Club News: October 30, 2020
Change is in the Air
Hello fellow pickleballers. With the change of seasons we are also seeing some changes to the Invermere Pickleball Club board composition, as well as bringing play indoors for the fall and winter months.
Let me start by introducing myself and the other members of this year’s board. I have been volunteered into the position of board president (crafty move there Ray), and I am looking forward to bringing my passion as a new player to the sport and building upon the great work that has been done to-date to develop the club, grow membership, elevate sportsmanship, and most of all help create a fun atmosphere for play at all skill levels.
This year’s board is comprised of:
Mike Bader – President
Ray Schoepfer – Vice President, Skills Development Coordinator
Sheila Stevenson – Treasurer/Memberships
Nancy Wilfley - Secretary
Pamela Ison Reilander - Events Coordinator
John Hague - Communications
Cathy Howard - Hosts
The board would like to welcome all the new members that joined this year, as well as thank returning members for their continued support. Also, a big thank you to those members that helped get the word out and grow our roster of active players. We are 165 members strong (and continue to grow!). On that, just a quick reminder that membership is predicated on having some form of longer-term residency in the valley and for the time being we still have a no-guest policy in place while we all learn to live with the ins and outs of our Covid-restricted world.
Speaking of Covid, as we move from the wonderful world of outdoor play at Pine Ridge and Copper Point, and into the Columbia Lake Rec Centre, there are a few guidelines we need to bring to your attention:
- Please avoid coming to the facility if you are having any symptoms of illness
- Please enter through the front doors of the Rec Centre, pay your fees and go directly into the hallway between the courts
- Change outdoor shoes into indoor shoes
- Please do not use gates and enter courts from the North and South entrances.
- Lockers and showers are not available
- Bring your own hand sanitizer
- Bring your own equipment
- Book your spot for each day you’d like to play through SignUp Genius (John will send out a separate note on that)
- We will be monitoring the number of players wanting to participate and will expand play times as demand dictates
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or any fellow board members if you have any questions. Stay healthy, play safe, and have fun.
President, Invermere Pickleball Club
Sportsmanship Award: Aug 12, 2020
Sportsmanship award given to Randy Baker this morning at the Invermere Pickleball Club. He is deserving of the award because of his on court attitude and willingness to play with all players regardless of ability. This is a trophy that every player should strive to achieve. Randy always has a smile on his face,is happy and fun to play with.
Presidents message: Aug 30 2020
Hello All Members
Starting Monday, August 31 we are moving to our fall schedule with club play running from 9:30AM to Noon, Monday through Friday. We will continue outdoor play at Pineridge into October and will decide our last day of play closer to the end of the season with weather being the determining factor.
Currently, our indoor venue is closed. It is reported that the board of the Columbia Lake Recreation Center is waiting till mid September to decide on when and how they will re-open. As such, we are not able to make any plans for indoor play at this time. Please be assured that our club executive will be watching developments closely in order to organize play as soon as possible.
Our current executive is made up of volunteers that were invited by our founding members. During the past few months they were busy with organizing the club and setting up play for our challenging spring and summer. We feel our club has grown large enough now that we are ready for an elected executive that we can chose at our first AGM.
We would like to hold our first AGM on Saturday September 19th at 11:30, outdoors, at the Pineridge courts. Should the weather be really bad, we will reschedule. At this meeting, the current executive will introduce our suggested bylaws and other club documents and allow all members to vote to accept them as is or possibly make some amendments and then accept the amended documents. As well, we will hold full elections for a new executive.
We will send out an AGM package in the next week or so with the documents mentioned along with an agenda and any other pertinent information. As well, if you have not paid your club fees yet, we will be accepting payments at the AGM. Also, if you are not a club member, you can signup here as well. Please make an effort to come and participate in your clubs first AGM.
Finally, we would like to announce the winner of the second annual Sportsmanship Award that has been sponsored by Tom Wilkinson and Jan Guenigsman. This year’s recipient is Randy Baker. He is deserving of the award because of his on court attitude and willingness to play with all players regardless of ability. This is a trophy that every player should strive to achieve. Randy always has a smile on his face, is happy and fun to play with.
We would also like to give a special thank you to Tom and Jan as well as all the volunteer hosts that have worked hard to make our club a fun and safe group.
See everyone at our first AGM on Saturday, September 19th at 11:30AM.