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
On August 30th we had over 30 players participate in our Goodbye Max McLean tournament. What a great turn-out! It was a FUN tournament – not focussed on winning – but on everyone having lots of play time with people of a similar skill level. Check out our Facebook page (Camrose Pickleball) to see a few short video’s of entertaining play.
Following the tournament we sat down to a great meal. Thanks everyone for participating in the wonderful Pot Luck! Once again the executive worked hard to make this event another success. They deserve a big round of applause.
Starting September we are back at the Field House. (Check out our Calendar on the web site for the updated schedule).
With Big Valley Jamboree heating up in our city, we did well to have 8 come out to play Ladies Pickleball this morning. (August 3rd) We all played 7 games and had the pleasure of having each person as a partner. This is a trial event for the month of August. Attendance will be monitored to ensure it’s a worthwhile event to continue into September, so join us if you can.
Last week we had the pleasure of teaching young adults in the Leaders in Training Program with Camrose Association for Community Living the fun that can be had when playing Pickleball. And today we did our best to show children in a Day Care program how to play Pickleball. They ranged in age from 6 – 12 years and that was fun! Four of us tried to mentor 15 children that had very short attention spans, making it a little challenging. Thank you to Dean, Susan, Donna & Peter for coming out to coach these lively future Pickleball Players.
Starting Thursday August 3rd, and continuing on Thursdays til at least the end of the month, we will be having Pickleball Mornings for ladies at the Max McLean Arena from 9 am – 11 am. Cost: Free if you are a member of the Camrose Pickleball Club. $2.00 for non members.
Everyone will be expected to sign-in and we’ll keep track of attendance to determine if these sessions will continue.
If you think this is something you’d enjoy please come out and support the efforts to make this a regular event.
On May 10th we had the pleasure to give 7 ladies from the PCN (Primary Care Network) a crash course in Pickleball. Thank you to everyone who helped. There were some natural Pickleball players in the Group. Was fun; hope they return!
Our Annual General Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner was held on May 9, 2017 at the Camrose Recreation Centre. A total of 28 members were in attendance. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Club and for providing the wonderful variety of food for dinner! (Notice “The Thinker” in the background.)
Many exciting decisions were made during the Meeting. It should be an exciting year! Curious? To receive your copy of the AGM Minutes email Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is your Executive for the 2017/2018 year:
President: Dean E. (2nd term – starting fifth year!!)
Vice President: vacant
Treasurer: Susan N. (2nd term – starting 5th year!!)
Secretary: Fay E.
Tournament/Competition Coordinator: Claudine L.
Activities Coordinator: Sandy B.
Fundraising Coordinator: Ron H.
Member At Large: Jack C. (1st term – 2nd year)
Member at Large: Jim K.
Member at Large: Michael M.
Special thanks to our past Executive members who have stepped down:
Esther M. (Member at Large)
Maggie B. (Member at Large)
Dean and Susan – starting your 5th year on the Executive of the Club!!! What a wonderful contribution you have made to the Club and to the Community of Camrose. Thank you!
(Note: Last names are not included for privacy purposes.)
The Club held its first Ladder Play on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Twenty-nine players participated in the event. I was thrilled to see so many people interested in this structured pickleball format.
Seven courts were scheduled with teams of 4 players, including one court of 5 players. Each team started at either 9 am. or 10:30 am. and played 3 games to 15 points. For the group of 5, the players played 4 games to 11 points.
Everyone had so much fun that 26 players have already signed up for the next Ladder Play scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Thanks everyone for your support and let’s make this a permanent event.
Please contact me for more information:
Ladder Play Captain