A message from our president
It’s December already and we are lucky enough to still be getting nice days to play pickleball. I see that MV courts are starting to fill during the 2 major time slots from 11-1 and 1-3. It is such a satisfying feeling as a PTPC board member to know that our members have an opportunity to get exercise and to socialize during this difficult phase of the pandemic. I think as picklers, we chose the right sport to get us through a pandemic. While we continue to play pickleball, almost all other sports have been closed down.
I want to extend a warm welcome to our two new board members, Jim Dow as the Director of Court Operations and Jim Geren as the Director of Membership. Both Jims stepped up to offer their expertise to fill the void that Susi and Toni leave. When you see them, please let them know that you appreciate their willingness to volunteer to serve as board members.
A few announcements from the board. We have decided to end the lease for the porta potty at the high school. Hopefully, when play at the high school reopens, we will lease the porta potty again. As far as the high school courts reopening, that will be decided by the school district. The decision to close the pickleball and tennis courts came from Dr. Locke of Jefferson County Health. He said that because the high school and all high school activities are closed, the courts should be closed too.
I look forward to the spring and the hope for our lives to get back to as normal as possible. We will one day be playing with full courts and a full schedule and be able to mix up players among the courts. Remember when we used to do that? Seems like a long time ago. Patience, we’ll get there again.
Stay safe and happy holidays,
Tip of the month- develop a variety of serves, at least 3, and change it up when your opponents don’t expect it.
In October, PTPC surveyed pickleball players around the county to determine what their priorities are for continuing to develop more places to play.
Click Here For Port Townsend Pickleball Club Priorities Survey Results
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“MEET JIM AND JANE MACNAB DOW”
Jim and Jane are NW natives, both born in Oregon near the Columbia River years ago. They met at Oregon State University and lived in the Portland area for 35+ years. Jim says they have been mediocre at racquet sports for many years. In their first apartment in Portland the living room was beautifully decorated with a ping pong table. They started playing tennis in their 20’s and didn’t stop until they discovered pickleball.
Jim and Jane moved to Port Townsend 13 years ago to be near their son and his family (especially the grandchildren). They were introduced to pickleball by friends during a trip to Sunriver, Oregon. Thinking it seemed like fun, they decided to look into opportunities in PT. Jim loitered in the doorway at the Mountain View gym one day and a friendly guy named Darryl described what a great game pickleball was. After buying two high-end wooden paddles for $10 each, Jim and Jane ventured into the intimidating Mountain View gym. After sitting down, a friendly guy named Joel told Jim, “You can’t play with that paddle.” Joel loaned them a paddle and they were hooked!
Jim and Jane enjoy pickleball mostly because of all the friendly folks at PTPC. Jim currently serves on our board as Director of Court Operations. Jim and Jane play one heck of a pickleball game. Give them a shout out when you see them out on the courts.
Here are a few of our club members out enjoying a fun game of pickleball on a beautiful sunny day! Almost 50 degrees, not bad for the month of December in the Pacific Northwest
Club member "Edel Bahr" ripping a fast serve on the Mountain View Courts.
Joel's playing it cool. But we all know by playing with him, he will come in like a Lion and put that ball away!
In October, PTPC surveyed pickleball players around the county to determine what their priorities are for continuing to develop more places to play. Below you will find the results of the survey. There were 68 respondents, out of 211 subscribers (response rate 32%). It is estimated that 80% of the respondents are PTPC members. The Board thanks all of those who took the time to respond to the survey. These results will guide the Board in its decisions as it develops a Strategic Plan for the next five years in Port Townsend and East Jefferson County.
A Strategic Planning Committee has been formed to help craft a concise plan for moving forward to accomplish the Club's goals. The plan will then be discussed and voted on by the Board. Though the Committee has been working for a couple of months already, it is not too late for you to volunteer to be on the Committee if this kind of work excites you. Please email Lynn Pierle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: the responses are listed in percentages of the total vote.
1 .It is important to build public, high quality, outdoor, pickleball-only courts at one site.
a. Strongly agree 39.4
b. Agree 24.2
c. No opinion 12.1
d. Disagree 19.7
e. Strongly disagree 4.5
2. It is important that more public places to play pickleball outdoors be located at various sites around East Jefferson County.
a. Strongly agree 19.4
b. Agree 43.3
c. No opinion 16.4
d. Disagree 19.4
e. Strongly disagree 1.5
3.. It is important to develop more public places to play pickleball indoors.
a. Strongly agree 61.2
b. Agree 25.4
c. No opinion 10.4
d. Disagree 0
e. Strongly disagree 3.0
4. It is important to build a public high quality, indoor, pickleball-only facility.
a. Strongly agree 27.3
b. Agree 13.6
c. No opinion 22.7
d. Disagree 22.7
d. Strongly disagree 13.6
5. A new or upgraded multi-use indoor public facility which can be shared with other organizations and has space for four pickleball courts would meet the needs of the community for indoor pickleball play.
a. Strongly agree 34.3
a. Agree 40.3
b. No opinion 11.9
c. Disagree 7.5
d. Strongly disagree 6.0
6. Which of the following is the MOST IMPORTANT to you. Choose only one.
36.4 A new or upgraded multi-use indoor public facility which can be shared with other organizations with space for four pickleball courts
28.8 Indoor, pickleball-only facility with 4-6 courts
28.8 Outdoor, pickleball-only facility with 6-8 courts at one site
6.0 Other outdoor pickleball courts (with 2-4 at each facility), in addition to the Courthouse courts, spaced around East Jefferson County (like H.J. Carroll Park, Fort Worden, etc.)
7. In the previous question, you indicated which project is the MOST IMPORTANT for you. Now of the remaining projects listed, indicate which ones are NOT A PRIORITY for you? Check all that apply
40.2 Other outdoor pickleball courts (with 2-4 at each facility), in addition to the Courthouse courts, spaced around East Jefferson County (like H.J. Carroll Park, Fort Worden, etc.)
26.4 Indoor, pickleball-only facility with 4-6 courts
19.5 A new or upgraded multi-use indoor public facility which can be shared with other organizations with space for four pickleball courts
13.5 Outdoor, pickleball-only facility with 6-8 courts at one site
8. Assume that PTPC will raise the funds for a new public pickleball facility from private and public sources. How much would you be willing to donate for your preferred facility?
a. $100 - $250 34.8
b. $250 - $500 25.8
c. $500 - $1000 18.2
d. $100 13.6
e Not likely to donate 0
9. Assuming fundraising for a new or upgraded pickleball facility would take a year or longer, how much time would you be likely to commit to fundraising for your preferred facility?
a. One or more days or evenings per month 41.8
b. An occasional hour or two 26.9
c. Not likely to help with fundraising 22.4
d. One or more days or evenings per week 9
10. In which part of Jefferson County do you reside?
42.4 Port Townsend city limits
6.1 Kala Point
28.8 Cape George
6.1 Port Hadlock/Chimacum/Irondale
13.6 Port Ludlow
3.0 Other East Jefferson County, or outside the county
11. Do you usually live in or travel to a warmer climate in the winter (Oct – April); in other words, are you a snow bird?
62.7 No, I live in the Pacific Northwest all year round
13.4 1-2 months
11.9 3-4 months
11.9 More than 4 months
As our daylight continues to dwindle, we are down to only two reasonable blocks of 2 hour play time sessions daily at Mountain View.
For the time being, only 11:00 and 1:00 sessions can be scheduled to keep the play times consistent. Anyone wanting to use the courts prior to 11 will not be able to reserve them. The Mountain View courts will be available on a first come, first served only basis and only until 11:00.
All skills, drills, coaching and lesson sessions must be completed by 11 so as not to further limit the available play times. The County Courthouse location remains available for these activities.
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