Friday, December 23, 2011

The Idaho Senior games will be here before we know it, so get your registration in early so we can make the 2012 games the best ever!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Looks like Boise players made an impression on the Olympic Peninsula Tournament at Port Angeles, WA. Great job !






Saturday, August 27, 2011


August 24th, 2011
Smokey Mountain Pizza
Meridian, Idaho

Minutes of the meeting regarding formation of a pickleball entity within the Boise, Kuna, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell and Star areas.

Attendance: Seventeen (17) people
Presiding: Nick Leach

Christine Dillon and Kathy Zielinski, sisters, introduced themselves to the group. They are members of Plantation Country Club and helping to bring pickleball to that club and are now a local distributor of PB equipment. They are also full time residents of the Boise area and will be joining our group during the winter for indoor play. They were given a big welcome by our group.

Nick told the group that he and Tami were now Western Idaho Ambassadors and not be considered for officers of the club. They are presently working with Jan Johnson, who has stated his intention to become an ambassador at-large for this area.

In addition, Rodell should not be nominated for an officer position as he is a potential future ambassador at this time.

Nick asked if everyone had read the by-laws he had sent out by email; most of the attendees had read them. He then asked for any suggested changes, none were forthcoming. Nick stated he would send the by-laws out to the group by email for their approval.

Annual Dues: It was determined annual dues would be $12.00 for an individual and $20.00 per couple.

Dennis Forbes’ lessons: The fee for the lessons would be $10.00 per person per season beginning next season.

The executive board was initially set to include two (2) at large; it was changed to zero at large.
A discussion on names for the new “club” ensued. Dennis Forbes gave his main reason for using “Boise” in the name; People from other areas looking for pickleball in Idaho know “Boise”, not Treasure Valley.

The following three names were chosen and will be sent out to the group
for voting to determine which one would be the final name of our new entity.
All ballots must be returned to Nick Leach no later than September 12, 2011.
1. Boise Metro Pickleball Club
2. Greater Boise Pickleball Club
3. Pickleball Club of Boise

Rodell said he had a meeting on September 13th, 2011 with the Meridian Parks and Recreation to talk about Pickleball in Meridian. They have allotted him thirty (30) minutes for his presentation.

Nick stated that the Boise P&R were resurfacing four tennis courts at the Fairmont Park on Northview and that this may, in the future, be an opportunity for more PB courts in one location.

Nominated Officers:
The following persons were nominated for officer positions:

President: Jim Crotty, Perry Whittaker
Vice President: John Sweeney, Jack Bonawitz
Secretary: Rhonda Reed
Treasurer: Reesa Brown

The names will be sent out via email to the group for voting. All ballots must be returned via email to Nick Leach no later than September 12, 2011. All nominated individual may withdraw their names from the nominations.

Fiscal Year of Club:
It was determined the annual dues of $12.00 per individual and $20.00 per couple
would be for the time period of October 1 through September 30. This twelve
month span would be the club’s fiscal year.

Liability Insurance: Dennis Forbes stated that for him to teach there needed to be liability insurance at least for six months of the year.

Website: Dennis Forbes reminded everyone that Jan Johnson has set up an Idaho Pickleball website on the USAPA Website. In addition, Nick stated that we would be working with volunteers (to be determined) so that we could also have a website separate from USAPA, one that would be attainable through a Google or like browser search, not having to go through USAPA website to reach it.

A discussion was held on the ambassadorships of Boise and Meridian. Dennis, Gary and Rodell are working on getting the existing ambassadorships vacated so that new persons may be appointed to the positions.

John Sweeney brought up Meridian youth courts and the new Meridian Senior Center; Rodell said he would find out about both items.

A historian and photographer are still needed for the club.

John Sweeney brought up the Borah Park pickleball courts. It was pointed out that the pickleball courts there are not a definite go at this time.

Dennis Forbes talked about a youth program he wants to have happen next summer. He also told us about his recent teaching of Special Needs Kids, a moving story for all of us.

Homecourt Y for the winter: Nick said there were now two painted courts there, but a problem with the tape is keeping us from having two additional taped courts. We are looking for ideas for borders for our courts, using the portable nets that are not tape.

The next meeting has not been scheduled but will be held sometime between September 15th and September 30th. It will be held at the same place and same time. Reminder notices will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Reesa J. Brow


My fellow pickleballers,

Well we had our “first” official pre-club organizational meeting and we think it went great. We had around seventeen pickleballers attend, with all the pizza, salad, and cool drinks you wanted. We nominated executive board members, came up with three proposed club names, with one late entry, and some revisions to the by-laws. Reesa Brown was kind enough to take minutes and we think everyone’s voice was heard. I have attached the minutes of the meeting along with the first by-law revision (with the revisions in red). In addition we discussed some current events, such as Rodell Hill’s pending meeting with the Meridian P&R, the fact that Boise P&R are resurfacing four tennis courts at Fairmont Park on Northview, and that we now have a pickleball equipment supplier in our area. The new “distributors” are Chris Dillon and her sister Kathy Zielinski and they can be reached at 208-639-1663 so give them a call if you’re looking for a paddle, balls, etc. Now to the main point of this email, VOTING. Listed below are the board nominees, the name choices, and whether you approve of the revised by-laws so here goes:


Jim Crotty

Perry Whittaker

Vice President:

John Sweeting (he also expressed an interest in running for the President position so you choose)

Jack Bonawitz


Rhonda Reed


Reesa Brown


Boise Metro Pickleball Club – B.M.P.C

Greater Boise Pickleball Club – G.B.P.C

Pickleball Club of Boise – P.C.B

Boise Area Pickleball Association – B.A.P.A

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Good golly miss Molly,
I thought I was in snow bird country! There were maybe 35 or more picklers at the Plantation Country Club courts last Monday evening. I can’t believe it! And it was almost 98 degrees out! What is the matter with these folks? What? Are they losing their minds? Does this man Dennis Forbes have a hypnotic hold on them? Here he is, perspiration beads on his forehead, patiently instructing, correcting, cajoling, and even whistling to get the players attention so he can show them how to do the skill thing. And their loving it! Smiles, grins, chuckles and even an expletive every now and then! Gosh, think I’ll join them! Welcome to the game you who reside at the Plantation. I heard the enthusiast who started all this action is Tony Binder, the country club pro. I think he deserves the enthusiastic shout out for his efforts! Dennis Forbes told me that 28 of those enthusiastic newbies signed that they were interested in our pickle club when it is fully organized. Wow! Think of the fun we are going to have playing with all these different players!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Nick Leach writes:

Fellow Pickleballers,

For those of you who will not be able to attend Wednesday’s meeting please feel free to nominate people for the executive board (President, Vice President, Treasure, Secretary, and two board members at-large) via emails to me and I’ll be sure and put them on the list. In addition we also need people to be our Photographer/Historian, a Webmaster and an Event Director/Coordinator. So if anyone would like to volunteer to fill any one of these please let me know.

Nick Leach

1954 W Placer Creek Ct

Nampa, ID 83686

Christine Dillon Writes:

Hi Jan,
Thank you sooooooooo much for the referral for Champion raquets!
I immediately called Teri Pederson and introduced myself. He will be placing an order on Monday.
My sister and I are sooooooooooo excited! We received the Pro-lite paddles and Champion paddles today in the mail. We are ready and open for business!
We can accept credit cards, (Visa, M/C, American Express, and Discover and of course CASH. :)

Again, my sincere thanks for the email.

See you Monday!