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NMTA Meeting Minutes from May 5, 2005

These minutes will be reviewed for acceptance by the NMTA Board at the meeting scheduled for September 11, 2005

NMTA Bi-Monthly Meeting

May 4, 2005


In attendance were: Faith Gavaldon, Margaret Ruemenapp, Terry Parks, Bryn Lynch, Tom Van Deinse, Larry Nykerk, Chris Michalowski, Keith Bushy.

The meeting was called to order at 7:21 by Margaret Ruemenapp

Terry Parks motioned to accept the minutes as read. Faith Gavaldon seconded.

Treasurer’s Report: We have a balance$17, 466, 06. Our 11 month CD matured and we put $32,998.17 into a 9 month CD at 3.44% interest at Fifth Third Bank

Terry Parks motioned to accept the Treasurer’s report and Tom Van Deinse seconded.

Adult League: It was reported by Margaret Ruemenapp that Peggy Bushy, League Director, stated that USA League play was going well. Kathy Easter has become Peggy Bushy’s Assistant League Director and loves it.

Members like the “Tennis for Life” bracelets. We ordered 1000. Larry Nykerk and Tom Van Deinse would like them for their summer programs and Chris Michalowski took an order with him. They were handed out a League weekend play also.

Communications: Petoskey Community courts is dissolving. It will become Bay Area Community Tennis Association. There is no new activity at the Tennis Up North web site. The USTA/Midwest will use a points per round ranking system in 2006. This will be explained on the web site.

CTA’s: It has been brought to the attention of the Association that Marquette Tennis Association is not happy with the District. They went over our heads and asked to secede and form their own district. We will try even harder to involve them. Dialogue seems appropriate before the summer season begins. We have a new contact in Munising who has requested racquets for her schools program. Chris Michalowski has also requested and received a shipment of racquets for his extensive schools program.

District Endorsers: Tom Van Deinse has no report. He is looking for the district information. Registration has begun for the qualifier. It is always a difficult time since dates are not very available. Mick has suggested we hold tryouts for Davis and Wightman Cup at the Christmas Holidays, making room for a practices or camps prior to the event.

Grants: Grant applications have now been received. Chris Michalowski has submitted two separate ones. Larry Nykerk and Dave Reeves as well as Wendy Reeve of Harbor Springs and Joe Havican of Marquette have also submitted grant requests. The Grant Committee will meet and make recommendations to be voted on by the Board. Distribution of grants takes place in June. Larry Nykerk and Dave Reeves are requesting court improvement monies and the remainder are asking for programs. At this point $3000 is being requested.

Chris Michalowski is taking over rally ball and USA Team Tennis. 90 juniors participated in this last summer. Nearly 60 of them could play fairly well. Mick’s goal is to have every school in Traverse City playing one team of 6. Practice times need to written into this program as well. A Midwest grant is covering the losses but Mick is also- hence the grant request. T-shirts are available to participants. Mick will consider the District Coordinator position if all goes well this year. Larry Nykerk’s request for a grant is to help build the storage and shelter building at East Junior High. The Friends of Traverse City has the goal of improving courts around the city.

Juniors: Junior Davis cup is a day earlier this year, June 17. Tom van Deinse is coaching Davis Cup and Josie Caldwell is coaching Junior Wightman Cup.

Multicultural Participation: Our District Incentive Funding (DIF) for this committee would be lost if we were unable to send new participants to the Midwest clinic. Unfortunately our new participants withdrew at the last minute but our DIF funds were still awarded.

Officials: Bryn Lynch reported that Linda Gillam, Mike Mehas and Gary Plum are new officials. They have all had some court experience. Mike So from Alpena was a roving umpire as well as Paul Schultz, Bryn Lynch, Ruth Smith, Terry Stull and Jim Goodman. Questions have been raised about umpire payments. Bryn Lynch made the motion, after discussion, to have first year umpires undergo 5 hours of unpaid, on court training. As of the second year this will not be a requisite. The pay structure will remain the same. Gas mileage will be reimbursed to approve duties. All this is retroactive to April 1, 2005. Terry Parks seconded. All were in favor.

Grievance: No report

Sanction and Schedule; No report

Yearbook: The 2005 Yearbook looks great. Linda Richter-Clutter of Petoskey will be taking it over.

Awards Committee: Terry Parks agreed to chair this new committee. Her first task being to identify a Volunteer of the month for August. Bryn Lynch offered to help her with this committee. Family of the Year, grassroots award and junior sportsmanship awards will be established. We will send the nomination applications to the various parts of our district.

Old Business: No repot regarding the Tennis channel.

President’s Report: We need to continue the combination of resources to promote tennis. A 25th League Anniversary party will be held at Boyne Tennis Center the last weekend in July.

Tom Van Deinse moved to adjourn. Bryn Lynch seconded. The meeting ended at 8:57 p.m.