President’s Update 3/11/19

Things are beginning to warm up, at least they’re supposed to…..just one last winter storm to get through and we’re off and running in that beautiful Spring weather (fingers crossed).

Tonight, I’d like to ask for VOLUNTEERS.  We need positions filled, and we need your help.  Your clubs growth (and health) is dependent upon volunteers…..but before I get to those positions, I’d like to thank Diane Cassidy, who’s been our Webmaster (and much more) since the beginning.  Great job Diane, much thanks for giving us that professional webpage look, and you deserve a break!  Now back to that volunteer thing………  Positions we’re need to fill are as follows:

  • Photographer(s) – We need to continue posting pics of all the fun we’re having…….so if you have a good camera (think they’re called cellphones now) and a great eye……sign up by contacting myself or Tracey, and we’ll set up a training session with Diane.
  • Facebook Manager – New position (Diane did it all, but the jobs just too big for one person).  If you love Facebook and would like to takeover our PPA Facebook responsibilities……come on down!  We need you!!  It’s an enormously powerful position, since you’ll have the power of the pen (errr keyboard).
  • Webmaster – It’s going to be difficult to replace Diane, but if you have any experience with Google or WordPress….…..we desperately need you!  You’ll be the face of PPA, so don’t be shy, Diane will spend the time you need to feel comfortable with taking over our web page….promise.
  • Landscape Manager – Work with local landscaping companies to get quotes for barriers, terrace, drainage and work with the city to make it happen.  Someone out there must have a green thumb, and a practiced eye for that perfect “balance”.

Beginning/Novice lessons went great (man did we draw a crowd) more to come, and same with Round Robbins.  I need a few more data points/input to make a time change for the 4.0’s (2 pm start now, but possibly moving to 4 pm start soon, keep watching for updates).  One fine point here, we’ve received several requests to “move up” (on the first outing)……be patient, we want 4 wks worth of playing time before considering any level changes (unless you have an IPTPA rating, or USAPA rating for the level you’re joining).  If you’re in a hurry, you can always go through IPTPA and get your own rating with a certified instructor/evaluator (we treat that the same as a USAPA rating).

New courts are in process.  Many of you have noticed some of the earthwork going on next door…….it’s all the prep we need to start the process of construction.  We’re close to that magic number, so please keep donating/pledging, we’re gonna make it happen one way or another.

We’ve done pretty good in terms of meeting our objectives (based on our strategic plan), by creating value for members via programs, lessons, RR’s, tournaments, Ref training, special pricing, early registration, socials etc, but we’re way behind on our efforts to get more volunteers.  So please consider one of the positions above, and please volunteer for our Sept Tournament and help Jeff.  It’s a huge undertaking and how we perform impacts the City and our Club.

As always, Pickle on,
Roger