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.

Afternoon Drop In Monitors Change

With the change to the summer hours on the pickleball courts, we no longer use monitors during the afternoon drop-in period.  If you signed up to monitor for the afternoon, you will need to change it to a morning session to receive a monitor credit.
Sorry for the confusion.


2 Things

2 Things.

  1. A number of items have been reported missing at the Pickleball courts recently.  I would like to suggest that members take their bags with them on to the courts they are playing on instead of hanging them in the breezeways.
  2. If you are Monitoring on or after April 15, be reminded that drop in will now start at 8:00 AM.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy rest of the spring and summer and we see everybody back in Grand in the fall.


Sun City Grand Pickleball Club Meeting Agenda

Date April 10, 2018

Time 3:00 PM- Agua Fria Room

Type of Meeting: General Membership Meeting
Meeting Facilitator: Troy Konz
Invitees: All Active Club Members

I. Approval of minutes from the March meeting

II. Officers Reports – Treasurer

III. Committee Reports – Sponsorship, Volunteer of the Quarter

IV. Old Business

a. Welcome new board member

b. Pickleball skills Olympics – Pick-A-Lympics – recap

c. Internal Tournament – Pick your Partner – Nov 28, 29, 30 – Skill level – $20

d. Holiday Party – December 6 – Thadeous Rose Band – Linda D to update

e. Pro-Am – Play with a Pro event – December 16 – Noon start – benefits A Soldiers Best Friend

f. External Tournament – update

g. Court maintenance – update

h. CPR training – St Luke’s – Mel Langer

V. New business

a. Change to summer hours

b. Badges change – member approval

c. Board of Directors by law change – member approval


a. Don Madison update


Lost Items

A couple of our members have lost some items at the pickleball courts.

  • Barbara Farnsworth lost her cell phone that was in a blue case.
  • Brian Kaping lost his blue paddletek tempest storm paddle.

If anyone finds or comes across these items, please contact me, so we can get them back to their owners


Court cleaning

Thanks to our CAM staff and 12 fantastic club volunteers, courts 1-8 are clean and open for business.
Courts 9-16 will be ready by 10 AM
Courts 17-22 should be completed no later than noon.
Again, a great job by our volunteers.


CAM meeting and court times

Craig and I met with CAM management yesterday, Friday, March 30 to discuss issues with the Pickleball club and court cleaning.  The meeting was chaired by Ken Olson and had most of the CAM management and maintenance staff there.  The meeting went well.  Ken is concerned that there might be warranty and liability issues with us cleaning the courts with our new equipment.  They are all for the savings on the labor, time, and water, but want everything in writing before we continue to maintain our courts ourselves.  The liability issue is just a matter of training club members to use the machines (like the softball club with their power mowers).
Craig and I showed the group, pictures of the debris on the courts and balls, and how it affects the play and the safety of our club members.  Ken took many notes on the pictures and gave the list to Scott Phillips for action.

  • So, on April 4th, the courts will be shut down in the morning while CAM staff clean them.  Ken agreed that we could help the process by having a team of members helping to squeegee off the courts as the maintenance staff finishes each one.  This will mean that the courts would be open as soon as they are dry.  It’s up to us to make it happen faster.
  • I will need 3-5 volunteers to help out, starting at 7 AM on Wednesday morning.  Please let me know if you can help.

Also, starting on April 15th, the club hours will be moving forward by 1 hour.  I will send out another email once we have finalized everything.

Lastly, Val Wilson has asked for our help in finding her lost Hydro Flask.  She left it on the courts a week or so ago and it hasn’t been turned in yet.  It is a 24-ounce lime green water bottle with a sports top and a black carrying case.  If you pull the bottle out of the sleeve, Val’s name is on it with an outline of Washington state.  On the bottom of the bottle, is her phone number.  If you can be on the lookout for it, Val would appreciate it.

Please let me know if there are any concerns or questions.

Thanks for a Grand first three months of the year and for all of you heat chickens, see you when you turn back into snowbirds in the fall.