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 Newsletter - September 5, 2017

The Edmonton Pickleball Club has grown to a paid 2017 membership of 228 and is a vibrant and active group of Indoor and Outdoor players with common interests … good exercise and good fun.

ROYAL GARDENS PICKLEBALL COURTS – OUR HOME:  Construction has started with a 3-inch lift of asphalt laid on Thursday, August 31 by North West Paving.  On Saturday September 2, Tomko Sports Systems then opened over 30 holes for the installation of a new fence line, 3 new gates and six dedicated Pickleball nets.  This week the fencing contractor will do his work and then the paving crew returns to patch pave around all posts.  Following that the week of September 11 the Acrylic coloured coating will also be installed on the west half of the courts with our 6 courts plus the painting of all lines for Pickleball plus two tennis courts (with 4 more Pickleball courts) and basketball on the east half of the courts.  A new walkway and seating area will be also installed along the south fence line to allow us safe and clean access to the new courts at the west end of the combined courts area.  With some luck and good weather, we could be playing on the courts the week of September 18 and maybe even continue until early October.  Watch for the Announcement!

SUMMER STUDENT:  During the summer months we had employed a summer student funded mainly by a Federal Government Student Works Program.  Aref Sayegh’s last day of employment was on Saturday, August 26 and he assisted us with our Summer Classic Pickleball Tournament.  He has now returned to the University of Alberta in Electrical Engineering.  We now will return to all members being responsible to put up and take down our temporary nets when playing at our temporary home a Westridge Community Centre Courts, plus securing all locks when leaving the courts.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Many of your current Board of Directors are coming to the end of their two-year term and are expecting to be replaced by other members at our Annual General Meeting in December. Snowbirds can, and should participate as most of the work occurs during the summer season. We will have built the New Courts and now others can Operate the New Courts. Also, we need more hands to do the work on various Committees which we desperately need to establish to spread out the work and bring new Energy to the Club operations. Please consider how Ken (Web Administrator) can help their Club and take the time to read a separate email coming soon that will explain in more detail how you can participate.

Positions we need filled IMMEDIATELY:

  • Club Treasurer – a recent resignation has created an immediate need for someone to look after our financial records. Please contact Bruce ¬≠Duncan, Secretary at 780-434-9550 or Ken Hurshowy, President at 780-660-4127.
  • Winter Classic Tournament Director – scheduled for January 5-7, 2018. This event may get cancelled as we currently do not have a Director to pull all the details together.  Help is available from past volunteers but some of the main leaders will be away this January and cannot help us this year.  It would be a shame to lose the opportunity of running this great and exciting event.  Contact Ken for more information.

PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENTS:  Our recent 2017 Summer Classic Tournament was a success and enjoyed by 57 players and numerous spectators.  Please check out all of the action on some great Video and Photos provided by Mario Min. Note that the video is unlisted (not public).  Only the recipients of the link can have access.

https://youtu.be/kVSvSjzHS6c     VIDEO EPC SUMMER CLASSIC 2017 highlights caught on tape. You may have to Open a Youtube account if the video is not working.

https://goo.gl/photos/jWWfreBPi8wdBq897    EPC SUMMER CLASSIC 2017 IN PICTURES

  • Here is another chance to play in a local Outdoor Tournament with the Jasper Park Community League on Saturday September 16.  Registrations close on September 9 … so hurry and register to enjoy another day of Round Robin format like our tournament. Click here Jasper Park 2017 Fall Tournament.jpg for more details.

PLAY SCHEDULES:  A reminder that the schedules are always posted and available through our website at edmontonpickleballclub.org and get updated regularly. Check the Home page and under the Play menu tab.

  • Indoor at TCRC (Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre)
  • Outdoor at Westridge and SOON to be relocated back to our home courts at Royal Gardens

PICKLEBALL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS:  The Free Beginner lessons conducted outdoors during the Summer have now completed for the season.  Ken, with the help of a few other members, provided over 300 hours of instruction to some 73 participants.  Indoor Lessons are available soon for Beginners and Intermediates at Terwillegar, Clareview and The Meadows Recreation Centres. Click on this LINK or our website for more details.

  • Remember … Many Hands Make Light Work!

Edmonton Pickleball Club is an Alberta Registered Non-Profit Society.  Postal Mailing: c/o 5816-143A Street NW, Edmonton, AB  T6H 4G5




 

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