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.
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:
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!
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.