Thursday, September 2, 2010

August Newsletter

Court Status: Much progress has been made this month! Final figures for remaining capital outlay funds are about $15K and these funds have been earmarked for 2 bleachers on the southern courts, 2 practice walls, and landscaping. Construction has begun on the storage building and practice wall construction should follow completion of storage building. Court benches have recently been placed. Some of the items still remaining on the wish list include upgraded bleachers for northern courts, shades for bleachers, and improved lighting and electrical. Special thanks to John White for his time & efforts!

A fundraiser is currently going on to raise funds to pay for the storage building. As of Aug. 2, $2130 has been pledged or received so we are over half way there. If you are still considering making a donation, please consider that this building will be used for the many items that ATA members are currently storing in their homes—things like the tourney desk and supplies, court water jugs & tables, mid school tennis rackets & supplies, blower and tools to clean off courts, etc. etc. This building has been needed for several decades and will be a tremendous help to those who run our many tennis events. If you have not made a donation, you can still send a check to ATA,
P. O. Box 684, Alamogordo, NM 88311 or give to Neil Bottger by Aug. 9.

John White shows practice wall sample to John Genta. John W. developed this foam-filled wall concept which has been approved by both USTA & Renner Const. co.

Construction has begun on ATA storage building. This 10 X 12 ft. building is being constructed with cement board siding & shingled roof. Double French steel doors with bolt locks through metal bars should provide a secure & attractive building.

Aug 14: Aug Play Day, 9:00, Cloudcroft courts; hosted by Harold & Cathy Waggoner. Orders will be taken for lunch in the park, with ice cream at Waggoner’s after lunch.
Aug 17: Mid School Tennis Begins, 5:00-6:30; volunteers needed!
Sept 8: ATA Board meeting at noon; all members welcome
Sept 4 : Marita and Robert Farewell Play Day, 9:00. Meints are inviting everyone to their home following play for traditional potato salad and bratwurst.
Oct. 9-10: 2010 Otero County Closed Tourney

Middle School Tennis: ATA will again team up with NMSU-A to offer 4 weeks of instruction to middle school students, Tues & Thurs, Aug. 17 thru Sept. 9, 5:00-6:30. Carl Jones has agreed to be the lead instructor again this year. ATA members will be needed to help with instruction, so please consider coming out, even if you can only volunteer for a few times.

Do you have any old tennis balls that you can donate? A Tularosa teacher has requested these for her classroom chairs, and they also may be used for the mid school program. Please give to Evelyn, or bring to a mid school session. Thanks!

Senior Olympics:
Thank you to Grady Nicholson for organizing the Sr. Olympics tennis for Otero Co. this year. Results are:

Men's 75 Singles-Tom Springer 1st (lost only 1 game in 2 matches)
Men's 70 Singles-Bob Schreiner 1st/Grady 3rd
Men's 70 Doubles-Bob S & Grady 2nd
Women's 70 Doubles-Nell & Faye Stokes 2nd
Mixed 70 Doubles-Grady & Nell 2nd

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