Newsletter #3

On the Courts

Drop in doubles, Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM, is continuing to be popular as 15 and 17 were out on July 23 and 30 respectively.  On July 30 some former members, including a former club President attended to join in on the fun.

Now that we are at the halfway point of the season, and numbers are growing, I am wondering if people would like to have a second night (likely Thursday) of drop-in doubles.  Send me an email to let me know what your thoughts are.

Responses can fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Tuesdays are good enough for me
  2. I would like the flexibility of playing on one of two different nights
  3. I need more tennis, so an extra night is welcome

The only downside of an extra night is that there may not be enough players for either night.  We want to fill at least two courts on any given night.

I am still of the opinion that drop-in nights are preferable to leagues with fixed schedules.  However, if you would prefer a league, please let me know.  If numbers are sufficient, then one could be organized.

The “Come as You Please Doubles” is going to be renamed “Sign Up Doubles” to reflect the current situation.  These sessions are Mon, Wed, and Fri from 10:30 to noon.  The way it works now is that Jerry Dvorak sends out a weekly email to find out how many people are available for the next week.  He then makes up a schedule for that week, and if there aren’t enough players, he informs the group of any cancelled days.  The group is small at the moment, but hopefully, it will grow to the point that every session is filled.  Please contact Jerry at jsdvorak@tnt21.com to receive the invitation email.

 

Ontario Tennis Association

The OTA has a smartphone App called “Club OTA” to provide OTA member benefits, however, I checked it, and it doesn’t include Kincardine as a club member.  Therefore we can’t sign in yet.

The OTA is going to update the App shortly.

The club now has liability insurance, through the OTA, of $5M covering club members only.

 

Website

The website will start to take shape in the next couple of weeks.  I met with the developer this week, and the plan is to start out with a basic information site to begin with.

Later, other features may be added to the site like a login feature, so members can access certain areas not available to the public.

If you have any suggestions please let me know.

 

Court Maintenance

Thanks to Ed Kuratczyk for repairing the cord on one of the umbrellas.  However a pole extension is needed for that umbrella, to attach to the base, so it doesn’t fly away in the wind.    One of the other umbrellas is broken beyond repair.

I have noticed some significant gouges on the courts.  It seems clear that some of the gouges have been caused by some non-tennis activity, or somebody broke a racquet with malicious intent.  Since the courts are always accessible to the public, (this is a town requirement), club members can perform a “Court Watch”.

Essentially if every member could drop by the courts, when they are in the vicinity, to ensure everything is okay, then court damage can be reduced.  If any non-tennis activity is observed, please inform the offenders to stop.  If you don’t feel comfortable confronting someone, then at least take a picture and send it to me.

The club has received some repair compound courtesy of the Southampton Tennis Club, which will be used to fill all cracks and gouges before winter.

 

Membership                                                                               

At the time of this newsletter, there are 42 paid members.  If you know anyone who is interested in joining please have them email info@kincardinetennisclub.com or call an executive member.

  • Dean Finlay – President, 396-3177 home, 519-385-1365 cell
  • Eva Pyszczynska – Treasurer, 395-0492 home, 647-287-1516 cell
  • Anne Gibson, Membership, 396-3172 home, 519-386-2117 cell

 

Closing Note

I started going through the history package (back to 2006) that past president Ken Bauman had kept.  It is interesting to note that at one time there were 80 adult and 30 junior members.  Therefore the club has potential for growth, particularly at a time when Bruce Power’s workforce will be increasing.  More growth means a wider range of activities can be established to meet the needs of all members from beginners to advanced.

Regards

Dean