Pickleball Fix

by Bev Crane

Message from the Board of Directors

During the regular BOD meeting on Nov. 21, the two open BOD positions were filled in a closed ballot conducted by Pat Thayer, Nominations Committee Chair. Congratulations and welcome to the newest TPPC BOD members Mike Rocheleau and Mel Kohlberg. Mike is the Board liaison to the Social Committee and Mel is liaison to the Facilities Committee.

Free Clinic Recap – More than 40 members signed up for the Free Pickleball Clinic led by Mike and Patty Rocheleau on Tues. Nov. 22 at 9am. Mike and Patty explained and demonstrated three of the most common problems on pickleball strategy with players who volunteered to help. They also answered other questions from attendees and then demoed the techniques. Thanks to Mike and Patty for an informative and fun clinic.

Weekly Updates

The latest Calendar of Events is posted on the Courts Bulletin Board and on the TPPC website at https://www.tppickleballclub.org/calendar.

--This Week’s Cookout, Sat, Nov 26 at 5:30pm has pizza as the main dish thanks to Melanie Havekes, who volunteered to be in charge this Saturday. Please bring a side dish to serve 6-8 to complement the main dish. Come on out and have fun!

--Wednesday Nite Mixer (5-7pm). Mike Rocheleau will conduct the Wed. Social Play Mixer.

--The New Ball Machine needs some work but is currently functional when plugged into ac power.

--Lessons: Beginner Lesson will be Monday (Nov 28) and Friday Beginner Class with Mentor (Dec 2), both 1-3pm. Sign up on Den for maximum of 8 players (Mon) and 16 players (Fri). Any questions, contact Cathi Ellingson 414-217-0232.

Description of the New Instruction Program

The Pickleball Club is piloting a program for beginner lessons. We have two days set aside, Mondays and Fridays at 1pm. The focus of instruction is different for each day and assumes a different level of knowledge about pickleball play. Please read the descriptions below for Monday and Friday lessons and sign up for the one that best fits you.

--Monday Lessons. The lessons on Monday offer a general orientation to the game of pickleball and give basic instruction on how the game is played. Members who have never played pickleball before or have just been out on the court a few times hitting the ball around should sign up for the Monday lessons.

--Friday Lessons. The lessons on Friday are designed to help build the skills of beginner players. Lessons will combine beginner skills and drills with practice play. If you have taken the Monday beginners’ lesson or already have some knowledge of pickleball play, you should sign up for the Friday lessons.

Special Upcoming Social Events

If you haven’t participated in any Club social events, try the ones listed below:

--Special Cookout on Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30pm. Put this special Cookout on your calendar. The main dish will be a Mexican-themed Taco Bar. Put in the Den comment field when you sign up which of the following fixings you will bring to add to the main dish (salsa, sour cream, guac, taco chips, onions, tomatoes, black beans, lettuce, hard shells, soft shells, shredded cheese). Our cookout team will cook and provide the meat.

And, after dinner stay around and play BINGO! Patty Rocheleau has Bingo cards ($5/card) and will run the game. A night of great food and fun games.

-- TPPC New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31 at the Pavilion. The flyer that is attached to this Fix provides all details about the Party and how to buy the tickets. Tickets will go on sale at this Saturday Night Cookout at 5pm. Click the Open PDF link at the bottom of this Fix to get the Flyer. Save the Date and get your tickets now!

Note: We will need volunteers for the New Year’s Eve Party (e.g., decorations, setup, cleanup, entertainment). Contact Coordinators: Karen Toof or Carol Bowe to volunteer.

2023 Membership Renewal. Please use the 2023 membership form (at the Courts and on the website) for new and renewing membership. New members get the rest of 2022 included with their 2023 payment. Fill out the 2023 form and place it in the PB Box with the $10 yearly dues. Next in-person dues collection is Mon, Nov 28 at the Lodge, 10am-12noon, Wed, Nov 30, 4-6 at the Courts, and Sat, Dec 3, 5-7pm at the Courts. To make the renewal easier for TPPC to process, please submit renewals by December 14.

See you on the Courts and keep on picklin’,

TPPC Pickleball Board

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