Pickleball Holiday Party – Limted Number of Seats Left

Hello Pickleball Members:

There’s a very limited number of seats left  for the PB Holiday Party on Dec. 6th.  So if you are interested in getting tickets you need to email Linda Durkee at pbholiday@cox.net to confirm availability.  She will also put you on a wait list if we are able to get any additional  seats.

More info at http://grandpickleball.org/2018-pickleball-holiday-dinner-dance/


Election News

A quick update on the upcoming Grand Pickleball Club Board election for 2019:

Anyone wishing to be considered for a position on the Board must submit their name to the Nominating Committee 45 days in advance of the election.

The elections will be held during the club meeting on December 11, 2018.  This means that all nominations must be in by October 27, 2018 at the latest.

The Nominating Committee will submit a list of candidates to the Club Board of Directors for publication to the General Membership, 30 days prior to the election, or November 11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email the committee chairperson, Mel Langer at mlanger1@cox.net.



Just to keep everyone informed.  The email I sent out this morning was required to set up the election process.  All board positions are open.

With that being said, I want to clarify that myself, Craig Soubliere, Don Madison, and Stewart McWilliams are running for re-election.

Sorry for any confusion the earlier email may have caused.


Call for Candidates for Pickleball Board

The Election Committee met and has agreed an email should be sent to all Club Members, announcing:  Call for 2019 Candidates .

The committee consists of: Mel Langer, Nikki Greene, Laura Darrow, and Steve Schneider

The Sun City Grand Pickleball Club is looking for Candidates for 2019 Club Officers positions

Positions open for candidates :
Club President
Club Vice President
Board Member (member at large) up to 3 positions available

This is your chance to help the Club continue providing a fun active sport event in SCG.

Please submit your inquires to: Committee chairman : Mel Langer, mlanger1@cox.net

Term of Office:

  1. All officers and directors are elected for one year.
  2. The term of the Board shall begin on January 1, and end on December 31. Subsequent terms shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.


  1. President:
    1. Preside over club meetings.
    2. Responsible for administration of club business.
    3. Act as principle liaison between club and the association.
    4. Appoint all committees and chairpersons with board approval.
    5. In the event of board vacancies on the Executive Board, the President shall appoint, with Board approval, an interim replacement until official elections can be held.
    6. Assign duties to other Board members.
  2. Past President:
    1. Shall act as advisor for continuity from one administration to the next.
  3. Vice President:
    1. Shall perform duties of President in the event of the President’s absence.
    2. Shall perform other duties assigned by the President.
  4. Secretary:
    1. Maintain club records.
    2. Issue notices of meetings of the Executive Board or General Meeting.
    3. Keep minutes of meetings.
    4. Conduct all correspondence relating to club meeting.
    5. Furnish whatever reports to the association as may be required.
  5. Treasurer:
    1. Receive and deposit all funds due to the club.
    2. Pay bills.
    3. Furnish financial reports to Executive Board, membership and association as required.
    4. Prepare and submit year end reports.
    5. Maintain the club roster.
    6. Work closely with name tag chairperson.
    7. Have good knowledge of bookkeeping procedures.
    8. Have ability to work with a spreadsheet.
    9. Have the ability to work with Money or Quicken for keeping the financial records.
  6. Elected Board Members at Large: one to three positions. Perform duties assigned by the President.

Thank You,


Court Maintenance – Upkeep

The group that helped with court maintenance last Saturday, did a fantastic job.  We will be doing Court Maintenance and general upkeep on the remaining courts this Saturday, September 29th, at noon.

We will be repairing the fencing, checking the nets on each court and cleaning the windscreens, breezeways, fences, and under each fence to remove the accumulated dirt from the summer winds and storms.

If you would like to help, please get a hold of me.

This will count as a monitor credit.

Lunch will be provided.


Ladders and Card Readers

Happy Friday, Pickleball peeps

The card readers in the pavilion and breezeways are all fixed and working correctly.  A big Thank You to George Cox for setting up the new one and repairing the old ones. Please try and keep the covers closed on them after swiping your CAM card.

4.0 Plus ladder starts on October 15th at noon.  We want to make this a very competitive ladder and want everyone who plays at the 4.0 – 4.5 – and 5.0 level to come out and play against Sun City Grands best pickleball players.  Lets see who’s on the number one court at the end of the season.

Contact Craig Soubliere at craig160@hotmail.com if you have any questions or want to sign up for this challenging ladder.  I know that I will be on the number one court at the end, let’s see who will join me.


Court Maintenance – Upkeep

We will be doing Court Maintenance and general upkeep on the next 2 Saturdays of September (Sept 22 and 29) at noon. We will be repairing the fencing, checking the nets on each court and cleaning the windscreens, breezeways, fences, and under each fence to remove the accumulated dirt from the summer winds and storms.

If you would like to help, please get a hold of Craig Soubliere at craig160@hotmail.com

This will count as a monitor credit.


Ladies Ladder Clarification

Listed below are a number of items that have come up or are coming up in the near future.

1.  Registration is now open for the Fall League and will remain open until September 26. The League will run from October December 15 at 2 pm and 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 Fall 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. 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:

     A. Your name as it appears on the Club Roster
     B. Your gender (this is not always obvious from the name)
     C. Your unique email address (this also must match info on club roster)
     D. Your skill level

2.  All skill levels from 2.5 to 5.0+ are welcome.

The format of play is designed so that players play mostly with others of similar skill levels. Your ranking on a ladder is based upon your winning percentage (the ratio of points won to total points possible). The ladder is a competition, not a training forum.

You are expected to indicate your intent to play by responding to the weekly ladder invitation. The number of games played and the number of points per game will be determined by the number of players assigned to each court. If 4 players are assigned to a court, players will play three 15-point games in a round robin fashion with the other three players in the foursome. If 5 players are assigned to a court all will play four 11-point games with the other 4 players.

Play will be on Monday afternoons starting at noon and will last approximately an hour and a half.

Registration is now open for the Ladies’ Ladder and will remain open until October 7th. The Ladder will run from October 15 – April 15.

In order to play, you need to be:

If you have played in the ladder or league previously, include
     A. Your name as it appears in the Club Roster
     B. Your unique email address (as a confirmation)
3.  The awnings are back in place after being ripped up during the 4 storms in July and August.  It’s nice to have the shade again.
4. The Misters in the Pavilion are now operating properly.  The power outage messed up the timer and it has been fixed.
5.  Onyx is no longer making the Pure 2 pickleball and is replacing them with the G2 ball.  We have replaced all of the balls on the courts with the G2’s and are running a test to see how they hold up.  They are bit more orange than the Pure2.  We want feedback on any breakage and how they play.
6.  During the club meeting on Tuesday, there was a question about the new bench cushions that was voted on by members.  The question was “Did CAM approve the cushions?”.  I had shown them to Ken Olson (CAM General Manager) during a walk through, but had not really asked the question.  I met with Ken Olson and Bob Aiken yesterday and showed them a picture and asked for permission to put cushions on our benches and both replied ,Yes.  We will be looking around in the next week or so and buying the bench cushions for all of the benches in each breezeway.
7.  The PDP for a water bottle filler/ice machine, that was submitted to the Lifestyles committee (LAC) on Wednesday was approved and is moving on to the Architecture Committee, (ARC) later on this month.  Craig Soubliere did a great job presenting the PDP.

We are gearing up for the new season in Grand and cannot wait for everyone to get back.


Agenda Clarification

I feel that I need to clarify an agenda item, after getting numerous emails from club members regarding the agenda item of Court usage for tomorrow’s meeting.

Mike McDonald sent his mixer group an email today, that didn’t tell the whole story and is now causing some people to be upset.  Last year, the Wednesday/Friday night mixer group received 18 dedicated courts for the groups usage during the season.  His group members then reserved additional courts as they were needed.  This resulted in me receiving numerous  phone calls and emails and being called into the CAM offices twice to explain our court usage.  I talked to Mike McDonald a couple of times about these issues during the season, and made suggestions on ways to fix it.

To make it fair to all club members going forward, a proposal to limit dedicated court usage for any non-competitive (mixers, socials, skills, drills) events to 11 courts was passed by the board.

What that means to the Mixer groups is that they have 11 courts blocked off and members of that group must go online and reserve additional courts needed one week in advance, allowing all club members a chance to reserve any of the open courts.  This makes it fair to the entire club.

As for Ladders, League, and Tournaments,  these are competitive events and open to all club members.  These events could block off all 22 courts.

I hope this clears up any misconceptions or misunderstandings.

I look forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow’s meeting.