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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

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Monthly Gen’l Mtg & following Potluck

The Tennis Club’s monthly meeting coming up will be on Tuesday, May 9, starting with a Social Hour at 4:30; general meeting at 5:15; followed with a “Potluck” supper.  The Platform Tennis group will provide the fried chicken, rolls, cake and coffee.  The group is asking club members to provide a favorite salad or side dish and a serving utensil with the side dish.  Please sign up at the RHJ Tennis Tower by Friday, May 5th with your check for $8.00 per person payable to the SCW Tennis Club.  Also be sure to list the food item you are bringing.

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Minutes SCW Tennis Club April 11, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Pat Melendes at 5:05 p.m.  Following the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, Pat thanked the evening’s volunteers, as follows: Bartenders Joe Melendes, Ron Wambach, and Mike Kosanda; snacks courtesy of Diane Davidson and Avis Bennett; and all of the arrangements for the pizza dinner, the Desert Deuces 3.5 team and their leader Diane Hashem.  There were 127 members present, 47 who left after the meeting and the remaining 80 staying to enjoy the meal.

A motion was made by Patti Kirk, seconded by Hazel Swailes, to approve the minutes of the March meeting.  Motion passed.

Bud gave a detailed report of our club inflows and outflows; our current net worth is $20,631.  The recent golf fundraising tournament netted the club $7,289.  That amount has been moved into the court conversion fund.

Dan Mesch presented the marble trophy awards to the winners of this year’s club championship tournament.  They are:

Men’s 80+ Singles:  Bill Windsor

Men’s 80 Doubles:  Jack Coughlin and Gerry Dumond

Men’s 70-79 B Doubles:  Rich Jacobs and Joe Melendes

Mixed 50-69 A Doubles:  Mark and Jan Morrow

Women’s 50-69 A Doubles:  Diane Hashem and Lee Hoag

Men’s 50-69 A Doubles:  Bruce Dougan and Al Petersen

Men’s 50-69 A Singles:  Joe James

Men’s 50-69 B Singles:  Tom Albanese

Dan reported that we currently have 443 paid members.  He will accept 2017 memberships until September 30.

Diane Hashem, Swing into Spring tournament director, thanked all participants and volunteers.  There were very few complaints.  She also thanked member sponsors Ron and Gayla Brown, Bill and Jeani Paulson, Jo-Ann and Collin Gaetz, and Mary and Ed Shupert, and Sid Engel for his musical entertainment.  A total of 162 players participated.  There were 60 players from outside the community.  The publicity team did a great job.  The indoor meal at Palm Ridge was very successful.  The 100 ball shoot-out and a raffle were well received.  Valley View Food Bank was the recipient of $320, plus loads of canned goods.  MaryAnn Kraus and Lois Hildahl were the winners of the shoot-out.  Next year’s tournament dates are March 21-25; Diane needs help in running the shoot-out and the raffle, someone to decorate the dinner banquet tables, and always help with sponsor money.  All of this years sponsors are listed in the center of the membership roster, so try hard to patronize them and let them know why!  A member for the floor thanked Diane for all of her hard work to make this a success.  Another floor comment was that the raffle needed more publicizing, but next year there will be more time to get the word out.

Mark Morrow is planning another golf tournament next year, but no firm date has been set.  They will get an earlier start this time  He said he had a great committee to help.  The 3.0 West Valley League needs players; see him if you are interested.  Another Pebble Creek mixer is coming up April 30; more information will follow.  They need about five more people, both men and women.  Regarding Facilities Committee work, lots of information is being gathered.  He stressed the importance of as many people as possible attending the April 18, 10 a.m. meeting in the social hall to make their thoughts known on the Rec Centers fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to keep our amenities up to date.  All of the money for this work comes from the Asset Preservation Fund and will NOT affect our annual dues.  The money is there.  Mark will be glad to help anyone with talking points if they would like to contact him.  Pat said it would be good to get to the meeting early to get a good seat.  Microphones will be set up and members can tell why we need these renovations.  The new post-tension concrete would have a 30-year warranty.  Too  much money has been spent over many years giving Band-Aid treatment to the courts.  Everyone will get two minutes to tell their story.  Also, there will be an architect there to give a presentation.  Kay William encouraged everyone to send emails to all of the Governing Board members; they pay attention.  Pat said she had taken 187 photos of the condition of the courts and passed them on to Cindy Knowlton.

Happy Camp was a success, with 50 participants in tennis, table tennis, and platform tennis.

Carl Braaten is accepting names for the 2018 trip to Indian Wells to attend the Paribas Pro Tournament (March 12-14).  The bus is already half full; price is the same as this year.  He will have a waiting list if necessary.  Call him if you have any questions.

Jack Hagel thanked Mark Morrow for helping the table tennis group get their storage area back; this should take place in the next few days.  They play in air conditioning and can always handle more people.  Their tables are great to play on.  Beginners and intermediate play is Tuesday and Thursday.  Contact Jack with questions.

Butch Lynd, Platform Tennis, said their hours are the same for now, 6:30-8:00 a.m.  The Wednesday afternoon play is 3:30-5:30.  There have been lots of tennis players showing interest.  Normal play is two-three courts, with four on Saturdays.  The pickleball courts at Johnson are now locked.  There is a key in the tower if you wish to use them; also a key is available near the bocce courts during “off” hours.  Call Butch if you have any questions.  Larry Griffith has said that work would probably start on the conversion court next Thursday (April 20).

Mike Kosanda, Volleyball, said the group will continue play through April in the usual place in Surprise; cost is $4 and they play from 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Mal Jacobson, Tennis Rep, said that it should take three weeks to finish the new court.  She said we should check the score post mounted on court one.  The Metal Club is working on creating this for us.  Give her or Ron Wambach your comments on what you think about it.  She also mentioned the meeting on April 18 and the importance of being there.  Our hope is to get eight courts =done next year.

The Wind Down social needs a volunteer to reserve a restaurant for us to have a meal following the tennis.  Contact Pat if you can do this.

The second shift monitor in the tower, starting April 24, will begin the shift at 4 p.m.  This will help us pick up names for those playing in the evening.

Karen Kirkman and Darlene Camillo collected $168 for the 50-50 raffle; tonight’s lucky winners of $42 each were Vivian Rendes and Bev Bormann, with $84 going to the club.  Another drawing was held for the leftover Swing into Spring shirts and one leftover stemless wine glass.

Ron Wambach said that our club received $1312.50 for helping the softball club sell tickets for their car raffle; hopefully we will do this next year.  And….dib’t forget those emails to the Governing Board.

The meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitte3d, Beverly Bormann, Secretary


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Gen’l Mtg / Catered Dinner following – Tuesday, April 11, 2017

OK, Tennis Players, we did not have a catered dinner following the General Meeting on March 14th; but it is back.  Social Hour starts at 4:30 p.m.; followed by the General Meeting at 5:15 and then the Catered Dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Menu:

5 Star Pizza, Salad, Cookies, Coffee all for only $8.00.  Variety of pizzas will be freshly made on premises.  Sign up in the RHJ Tower by April 7 along with your check payable to the SCW Tennis Club for $8.00 per person.

Dinner is being hosted by:  Desert Deuces 3.5 Women’s Tennis Team.  Don’t forget to thank them when you see them.

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SCW Tennis Club Minutes Genl Mtg March 14, 2017


          The meeting was called to order by President Pat Melendes at 5:15 p.m.  First order of business was recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance led by Bud Armstrong.  Pat then  thanked all of the evening’s hardworking volunteers:  Snack Organizer Donna Davidson and Bartenders Rich Jacobs and Frank Meyerholtz.  There were 80 members in attendance and no guest or visitors.  The minutes of the February minutes were unanimously approved by the membership.  Treasurer Bud Armstrong reported that as of the end of March we had $47,259 in our account; however, much of that money is committed to outstanding liabilities.

The following Standing Committee Heads Reported:

  1. Sandy Johnson for Team Tennis.  56 players were used for the March 4, 2017  event comprised of four teams.  Donna led the Blue Team, Mike the Green Team, Greta the White Team and Jerry the Red Team.  Recognition was given to members of the Green Team who won the competition.  Elvine Baird and Bev Bormann were thanked for great refreshments.  Also thanked was Karen Kirkman for PR and Ron Gliot for photography.  The next Team Tennis event will be November 4, 2017.
  2. Diane Hashem Swing into Spring.  The Tournament will be held March 22 to 26, 2017.  The Tournament Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 23 at Palm Ridge Center.  It will be catered by Memo’s.  Cocktails are at 4 pm with dinner to follow at 5.  Workers and Players will receive a free dinner and others must reserve ASAP for $10.  There will be a 100 tennis ball shoot-out at 11:45  on Saturday.  Ball numbers are being sold for $20 each.  First place prize is $750 and second is $250.  In the event of a first place tie, the total $1000 will be split 50/50 between the winners.  In case of a second place tie, the $250 second place prize will be split, $125 to each.  There will also be a silent auction with tickets for sale – 10 for $5.
  3. Mark Morrow – Golf Fundraiser and Facilities.  Mark distributed a “New Members Information” listing all positions and contacts in the Tennis Club.  The Golf Fund Raiser was held for four reasons: a. Tennis Club needs money to improve the facility and repay the loan. b. The Clubs support of Charities in the Community in this case, St. Mary’s Food Bank. c. To give SCW Golf Courses a boost. d. To get the community involved with Tennis.  $7,385 was raised for the Tennis Fund.  The Committee will meet on the 19th to start planning for next year’s event.  Facilities – 3 of the 6 nets at Kuentz were low.  One was 1 1/2″ low.  All have been corrected.  Weeds are also being taken care of.  The Club is awaiting a start date for the court conversion.  There will be a Recreation Board meeting at 9 am on Thursday, March 23 in the Lecture Hall where this will hopefully be set.  All members not playing or working in the tournament are encouraged to attend.
  4. Janet Simcic – Happy Camp & Pebble Creek Mixer.  Happy Camp has begun with about 50 children participating so far.  Club Members who are volunteering are: a. Tennis:  Mal Jacobson, Diane Becker, Lee Hoag, Diane Hashem. b. Platform Tennis:  Butch Lync, Rod Doft, Ron Gliot.  c.  Table Tennis:  Hazel Swailes, Patti and Ray Kirk. d. Photography and PR:  Karen Kirkman.  The Pebble Creek mixer will be Sunday, April 30 at Pebble Creek.  All levels of players are needed.  Sign up  with Janet. 

Sports Chair Reports are as follows:

Table Tennis – Jack Hagel, no report.

Platform Tennis – Butch Lynd.  Players meet Monday through Saturday from 7 to 8:30 am.  Beginners and other play Wednesday 3:30 to 5 pm.  Turnout has been good.

Tennis – Mal Jacobson.  Tennis is great now but the courts are very crowded.  The Hobo Stew was well attended and enjoyed by all.  The West Valley Senior Women’s Tennis Roundup was held at the RH Johnson Court.

New Business: 

Phyllis Schott reported on the upcoming Holiday Party plans.  She is co-chair with Pat Melendes.  The party will be held at Briarwood on Monday, December 4 from 5 to 10 pm.  The band will be a member of our club.  There will be round tables for 8 or 10 and tickets will be available as of November 1, 2017.

Pat Melendes announced that MyGrove is our communication platform and we will only use it to only communicate activities of our club.  She also acknowledged that some members do not have internet to receive our notifications and plans to make copies or the minutes available at the Tower and at Kuentz.

Next month’s dinner host will have 5 Star Pizza.  We still need volunteers to arrange for the September Meeting.

50/50 Raffle.  Karen Kirkman and Sandy Johnson collected $130.  Two winners were drawn and they each won $32.50.

The Meeting was adjourned at 5:50 pm.  Snacks were available after the meeting.

Respectfully submitted – Hazel Swailes for Bev Bormann



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http://www.swingintospringaz.com   If you missed the deadline to sign up for Swing Into Spring tournament, you can still come out and enjoy watching you friends play in the tournament.  It begins on Wednesday, March 22 and goes through March 26.  Play begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until about 2:00 p.m.  At this years event, the Tennis Club will be collecting nonperishable food items for Valley View Community Food Bank.  Additional information can be found on the event website at the beginning of this memo.

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Minutes SCW Tennis Club – Feb. 14, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Pat Melendes at 5:15 p.m.  First order of business was the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Following that, Pat thanked the following for their help.  Bartenders David John and Jim Held; snacks, Avis Bennett and Donna Davidson; and dinner committee Mike and Janet Kosanda, Jan Hardy, Dottie Whitesell, and Karen Kirkman.  There were 140 attendees, 36 who left following the meeting and 104 staying for dinner.  Pat also thanked Karen Kirkman, Darlene Camillo, and Shirley John who sold the 50/50 raffle tickets.

New members were introduced:  Judy Anderson from WI; Jerry DeHart from CA; and Anne Larson from TX.  A hearty welcome to all.

A motion was made by Patti Kirk, seconded by Elaine Reed, to approve the minutes of the January meeting.  Motion passed.

Bud Armstrong, treasurer, reported that we have $49,433 in our account, with outstanding liabilities of $26,484.  Part of this money is to be used for the Indian Wells tournament trip; $5,000 of this is owed to the Rec Centers for the court conversion.  Our actual spending amount is $22,949.

Sandy Johnson reported that the January 28 Team Tennis social was very successful.  The next event is Saturday, March 4.  Sandy would like to have a few people show up to fill in if someone can’t  play at the last minute.  Captains in January were Mark Morrow, Pat Melendes, Sharon Cratsenberg, and Mike Kosanda, with Mike’s team winning.  Pat thanked Avis Bennett for providing the snacks.  Ron Gliot took the photos for the newspapers and Facebook.  She needs six more men and six more women for the next event.  Captains will be Debbie Zahariades, Margit Rubendunst, Donna Davidson, and Greta Fernitz.  Do not use MyGrove to sign up for Team Tennis; you must still sign up in the tower.

Karen Kirkman asked everyone to be sure to contact her if you wish anything publicized.

Dan Mesch has the new membership roster printed in planetary purple and they are ready for distribution.  The sponsors of Swing into Spring are all listed in the center of the book, so please thank them by giving them your business; let them know you are a club member.  Please take only one per member.  2017 memberships close on September 30.  We had 421 members at the time of publication.  The membership is now on MyGrove, also a calendar of events.  Dan reminded us that our annual dues of $15 provide us the best deal in SCWS!

Beryl Braaten filled us in on the Indian Wells trip in Carl’s absence.  We will board the bus at 7 a.m. sharp Monday, March 13 at station 20 in the RH Johnson parking lot.  Tickets will be passed out on the bus.  We will spend two nights at the Holiday Inn Express with a shuttle service as well as our bus to take us back and forth.  An abundant free breakfast buffet is provided.  Please bring tip money for the driver, $5-10 per person.  We will return March 15, arriving in SCW around 10 p.m.  It is a great trip and very popular with all who attend.

Diane Hashem has the Swing into Spring entry forms in the mail.  Lots of publicity is being disseminated, thanks to her committee.  Registration deadline is two weeks away.  Last minute entries usually cause challenges.  We need to support this event, as always, as it is a way to  raise money for our club.  She hopes to make this a growing event.  Dates are 3/22 – 3/26, with play beginning at 8:30, then 10:30 and 12 noon.  The dinner this year is on Thursday at Palm Ridge, with cocktails at 4 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m.  If you wish to attend just the dinner, the cost is $10/person.  There will also be a 100 tennis ball drop.

Mark Morrow has created a membership sheet for new people which provides lots of information about the club and names of people involved in many of the activities.  The courts will be cleaned 3/11, 12, 13, and 14, so there will be some court closures during that time.  Most courts have new nets and are at the proper height.  There is a signup sheet for the mixers with Pebble Creek and SCG.  The recent fundraising golf tournament was a great success; Mark said $7,354 was raised for the club….outstanding!  There were 89 players, 43 tennis players and 47 were not club members.  SCG gave us $60 in donations.  Players came from all over.  We were able to give St. Mary’s Food Bank $1,660.  The softball club was very helpful and provided $340 in mulligan money (golf lingo).  Over 30 volunteers helped.  Hazel Swailes took loads of pictures and they were posted the very next day.  The softball club is raffling off a car, and our club is helping them by selling tickets, one ticket for $25, eight tickets for $100, with 50% of the amount of those sales going to us.  The drawing is on Sunday, April 2.  Stop over at Kuentz to see the car.  Let them know you are with the tennis club and again, patronize these merchants that help us.

Jack Hagel, table tennis, thanked the club for the $100 we gave them to be used at their discretion.  They use it to replace balls, etc.  He invited everyone to come on over and play.

Butch Lynd, platform tennis, said they are using 2-4 courts every day.  Join them and try the game, or at least come on down and watch.  They play Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-9:00.  In March they will start at 8 a.m.  Everyone is welcome; they will provide paddles and balls.  Lessons are given on Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.  Butch will be happy to give private lessons also, just give him a call.  They will be playing during the Hobo Stew social also, so join them.  They will participate in the upcoming Happy Camp for grandchildren; their dates are 3/13 and 3/20 from 11 a.m.-noon.  Guest fee is $3.  They also provide free coffee and doughnuts the first Saturday of each month.

Mal Jacobson, tennis rep, said that the tennis numbers have increased since the monitor has been on duty all day.  Covers have been made for the score posts… please remove them only I you intend to use them and be sure to replace.  Hobo Stew will be Saturday, February 25 at 1 p.m.  This is a FREE event.  Bring a can of veggies, a spoon, and your beverage of choice.  Three rounds of no ad tennis will be played, A and B levels.  Cards will be drawn for pairings.  The stew will be served in a well washed can and it is wonderful.  Don’t sign up unless you know you can be there, as the meat is purchased based on the count.  Tennis participation for Happy Camp will be March 15, 1 p.m.  They try to keep the same age kids together.  Table tennis in also involved in Happy Camp.  Last Wednesday the league tennis “over 70” party was held at Johnson, with everyone bringing a salad to share.  Good food, good fun.

There will be no catered meal at the March meeting, but Donna Davidson has volunteered to provide plenty of snacks.  There were no volunteers for any dinner arrangements.

Phyllis Schott is handling the arrangements for the December 4 dinner dance at Briarwood.

The 50/50 raffle raised $292, with $146 for the club and $73 each to Liz Daley and Hazel Swailes.

The meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Beverly Bormann, Secretary



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