Sunday, December 13, 2009

October Newsletter

ATA Newsletter October 2009

Court Status: The city is beginning to show signs of moving forward on the courts. Steve and Grady met with city officials on Sept. 23rd and the upshot was:

The bid package will be finished by Friday, Sept. 25th. It will be advertised 10/4-11. Bids will be opened 10/27. The commission will meet and approve the winning bid on 11/4. The contractor will be notified on 11/5. A start date will be selected (within one month) and the City will start tearing out the fencing one week before that start date. All of this presumes that bids for the basics come in under budget. We are back to pouring over the existing courts with four inches of gravel between the surfaces. --Steve


Oct. 4th, 6:00 pm: Closed tourney entries due

Oct. 7th: ATA board meeting at noon; all members welcome

Oct. 10th-11th: ATA Closed Tourney

Oct. 11: ATA Annual Meeting and pot luck dinner; election of 2 new board members

Oct. 24: Roswell/Alamogordo exchange; put this date on your calendars.

Nov. 4: ATA Board meeting at noon; all members welcome.

Nov. 7: November Play Day! Turkey shoot hosted by Ken Smith

ATA Newsletter October 2009

ATA / NMSU-A Mid School Tennis program will finish up on Oct. 1st. With 27 mid school players and ATA volunteers, the program was a big success. Special thanks to ATA volunteers: Carl Jones, Sabine Fahl, John & Evelyn Genta, Linda Gilliland, Diane Gutafson, Pien and Darrell Latham, Bernice McRae, Steve Schuster, John White, and Anke Witak who volunteered their time to work with these kids.

ATA closed Tourney and annual meeting, Oct. 10-11. Please get your entries in to Grady Nicholson by Sunday, Oct. 4th, 6:00 pm. (Forms were sent out with Sept. newsletter; contact Grady if you need one). Also, remember that the annual ATA meeting/potluck dinner will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 pm at Pien & Darrell Latham’s home (Maps will be available at tourney desk). Please bring a dish to share and your favorite beverage. Two new board members will replace Steve Schuster and Joy Gallent whose terms have expired and thus will be going off the board. So far, candidates for the two board positions are: Diane Gustafson, Bernice McRae, John White, and Anke Witak. If you are interested in serving on the ATA board, please give your name to Steve, or any board member.

Roswell/Alamogordo Exchange will be Oct. 24 in Roswell. We need to keep the alien/White Sands plaque (that Harold designed) and not let them show it off in Roswell! Let Steve Schuster know if you can play for ATA in Roswell that Saturday.

Chihuahua: Pat Morgan is checking to see if Thanksgiving weekend would be a possibility for tennis in our sister city. Pat needs to know if there is sufficient ATA interest for a Thanksgiving trip. Contact him if you are interested.


Despite recent shoulder surgery, two ATA members can’t seem to stay away from the courts!

What talents ATA members have!! We’ve heard through the ATA grapevine that we have a pie maker in our midst. Dale Emmert recently took first place for his pies in the annual Pie Town Pie Contest. We’re all salivating, Dale!

Tues/Thurs Open Play: Please be reminded that Tuesday and Thursdays are open play days, for players to meet and join in play. Every 30 minutes players rotate between courts to allow a mix of play. If you do not wish to join in and switch around on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please arrange your own players and play on the northern courts.

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