The Sequim Picklers’ Club is growing and the opportunity to serve is growing too! We are always seeking volunteers to assist with events, support a task, or take on a role longer term. Please visit this page often to see what there is to do and how you can help! See our Board Job Descriptions.
TOURNAMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Hello ALL! It’s ALMOST UPON US! The 1st Sequim Spring Fling is just a week away! The tournament team has been working hard to get everything ready and in place for an amazing 3 days of pickleball. As you can imagine, lots of time and energy is going into making it happen. 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. If you are playing in the tournament, we can still use you. We promise you won’t miss your games on our account. Jobs that need to be filled are registration desk, runners for the referee tent, and parking attendants. I’m sure we’ll find something for you to do. Helping out benefits us all. We get to be of service to the club and the game we all love. If you want to sign up, send your name and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Volunteer Flyer for details.
UPCOMING ELECTIONS – BOARD POSITIONS:
President, Vice president, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Court Operations, Director of Communications, and Membership Chair. See the Job Descriptions. Several of the current Board Members have agreed to run for their current position: Secretary – Pam Woodruff, Treasurer – Katinka Nanna, and Membership Chair – Warren Mecca. If a member wants to submit their name for one of these 3 positions, please contact me. Most important are the 4 confirmed openings for the remaining positions. I’m encouraging members to give some thought to the upcoming vacancies and consider what you envision for the future of our club!
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 or CONTACT US.
Position Open – Director of Communications
Do you want to make a difference in in the future of the Sequim Picklers Club? Are you a great communicator with a creative side? The SP Nominating Committee is seeking individuals who are interested in serving as Director of Communications on the SP Board until August 2019 – filling a vacated position until the next elections. This is a non-officer voting position on the SP board. This position requires about 10 hours a month – attending meetings and creating and publishing communications to the club (emails/newsletter). See this JOB DESCRIPTION for more details. Strong computer skills are a must. There will be an overview and training available. Please send an email to Sequim Picklers and we will be in touch! 1/22/19.
The Sequim Picklers club has been through some crazy growth this past year; we’ve opened the new courts, 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 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 4/15/19
Sequim Pickler’s Adopt-A-Highway
The Sequim Picklers have adopted the 2-mile stretch of Highway 101 between Dryke and Shore under the State’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. Four clean-ups a year are required, the first one was accomplished with an enthusiastic team in January 2019. A Spring clean-up is required during the month of April every year. Not only does this effort beautify our home, it generates goodwill for SP as the State will acknowledge our efforts with Adopt-A-Highway sponsor signs.
Volunteers must be 15 years or older. WDOT provides vests, bags, signs, pickup sticks, and a safety training video. If you are interested in participating in this club-sponsored project, email email@example.com and you will be added to the contact list for all future SP Adopt-A-Highway events.
Read the April 27th Report and consider volunteering in July. 4/27/19.
Save the Date for June 16th 1:00 – 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.
Many months ago, well before we got our sparkling new courts, Ruby and I began a modest program to introduce newcomers to our wonderful game. We offer limited free court time, explanation of the rules, a little coaching, and a lot of encouragement. But most importantly, the novices benefit from the opportunity to play pickleball in an environment more dedicated to learning and trying than to sheer competition.
Our little program has been successful beyond our expectations, with many participants electing permanent memberships. And if I may say so, we have all had a really good time. These people have a lot of fun learning the game.
But it ends up that we have life beyond pickleball and won’t always be available. 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.
Mary Helen Benapfl