Sonoma Valley Tennis Association
A MESSAGE FROM THE SVTA PRESIDENT
Just 2 months into my new role as President and already I am astounded by the depth of
tennis passion in our community and the amount of behind-the-scenes work by the SVTA Board (and member-volunteers) that
goes into maintaining our courts and promoting tennis for all in little Sonoma! I am so proud to be a part of this all volunteer
organization! Seemingly mundane issues such as replacing net straps or getting new trash buckets or having the grass mowed
around the courts, all require one of us to make a call, follow up with the County, or, more commonly, go get the materials
and get a work crew to get it done!
- We have a new storage unit (all done by SVTA volunteers) for the score boards, etc. with a combo lock for the members
to be able to access with the "universal code" which now allows sole access to the larger storage unit for our
pro Felipe with his teaching equipment.
- We are awaiting an arborist to evaluate the trees around the courts to
determine how much the oaks can be trimmed and whether those darn eucalyptus trees can be managed and hope some of the moisture
affecting courts 4 and 5 can be tamed.
- The new sign-up board is working well to allow fair use of our Maxwell courts
during busy times (thank you for signing up and for giving up your court when someone is waiting!) I love the fairness of
One big issue for us all to get involved with is the "County Maxwell Plan"! Yes!! The County
is embarking on a Master Plan for Maxwell Park which will potentially include 2 more tennis courts, and other revisions,
but we need your presence at the next meeting (or at least your electronic input)! SVTA currently pays for all costs related
to our existing courts and will contribute to the maintenance of any new courts but we are dependent on the County to build
the new ones! Power is in numbers for the County so the more tennis requests they get, the more tennis people they see at
the meeting, the more they will look favorably at bulding 2 more courts! Please go to the meeting if at all possible, April
10 6-7:30 at El Verano School Room 31; let's show them how much SVTA cares!
More to come! See you on the courts!
Courts are public courts and anyone can play for no charge. Right? Yes, but...only members of SVTA through their membership
dues and volunteer hours are responsible for resurfacing and maintaining the courts to keep them in playable condition.
No public funds are available. SVTA pays 100% of all costs, some of which do not meet the eye, for example, $1,911 for insurance
We are currently accumulating funds to resurface courts
1, 2, and 3 within the next 2 years.
Your membership support is critical. If you have friends who are not yet members and
enjoy the use of Maxwell courts, please let them know that we are a non-profit, do-it-yourself tennis association.
Oswald, SVTA Treasurer
SAVE SOME DATES
Some SVTA dates for your 2015 calendar - details in this newsletter
April - Fridays SVTA Free Clinic
for New and Returning Players
April - May
SVTA Free Clinics - Elementary and Middle Schoolers
SVTA Friday Night Social
13 & 14 Nick Bollettieri Special Event
October 24 SVTA Mixed Doubles USTA Sanctioned
Nick Bollettieri Comes to Sonoma
are excited to announce that Nick Bollettieri will visit SVTA June 13 and 14.
This special program will offer clinics for adults and juniors,
and a dinner on Saturday,
June 13 .
Saturday is now sold out.
We have been lucky enough to have Nick B. agree
to stay another day.
On Sunday, June 14, we will offer an
Adult Clinic 9-11:30am
and a Junior Clinic 1-3:30pm at Maxwell Courts
For more info: Contact Felipe Monroy (916) 879-0212
MAXWELL FARMS REGIONAL PARK MASTER PLAN
Second Maxwell Park Planning Workshop - April 10, 2015
Sonoma County Regional Parks is working on a planning project to consider Maxwell Farms Regional Park facilities
and programs based on the current and future needs of the community. The Master Plan development process will examine
new proposals from the community as well as assess traffic and parking impacts.
PLEASE VISIT Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan Update
If you missed
the first meeting, Regional Parks will be hosting a second workshop for all the Sonoma Community on April 10, 2015 from
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at El Verano School, Room 31, 18606 Riverside Drive, Sonoma .
The upcoming Second Workshop will provide an opportunity for the community to discuss Park issues and share
ideas for the development of various facility and programming proposals.
In addition to the workshop,
an on-line community survey is available through April 16, 2015 to provide input and help determine the priorities for improving
NEW TENNIS COURTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
SVTA ONE-DAY DOUBLES USTA TOURNAMENT
will host ONE DAY DOUBLES -
USTA Sanctioned Mixed Doubles
October 24 2015 - Maxwell Farms Regional
3.0 and 4.0 divisions (must be rated by USTA) round-robin format with all mixed pairs playing
at least 3 matches.
Free t-shirts and snacks!
Noel Barbulesco, SVTA Tournament
SVTA USTA TEAMS IN PLAY
2015 Adult 40 & Over Womens 3.5
PK 40AW3.5A - Capt. Corky Rosengren
IN PLAYOFFS - April 11, 2015
2015 Adult 18 & Over Womens 3.5
PK 18AW3.5A - Capt. Corky Rosengren
Play begins 4/12/15
Sonoma-Napa-Marin Women's Tennis
FALL 2014/SPRING 2015
The 2014/2015 Women's League Year has
The Fall 2015 Season will begin early September 2015.
Registration open until August 21, 2015
SVTA Div 5 Took Second Place
For rosters, results, contacts, visit the SNM website
JUNIOR TENNIS - 2015 FREE CLINIC
The 2015 SVTA Junior Free Clinic
is underway. The seven week session runs from April 4 thru May 16, Saturdays. There are two sessions, elementary
ages 6-10 (Level A 3-4pm), middle schoolers ages 11-15
(Level B 4-5pm)
Instructor: Felipe Monroy
- Maxwell Courts - Racquets Provided
SVTA gratefully recognizes the Bodil
Sorenson Memorial Fund, the Kiwanis of Sonoma Plaza, and Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley for their generous contributions to
the funding of this annual community junior program.
Registration by application is required
2015 FREE CLINIC
The popular SVTA Free Adult Clinic is now underway.
Sessions are held on APRIL FRIDAY EVENINGS 6-7pm.
This is a program for all the community.
No fee, just drop in and bring a racquet and water.
Pro Felipe Monroy conducts the classes with a focus on beginners and those hoping to get back into the game.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR.
Corky Rosengren is taking aim at the first Robin (Round) of Spring.
Evening: May 15.
Time and details will be forthcoming.
Watch for a sign-up flyer
(photo: New Year's Day 2015 Round Robin)
NEW MAXWELL SHED
We have added a
shed adjacent courts 1,2, and 3. Women's Div 3 Capt., Margo Jay, saw the need and made it happen. The shed was
funded through the generosity of the Women's League players, and now all benefit with a dedicated space for team equipment.
Big thanks to the Maxwell Muscle Team, Mike Kelly and Merrill Herring. Always in the background, providing the detail,
such as lock coordination between the two sheds. More thanks to Bob Benz, Wayne Wilson and Peter for bleacher moving and
Pam Bellefeuille, President
Genevieve Blanchard , V.P.
Mary Oswald, Treasurer
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to Maxwell and Larson)
2015 ANNUAL DUES
ANNUAL DUES - $75 Individual
OUT OF TOWN - $40
UNDER 18 - FREE
DUES PAYMENT TO: SVTA, PO Box 766, El Verano, CA 95433
Players on SVTA USTA and Women's League teams must be SVTA members.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Sonoma Valley Tennis Association
The SVTA Board of Directors is very
happy to announce that our friend and teammate Pam Bellefeuille has agreed to be President. Welcome
And we acknowledge the retirment from the Board
of Lisa Biddle - thanks for all you have done.
COME PLAY WITH NICK!
SVTA's Getting a New Shed!
This is a long overdue
improvement. (Have you ever seen Felipe struggling with his equipment!) A new shed, approx. 6X6' will be installed near the
existing shed, and will be used primarily by team captains. This project was initiated by Margo Jay, who saw the need and
took charge. SNMWTL members are being asked to make donations; hopefully the donations will cover most of the cost. Installation
will probably take place in February. Woo hoo!
SVTA FALL USTA TOURNAMENT
2014 ONE-DAY MIXED DOUBLES USTA TOURNAMENT
The same tournament will be offered again
October 24, 2015
details later in the year
WE HAVE A NEW MOTION-SENSITIVE
PROTECTING OUR COURTS AND SHED
THANKS TO MERRILL HERRING FOR INSTALLING THE NEW LIGHT
FREE BEGINNER CLINIC
SVTA will again provide free lessons, for
beginner adults, and those returning to the game. Clinics will be on Friday evenings in April, exact time to be determined.
Learn some new skills and meet other players. Tell a friend!
FREE JUNIOR CLINICS
Our annual free clinics are back for Sonoma kids. Clinics will
be held on Saturdays in April and May. Details coming soon.
possible by donations from the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, and friends and family of Bodil Sorenson.
(Sonoma Napa Marin Women's Tennis League)
Division 3 Captains:
Barbara Hall, email@example.com
Jamie Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 4 Captains:
Kristi Amoroso, email@example.com
Sue Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 5 Captains:
Sue Vargas, email@example.com
Barbara Pahl, firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Muller, email@example.com
Genevieve Blanchard, firstname.lastname@example.org
40+ 3.5, Corky Rosengren Captain
Mary Oswald, Treasurer
NOEL BARBULESCO, RACQUET STRINGING!
(h) 938-1274 (c) 364-9211 (p/u & delivery to Maxwell and Larson)