May 26, 2014
Dear Oakmont Members, After a very cold and snowy winter, and a very wet spring, Oakmont Tennis Club is almost in full swing (Yes, pun intended.). I want to thank all of the members for their patience and understanding as we continue to work hard to get the courts up and running and in pristine playing condition. We currently have six courts open with the last court, court 1, to follow shortly. Back in mid-March, with snow still covering the courts, I never thought we would be this far so soon. As is mentioned every year, the progress we made so far would not have been possible without the extraordinary help from the many volunteers who gave of their time and efforts in helping to open the club. Approximately 20 members on two different days came by to help nail down lines, put up nets, hang wind screens, set out the benches, line sweepers and brushes, turn on the water (and then fix the leaks, lol), clean the clubhouse, etc. etc. etc. That’s a lot of work, but, with the help of so many people, we got it done pretty quickly. So thank you to all who helped!!! Here’s some trivia for you – there are about 2,000 nails that hold down the lines on one Oakmont tennis court. And each nail requires at least 4 swings of a hammer. So, for the 7 courts at Oakmont, that’s about 14,000 nails and 56,000 swings of a hammer. In comparison, that’s about the same number of nails, and maybe even the same number of swings of a hammer, needed to build a 2,000 sq. ft. home. Ugh… Court 1 is getting a complete overhaul in an attempt to remove as many stones as possible and improve its playability. It has definitely been the least favorite court at Oakmont over the last several years, but, thanks to Jeff Wenck, working almost singlehandedly, it will probably be the best playing court of the season. I also want to individually thank all of the officers and board members who work all year round to ensure the success of the club. Frank Hanson stepped into the vice president’s role and has been very helpful to me in guiding and setting the course for the club. Donna Butz, who’s been the treasurer for many years, devotes a great deal of time to preparing the budget and accounting for all of the money that comes into and goes out of the club. Elaine Conner, our secretary, prepares the agenda and records the minutes for our monthly board meetings. She also processes all of the membership applications and tracks our membership numbers. Thanks also goes out to all of the other board members for all they do to help chart and execute a successful course for the club. This past year they unanimously supported a decision to challenge the Lehigh County tax reassessment for the club. With the help of a member, we won that fight and were able to lower our expected annual tax payments by over $4,000. They also help with some of the other more mundane tasks such as cleaning the clubhouse, cutting the grass, designing and producing membership cards (more on that in a future email), fixing all of the mechanical equipment as well as taking care of the plumbing leaks. The board also plans and runs the socials, helps set up and handle the administration of the Junior Program, and parks cars during the Allentown Fair. Some of the money that is raised parking cars goes directly to help offset the cost of the Junior Program and to provide scholarships for the Allen High School Tennis Team. These are just a few of the things they do to support the club. So thank you officers, board members, and the general membership for all that you do all year long! I am excited to announce that this year our membership fees will again remain unchanged. Plus, we've greatly enhanced our Junior Program by combining the program with a Junior Membership. So this year, for the same price as last year's Junior Program, camp participants will get to enjoy playing at the club all season long. We hope this will attract younger players to the club. So please help support the club and spread the word to your fellow tennis friends who may have children interested in the program. It's for sure the best value in the valley, and taught by top-notch, highly qualified tennis professionals. Check out the Junior Camp flyer with all of the details on the Oakmont website at www.OakmontTennis.com. Remember to take advantage of our professional tennis staff, George Henry, Ed Pfenninger, and Brian Bleam. They offer discounted rates to Oakmont members for both private and group lessons. They also offer clinics throughout the season. We also have a lot of fun things planned for this season, so be sure to check out this year's social calendar. More information on both these topics can be found on the website. So, if you haven’t done so already, go to the Oakmont website and print out a copy of this year’s membership application and return the completed form to Elaine Conner.
As always, if you should have any questions or concerns, please contact me or one of the other officers or board members. Here’s to another enjoyable season of playing on the red clay courts of Oakmont!