Club Board Member Bob Campbell visited a German Club this month in Augsburg, near Munich. He met the club president at the US open this past April in Naples FL and she invited Bob to play with their club. They are making an effort to help integrate Syrian refugees though sports. So he got to play with two young Syrian men and an Arabic woman. Very interesting and challenging to explain the game when he only spoke English. In the beginning the Arabic woman was not smiling but in the second hour it was all smiles! Thanks Bob for representing SWMPC and the USA well!
Did You Know
that you take between 2,000 and 2,500 steps during an hour of pickleball? For an average adult, that’s comparable to walking a mile!
We’ve all heard the recommendation to try to get 10,000 steps every day. Why? Because it’s an easy, attainable goal that keeps you active and moving for a good portion of the day. We all know that activity is a good thing.
Who’s Up For A Challenge?
We’re issuing a challenge to all of our members. The challenge is simply – take steps, win prizes.
You’ll need a fitness tracker of some kind; a Fitbit, Garmin, Polar, or another wearable device, or a step-counting app on your phone.
You’ll also need to create an account on https://www.inkin.com/, and connect your fitness tracker to that account.
Once you have an account on https://www.inkin.com/, find and join the SW Metro Pickleball Club Fitness Challenge.
Two Ways To Win
The challenge begins October 1st and continues through October 31st. Your fitness tracker and the inKin web site will keep track of your steps, you just have to move. Play lots of pickleball! Walk. Run. Dance. Just keep moving!
The person with the OVERALL HIGHEST STEP COUNT at the end of the challenge will win a SW Metro Pickleball Club t-shirt. That’s one way to win.
But wait, there’s more! How about a new pickleball paddle? Each club member who joins the challenge is eligible for a random drawing to win one of this year’s Miracle Ear tournament paddles.
- joining the challenge gets you one entry in the drawing
- get 155,000 steps (5,000 per day) by October 31st, get a second entry in the drawing
- get 310,000 steps (10,000 per day), get a third entry
- get 465,000 steps (15,000 per day) or more, get a fourth entry
The drawing will take place at the club’s holiday party in December, winner must be present to accept the prize.
We have a great meeting planned! Don’t miss it!
Friday, Sept. 29, Chanhassen Rec Center, 2310 Coulter Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317
Details & Highlights include:
4-6PM: Open Pickleball, outdoor and indoor courts
6-6:30PM: Light meal and refreshments
6:30PM: Business Meeting
FREE SW Metro Club Pins
FREE New Edition TipBits Books
Drawings for Great Pickleball Prizes
Fun Pictorial Club History Presentation by Jerry Maas
Election of New Board Members
Board members are elected for a two-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms. The Board is nominating new and returning Board members for approval by Club members who vote at the Annual Meeting. Club members may also nominate other Club members who have agreed to serve if elected, at the meeting or by going to the Club website and emailing the Club President or Vice-President.
Retiring Board Members
- Jeff Conradi-Vice President
- Al Kramer-Secretary
Returning Board Members
- Dennis Gallaher – incumbent returning for second year of second term
- Bruce Boje – incumbent returning for second year of second term
- Dave Allan – incumbent returning for second year of second term
- Bob Campbell – incumbent returning for second year of first term
Board Members to be voted on (3 open positions):
- Diana St Aubin – Board nominee member to fill vacancy
- Nancy Devitt – Board nominee member to fill vacancy
- Phyllis Rae Hanson – Nominee member to fill vacancy
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Longtime Club Member Ed McGaa, left this earth Friday, August 18 at 3:15 to meet Our Heavenly Father. Soaring with the eagles now.
Ed was one of our very early supporters and a very early member of SW Metro. He was proud of his Indian heritage and proud of being from South Dakota. He had a table/booth at the Crazy Horse monument in Custer, South Dakota where he sold books and some hand made jewelry.
Ed was also a Marine fighter pilot whom flew many missions in Viet Nam. Not a mention a good pickleball player who won Gold at the Minnesota Senior Games in 2011.
Rest in peace dear friend.
To show our appreciation for all of the volunteers who helped make our “Miracle Ear” tournament a success, we hosted a happy hour on Friday afternoon. Here are some photos from the event.
Thank you volunteers!
A good and corny time was had at Round Lake Park in Eden Prairie on Saturday, August 5th. We played open pickleball, took lessons, participated in drills, and feasted on sweet corn.
The Corn Feed was sponsored by the Eden Prairie Lions Club, who is becoming involved with the Southwest Metro Pickleball Club’s efforts to promote and expand dedicated pickleball courts in our area. $270 was raised for our Club.
Special thanks to Ian and Adriana Astbury for teaching the lessons and drills.