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    ERSA Pickleball: Serving Committee Jan Meeting

    It seems like we keep cussing and discussing the same action items, some quick fixes, others long term projects, without figuring out who will do what when. Those in attendance at yesterday’s January Serving Committee lunch meeting at Round Table Pizza stepped up to take care of all but one of the following agenda items:

    –Finish Painting Lines on Court #3. Audrey and Little Lance will make this happen.

    –Re-Painting Lines. Audrey suggested that Stan should oversee this, since he is the most familiar with taping the lines. Several people need to help with this project before the basketball courts are refinished in March.

    –Net Quick Releases. Little Lance will buy four turnbuckles, which should make it easier to set up and take down the nets.

    –Net Standards Storage. Besides the hassle of attaching and unattaching the nets, it’s a pain to get the pole standards down and to put them away. Brackets need to be mounted on the wall in the storage room so that the nets don’t have to be stored on a tall shelf. I will contact Dale about installing the brackets.

    –Make Improvements on Our Sponsor’s Blog. Sportystation, is a great blog founded by Pierre. We will also write some articles about pickleball. Please check out their updated 2018 pickleball paddle guide here. We love you Pierre!!!

    –Equipment Storage. The extra balls and wooden paddles are stored in a plastic crate. For safekeeping they need to be moved to a cabinet in Audrey’s office or a locker in the YMCA employee break room. I will take care of this.

    –Design ERSA Logo Larry, Big Lance, and I have discussed this and have come up with some initial ideas and designs, but none of us has seen it through. Big Lance suggested that everyone in our club either design a logo, or if artistically challenged, download one from another club and bring it to the July meeting. Folks, you’ve go homework.

    –Plan Ashland Trip. We can decide on a date, preferably this summer so we can play outdoors, during Marty’s visit on Mon., June 14. Audrey will check on a van, which can hold 10 people.

    –Weekly Beginner’s and Skills Clinic. This has been discussed often. We’re a club, not a clique, so novices should always be welcome to join us without being intimidated by the difference in playing ability. In order to do this, we need a fourth court available on a regular schedule. We can buy another net set-up or continue to wait for the free one to be sent by USAPA.

    In the meantime, I will make myself available on Wednesdays from 9 to 9:30 to initiate new players and to work on skills with anyone of us waiting to get into a game. I will also make a flyer about UVP–who we are and what we are doing so that those who wander over to the courts won’t be left wondering.

    –Outdoor Courts. The consensus is that the first outdoor courts should be near the YMCA. The concrete pad just north of the building is a perfect spot. Approval is needed from the city of Roseburg to use the space for picklevall, to install a fence and permanent nets, and to fund the project. When he visits June 14, Marty can describe how Ashland operates their outdoor courts. This action item is a major task, which is probably why no one has volunteered yet to undertake it.

    –ERSA Mission Statement. Gail and I will write a draft version.Finally, before everyone bussed their barley pop glasses and plates of pizza crust and salad bacon bits, I requested help with the Camp Pickleball for Kids, Mon., Jan 16 through Thurs., Jan 19. Dr. Bill and Gail volunteered, but if 12 kids sign up and all three courts are needed, I could use three volunteers per day.

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