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NMTA Meeting Minutes from March 14, 2007

These are the proposed minutes from the March meeting. They will be reviewed (corrected if needed) and voted upon during the May 18, 2007 NMTA Meeting.

NMTA Bi-Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:00 P.M.
N’orthopedics, Gaylord, Michigan

Present:  Executive Director: Margaret Ruemenapp ; Board members: Dick Ruemenapp, Marilynn Smith, Ann Onello, and Ruth Smith Guests: Jennifer Gerling and Diane Gillespie

The meeting was called to order at 7:45 by  Margaret Ruemenapp stepping in for President, Mary Sivula.

Marilynn Smith made a motion to approve the January 28 minutes and Ruth Smith seconded the motion with all in favor.

Margaret Ruemenapp indicated that she would be adding two items to the agenda. Under “Other Old Business” a report from Jennifer Gerling on her CTDW trip to Atlanta and under “New Business” the Spring Midwest Meeting was added.

Treasurer’s Report: Dick Ruemenapp presented the latest financial statement, ending Feb. 28. This will become a living statement that changes and updates each month. The board is very grateful to Ann Faylor of Petoskey who has helped set up our new financial look which utilizes Peachtree software. This report is filed for audit.

Committee Reports:

Adults:  No report

Adult League Coordinator: Margaret Ruemenapp reported that Peggy Bushy had finished the weekend USTA schedules and had forwarded them to her. Alpena, Bay Tennis Center and Grand Traverse Resort will each host two weekend tournaments. The dates for the senior leagues are June 2 - 3 and June 23 - 24. The mixed doubles leagues are scheduled for June 30 - July 1 and July 28 -29. It was also noted that Vern and Shirley Osterlund had offered rooms at their hotel for $40 a night for all USTA league  players and for the junior players involved in the Northern Michigan Junior Indoor held March 17-18.  The board thanks them for their generosity.

Ruth Smith indicated that the League Committee members wanted more input into decisions and better lines of communication between them and the board. After some discussion, it was decided that Margaret Ruemenapp would teleconference with the League Committee and the USTA League captains to obtain their input on improving lines of communication.

Community Tennis Associations: Jennifer Gerling reported that March 23 is the grand opening for the Alpena Tennis facility. There will be cocktails and appetizers from 6-9 p.m. and open tennis. March 24 will be the official opening for the kids. Bryn Lynch will be providing official training and Ed Watson and Sue Selke will be offering free tennis lessons in a carnival atmosphere. Jennifer Gerling noted that Vickie Lampel should be given a huge round of applause for her efforts. She was extremely instrumental in getting this facility built.

Margaret Ruemenapp noted that she had received a call from a tennis enthusiast in Bessemer, Michigan who wanted a USTA representative to attend a community meeting scheduled for March 22. The party was interested in getting the community to promote USTA tennis. Unfortunately, the date did not work and Margaret Ruemenapp suggested that they try and find a future time that would coincide with her schedule.

Communications:  Ruth Smith reported that Tara Archambault is working on our USTA website. We are grateful for her expertise.

District Endorsers: No report

Grants:  Margaret Ruemenapp reiterated that applications for grants end May 1 for June 1 distribution.

Junior Competitive Events: No report

Junior Team Tennis: Margaret Ruemenapp noted that she had taught rallyball and beginning strokes to St. Francis students in Petoskey every day this week. It is important to develop this age group. They are our future juniors!

Diversity:  Margaret Ruemenapp indicated that we received our first DIF payment for the 2006 year totaling close to $4000.00

Grievance: No report.

Sanction and Schedule: Margaret noted that the first Northern Michigan Junior Indoor Tennis Tournament was being held this weekend at the Bay Tennis Center (Boys and Girls 14’s) and Grand Traverse Resort (Boys and Girls 12’s). The sponsors for this event are:  Bay Tennis & Fitness, Grand Traverse Resort, NMTA, North Coast Imaging, and Trophy Case

Nominating Committee: No report

Yearbook: Margaret Ruemenapp reported that the yearbook was at the printers and is scheduled to come out April 10. She also announced that the board purchased a digital camera  which will be used for all District events.

Awards: No report

Officials: No report

Ranking: Margaret Ruemenapp noted that 56 Michigan Juniors are ranked and that 17 of them have a Midwest ranking.

Other Old Business: Ruth Smith reported that the Bob Tournament was very successful this year and that she will give us a further up-date at the next meeting. Jennifer Gerling indicated that what she had learned at the CTDW in Atlanta will be instrumental in helping her grow tennis at their new facility in Alpena. She suggested that she report back to the board in a year to determine which programs she has implemented from this workshop. Jennifer Gerling also noted that she has received a grant to implement tennis programs at the local college in Alpena. She will report back as these programs become implemented.

New Business: The suggested meeting sites were discussed and it was decided that the next meeting will be May 18 from 1:00-3:00 at the Traverse City Grand Traverse Resort. Margaret Ruemenapp indicated that the Spring Midwest Meeting will be held in Indianapolis April 28 and 29. She and Dick will be attending and she encouraged the Board to attend if possible.

Dick Ruemenapp made a motion to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Ruth Smith. The meeting was adjourned at 9:10.

Respectfully submitted by
Ann Onello, Secretary