News Update & Winter Courts Closing - October 20, 2019
It has been an interesting week at EPC and I have lots to share with you.
Congratulations to all who attended our Fall Social! As a result of your attendance, our club is able to donate $1907.50 to the Zebra Child Protection Project, this year’s chosen charity at our Ron Strank Members Only Charity Fun Tournament! The presentation of our cheque to the Zebra Child Protection Project will be made on our behalf by Lilly Miedzinski and Wendy Schilling!
We are also grateful to the Anonymous Matching Donation of another $1907.50 from an EPC member who chooses to remain anonymous. That kind of generous spirit is what makes our pickleball community so special!
Our plans for growth –
This week, we continue to elicit and receive feedback from you about our growth plan. As I have said, the feedback has been largely positive and supportive. However, we have had concerns expressed and we appreciate your honest and forthright responses.
Please understand that we are not dismissive of comments that question our plan. That feedback is very much needed because the more information we all have, the better our decisions become, right?
So, today, let’s talk about membership numbers. And, to be clear, right up front, capping our membership is not an option. We will not close our doors and say, sorry, EPC is full. So, let’s figure out how to work with our growth to continue to offer the excellent service our pickleball community deserves.
Frankly, we have no choice but to develop additional sites in partnership with the City.
We know our membership is already too big for Royal Gardens and we clearly see that every time our 3.0 group fills a time slot in the first ten minutes from the time a weekly SUG is issued. We see it again every time there is a 3.0 session changeover and there are 60-70 players on our boardwalk! And, our “sticky notes” feedback told us the membership wanted even more - evening ladders for those who work, ladies only play, a ladies ladder, 3.0,3.5 4.0 leagues play, junior play, mini tournaments. Those are all good ideas!
And, if we accept expansion, we can implement those things.
Folks, we have a very strong likelihood of having a second site with 8-16 pickleball courts operational in the early summer! Just imagine what we can do with 8-16 more courts. If nothing else, we will be able to alleviate the court compaction for our 3.0s and just imagine how much better that will be for all of us!
An argument which I hear from some members is that the City should provide the courts for free - well, in a way, they are. We are just being asked to provide the nets and our usual club supplies in exchange for EPC running our club programs on those 8-16 courts. These are the very same costs we have borne at Royal Gardens, albeit over a three year period.
Yes, it is true that we may be asked to pay “rent” at a second site but please remember that we also pay “rent” at Royal Gardens – to the tune of $2000 for a five month outdoor season – and that’s after our club provided over $100,000 for the courts construction.
So, let’s continue the discussion. Keep giving us feedback. Your thoughts are important to shaping this club!
An unexpected question this week --
I’m on a mission this week and next to visit various indoor PB groups in order to answer questions about our 2020 plans. At one of the sessions, I was asked a question that left me totally speechless - an EPC member asked me, “Can I make a donation for court equipment for the second site? I want to make a donation. For courts equipment. Can I give you some money? This game is wonderful, I love it and I want to help.”
That is the true pickleball spirit! That is why we all love this pickleball community and that is why we all work so hard! And, the answer is “yes”.
Speaking of hard work – a request from Glenn Vickers, Our Fearless Courts Maintenance Leader
We will prepare the Royal Gardens courts for winter on Tuesday Oct. 22 at 9:00AM.
We need to take down the windscreens, remove the nets and posts, and get rid of the storage shed (Yippee!) We will need some 8 ft step ladders, cutters for the zip-ties and bring your gloves.
Please let Glenn ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) know if you can come and if you have a ladder to bring. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we can have this done in 1-2 hours.
That’s all for now. Enjoy your Sunday!
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