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July 2013 Newsletter

Hi LSClubbers

Not sure how many of you were glued to the Wimbledon coverage these past 2 weeks? It had more twists and turns than a Hitchcock film, with a lot of the favourites being bundled out in the first few days. And I’m probably part of the majority who isn’t a big fan of Andy Murray (or his mom!), but I have to admit that I did feel my resolve soften for him when he finally broke a smile yesterday when holding up the trophy!

And there’s also a bit of smug satisfaction – seeing as I’m very patriotic to my Scottish roots – that the first British man to break the 77yr drought is a Scot! J 

There’s a lot that’s happened in the life of our club since my last newsletter in March, so grab yourself a cuppa and lend me your eyes for the next 5 minutes as I bring you up-to-speed with the news and happenings:-

1.  WELCOME:

Firstly, a very warm welcome to our new members who have joined LSC since March  (when I sent out my last newsletter). For those who I haven't had the opportunity to meet yet, I look forward to meeting you soon.

On behalf of the LSC Committee, thank you for joining, and we hope you thoroughly enjoy being a member of our proud and festive club, this year and for many years to come.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you want to discuss any matter pertaining to the club and your membership.

2.  MEMBERSHIP:

Our club’s membership currently sits at 162 paid-up members, which is the most number of members we’ve had at any time in our club’s proud 53yr history. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support.

3.  ANNUAL GOLF DAY:

We held another very successful annual golf day in April. Thank you to those who played in and supported the day. A very big thank you to our members who sponsored prizes. And a very, VERY big thank you to Debs Paul for once again coordinating and managing a very slick, well-run day… including managing the glorious weather. (No mean feat for a mid-April day in Cape Town).

4.. LEAGUE TENNIS:

Well done to our Mens and Ladies League tennis teams who finished 2nd and 3rd in their respective Saturday afternoon leagues in the first half of the year. Both teams have won promotion to higher leagues for next year.

And big congratulations to our Ladies Thursday morning league team. They entered the 3rd league 3 years ago and finished 7th. They showed massive improvement last year but finishing 3rd. And they’ve gone even better this year by winning the league, and earning promotion. Well done ladies. We are very proud of you!

Our Mixed League season kicks off in early September. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ant Sneath (for the men) on 084 705 6957, or Michelle Dutton (for the ladies) on 082 497 7540.

And whilst mentioning Ant and Michelle, I’d like to thank both of them (and Kiki for the Thursday morning league) for the time and effort you’ve given to captaining the teams. Much appreciated.

5.  SOCIAL TENNIS

For new members not in-the-know, Eric Putsman runs mixed socials every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm (weather permitting). If you’re keen to get involved, you can contact Eric on 083 777 5206.

Also, should you want any coaching lessons – for you or your kids – you can contact Michelle Dutton. (082 497 7540).

6.  ANNUAL TENNIS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS:

We are getting to the business end of our annual Tennis Club Champs tournament. We had originally planned to have the Finals Day at the end of July, but for various reasons (school holidays, bad weather, people away, etc.) we’re pushing the Finals Day out to mid/late August (date still to be confirmed). I will keep you posted on this, as it’s always a great festive day to come and be part of.

7.  FLOODLIGHTS FOR LOWER TENNIS COURT:

I am very pleased and proud to confirm that the floodlights for the lower tennis court have been installed, and are working (courtesy of Eric christening them for a practice match last week).

I would like to thank Eric for all his blood, sweat, tears and toil in running this project – from start to end. He started it 18 months ago (at the time that we had our courts resurfaced), and has worked closely with the City Council and LCA to ensure we followed the right processes and channels, and got all the necessary approvals.

I will send you out a separate e-mail regarding the floodlights – rules, guidelines, etc. and will also stick up a notice with these rules and guidelines next to the switches.

8.  LEAGUE SQUASH:

The WP League season is currently in a hiatus over the school holidays. Our teams have largely excelled themselves in the first half of the season, with most of them sitting in the top third of their logs, and well positioned to make a strong challenge for silverware this year. Special mention to Oly’s 5th League men’s team who are currently topping their league, and our three Ladies teams, who are in the top 3 in their respective leagues.

9.  ACCESS KEY TAGS:

Should you lose/misplace your access key tag and need to purchase a replacement tag, the procedure is to first do an EFT into the  club’s account for R100, and then take that proof of payment to Jane at the Cape Waterfront Estates office in Victoria Road Hout Bay, and she will issue you a replacement tag. Please note that Jane will not accept cash. She is kindly providing a free service to our club for this (thanks to Margie), and our arrangement is that all payments must be done via EFT. Thanks for your understanding on this one.

10.  PLANNED MAINTENANCE WORK / IMPROVEMENTS:

Clive Moses (who incidentally celebrates his 50th birthday today – Happy Birthday, Clive!) has completed the repainting of both squash courts, so they’re looking crisply white again.

There is also maintenance work currently taking place in the wellness centre building, due to a break-in we had recently had. On that note, I’d like to say a big thank you to Beau from Beau’s Waterproofing, who repaired the roof (where the culprits bashed through) at no charge to the club. Thanks Beau!

Following a Committee meeting we had last week, we also have plans for improvements to be done to our changing room facilities.

That’s it from me. Looking forward to seeing you all at our Finals Day for our Tennis Club Champs next month.

Cheers

Rob

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