Tuesday, March 30, 2010

FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER OF PALM CREEK

I wanted to take a moment to thank the Pickleball Club for their generous donation to the Cancer Awareness program. One of the great pleasures of being the General Manager of Palm Creek the past 4 seasons is having the opportunity to make a difference in the community by encouraging the staff, residents and guests to participate in programs such as this. Although the business side of this job has been stimulating it pales in comparison to the personnel satisfaction of doing good deeds for others. Please convey my heart felt appreciation for your group’s stellar effort.

Regards

Wendell Johnson

PADDLES NEEDED






DO YOU HAVE A PADDLE IN GOOD CONDITION THAT YOU NO LONGER USE?

Our club is working with the Casa Grande Middle School to teach students Pickleball. As part of our pledge to donate the Tournament Raffle proceeds to Charity our club will be donating 2 portable nets and 2 dozen balls to the school. We would also like to provide paddles.

If you have a paddle to donate please drop it off:
AJ Fraties at site # 1095 or
Steve Arthur site # 1621

Sunday, March 28, 2010

HELP IS NEEDED



This week BINGO has been moved to Sunday 3/28 - we need Male volunteers to assist in putting away tables after the games (we have been told that we have enough women to put away the chairs)

See you at the Ballroom - 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thanks To My Board of Directors

A personal note... I have been involved with many organizations over the years, and have often worked with their Boards....an opportunity that can be good or not-so-good. This particular Board...consisting of Steve Arthur, LeRoy and Barb Schmidt, Donna Christensen, Audrey Hill and its advisers Tom and Jeanne Gearhart and (less officially) Irene Fraties and Rosemary Reese, have tirelessly volunteered countless hours all year on the club's behalf and have been creative, opinionated and challenging. They, as a group, rank among the very best Boards we have seen. It has been a privilege to serve your club with them, and if you feel similarly about them, when you see them, please tell them so.

A. J. Fraties, President

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Congratulations to the Volunteers of the Year

PRESIDENT VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR AWARD
AWARDED TO
MICHAEL HILL AND EDIE PREIS
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST TIME EVER RECIPIENTS OF THIS AWARD


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

LAST GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING OF THE SEASON

THIS THURSDAY
Last General Meeting of the Season

Thursday, March 25th
3-5PM
In the Ballroom

We will look back on this past season and your participation is requested in planning for next year. Please attend and share your views.

NO Potluck Following

Catalina Spa & RV Pickleball Medal Winners

Congratulations to the following -

Sherry Gusse - Mixed Doubles Skill 3.5 Silver, Women's Doubles Skill 4.0 Gold, Women's Doubles 50-54 Silver

John Lively - Mixed Doubles 65-69 Bronze, Mixed Doubles Skill 3.0 Gold

Pat Lively - Mixed Doubles 65-69 Bronze, Mixed Doubles Skill 3.0 Gold

Donna Robins - Mixed Doubles 50-54 Gold, Women's Doubles Skill Open Bronze

Morgan Robins - Men's Doubles Skill 3.5 Gold, Mixed Doubles Skill 3.5 Silver

Barb Schmidt - Mixed Doubles 55-59 Silver, Mixed Doubles Skill 3.5 Gold

LeRoy Schmidt - Men's Doubles Skill 3.5 Gold, Mixed Doubles 55-59 Silver, Mixed Doubles Skill 3.5 Gold

Bob Sester - Men's Doubles 60-64 Bronze, Men's Doubles Skill 4.0 Silver, Mixed Doubles 60-64 Bronze, Mixed Doubles Skill 4.0 Silver

Pictures have been posted in album on right

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sign Up Now for Monday's Pot Luck Dinner

POTLUCK DINNER
for Alan and Lorraine Christensen


We will be holding a POTLUCK DINNER for Alan and Lorraine Christensen after the first day of his pickleball clinics next week.

Whether or not you are attending the clinics or lessons, YOU ARE WELCOME at this potluck and it's a great opportunity to chat with one of pickleball's best instructing teams.

WHERE: WEST PAVILION (outside the tennis courts)
WHEN: Monday, March 22
TIME: 5:30 PM
BRING: Salad, Entree or Dessert.


There is a sign up sheet for food at the courts on the board past Court #1.

It will help if on the sign up sheet, you write what you are bringing .

Unlike happy hour where we snack the plan is for this to be a dinner.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alan Christiansen Clinic and Lesson Confirmations

Alan Christensen Clinic and Lesson Confirmations will be AT THE COURTS on Thursday, March 18 at 8:30 AM. Pick them up there.

Details:
1. There will be a box with envelopes
2. Find your name...they are sorted alphabetically by last name
3. Check the information in the card inside.
Information includes the date and time(s) of your clinic(s) and of your lesson, if any.
4. Assuming the information is correct, bring a check, made payable to Palm Creek Pickleball Club, to AJ and Irene's site #1095 by Sunday, March 21.
5. Put the check in the metal box next to their front door.
6. Please arrive FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE CLINIC START-TIME! Clinics are fully subscribed and will start on time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR CHRISTIANSEN CLINICS

This Morning, Wednesday March 17th, will be the last day to sing up for the Alan Christiansen Clinics and Lessons, which will be held next week, Monday March 22nd and Tuesday March 23rd.
Information is on the Round Round Board (clipboard on the far right side). Sign up there or notify A.J. at ajfraties@gmail.com

You will be notified later this week as to who is scheduled and for what clinics

Keep MONDAY, late afternoon available for a pot-luck to welcome Alan and Lorraine Christiansen. Sign up for the potluck will be at the courts. This will be a great opportunity to talk more with Alan in a comfortable setting

Monthly Meeting Rescheduled

Last General Meeting of the Season
Thursday, March 25th
3-5PM
In the Ballroom
We will look back on this past season and your participation is requested in planning for next year. Please attend and share your views.
NO Potluck Following

Monday, March 15, 2010

Great Pictures

Check out all the pictures from the Palm Creek 7th Annual Pickleball Tournament in the Pickleball Photo Album from the Menu on the right

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Palm Creek 7th Annual Pickleball Tournament Medal Winners




Congratulations to all

Susan Buerkens, Lynn Carlson, Vance Christiansen, Don Conroy, Mark Costello, Dennis Dahlen, Mary Duncan, Tedd Duncan, Ann Earley, Tom Earley, Roger Fellows, Irene Fraties, Tom Gearhart, Sherry Gusse, Al Hager, Penny Jacobsen, John Jetelina, Olga Jetelina, Brenda Jmaeff, Dan Jmaeff, Wayne Kennedy, Steve Land, John Lively, Pat Lively, Radek Loskot, Vera Loskot, Ken Reese, Neal Renga, Donna Robins, Morgan Robins, Barb Schmidt, LeRoy Schmidt, Andy Schmaltz, Joyce Staffen, Lance Thiede, Mary Whitfield and Jerry Winter

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sign Up Now for the Alan Christiansen Pickleball Clinics


SIGN-UP NOW

ALAN + LORRAINE CHRISTENSEN’S
PICKLEBALL CLINICS + LESSONS


Alan and Lorraine Christensen are among the best professional pickleball instructors in the West, and are nationally-ranked players. We have secured their services for two days in March for clinics and lessons.

CLINICS: They will offer two different clinics, each done twice during the same day. You can attend either or both. Attendance is limited to 20 participants per clinic.
NOTE: THESE CLINICS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR C and B PLAYERS AS WELL AS ADVANCED PLAYERS!

March 22, 2010 Clinic Agenda (offered AM and PM, both clinics the same)

1. Winning Pickleball Strategy
2. Correct Body Position
3. Swing vs. Push shots and when to use each +
Elements of the Push Shot
4. Dinking
5. Lobs from 7-Foot Line
6. Drops from the Back
7. How to Win at the Net

March 23, 2010 Clinic Agenda (offered AM and PM, both clinics the same)

1. Mental Side of Playing Well
2. Court Position and Movement
3. Volleying
4. Putting the Ball Away
5. Poaching
6. When to Use Spin and How to Apply It (time permitting
)

The charge will be $15 per person per clinic, collected before the event.

LESSONS: Alan will also offer two semi-private lessons each day after the clinics - one in the AM and one in the PM, for a total of 4 lessons facilitating 16 people total. The focus of your lesson will be determined by your needs.
The charge per lesson is $100 (or $25 per person if four participate.)

We expect to have more people sign up for these events than we will be allowed to accommodate. If that is true we will draw names for participation or find some other fair way of insuring that people have an equal opportunity to participate.

INTERESTED? SIGN UP on the ATTACHED SHEETS ON THE ROUND-ROBIN BOARD OR EMAIL AJ at ajfraties@gmail.com.
Money will be collected next week.

Medal Winner's Pictures

ATTENTION

ALL Palm Creek Medal winners in the
7th Annual Pickleball Tournament

Please come to the courts on
Sunday, March 15th at 12:45 PM

We will take pictures


Thanks

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS

Our thanks to Donna Christiansen and her team for keeping all the events moving


Andy Schmaltz who once again numbered the matches for us


Tom and Jeanne Gearhart for running the Ref board and all the referee's who volunteered, without them we could not have had this tournament - the ever ready lines people who were steadfast in watching the lines during medal matches


Michael Hill who started the coffee every morning at 5:00 AM and was a “jack of all trades”


Edie Preis and Bobbi Jo Gregor and their French Chef team for all the great food and drinks every day (one of the big raves about our tournament) (lots of variety and very, very good tasting)


Laurel Wineinger and her photographers who tirelessly photographed the action


Ann Arthur and her raffle committee for all their tireless work they did before the tournament and then getting all the money for charity during the actual tournament (over 150 prizes and about $2000 in money {no final totals yet}).


Last but not least – Thank you to Morgan Robins and his team for getting everything setup and taken down


We had 209 players participate in the 7th Annual Palm Creek Pickleball Tournament.


There were 344 matches, 563 games, and we awarded 150 medals.


Thanks again for everyone who helped - without you we could not have had a fun and successful tournament


Barb and LeRoy Schmidt

2010 Tournament Directors

TAKE A BOW


"HERE'S THE DEAL"


The Palm Creek Pickleball Club


THANKS AND CONGRATULATES

Barb and LeRoy Schmidt
The 7th Annual Pickleball Directors
and thier TEAM

for

The Best Tournament Ever

Palm Creek USAPA Membership Keeps Growing

BIG WELCOME to our newest USAPA members

Ed Brown
Helen Carlson
Dee Fentress
Phil Fentress
Leo Pastro
Marianne Reese
Sharon Repp
Chuck Thompson

Portable Net Update from the USAPA

There has been a delay while we are requesting some design improvements.
We placed an initial order for 100 units and those sold out quickly. While those nets are are the best solution for a lightweight, inexpensive portable net for pickleball that we have seen, we still think that the design could be improved. We have been negotiating those improvements with the factory since the beginning of the year. It has been a struggle with some delay of getting the improvements through the engineers at the factory. We are now very close and expect to have a sample within ten days.Once the order is placed, it takes about 3 months for production and shipping from Taiwan.We regret the delay, but think that we will all be better off in the long run with the improvements.

If you have an immediate need, you might prefer one of the solutions in this link:http://usapa.org/construction/portable_netstands.html

If you think that you will still be needing portable nets on the above schedule, please reply with an estimate of the number of units. It is not a commitment on your part, just something to help us estimate future requirements.

Thank you,
Bill BoothPresident, USAPA

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Tournament Play Suspended

"So Here's the Deal"
Sunday Play Suspended because of weather
Play Scheduled to resume 9:00 AM Monday
In the event you can not return call Le Roy Schimdt
(Tournament Director)
205-265-5353
Check this blog for future updates

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Delisimo!!!

Participants in this years annual tournament enjoyed an Italian Feast under the stars thanks to the Tennis Club.

Yes, you read that correctly! The Tennis Club prepared and served a complete Italian dinner, Saturday evening for participants in our 7th Annual Pickleball Tournament.

The food was absolutely delicious and plentiful, there were those who eagerly awaited for the call to come for second helpings (athletes do have good appetites).

The Tennis Club members were very gracious and made each and everyone of us feel very special.

It is this type of camaraderie that the Tennis Club offers, that makes Palm Creek such a special place to stay and to live.

Thanks to all of you for your support and fellowship, not to mention the GREAT DINNER!

Friday, March 5, 2010

7th Annual Tournament

Our tournament is in progress, come to the courts to support your fellow club members and to see some terrific Pickleball


Complete lunch served each day - $ 5.00
Best meal in town

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Club Shirts Are In

Shirts are Here
They will be available

Friday at courts 8-10am

Saturday at courts 8-10am

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Palm Creek 7th Annual Pickleball Tournament

Come see great tournament action

Friday, March 5th - Women's Doubles starts @ 8AM
and Men's Legends starts @ 11AM



Saturday, March 6th - Mixed Doubles starts @ 8AM



Sunday, March 7th - Men's Doubles starts @ 8AM


Click on the link below to view the brackets

Palm Creek 7th Annual Pickleball Tournament brackets


Palm Creek Residents please use other transportation than your car to get to the courts.

This will leave space for our out of town guests.


Thank you
LeRoy Schmidt
Tournament Director

Monday, March 1, 2010

Arizona Senior Olympics Medal Winners

Great Job

Al Hager
Men's Doubles 55-59 Upper Gold & Men's Skill Doubles 5.0 Gold
Pete McGannon Men's Doubles 60-64 Lower Gold
LeRoy Schmidt & Morgan Robins Men's Doubles 60-64 Lower Silver
LeRoy Schmidt Men's Singles 60-64 Silver
John Lively & Ken Davenport Men's
Skill Doubles 3.0 Bronze
Barb & LeRoy Schmidt Mixed Doubles 55-59 Lower Gold
Irene Fraties Mixed Doubles 60-64 Lower Gold
Joyce Staffen & Doug Kant Mixed Doubles 65-69 Lower Gold
Lynn Carlson Mixed Doubles 65-69 Upper Bronze
Sherry Gusse Women's
Skill Doubles 3.5 Gold
Pat Lively & Joyce Staffen Women's
Skill Doubles 3.5 Silver
Donna Robins Women's
Skill Doubles 4.0 Silver
not pictured Sue Buerkens Women's Singles 50-54 Silver