye to our retiring board members:  Charlie, Katinka, Denise, Jan, Margie, Marc, and Robert.  They all did an incredible job on behalf of the SP, and without their dedication, time, and brain power, none of what has been accomplished would have happened.  So I say Thank You on behalf of the SP and hope that we can still use your talents in other ways.  Go enjoy what you worked so hard for, and we will see you on the courts!

We finally saw the dream become a reality with the brand new eight, tournament-quality, courts being completed.  Christiane and I have not seen the final results in person, but we look forward to playing on them upon our return.  I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying the courts and appreciates how fortunate we are to have them.  Please be considerate of them, and help us to keep them in top-notch condition.

The ribbon cutting/opening ceremony was a big success. Again, unfortunately, we were gone during the event but heard it was a good turnout and fun.

The next big thing coming up is our first regional tournament.  Being on the committee, I see how much work and effort is being put forth by the committee members which are Christy M., Debbie M., Katinka N., Mike C., Pam W., and Suzi S.  They, alone, cannot make this a successful tournament; it is going to take a village.  So if you have volunteered to help, thank you; and if you have not, it is time to do so.  The volunteers will be helping with anything from parking assistance, sign-ins, refereeing, and cleanup, to name a few.  So, step up and volunteer to do your part.  We have proven that when the SP work together, great things happen.  Let’s continue this as a team. 

I apologize for missing so many important things lately, but look forward to making up lost time and moving our club forward.  Thank you all again.

“Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.”  Patrick Lencioni

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  Francis of Assisi

Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President

LAVENDER FESTIVAL BOOTH RESULTS

DRUM ROLL PLEASE………………….Final tally of the Lavender Festival

Sequim Pickler Booth                                                                              $1,358.10

Volunteer work (chalking booths, beer garden, vendor load in)           600.00

                                                                                                                      $1,958.10

For the past 4 years, the Sequim Picklers have participated in the Lavender Festival.  We continue to show our community spirit and play a large role in Sequim’s largest annual festival by volunteering each year with several tasks to ensure the success of the festival.  

A huge THANK YOU to the following who generously gave their time and volunteered to help with the chalking and marking the vendor booths, the set up and tear down of the beer garden, checking and load-in of the vendors, and manning the Sequim Pickler booth.  We cannot forget to also give a SHOUT OUT to our talented and giving picklers for donating the 8 items we raffled during the lavender festival.  We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.  I saw great enthusiasm, wonderful camaraderie, and true ambassadors to the Sequim Picklers.

To the efficient, mathematical picklers who utilized the festival map and successfully marked off every vendor and food booth, THANK YOU: Robert Knapp, George Davis, Kathy Mahnerd, Eric Mahnerd, Robert Ball, Nicolaas Holt, Chuck Madden and Charlie Pugh.

To the strong manly picklers who carried all the fencing and concrete posts to put together a huge beer garden.  And if that wasn’t hard enough they had to tear it down and store the equipment back in the shed. THANK YOU:  Richard Cary, Stu Sherman, Gary Poor, Robert Olson, and Jay Marazon.

To the helpful and courteous picklers who checked in and directed each and every vendor to their respective spots.  THANK YOU: Charlie Szumilas, Susan Szumilas, Richard Cary, and Anne Elwell.

To all the ambassadors to the Sequim Picklers who attempted to stop every visitor at the Lavender Festival and diplomatically suggested they could be the lucky winner of 1 of 8 raffle items. THANK YOU: Charlie Szumilas, Jim Deckman, Eric Mahnerd, Kathy Mahnerd, Laurie McColl, John Herbold, Katinka Nanna, Lynda Schroeder, Diane Froula, Pam Woodward, Gary Poor, Noreen Warwick, Patricia Knapp, Glynda Ball, Mike Cooper, Frank Mauger, Peg Phillips, Jolanda Schlund.

To the amazingly talented and generous picklers who donated the 8 items we raffled.  THANK YOU: Jack Tatom, Katinka Nanna, Jeri Davis, Margie Rone, and Sharman Owings.

Last but not least, a HUGE thank you to my hubby Charlie, there by my side helping with all the emails, helping with coordinating the volunteers, the chalking, helping me put up and take down the booth and taking his turn with me and seeing how many tickets he can get people to put into the raffle boxes.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair

LAVENDER FESTIVAL RAFFLE RESULTS

Here are pictures of the lavender raffle winners, with exception of Noreen Warwick, who won the necklace, and a winner in Port Orchard where we left the cat oil paintings prize on their porch, per their request.  Note that one winner won two prizes (table and Barry the Blue heron):

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Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

 

RIBBON CUTTING REPORT

I want to thank the ribbon-cutting, planning committee of Ruby Pugh, Pat Joersz, Patricia Knapp, and Glynda Ball for their outstanding court dedication program.  The entire program was a huge hit!  Marty Hoffman kicked off the ceremony with his wit and humor as he introduced each speaker and kept the aggressive agenda on track.  The weather could not have been better, and we had an amazing turnout.  We thank Deputy Mayor Candice Pratt for her support and Dave Shreffler, who with the assistance of the new Pickleball Evangelists (PE), led us in a new pickleball cheer.  Great job by Robert Rankin and his committee (Katinka Nanna, Denise Cordero, Ross Brown, and Cathy Hathaway) who introduced and unveiled the Recognition Plaque, Court Named Plaque for Christiane Johnson, and the bronze Dedication Plaque created by Ross Brown with the inscription “partners fulfilling a dream” that is embedded in the court entrance corridor.

The courts were decorated with lavender, the cake decoration was awesome, and it tasted good too!  Sharman’s cookies were yummy and a great surprise for the picklers. 

As for the guest speaker, we are all so fortunate to have had the 92-year-young, Barney McCallum, the last surviving founder of the game of pickleball, attend in person.  The question of where the name “pickleball” came from is now put to rest having heard Barney say emphatically that it came from Pickles the dog!  He also told us that he did not name the no volley zone the kitchen, nor did he know where that name came from; but he felt that the name was very appropriate. 

If you missed this event, Allison Hastings has you covered.  She streamed the entire program on facebook live, and you can watch the 1 ½-hour event here.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 12pm-6pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm SP 3.0 & 4.0 Ladder Play Outdoors.
    Possible 6 pm Play in Gym – check calendar.
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 3.5 Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

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

SUMMER IS HERE!  

Summer has arrived and with it, lots of gorgeous weather to play on our new outdoor courts.  The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was wonderful, and it officially signals the opening, so let the shenanigans and fun begin.  Check the Courts Play Schedule for which organized play is scheduled for each day.  We’ve had a few people step up to help with court monitoring, we are still VERY MUCH in need of more.  Without members volunteering to step up, the club is unable to provide the quality of play we have all become accustomed to.  While we understand that there is life outside of pickleball (I know it’s hard for some to imagine), this club runs and operates because volunteers choose to step up and commit to help.  I’d like to personally THANK all who have done just that.  We all APPRECIATE the commitment you all have pledged to the club and the game of pickleball.  

While we’ve had a few hiccups in the daily dealings at the outdoor courts, the overall vibe is that everyone is EXTREMELY happy and excited.  I know that we’ve added new members as well as have already attracted players from all over the country and as far as New Zealand.  Granted, they were just passing through on vacation, but they were pleasantly surprised to find such lovely, world-class courts in Sequim and on the Olympic Peninsula.  That is a direct quote by the way!  We will be hoping that is also the feel we exude when we host the Blue Hole Bash in September.  As you can imagine, lots of work and planning is currently going on getting everything set and in place to host our first regional tournament.  Again, we need LOTS of volunteers.  Please see me if you are interested. 

INDOOR PLAY

If you’ve been missing indoor play, don’t fret.  It will be back in action once the weather and daylight hours decline.  Continue to check the schedule weekly for days that we may be playing.  With the outdoor courts in full swing, we’ve had extremely low numbers at the Boys and Girls Club.  While I love each and every one of you, opening for four or six people on Sunday morning when I could be home with my family makes it a hard sale for me or my other compadres who volunteer to open.  The weather is too nice to be indoors anyway!  

Just keep checking the play calendar for possible times to play indoor.  We usually have it updated at least a week ahead of time.  If you have a question, please feel free to email me about it.  

Court Etiquette                        

I wanted to talk about a possible issue that may be happening at the outdoor courts.  Currently, we don’t have a paddle system in place on the courts.  We are going on the “honor system” of who goes in next.  When it is OPEN PLAY, whether you are a 2.0 or a 5.0, whichever court becomes vacant first, the person who has been in line goes next.  There is no:  you are a 3.0 and we’re 4.0’s business.  It’s open play.  That means everyone plays with everyone.  There is no waiting at a certain court and continually keeping the same players rotating in and out on one court either.  If you want to play with a certain person or group, you all wait in line and work your way into the queue.   That is the technical definition of OPEN PLAY.  IF you want ranked play, check out those days we have slated for your ranking.  Open Play is a social play and gives our newer members and players a chance to increase their play with upper level players.  It also gives upper level players a chance to work on certain aspects of their games while also giving advice and support to our lower ranked players.  We were all the newbie once.  Let’s welcome our new and beginning players and help them achieve their best play possible. It’s a win, win for all.

That’s all for now Folks.  I’d like to say thanks to the Outgoing Board Members and thank them for their contributions.  Let’s make sure to give them each a personal thanks and hug/handshake.  Let’s also remember that this organization runs on volunteers and their hard work and energy.  It’s easy to forget that each and everyone has a life outside of pickleball and the time contributed is precious.  Let’s be kind to each other and work for the success of the club.  

As always, hope to see you on the courts and Pickle ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman, is on vacation.

As always, feel free to contact Dave at (lostmtnloft@olympus.net 360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

 

REFEREE CLINIC 

Another referee clinic will be offered in August in preparation for our Blue Hole Bash Tournament in September.  It will speak well of us if we can provide refs for most of the matches.

Ten individuals participated in the clinic on July 26 and are on their way to becoming capable officials.  Thank you, Sequim Picklers, for letting these folks practice during our club play at Carrie Blake Park and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

I have had some interest from players who would just like to learn more about the rules of pickleball without having to commit to being a referee.  I will gladly provide a session which I would call  “Rules, Do’s & Don’ts, and Procedures.”   This would be a fun class and members would definitely come away with information that will help them be a more astute player.

Please let me know via e-mail, mrhhoffman@msn.com, or talk to me at the courts if either clinic would be of interest to you.

Thank you.

Submitted by Marty Hoffman, Referee Coordinator

SEQUIM PICKLERS T-SHIRTS!!!!!

The T-shirts are nearly gone, so purchase yours soon (only $10)!  We still have mens size M and L, but ladies are welcome to wear them, too.  The proceeds benefit our savings for those items needed at the courts or for maintenance.  Contact Margie at 509-999-7345 or margarro2@gmail.com

Submitted by Margie Rone

Club Newsletter July 2018

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

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

NEWS TIDBITS 

  • To steal Christy’s thoughts, it’s Christmas in June!  New courts, new members, new hours, old and new friends.  What’s not to celebrate!
  • Courts opened June 28, 9 AM due to our hard-working finishing team; THANK YOU!
  • New court schedule is located near the calendar on the home page. 
  • The Outdoor Court Coordinator needs some assistance; contact Rich Bemm.
  • Court  ribbon cutting is set for July 25, 11 AM; fun and games planned!
  • The logo contest winner was Robert Knapp.  Congratulations and to him and thanks to all those other contestants that gave us fine choices!
  • The Annual Meeting filled the park with excitement, great food, excellent desserts, contest winners, and a great new slate of elected board members who will take office in August.  

Submitted by Jan Tatom,  Director of Communications

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Arvo Johnson, President

Our President is away on vacation and will be sorry to have missed the opening of the new courts.

Submitted by Jan Tatom, Co-Director of Communications

LOGO CONTEST

During the Annual Meeting we all had the opportunity to review the artistic entries competing to be our future LOGO.  Our current Sequim Pickler LOGO was included in this competition.  The first closed vote identified the top 3 entries from the 13 entries received by the deadline. From those entries members were able to comment on what they liked and did not like about the 3 finalists.  A show of hands then picked a new LOGO to represent our club.  The winning entry was submitted by Robert Knapp and has already begun to adorn our web site and correspondence. 

We want to thank all who submitted entries to the contest.  We have some very talented Sequim Picklers and the entries were inventive, fun, and artistic!

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Committee Chair

LAVENDER FESTIVAL

A huge thank you to all you awesome picklers that volunteered to help with manning the Sequim Pickler Lavender booth, assisting with the vendor load in, chalking and marking of the vendor booths, and the set up and tear down of the beer garden.  This is a great opportunity for the Sequim Picklers to show our community spirit and continue to work and volunteer with the community we all live in.  Thank you for  showing  that the Sequim Picklers are continuing to work together for a bright pickleball future in Sequim. 

Just a reminder, those that are chalking and marking the vendor booths and setting up the beer garden, it will be on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.  The vendor load-in will be on Thursday, July 19 and the manning of the Sequim Pickler booth will be on July 20 – 22.  In the upcoming weeks, I will be sending out emails to those that have volunteered letting you know more about the how, when and where.  So, stay tuned and as I obtain more specifics, I will let you know.

Submitted by Ruby Pugh, Chair

MONTH AT A GLANCE

  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym. 
    12pm-6pm Open Play Outdoors.
  • Mondays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm – 9 pm SP 3.0 Ladder Play Outdoors.
    6 pm Play in Gym – check calendar
  • Tuesdays: 8 am-12 pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30 pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Wednesdays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 3.5 Ladder Play Outdoors. 
  • Thursdays: 8 am-12pm Rated Play Outdoors, 12 pm-1:30pm Novice Play Outdoors, 1:30 pm-3 pm Singles Play Outdoors.
  • Fridays: 8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors, 6 pm-9 pm SP 4.0 & Up Ladder Play Outdoors.
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.  8 am-12 pm Open Play Outdoors.  

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.

COURT CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

THE CITY HAS JUST GRANTED THE SEQUIM PICKLERS OPERATIONAL PLAY!!

The courts opened on Thursday, June 28th, 9:00 AM for OPEN PLAY.

When you want to play, be sure to bring your Sequim Pickler ID card.  For those of you who have not yet picked up your cards, our Membership Chair will have your ID at the courts for pickup.

There is limited seating at the courts so bring your lawn chair into the corridor to relax between games.

Here is the detailed story…

There has been a great deal of work by the board, and small work teams getting ready for the new outdoor courts to open. We are all excited and anticipating playing on these state-of-the-art, full-size, 34’x64’, individually-fenced, outdoor courts! The surfacing sub-contractor completed his work on Friday June 22nd. The colors and lines all look fantastic and the center corridor is painted green!  The City has a few more punch-list items to clear with the fencing sub-contractor and the prime contractor.  Despite those punch list items, the City allowed the Picklers’ work party access to the facility Wednesday, June 27th, to complete our 3-work-party items.

The work parties were limited to a size that allowed for efficient, quick, and safe work. The items we were responsible for included:

1 Install safety pipe to the top of all interior fencing (lead: Robert Rankin, team: Gary Poor, Charlie Pugh, Robert Ball, Roger Mull, Richard Cary, Chuck Madden).

2 Install nets and posts (lead: Rich Bemm, team: Michael Cooper, Katinka Nanna).

3 Install court number signs, rule signs, and our schedule box (lead: Dave Shreffler, team: Mary Helen Benapfl).

4 Add additional plantings to the rain-gardens on site (lead:  Jan Tatom).

The first three teams met at 9:00 AM and all work was substantially completed by 12:30 PM.  When our work parties completed their work, the City gave us permission to begin play on June 28th.  Wooooohoooooo!

The improvements to the rain-garden will be led by Jan Tatom; contact her if you wish to help.

NEW OUTDOOR COURT OPERATIONS AND PLAY IS NOW AUTHORIZED!!

Transitioning play from 3rd and Fir to Carrie Blake Park (CBP)

As the Sequim Picklers transition from play at 3rd and Fir and other locations around town to the new outdoor courts at CBP, here are some thoughts to consider to ensure that the Sequim Picklers are good neighbors with the Church, Skate Park, Dog Run, and Ball Players:

•When you arrive to play at the courts ensure that you park your car only in a designated parking spot available at the park. We are not authorized to utilize any of the parking spots at the church. You might consider carpooling with other players to save parking spots at the courts.

•Look for opportunities to help pick up any litter around the courts, despite which group might have generated it. There are two trash cans provided to the skate park and there will be a dedicated trash can inside the main gate of the courts. The CBP maintenance crew empties these quite frequently. If a can is overflowing let the local maintenance crew (Gary or Mike) know so they can take care of it.

•The courts have two entrances. Both are secured with level 3 security locks. The combination can be obtained from a Board Member or Court Coordinator. The only people that should have this combination are Sequim Pickler members, CBP Docents, and CBP maintenance crew. The east entrance is the main entrance to the facility. The south facing entrance is the emergency exit and might be used for an ambulance access, but generally this entrance will remain locked.

•We plan to use the same concept of operations that we used at 3rd and Fir with the locked shed. If you are the first Pickler to arrive at the courts, open the gate and open the temporary contractor box for balls.  Set out the signup sheet and sign in for yourself.  Then go play!  No need to set up nets, fences, basketball hoops, pull weeds, etc.  When you leave the courts and no other club members are present, pick up all of our balls and any notebooks, paperwork, etc. and secure it in our storage box.  DO NOT LOCK THE COURTS.  Simply close the gate and leave the lock closed and secured to the chain.  The City will arrange to have the courts locked at the end of the day.

Submitted by Charlie Pugh, Vice President

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

Click here for the Carrie Blake Community Park Play Schedule

Hello Picklers!  

These are exciting times to be a part of the club.  Above you will find a copy of the current play schedule for the new outdoor courts at Carrie Blake Park.  If you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, the new courts opened on June 28, 9 AM.  We’ve designed the play schedule to accommodate all levels of play, including both social and competitive play.  We want to remind everyone that this schedule is NOT set in stone and that we’ll be reviewing it over the next couple of months.  We need time to gather feedback and stats on things like the number of players we have on a given day, which events are most popular, and if we need to create other categories not yet thought of.  We can only do that after the courts have been open and operating for a period of time.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in the matter.  Thanks and PICKLE ON!

Submitted by Christy Marazon, Director of Court Operations

Outdoor Court Volunteers Needed:

 I am recruiting volunteers who would be willing to join me in providing coordination of the Monday through Saturday morning time slots (8:00 to Noon) and the Sunday play period from noon to 6:00 at our new Carrie Blake courts.  Our responsibility would be to unlock the courts and the locked supply box,  insure that the balls get distributed to each court and picked up at the end of the session, have the sign-in sheets out for the players, have the envelope out for collecting fees, welcome guests and visitors, be available to answer any questions or give assistance, and help with any first aide needs or 911 calls.  These responsibilities should not preclude you from playing pickleball during your selected time slot (or multiple slots if you so choose).  It would also be helpful if we make ourselves available while we are playing on days that we are not assigned to be on duty should a need arise.  I would like to have two volunteers for each of the days – Monday through Saturday even though only one person would be on duty on any given day.  Between the two of you, you can decide on a schedule that works best.  For Sundays, I would like to have four volunteers since the time slot is six hours. This would mean that two would be assigned the noon to 3:00 period and another two take the 3:00 to 6:00 period.  The more volunteers we get, the better.  The courts would not be a reality without the hardwork and time volunteered by our members.  Let’s continue to support the club and promoting the play of this game we all love.  Should you have any questions or need clarification, please feel free to email or call me at richardbemm@gmail.com or 360-749-6633.  With the courts being available to us any day now, I would appreciate a quick response so that we have the time slots covered as soon as possible.  Thanks.  

Submitted by Rich Bemm, Outdoor Court Coordinator

Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

PCOC has been busy working on multiple tasks related to the NEW COURTS: signage, finalizing the schedule and play activities, operations details, court policies, first aid procedures, volunteer staffing of the new courts, coordination with the City, etc.

The peacocks request that everyone be kind and patient, as together we all navigate the exciting opportunities ahead with 8 new courts!!! 

As always, feel free to contact me (lostmtnloft@olympus.net  360-477-2558) or the Director of Court Operations Christy Marazon (cmarazon@yahoo.com) if you have questions or concerns about court activities and operations.

Finally, we extend a sincere thank you to Debbie Madden for her invaluable service on the PCOC.  Debbie is stepping down as Vice Chair of the peacocks in order to step up as Vice President of the SP Board.  Debbie was awarded the very first honorary peacock feather for her service at the PCOC meeting on June 26th.  Sharman Owings and Katinka Nanna are the newest members of the PCOC.

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!  Thanks for supporting Sequim Picklers.

Submitted by Margie Rone, Board Member