President's Letter 2022

Dear Stowe Tennis Club Members,

The calendar says we are about 10 weeks away from tennis season, but I found that hard to believe when I visited the club one warm day recently and found even the parking lot was too soft to walk on! With luck the weather will cooperate and we will be playing by mid-May.

Happy Anniversary! This year marks 50 years since the club was founded in 1972. Board member Marilyn Olimpio and her committee have been hard at work preparing our 50th anniversary party, so be sure to save the date of June 18 (rain date June 19) for this wonderful event.

Finances – Ten years ago this month the club only had $800 in its checking account. Today we have many times that amount, thanks to careful fiscal management by former Treasurer Andy Knittle (and continued by current Treasurer Cindy Jackman). We have also been fortunate to not incur many major expenses recently. Our most recent expense – the pool toilet – was completed inexpensively due to the donation of labor by members Brendan O’Reilly, Dave Lachtrupp, and Lee Hunter. (Brendan and Dave even donated an outside shower, which was not in the scope of the original project.) However, we must remain frugal in our spending as major expenses can show up without warning.

Dues – It’s impossible to watch or read the news lately without hearing about inflation, and unfortunately we expect the club’s expenses to be impacted by it this year. As a result the membership dues are being increased by 7% for 2022. Dues are due on March 31, 2022. Please note that the late fee for payments made on or after April 1 has increased to $100.

Our online dues system will open for membership renewal on March 1st. You will receive an email with instructions for paying your dues. In addition to paying by credit card, this year members will have the option of paying by E-check/electronic bank transfer to reduce the club’s credit card fee burden.

Staff – I’m pleased to report that Elle Anderson and Mike Tasi will be returning this year.

Junior Program – Board member Robin Coggins has taken the helm to help coordinate a vibrant and successful program. Planning is well underway and registration will open up on March 1st. We are pleased to announce that Natalie Doehla has accepted the position of Program Director. We will have Skylar Graves in the new position of Junior Program Tournament Director, and a huge welcome back to Jacquie Crittenberger-Geissler as our Future Stars Program Director.

Improvements – Projects planned for this year include improving the drainage near Courts 4 & 5, improving the pickleball court area, replacing the ball machine house, and changing out the net post winches.

I am looking forward to another great season at the club!

Steven McLafferty,

President, Stowe Tennis Club

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