Super Fun Member’s Tournament!

We had a great turnout and a lot of fun on Nov 12 at our Member’s Tournament.

Here are the winners:
Group 2.5: 1st Place: Reg E.; 2nd Place: Kevin Dr.; 3rd Place: Rebecca H.
Group 3.0: 1st Place: Yvon L.; 2nd Place: Linda S.; 3rd Place: Rodger F.
Group 3.5: 1st Place: Kevin Du.; 2nd Place: Dave B.; 3rd Place: Peter K.

THANK YOU! to all the participants, the organizing committee, and those who brought dessert!

City Presentation for Outdoor Courts

On Monday, October 15, 2018, Claudine, President of our Club did a presentation to City Council. The purpose of the presentation was to explain the benefits of future Outdoor Pickleball courts for our members, the Community and the City of Camrose. We had great support from our Club with 16 Pickleball players in attendance.

Claudine Presenting

There was lots of positive interest and many comments and questions from the counsellors. As well Ryan Poole, General Manager of Community Services answered many inquiries as to the feasibility of the proposal, discussing cost and location. He seemed very positive and hopeful mentioning that it would be cost effective to have a structure (hockey rink style) that could have both Pickleball in summer/Skating in winter and it could be utilized year round. Council also stated that it was good timing for this proposal as the City’s Budget is currently being established. The counsellors seemed impressed by the fact that the Club is willing to explore the possibility of applying to funding programs to support this endeavour.

Thank you Claudine for all the research, hard work, and energy you put into this proposal. Hopefully there will be outside Pickleball Courts beside the Recreation Centre in the near future. Regardless of the outcome, it gave the Club the opportunity to promote Pickleball to our City Council. We will continue our ongoing quest for more Pickleball courts for the benefit of our members and the Community.

Keep an eye out for an article and photos in the Camrose Booster regarding our recent proposal. Fingers crossed.

Club Members Present

Skill Development Clinics

Two Skill Development Sessions were recently conducted by Kevin Duff, a 4.5 player. It was great to see so many members attending and taking the opportunity to improve their games. It was well received. Thank you Kevin!

Clinic instruction taking place.

Beginner Session

On Friday, September 14, 2018, our Club had it first Beginner Session which attracted 15 participants, 6 of them were new players that just showed up that morning.  We also had 4 new players become members.  Watch the Our Play Times Calendar for new Beginner Sessions coming in the near future.

End of Summer 2018 Tournament and Volunteer Appreciation Potluck

Our last days of summer found us on the courts of the Max McLean Arena contending to find the best of the best. We had 32 players, 17 men and 15 women in 4 groupings. Most points would determine the best 3 players in Mens and the best 3 players in Womens. Hard fought battles in each group left the following as victors:

Womens:
First – Sandra F. with 71/77 points
Second – Darlene S. with 69/77 points
Third – Marina O. with 68/77 points

Mens:
First – Lorne S. with 76/77 points
Second – Lin L. with 74/77 points
Third – Dean E. with 72/77 points

We all headed upstairs to feast on delicious hamburgers prepared to perfection by celebrity cooks Sandy and Dave B. Everyone selected from the variety of scrumptious side dishes and desserts to supplement their hearty hamburger. Volunteers are the backbone of our club. We are thankful that we have such great members.

As a special treat we had door prizes (that were left over from our Spring Tournament).

Two $25 gift cards from Smitty’s Restaurant were chosen in a draw.
Women’s draw: Brenda W.
Men’s draw: Richard D.

One gift card from Battle River Sports:
Won by Rebecca H.

If laughter and smiles and ooohs and aaaaws determine the success of our tournament, then we can declare this tournament to be a huge success.

Well played everyone!

2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Camrose Pickleball Club annual general meeting (AGM) for 2018 was held on May 9 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Camrose Recreation Centre. Presentations and discussions were made on various topics affecting the Club following a pot luck supper for all those members in attendance. Additionally, elections were held for vacant positions on the executive and those positions were filled.

Thank you to the outgoing executive members for their past contributions. A special thank you to the outgoing president, Dean E., for all his hard work which has been key to the growth of our club and it’s current operation – which is now being enjoyed by more people than ever before!

Welcome your new Executive:

President- Claudine L.
Vice President- Roy F.
Secretary- Fay E.
Treasurer- Susan N.
Back-up Treasurer- Sandra B.
Membership Coordinator – Jim K.
Money Collector Coordinator – Linda S.
Activities Coordinator- Sandra B.
Organized Play Coordinator- Claudine L.
Material/Equipment- Lorne E.

May 05 One Day Open Tournament Fun

Our May 05 One Day Open Pickleball Tournament is over and it looks like we can check it off as a success! All of the 116 participants enjoyed their games – and playing with new partners / opponents from far and wide!

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated door prizes and supported our efforts:

Battle River Sports Excellence
Bridges Travel & Tours
City of Camrose
Flo’s Concession
i.d.apparel
Kevin Hycha
Paddletek
Real Canadian Superstore
Red Deer Pickleball Supplies
R-O Advanced Water Services Ltd.
Weber Funeral Home

Special Thanks to Red Deer Pickleball Supplies for having their Sales Desk at our tournament! Thank you to all the participants – some who came from far away and endured the travel to get here. Thank you to all of our club members for donating their time to make our first open tournament such a success! And thank you to all those other people who contributed behind the scenes and like to remain anonymous – you know who you are and WE KNOW who you are – and we appreciate your efforts too!

The tournament results can be found here: Tournament Results

Photos from the tournament can be found here – and more will be added in the next few days – keep checking (click on the 2018 pickleball)! Photos

Keep ‘pickling’ everyone!

2017 AGM for Pickleball Alberta

Dean, Donna, Richard, Claudine and Yvon recently attended the AGM for Pickleball Alberta. It was a very informative meeting. We were also able to spend a couple of hours playing pickleball outside after the meeting on a beautiful Fall day. A note from the President of Pickleball Alberta, Bev Walker, is below…

The second AGM for Pickleball Alberta Organization was held Sunday, September 24th in Red Deer. At this AGM there were 22 in attendance, representing 9 clubs plus Pickleball Canada.

The support to establish a provincial sports organization and national sports organization for pickleball is very encouraging. We are on our way! There is much to be done as we work in conjunction with Pickleball Canada, and other provinces to accomplish our goals.

There was good discussion at the AGM and PA has taken on specific actions to provide clubs information. It was very helpful to have Alberta based members of the PCO Board in attendance to clarify and respond to some of the questions. Thanks to Val Vollmin and Doug Thomson in particular for attending and providing us thier insights! One of the comments was how much Albertans are involved in PCO and I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowldge the double duty taken on by Mike Cooper, Brenda Feser and Gene Vollmin who are also involved at both the provincial and national levels.

I would like to thank the outgoing PA Board members for their work and support in our first year of operation – George Frohlich as Secretary, Trevor Burndred as Treasurer and Brian Popowitch as Communications Director. A separate email will be sent to appeal for volunteers to help with PA Board work and other initiatives to be undertaking this coming year.

Our fledgling website will be adding more information and capacity so keep checking us out at www.pickleballalberta.org

Bev Walker,
Pickleball Alberta

2017 AGM Attendees