We are sprucing up our grounds!!! Ozzie, our amazing green thumb professional, has agreed to lead the efforts.
A big THANK YOU to all the amazing people that came out so far to volunteer their time with the park pathway clean up. None of this would have been possible without your kindness or generosity, and I really appreciate each and every one of you. It takes a village, people, and I am so thankful to be a part of this one.
Check out https://photos.app.goo.gl/AnAUCPThzAUF4jNk6 for photos from Saturday morning.
The next phase of our project includes sourcing some wood chips from a local tree trimming company. We will be receiving a LARGE supply of wood chips, and this part of the project will require a lot of people-power and possible use of extra wheelbarrows (maybe even a small pick-up truck if someone has one we can use). When we have more details and set a date for the delivery, we will send out another e-mail looking for more volunteers. Stay tuned!
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:
Gold - Rita Weighall & Curt Clawson
Silver - Amy Papenfuss & Mike Lynch
Bronze - Ellise Blom & Lee Swayne
Gold - Julie Klinger & Todd Klinger
Silver - Twee Washburn & Chuck Moy
Bronze - Teena Parduhn & Rick Jenkins
Gold - Kathy Yamamoto & Stan Fukui
Silver - Mo Nard & Kingsley Lee
Bronze - Joanna Kean & Richard Wise
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)
The July 2019 Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of July 13-14. There were 44 players in the Upper Division and 24 players in the Lower Division.
Winners: Lou Valdez & Tony Biondi
Runners up: Chuck Moy & Chris Froshaug
Winners: Loni Ghiorso & Peter Schwartz
Runners up: David Ghiorso & Gina Dobler
The May 2019 Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of May 4-5. There were 36 players in the lower division, and 48 players in the upper division.
First place: Norm Readdy & Kim Hughes
Second place: Don Peters & Jim Jones
First place: Bill Tanner & Gary Pike
Second place: Howard Slayton & Connie Hoetger
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!