A couple more things

  1. Due to the terrible weather lately, we have unplugged the CAM card readers in the breezeways.  Please do not plug them in until they have been fixed.  You can swipe your CAM card in the card reader in the pavilion.
  2. This is the last chance to sign up for the First Aid training class to be held before the club members meeting on September 11th at 1 PM in the Agua Fria room.  Just send me an email if you want to be included.  We have to give the instructors a roster.  If you have already emailed me, then you are on the roster.


Summer League

Summer league is returning in June with an extended schedule.  The League will run on Mondays from June 11 – Sept. 10 at 7:00 am.  The League is open to all players at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and, 4.0 levels.
If you are interested in playing in the Summer League send an email to sleague@grandpickleball.org.  In order to play, you need to be:

  1. A member in good standing with the GPC
  2. Must have a unique email address (one that is not shared with another member of the GPC)

If you are new to Ladder/League play or haven’t played in the past two years, include the following information in your email.

  1. Your name as it appears on the Club Roster
  2. Your gender (this is not always obvious from the name)
  3. Your unique email address (this will also have to match what is on the Club Roster
  4. Your Skill Level

If you have played in the ladder or league previously, include

  1. Your name as it appears on the Club Roster
  2. Your unique email address as a confirmation.

Registration for Summer League will close June 4


2 Things

2 Things.

  1. Anyone interested in getting out of the heat for an hour or two to watch the replay of the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships, please join us at Brookside Bar and Grill, 15170 Bell Road on May 25th at 4 PM.  Please contact Craig Soubliere at 623-670-8038 if you will attend
  2. Please don’t remove anything from our bulletin boards without approval.  We have had a number of posted items pulled down and discarded.

Nominate a Pickleball Club Volunteer of the 3rd Quarter

April – June 2018

Volunteers are the lifeblood Of the Pickleball Club’s Success
“Generous with their time and talents they bring many incredible charitable and community endeavors.  Recognizing these individuals for their valuable contributions is an essential part of the club.”

The Board is asking members to submit volunteer names for the THIRD quarter Club volunteer appreciation award. 

If you have submitted a candidate previously you can re-submit them again for the third quarter.

The Volunteer Award Criteria and the Form to submit candidates are available on our website in both Microsoft Word and pdf format.  If you have Microsoft Word you can download that version, fill it out and email to Colleen Grimes at cgrimes01@cox.net,  or Linda Durkee at linda.durkee@cox.net. Otherwise you can print out the pdf and leave for Colleen or Linda in the drop box located in the pavilion on the bottom shelf of the stainless steel table.

The deadline for submission is June 22, 2018

Emergency Membership Meeting

I would like to call an emergency Pickleball club membership meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at 9:00 AM in the pickleball pavilion by courts 1-4.  The meeting should last about 15 minutes.  The reason for the meeting is CAM has accepted our offer to prove that the TomCat court cleaning machine will not hurt the pickleball courts.  We proposed to clean one court the equivalent of 3 years worth of cleaning.  To do this, we will be cleaning court 4 twice a day for a 30 day period.  The dates chosen are June 1-30.  This will be a very controlled test.

Cleaning our courts with this machine saves time, money, water and energy.

CAM requires the club to have members vote for both the testing and the resurfacing costs if the court were damaged.  If we did damage court 4, then the club would agree to pay $3,868 for it to be resurfaced.

I  hope to see everyone who is still around on Tuesday.


Please Help

If you have read/watched the news lately, you have seen the articles about the violence in Chicago.  We have been asked to help by donating pickleball paddles.  Ric Pruitt (USAPA Ambassador) has been introducing Pickleball to young kids and adults as an alternative to joining gangs around the Ellis Park Recreational Center.  They believe they can get 100+ kids into the program if they have enough paddles and balls.  As a club, we have taken on this challenge and are asking for club members help.  Over the next two weekends, the club will be accepting any/all paddle donations in the pavilion from 8-11 AM on May 12-13 and again on May 19-20.  If you have any question, please call or email Colleen Grimes at cgrimes01@cox.net or 757-215-6348.

Summer league is returning in June.  The league will be run on Mondays from June 11 – September 10 at 7 AM.  The league is open to all players 2.5 – 4.0+ levels.  If you are interested in playing in the summer league, send an email to sleague@grandpickleball.org. Registration will close June 4.

Lastly, there was a paddle left on court 8 on Wednesday morning.  Please contact Craig Soubliere to claim it.


Club Members in the US Open Pickleball Championships

Sun City Grand Pickleball Club had five members head down to Naples Florida last week to participate in the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships.  Our club was well represented with them taking home 8 Gold medals and 5 Silver medals. I would like to congratulate the following players.
Jim “Golden Boy” Hackenberg won 4 Golds and 1 Silver
Yvonne Hackenberg won 3 Golds
Mona Burnett won 1 Gold
Laura Fenton Kovanda won 2 Silvers
Roxanne Pierce won 2 Silvers

Freinds of our club also did well for the local communities.
Dave Weinbach won 2 Golds and 1 Silver
Gigi LeMaster won 3 Golds
Stephanie Lane won 1 Gold and 1 Bronze
Lisa Naumu won 2 Golds
Del Kauss won 1 Gold
LeEllen Lane won 1 Silver

Please congratulate them, the next time you see them on the courts.


Court Cleaning Schedule

CAM will be cleaning the Pickleball Courts on Thursday, May 3rd.  They will be starting on courts 1-8 and moving down, so courts 13-22 will be available to play on at the start of the day.  If we can get enough volunteers to assist CAM, we could have some courts clean and back open by 8 AM and all of the courts completed by 11 AM.

Please let me know if you can help us out.  Volunteers are needed by 7 AM.


Support the Arts

  1. There are a number of our Pickleball club members starring in the SCG Drama and Comedy Clubs presentation of “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum”.  Tickets are still available for shows on April 27, 28, and 29th.  You can buy them online.  Let’s show our support for the Drama club in this great production.
  2. Karen Paulsen lost her Topp XJ900 paddle on the courts.  A club member called her to tell her that he had placed it in the lost and found box.  When Karen went to check it the next day, it was gone.  It is clearly marked with her name and phone number on it.  Please let me know if you have her paddle or know where it might be.
  3. Lastly, let’s be aware of people hanging around the courts or our parking lot who are not CAM staff or guests.  Local Police have reported break-ins at Sun City Grand this past week.  Please pay attention to your surroundings.