SPC Election Time! Vote Now!

    By Reine Steel, 10/23/2019

    Dear Members,

    It's that time of year again – time to vote on membership dues and club officers for 2020.

    In order to proceed with the results of the vote, we need at least 10% of membership to vote.  We've set up online voting this year to make things quick and easy for you – so please, take a minute to help out the club by casting your vote.  You will find the link below.

    In early 2019 the decision was made by the members of Sunrise Pickleball Club (SPC) to increase membership dues to $50 per year. This was voted on and passed by the members. This increase would last through 2019, then revert back to the original $25 per year at the start of 2020. 

    Through a generous loan of $15,000 from the park district to SPC, and the $10,000 TOT grant program (Transient Occupancy Tax) that was awarded to SPC, and the monetary donations from members and lifetime members, our six new courts became a reality in September 2019. The cost of those courts was $52,000 plus $8,000 labor = $60,000.

    We have already paid back $4,000 of the $15,000 which leaves us with a remaining balance of $11,000. But, if the dues rate reverts back to the original $25, that amount will not support the remaining park loan amount or the following: concrete walkways around the new courts...$6,000, new LED lighting for night play...$14,000, and resurfacing cost for six courts... $6,000. This adds up to $37,000. This is the reason the SPC board is recommending that the $50 per year dues rate be kept in place. This amount breaks down to $4.17 per month per member. If 400 members pay dues of $25 per year, the total dues income is $10,000. If it remains at $50, the total dues income is $20,000. As you can see, we will not be able to pay our bills if the dues rate reverts back to $25 per year.

    In addition, any SPC Club Tournaments that raise money will be added to the club account to help pay for insurance and other bills.

    Thanks so much for your support and understanding.

    Cast your vote here:



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    "Rush to Rusch Park" Tournament Results

    By Reine Steel, 09/30/2019

    The club would like to sincerely thank all 92 players that participated in our first tournament, as well as our tournament desk team (Reine, Steve, and Lisa), all the board members, and volunteer refs!  This was an important fundraising event for the club, raising around $3500, which will go towards paying back the park district for the new courts.  

    For the first time in Rusch Park history, all 12 courts were kept busy for nearly 6 hours, with a total of 180 games of pickleball played!  It was a fantastic sight to see so many happy players and spectators, and such fun, competitive matches at every level.

    Congratulations to our medal winners:

    3.0 Division
    Gold - Rita Weighall & Curt Clawson
    Silver - Amy Papenfuss & Mike Lynch
    Bronze - Ellise Blom & Lee Swayne

    3.5 Division
    Gold - Julie Klinger & Todd Klinger
    Silver - Twee Washburn & Chuck Moy
    Bronze - Teena Parduhn & Rick Jenkins

    4.0/4.5 Overall
    Gold - Kathy Yamamoto & Stan Fukui
    Silver - Mo Nard & Kingsley Lee
    Bronze - Joanna Kean & Richard Wise

    4.0 Only
    Gold - Mo Nard & Kingsley Lee
    Silver - Joanna Kean & Richard Wise
    Bronze - (Tie) Kelly Andrews & Jasen Ashdown / Susan O'Connell & LeRoy Weighall *

    (* We were unable to complete our 4.0 playoffs due to rain, so a tie was declared)

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    SPC Presents Rush to Rusch Park

    By Gail Kenney, 07/30/2019

    Sunrise PickleballClub is proud to announce our inaugural tournament – sponsored by the club – and being held on Saturday September 28th. This will be the very first tournament to include play on our 6 brand new courts.

    “Rush to RuschPark” is a one day tournament Mixed Doubles Only. Sign up with your partner, with whom you’ll play all day in a Round Robin Format. Each partnership MUST CONSIST of at least one member of the Sunrise PickleballClub. All proceeds from this tournament will be earmarked for the court construction fund.  Entry fees for Sunrise PickleballClub members are $35.00 and if your partner is not a member they will pay $45.00 (now might be a good time to join !!!)

    This tournament is being offered to skill levels 3.0-4.5. We are limiting entries to the first 16 teams in each division, so sign up now!! Here is the signup link: 

    Deadline for registration is September 15, 2019 and all fees must be paid in full no later than September 23.

    Don’t miss out!!! Sign up now and enjoy a day of fun and competition.

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    You Did It!!

    By SPC Board, 03/22/2019

    As you may or may not know, the Sunrise Park District requested our club contribute $30,000 toward the construction of the new pickleball courts. We were able to secure a $10,000 grant from the County which left $20,000 for SPC to raise. We started our fund raising campaign in the last quarter of 2018, which consisted of membership dues, donations from members and non-members, a GoFundMe campaign, a Skills & Drills clinic, and several other fund raising activities.

    Thanks to your loyal membership and donations, we just recently met our $20,000 goal. Everyone deserves a huge thank you from the SPC board and the park district board. When you see other members out on the courts be sure to thank them also for their support and generosity. Everyone has contributed to the success of this campaign. Soon we will have 6 additional new courts creating the premier outdoor pickleball facility in the Sacramento area. The plan is to build 6 courts similar to the 6 existing courts giving us a total of 12 courts. For now, the stadium court previously planned is being postponed until a later date. 

    The Sunrise Recreation and Park District Board had their board meeting on March 21 and the new courts were on the agenda. Jake, Lee, Amy and a few club members all spoke on our behalf and did a great job. The park district board unanimously approved the new courts construction so it is now official. We do not know at this time when construction will begin.

    Special thanks to Jake, Todd, and Dave of the Sunrise Recreation & Park District for their hard work in getting these new courts approved and built.

    Thank you again for your support and generosity!


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    Skills & Drills Event a Huge Success!

    By Reine Steel, 01/30/2019

    On Sunday, January 27th the club held its first ever Skills & Drills event.  We filled to capacity with 36 players, each donating $25 or more, raising a total of $1,000 for the new courts fund!  Our call for volunteers was also enthusiastically answered by a dream team of 15 advanced level players from the club.  We had beautiful weather and a great atmosphere of happy pickleballers.

    Each of the 6 courts was set up as a different drill station - serves, returns, third shots, volleys, dinks, and lobs.  Participants formed groups of 6 and moved through each station, spending 15 minutes learning and practicing their skills, and 10 minutes competing for points in fun mini-games.  Custom-designed, pickleball-themed vinyl decals (which you'll surely starting seeing on lucky members' cars, water bottles, and paddles) were awarded as prizes.

    THANK YOU to everyone who made this event happen, especially Mo Nard for spending countless hours behind the scenes planning this event.  We were blown away by our fantastic team of volunteers, who somehow managed to feed hundreds of balls over 3 hours with smiles on their faces, while providing some great coaching tips.  You all make our club better, in more ways than one!

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