Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Summer of 2014

Club members have been active from the beginning to the end of the summer season. These are just a few of the many, who in our off season continue to promote and grow our sport, as well as give us our sense of community.

Orla Wanless

Orla serves on the court usage committee. In order to make informed recommendations for organized play, he undertook the huge task of comparing paid memberships from 2013-2014.

Chuck MacDonald

All summer long, Chuck did a great job of keeping us informed on what he has Captioned "Alumni News" on Facebook

Palm Creek Pickleball Club on Facebook

Avis and Larry Gray
The Gray's took on the task of being Palm Creek's coordinators for Summer Inter-community  play with Mission Royale and Robson Ranch, Avis sent us pictures and details of the group throughout the summer, to remind us, of what a good time players have year round at Palm Creek.  Larry took charge of court cleaning to insure that all could have a safe and fun time.

Sally Dobson
Sally put her energy into Sun City Allante's new courts, the first courts in North Las Vegas and promoting the Nevada State Senior Games. In a later post you will see who from Palm Creek won a medal.

A.J. Fraties
Karen Fellows
Les Scott
Irene Fraties
Several club members for the past few years have been on a mission to make Bend, OR, the summer destination for Palm Creeker's. Take a look at their blog, it becomes clear that they are following the same blue print that they helped create at Palm Creek.                                   

Tom and Ann Earley
 Tom and Ann are the poster children for "pickleball addiction".  They built 6 new pickleball courts at their  home in Georgia. These courts are listed under places to play on the USAPA website and open to players all season.   For the eighth time they hosted the "Summers Last Blast Annual Tournament". In addition to all pre-tournament requirements, they  clean courts and stripe lines for parking, Players are invited the day before the tournament, to practice and for open play and non- playing "significant others" are invited use the pool. The Earley's than provide a catered Mexican buffet and entertainment for the evening. On the first day of the tournament, opening ceremonies include the Creekview High School band and the Cadets of the Sky Leadership Camp featuring Fort Blitz academy.  Each group is presented with a $500 check for student scholarship. It was than announced that checks will be given to the Cherokee Humane Society and Sheriff Joe Arpaio MASH No Kill Shelter each in the amount of $2,000. The 2 day tournament this year had 90+ players of which half, traveled from out of state, including 17 USAPA ambassadors. They also had members of the volunteer fire department present as well as vendors and catered lunches.  They are now planning their last event of the season, Final game of the season will be played in Halloween Costumes, followed by a Chili-Cook -Off. 

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