April 20, 2021
PPPA – WEEKLY EMAIL BLAST
DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS WITH OUR MEMBER MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE, WE WERE UNABLE TO SEND OUT THE BLAST LAST SUNDAY
FOR NOW, YOU CAN ACCESS THE WEBSITE BY GOING TO PPPA.WILDAPRICOT.ORG UNTIL WE GET THE ACCESS ISSUE RESOLVED
APRIL is nomination month for PPPA Board positions! This being an odd year, Vice President, Secretary, Education and Training Director and Membership Director are open for nomination. Next year being an even year, we will do the same for President, Treasurer, Tournament Coordinator and our Special Projects Director. Election results for this year will be announced to our Membership in early June.
We will conduct our nomination search and vote for the open board positions of Vice President, Secretary, Education and Training Director and Membership Director whose job descriptions are attached below for your consideration. Each Board position is a two-year term beginning on July 1st. The current incumbents for each of these positions, except for Education and Training Director, are currently serving their first term and are all eligible to run for a second term.
To nominate yourself or someone else please send the nomination no later than May 1st via email to Charlie Rush, Nomination Committee Chairperson, at email@example.com.
A member of our Nominating Committee will contact anyone who is self-nominated, or nominated by another Association member, and ask for a short write up with your specific experience/qualifications to include in the formal ballot. Note that the elected Officers and Directors of PPPA have a responsibility to avoid financial and organizational conflicts of interest that impact their objectivity, or appearance thereof, in the conduct of their roles as Association Board Members. In accordance with “best practices” of the National Council for Nonprofits, the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado, and the established policy of PPPA; each new or re-elected Board member will need to review and sign their individual annual Conflict of Interest disclosure in June of each year (see PPPA Policy 6, Part 1 & Part 2).
On the second Sunday in May (this year it’s the 9th), the completed ballot (job description, nominee names, and their qualifications) for these four 2021 Board positions will be sent to ALL CURRENT PPPA MEMBERS WITH A LISTED EMAIL ADDRESS. If you are sharing your email address (not recommended) you will have ONE vote from that address, and your vote will be due one week later on/before Sunday May 16th for tabulation by the Nominating Committee and announcement to our Membership in early June.
Additionally, the following PPPA committees are in need of a lead and/or a co-lead:
Your time, experience, enthusiasm would be most welcome. Our club now has 1067 active members and NEW AND EXPANDED PROGRAMS CANNOT BE OFFERED WITHOUT YOUR VOLUNTEER HELP. The more hands the better; the task then becomes smaller.
Thank you for your support in this election cycle.
Roslyn Block, PPPA Membership Director
Per a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation (see attached), courts 7-15 may be used from noon-6 pm for PPPA Educational Activities. Courts not in use for PPPA activities may be available for public drop in use.
There are currently 4 active PPPA Round Robins (RR) set weekly for skill levels:
Monday – 2.0 RR – Paula Buczak @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday – 3.5 RR – Martha Marreel @ email@example.com
Wednesday – 3.0 RR – Dan Lovelace @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday – 2.5 RR – Karen Mogge @ email@example.com
PPPA is asking for your kindness and cooperation to allow the RRs use of courts 7-15 during the time of 2-5 pm Monday thru Thursday.
There will be other PPPA Educational Programs beginning soon for Skills/Drills that will be offered during the week and PPPA members will be notified of the time/dates as details are finalized.
If you are a member of PPPA and interested in participating in any of the RR programs, you can contact the facilitator for the specific skill level, named above.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.
Sherry Fairchild @ firstname.lastname@example.org
PPPA Director for Education & Training
Did you know that year-to-year we have well over a dozen active corporate sponsors who contribute to our annual tax-deductible sponsorship program? Over the years those donations and grants have helped PPPA co-fund the 15 Monument Valley Park PB courts in 2016 and most recently the 12 PB courts now finishing construction at Bear Creek Regional Park. This is part of the mission of PPPA: to promote the Sport of Pickleball through helping to reduce the financial burdens of local Government through funding for court construction, improvements and maintenance. To date, PPPA has contributed over $345,000 to this cause, thanks in part to our sponsors and corporate partners—as well as from your annual membership dues, silent auctions, and other passive fundraising activities.
Two things you as a PPPA member can do to help continue our important mission: 1) if you are part of a local business (employee or owner), contact any member of the PPPA Board of Directors to receive a tax-deductible Sponsorship package that will help promote your business on the PPPA website to our members and with a custom “Proud Sponsor of Pikes Peak Pickleball” corporate advertising banner that is displayed at all our PPPA PB tournaments and special events—like the upcoming spring dedication of the Bear Creek Park PB venue with City and County Government VIPs and the rest of our membership, and 2) as an individual family, consider signing up for any of our passive fundraising programs like the King Supers Reward Program. It’s free to you and by simply being a member of that program, PPPA receives a % back from all the purchases you make in our name. For instance, in our last quarterly summary from King Supers, 58 PPPA families generated $455.00 for PPPA. Imagine the benefit to our Association if most of our 1300 members were also on this same or other of our passive funding programs??? Please see the link below for more info.
Jeff Norton, Past President
We are accepting bids for the August 27-29, 2021, Pikes Peak or bust Pickleball Tournament Director. The tournament will be held at the new facility at Bear Creek. The Tournament Director will coordinate tournament operations. The bid should include, but not be limited to: schedule development, working within an established budget, marketing, promotion, court and administration set-up, bracket maintenance, committee recommendation and liaison, volunteer recruitment, and other duties as seen appropriate.
Proposals must be received by April 15, 2021. Please send your proposal to: email@example.com.
No masks or social distancing required! We have restocked our shelves and PPPA logo merchandise is now on sale with all sizes and colors of tee shirts, pullovers, hats and visors currently available in limited supplies online at https://pikespeakpickleball.com. Simply go to the website, click on the “Store” link and follow the prompts to search for available colors, sizes, and styles. Payment can be made through PayPal or with your own credit card. Your purchase will be mailed to you for an additional charge or you may choose to pick up your item(s). Pick up instructions will appear on your confirmation if you choose this option. Supplies are limited so log on and shop today!
Roslyn Block, Membership Director
Save 5% and 5% comes back to PPPA in annual Pickleball Central gift card!
Interested in saving 5% on pickleball gear, clothing and training aids? PPPA is now enrolled in Pickleball Central’s Club Rewards program. Here are the details for you and PPPA to benefit from:
When purchasing any items from www.PickleballCentral.com, enter CRPikes and you will receive an automatic 5% DISCOUNT and PPPA will earn 5% of every purchase that uses the code in an end-of-the-year gift card to purchase anything that PPPA needs – balls, extra paddles, nets, whatever we need! (The code is not case sensitive.)
Here's more about the ClubRewards program.
Do you shop online on Amazon.com? Do your friends and family shop online on Amazon.com? Switch to AmazonSmile and PPPA will receive a small percent of every transaction! It adds up!
(AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon as their way to give back to charitable organizations)
PPPA is now enrolled in the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same shopping features as on Amazon.com.
Go to smile.amazon.com and select Pikes Peak Pickleball Association from the list as your designated charity. Once you select PPPA, 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchase will be donated to PPPA. Spread the word to family and friends for them to designate PPPA as their charitable organization on AmazonSmile too!
In order for PPPA to receive funds from your purchases, you must always go through smile.amazon.com when preparing to shop online.
Did you know that you can earn $$$ for PPPA with every dollar you spend when you shop at King Soopers or City Market? Friends and Family can help PPPA earn money too!
See this flyer for information and how you can sign up.