President’s Message – Sept 4, 2020

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Hello Members,

We hope everyone is having a great summer! Let’s hope this incredible weather holds out so we can play pickleball to the end of our extended season (October 17).

In the meantime, a few updates that need to be passed along……

  1. New Courts/Fundraiser– A big thank you to everyone involved in getting the new courts constructed and ready for use. Also, many thanks to all the generous donors who contributed to our very successful fundraiser which helped to make this possible. Without you, we would not have the new courts! I think everyone is very excited about the new courts and the Executive is looking forward to receiving feedback on them once we get a few finishing details dealt with.
  2. Parking– As in previous years, we need to be mindful of where we are parking. Please DO NOT park in the handicapped stalls – if you are playing pickleball, chances are you do not qualify for a pass to legitimize parking there! Also, word has it that the Drop-In Centre will be opening soon. When this happens, it would be appreciated if PPC members parked in the grassy area, or on weekends, in the church parking lot or the school parking lot.
  3. PPC Equipment– Please remember the use of club supplies (paddle rack, paddles, etc.) is NOT AUTHORIZED during public play times. It would be unfortunate if we had to change the combination to the cabinet to prevent this from happening.
  4. Public Play and City COVID Rules– It is very disappointing to see so many pickleball players on the courts during public time who are not complying with the City of Penticton COVID-19 Regulations, specifically, limiting play to singles and household doubles only. As you know, the PPC was extremely fortunate to have been given authorization by the City to play in organized groups. This would not have been possible without the enhanced protocols and controls that are in place during club time. It would be extremely disappointing if the PPC lost those privileges due to violations of regulations/requirements. So, please respect the rules when playing and be careful and safe!
  5. PPC 2020 AGM– Thanks to those of you who responded to the email. Out of the 30% of the PPC members who responded, all but 9 members preferred postponing the AGM to sometime in the spring. The date and other details will be announced at a later date.
  6. Update from Dave Burgoyne, Program Director– Please see previous post.

Graham Perrie
PPC President

 

AGM Survey

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Hi PPC Members,

Normally at this time of the year the PPC Executive would be planning our AGM in October. As all of us know, this year is different.

The Executive has discussed plans for the AGM and due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on group sizes would prefer to postpone it to the spring. Hopefully by that time some of the restrictions will be relaxed.

As you may recall, the AGM is when the Executive is confirmed for the following season, membership fees are set, the completed season’s financial statements and the budget for the upcoming season are presented. It is also the time of the year when any major club business is discussed with all available members present. Because of our present circumstances, the Executive would appreciate your thoughts on the timing of the AGM.

Would you prefer to have the AGM postponed to the spring or would you prefer we proceed with plans for it to be held sometime in late October or later into the fall?

Please keep in mind, in accordance with the Provincial Health Order of August 7, 2020, we are limited to groups of 50 or less while maintaining a two-meter distance. Our current membership is at 197 so, unfortunately, not everyone could be accommodated.

Your response to the above question would be appreciated by September 1, 2020. Please use ‘Reply’ to the email you received from the PPC Secretary.

As soon as possible after that date the Executive will consider your collective responses and let you know how we plan to proceed.

Thanks,
Graham Perrie
President

Court News, Player Expectations (COVID)

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1) NEWS:

We have been informed by the City that the fencing around the new courts will be installed sometime this week.  This includes reducing the height of the current east perimeter fence to the same height as the internal fencing between the existing 4 courts.  While this fence is being redone we will not be able to use the 2 east courts (1 & 4) and possibly 2 & 3. We will do our best to inform those that have reserved the courts for the days/times that will be impacted when we have a firm day and time from the city.

2) GUIDELINES REMINDERS:

Due to the significant increase in positive COVID cases in the Province and Interior Health in the last few weeks it is timely to remind all club members of the Player Expectations that the CITY approved our club to play under.  We are still bound by these guidelines, please review prior to your next visit to the courts.

Player Expectations

  • If you are not feeling well, if you have any symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing or have been in contact with someone that is not feeling well, you can’t be at the courts.
  • If you have just come back from another country in the previous 14 days, you cannot play or attend the facility – you should be self-isolating at home as per Provincial Health Officer’s directions/orders.
  • You must have washed your hands, sanitized your paddle/balls/water bottle before you arrive at the courts. Make sure you have enough water with you to avoid touching the water tap at the courts.

Note

By accepting the guidelines to play pickleball during club time, as previously communicated to members, you waive all rights and indemnify Penticton Pickleball Club and the City of Penticton of all wrong doings.

Dave Burgoyne
Vice President / Program Director