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In 2013, annual dues remain $60 for basic membership to cover the annual construction and maintenance costs (no longer paid by GEWA):
- $60 basic membership ($25 for summer interns/students)
- $20 per family member (optional)
- $15 per guest card (optional, limit 1)
- $15 per ball machine privilege and key (optional)
This facility is managed by our elected officials:
- President: Maria Lecha, Maria.C.Lecha@nasa.gov
- Vice-President: Mike Powers, Michael.K.Powers@nasa.gov
- Treasurer: Andy Negri, ANegri@essic.umd.edu
Other jobs are carried out by volunteers:
- Ladder, grounds, and web: Dennis Chesters, Dennis.Chesters@nasa.gov
- Tournaments: Andy Negri, ANegri@essic.umd.edu
- Sprinklers: Dan Mandl, Daniel.J.Mandl@nasa.gov
The Labor Day Weekend 2012 singles tournament was won by John Cannizzo, who defeated Tom Weisz in the final (6-3, 6-0).
The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) will host a singles tournament over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, Saturday May 25, and Sunday May 26, with two matches each morning. (Rain date: Monday, May 27). All levels of play are welcome. The GTC tournament is a "Swiss-style" round-robin: winners-play-winners and non-winners-play-non-winners every round, so eventually everybody plays opponents near their own ability. All Goddard and affiliate (badged) employees and their families are welcome to participate. The cost is $5, to cover trophies and refreshments, payable at registration at 9 am May 25 at the Goddard courts. Please express your interest in participating by registering IN ADVANCE via an email to email@example.com by May 22. Participation may be limited to the first 20 registrants. Day-of registration cannot be accommodated.
The tournaments are usually open to anyone qualified to play on the GTC courts: members, family members, and guests.
Tournament play counts as a ladder match, unless one of the players explicitly says "no" before the tournament match begins.
At the discretion of the ladder chairman, ladder members playing in and completing the GTC singles tournaments are promoted to the top of the ladder, in the order that they finish in the tournament. Ladder members who receive this promotion are subject to unrestricted challenges for the next 4 weeks.
Tournament registration is on a sheet posted at courtside a few weeks before the tournament, or via phone or e-mail to the tournament director.
The tournament director is responsible for seeding, based on ladder standings and best judgement of skill. Please don't argue with him/her/it.
Andy Negri, UMd/ESSIC, is the tournament director [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Here are Andy's recommendations for running a tournament:
Among the things I bring are: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite Gal OJ 2 gal water with spigot bananas fig newtons pretzels ice ice chests cups towels pencils plexiglass to cover paperwork index cards to do matchups cans new tennis balls for sale plastic tablecloth (nice touch) Attached are the flyer from 2005 Labor Day tourney (WORD) and spreadsheet for ranking the players/recording the matches (EXCEL). This latter should print out on 11 by 17 paper if you select a tabloid-capable printer.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Goddard Tennis Club Meeting Notes, March 14, 2013, 12 noon 1. Thanks to all for your club support last year. There are several efforts coming up for this year where there will be calls for volunteers, plus plenty of opportunities to lead other activities. Assistance with maintenance is always appreciated. 2. There is an open call for Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary). By GEWA policy, only one need be a Civil servant. Contractors and Retirees can also step up. Pending no other candidates, the Officers are: Maria Lecha, President; Mike Powers, Vice President and Andy Negri, Treasurer. Thanks to Mike Powers and Maria Lecha for their long run of service as Officers to the club. 3. Financially, the club broke even last year, helped by all the volunteer labor. The number of members is about the same as the previous year. Discussion led to maintaining the membership rates the same as last year. There is some nominal carryover balance. The membership form on the Website will be updated. See items 7 and 8 below, $ donations are encouraged. Two club members went to a GEWA Council meeting last year. GEWA was not in position to assist financially. 4. The Har-tru courts are in good shape from the winter. Line completion for Court 2 and leaf removal for the Court 1 and 2 and 8 from the maintenance groups, remain from last year. 5. The ball machine was checked and is in working order. 6. Courts 7 and 8 need the top dressing and this will use the remaining Har-tru from last year. Due to the right turn radius constraint of the drop spreader, much of this effort work will be manual. Call for volunteers will be sent out when the water is turned on in a few weeks. 7. The roller still makes noise from last year, so there is potential for additional costs in the future. It may need batteries and wiring. The front tire of the roller needs repair. The front tire is part of a motorcycle type suspension system. Need to identify a contact that has experience with similar arrangement for the tire replacement. The front tire goes flat within a week. It is probably a short amount of time until the tire does not hold. 8. There are some large potential expenditure for repair of the cracks and painting of the hard courts. Mike Flick is the POC for this effort. He has some quotes for some of the materials and repainting ranging from $2K+ for part of the materials to $15K+. The initial step is to clean the courts. He will be asking for volunteers – also in a few weeks when the water is turned on. The research provided recommended that hard courts have regular painting. The last time for these courts was several years ago – possibly 2006. 9. Weeds need removal. Large weeds are best removed by weed wacker. Small weeds are treated by sprayer with Roundup. 10. The scaffold used to work on the electric lights on the hard court needs rust removal and painting. 11. Andy Negri is organizing the Singles Tournaments for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. 12. Some people mentioned willingness to provide tennis lessons and were encouraged to move forward. There have been various inquiries about lessons. Other possible activities that need POCs/Leads are Open House Night(s), other Tournaments, etc.
You can get a membership application from the bulletin board at courtside, or download the GTC membership application form from this page.
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