Volunteer Opportunity to Work with Seniors

Here’s a great opportunity for our Club to serve. The Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness is a nonprofit organization that services seniors over the age of 60. They primarily use volunteers to visit seniors in their homes to help combat social isolation or provide respite for caregivers of a senior with mild to moderate memory loss. In addition to our 1:1 volunteer opportunities, they provide monthly group respite for caregivers who want to attend their Alzheimer Education and Support Groups. The time commitment and schedule can be very flexible. They are experiencing a steady increase in the demand for volunteers. Please help make sure these community members do not feel forgotten.

If interested, please contact Katie Heitzig, Volunteer Coordinator at Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness, [email protected], or 952.977.9374.

A Grand Opening in Hopkins

September 26 marked the Grand Opening of the new Hopkins Dedicated Pickleball Courts. Five beautiful, new dedicated courts are now open at Hopkins Central Park, 101 16th Ave S, Hopkins, MN 55343, just off Excelsior Blvd. They are all in a row and feature high fences between courts for all you wild hitters. Check ‘em out!
Helping cut the ribbon were City Council Member, Kristi Halverson, Barb Horgen, Public Works Director, Steve Stadler and Mayor Molly Cummings.

Five Years of TipBits Tips Now on Our Website!

The content of the TipBit books for years 1 thru 5 are now posted in the Members Only area of the Club website. Members can now get hundreds of valuable tips on how to learn and play better pickleball.

Members can go to our website, access the Members Only area, open the pdf, go to the table of contents, find what article they want, scroll down until they find it and read or copy it.

Check it out!

Great Club Tourney Held September 22-23!

We had a great turnout at the new Westwood, Bloomington courts, and a break in the deluge giving us beautiful weather for our First Annual SW Metro Pickleball Club Tournament. There were 55 teams competing over two days, and a great time was had by all.

We had the future of our club playing in the team of Elijah Conradi (14) and Jake Ballentine (13). Hopefully next year they will bring all their friends. Five teams of Beginners also joined us for the event. They had spirited competition, and a lot of fun while they learned the ropes.

Check out the winners and plan to come next year. It will be even bigger and better!

  • Beginner: Virginia Bergstrom/Martha Ruddy
  • Intermediate A Women’s: Quyen Lam/Pam Reimer
  • Intermediate A Men’s: David Marks/Tom Swanson
  • Intermediate A Mixed: Bella Boudreau/Eli Peterson
  • Intermediate B Mixed: Laura Bruch/Jim Renich
  • Advanced Intermediate A Women’s: Dianna St Aubin/Bridget McMullen
  • Advanced Intermediate A Men’s: Bob Alexander/Dave Witcraft
  • Advanced intermediate A Mixed: Taylor Uhl/Mohamed Ali
  • Advanced intermediate B Mixed: Dianna St Aubin/Chris Pajak
  • Advanced A Men’s: Ian Astbury/Brian Astbury
  • Advanced A Mixed: Jackie Faegre/John Mitchell
  • Advanced B Men’s: Jay Weisser/Ted Simmons

Feed My Starving Children Club Service Project

S.W. Metro Pickleball Members

Come use your quickness and agility to scoop, measure, seal, and pack food for: Feed My Starving Children.

This is our service project for the fall.

Thursday, October 11th

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Eagan location

990 Lone Oak Road Suite 136

Eagan Mn. 55121

763-746-2952

We have guaranteed 50 spots. Letʼs fill all those and more. Families and friends are welcome to join us. (Must be 5+ years old)

Go to : www.fmsc.org for more information on this organization and the wonderful work they do.

Monetary donations also encouraged.

*Please arrive by 5:45 pm.

To Sign-up: Click Here

CLUB ANNUAL MEETING, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

Don’t miss our SW Metro Pickleball Club Annual Meeting.

Pickleball, Food, Fun, and Board Member elections.

Friday, October 5, 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 & Board Member Election

FREE New Edition TipBits Books

Drawings for Great Pickleball Prizes

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.

Retiring Board Members

· Dennis Gallaher, President

· Bruce Boje, Treasurer

· David Allan

· Curt Goke, Interim Board Member

Returning Board Members

· Dianna St. Aubin – incumbent returning for second year of first term

· Nancy Devitt – incumbent returning for second year of first term

Board Recommended Slate of Candidates (five open positions to be voted on)

· Laurie Hynes – Board nominee

· Tim Peters – Board nominee

· Frank Stucki – Board nominee

· CJ Williams – Board nominee

· Tony Yankauskas – Board nominee

SEE YOU AT THE MEETING!

FREE CLUB TOURNAMENT! BEGINNERS WELCOME! BRAND NEW WESTWOOD COURTS! DON’T MISS IT! SIGN UP NOW!

Find your favorite paddle, pick a partner and practice your dinks: It’s time for Southwest Metro Pickleball’s First Annual Club Tournament! This members-only tournament will be held in a Round Robin format and will be arranged by age and skill level.

Location: Westwood Park Courts (3701 W 108th St, Bloomington, MN 55431)

Dates: Saturday, September 22nd (Men’s, Women’s, and Beginners) and Sunday, September 23rd (Mixed)

Check-in will take place at 8:00am on both days of the tournament.

For information on the age and skill breakdown, please see below:

(Please note that groups will be modified as needed to fit registrations)

Age Groups:

Play Groups:

12-49 Beginner
50-59 Intermediate
60-69 Advanced Intermediate
70-79

80+

Advanced

 

Interested in competing? Register by email at: [email protected] OR register in person with John Barber or any Board Member.

Players in all groups except Beginner must sign up as a team. When registering, please submit your contact information and skill level. When determining skill level, please use your new USAPA rating (please include all 4 numbers). If you are not a USAPA member, use your SW Metro Pickleball Club rating as listed on the web site. If you have an issue with that level please contact Jeff Conradi at [email protected]

If you do not have a Club rating, determine the skill level of the group you play with most often, and register with that information.

Are you new to Pickleball or competitive play? Don’t worry! This tournament will be a fun, low pressure opportunity to test the waters. The beginner’s group will be all players combined in one group. You can register as a team or as an individual. We will make every attempt to find everyone a partner.

Westwood Courts Open For Play

THE DREAM IS FINALLY A REALITY!

After a years long struggle the Westwood Park Courts are open for play. Welcome the 8 permanent/4 temporary 12 court complex to the SW Metro Pickleball Club inventory of new courts. The construction company unlocked the gates and left late Friday afternoon. The crowds were already teeming the courts Saturday morning.

Westwood is the host site for the Club Tournament Sept 22/23, so be sure to get a partner and join the fun.

South West Metro Pickleball – First Annual Club Championship Tournament

The Westwood courts are almost ready – ARE YOU?!

Find your favorite paddle, pick a partner and practice your dinks: It’s time for Southwest Metro Pickleball’s First Annual Club Championship Tournament! This members-only tournament will be held in a Round Robin format and will be arranged by age and skill level.

Location: Westwood Park Courts (3701 W 108th St, Bloomington, MN 55431)

Dates: Saturday, September 22nd (Men’s, Women’s, and Beginners) and Sunday, September 23rd (Mixed)

Check-in will take place at 8:00am on both days of the tournament.

For information on the age and skill breakdown, please see below:

(Please note that groups will be modified as needed to fit registrations)

Age Groups:

Play Groups:

12-49 Beginner
50-59 Intermediate
60-69 Advanced Intermediate
70-79

80+

Advanced

 

Interested in competing? Register by email at: [email protected] OR register in person with John Barber or any Board Member.

Players in all groups except Beginner must sign up as a team. When registering, please submit your contact information and skill level. When determining skill level, please use your new USAPA rating (please include all 4 numbers). If you are not a USAPA member, use your SW Metro Pickleball Club rating as listed on the web site. If you have an issue with that level please contact Jeff Conradi at [email protected].

If you do not have a Club rating, determine the skill level of the group you play with most often, and register with that information.

Are you new to Pickleball or competitive play? Don’t worry! This tournament will be a fun, low pressure opportunity to test the waters. The beginner’s group will be all players combined in one group. You can register as a team or as an individual. We will make every attempt to find everyone a partner.

A GRAND OPENING AT STARING LAKE PARK

   

More than 120 club members descended on the eight new dedicated Staring Lake Park Pickleball courts for a gala and fun grand opening, featuring EP Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and Mayoral candidates Brad Aho and Ron Case. A fun pickleball game was played featuring the Mayor and Park & Rec Director Jay Latthammer against Club members Jane Goke and Dennis Gallaher.

A special tribute to Jerry Maas was presented by his son Steve with Jerry’s wife Carol Maas and other family members present.

The event included lots of cake, cookies and lemonade, but best of all, lots of GREAT PICKLEBALL. A fun time was had by all!