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Deanne (Dee) Turja Honored at Luncheon

For Dee Turja, Pickleball is all about fun! So it was only natural that she was surrounded by a crowd of noisy, loud, fun-loving fellow pickleball players who came to recognize Dee and Ed for all the behind-the-scenes work they do for us at the Armory and Westwood.

In 2005 she saw an article in the Bloomington paper about Pickleball and along with Jim Klaseus, was one of the first to get PB going in the area. Supporting her all the way is her husband, Ed, who willingly takes on the task of lugging the storage box from Westwood to the Armory.

She likes competitive play but mostly it’s an activity she looks forward to playing with other fun-loving people who don’t take the sport too seriously. It’s a great way to stay active, but you’re having so much fun, you don’t even think of it as exercise!

Her words of wisdom after twelve years of play are to remember good sportsmanship by always treating others as you would like to be treated and do the right thing remembering that we were all beginners at one time.

Asked if she has any advice for beginners, she says when a more advanced player tells you to do something such as “Get to the Net!” – do it!! It’ll make a huge difference in your game. Many of us who learned PB at the Armory recall Dee trying to keep us in line!

What moves Dee most is seeing the concern that fellow pickleball players have for each other. When someone takes a tumble, players on all courts immediately stop and offer help. It’s that camaraderie and concern for others that she hopes defines this addictive, fun game.

Thank you, Dee, for all you’ve done to grow Pickleball in our community and you’ve done it with a smile and a laugh!


Whether you are a beginner or a national champion, you are invited to play Champions Hall, Tuesdays thru Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM!  Come and play with others at your same skill level. Designated courts for beginners.
Who: EVERYONE: beginner, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 skill levels
When: Tuesdays thru Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM
Cost: $6.00/session with a 10-time punch card (ok to put multiple admissions on the same punch card); otherwise $8.00/session.


Learn how to minimize risk and increase safety on the court and in our community taught by the Eden Prairie’s firefighters. Please register before November 13th.

Class will be from 9:30-11:00am on Wednesday, November 15th, at the Eden Prairie SENIOR Center.

Course code: 479209-02

Register in person at the Eden Prairie COMMUNITY Center, by calling the Community Center, or online.

SWM Pickleball Club Holiday Party

Please join us for pickleball, socializing, food and a chance to win prizes and bragging rights on the courts!! Also, you’ll get to meet Santa!!

When: Friday December 1st from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00
Where: Chanhassen Rec Center
2300 Coulter Blvd.
Chanhassen, MN 55317
(952) 227-1400
Why: Why not?!! A chance to meet and interact with some of the other 483 members of our club! Oh, and of course play pickleball!! We will have three courts dedicated to our exclusive use!
When: Friday December 1st from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Dinner starts at 7:00
What: This is a potluck dinner…bring your favorite dish to share!
Suggestions only:

  • A to H: Entrees
  • I to P: Salads
  • Q to Z: Desserts

Chips, soda, water and coffee will be provided.

Who: No charge for club members and their guest!!
BTW: We will be collecting for <color=”red”>TOYS FOR TOTS that night!!
BBTW: Feel free to bring cards and games to play with others!

‘Twas a dark and stormy morning…

but we would not be denied! Today was the end-of-season picnic for the SW Metro Pickleball Club’s Summer Ladder League. In spite of a morning of continuous rainfall, a small army descended on Pioneer Park around 1:30 this afternoon, towels in hand, and by 2:30, we were playing pickleball.

After mopping up the courts, a variety of potluck foods were shared, and then we played some pickleball, a rapid-fire “three strikes” last-man-standing rally. The final four (all winning medals) were Mo Ali (silver), Joey Wagner (gold), Keith Randklev (gold), and Cindy Ronin (silver).

Trophies were also awarded to the overall league winners:

Daytime league:

  • Joe Benolken (gold)
  • Dianna St.Aubin (silver)
  • Sandy DeZellar (bronze)

Weekend/evening league:

  • Mo Ali (gold)
  • Howard Greenspan (silver)
  • Amy Lofdahl (bronze)

Congratulations winners!