Tennis Group Members pay a nominal fee, enjoying games together and take responsibility for the maintenance of the courts. They also enjoy two organized socials each week during the playing season (balls provided), two seasonal tournaments, a phone list of members, a summer ending social and voting rights on all Tennis affairs. The opportunity to meet other Islanders and have fun and exercise while doing it, priceless.
For information contact Frankie Gowing @ 250-539-5817. Application for membership:
Summer weather is finally here and tennis activities are in full swing! May saw an absence of some of our more dedicated members as travel restrictions kept them from enjoying their summer homes. We are hopeful that as the days go by vaccines and lower infection numbers will allow all of us to embrace a more normal summer. The tennis association is going ahead with all activities for the season with an eye to any future health protocols. June, therefore, will be an extremely busy month at the Community Centre facility. Starting in June, all morning times for members’ play will change to a 9 A.M. opening (from 10 A.M.). Members weekly scheduled play is listed at the end of this article. Also in June our yearly cleaning of the court surface will take place. This is a very important part of the overall maintenance of our facility. It not only provides a clean, safe surface for play but prolongs the courts life. Scheduled resurfacing of the facility is currently planned for Spring 2024. This is quite a costly process and funds are already being put aside in preparation for this necessary work. June will also see volunteers sprucing up the facility grounds and storage shed. A lot of behind the scenes work goes into keeping the Felix Jack property looking attractive and functioning efficiently for all tennis users. One of the more anticipated activities in past seasons has been our weekly Friday night get togethers. Last year this weekly social was sorely missed. It is a time for members to talk about their best and worst points of the week and connect socially. We are all hoping that some form of this much loved activity will be possible in the coming weeks.
Every year monies are put aside from membership dues and organized fund raisers. The 2020 season didn’t allow for any events such as our Giant Garage Sale but plans are underway for an alternate fund raising activity. It will involve many, many tennis balls and should prove to be visually entertaining. Stay tuned!
Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for sometime later this month. Last year’s meeting was held outside on the tennis courts and we are planning for the same format this year. An exact date and time will be advertised soon. Finally, membership dues are being collected for the new season – $50 – individual; $75 – family. Application forms for new members can be found on the Community Centre website. Our association is inclusive of all playing levels and encourages everyone to join in on the fun. Our goal is to enjoy the game but more so to enjoy the comaraderie. For membership information contact Judy Wolfe @ 250-539-5301 or Frankie Gowing @ 250-539-5817.
Weekly Scheduled Members Times:
Women’s Doubles – Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 11 A.M.
Men’s Doubles – Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 A.M.
Mixed Doubles – Friday from 3 to 5 P.M. and Sunday from 9 to 11 A.M.
Tennis Tip of the month: The world’s best players have spent years getting to where they are. Starting at an early age and with help from some of the best coaches. You may play well one week and then appallingly the next for no apparent reason. Don’t get down hearted by this – it’s normal! Just keep playing and your game will eventually sort itself out.
See you on the courts!