March 27, 2022
PPPA – WEEKLY EMAIL BLAST
PPPA is an all-volunteer organization and an opportunity for members to take on an important volunteer role is coming soon. Nominations for open Board positions will be accepted during the month of April. There will be a Blast article the first week in April from the Membership Director with more information and where to submit nominations.
In accordance with the Amended Bylaws of the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association and Policy #3 - PPPA Board of Directors Election Cycle, the following Board positions for this election are
The Nomination Committee will contact each nominee and ask for a paragraph on experience and qualifications, along with a picture. Additionally, each nominee will be asked to answer a few questions to help the membership learn more about each candidate so they can make informed decisions. The answers will be limited to 100 words and the questions are:
For President Nominees (and Vice President nominees in odd years):
1. What will you do to lead PPPA for the next 2 years that aligns with the PPPA mission?
2. Have you served on a BOD for any other non-profit and if so, what were some of your major accomplishments?
All Nominees [To include President (and Vice President nominees in odd years)]:
1. Describe your qualifications for this position in accordance with the job description for this Board position.
2. What will you do to improve/enhance this position’s contribution to PPPA?
3. Have you ever previously served on the PPPA Board of Directors? If yes, what were the dates of your service and what position did you hold?
Nominees must be current members of PPPA and in good standing. You may nominate yourself or another member. If you are nominating another member, please ensure that they are aware and have agreed to be nominated. Now is the time to consider who you would like to have leading PPPA!
Stay tuned for the next Blast article from the Membership Director with more information.
Wendy Venturella, Chair
We are about to start up the rest of our Education and Training programs. Our Round Robin program has continued through the winter and is very popular. Ladder Play has also been running year-round. We will start offering Beginning Lessons, Guided Play, and Skills and Drills soon. We’ve made a few changes though. To see start dates, how to sign up, and what those changes entail, click here.
Please keep in mind that to participate in these programs you must be a PPPA member. The exception is Beginning Lessons which are FREE to everyone!
Director of Education and Training Activities
Hello everyone! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Sharon Kumpf, and I'm your new Membership Director.
Along with sincere enthusiasm, I am bringing more than 20 years of technical and member support services to this position. The reason I'm here is simple: to make sure that you get the information you need to make the most from your membership, have fun, and remain long-term members of PPPA.
Many of you may already know me from Round Robins, Ladder Plays, Lesson Groups, or as a volunteer during last year's pickleball tournament at Bear Creek Regional Park. If we haven't met, please introduce yourself to me on the courts. (I'm the one with silver and purple hair, so somewhat easy to spot...)
I love pickleball, and play 3-4 times a week in Colorado Springs, Monument, and Parker. I became addicted to the sport after 'retiring' early a few years back, and discovering it while on vacation in Arizona. Had I known what pickleball was, and how it attracted so many wonderful players of all ages and abilities in my own home town, I would have 'retired' much, much earlier!
I look forward to working closely with the Board to share and transfer knowledge, and intend to extend my full commitment to them and all of you to strengthen PPPA's programs, services, and membership.
PPPA Membership Director
On Saturday, March 19, 2022, three PPPA members conducted an audit of the PPPA financial statements, as required by PPPA Bylaws. Thank you to Jeffrey Jensen, Jesse Malkin, and Jim Baker (the "J Team") for volunteering their time and efforts.
I am happy to report that there were no findings and the results of the audit and a statement of PPPA's financial cash position for year ending December 31, 2021 can be found by following these links:
BEAR CREEK PICKLEBALL COURTS SNOW PROTOCOL
El Paso County Parks maintains Bear Creek Regional Park and therefore makes the determination on whether to close the Bear Creek pickleball courts due to snow/ice and when to reopen them. EPCP will lock the gates and allow snow to melt naturally so that the Contractor Construction Warranty is not voided. Any surface damage like has happened to the Monument Valley pickleball courts due to snow/ice chipping and scraping is explicitly the trigger that will void the Bear Creek court warranty. Therefore, usage of snow clearing tools like shovels is never permitted on the Bear Creek courts!
EPCP will notify Pikes Peak Pickleball Association personnel on the closure and reopening of the Bear Creek courts. PPPA will broadcast these updates on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoPickleball). There will also be a flag flying at the courts. If it is green, they are open for play. If it is red, they are closed.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we ensure prolonged enjoyment of this fabulous facility.
PPPA Director of Special Projects & PPPA Liaison to El Paso County Parks
THE PPPA ONLINE STORE IS OPEN
Looking for gifts for yourself or pickleball loving family members or friends? Look no further! We have restocked our shelves and PPPA logo merchandise is now on sale with most sizes and colors of tee shirts, pullovers, hats and visors currently available in limited supplies online at the PPPA Store (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!
Erica Roberts, Merchandise Manager
Save 5% and 5% comes back to PPPA in an 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.