Club Newsletter January 1, 2018

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

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


  1. Our check for $217,000 was presented to the City of Sequim.  Court construction begins next spring.  Hooray! See City article here.
  2. Thank you Frank for stepping up to supervise indoor play beginning January 7, 2018; thanks to Debbie and Chuck for taking this on until that time!
  3. Thank you Rich for volunteering to manage outdoor play at our new courts in the spring!
  4. Four additional court management positions are open; see   Sharman Owings or Beverly Hoffman for details.  Also see our Job Opportunities page.
  5. Have a club concern or suggestion?  See any Board member – List at the bottom of the page.
  6. Did you know?  Prior to each Board meeting (except for executive sessions), 15 minutes is allowed for members to address concerns or suggestions to the Board.
  7. Have a court concern or suggestion?  See a PCOC member – List at the bottom of the page. 
  8. Want to be a trained referee?  See Marty. 
  9. There is still room to sign up for the February tournament in Port Angeles. Click here for the full details.

Tidbits collected by Club Communications Director Jan Tatom


Twas the night before Christmas

And out on the courts

Were all types of people

In tennies and shorts

All of them beaming and shouting with joy

Happy as children with a new Christmas toy

Out of their bags, colorful paddles appeared

To the kitchen they scurried, lined up, and cheered

Let’s dink it and drop it, let’s volley and kill

The balls started bouncing as if without will

The sound from the paddles and balls as they rose

Moved all of the players to the tips of their toes

Cross court and forward, balls started to fly

When appeared an old player with a wink in his eye

Dressed in all red from his head to his toe

A smile on his face and a warm, cheery glow

0 0 2 he shouted as he served me the ball

He moved like the wind, barely saw him at all

Then all of a sudden, it was 11 to 0

As we lightly touched paddles, he said he must go

Before I asked where, he disappeared in a haze,

But I heard his farewell while still in my daze

“Keep playing and laughing and having your fun!

Merry Pickleball to all, my work here is done!”

–by Greg LaVelle 


Hi SP, I hope everyone had a happy holiday and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Well, it is official: the city has our money, we have a contractor to build the courts, and it is full speed ahead!  The city is going to use this moment as an example of how the city and the residents can work together and accomplish great things.  We have set a wonderful example of how a small group of dedicated, unselfish people working towards a common goal can become a reality.  This is a crowning time for all of us, and a job well done is an understatement.
As always, I include a couple of fitting quotes. These people can say it far better then I.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. if you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”  Tecumseh

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

A little Christmas humor:

What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman?


Submitted by Arvo Johnson, President


  • Sundays: 9 am Open Play in Gym.
    9 am Open Play Outdoors
  • Mondays: 4 pm Open Play Outdoors
    6 pm Ladder Play in Gym
  • Tuesdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Wednesdays: 4 pm Singles Outdoors
  • Thursdays: 4 pm Novice and Open Play Outdoors
  • Fridays: Noon Open Play Outdoors
  • Saturdays: 9 am Open Play Outdoors
    No GYM on Saturdays.

Always check the Club Calendar for current information.


Sequim Picklers Contribute to Construction of New Pickleball Courts

Members of the Sequim Picklers presented the City of Sequim with a check for $217,700 on December 20, 2017, to contribute to the construction of eight tournament quality pickleball courts at Carrie Blake Community Park.  The foundation for the courts was constructed in 2017.  The courts are expected to be complete in the spring of 2018.

Members of the Sequim Picklers first addressed the Sequim City Council in December 2014 when they saw that pickleball courts were included in the draft of the Carrie Blake Park Master Plan. 

“We began an education campaign about pickleball and started fundraising amongst our members so we could come to the City Council with seed money for the project,” said Sequim Pickler JoAnne Yerkes. 

The City Council included $51,000 in the 2016 budget for the pickleball courts, and in 2017, the Sequim Lodging Tax Advisory Committee recommended approval of an additional $10,000 grant from lodging tax funds, based on the expectation of tournaments to be held on the courts.
In 2016, the Picklers realized that they had raised less money that year, than the previous year.  In order to meet their financial goals, a challenge grant was proposed to the membership that would match a percentage of their contributions with additional funds.  The challenge resulted in a 700% return on investment and raised $55,000 in three weeks with an additional $9,000 in matching funds from the Yerkes Family Fund.  In total, the members of Sequim Picklers contributed $102,037 to the project.

Other contributors to the project include $34,000 from the Clallam County Lodging Tax Fund, pro bono architectural services from Christiane Johnson, $10,000 from the Haller Foundation, $10,000 from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, and $5,000 from First Federal.

“This is a great example of members of the community working together with local government and community partners to accomplish a goal that has wide spread and long-term benefits for the region,” said Assistant City Manager and City parks representative Joe Irvin.

Please contact Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin at or (360) 582-2457 for more information.

sequim picklers Photo – From left: Sequim Picklers Robert Rankin, JoAnne Yerkes, Katinka Nanna (Treasurer), City of Sequim Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin, Arvo Johnson (President), Denise Cordero (Secretary), Jan Tatom (Communications Director) and Christiane Johnson (Project Architect.)

From City of Sequim News, December 20, 2017

Also see the Sequim Gazette Article here. 


Submitted by Cathy Hathaway, Membership Chair


A link to our financial information will be sent in a separate email when that information becomes available.

Submitted by Katinka Nanna, Treasurer


Pickleball Court Operations Committee (PCOC)

Our next meeting is January 11th, 2018 at the Sequim Library (6:30 – 8:00 pm). On the agenda to discuss are the DOCO position, upcoming league play, an injury at B&G Club, signs for the new courts at Carrie Blake, plus more.

Submitted by Dave Shreffler, PCOC Chairman


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


Our dear friend and fellow pickleball player Ron Coleman died on November 10, 2017.  For those of you who did not know  him, he was our miracle guy who survived a heart attack at the courts at Third and Fir.  He loved his family, sports, and people, and never did anything half way.  We were unable to locate an obituary for Ron.

Barbara Vackar, fellow pickleball player and high school sweetheart of Ron Coleman, passed away on November 28, 2017.  Read about her amazing life and accomplishments in her obituary, linked below.