10/19/15

PPC referee form

Ernie Treichel, our Referee Coordinator,  has prepared a referee form for club use which you can download HERE.  Some videos to watch to brush up on your skills are:

1.  Video One -- shows you how to complete scoresheet using clothespin for lst and second server.  Used in Palm Creek Florida.

2.  Video Two -- shows someone refereeing and explaining the scoresheet procedure. Produced in 2013 so the server rule has changed.  Used in the Villages, Florida.  

10/16/15

Highlights of Oct. 16th Executive Meeting

The Opening Ceremonies have been tentatively scheduled for April 30th, 2016. Confirmation of this date from City Council will be needed before finalization.  

Executive approval has been given for the following:
a)  The inside fence construction.  $2,000.00 of this price has been donated by a private individual.   The remainder will be funded through the Indoor-Outdoor tournament profits.  A letter has been sent to the Public Works Department requesting a meeting to finalize pricing. It was decided to go with 4' fencing to match the existing interior fencing.  Gates will be a future purchase.  Update:  Nov. 6/15.  The lowest bid was $3,326.61.  A cheque was given to the City of Penticton for that amount.  
b)  Two classes of membership will be established: General and Honourary Life.  
c)  Two sponsor passes will be issued to each sponsor for cash donations of $500.00 or more.
d)  A contingency bank account will be opened for donations received for the funding of four more courts.  Done.

Mark will be meeting next week with the Penticton Recreation Centre to review the usage agreement.   The PPC and the Rec Commission has agreed with the conditions of the agreement and the contract will be prepared.  

10/11/15

Sept. 21 General Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING

Held at 12:30 PM Sept. 21, 2015
In Room 2 Penticton Recreation Centre

1.  Chairman Mark Tamblyn called the meeting to order at 12:25 PM.  The Secretary reported that there was a quorum present (13 members).  Ten guests were also present.  (Attendance sheet on file.)

2.  President’s Report

Mark welcomed everyone and reminded those present that only members could vote on motions. Mark gave a brief rundown on the status of the outdoor courts.  He mentioned that the courts might be available to play on as early as next week.  It will be announced on the website.  Mark also mentioned that the Horseshoe Club and the Drop-in Centre have been very welcoming to the idea of the pickleball courts being located near to them.  The Horseshoe Club is looking for new members and the drop-in centre has indicated that we are free to use their washrooms.  Mark reminded members of two important dates:
                        i.         PPC club times will begin next Spring on May 1, 2016
                       ii.         Opening Ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April                     30th.  More details will follow in early April.

3.  Secretary’s report – Marilyn moved that the Minutes of the May 27th, 2015 General Meeting be approved as distributed.   CARRIED.

4.     Treasurer’s report  - Kim moved that her report dated September 18, 2015 be approved as read.   CARRIED.   (On file).

5.     Committee reports

a)  Membership –Janice Clary announced that, as of that moment, there were 44 paid members and that we were on track to reach the 60-member target set by the Executive.  Jack gave a brief outline of the outdoor membership drive incentive he has set up for players signing up for selected indoor pickleball programs. 

b)  Fundraising –Mike Carter mentioned that his “Indoor for Outdoor” tournament should bring in $4500.00 to the Club.   Mark thanked Mike for his group’s contribution.

c)   Construction/Operations – Mark gave a report on Terry Iceton’s behalf.
Mark, Terry and Gord have been in discussion with the City about interior fencing and a meeting area.  At the present time, Len Robson, from the City, had asked them to hold off on any further planning until such time as the contractor has signed off on the four courts.  Ernie Treichel asked if we could consider higher interior fences.  At the present time the plan was for 4’ fences.  Mark indicated that the Executive would look into the cost of making the interior fences higher.  Mark mentioned that the Horseshoe Club had indicated we could use their shed for storage until such time as a Club storage place could be located on site. Update:  Horseshoe club has rescinded their storage offer due to concerns over potential equipment loss.  

d)  Programming –Mark Tamblyn outlined the process for seeking member input into programming.  Step 1 was the survey; Step 2 was today’s meeting; and Step 3 will be a meeting on April 11th where members could give their final input before the schedule was finalized.  He also indicated that there would be a Programming Committee meeting directly after the General Meeting today.

6.  Old Business
a)  Website – Marilyn Tamblyn asked how many of the group had been on the website.  All but one person indicated they had.

7.  New Business - There was no new business

8.  Other - There was no other business

9.  Meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM.     Next meeting next April.  Time and date TBA.



10/8/15

Pickleball Canada Ambassadors

Who is the PCO?
It is a group of volunteers whose mission is to assist and promote the growth of Pickleball as a game for all ages and to establish rules, policies and standards for the good governance of the game in Canada.

Who is the Area Ambassador for Penticton:
Roberta Meakin.

What do the Area Ambassadors do?
They are the spokespersons and representatives for Pickleball Canada regarding all activities related to pickleball within the area they represent.  Other duties include:

·       Keeping the Places-to-Play section of the PCO website current for their area.
·       Promoting new memberships for PCO.
·       Supporting the goals of PCO to include the promotion and growth of pickleball.
·       Advising players of rule changes, developments within the sport, etc.

Other duties can include facilitating the development of instructional clinics, assisting with tournaments, and fostering the organization of pickleball clubs.

What are the benefits of joining PCO? 
Pickleball Canada Memberships include many benefits and privileges:
  • Each member receives a membership number and a membership card.
  • Monthly e-newsletters to all Pickleball Canada members.
  • Updated rules, policies and information on the National website and newsletters.
  • Promoting clubs and groups, places to play, Ambassadors etc.
  • Tournament advertising and information on our websites/newsletters.
  • Member discounts in many Pickleball Canada sanctioned tournaments.
  • Member voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Liability insurance for Pickleball Canada members in sanctioned tournaments.
  • Tournament Points in Pickleball Canada sanctioned tournaments.
  • Official Player Ratings accepted in Canada and the USA.
More information on Pickleball Canada can be obtained from their website.