2015 YEAR IN REVIEW

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW

WINTER ADULT TENNIS SOCIALS Our monthly Tennis Socials entertained over 50 different players January through April. With various formats for rotating players each month, such as  World Team Tennis, Up and Down the River, or simply matching up players according to their NTRP level, our members had a chance to meet many new playing partners. Meeting with Ben the Bartender upstairs at Berkshire West for drinks and snacks was a great end to some very enjoyable evenings of tennis. This program which began January 2006 with the Hawaiian Tennis Party had to be discontinued due to lack of capacity. Thanks to Berkshire West for the 10 years of partnership, which brought many new players into the club! 

SPRING YOUTH TENNIS We had 100 children, ages 5-14 years, playing on 6 Saturday mornings during May/June at Lee MS/HS and Lenox Community Center. Wilson Tan, Julie LePrevost, and Caitlyn Briggs oversaw 7 certified coaches, who taught two sections: Ten and Under Tennis for the youngest and USTA JR Team Tennis for the more advanced.They all had a ball! Children and coaches marched in the Lee Memorial Day Parade, marching while showing off their tennis skills, tossing hundreds of tennis balls to the crowd, and taking turns riding in the BMW convertibles.

 SPRING ADULT TUNEUP DeWitt Thomson, Adult Tennis Direcor, passed on his tennis tips to a perfect dozen of avid players at the Lee MS/HS tennis courts, Sunday mornings during May/June.

THE 4th ANNUAL AUDIE FURGAL TENNIS CLASSIC on Saturday, June 20th was a huge success, drawing over 150 players in 14 divisions playing at 7 sites throughout the county. The Adult/Child and Adult/Teen divisions competed on Friday evening and the Adult Divisions on Saturday morning. The auction and poolside  luncheon donated by Guidos Fresh Marketplace helped us earn $18,756 for the beneficiaries: 3/4 ($14,067) for Porchlight VNA / Home Care and the balance ($4689) for Lee CTA Youth Programs. A huge thanks to all the court donors, underwriters, sponsors, players, and volunteers!

(In 2016, the Lee CTA will continue to host the  Adult/Child and Adult/Teen Tournaments, but are unable to continue with the Adult Tournament.  Over the past 4 years, the Audie Furgal Tennis Classic has raised a total of $63,508, shared 3/1 PorchlightVNA/LeeCTA,  $47,631 VNA / $15,877 CTA. It's been a great partnership with Guidos, Berkshire West, and many others contributing. Unfortuately, our Tournament Director has found it too difficult to continue while giving due attention to all the Lee CTA spring and summer programs. Again, thanks to all our friends who have helped!) 

 

ARLINE'S BRUNCH, on Monday, June 22ndAlways a lovely morning with delectable food served in board member Arline Breskin's beautiful garden, we had perfect weather for this special celebration for the kickoff of the Adult League season. Over 20 players attended and then played in the tennis mixer at Greenock Country Club. Such a nice social event by the ultimate chef and hostess. We deeply appreciate volunteers like Arline. She's a long-time board member, always looking for ways to contribute. So thankful for members like Arline, who are the glue that keeps this organization together!

SUMMER ADULT LEAGUES & YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAMS filled the summer. World Team Tennis began mid-June and Adult Leagues began the end of June and continued through August. Morning Youth Lessons in Lee & Lenox continued June through early August. The U14 & U18 USTA JR Team Tennis teams finished their season with the USTA WMA Championships on August 8-9. All in all, we had 435 unduplicated participants throughout the season: 236 Adults and 199 Youth!

                     One of our many Ault Leagues!                                                                                       One of our many Youth Programs!


SEASON ENDING CELEBRATION - Wednesday, August 26th. Dewitt pulled together a great turnout for a celebratory dinner at Greenock Country Club. We recognized adult participants as well as friends from the past who have been so supportive. The Adult League Coordinators and the MVP's of all the Adult Leagues were recognized. 

Sept. 18-20, 2015

TENNIS QUICKSTART

Friday from 4:00-6:00 PM, in the parking lot across from St. Mary's Church on Main Street.

VINTAGE WOODEN RACQUET TENNIS TOURNEY

Sunday from 10am - Noon at Greenock Country Club  


US OPEN TRIP - September 2nd  We filled the bus for this annual luxury bus trip. Tickets for children were slashed this year! This gave more kids a chance to experience the international flavor of this great sport! Our Youth Tennis Director, Wilson Tan volunteered to take unaccompanied children under his wing. Our board members, Norma Comalli and Donna Piretti, made this a memorable trip for ALL!

ANNUAL MEETING - October 14th  We had 15 members and guests attend our Annual Meeting held at the Good Purpose Gallery on Main Street in Lee. A BIG WELCOME to our 4 newly elected board members: Melissa Baron, Cheryl Martin, Shane Sullivan, and Janice Jones-Thomson. The board elected Janice as Secretary to fill recently retired Kathy DeVarennes position. Thanks to Kathy for all her years of service! Officers Tonio Palmer, President, and Bob Mitchell, Treasurer, were re-elected for another 1 year term, as well as board members Arline Breskin, Norma Comalli,  Wayne Donelan, Glenn Keiderling, and Donna Piretti. A BIG THANKS to all our board members! Also attending were Bunnie Lahey, Executive Director; DeWitt Thomson; Kathy Hall,  Lee School Committee member and Chair, Lee Youth Commission; Peter Nikitas, South Berkshire CTA; and Ed Lahey, Facilities Chair. CLICK HERE for the 10/14/15 BOD Meeting Agenda/Minutes. CLICK HERE for the 10/14/15 Executive Director's Report.

 

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