Newsletter May 2015 - Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center

KTAC Newsletter
May 2015
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!
Supreme Congratulations! From all reports, the Easter Egg Hunt was a ‘hopping’
success. Thank you, KTAC Easter Egg Hunt Production Team, for all the fun you
provided for the children and their families. You have my admiration and some
sympathy. You have placed the bar quite high for ….next year ….right?!?
On another subject, the Board is continuing with the Strategic Planning Sessions –
two to three hours tagged onto the end of abbreviated, monthly Board meetings.
Lanny Ross, our volunteer facilitator, has been stalwart in his assistance, has carried us a fair distance, and still likes
us, I think! We are identifying goals and assigning tasks and timelines to ourselves, and others (lucky you). One
theme in the planning is provisioning ourselves for long term membership – who are they and what do they need.
Another is totally new territory for us ….what should we look like as a 501[C]3, what do we offer to the community,
and from where do we get support? It is difficult, it is new, and it is becoming exciting. Input from you, from the
Champions Session last fall, and from the staff are valuable elements of this process. Please continue the ideas and
the feedback.
KTAC Board Continues Strategic Planning
Your Board of Directors at KTAC continues to work toward completing a strategic plan and have made significant
progress. The effort has taken an extraordinary amount of time and effort, but the result will be worth it. Plus the
Board has become closer and more cohesive. No telling when this process will be completed but rest assured, this
group will not rest until it is.
KTAC Staff Readies for Kids Day
The biggest event geared towards children’s programming in Kitsap County is getting closer. KTAC will have a big
presence again this year on June 6th at the fairgrounds. We’d love to have some members join us that day as
ambassadors for our organization. If you like kids and enjoy helping us promote the Center, we’d love to have you
join us. If interested please leave your name at the front desk or stop by the business office. Hours for this event are
10 am – 2:30 pm.
Preparing for Summer
We are gearing up for a big summer of junior activities both on the court and in the pool. We’ve seen an uptick in
participation in our offerings so we’re hopeful for a big turnout this summer. Check our web site for the latest tennis
camps, and swimming lesson programs. Look for a return to the all-day format as an option this summer. You as
members can help us by informing your friends and neighbors about our terrific programs. Our staff and board would
be most appreciative if you did.
Calling All Grant Writers
If you are a grant writer, an aspiring one or know someone who is, we could use your help. KTAC provides the
community with important and valuable services and we know we can do more. Please contact Marsh if you can help
in this area.
Tennis News
It has been another great month for our outstanding junior tennis players at KTAC. Tye Loan has been on a tear,
and has risen to #8 in the Pacific Northwest Boys 16 singles division. He won the Seattle City Champs, crushing
Brandon Wong in the final 6-0, 6-1. (Brandon, from Mercer Island was the 3rd seeded player in the draw). Not one
to rest on his laurels, Tye went out and won the Mint Valley Spring Junior Championships in Longview, WA. Winning
both the Boys 16 and 18 singles championships leaving both of the #1 seeded players in his wake. Wow what an
impressive result. KTAC had other top juniors delivering great results. Sabrina Ross-Neergaard ripped the field in the
Capital City Champs tournament defeating top seeded Lara Rakocevic of Portland in the championship match.
Olivia Andersen reached the semi-finals in the Capital City Girls 12 Singles division and gave the top seeded Mia
Ljubas of Seattle all she could handle. Congratulations to all our junior participants and to our outstanding staff of
Stringing Special
For a limited time we are offering a free replacement grip with any Solinco restringing. These strings are getting rave
reviews around the Center as more and more top players convert to this hot product. Don’t wait.
We had to postpone this event we have been planning due to lack of available courts. Hopefully we will be able to
reschedule this event in the near future so please be thinking of lining up a partner.
Court Etiquette
Please be reminded that the common courtesies we show each other on the tennis courts must be maintained.
Remember to vacate your court in a timely fashion when your time is up and please walk around the backdrops
when entering a court in progress. The complete set of rules-of-play is posted at the entry to the indoor courts.
From the Fitness Center
Just a quick note this month to announce that the On The Ball class which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at
10:15am will be moving up an hour to 9:15 am to accommodate the class members who wish to get their morning
work out over with early so they can take advantage of the nice spring weather. Also, another reminder that the
Monday evening yoga class will now begin at 5:30pm, and is being led by Sarah Hamilton.
If you haven’t been in the pool for a while, it is time to come on down and take a dip. The water is fine.
Our fitness classes are going well; Patti Warren has been doing a fabulous job of teaching healthy and active
participants in her morning classes. It was impressive to see 15 people in class the other morning. If you have not
tried a water fitness class, this is the time!
Swim lesson sign up have started for the Spring II and Summer sessions. Stop by the front desk and get signed up
Registration is available for the upcoming swim clinics:
May 9th – Triathlon swim skills with Anne Muir
June 13th – Senior skills with Jeff Kirk
$7/members $10/non-members
Lifeguard training registrations is happening now for May 22-24th.
Friday 6-9pm
Saturday 8am-5pm
Sunday 12-6pm
Cost $195
Reminder: There are always 2 lap lanes available for lap swimming. Please check the schedule for other activities
going on in the pool.