December 2018

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Wishing all our members and their families best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season and a happy New Year!

Board of Directors, 2018



Hi PBTC members!

Happy holidays to you and yours! We have a few updates for you following our last Board meeting, held Dec. 12, 2018.

First, a big congratulations and thanks to our newly elected directors: Bruno Gomes, Kate Spiro, Lucas Heilmann, and returning director, Phil Tan. Bruno, Kate, and Lucas will join Phil on the Board on January 1, 2019 and serve for the 2019-2020 term, alongside Scott, Panto, and Mihajlo. The next Board meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2019 (6:15pm at the clubhouse). The new club officers (president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary) will be elected by the Board at that time. I know the club will be in great hands in the coming year.

Second, it’s time to renew your membership (and encourage others to join)! If you renew or start an individual membership before 12/31/18, you’ll receive two free guest passes. For family memberships, it’s three guest passes. Don’t let your membership lapse. All current memberships will end at midnight on Dec. 31 (unless you renewed already, or joined in October with a promotion for all of 2019, in which case Santa has you on the “nice list”). So get a head start on your New Year’s resolution to play more tennis in 2019 and renew your 2019 membership in 2018!

A few other items of note: the Board approved a new flex league starting January 3, 2019 and running through March 15, 2019, with playoffs to follow. That will continue to be administered by me and Steve. We also approved a holiday party for Steve’s academy that will be on Friday, December 21, 2018, 3p-6p, using Courts 2-7, so mark your calendar in case you were planning to play during that time.

Finally, let me offer a few words of thanks. I joined our club’s Board in 2015 and served as vice president, and then as president from 2016 to now. As with all team efforts, it’s never about one person. And each year, we had a great team. I’ve learned so much from interacting with all of the Board members over the years: Scott Karafin, Phil Tan, Bob Miller, Linda Braun-Leibowitz, Panto Mijatovic, Mihajlo Tomic, Lynda Jackson, Donna Dube, Dale Jensen, Sandy Riedel, and Cliff Robbins.

Over the years, together, we addressed some significant concerns for the club, including restructuring the club’s financial operations at the direction of the city under a new Special Use Permit. At times, specific items were challenging but we ensured that everyone had a voice and that the consensus of what to do reflected what was best for our club in the long run. Together, we accomplished a great deal.

We resurfaced four courts, installed new windscreens, retained Steve as our club manager, expanded opportunities for adult and junior instruction, moved the light switches outside the clubhouse to facilitate “any time play,” saved our courtyard tree while also saving our engraved bricks and their associated history, started a vibrant flex league, kept our other leagues, kept our historic Turkey Tournament going now through year 43, held club mixers that were a lot of fun for everyone who participated, and we were active in the community, particularly within the city’s organizational planning for the De Anza Cove Revitalization Project. We did all of that while maintaining sound fiscal policies that best served the members’ interests. 

We also revised our club by-laws to be current with city requirements and the new by-laws were approved by the membership. We then posted them online, along with our revised standing rules, and ensured that all of the official minutes of the Board meetings were available to all members in the clubhouse, complete and current, with regular communication to our members through our newsletter. We also started Pizza with the President and Donuts with David, as opportunities for club members to meet with the club president and talk about anything they liked. At first, several people took me up on this, but over time it seems there was less to talk about – a reflection of things going well – and that’s all for the best. Still, we have a great membership and it was always my pleasure to meet each of you and I thank you for our times together.

I want to also thank Steve Adamson and all of the instructors who have served at the club during the time I’ve been on the Board. We have had the pleasure of having excellent tennis professionals from start to finish. The same goes for everyone who has worked in the clubhouse to help facilitate cleaning the courts, bringing out the ball machine, or otherwise helping our members and guests have fun. Thanks very much.

From time to time, we had events that helped beautify our club, and I appreciate all the volunteer efforts from everyone who contributed. The club’s continued success depends on the spirit of cooperation that is so obviously present now.

This last week, I had the opportunity, together with Steve, Scott, and Mihajlo, to meet with the Parks & Recreation Department representatives to review the Special Use Permit for our club to continue operating on city land for the next three years. Our audit with the city went very smoothly. We have a few documents to provide to the city for their records, and I know Scott will take care of that. There were no revisions to our current Special Use Permit that were imposing any difficult provisions for us. Our meeting was entirely cooperative and that was greatly appreciated. I expect to be able to sign the new 3-year permit before my term ends this year, and leave the Board knowing that we have set the club up for a great deal more success and improvement in the years to come.

It’s been a special treat in my life to be the club’s president for these three years. Now it’s time for someone else to have this treat. But as always, if I can ever be of assistance to any of you, please feel free to call me, anytime, at 858-349-0848, or email me at david_fogel_nsi@yahoo.com. I’ll always do my best to be of help.

See you at the courts!

David Fogel
PBTC President 2018



PBTC Holiday Mixer - The mixer was held on December 8, from 12n-2p. Having postponed it from December 1 due to inclement weather, we still had a nice turnout of 11 people and a fun couple of hours of mixed doubles.

Next up: The Aussie Open Mixer, to be held on January 18, 2019 from 6:30-9p. Mihajlo Tomic will be running the event. Mark your calendars. And remember, all doubles play must be in the Australian formation! (Just kidding.)

Register online by clicking here or by going to www.pbtennis.com and clicking on the 'Events' tab.



Dear PBTC members,

This month the city remained quiet on their plans, but other groups were more active. ReWild made a public presentation on their environmentally-focused plan, and two commentaries were published in the Union-Tribune on December 5, one promoting ReWild and the other promoting the Mission Bay Gateway plan. You can find these commentaries online. In response, I wrote a letter to the UT editor stating my support of the Mission Bay Gateway plan because it promotes a nice new tennis club, and my opposition to the ReWild plan because it does not state a viewpoint on tennis. If you would like to read my letter, click here. Meanwhile, I met new San Diego City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell at the ReWild meeting, and I will write to her on the future of tennis at De Anza. Please also do the same to show your support of PBTC. Dr. Campbell's email is jennifercampbell@sandiego.gov, and comments to the UT editor can be made at https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/sd-submit-a-letter-to-the-editor-story.html.

As always, thanks for supporting PBTC and let me know if you have questions or comments.

Phil Tan

Director, PBTC Board 2018



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