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News - Something for Everyone - August 20, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We have a little bit of information for everyone, so please read through the entire email – you never know where you might find a gem just for you!

Let’s start with recognition

Yesterday I sent out the results of last weekend’s Parkland Pickleheads Summer Smash and did you see the large number of medalists who were EPC members?  Be sure to congratulate them when you see them around the courts!

However, even though we had many medalists among our membership, we also had many members who competed without medalling. They, too, should be congratulated!  It takes courage to enter tournaments these days and we are proud of all of you!

As a large club, we are now entering a “new world of recognition” and by this, I mean trophies.

Yes, trophies.  In partnership with Parkland Pickleheads and Strathcona County, we inaugurated a trophy for our 3.5 League Play.  Alas, this year’s 3.5 League Trophy Winner is Parkland Pickleheads…sigh.  Last weekend, we presented the trophy to them and, we have given them notice that next year, we’ll be back hunting for our trophy!

We are also doing three new trophies – big, beautiful ones – for our three ladders: 3.0. 3.5 and 4.0. This year’s highest scoring male and female players in each of our three Track It Hub ladders will be presented with a trophy at our Social on September 14.

We want to thank Pat Wells for leading the charge on the ladders and for pushing so hard to inaugurate these trophies – they are large enough to take us well into perpetuity.

We will present these trophies to the respective winners at our September 14 Social.  Therefore, we have adjusted the eligibility criteria.  The cut off date is now Friday Sept. 13 and players must have played in a minimum of 7 plays in order to be eligible.

Another Sort of Recognition

Medals, trophies and wild applause are  very nice and an important part of our sport.  Butthere are other aspects of our sport that also need recognition.  There’s kindness, helpfulness, inclusiveness – and here’s where we need your help.

Is there someone in our club who has been particularly helpful or kind or generous in some way?  Or have you seen someone who goes beyond the call of duty and without fanfare?  Is there someone to whom you would like to say “thank you”?  Maybe you don’t know the person’s name but you could describe the scenario?

If you would like to recognise someone, please contact me directly using

Save the Date and Please Plan to Attend

On September 14, we are hosting our annual Ron Strank Charity Special Events Day!

Throughout the day, we will have “fun tournament type round robins” by rating groups.

We will start at 9:00-11:00 and every two hours a different rating group will be scheduled.  Stay tuned for more details about how to register for the events.

Regularly scheduled RR play will be cancelled on that day.

We’ll have Tunes by Ted Biggs throughout the day and then from 4:00 – 8:00 will be our Social in the Large Hall at the RG Community League.  EPC member Vinh Ngo from Pagalac Restaurants will cater for us.  As usual, there will be a wine and beer bar.

SUG Sign Up Invites for the Social will go out at the end of this weekThere is an admission fee for the Social at $10 each for members and guests alike and proceeds will go to the Zebra Child Protection Project which is this year’s Charity of Choice. 

This will be a good time to celebrate our sport, our fellowship, good fortune and all in support of a good cause – the Zebra Child Protection Project.

Play at Jasper Park --

Participation at Jasper Park has really picked up of late.   

Although our EPC contract at Jasper Park ends on August 31, we are going to ask for an extension to September 30.  Please stay tuned.

EPC Partners with Special Olympics – This Partnership is a Go!

On Thursday, August 29,  we will host a Try It Night for Special Olympics athletes at Royal Gardens.

Barb and Ted Biggs will lead the Orientation to PB and we will need another 10 EPC member volunteers to provide support to Barb and Ted as they work with the athletes.  Although the session is scheduled for from 6:00-7:30, volunteers should expect to be present from 5:30 to 8:00.

Please contact me directly using if you would like to volunteer on August 29.

Riverbend School Gym on Tuesdays from 7:30-10:00 – Heads Up to 3.0s!

I know we’re not really ready to move indoors yet but here is a heads up to our 3.0 members who are looking for a place to play indoors. 

We will be offering this site to 3.0 members.  I still need to work out the costs and since schools will be open again soon, I’ll be able to give you specific details in the next week or so.  More to come….

And lastly for today, the winter tournament

We have let the Royal Glenora know that we will not be hosting an indoor winter tournament in 2019. Below is an excerpt from the letter we have written to the Royal Glenora -

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the Royal Glenora in 2018 to host an overwhelmingly successful indoor pickleball tournament and we are very appreciative of the support the Royal Glenora has given to the sport of pickleball!

However, this year, the timing is very tight for a sanctioned pickleball tournament and we are dependent on the availability of our key volunteers to stage and host the event.

Also, I am sure that you are well aware of how many,  many volunteer hours go into the planning, preparation and delivery of a successful, large sanctioned tournament.  Edmonton Pickleball Club now has over 700 active members and not all our members aspire to be tournament players so, as an EPC Board, we feel those many volunteer hours can be better spent on developing ways to improve the overall pickleball experience of every member in our club.

Many thanks to you for reaching out to us and perhaps we can work together in the future.  Pickleball is here to stay and the Royal Glenora plays a significant role in the development of pickleball in the Edmonton region.

This has been a tough call but we think it is the right one for EPC this year.

Paddles Up!


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Postal address: c/o 304 Caldwell Close NW, Edmonton AB, Canada T6M 2W9

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