Monday, July 27, 2015

Jay Winter

In Memoriam  

Jay Winter
will be missed by many at Palm Creek

  Loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away in Vancouver, Washington  Sunday, July 19,      2015,  surrounded by loved ones. 

 Jay served in the U.S. Army and National Guard during the Vietnam and Pueblo Crisis era (1966 – 1971). In 1969, he moved to Centralia, Washington and began a 15 year career in law enforcement, becoming police chief the last five years. While in the police department, Jay completed a bachelor of science degree in public administration. His entire career was spent in law enforcement, as a Lewis County Commissioner, with Washington Counties Risk Pool and as Walla Walla County Personnel and Risk Manager. He retired in 2012 after 41 years in public service.
Jay was very athletic and enjoyed a variety of sports. He excelled at basketball, tennis, racquetball, softball, water and snow skiing and in recent years, pickleball. He also refereed pickleball and basketball games and coached the Centralia girl’s High School Junior Varsity basketball team for several years.
A man of many interests, Jay loved car racing and raced go carts, stock cars and later, mini-cups. Watching NASCAR was a favorite hobby and he tried to attend one race every year. Bicycling and motorcycling were also activities he enjoyed with many friends through the years. 
 He also owned and operated a Christian bookstore, the Commentary, for many years. Jay will always be known and respected for his deep Christian faith, strength of character, honesty, integrity and leading by example.
Jay is survived by his wife, Pamella; daughter, Nicoe (Jerry) King; grandsons, Austin and Alex; son, Chad Winter; granddaughter, Sabaea;  stepdaughters, Heidi (Warner) Scott; granddaughters, Casey and Riley; Holly (Justin) Clegg; grandsons, Forrest and Hunter; Heather (Ronnie) Miller; twin grandsons, Reed and Rory; brothers, Jerry (Darlene) Winter and Dan (Bonnie) Winter; sister, Pam (Mike) Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Aug.  2, 2015, at Liberty Bible Nazarene Church, 12401 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686. A private graveside will be held at a later date at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jay’s name to Danner Farms Mentoring Project, 1900 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
If you would like to send a note to his wife Pamella or to his brother Jerry and Darlene Winter, please e-mail me for mailing address 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Guest Housing


As Palm Creek is proudly cohosting USAPA Nationals VII, we would like to offer Guest Housing to USAPA Ambassadors. Some may stay only for one night, some a few days and others for the entire tournament which will run from November 8 -15.

If you will be at Palm Creek and have a second bedroom or a pull out couch and are willing to host our dedicated volunteers, you will be providing a service that will be very much appreciated. The guidelines, listed below, clarify what a host would need to do and what is the expected behavior of the guest.

Friendly neighbors, not members of the Palm Creek Pickleball Club, are also welcome to be a host.

Ambassadors will make their own travel plans and if not playing, they will be registering for Clinics, the Seminar and Ambassador Events which will all occur on November 12th.   We are coordinating this now because of all of the planning required for putting on an event this large.

If you are interested in being a host, please e-mail me with your preferences:

  • A single person or a couple
  • One night, a few days or the entire tournament
Any other preferences you may have, such as an ambassador from your home State!

I look forward to hearing from you!
Rosemary Reese 
 USA Pickleball Association
Central Arizona District Ambassador      

November 8-15, 2015

A bedroom and nearby bathroom is provided for 1-2 Ambassadors during the tournament. It is important that this is conventional living space, not a built out shed or a Casita that does not have a proper bathroom.

Visiting Ambassadors must provide their own transportation.   We do not recommend you pick them up at an airport. They need a vehicle to get to/from the events and to go out to eat, get groceries, sightsee etc.

Hosts should provide some refrigerator space, & time & methods for Ambassadors to prepare their own breakfast.

Ambassadors can bring snacks for lunches & they also can usually get food at the events. They should plan on going out to dinner daily.

Ambassadors MAY take Hosts out to eat and Hosts may invite Ambassadors to share an evening meal with them at home.

Ambassadors should give some gratuity such as a gift certificate, perhaps at a local restaurant.

Thoughtfulness and consideration are the orders of the day.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Thinking about being back on the courts

24 Players were enjoying the courts this morning!
                                             photos courtesy of Avis Gray

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lots of Medals


A Double Win
Kansas State Flower Games
Silver Medal Winners
Gary Baker and Dean Wineinger
 Everyone is wearing a Palm Creek Pickleball Club Shirt
A Great Reunion
Gary and Kathy Baker - Laurel and Dean Wineinger and
Sandy Stephens with Dick Walker

Marsha and Byron Freso
have been busy
Wyoming State Games
Women's Doubles Bronze
Women's Singles Gold
Mixed Doubles ( Marsha) Silver
Men's Singles Silver
Eden Prairie, MN 4th of July
Women's Doubles Bronze
Mixed Doubles (Marsha) Silver
Men's Doubles Bronze
2015 National Senior Games
Men's Doubles - Age - Gold
Women's Doubles - Age - Silver
Women's Single - Age - Silver

Canada National Eastern Tournament
Donna Robins
Women's Doubles 5.0 - 4.5 Bronze

Chuck MacDonald
Men's Doubles - 4.5 - Gold
Men's Doubles - Age- Silver

2015 National Senior Games
Carol Lindow
Mixed Doubles - Age - Silver
Women's Doubles - Age- Gold

Canada National Western Tournament
Men's Doubles 3.5
Rick Walker - Bronze
Mel Saranchuk and Reed Cowen - Silver
not shown
Mixed Doubles 3.5
Mel and Lynda Saranchuk - Bronze

Monday, July 20, 2015

Around the Courts

Thanks to Avis Gray  for sending the following photos

Photo update of new courts

Summer League
Jim from Robson is not letting a "little" hardware get in the way

Next Blog will catch up on the numerous medals won!!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lots to Celebrate!!!

Celebrating 50 Years Of Marriage!!!

Helen and Lynn Carlson
Helen's gown still fits!!
Lynn is still winning Helen's heart and 
 at the Missouri State Games 
won two Gold Medals
Men's and Mixed Doubles

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Around the courts There and Here

The Calgary Open
Congratulations !!!
Marg Ouimet 
Gold Medal Winner WD 4.0+

Summer League  Players
On the courts and ready to rock at 6 AM
Looking good playing in 85 degree weather

Larry and John
Tending 8 courts to keep them clean and safe

Work in Progress on New Courts