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  2019 Memberships Newsletter - Oct. 28, 2018.

Hello Everyone,

I am happy to report that 2019 EPC memberships will be ready for renewal on November 1. 

The 2019 EPC membership fee will be $50.  While the EPC board has recommended the membership fee increase, the proposed fee increase must be ratified by a membership vote by those EPC members present at our AGM on December 6, 2018, at the Royal Gardens Community League Hall at 7:00-8:00 PM.  In the event the fee increase is rejected at the AGM, refunds will be issued.

More news- the 2019 membership cards will be e-cards only.  We will no longer mail membership cards to your home address via Canada Post.  The cost saving is significant!

You will receive easy to follow, step by step instructions how to download and print your own membership cards when you renew your membershipsALSO you can show them on your Smartphone.  If you become truly bamboozled by the process, we will help you do it. 

I know no one likes a fee increase, but after lengthy discussions as the EPC Board developed the 2019 club budget, it became clear that a fee increase is needed to continue to provide the quality of service our membership has enjoyed and come to expect in the future.

Our membership has grown significantly, and we believe it will continue to grow.  It is true that with this growth comes additional revenue, but it is also true that additional expenses are therefore incurred.

When building our 2019 proposed club budget, we are planning for the following features:

An effective and expansive court schedule at the Courts at Royal Gardens in which we will incorporate your suggestions for improvement.  With your feedback, we will try to build a court schedule that better meets the needs of the various groups among our membership.  For example, we need to better meet the needs of our members who are working during the day.

We will expand our programs to begin a Youth Program where youth play other like-skilled youth.

We believe there is appetite among our members for a dedicated senior league.

We would like to again have the services of a Summer Student for the entire summer.

We have taken your “sticky note feedback” seriously.  In it, you told us you appreciated the various skills development clinics offered to members and that you wanted more of them next year and so, that is in our plans for next year.

We need new windscreens for our courts and several of our temporary nets are looking pretty “tatty” and need replacement.

More members also means we need more balls.  While I am finally “making peace” with our need to constantly top up our supply of balls, this is a significant expense over the course of the season.

The social component of EPC is important to us and this past year saw us significantly subsidize some of our social events and we would like to continue to do that.  After all, we are at the courts to play our game but also to have fun with our new PB friends in a social setting.

And let’s not forget about planning to the future – we are already looking beyond next year and thinking about where our next steps of growth might take us and what that might cost us.

Feel free to ask me questions.  There is no need to wait until the AGM in December to ask me questions about our plans.  We appreciate your thoughts and much of what we have already planned for 2019 comes because of your input.

And so, with all that to think about, “let the membership renewal process begin” under the able leadership of Ken Hurshowy and Jan Ardis.

Have a super day, everyone!

Helen


Edmonton Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta. Postal address: c/o 304 Caldwell Close NW, Edmonton AB, Canada T6M 2W9





Edmonton Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta. Postal address: c/o 304 Caldwell Close NW, Edmonton AB, Canada T6M 2W9

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