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March/April 2012 - Vol 1, Issue 1
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We hope you are enjoying the NVTA eNewsletter! We have heard that some browsers are not allowing our newsletter graphics to appear. View the newsletter online to see all the pix and graphics. You can now conveniently check recent eNewsletter archives as well as the NVTA Court Calendar on our website, napatennis.org thanks to the volunteer services of our expert webmaster Gil Lima and calendar chairmen, Matt Forbes and Todd Santiago.

Hey members, you can now access the complete NVTA membership directory online. Simply log onto napatennis.org, look in the lower left corner for "CD login". Your username is the first letter of your first name followed by your last name. (Example: bwalsh). The password is 1234. Then go to "user menu" where you can click on member list or click on "your details" to edit or update your own phone # and email address.

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Check out the new NVTA sign at the Jefferson Street entrance!!

We welcome three new board members who have agreed to serve a three year team. These members were nominated and voted onto the board at our annual meeting in January.

Departing board members were Ben Caron, Samantha Santiago, Jan Edwards and Lis MacDonald. Newly elected members for a three year term are Sharon Howell, Aaron Blakeley, Beverly Saxon Leonard and Lis MacDonald. Officers elected are Bob Walsh, President; Lorraine Fazzolare, Vice President; Barbara Pahl, Treasurer; Sharon Howell, Secretary.

Many thanks go to to Ben, Samantha and Jan for all your work.

-Bob Walsh, President

(Editor's note) President Bob's wife, Lu, is currently in the hospital. We send our best wishes to her.
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  • Maureen Healy- maureen@healycom.com
  • Deniece Mailloux- denimail@pacbell.net
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  • Milton Feng- miltzilla@gmail.com
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  • Karen Kelly- 729donner@comcast.net
The NVTA annual meeting was held January 29th at our tennis park with a mixed doubles tennis round robin followed a BBQ and pot luck party.

New board members were elected and players headed for the courts while Chef Rick Hanover fired up the BBQ. Thanks to Lis for setting up the round robin. We all had a great time and the weather cooperated.

Pictured below, clockwise: Bob announces the new board members and thanks the outgoing ones; Cindi, Steve and Yong Suk are giggling about something?; "a loaf of bread, glass of wine and tennis"; These ladies can't possibly be seniors can they?; Lis is wondering if cleaning the BBQ is in her job description; The team of Fred and Rick cooked up some great BBQ goodies; Did you know we have a professional baker in our group? Brian's desserts and bread disappeared instantly!!
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The Napa Valley Tennis Classic has been selected as a 2012 NTRP Grand Slam Tournament. A tournament gains the NTRP Grand Slam status by obtaining the highest player evaluations and/or the most number of NTRP tournament of the year votes the previous year. Grand Slam tournaments are worth 2 times the ranking point value of a regular tournament. The winner of each NTRP division also receives a special USTA NorCal logo item commemorating their win that USTA NorCal provides.

And we would like to express gratitude to Merryvale/Starmont Vineyards (pictured at left) for agreeing to sponsor the NVTA Tennis Classic for an additional five years!! We could not put on such a great event without their help. A toast to Merryvale!!

Tennis Classic Sponsorships are available to individuals and business. Your name will be printed on banners and the Tournament T-Shirt. Contact any board member for more information. Board member names and contact info is on the NVTA website. See Quick Link in upper left.

Save the dates this summer to participate in the Tennis Classic! June 30 - July 2, 2012
Our perpetual men's league captain, Dick Guisto was honored by receiving the USTA Norcal "Aces" award for Captain of the Year.

Dick was not able to attend the awards dinner and receive his trophy as he had a better offer...he became a "Grandpa" to baby Grace!! Congratulations on both efforts!
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The St. Helena Hospital "Volley in the Valley" Tennis Tournament will be Sunday, May 6 and Monday, May 7, 2012 at Meadowood Napa Valley. Proceeds will benefit the St. Helena Heart Institute. This year's tournament format features four doubles Round Robin Tournaments - one men's, one women's and two mixed doubles and the tournament is open to all amateur tennis players.

Your $1,000 player entry fee includes two days of tennis play and an elegant dinner event, featuring celebrity speakers John York, MD & Brad Gilbert, at The Napa Valley Reserve on Sunday evening, May 6. Dinner only tickets are also available for $500 each. For questions or more information, please contact Danielle at the St. Helena Hospital Foundation 707-963-6208.
Chuck Hall Reports-Our current group plays 7 days weekly (all indoors) at 2 settings: 1)Napa Valley Boy's and Girl's Club (Sun/Tues/Fri/Sat) and Clarence (or Chuck) Hall's Home (Mon/Wed/Thur)...All starting times are 6:30 AM, except for Sunday, 8:30AM. OTHER TIMES are available if we have at least a threesome or foursome for all hours at Hall's Home and all mornings at THE B&G CLUB...SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ARE TOTALLY OPEN but phone scheduling must be made with Chuck in advance.

Some of our players are current or past tennis players but most are refugees from raquet ball, table tennis or chess. We play mostly and preferably doubles but have played challenging bootleg games with 3 or 2 players. I, Chuck Hall, will play or practice with anyone, anytwo or anythree, etc. players anytime at my home.............Contact Data: Clarence "Chuck" Hall, 707-255-0683, halldrycreek@earthlink.net, 4516 Dry Creek Rd., Napa, CA, 94558....Prior communication is suggested rather than "Drop-ins" since a rare cancellation (2 in 1 year) does occur.

USTA Norcal is happy to invite you to a Captain's meeting on Tuesday, April 17th from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Napa Valley Country Club. We will be sharing our website tools as well as answering questions concerning our 2013 National League Restructure, rules, regulations and of course, RATINGS.

Please feel free to bring team members with you and we look forward to meeting our wonderful captains. We thank you again for stepping up to captain. In addition to answering questions, we will be offering some fun USTA NorCal logo items for a raffle and provide light refreshments.
Please be careful when using the squeegees and the rubber blades on the Dry court squeegees. They will last all winter if you make sure they are properly stored when you are finished using them. Proper storage means inside the locked courts or storage shed with none of the rubber part touching the court surface.

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Always a wonderful event...several NVTA players were down south for the warm weather and great tennis! Seen around the courts were Ann and Til Noeggerath, Bev and Stan Smith, Bev Wilson and Carl Ciliax, Meri Yarborough, Cheryl Sweeny, Tamara Krautkramer and Harold Zunigas, Sheila Chapman and many more!

Pictured clockwise, eventual women's dubs winners, Lisa Raymond and Leisel Huber confer; Bethany Mattock, fashionista; Jamie Hampton from the USA who played so well retires with an injury against Aggie Radwanska.
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Mike Mitchell is doing his part to grow the game! He has enough players for his own family tournament. Rumor has it that the young man on Mike's left is VERY talented and is working at the Goran Academy up in Granite Bay.
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The NVTA Board would like to thank Tom Steinman, the owner/manager of Sportabout for all the help he provides the NVTA.

  • Sportabout
  • 3204 Jefferson St., Napa
  • phone 255-8784
  • Windows are to be locked with the exception of both bathrooms. Some of you have been closing but not locking the windows. If you don't know how to lock our windows please ask for instruction.
  • Window blinds are to be closed so people on the outside cannot see inside.
  • Do not leave partial containers of food in the kitchen.
  • Clean sink and counter and put away the napkins.
  • Because we do not have janitorial service you might consider dumping the trash from the bathrooms
  • Be sure to lock the gates of the patio and the courts.
If you are the last to leave the courts, please make sure the gates are closed and locked. We have found them left open overnight several times recently as well as the clubhouse doors. Vandalism has been a big problem in the past and we have spent a great deal of money on secure fencing and motion lights. PLEASE help keep your courts in good condition by locking up! None of us want extra repair expenses, right?

The NVTA Court Reporter newsletter will be published monthly. Please submit articles and photos to Bev Wilson.

See you on the courts!

beverly wilson
napa valley tennis association