SPC Fall Tournament

On September 7, 2019 the Summerland Pickleball Club held a fun and well attended fall tournament.  19 teams were organized in Groups A, B and C with Group A representing the most advanced level.  Not only did the tournament provide hours of fun exercise and socializing, we also raised over $500 towards the construction of new courts.  Winners were (left to right) Angie Milne/Barrie Borrett (Group A), Ken & Dawn Pratt (Group B) and Margaret Wouda/Jerry Flaman (Group C).

Winners Group A-B-C
The Finalists Group A/B/C

Thank you to our sponsors and those club members who developed the program, acted as referees and contributed in many other ways.

The Sponsors
Our generous sponsors
The Organizing Committee
The Organizing Committee

Over 70 members and friends either participated or observed and supported the players.  We had a great time and hope to organize a similar event next year.

The crowd of spectators
Watching the Group C Finals
Presenting the trophy
Organizing Committee Member Mark Siemens presenting the trophy
Referee instructing the players
Referee Carol Hermesh instructing Group B players for their champion game
Group A Finals 4
Group A Finals
Group B Finals
Group B Finals
Group C Finals
Group C Finals

2019 Annual General Meeting

The Summerland Pickleball Club held a very well attended 2019 Annual General Meeting on September 3, 2019.  The membership fee for the September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020 period will be $35 and includes a membership with Pickleball BC and Pickleball Canada.

The new Board of Directors was confirmed as follows:

President – Brian Christopherson

Vice-President – Mark Siemens

Secretary – Angela Sielmann

Treasurer – Carol Johnson

Chair Membership Committee – Carol McCabe

Maintenance – Dale Jenner

Chair Program Committee – Carol Hermesh

Director at Large – Sue Simpson

The meeting minutes are here:

Minutes (AGM Sept. 3-2019)

Summerland Pickleball Club members participate in the 2018 Seniors Tournament

Last weekend five members of the Summerland Pickleball Club participated in the first annual Super Seniors Tournament hosted by the brand new West Kelowna Pickleball Club.  Ten beautiful courts were brimming with activity as players from various communities competed in doubles and mixed doubles.

In addition to a bronze and a silver medal, both won by Gwen Redfern, our members (Gwen, Nell and Bill Hinchey, Carol and Michael Hermesh) returned with lots of positive tournament impressions and some great ideas for raising the profile of tournament play in our own club.

Hopefully we’ll be able to send more players next time.  This is a great way to connect with the sport at a more competitive level.

Poster published by the West Kelowna Pickleball Club

SPC Annual General Meeting

Our 2018 year end (August 31) is fast approaching and the date for our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm held at the Seniors Drop In Centre in Summerland.  Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

A Call for Nominations info sheet is shown below.  Please review the document and give some consideration to joining the SPC Board for 2019.  Job descriptions for the Executive positions are posted on the SPC website under the heading “About Us”.   

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SPC Secretary by email to summerland.pball.club@gmail.com. 

Membership renewals are due September 1, 2018.  Please download the form available under the heading “Membership” and submit your payment to Linda Curle.  Linda will also be available at the AGM to accept 2019 membership renewals as well as new members.    

The 2019 membership fee is $28.00/annum ($25.00 plus the $3.00 p.p. annual court booking fee as per Resolution passed at the Spring General Meeting). The court booking fees assessed by the District for the 2018 outdoor pickleball season were $3.00 p.p. based on 100 members.

call for nominations 2018

Court tape installed by club, then removed immediately by unknown person

The temporary court tape for two additional pickleball playing surfaces at Peach Orchard was placed on the dual use court on June 28 and 29. It took a number of us many hours, not to mention hundreds of  Club dollars to purchase the tape and an additional cabinet for storage of the portable nets to be used on these newly marked courts.

On Sunday July 1,  members found all the court tape removed, crumpled up and thrown onto the ground in front of our lockers.

I was notified by a club member.  When I got to the court I contacted the RCMP to report this vandalism of District property. RCMP promptly attended, confiscated the tape as evidence and opened a file.

On Tuesday July 3,  I meet with Lori Mullin, District Recreation Manager, and updated her on the vandalism. She then meet with District managers as well as the RCMP and posted a letter at the court requesting information from anyone who might have observed the incident.

However frustrated we as a Club may feel about the vandalism it only highlights the fact that we  need to have dedicated permanent courts built ASAP.

Needless to say if anyone hears or knows something contact the District Recreation Department or the RCMP.

Brian Christopherson,

President, Summerland Pickleball Club

Spring Cleaning

Sparkling pickleball courts at Peach Orchard.

Thank you to our volunteer maintenance crew for a good springtime scrubbing!  The court surface is as good as new.  No more gooey soft drink puddles or dried up  chewing gum!

First Day of the Outdoor Season was Ladies Day

The 2018 SPC Outdoor Season came off to a great start.  Fifteen lady pickleball players enjoyed Round Robin games organized by Ladies Day Captain Angela Sielmann.  It was a perfect morning to transition from indoor to outdoor pickleball.

Our indoor venue at the Harold Simpson Hall is now closed until the fall.  On rainy days the Badminton Hall will be available during established winter program time slots.  Fell free to drop in if it’s too wet to play outside.  Just know that there won’t be any assigned court hosts and that net installation and removal is up to the players.  A $3 drop in fee applies.

 

Switching from the Winter to the Summer Program

Finally spring has arrived and with it the demise of the winter, and the birth of the 2018 summer program at Peach Orchard.

All members will have received invitations through Sign Up Genius to attend our programs and to volunteer as court hosts.

Using self-assessment skill criteria please register for the appropriate programs.  You can find the criteria on this website under the “Rules of the Game” tab.

The summer season begins with Ladies Day (all skill levels) on Tuesday May 1st.

Please follow these simple rules:

  • Park in the designated parking areas outside the campground.
  • Be aware that washroom facilities will be closed until the campground opens – be prepared!
  • Once the campground is open for the season, pickleball activities and use of the leaf blower cannot start before 9 am.
  • New players and guests are welcome to join during club-designated hours but will have to sign an insurance waiver form.
  • Insurance waiver forms and membership forms are available in the binder kept in the locker.

Please consider volunteering as a host during drop-in sessions.  In this role you are the ambassador representing the Pickleball Club.  Responsibilities include:

  •             Unlock cabinet

–           Ensure courts are clean, dry and safe to use

–           Set up paddle rack system and explain how the system works

–           Meet and greet any new members or public players

–           Any complaints should be directed to an SPC board member or the District Recreation Department

–           Ensure all equipment is returned to the cabinet and locked after play

–           The cabinet cannot be accessed outside designated SPC and public play times. A member is not permitted the use of club equipment to play with guests/friends, etc.

–           Report any injuries to an SPC board member. 

You can register as a Court Host on Sign Up Genius for any time slot.