Call to Order: President Dolly Robinson called the meeting to order at 5:42 PM. Members in attendance included the following: Dolly Robinson, Linda Williams, Joe Hinkle, Mike Null, Laura Hunter-Null, Glenn Hunter, Laura Hunter, Recie Davis, Marcia Kazmierski, Liza Viplav, and Leigh Chak & George English-USTA Florida representatives.
Approval of Minutes: Motion by R. Davis to approve the minutes of July 11, 2018 as presented; seconded by M. Kazmierski. Motion carried unanimously.
Old Business: M. Null didn’t have an updated report regarding the status of new tennis court construction by the City of Lake City. He reported he is still awaiting a return call from Thomas Henry in regards to setting a date for a Stakeholder’s Meeting—to include the project engineer, a pickleball representative, and any others who should be involved in decisions regarding the exact location of the new tennis courts.
G. Hunter volunteered to contact the new City Manager to determine the status. L. Viplav has offered to allow the use of two clay courts @ Tennis Forever in the interim.
Finance Report: J. Hinkle reported the balance in the bank account at this time is $1368.68, with all checks clearing the account.
New Business: President Robinson contacted Mike McRae regarding the 3 hr. PE Teacher Training set for Oct. 22, 2018. Summers Elementary after school program expressed interest; our focus will be to train private, charter & public school PE teachers.
D. Robinson also reported the July 29, 2018 Red Ball Team Challenge went very well with special and appreciated assistance from USTA representatives: L. Chak, G. English and Liz Coates.
G. English notified members of an upcoming Red Ball Challenge Training to be held in Gainesville on Sept. 8, 2018 for those who missed the July 11th training. D. Robinson said there is a possibility LCCCTA will conduct a series of Team Challenges for youth in the fall at the Young’s Park courts. L. Williams will check on participant groups. L. Chak suggested giving each player a punch card, as an incentive to participate and win a prize. Also, it was noted that mandatory water breaks should be incorporated into the Team Challenges.
L. Williams assured G. English that she will complete the online Net Generation evaluation, providing LCCCTA feedback for the Red Ball Team Challenge pilot program.
In addition, ideas were shared by L. Chak to incorporate adult team challenges @ business locations with large open areas. R. Davis and L. Hunter will begin to look at locations and dates.
D. Robinson read correspondence to LCCCTA from Pierce Kelley on behalf of YTF. In addition, D. Robinson the summary she wrote to express appreciation to all those who made the Team Challenge event successful.
President Robinson also read correspondence between TDC and the Huddle Up Group, who developed TDC’s Strategic Plan.
It was noted that LCCCTA should be included in their flat field study. Members who were present expressed their intentions to speak with our current Columbia County candidates—to determine their position regarding the need for tennis facilities in our community—prior to voting for them.
L. Williams accepted newly completed Partner forms from L. Hunter and D. Robinson to add to the email distribution group. The Partner group will continue to receive regular email communication regarding upcoming events.
G. English and L. Chak both reported to the Board that they see LCCCTA as a group of volunteers coming together to serve our community as a model tennis association.
In addition, they support USTA’s nomination and hope LCCCTA will be awarded the ‘2018 USTA Florida Membership Organization Award.’ President Robinson completed and submitted organizational paperwork for the award on July 20, 2018 and our slogan and song were submitted as, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
A motion was made by Mike Null to sell LCCCTA visors to members and Partners for am discounted rate of $5 each. The motion was seconded by G. Hunter.
D. Robinson plans to complete an application through the USTA Grant Foundation to acquire additional foam balls and pop-up nets for future tennis clinics.
D. Robinson will also complete an application to join the Fort White Chamber of Commerce for a cost of $25.
L. Viplav stated the two clay courts at Tennis Forever will be available for upcoming adult and youth tennis events.
President Robinson adjourned the meeting at 7:00 PM.