Meet The ABQ Pickleball Club 2015 Board

The ABQ Pickleball Club 2015 Board
Left to right: Larry Lite, President (Larry’s Bio); Dale Reynolds, Secretary (Dale’s bio); Gary Rutherford, Past President (Gary’s Bio); Linda Valencia, Vice President (Linda’s Bio), Mandy Miranda, Member At-Large (Mandy’s Bio); Gretchen Denman, Treasurer (Gretchen’s Bio); Joyce Montoya-Helgesen, Member At-Large (Joyce’s Bio)

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Good news and bad news….

Eisenhower and Hoover will be closed for pickleball over the Holidays. Hoover will reopen Jan 6 and Eisenhower Jan 12 at their normal times.

Roosevelt Middle School will be open every weekday from 5:30-7:30 PM with the exception of Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. Weekends at Roosevelt are unchanged at 9-1 on Saturday and 12-3 on Sunday. Evening schedule will return to Tuesday and Thursday as of Jan 6.

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Call for Tournament Volunteers

Volunteers are greatly appreciated to help run the tournament in January.

1. There are two locations, so we will need extra desk people for each. Desk folk can be trained on Friday afternoon during the singles (no actual help is needed th​e​n) or before. Shifts would be morning or afternoon Saturday or Sunday at Manzano Mesa and Roosevelt. Senior Affairs will have one person at each locale, if we can have one person to help with the desk and one in charge of referees at each time slot it would be appreciated. Please volunteer if you can​ ​-​ ​just email time period, location preference, and whether you prefer to work the desk or coordinate the referees.

2. Also, Senior Affairs will have some snacks, etc. However, any goodies would be greatly appreciated. I am looking for a volunteer to help coordinate the food at each location, as well as folks who would volunteer to bring some goodies.

3. If you are willing to organize the referees by location as well it would be appreciated. Also, if you know now (even though we do not have an organizer yet) ​that ​you can ref​,​ let me know and I will pass it on to the referee coordinator.

Thanks, Gary

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January Compete and Meet Tournament

​All who wish to play in the Compete and Meet Tournament at Manzano Mesa ​Multi​generational Center and Roosevelt Middle School can now register. Registration Deadline: December 31, 2014. Download your registration form here. Additionally, forms are available at Senior Affairs facilities. This tournament is skill​-​based and we plan to use pool play followed by single elimination (space permitting). For questions send to or call Gary R at​ 505-507-3663.

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Net Available at Los Altos

The club has worked with Albuquerque Parks and Recreation and now has a net for those who wish to use it, stored at the shed by the horseshoe pits at Los Altos tennis courts. You will have to show ID to get the key at Jerry Kline Tennis Center (Louisiana @ I-40), and be sure to return the net to the shed (and lock up) and return the key to Jerry Kline by 5 PM each day it is used. Bring your own paddles and balls. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Gary at 505-507-3663 or email

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Community Pride – Adopt-a-Park cleanup

A BIG THANK YOU goes put to all 17 pickleball players that helped in the first clean up of Los Altos Park. Especially thanks to those who came out (3) to help and who don’t even play outdoors!!!

We worked for 1.5 hours and did a great job in trimming, sweeping, fixing the fence line and picking up trash on the courts, the playground and the area surrounding the playground. Some also sifted sand and that may turn out to be on ongoing project.

Thanks for all your hard work. Thanks for bringing out equipment. And thanks for such good attitudes!

Here are some pics to show we really did work! Missing form the group pic are Larry, Lisa and Linda V.




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Las Cruces Doubles Tournament

Las Cruces Pickleball Club is holding a Doubles Tournament on April 18 & 19, 2015. Click<a href=”; target=”_blank”> here </a>for registration information.

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