2018 Spring message from the President (Todd Archibald)
It is late February, as I write my greetings to all returning and new members of our wonderful tennis club. This has been a cruel winter and most of us cannot wait to hit an outdoor tennis ball at our fantastic club.We are all blessed to be members of one of the prettiest and finest outdoor tennis clubs in the city of Toronto. Our ravine setting is majestic in all seasons.
We have an amazing club with four courts, and a beautifully appointed clubhouse. All these recent renovations have maintained our club as a first-class summer tennis establishment.
This year, we will likely have five Intercounty teams – one A, one B teams, one C, one Mixed Over 55 team which will play on Thursday mornings, and one Ladies team which will play on Monday mornings. Our VP Paul Trinh capably oversees the management of the teams. Tryouts will take place in late April. There also may be a ladies league in the mornings. At the time of writing this note, that league was still in the concept stages. Please monitor our website for what times are available for full open play.
House League will continue on Mondays and Wednesday nights under the able leadership of Margaret Dunn. I encourage all of you to play house league. The levels vary from advanced beginner to very competitive. There is a slot for all of you to play in house league and I know that you will personally find it very enjoyable.House league is not as competitive as Intercounty. The emphasis is on having fun. If you sign up and agree to play, please show up at your scheduled time. The number one complaint concerns house league members who cancel at the last minute or do not show up at their scheduled game time. It is very rude to your other three house league members to not show up! As you would expect, that kind of conduct will not be tolerated this year.
Our club pro Jason Handelsman and his assistants will be able to provide lessons to all of you throughout the summer. Please contact Jason and his team for fantastic tennis lessons. Jason will also be running a comprehensive summer program for children both after school and during the summer holidays.
There are many social events and round robins that are planned throughout the upcoming season.They are organized by our other VP Graeme Kerr. The calendar of those events is attached to this newsletter. I encourage all of you to come out to one of more of those events. Not only are they a lot of fun with great tennis but also you will meet some amazing people to.
If you have not seen our website, please take a look. You will be extremely impressed by its professionalism and the detail. All of our events are on the website for easy reference. Our executive member, Martin Gula, deserves a huge thanks for his tireless efforts in annually upgrading our website. Please check the website weekly for news and events.
We’ve also increased the monitor hours to ensure that all of us have a great and fair time at our club. Please remember to wear your shoe tags at all times. Guest fees are ten dollars per person per play.
We have planned a great tournament schedule again this year in July and August. Our Tournament director, Mohammad Abid, has done a terrific job in organizing all of these events.
Please note the parking rules on Gwendolen Crescent. There is no parking on the west side after April 15. Please be vigilant in parking appropriately in our area. Also do not park within 3 feet of a person’s driveway. Thank you very much for your courtesy on this important issue.
Your executive has worked very diligently and with great enthusiasm during the winter months to ensure that we have a vibrant and exciting tennis season in 2018. Without the hard work of your executive, our club would not remain as a top listed outdoor tennis club. I encourage new and old members to volunteer to become either members of the executive, house league captains, or just pitch in and help out on an occasional basis.
Our annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 2018 at 7 PM at the clubhouse. Please come out to that meeting in order to hear about all of the exciting events for our upcoming wonderful summer.
All the Best!
Gwendolen Park Tennis Club - Welcome to the New Tennis Season
We’re a small, friendly tennis club situated in a quiet corner of North Toronto,
with four well-equipped and maintained courts, plus a practice court,
and our own clubhouse with kitchen and washroom facilities.
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Our Club Highlights
- Four courts (with brand new lights!)
- House league on two nights
- 4 Inter-County teams - From C team to A team and Over 55+ team
- Advanced junior programs
- Adult and junior tennis lessons and clinics
- Social events (included in membership)
- 3+ tennis pros