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Updated May 21, 2023
TWO NEW TIME SLOTS FOR ORGANIZED PLAY
Wow! We’re approaching (180) PTPC members playing pickleball, and it’s great to know we’re following the trend for the fastest growing sport in the world! In light of our increasing numbers during the regular 9-11 AM Organized Play time slot, the Pickleball Planning Committee has decided to add two alternative time slots that members can access in SignUpGenius.
- Early Start For Advanced Players: Starting June 1 and running through August, Blue Group players (3.5 & Up) can sign up to play at 8 AM. All other skill levels can sign up to start at 9 AM, at which time they’ll overlap with the Blue Group. It might get a little crazy from 9-10 AM, but we want to keep our club social and welcoming to all skill levels.
- Early Bird and Evening Play: Some of our members work during the day and wish to play either in the early mornings or evenings, but it’s not always easy to coordinate getting on the courts together. We’ve added the ability to sign up for Early-Bird-Play from 7-8 AM, and Evening-Play from 5-9 PM. We hope this will make it easier for members to see times that other folks might want to play, and it will encourage them to meet up. Please state your preferred play time in the comment box for others to see.
50TH ANNIVERSARY RSVP CARDS
PTPC members should have already received their invitations to attend the Golden Jubilee Celebration on July 27 at Lincoln Hills in Ludington (they were sent in early May). The RSVP cards need to be returned before the end of May using the pre-stamped envelope that was enclosed. If you didn’t receive an invitation or if you have questions, please contact Jeri Kett as soon as possible. Thanks for your attention to this!
Thanks to Ron Gooding, John Melse, Steve & Jackie Tracy, Jim Kett and Mike Bass for their hard work in completing the tennis backboard construction and installation on May 9th. Lisa DeMoss was proud to be the very first member to use the backboard. It is now available for use on tennis court #3.
PTPC BOARD MEETING
The second PTPC Board meeting of 2023 was held on Monday, May 8th. A copy of the meeting minutes can be found on the members page (password required). The password can be found inside any of the last several 2022 newsletters, or you can contact us and we’ll send it to you.
PTPC CLUBHOUSE COURT & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE
The grounds committee has received tremendous support already this year with club opening / clean up activities, and we thank all those who contributed. We are once again seeking for volunteers for various recurring clubhouse, courts & grounds maintenance activities that are needed during the 2023 season. A SignUpGenius is now available for members to list their commitment to help out during the 2023 season. You can access the SignUp here, and commit to any available slots of your choosing.
CRACK FILLER CREW
A dedicated group of volunteers worked on filling the cracks on the pickleball courts on Thursday, April 27. It only took the experienced crew (45) minutes to get the work done. Special thanks to Ron & Jan Gooding, Mike & Kati Guercio, Macy Felter, Fritz Baker and Ed Walker!
OPENING OF THE CLUBHOUSE
We now have a fully functioning clubhouse thanks to the considerable efforts from John Melse, Ron Gooding and Pokey Walicki. The waterline leak was repaired, and bleach was poured to rid the pipes of bacteria. Having said that, we remind you of the following. The clubhouse water exists for toilet use in the restrooms. It is not safe to be used as drinking water!!!
With the start of the new season, we often see requests for a replacement key to unlock the gates on each of our courts. Members are encouraged to make one or more copies of the key they’ve been provided. This helps to minimize additional work for our club volunteers. Having said that, if you find yourself needing to replace a lost key, please contact Ron Gooding. His email address is email@example.com. He would be happy to help you out. A cost of $5 per key will apply.
PROTECTING THE COURTS
The PTPC expended a sizable sum towards cement walkways during 2022. The primary purpose was minimizing damage caused by small rocks getting tracked onto the courts. In the interest of getting a strong return, members are asked to please try to stay on the sidewalks when entering and leaving the courts. Any effort from members to wait until they’re on the cement pad or sidewalk area before changing into their court shoes would be much appreciated!
LUDINGTON PB TOURNAMENT
The Ludington Classic Pickleball Tournament 2023 Presented by Smith and Eddy Insurance is scheduled for September 8, 9 & 10, 2023. Registration Fee $70. Registrants will receive a tournament T-Shirt. The schedule is: Friday- Women’s Doubles; Saturday- Mixed Doubles; Sunday – Men’s Doubles. Registration opens May 1, 2023. Interested participants should register here early to ensure a spot.
SPRING CLEANUP 2023
A total of (19) members showed up on April 7th to help out with the Spring Cleanup! They raked leaves, cleared debris off the courts, installed nets, and did great work to get everything looking great for the upcoming season. We owe our thanks to all who participated!
A FEW COURTS ARE OPEN
Monday, April 3rd was a nice day in Pentwater, and the Gooding’s took advantage of it. They removed the winter locks, and set up a couple of the nets. Thanks to Ron & Jan, we have a single tennis court, and two pickleball courts, available for club use. Our “Working Bee” day is still this Friday, April 7, at 1:00 PM. It’s subject to change, so keep an eye on SignUpGenius.
PTPC DIRECTORY IN THE MAIL
The updated 2023 Membership Directory was mailed to all PTPC members, along with a letter from our Club President—Jackie Tracy. We regret that errors were reflected in the contact info for a few of our members. We ask that you please contact us, if corrections are needed. A PDF copy of the directory in located in the members section of the website, which can be accessed by clicking on the icon to the left (password required).
ONLINE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
Is available to all members in the “Protected Content” section of the website. It is updated regularly with new member info. All corrections received in response to the new directory have already been updated there. Members will need to use the password provided to access the listing. Please contact us if you need the password.
PTPC BOARD MEETING
The first PTPC Board meeting of 2023 was held on Monday, March 6th. A copy of the meeting minutes can be found on the members page (password required). The password can be found inside any of the last several 2022 newsletters, or you can contact us and we’ll send it to you
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