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In 2014, annual dues remain $60 for basic membership to cover the annual construction and maintenance costs (no longer paid by GEWA):
- $60 basic membership ($30 after August 15; $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 2013 singles tournament was won by Cliff Liu, who defeated Brad Cenko in the final (6-3, 6-3).
The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) will host a singles tournament over the Labor Day Holiday weekend, Saturday August 30, and Sunday August 31, with two matches each morning. (Rain date: Monday, Sept 1). 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 before the start of play at 9 am Aug 30 at the Goddard courts. Please express your interest in participating by registering IN ADVANCE via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug 27. Participation may be limited to the first 20 registrants, and 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 [email@example.com].
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.
To get on/off the casual players list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Goddard Tennis Club Meeting Notes, March 12, 2014, 12 noon 1. 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. 2. Financially, the club's balance increased last year. This was helped by all the volunteer labor, lesson revenue, and no major expenses. The membership dropped by about 10 or so members. Discussion led to maintaining the membership cost rates the same as last year. The membership form on the Website will be updated for 2014. Donations are encouraged. Two club members went to a GEWA Council meeting two years ago. GEWA was not in position to assist financially. 3. Membership is required to use the courts. Be sure to submit membership forms and payments before playing on the courts. Everyone's awareness and help in monitoring is needed for surveillance. A membership list is usually posted on the bulletin board. Each member is allowed a guest privilege for a fee. 4. So far the Har-tru courts are in good shape from the winter. They are still too wet to play on. A load of Har-tru is probably not required this year. A load of Har-tru will be needed next year and the club needs to budget for this. The Roller needs tire and battery work, so it has not been run yet this year. The Har-tru courts will not be ready to play on for a several weeks. 5. The hard courts are still in need of crack repair and re-painting. GEWA requested that the club provide quotes in Fall of 2013. Two quotes were provided for about $15K. There has been no response so far. As reference, a few years ago, the Wallops facility group resurfaced their hard courts. The club is not in position to fund the repair at this time. All of the members would need to donate about $150 each to cover this cost. Dan Mandl, Mike Flick, and Steve have some ideas for interim repairs. They welcome suggestions. 6. The weeds have started. There is some Roundup from last year. Large weeds are best removed by weed wacker. Small weeds are treated by sprayer with Roundup. The scarifier rake can be used for weeds that are not close to the fence. Jesse Maury, who used to be an active club member, has volunteered to treat all the Har-Tru courts with Roundup throughout the season. 7. The scaffold used to work on the electric lights on the hard court needs rust removal and painting. This item remains from last year. 8. Long Pham, Mike Flick and Keiji Tasaki are planning to run lessons during lunch time. 9. There is still a request for volunteers to teach lessons after work. Please contact Keiji if interested. 10. Andy Negri is organizing the Singles Tournaments for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. 11. Other possible activities that need volunteers to initiate and lead are Open House Night(s)/Lunchtime(s), other Tournaments, etc. email@example.com
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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