"Tennis,Table tennis, Platform tennis & Volleyball"

Popular pastimes in beautiful Sun City West

Minutes – Genl Mtg – October 10, 2017

President Pat Melendes called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. following an update by Karl Wilhelm, Project Superintendent, on the court construction project. She thanked the many volunteers for their generous help for the evening, as follows: Bartenders Ray Kirk and Joe Melendes; Avis Bennett, snacks; Sid Engel for providing the music; and the dinner arrangements by the Friday Swingers tennis team members. Raffle tickets were sold by Sandy Johnson and Darlene Camillo. There were 133 attendees, 107 who stayed for dinner and 26 who left after the meeting. There were a few visitors also, who are thinking about joining the club.

Karl expects the plans for the court work will be finished by October 13. The lowest bid, AFTER APPROVAL, will be chosen. Work will commence the first or second week of April. He asked for our patience. Phase 1, when completed, will be followed by Phase 2, when approved. The Governing Board is in agreement with these plans. There will be no maintenance on the courts until then, unless it is a safety issue.

Motion by Patti Kirk, seconded by Marion Forsyth, to approve the September minutes as posted; motion passed.

Bud Armstrong, treasurer, gave a comprehensive report; our current net worth is $12,844. The total cost of our new court, 16, was $76,647; we have paid $33,000; still owing $43,647. We owe the Rec Centers $5,000 annually. We presently have $3,050 in our court fund, so we are good until 2019.

Sandy Johnson reported that the next Team Tennis will be Saturday, November 11, and it is friendly competition. This is a good way to meet new people. It is the usual format, with four teams of three levels. There will be three rounds of eight games each, no ad scoring. Needed are 28 women and 28 men. This is FREE, with tennis balls provided, as well as snacks, beer, wine and soda. Volunteering to serve as captains were Butch Lynd; Dan Mesch, Margit Rubendunst, and George Orchard.

Karen Kirkman, Publicity, needs a reporter to take over the Rec Center News monthly article. Bev Bormann volunteered to do this.

Dan Mesch informed everyone about Master Tennis, a hot item in the USTA. There was a demo of this game a couple of weeks ago and many people showed up to play and watch. This is a low impact game played with a low compression ball and a shorter racquet (a regular tennis racquet can certainly be used). The court is marked off to be 60 feet rather than 78 on a regulation court, so there is a lot less ground to cover, great for people suffering with bad hips and knees. There will be a chance to play at the October 28 Wind Up, so be sure to sign up in the tower. Get info online about this fun game; it has really caught on in FL and NY. Just Google Master Tennis. Envelopes for 2018 dues are in the tower.

Carl Braaten asked everyone who is signed up for the Indian Wells trip to please pay him by check; he needs money! Send your check to his home or hand it to him when you see him.

Diane Hashem, Swing into Spring Tournament Director, reminded us of the dates, March 21-25, Wednesday through Sunday. Cost this year will be $20 for singles, $40 for doubles teams. She can always use volunteers.

Mike Kosanda, reporting on Volleyball, said that play will start up again October 25. Call him with any questions. Most of their players are snowbirds. MyGrove will have information also.

Butch Lynd, Platform Tennis, said that the Wednesday afternoon play has started; they play from 3:30-5 p.m. with lessons first and then play. Equipment is provided.

Mal Jacobson, Tennis Rep, thanked Todd Patty for filling in the open spaces on court 16 on all four sides. Russ Boston has fixed the problem with the gates scraping the surface. Two benches are now on the court. A ball holder will be installed. Ron Wambach has been working hard on the score posts at the Johnson courts and they are wonderful. They are installed on some of the courts. Dave Bennett is working on two new clocks that will work. They will not be mounted now due to the upcoming court construction. We need volunteers for the parade celebrating the SCW 40th Anniversary. This will be February 19, 2018, and Mal asked for young blood, with good ideas. Sign up to help. Mary Anne Kennedy is running our part of the event.

Janet Simcic said there will be no November Pebble Creek mixer; the next one will be either December or January. She is hoping for new people to take part, and the event will be here. Happy Camp will be the second, third and fourth weeks of March. This is great fun for the visiting grandkids. Tennis, table tennis, and platform tennis will all take part. The fundraising golf tournament will be Sunday, February 11. This brings in a lot of money for the club. Offer to volunteer.

Ron Wambach is chairmen of the nominating committee, consisting of Lindsay Davidson, Janet Simcic, and Butch Lynd. Lee Hoag has agreed to be the nominee for vice president, with Bud and Bev volunteering to continue in their existing positions. We have picked up a new sponsor with a generous donation of $500, to be divided between Swing into Spring and the golf tournament. It is the PFA TOUR Superstore, 7360 W. Bell, Glendale. Ron said it is a great place, loaded with merchandise. They are introducing tennis into their line, so pay them a visit and be sure to let them know you are a SCW tennis player and/or golfer. Ron reminded us that the 2017 Desert Tennis Open featuring wheelchair tennis needs volunteers. It is at the Phoenix Tennis Center, November 17-19. Ron can offer any information needed. If you are using the Kuentz courts, BE SURE to sign in! Numbers count; we want to keep those courts.

Be sure to sign up in the tower for the October 28 Wind UP, featuring tennis, platform tennis, and Master Tennis. Equipment will be provided for the Master Tennis. Dinner follows at Tivoli Gardens; cost if $17, ALL inclusive (even dessert). There will be a good choice of entrees.

Pat said that we need a volunteer for the table tennis part of the February parade, as Jack Hagel said he is too busy to undertake this. Mal, Butch, and Mike Kosanda will head up tennis, platform tennis, and volleyball. Each sport should enter a decorated golf cart. Mary Anny Kennedy will have a short meeting after this meeting with these chairpersons. It is important to get enough volunteers. Mary Anne has a lot of enthusiasm; she has done this twice before so knows the routine.

The December dinner dance tickets will be sold in November for tables of eight. This will take place at Briarwood CC. There should be a captain for each table.

The Newcomers Coffee will be November 2, 9 a.m.-noon, in the social hall. There will be 46 clubs there to hand out information. We are not taking part this year.

Ron announced that we need dinner hosts for March, April, and September of next year. No hosts, no meal!

Kathy Krezel reminded us of the SCG Shine in the Sun tournament November 15-19. Let’s support them, and they will support us!

Karen announced the winning tickets for the 50-50 raffle. The total collection was $228. The club gets $114. Avis Bennett and Tom Hashem each won $57. Karen suggested that anyone wishing to donate their winnings to the club should do so “on the sly.” No one should feel obligated to do this.

A motion was made by Mal Jacobson, seconded by Hazel Swailes, to adjourn the meeting at 6 p.m. Motion passed.

Respectfully submitte3d, Beverly Bormann, Secretary

Read More

Tennis Club Monthly Meeting / Catered Dinner – October 10

The Tennis Club’s monthly meeting will be Tuesday, October 10 in the RHJ Social Hall starting at 4:30 p.m. for Social time; followed at 5:15 with the General Meeting; and a catered dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Menu: (Catered by Oregapo’s)
Classic House Salad with Choice of Dressings
Bola – Spaghetti with meat sauce
Garlic Bread

The cost is $7.50 per person. Deadline for reservations is 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 5. Sign up in the tower with your check made payable to SCW Tennis Club.

Dinner Contacts are: Pat Melendes and Judy Johnson. Tell them Thank You for arranging the dinner when you see them.

Read More

Services – Rocquie O’Rourke

Service for Rocquie O’Rourke will be Saturday, September 30 at 1:00 p.m. at Radiant Church, 15522 W. Paradise Lane, Surprise. Refreshments will be available right after the service.

Read More

Minutes SCW Tennis Club – Sept. 12, 2017

President Pat Melendes called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, after which Pat thanked the many meeting volunteers who offered their services, as follows: Snacks, Avis Bennett with help from Pat; bartenders Joe Melendes and Ray Kirk; and the dinner organizers headed by Pat and Joey Niblock, Elaine Reed, Dottie Whitesell, Hazel Swailes, Sharon Jones, Sandy Johnson, and Anne Baumhover. Those collecting money for the 50-50 raffle were Sandy Johnson, Darlene Camillo, and Dottie Whitesell. Note that some of these people volunteered in more than one activity! There were 83 members present, 18 who left after the meeting and 65 who stayed to socialize and dine.

New members were introduced and welcomed: John Lemma from WA and Sandy and Nick Gruin from NC. We are always happy to see new faces in the club.

A motion was made by Butch Lynd, seconded by Patti Kirk, to approve the May minutes as posted. Motion passed.

Treasurer Bud Armstrong was not present, so Pat offered the pertinent financial facts. From 1/1/2017 through 9/4/2017 our total inflow was $30,486; outflow was $55,965. Our current net worth is $11,907.

The next Wind-Up will be held October 28. We will have a private room at Tivoli Gardens for our after-tennis dinner. This will be a full meal including dessert and beverage. A flyer will be out next week, which will have the price.

Beryl Flathman, Sunshine Lady, reminded everyone to be sure to let her know if you know of a person who would appreciate a card of support for one reason or another.

Sandy Johnson, Team Tennis, reported on our next event, November 11, which may be a bit iffy right now. The court construction, which has yet to begin, will tie up eight-nine courts, which will greatly reduce the number of tennis players. If the November date falls through, the next one will be in January. Nothing is definite at this time. Stay tuned!

Dan Mesch, Membership, said that our membership operating year starts now until the end of May. As of now, we have 457 paid members for 2017, 56 of them new. The dues envelopes are in the tower, so sign up and write your check. Make sure the envelope says 2018 and that it is a renewal. He then discussed the game of Masters Tennis, which has been played for years, and very successfully, in FL. The court is 60 feet rather than the regular tennis court length, with nine feet off each side. A low compression ball is used and either a junior tennis racquet or your own, chocked down on, to make it seem like a 25″ racquet. Painters’ tape can easily be used to mark the lines. We are planning a demo at Johnson on Sunday, September 24, at 9 a.m., which will include an opportunity to try it out. There is info on this on the internet…just use Google or Bing. He will send out a blast about this on MyGrove. Be sure to use MyGrove for anything about club activities and upcoming events. It is a valuable resource. Sixty percent of our members are using it. Be sure Dan has your email address. Ron Gliot, from the floor, said not to forget platform tennis, another short game which is great for those who can’t get around a regular tennis court and also for those who can!

Bill Elledge, Web Master, said that our web site is up and running, so go there to read minutes and be up-to-date on club news, among other things. The Monday and Wednesday evening tennis 6:30 is operating.

Carl Braaten is ready to collect money for the 2018 Indian Wells tennis tournament trip. Send your check to Carl; cost is $950 double, $675 single.

In the absence of Janet Simcic, Lindsay Davidson reported that the next Pebble Creek mixer will be in mid-November. A sign-up sheet will be in the tower. They would love to have some new people participate. All levels are played, both men and women.

Jack Hagel, table tennis, said there was shortage of players this summer and they averaged about eight people daily. They have practice machines but these need to be set up for use. When they didn’t have access to their room due to the swimming pool construction they tried to play in SC but that didn’t work out.

Butch Lynd, platform tennis, said that in October they will move play to 6:30-8:00 from the current 6:00-7:30. Wednesday, October 4, the 3:30-5:00 lesson/play session will resume. Equipment is always available. Their numbers are running ahead of previous years for summer play. They have lots of fun and the players are friendly, sunny group! Give it a try.

Mal Jacobson, tennis rep, was pleased to report that on many days the courts are half full. A sign at Kuentz had said that three courts at a time were going to be worked on but that is not true. The sign will be removed. This is a future project. Whey you have balls that are well used, make sure that the court score posts have four balls in them, and then deposit them into the barrels next to the sign-in desk under the tower. Mal thanked Lee Hoag for redesigning the Kuentz bulletin board. At Johnson, we have a new clock. While the wiring is inside, the hands on the clock are outside in the elements and the time is rarely correct; she has called this to the attention of the Rec Centers. The court construction project has no start date at this time. Hopefully this work will begin the end of October or November. This could affect Swing into Spring. We will just have to wait and see how this plays out.

From the floor, Margit Rubendunst was kind enough to thank Beverly Bormann for serving as secretary for many years. A round of applause followed.

Ron Wambach announced his nominating committee…Butch Lynd, Lindsay Davidson, and Janet Simcic. Contact any of them if you or someone you know might like to serve as vice president. He reminded all of us to try to use our Swing into Spring sponsors and to let them know that you are with the tennis club and appreciate their support. They are all listed in our 2017 directory. The 2017 Desert Tennis Open (wheelchair tennis) is being held at the Phoenix Tennis Center November 17-19. They always need volunteers, so give them a hand if you are able. Possibly we may be able to get them to put on a demonstration during Swing into Spring.

Pat announced that our community turns 40 next year, with a big celebration planned by the Rec Centers. We will participate in the parade and Pat has solicited Mary Ann Kennedy to be the director. She did a great job a few years ago. Contact Jack Hagel, table tennis; Butch Lynd, Platform tennis: and Mal Jacobson, Tennis, with any ideas or suggestions about how our club might present ourselves in the parade. Golf carts are needed for participation. Large signs should identify each sport. Two to three convertibles are needed to bring up the rear of each group. Everyone should carry their weapon of choice (tennis racquet, platform paddle, tabled tennis paddle). The parade date is February 19. Mary Ann will meet with the chairmen of the groups next month before our meeting. Get thinking, everyone, and come up with some neat ideas. The 50-50 raffle sale brought in $191.00 in total, with $95.50 going to the club and $95.50 split between Kay Williams and Mary Morris, who both generously donated their winnings back to the club.

A motion was made by Joe Melendes, seconded by Butch Lynd, that the meeting adjourn at 6:10 p.m. Motion passed

Respectfully submitted, Beverly Bormann, Secretary

Read More

Monday & Wednesday Evening Tennis

Monday and Wednesday evening tennis at RHJ will resume Monday, September 11, 2017 on Courts 8, 9, 14, & 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. Come on down and have some fun.

Read More

Gen’l Mtg – Tuesday, Sept. 12 – RHJ Social Hall

Hi Tennis Club members. It has been almost 4 months since the official tennis season downsized with lots of members going to cooler places. It is now getting a little cooler here in SCW and clubs will resume their normal activities. So here goes: Tuesday, Sept. 12 Social Time starts at 4:30 p.m.; followed by the meeting at 5:15 AND the best part – a catered meal after the general meeting. Menu: 3″ Boar’s Head Sub with ham, turkey, salami, cheese and lettuce. Toppings of tomato, onion, mustard and/or mayo will be available. A Vegetarian Sub can also be made IF REQUESTED. Included with the meal will be Cole Slaw, Chips, Brownie Bites, and coffee. Cost of the meal is $6.50 per person. Sign up in the RHJ Tower along with your check made payable to the SCW Tennis Club. Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you would like a Vegetarian Sub. The cut-off date to sign up is Thursday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Read More

Minutes – SCW Tennis Club – May 9, 2017

In the absence of President Pat Melendes, Vice President Ron Wambach called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Ron thanked the evening’s volunteers.  Avis Bennett and Sandy Doft, snacks, Gordy and Karen Kirkman and Mike Kosanda, bartenders; and Butch Lynd and all of the platform tennis group for arranging the potluck dinner, featuring fried chicken and a sagging table of wonderful side dishes, prepared by our generous membership.  Past president Janet Simcic was presented with a  beautiful birthday cake aglow with too many lighted candles to count…the Fire Department was on notice.  Best wishes to a great gal!  Ron noted that new members are our lifeblood, before introducing some of our newest:  Linda Ervin from Ohio by way of Palm Springs; George and Jennie Orchard from Texas; and Ron and Pam Parsons from IL, soon to become members.

There were 106 members present, with 45 leaving after the meeting and 61 staying for dinner.

The April minutes were approved by motion made by Patti Kirk, seconded by Carl Braaten.

Treasurer Bud Armstrong gave a comprehensive report; bottom line is that we have $22,949 in our checkbook.  Our fundraising efforts have produced a good amount of money to add to our treasury, including the golf tournament, the sale of tickets for the baseball club for car they were raffling off, Swing into Spring, 50-50 raffle.  Individual donations for the court conversion fund have amounted to $17,924.  Presently that fund holds $5,419 and we are well up in our efforts to pay our indebtedness to the Rec Centers.  Ron stressed that we need to keep up our efforts to pay off the remaining amount.  We are expected to make a commitment to share expenses involved in club improvements.  He encouraged everyone to get involved in these activities, either by volunteering or participating, or both.

Please be sure to notify our Sunshine Lady Beryl Braaten if you know of anyone in need of a greeting of sympathy or wishes for good health.  Her number is in the membership book.

Dan Mesch reported that we have 451 members, 48 of them new.  We are down from previous years.  Some spouses are not being paid for.  Memberships for 2017 continue through September.  These numbers are important as they go to the Governing Board.  We have a lot of social activities, with NO CHARGE to members, so there is great value in your annual dues of $15.  Keep your dues up to date and don’t wait until the last minute to renew or join.  Question from the floor was about determining how many are active tennis players versus platform tennis or table tennis.  There was no definitive answer to this question.  Dan suggested that we introduce the game of master tennis, which is played on a smaller court and is an alternative for those who can no longer play regular tennis.  We may use court two at Johnson to try this.

Mark Morrow, Facilities Committee, was not present to give a report; however, there have been changes made in the kitchen area and court 16 is progressing rapidly and it should be ready in a couple of weeks.  We may have some sort of opening celebration.

Janet Simcic reported on the April mixer with Pebble Creek…our club lost for only the second time out of eight, not a bad record.  SCW will host the next one in November.

 There will be a signup sheet in September.  They play a little tennis and then socialize.  They feature all levels of play.  Ron invited everyone to come on down to the courts and join in, even if not playing.

The popular trip to the Indian Wells pro tennis tournament, March, 2018, now has a waiting list, with a busload of 56 people.  Carl Bratten is in charge of everything.

The Rec Centers is holding a residents’ forum on Thursday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in the social hall for further questions and information on the tennis court maintenance work.  We hope for a good representation; be positive with your comments.

Jack Hagel, reporting  for table tennis, said that during the recent renovation their storage area was removed.  This has now been rectified, and they have a beach with a nice cover which can be used for seating.  This has taken six months to get done, and Jack thanked Mark Morrow and anyone else who helped with this project.

Butch Lynd for platform tennis:  They are playing from 6-7:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday.  The Wednesday afternoon session has ended, so now there is also a second session from 7:30-9 a.m. on Tuesdays.  They may add another day.  He thanked members of the group who worked hard on this evening’s dinner:  Mary and Dave Morris, Shirley and Ron Gliot, Sandy and Rod Doft, Joyce Eggert, and Jean Lynd.

Mike Kosanda said that the volleyball has ended for the summer due to a lack of players; it will start up again in the fall.  If anyone has any questions, contact him or Dawn Wakefield.

Mal Jacobson, tennis, said that the new court, number 16, should be ready in two weeks.  We now have our own little area for just tennis players.  There are now two clocks that work on both sides of the tower; they are electric, so hopefully there will be no damage from the sun.  She also stressed attendance at the forum.  If leaving for the summer, have a great summer, if staying, keep on playing and have a great summer as well.

Two new committees have been formed.  Butch Lynd will head up a Hospitality Committee.  We have not been doing enough to welcome new people and inform them of all the many activities that go on.  Introduce yourself to a new face!  A brochure will be created to hand out.  He would appreciate volunteers to help with this committee.  He encouraged us to go overboard with friendliness and make people feel welcome.  Call Butch if you have any ideas and offer to help.  He will be working this summer to get this going.  The other committee will be known as the Calendar Committee.  Co-chairing this will be Dottie Whitesell and Jan Hardy.  The will create a calendar of events so that people can plan ahead and not miss out of anything.  Details will be forthcoming.

The September meeting dinner arrangements will be handled by Patti Kirk and Joey Niblock.

Tickets were drawn for the 50-50 raffle.  Total collected, $178; $89 will go to the club and $44.50 each goes to Kathy Krezel and Bev Bormann, the lucky winners.  Ron thanked Karen Kirkman for her efforts at  each meeting to sell the tickets (and also whoever is helping her).

The meeting adjourned promptly at 6 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Beverly Bormann, Secretary

Read More