6/8

Hello LMTC Members,

Nominations for LMTC Board positions are open for the coming year, 2020-2021.  The positions include the Officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary) as well as the four "at-large" directors all serve 1-year terms beginning in July and ending June of 2021. The only requirement for nomination is that you are a member of LMTC.  Self-nominations are highly encouraged.  

Nominations can be made by filling in your name on the Nomination Board that is placed near the clubhouse entry or by emailing a current board member.  The officers will be listed individually and there will be an additional list for at-large directors.  If nominating for an at-large director position, please indicate an area of interest.  The Board is always in need of someone to work on membership, leagues, premises, and social so please consider one of those areas.  

The Candidates for Officer positions will run against other nominees for those four specific positions.  The remaining four board positions will be filled by the top four vote winners from the at-large candidates.  All candidates will be allowed to prepare a statement of candidacy for distribution to the members after the nominations are complete.  

Nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness to be placed on the ballot and provided with information about preparing an optional statement of candidacy for distribution to the membership.

We are a little later than normal with the elections due to the closures so please consider signing up right away so we can have the election as soon as possible.  

Thank you for considering this opportunity to volunteer and please feel free to contact any board member with questions.

Sincerely,

The LMTC Board of Directors

6/1

Dear Members,

The Board of Directors has voted to extend the period covered by your 2020 dues for an additional two months to cover the period of time we were all unable to play as a result of the Covid-19 Shutdown.  Your Membership will now extend through February 28, 2021.  

Next year the Membership year will start on March 1st and continue through to February 28, 2022.  We hope you are holding up through all of this and look forward to seeing you out here enjoying playing tennis again soon.

Frank Riolo

President

5/29

Dear Members,

We received clearance late Friday from the City that we can reopen the Tennis Club.  The Club will be open this Monday, June 1st, for regular hours. There are some protocols that we will have to follow so please check the website, please read and follow them so that we can all continue to play and stay healthy.  

Telephone Reservations for courts can be made for Monday and play next week on Saturday and Sunday, this weekend, between Noon and 2pm.  At this time under our guidelines we will not be able to accept walk ups so please be sure and call the Clubhouse in advance to make your reservation.  

Thanks for your patience during these times and welcome back.

Frank Riolo

President

5/6

Hello LMTC Members,

With all of the speculation in the press about reopening I wanted to update you on where the Club is at in the process.  We have been in contact with the City and the Parks Department to see if we can get any definitive information on when we can open up again for play and what rules and restrictions might be required.  Unfortunately they have not been able to give us any information on a date or on any requirements.  We are staying in contact with them and are hopeful that with the gradual easing of restrictions it will be some time this month.  

I am sorry that we don't have a date to report to you that we can all get back to enjoying tennis again but I can report that we have been working on protocols and procedures for when we can open so that we are ready.  Emmo Tennis has taken the lead on the project compiling information and addressing best practices from the tennis and golf community.  With the assistance of our other Pros, Steve, Nate, Elden, Danielle along with a group of us, we are hoping to have a jump on anything we will need to do to be ready to go when we get the green light from the City.

In the mean time please stay safe and stay healthy so we can enjoy a summer of tennis.  

Frank Riolo

President

10/30

LMTC Members,

I wanted to update you again on the Court Resurfacing –

The repair work and resurfacing is completed on Courts 9 and 10 but we have encountered a scheduling problem with the machine that is required to do the surface removal.  Our Contractor is working on alternatives and as we have more information and a new timeline we will keep you posted.  In the meantime please check with the office on court availability.

There will also be some work going on over the next few weeks on the addition of a new storage shed adjacent to Court 10, so you will see some folks working in that area including Steve, Nate, Elden and Danielle who have volunteered to work on the project.

Appreciate everyone working together on all of this,

Frank

10/11

LMTC Members,

 

An update on the Court Resurfacing –

 

The repair work and resurfacing is completed on Courts 5 and 6 and will be completed this weekend on Courts 7 and 8.  The repair and patching on these four courts has been significant and it has taken more work than anticipated resulting in the work taking longer than scheduled.

 

Work is now beginning on Courts 9 and 10 and once they are completed they will move to begin Courts 1 through 4.

 

We have been able to adjust the schedule to have 8 Courts available this past week and will have 8 through the completion of the resurfacing on 9 and 10 and that has helped some of the busiest times.  We will drop back to 6 courts when the work starts on Courts 1 through 4 and we anticipate that will occur in the week of October 21st and depending upon the required repairs may last until the end of the month.  During that period court availability will be again limited to 6 courts so please be patient with everyone.  The Leagues and the Tennis Pros are all working with Dan and Kathy and are reducing their schedules during this period to make as many courts as possible available to everyone but there will still be challenges during this time for the busiest days.

 

We will continue to work together to balance the demand for courts and schedules.  Unfortunately this has taken longer than expected but it is necessary to do the work correctly and to make the investment last as long as possible.  I apologize for the inconvenience and understand as the time increases so does the inconvenience.  Everyone has been very cooperative and patient with the interruption in all of your schedules and it is appreciated.

 

Thank you,

 

Frank Riolo

LMTC President

8/13

LMTC Members,

 

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer filled with fun, adventure and great tennis.  I just wanted to update you on a few things that are occurring and will be occurring over the next few months.  The Board changed on July 1st and the Committee Chairpersons for this upcoming year are:

 

Barbara Beedle  -- Social

Nanette Herbuveaux – Leagues

Chet Snyder – Facilities

Donn Goss – Legal

Kathy Culver – Membership

 

If you would like to participate or assist them in their areas please let them know or drop a note off with Dan and Kathy.

 

The biggest project and most impactful for everyone is the resurfacing of all the courts and we are moving forward with the work to begin on September 23rd.  It has been necessary to adjust the starting date a bit due to the availability of the equipment we need to remove the old surface.  They will be working on 4 courts at a time and the project will take about 3-4 weeks to complete, please be patient with the reduced number of courts.  Chet’s experience as a contractor has really helped move this along and we look forward to the new surface and I am sure we will all enjoy playing on them.

 

This week the City Park’s Rec Area Manager came out and met with our Board.  She is very supportive and is assisting us with several repair and maintenance projects including the main gate, guardrail repair, trimming, refuse removal and clean up of drainage areas.        You may have noticed some of it and there will be more going on as crews are available to assist with the work.  She has also graciously volunteered to assist us with evaluating some other long-term improvement projects that have been discussed over the years.  She will be working with Chet, Donn and others for some ways we might be able to take on a few new projects.  Ernie was instrumental in setting up the meeting and will be assisting Chet with the Recreation Department as a Liaison, thank you Ernie for your expertise and assistance.

 

Another big project for this year is looking into the options and feasibility of an online reservation system.  Brian has volunteered to lead that undertaking.  His willingness to lead the way on this project is greatly appreciated.

 

Other things in progress include the ongoing work around the property on the water, electrical and Gazebo by Graham and Donn.   Barbara is working on setting up a Club Event for this fall, the Club Singles Championships are getting underway and Emmo Tennis will be holding tournaments in September and November.

 

Thanks again to everyone for all of their volunteer work.

 

Frank Riolo
President, LMTC

6/12

Hello LMTC Members,

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual member meeting last Saturday.  Special thanks to The Beedles for cooking up a storm (I enjoyed a tasty hamburger!) and providing a giant shade structure. Thanks also to teaching pros Dan Emmerson, Nathan Weldon and Steve Thom for supporting the tennis event.  Our club is very fortunate to have such great instructors (including Danielle Bryan and Elden Whisman) who volunteer for events like this!

As this Board term comes to an end I’d like to provide a short update on some items of interest:

- Our Special Use Permit is still pending with the City and per their instruction we continue to operate under the expired SUP

- The City did reaffirm we have permission to construct two additional courts, but no action was taken to explore this option

- Court resurfacing was postponed until July or August due to rains

- Member survey results were discussed by the Board, including the 70% of survey participants that want an online reservation system, but no  action was taken

- Our bylaws remain antiquated and while discussions were had in an effort to propose amendments to them no action was taken

- Since January: Family Memberships have increased 20%; Single Memberships have increased 7%; and Jr Memberships have increased 100%.

- League play continues to increase for both USTA (Adult and Jr) and WTT

Please join me in thanking outgoing Board members Diane Bailey, Bruce McLees and Emily Hill.  Diane worked tirelessly to keep our grounds looking good in a year where that was an impossible task.  Bruce supported transparency from the beginning of our term, even when it meant taking unpopular positions.  Emily was an advocate for increasing events, building membership and was ready to fundraise if the Board had moved ahead on facility improvement projects.

I’d also like to thank continuing Secretary Denise Stefanson who had the challenge of keeping track of all our proceedings during a very busy year.  She may have had the hardest job of all! Treasurer Kathy Culver improved the presentation of our monthly financial reports. Nanette Herbuveaux did an amazing job corralling all of the league requests and consistently helped find solutions.  Both Frank Riolo and Don Goss volunteered as VP’s late in the term and now have a running start for the next term.  Thanks to all of you for your generosity.

Congratulations to the new Board that will take over on July 1st, 2019:

Officers:

President  -   Frank Riolo

Vice President  -  Kaye Listug

Secretary  -  Denise Stefanson

Treasurer  -  Kathy Culver

Board Members:

Nanette Herbuveaux

Barbara Beedle

Don Goss

Chet Snyder

Brian Cox (Past President)

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President.  I look forward to seeing many of you out on the courts, in leagues, and at local tournaments this summer.

Sincerely,

Brian Cox

President, LMTC

5/17

Hello LMTC Members,

The rainy weather has continued beyond what was expected and as a result the court resurfacing is not likely to begin before July.  Also, the "superbloom" brought far more vegetation to our grounds as well as some increased local bee activity.  The Board and Emmo Management are working together to address these issues.

Thank you for your understanding with the countless scheduling changes brought on by the rains.  I know that management and the teaching pros are doing their best to communicate and reschedule when rain closes the courts.  

 

Sincerely,

Brian Cox

President

7/23

Dear LMTC Members -

As you know, we held elections to replace last year’s board in which I served as president that ended June 30th.  The club elected Brian Cox as President along with a new treasurer, secretary, membership chair and social director. I will hold the Vice President’s chair to help Brian during the transition until he gets

acquainted with the many roles he will need to play to continue the club’s goal of providing the best tennis facility in East County.

I feel privileged to have served the club as president and to have been in a position to work with so many of our active members as well as working with the city to assist the club in maintaining our club grounds.  I also want to thank EMMO tennis for their continued support and excellent management of the club.  We

are all the beneficiaries of their dedication to providing a professional operation given the limited resources we have in both honoring our special use permit as well as the needs of all our members.

I want to thank all those members who volunteered for the various projects throughout the year and gave up their personal time to assist me with the many duties that must be fulfilled in order to operate to the best standards possible.

I urge you all to support Brian Cox in his new duties and I look forward to another outstanding year at our special club.

Sincerely,

Ernie Kovacs

Vice President

LMTC

6/19

Dear LMTC Members:

Thanks to all who voted for the new LMTC board for 2018/2019.  As president of the club this past year I held the last board meeting before turning it over to Brian Cox, your new president beginning July 1st. I have been honored to serve as your president and have confidence Brian will continue go lead the new board  with the same dedication and energy we have come to expect from our current board.  I want to thank our current board members for this past year’s efforts;

Katy Listug for serving as Vice President this past year.

Jody Iverson for her tireless work as treasurer, working with VIki Wood and our banking services, keeping our accounts up to date and accurate.

Barb Beedle who was secretary and worked through an operation to her shoulder to document our minutes. Barb may have to retire from the club due to injuries and we wish her well.

Tom Sidley who did a great job as membership chair, doing the important work of making sure member’s accounts are accurately reported and paid.

Denise Stefanson as social director for events this past year.

Nanette Herbuvaux as league chair coordinating and tracking league play.

Diane Bailey as premises working with our landscaper.

Here is your new board and congratulations to each new member of the board for the coming year:

Brian Cox                       President

Ernie Kovacs                  Vice President

Denise Stefanson           Secretary

Kathy Culver                   Treasurer

Bruce McLees                 Membership

Nanette Herbuvaux         League

Diane Bailey                    Premises

Emily Hill                          Social

We are fortunate to have such a competent and committed membership willing to contribute their time and efforts to maintain our wonderful club.  I look forward to working with everyone for the coming year.

Thank you for your attention to these changes.

Sincerely,

Ernie Kovacs

President, LMTC

5/29

Dear LMTC Members -

The ballots for voting are now available at the clubhouse and on our website so please take time to cast your vote for our new board.  We have a great new slate of members that promises continued success for Lake Murray Tennis Club.
Also, please remember to write your membership number on the ballot to validate your vote.

Thank you for your vote.

Ernie Kovacs
President, LMTC

4/15

Dear LMTC Members:

We will be coming up on the 2018 elections for board members this summer and I want to ask if there are any club members interested in serving on the board if a position is open.  I have been president on and off for several years now and have enjoyed working with a number of volunteers both on the board and for special projects to maintain and/or improve our facilities.  I know not everyone fully appreciates the amount of work and dedication that goes in to making our club the outstanding tennis facility it is, as it serves so many tennis players in the East County.  I want everyone to know we have been very fortunate to have so many who care and serve in relative anonymity so that our overall

membership can enjoy high quality tennis facilities, given we are a private/public club that works hand in hand with the city to comply with our special use permit.

We have a burgeoning Juniors program, with outstanding instructors along with high quality instruction for players at all levels as well as serving as home court for San Diego Christian college each year.  There is a lot going on and plenty to be done which will require on-going volunteering to maintain our high standards for play.

I am asking that anyone who would consider joining the board, to consider replacing me as president. If so, please let me know so the board can begin working on replacements for the coming year.  If no one else is interested, our by-laws will have to be changed in order that I may continue to serve as your president.  There may be other positions open on the board as well that have yet to be determined so I can address any inquiries with current status..

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to getting feedback from anyone interest.

Sincerely,

Ernie Kovacs

President, LMTC

2/11

Hi Everyone -

 

Thanks to you all who came out today on a beautiful Sunday to enjoy some fun tennis, great food and a chance to meet new members and friends.

 

A special thanks to Bob and Barb Beedle; year after year Bob quietly brings and assembles tents, tables, grilles and food and the club owes him a debt of gratitude for all his selfless support.  He spends his entire time grilling burgers, dogs and anything else that needs grilling.


Thank you also to Denise Stefanson, our Social chair, for planning and overseeing the event to make sure everything went smoothly.

 

The round robin format was a success thanks to Dan Emmerson, who arrives early each day to make sure our scheduling works out and he did a fine job of organizing the matches today.  We are thankful for Dan and Kathy who operate the club with such care and attention to every detail, helping to make our club a special place to play tennis.

 

The Board will be looking to plan another outing later in the year.  If anyone has any ideas on how to improve our socials please let me know.  Perhaps a Saturday rather than a Sunday might be preferable, maybe a different format.  Whatever you can think of, direct your thoughts to me and I will bring them up in our next meeting.  Our goal is to make this a fun event for as many members as possible.

 

Thanks again and hope to see you all again soon,

 

Ernie Kovacs

President, LMTC

6/25

Hi Everyone -

If you are interested in reserving a seat for the Aviator’s opening night July 16th, 6pm at La Costa, I urge you to sign up but also make your check out to insure you have a ticket.  The Aviators require payment up front so you do not have a guaranteed seat until you pay.  The team is reporting heavy demand for

seating since Maria Sharapova has committed to playing on opening night, so the time to sign-up with a check is now.

Thanks for you attention.

Sincerely,

Ernie Kovacs

President, LMTC

6/22

Dear LMTC Members

The San Diego Aviators are starting a new season July 16th, opening night at La Costa.   The team just announced the late addition of Maria Sharapova who will be playing that evening.  This adds an element of urgency to sign-ups at the clubhouse.  Kathy Emmerson will have a list for sign-ups and I urge anyone who wishes to attend, to sign up right away as the match will almost certainly be a sell-out.  I have designated optimal seating with a 20% group discount on each ticket for $30.40.

Thanks for your attention and I look forward to seeing you there on this exciting event at La Costa once again hosting this WTT event.

Sincerely,

Ernie Kovacs

President, LMTC

6/2

Dear LMTC Members:

The club has concluded its annual election for a new board and all the ballots have been counted.  Thank you to those who cast their votes and re-elected our new board for 2017-2018.  There was only one seat that was vacant, as Debi Adcock returned to full time employment and could not continue serving as League representative.

I want to thank Debi for her service and volunteer work for the past year; she will be missed.  In her stead, Nanette Herbuveaux has agreed to serve as League Representative for the new board and I thank her for her decision as I’m confident she will do a great job.

The rest of the board will continue to serve a second term and I wish to thank them all, along with our generous volunteers who make our tennis community operate smoothly and professionally.  This also applies to Emmerson Tennis, who manage the club to the highest standards possible for a public/private operation.

Finally, i want to recognize Graham Hilton, who serves as a handy-man par excellence, who saves our club a lot of money doing repairs throughout the year as well as Jack Lazard who is our volunteer print company that makes it possible to print out brochures and flyers throughout the year as needed.

I look forward to another successful year at Lake Murray Tennis Club and thank you to all our members for their support and contributions to all club activities.

Sincerely,

Ernie Kovacs

President, LMTC