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