April 3, 2022


In this week's blast:


    APRIL is nomination month for PPPA Board positions.  This being an even year, President, Treasurer, and Special Projects Director are open for nomination.  Each Board position is a 2-year term beginning on July 1. Incumbents having served only one term are eligible to run for a second term.

    • As a reminder, elections for Vice President, Secretary, Education and Training Director and Membership Director are conducted during odd years, so watch for these positions to open in 2023.

    You may nominate yourself or another member. Nominees must be current, active members of PPPA and in good standing.  If you are nominating another member, please ensure that they are aware of and have agreed to be nominated.  Please send your nomination via email to Wendy Venturella, Nomination Committee Chairperson, at wendyv80132@gmail.com no later than May 1, 2022.

    The Nomination Committee will contact each nominee and ask for a written paragraph regarding experience and qualifications.  Each nominee will also be asked to answer a few questions to help the membership learn more about the candidate, so they can make informed decisions. 

    • 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 (May 8, 2022), a complete ballot with job descriptions, nominee names, experience and qualifications will be sent to all current PPPA members with a listed email address. If you share your email address with another member (not recommended) you will have ONE vote from that address. To review or update the email you have on file, please log into your account, click on your name in the upper right section of the page, click [Edit profile], review and make changes, then [Save]. Votes are due on or before Sunday May 15, 2022.  Election results will be announced to members via email, in early June. 

    Not ready to be a Board Member, but still want to get involved?  Consider getting involved with one of these special committees:

    • Tournament Committee
    • Fundraising Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Silent Auction Committee
    • Referee Committee
    • Percent of Sales Committee

      Our association has 1326 active members – WOW, that’s a lot of pickleball!  New and expanded programs can only be offered through volunteers, so your help is appreciated.

      Thank you for your continued support and participation in this election cycle.

      Sharon Kumpf
      PPPA Membership Director


      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.

      Dong Nguyen

      PPPA Director of Special Projects & PPPA Liaison to El Paso County Parks


      Please Click on Balloon


      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.

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