The BERKELEY TENNIS CLUB 510.841.1380 Goodbye Andy Salonen, sort of... On Sunday, Sep- tember 11, the BTC Board of Directors and Andy will host and end of summer tennis event and a semi goodbye party for Andy. Andy is leaving his Sunday and Monday post but will be still working a couple of days a month at the BTC. From 3 to 5 p.m., Andy will run a round-robin tennis event open to all members. Eight courts will be used Workers use a Bobcat to dig holes for support piers of new deck and the sign up will be limited to 40 players. Please sign up on the bul- The Lower Deck Expansion Commences… letin board. The most extensive Club project since the renovation of the BTC pool Following the round-robin tennis there will be a barbecue & margarita has begun. Jetton Construction is the prime contractor and will build party at the pool and tennis exhibi- and oversee the repair and expansion of the lower deck and the building tion on court #1. BTC’s young guns of the Tunnel Road entrance’s ADA compliant ramp. Every effort will will play a set of doubles followed by be made to minimize the impact upon the normal functioning of Club a serve return event for the juniors. activities. The project is scheduled to take up to four months to complete The junior that can return the most with December being the target month. Designed by Architects Dumi- serves will win a prize. The barbe- can Mosey, the new deck will repair and double the size of the present cue and exhibition starts at 5 p.m. one, bring viewers closer to courts 3 and 4 and allow for direct access to Please sign up so we know how may Court 1. Its look will match that of the recently built upper deck with its hamburgers to buy. There is no charge “palletized” deck and up-to-code metal and glass railings. The realities for the event. of our local geology led to the necessity for the robust engineering of the “coastal California commercial deck” such that it pass the most stringent of commercial codes, i.e., it will not be your basic backyard deck. It will In this issue: be built to adequately support crowds of people in future events for Lower Deck Project Begins ............ 1 many years. Andy Salonen Goodbye Party ........ 1 Noise will be an unavoidable issue throughout the project but will be Pro’s Corner ...................................... 2 News and Announcements ............ 3 removing the existing hedges and roots and a bobcat for drilling holes The BTC Roving Eye ........................ 3 - President’s Message ......................... 4 (continued on page 4) From the Manager’s Desk Geoff Hayes, Manager As the summer ends and area, even when a lifeguard is on duty. our lifeguards return to school, members are remind- must have an adult in the water with them at ed that while our beautiful pool is open every all times. day, we will no longer have lifeguards on duty. The lower deck renovation and expansion pro- The safety of children at the pool is always a ject is underway, and the construction area is now big concern. Parents should participate with surrounded by a temporary fence. Members and their children to follow the posted pool rules. guests are reminded to stay out of the work site, - as well as being alert for workers carrying build- dren under the age of 14 must leave the ing materials and the movement of heavy equip- swimming pool area or be accompanied ment. by an adult. Enjoy the BTC facilities, but keep safety in mind - at the pool and around the clubhouse. der 9 years of age in the swimming pool Swim Across America http://www.swimacrossamerica.org Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is again making The Pro’s waves to raise money and awareness for cancer re- search, prevention and treatment through swimming- Message Lynne Rolley, Tennis Director cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. SAA is now in full gear readying for the SF Bay and Pool Swims in September. The T such a great time with the camps can happen anytime from now, through the 24th of September. had and programs. Fall after school pro- Funds from the SAA swims in the Bay Area will support cancer research grams will begin September 6 and at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Center for hope you all will be continuing. Adult Cancer Research, as well as the Cancer Survivor Clinic at UCSF Medical clinics will be resuming after Labor Center. This year the fund will be committed to expanding their growing Day with the addition of Roger’s “Early Pediatric Tissue Bank, as well as fellowships for postdoctoral fellows in their Bird” program. Our teaching staff has transition to independence. attended 2 seminars on 10 and Under In the month of September, BTC members will be seeing the Swim Across tennis to get familiar with all the oppor- tunities to encourage young children to house. Dr. Elizabeth Trachtenberg, a BTC member and CHORI Scientist, is swimming in support of these cancer research programs. More personally, leaders in the community in promoting she is swimming for her father, father-in-law and other relatives and friends 10 and Under tennis. who are now suffering or have suffered from cancer. To support her swim, Alexander Winslow will begin his new responsibilities as Activities Coordina- nFrancisco?px=1074536&pg=personal&fr_id=1184 . Or, consider joining the tor at BTC. He is in the process of plan- Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland SF Bay swim or pool swim ning some exciting social tennis events events. Beth says if she can do a mile, anyone can! and hope you will all participate and Please support our efforts in raising awareness and funds for this impor- enjoy. Please let us know if you would tant work! like to help in any way! News and Announcements… The Berkeley Tennis Club Foundation has received a very generous donation from the Jim McManus Family. Jim was a long time BTC member who passed The BTC Roving Eye… away in January. Having played all over the world and settling down with (everyone is fair game) in family in Ponte Vedra, Florida, Jim always considered the BTC his “tennis home”. His playing career included being an All-American and captain of the Cal tennis team, and US Davis Cup team member. He was, also, one of the founders of the Association of Tennis Players (ATP) along with Arthur Ashe. The ATP building in Ponte Vedra, Florida has been named in honor of him. The BTCF is very grateful for this contribution in his memory. NEW!!!! Gentle Yoga will be offered Wednesdays 3:30-4:45pm. Wendy Williams, yoga instructor and physical therapist, will teach this new class knowledge of healthy alignment, stretching and strengthening. This class is suitable for those new to yoga as well as experienced yogis. The class is free to members, $10 for non-members, donations welcome. Erika Smith Philadelphia Grasscourts in July. New Members Membership Status Changes Dana Hill (Single) Donald & Carol Brown - resigned Robert & Heather Lake (Family) Tom Cordi & Irene Zanini - active Michael & Shirley Mueller (Couple) Bill & Nina Ricks - inactive Peter & Nancy O’Brien (Couple) Peggy Rourke - resigned Bill & Peggy Samuels (Couple) Born to: Dennis & Heather Schrag (Family) Jesse & Lindsey Antin Cathy Billecci Morten Simonsen & Hope Benham (Family) - Mason Galen Jay and Linda Steuer (Family) Francois Vandermewe (Associate) New Applicants and Sponsors Steve Holtzman & Eva Cohen Walter Garms Hans Kuypers & Ellen de Neef-Kuypers Patrice Chung Karyn Mandan Alma Gardner BTC September Events Tesla on Display at the BTC -Thursday, September 8th- 4pm-8pm BTC member Ted Shelton’s company Gemz is working with the electric car company Tesla to introduce their new family sedan to communities around mile range on a single charge. The car is being manufactured right here in California at the old NUMMI plant off 880 in Fremont. Tesla is hosting an event for BTC members and a select group of interested parties in the Rockridge/Elmwood neighborhood. One of the new cars will be on display. Refreshments will be served and Tesla employees will be on hand to answer questions from interested members. BTC vs Montclair Tennis Association: Friday, September 9th @ 5pm Come out and participate in a fun social mixed ladder competition. Blair Easton 3.5-and up - rating, no partner necessary. If you are interested in participat- ing, sign up at the BTC bulletin board. This event will be followed by dinner at 7:00 in the senior room together - $15 per person. Coming in October… Movie Night! The 2nd BTC Harvest Dance! Friday, September 16 at 7:00pm Last year’s event was such a fun Popcorn and skittles, with the viewing of renown director success and we anticipate an mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant even greater turnout. planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures. Stay tuned for more details... Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt... President’s Message… Bill Rodgers A t our July Board meeting BTC appropriate salary, but also to looking at our man- General Manager, Geoff Hayes, announced to us his agement structure. As a Club member you will be intention to retire in 2012 at whatever is earlier - - solicited for your ideas as the process goes along. As his 65th birthday or when a replacement is found. you know, our members are a talented and connected Everyone on the Board appreciates Geoff’s typical group of individuals and that excellent feedback from generous attitude in giving us this long lead time. - I am sure that over the next months we will be me- visions for success of the future BTC. So although we For me I know that Geoff spent many extra, unpaid will be losing Geoff, we have an opportunity to keep hours serving the Club by attending all the com- up our tradition of excellence. mittee meetings and events. As well I appreciate his leadership and management on the upgrades to the On another note: Lynne Rolley reports that her elev- venue during his tenure. The courts, the clubhouse en weekly summer junior clinics attracted 20-25 play- and the pool area are all in better shape now than ers every week. Tennis is alive and well in the East they have been for a long time. On behalf of all the Bay. In addition, all her assistants are now trained in members, thank you Geoff. the Quick Start program for teaching ten and under Your Board members realize that this is a water- shed event for our Club as we have not hired new #7 & #8 soon and USTA is helping on this by cover- management for many years. The Board has already ing half of the cost. - Sign up and plan to attend the “almost gone” event ment. The current committee is made up of those for Andy Salonen on September 11. now serving Board Members who will continue on the Board in 2012. Initial efforts will go setting up a BTC Forever, timeline to not only an updated job description and Lower Deck Project… (continued from page 1) extent of damage beneath the three weeks. All the peripheral committee and management will existing deck and/or problems stair systems will be built concur- diligently review any and all with the drilling of the holes for rently followed by painting and contingencies and change orders the piers such as hitting existing for accuracy and adherence to the pipes or obstructing large rocks and plumbing. prime contract. will be revealed during this early Unlike the upper deck, there Temporary inconveniences time frame. Once the foundation should be minimal impact on traf- of construction will pass soon milestone is reached, framing enough, and the Club will have will commence along with insula- possible exception of the work on a stylish deck of which members Tunnel Road entrance ramp. This can enjoy and feel proud. Extend- of a waterproof membrane over ramp along with the one designed ing both northward and eastward present deck (above the women’s into the lower deck will meet beyond the shadow of the Club- locker room). Six weeks into ADA requirements. house (especially during the fall the project, after water testing The project will have substantial and winter months), closer full and the membrane milestone is consequences on the cash position sunlit court viewing and direct reached, the palletized deck top of the Club. Besides taking out a access to Court 1 in will be a new and clapboard siding phase will temporary line of credit from the and welcome experience for pre- begin and take approximately bank, the House and Grounds sent and future members.
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