12/31/17

Learnings from recent clinics

A few of us took a clinic from Dave Weinbach, a pro player. 

One thing we had reinforced was:

  • For an unattackable* dink or drop shot hit the ball softer and higher (grip strength 3-4).  Some players want to hit the dink lower and with force.  

One thing we have to think about before deciding if we will adopt as a must:

  • After executing an unattackable drop shot go quickly to the NVL.  (note:  people with slower mobility may not make it all the way to the NVL after a drop shot before the opponent hits it and may therefore have to split step in the transition zone (no man's land) and work their way to the net.

* unattackable means that the opponent has to lift the ball.

Last week some of us spent time with Stephanie Lane, another pro player. 

One thing we had reinforced was:

  • change your paddle ready position to match the path that the ball will be coming. Kim will go over this with her ladies next spring.
Earlier in November Don and Gail Jeffery had a lesson from Morgan Evans, at the Bobby Riggs tennis Centre in Palm Springs, California. They would recommend him as a clinician.  


12/30/17

PB in Los Barriles, Mexico

Susan Hatfield --  PB two-step.

Jack's January Indoor PB Newsletter

1.  JANUARY – DROP-IN TIMES for the 1ST WEEK :

** Mon. Jan. 1        12-2:00 p.m.
     Tues. Jan. 2       CLOSED
     Wed. Jan. 3        10:15-12:15 p.m.  (3.75-5.0 skill level)
     Thurs. Jan. 4       1-3:00 p.m. (Ladies only) and 
         **note TIME CHANGE  6:00-7:45 p.m.  (All skill levels, men & women)
     Fri. Jan. 5           10:15-12:15 p.m. and 2:45-4:45 p.m.  (All skill levels)
     Sat. Jan. 6           1-3 p.m.  (1.0-3.5 skill level)
     Sun. Jan. 7          1-3 p.m.   (3.75 – 5.0 skill level)
2.  UPLANDS SCHOOL – MORE PLAYERS DESPERATELY NEEDED
Play begins, for the first time ever, at Uplands School on Monday, Jan. 8 & Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 6:00-7:45 p.m.  MIke Carter moves to Penticton this weekend and will “host” both days. We are super-fortunate to have Mike as he is renowned for his expertise at promoting pickleball in many South Okanagan communities and will be a key organizer of the upcoming Penticton Tournament. Mike is looking forward to see more players register for the programs in Uplands School (on Middlebench Rd.).  There are 3 programs available:
*Mondays (Jan. 8,15,22,29) 4.0+ skill level.
1 more highly-skilled player is needed to join Franz Wagner, James McAdam, Fergus Hayman and Walter Talacko on the one court put aside for the competitive, higher level players. Registration fee is only $8 for the entire month – register at the Front Desk of the Community Centre, using code #47618.
**Mondays (Jan. 8,15,22,29) & **Wednesdays (Jan. 10,17,24,31) – a total of 17 more players (all skill levels) are desperately needed to fill up the gym.  Join Joyce Ericson, Steve Lahay, Blaine Lodomez, Kathy Gross, Irene Lind, Mike Carter & Doug Peaker, who have already registered. 
Registration fee is only $8 for each program for the entire month.
Register at the Front Desk of the Community Centre, using code #47620 for the Monday program and code #47619 for the Wednesday program.
3.  Max Paddle For Sale – almost new – only $20 – contact jackbyron@shaw.ca
4.  JANUARY FUN PROGRAMS AT COMMUNITY CENTRE
The following groups have registered for the month of January:
Wednesdays 10:15-12:15 a.m.
Spicy Sistas
Never Betters
(*Room for 1 more group to apply.)
Thursdays 7:00-8:45 p.m.
Snowflakes
Pickle Bang Theory
(*Room for 1 more group to apply.)
Fridays 2:45-4:45 p.m.
ArakAttacks
Chillin’ Picklers
Marty’s 3rd Shots
Sundays 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Power Dogs
Pat’s Picks
Picklettes
**Note:  All groups that want to apply for February must fill out a new application form and submit it by Jan. 21.
First-time applicants get priority over applicants who have already played for 2 consecutive months. 

12/23/17

Christmas Poem

Forwarded by Charlene Bender.

Twas the night before Christmas
And out on the courts
Were all types of people
In tennis and shorts.

All of them beaming and shouting with joy
Happy as children with a new Christmas toy
Out of their bags colourful paddles appeared
To the kitchen they scurried, lined up and cheered.

Lets 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 all in 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 - 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 

12/20/17

Jack's December Newsletter - part 2

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
The Xmas gym schedule has improved from the one that was previously published in the December Newsletter. The schedule below is accurate.

**Note the 2 SPECIAL holiday times.

PICKLEBALL XMAS SCHEDULE
1.  The gym is closed only 2 days:
     Monday, Dec. 25
     Tuesday, Jan. 2
2.  The gym is open to everyone for all the following sessions:
     Sat.  Dec. 23     1-3:00 p.m.
     Sun. Dec. 24     1-3:00 p.m.
     Mon. Dec. 25    CLOSED
    **Tues. Dec. 26    12-2:00 p.m.
     Wed. Dec. 27    10:15-12:15 p.m.
     Thurs. Dec.28    1-3:00 p.m.  and 7-8:45 p.m.
     Fri. Dec. 29        10:15-12:15 p.m. and 2:45-4:45 p.m.
     Sat. Dec. 30       1-3:00 p.m.
     Sun. Dec. 31      1-3:00 p.m.
    ** Mon. Jan. 1        12-2:00 p.m.
     Tues. Jan. 2       CLOSED
     
**Sessions from Dec. 23 – Jan. 1 are open to everyone (drop-in), regardless of skill level.
  3. Regular sessions resume:
     Wed. Jan. 3        10:15-12:15 p.m. (1/2 gym)   3.75-5.0 skill level only.
     Thurs. Jan. 4      1-3:00 p.m. (Ladies only) and 7-8:45 p.m. (1/2 gym)  All skill levels.
     Fri. Jan. 5           10:15-12:15 p.m. and 2:45-4:45 p.m. (1/2 gym)  All skill levels.
     Sat. Jan. 6           1-3 p.m.   1.0-3.5 skill level only.
     Sun. Jan. 7          1-3 p.m.   3.75 – 5.0 skill level only.
4.  The “Fun Programs” begin on:
     Wed., Jan. 3    
     Fri., Jan. 5
     Sun., Jan 7
     Thurs., Jan 11  

12/17/17

Merry Christmas

A Penticton pickleball elf
(posted on Pickleball Forum)
Have a great Christmas, whether at home in Penticton, or at your favourite holiday vacation spot.  





Stocking stuffer for indoor courts:  Court Grabbers.

12/5/17

Mesa Regal tournament medalist

Silver in 4.5 Women's Doubles
Congratulations to Janice who won SILVER in the Mesa Regal tournament in 4.5 Women's doubles and 4.5 Mixed Doubles. Cheering her on were Penticton players:  Ernie, Gwen, and Charlene.  
Silver in 4.5 Mixed

12/4/17

Local August tournament - registration April 15th Mark your calendars.

For players 60+.
Canadian Super Seniors PB Tournament West Kelowna BC
Mount Boucherie Recreational Facility, West Kelowna, BC, Canada
Thu 08/23/18 thru Sun 08/26/18
Registration Starts: 04/15/18 8:00am
Final Deadline: Sun 07/15/18 

12/3/17

Medals for Penticton players

Three Penticton players earned tournament medals this past weekend.  In Scottsdale, Arizona, Mark won a BRONZE for Men's 3.5 65+ Doubles, Marilyn a SILVER for 3.5 65+ Women's doubles; and Roz a BRONZE in  65+ 4.0 Womens.  Congratulations to all participants.

12/1/17

11/30/17

Jack's December Newsletter -- indoor courts

December can be a confusing month! 
When is the gym open?  When is it closed?
I hope the information below will help somewhat in that regard – write it down so you don’t come at the wrong times:
 
PICKLEBALL SESSIONS FROM DEC. 1 – 22 will occur at their regular times with the exception of Sunday Dec. 10th (no session due to a kid’s Xmas party).
 
HOLIDAY SESSIONS THAT ARE OPEN TO ALL SKILL LEVELS:
*Beware of some unusual times.
Sat, Dec 23rd –    1-3pm 
Sun, Dec 24th –   1-3pm
Tue, Dec 26th –   12-2pm
Wed, Dec 27th –  10:15am-12:15pm (1/2 gym) 
Thu, Dec 28th –    1-3pm
Fri, Dec 29th –      10:15am-12:15pm  &  2:45-4:45pm (1/2 gym) 
Mon, Jan. 1  -       12:00-2:00 p.m.  
Sat, Jan. 6  -         1-3pm 
 
NO PICKLEBALL ON:
Dec. 25, 30, 31
Jan. 2, 3, 4
 
Lost Paddle – someone left a Max paddle at the gym within the past 2 weeks – I have it!
Free Paddle – John Suttie has donated a used paddle (possibly has an aluminum core – really good for a beginner) – does anyone want it?
 
OVERCROWDING PROBLEM
Some Drop-In sessions fill up long before their official start times.  
Of particular concern is Monday mornings for the lower skill-level players – players have to arrive very early to get a wrist band.  
To alleviate this problem, hopefully some of those players will register for the new programs, soon to begin at Uplands School.  See below.
 
P’BALL AT UPLANDS SCHOOL BEGINS in JANUARY
Players should register now:
Mondays       (Jan. 8,15,22,29)   6:00 – 7:45 pm – fee is $8 for the 4 nights.
Wednesdays (Jan. 10,17,24,31) 6:00 – 7:45 pm – fee is $8 for the 4 nights.
 
A survey of players indicated that 75% would prefer to play with players of similar skill levels.  The court hosts will attempt to do this whenever possible .......... but there will likely be some “mixing in” while the programs become established.
1.  All skill levels can register for Monday nights, using the code number        #47619
2.  All skill levels can register for Wednesday nights, using the code number  #47620.
**Register ASAP at the Community Centre - there is a limit of 15 players allowed to register for each of the nights!
3.  Several highly-skilled players indicated they would like a court on Monday night – if five 4.0+ players want this to occur, they have until Dec. 15 to register, using the code number #47618.
 
DECEMBER FUN PROGRAMS
There is a huge demand at all skill levels!
Five of the programs have participants in the 3.0-3.75 skill level and the other five programs have participants in the 4.0-5.0 skill level.
 
The Fun Programs have become so popular that a fourth day was added (Wednesday morning).
** All program organizers must complete a new form for January.
     Anyone who wants to organize a program for January must have their application in by Dec. 22nd.
 
The Fun Programs (and program Organizers) scheduled for December,  are:
Wednesdays 10:15-12:15
1.  Spicy Sistas     – Nancy Rhea        
2.  Never Betters – John & Wendy Wurglinger  
3.  Dan’s Pickles  - Danny Moore  

Thursdays 7:00-8:45
1.  Snowflakes – Robin Marleau  

Fridays 2:45-4:45  
1.  Santa’s Pickleheads – Nancy Rhea 
2.  Senior Swingers        - Colleen Power
3.  Marty’s 3rd Shots     - Marty Lewis      

Sundays 1:00-3:00
1.  Powerdogs          - Doug Power    
2.  PicTen                 - Robin Marleau
3.  Sunday Sweeties – Pat Meyer
 
PENTICTON TOURNAMENT (March 24/25)
A team of terrific people will be organizing a FUN tournament in the Penticton Community Centre gym – there will be a heavy emphasis on “FUN”:
No powerhouse teams.
No outsiders allowed – Penticton (and area) players only, of all skill levels - goal is to have 140 “everyday” players enter!
All brands of paddles will be legal.  
Players will enter as individuals – the tournament committee will make up “balanced” teams.
Entry fee is only $20.

New podcast you may wish to follow.

Third Shot Sports podcast entitled Pickleball Problems.

11/21/17

Congratulations to our newest 4.5 player

Nancy Rhea has been moved up to the 4.5 level by Pickleball Canada. We are proud of you!!

11/18/17

Kelowna group at US Nationals

Some of these players also play in Penticton.  Riyoko (grey shirt, white hat, no paddle)
is a certified referee and you may have seen her helping out at the Indoor Penticton tournaments.

11/17/17

Cameos of Penticton's Gord Young and Janice Manders at US Nationals



Gord at 48 seconds and Janice at 1.44 seconds.

11/14/17

Silver and Gold for Janice Manders.

Congratulations to Janice who won SILVER in 4.5 Women's Doubles at Venture Out in Mesa, Arizona and GOLD in 4.5 Mixed.  

Other Penticton Players in the tournament were Charlene Bender and Laura Keebaugh, Roz Condrashoff; Sheila Ducholke; and Marilyn Tamblyn.   

Helping out at the scoring table was Ernest Treichel. 

11/11/17

Some new items at the US Nationals

Vendors row:
Grip inserts for your paddle  http://iqgrip.com.  If you get these then tape them on until you find your most comfortable grip, then attach them. 


       This year's Popular paddle:  AMPED.  Four styles.  Mark bought the Epic X5 FiberFlex Paddle (regular length handle); Janice M. bought one (not sure what model). The weight is 8.1 and up - some may find it too heavy for their wrist. The vendor mentioned that the extra thickness of the head allowed more powerful shots and also a better ability to soften the shot.    






11/6/17

60+ 4.0 Winner at USA Nationals

Congratulations to Rosalind Condrashoff for winning BRONZE at the USA Nationals in Casa Grande, Arizona.  Ros is one of the Saturday tournament ladies and also plays in Kelowna.

10/31/17

Jack's November newsletter (for indoor courts)

REMEMBRANCE DAY – SATURDAY, NOV. 11

The Remembrance Day pickleball session begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 2:00 p.m.
All skill levels are welcome on holiday sessions that always begin at noon.
MORE EVENING P’BALL COMING SOON?
For the past few years, we’ve had evening sessions scheduled on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.
On a recent Tuesday evening, the gym was filled to capacity and players were turned away at the Front Desk.
Two evening sessions may not be enough to accommodate our numbers.
What can we do?
We are attempting to add more evening sessions at another location, possibly beginning in January.
Last week, along with Natalie Alexander, I met with Lisa Edwards, the Principal at Uplands Elementary School on Middle Bench Road.
Uplands Elementary has the potential for 3 p’ball courts in a well-lit gymnasium.
If we can acquire the equipment needed (primarily 3 nets), we hope to play on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings.
Watch for an announcement on this matter in the weeks ahead.
If more gym time is required, we will approach other schools.
HISTORY OF THE EARLY-MORNING PROGRAM
This program runs from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 1/2 of the gym.
It was formed six years ago with one major objective in mind - to shorten the long line-ups at the Front Desk that were occurring with the drop-in sessions that followed at 10:00 a.m.
For the first three years, all skill levels were welcome.
Finding players to get out of bed that early in the morning was a real hassle – can you blame them?
By the third year, the level of play was not adequate for the higher skill level players and they looked elsewhere to fill their need.
Injuries and other old age infirmities took it’s toll on many of the the lower skill level players and their numbers died off during the fourth year.
That left us with a very “hardy” group of individuals, at the 3.5 – 3.75 level, who get out of bed at 6 or 6:30 in the mornings to make it to the 7:30 a.m. starting time.
Their fortitude has allowed the 10 a.m. players a good chance of not attending an over-crowded gym – mission accomplished. 
The program blossomed in the fifth year – attendance took off!
So much so that it is no longer listed in the Recreation guide as it is always full – in fact, there is a waiting list!
If you want to get onto that list and you are a dependable, solid, 3.5 – 3.75 level player, contact me (jackbyron@shaw.ca).
Every month, players are taken from the waiting list to replace players when space becomes available.
NEW PLAYERS – Where do they all come from?
As happens every year, in November, an influx of new players join our ranks.
The same scenario repeats itself in January – suddenly a bunch of new players show up on our doorstep.
Teaching new players the rules, how to play the game (especially to stay out of the “kitchen”), how to keep score and how to sub on and off the court, can be frustrating at times.
But it has to be done.  
Help these players out whenever you can - be tolerant and patient.
Remember, we were all new at one time!  Give them a chance.
SUBSTITUTION PATTERN
A long-established substitution pattern has worked extremely well in our gym for the past dozen years.
Once the gym becomes filled to capacity, there can be as many as 4 players, sitting on the benches on each side of the gym.
To give everyone a fair amount of playing time, we try to do the following (whenever possible):
1.  2 players sub in at a time (never 3, never 4) – this enables a mixing-in of players instead of having to play with the same people every game.
2.  Normally, you play 1 game, change partners, play a 2nd game, then sub off.  In other words, you play 2 games, then sub off.
3.  The only time you might not play 2 games before subbing off is the very 1st game of the day on each court.  
After the 1st game of the day on each court, the 2 losers sub off and the 2 winners stay on for a second game.  
This is the one & only time that the winners stay on! 
After that, every player plays 2 games, then subs off.
4.  To avoid playing with or against the same players, the 4 players sitting on the bench talk amongst themselves and decide who the first two players will be that will sub onto the next available court. 
It’s a simple as that!
LINE-UPS FOR DROP-INS
Despite a few growing pains, the new system of buying wrist bands at the Front Desk has gone well.
Players have done a terrific job, giving the Maintenance men time to set up the gym.
Remember that there are players that do not receive these Newsletters - everyone has to do their part to instruct these individuals to wait until the appropriate time to enter the gym.
Players can get their wrist bands up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time – this eases the burden somewhat of the long line-ups and a mad rush at the last minute.
For certain sessions, the ladies at the Front Desk have had to alter their “coffee break” times to accommodate the 32 players buying wrist bands – we THANK them for bending over backwards to help out in this regard.
There will be situations that arise to “upset” the standard way of doing things.  
For example, a Maintenance man might get “tied up” elsewhere and not be available to set up the nets or to unlock the gym door.  When such a situation occurs, the Front Desk should be notified so that they can try to rectify the situation. 
Normally, Maintenance sets up the older nets on the North side of the gym.  
Us players set up and take down the portable nets on the South side of the gym - we requested to set up the portable nets.  Otherwise, our starting time would have been delayed an extra 15 minutes to have Maintenance set up the portable nets too!  
When the portable nets are not already set up in the gym, the court host can assign as many as 6 players to enter the gym 5 minutes early, to set up the portable nets (2 players to set up each net).
More “FUN PROGRAMS”
These programs are expanding fast – almost too fast to keep up with!
They are proving to be extremely popular. 
We have 8 programs (plus the 3 Early-morning ones) – a total of 11.  
The 8 with the sassy names are:
Lopper’s Playmakers, Dan’s Pickles, Spicey Sistas, Marty’s 3rd Shots, Rhea Whackers, Robin’s Gals, Power Dogs and Pickle Bang Theory. 
90 players are enrolled for November.
Many more people have expressed interest but haven’t got their act totally together yet.
We are running out of space – only Thursday night still has a court available.
Applications for December will be accepted now – the decision as to who gets in will be made by Nov. 21st
**Note:  Already-established programs must re-apply each month, using a new application form. 

10/23/17

Congratulations to medalists in Edmonds Paddle Whack tournament

Roberta Meakin - GOLD WD 5.0

Kim Coleman - GOLD 4.5 WD 

Nancy Rhea - BRONZE in 4.0 MXD

10/19/17

Article in Castanet Oct. 18th.

"Less than two years after Penticton’s first pickleball courts opened, the sport’s local association appears to be outgrowing the facility.
Penticton Pickleball president Mark Tamblyn visited city council Tuesday to ask for four more courts to be installed at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre.
Just 16 people can play on the current courts at one time. With 185 club members, Tamblyn says they often have over 30 people waiting to play during morning drop-in.
The first set of courts cost about $110,000 to build, and the club has already raised about $50,000. (s/b $20,000.00). The city is being asked to allocate up to $70,000 for the project. However, Tamblyn says they expect the city won’t have to chip in that much.
“Where we are right now, we cannot go forward with any funding, until we get that space allocated,” he said, adding the group has approached the province for a gaming grant, “they have said though, you have to have a site for 10 years, if you do there is possibly another $40-$50,000.”
Tamblyn said they have support from the local horseshoe club to place the courts where five underused horseshoe pitches currently sit. He also relayed a request from the seniors centre, asking for more parking for the whole area.
Staff with the City of Penticton will be meeting with the pickleball association in the coming weeks to examine the proposal."

10/17/17

Oct. 17 Penticton City Council Meeting

The PPC presentation was well received by City Council.  The Infrastructure department has asked for a copy of the site plan used in the presentation. Once the City allocates an area within the Drop-In centre property for our additional courts and seating area, we can apply for a tax free contribution number and approach local businesses and clubs for donations.  

10/16/17

Pickleball Player Rules Test

This 50 question test is for players.  There is a separate rules test for referees.


10/14/17

AGM Minutes October 22, 2017

Held Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm at
South Main Drop in Centre, 2965 South Main Street, Penticton, BC

Call to order
Chairman Mark Tamblyn called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. A quorum was confirmed. There were 36 members signed in.

President’s Report Mark Tamblyn
  1. Mark reported the second year of Club operations was a success, with full attendance in the Drop In and Round Robin programs.
  2. The objective to construct additional courts continues to be in the forefront and developing a site plan for inclusion to the Recreation Master Plan is the immediate goal. All stakeholders (e.g. Senior’s Centre, Bocce Club, Horseshoe Club) have agreed upon the site plan and are supportive of the pickleball club building 4 more courts on the site.  A Powerpoint presentation will be shown to Penticton Council on October 17th. Mark encouraged the members present to attend in support. A membership and corporate donation drive for the construction of new courts will commence in the 2018 season once the city approves an area to build the courts.
  3. The balance in the “internally restricted fund” for the purpose of constructing new courts is approximately $20,000 and will continue to grow from donations and membership fees.
  4. Ratings Clinics were held this year for the higher level players. The Club will accept self-rating for the 3.0 and 3.5 level players at this time.
  5. The PPC will encourage more association with other Clubs, e.g. West Kelowna and Summerland, in the 2018 season to promote cooperative activities. 

A MOTION was put forward by Angela Sielmann to accept the AGM Minutes of October 5, 2016 as written - CARRIED.

Treasurer’s Report
Kim Coleman presented the Financial Report to the membership (a copy is on file).

Special Resolution
Election of New Executive and Directors
The following Directors were elected by acclamation:
  • President/ Chairman - Mark Tamblyn
  • Vice-President/ Vice-Chair - Dick Ducholke
  • Treasurer - Kim Coleman
  • Secretary - Angela Sielmann
  • Director (1) (Finances)  - Don Jeffery
  • Director (2) (Membership) - Janice Clary
Dick Ducholke put forward a MOTION, seconded by Angela Sielmann that the annual PPC membership fee remain at $75.00 per member for the 2018 season CARRIED (unanimous).

Suggested Program Changes 2018 Mark Tamblyn (Program Chair)
  •   The Round Robin program will continue as the 2017 season with the exception of Fridays - 3.0 RR will become 3.0-3.5 level with a 45 to 60 minute drill session.
  •   Wednesdays will continue with the present 3.5 level format but members must pick Wednesday or Friday RR. If space is available on Sunday night both times will be opened.
  •   Friday night will be changed to “team” play (instead of couples) and Wednesdays will have “social” couples RR on two courts.
  •   The Program Chair noted suggestions from the floor regarding the Drop In program for 2018.
  •   Monday and Thursday evenings will be 4.5 level with two courts run by Janice Manders.
  •   Saturday morning may become Mens 3.75 level and up tournament players drills and play.
Other Business
  1. Mark Tamblyn reviewed the Appointments Schedule and two (2) members from the floor volunteered to be added to the areas that were vacant:
    •   Mike Carter (Chair) REFEREE COMMITTEE
    •   Sheila Ducholke (Chair) SOCIAL COMMITTEE
    •   Linda McCracken added Terri Draude to COURT HOST COORDINATOR as a shared position
  2. Dick Ducholke recommended the Club have a “suggestion box” set up at the courts for members to use for comments and/or suggestions on Club operations. The comments would be anonymous. He will set this up next year.
  3. Linda Curle won the “free membership” raffle.
  4. Other comments/ suggestions from the floor pertained to shading on the new courts, installing double- sided benches to view both courts, windscreens (ready to be installed), water fountain (approved by the City), Dry Fit t-shirts with the PPC logo [20 members indicated interest] and there is a proposal that pickleball be added as an Olympic sport by 2024. 
Spring General Meeting
The next General Meeting will be held on April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm.

Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.
Submitted by Angela Sielmann PPC Secretary October 12, 2017 

10/11/17

Presentation to City Council with regard to Site Plan for new courts

We are on the agenda for October 17th at 1:00 PM at City Hall.  Our goal is to get the priority for building pickleball courts raised from MEDIUM to HIGH in the City's Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Once the City is committed to planning PB courts on the site, we can move forward with fundraising (most grants require a permanent site to be identified in the grant proposal).  In addition we will be asking for a $ commitment from the City.

10/2/17

An entertaining recent 5.0 pro game


Grand Opening Pro Exhibition 10-1-17 from Josh Davidian on Vimeo.  Morgan Evans is wearing a mike.

Highlights of Sept. 28/17 Executive Meeting

1.  Mark informed the executive that the plan to build additional courts cannot proceed until the City of Penticton has made an official site plan of the land area west of the existing pickleball courts.  Mark will continue to work with Drop In Centre stakeholders to develop a suggested site plan and will present it to City Council on October 17th at 1:00 PM.

2.  The AGM for the Penticton Pickleball Club will be held on October 11th, 2017.  Members may sign up for next year's membership at the registration table set up for that purpose.  The nominating committee is still accepting nominations for the 2018 Executive.  (access nomination process listed on link at the right of this post).  

3.  The Treasurers Report was presented by Kim:
                  Chequing account                                 $                  7,871.30
                  Petty Cash                                             $                       19.70
                  Cash on Hand                                        $                  7,891.00
                  Internally Restricted Fund                     $                13,528.98
                  Grant Account                                       $                        99.67

A motion was passed to transfer $5,800.00 from the checking account to the Internally Restricted Fund.  The monies in this fund will be used for the sole purpose of constructing an additional 4 - 6 pickleball courts.

 4.    An amount of $200.00 was donated to the Penticton Seniors' Drop in Centre.  This donation is to show our appreciation for the occasional use of their facilities by our Pickleball club.  

5.  Kim will follow up with the bank on using e-transfers to pay for membership fees in addition to the existing method of paying by cheque.