PRESIDENT'S LETTER 2019

Dear Members,


Welcome to the 2019 season! Your BCTC Board is thrilled to welcome you back to the Club – from the tennis and socials, from our friends and families to Memorial Day, Labor Day and every day in between. 2019 promises to be another great season at the Club, and your Board is working hard to ensure you and your families have a safe, healthy, enjoyable, and fun time at BCTC.


This year we decided to disseminate the newsletter via email. We estimate that by going green and eliminating physical mailings we will save several hundred dollars. In most cases, we have used the email address found on last season’s renewal/application notices. If your contact information has changed since last season, please note those changes when you mail in your 2019 dues payment. We have been fortunate because in the past several years we haven’t had to raise dues. In order to keep the BCTC operating and looking great, we had to increase the dues this year by $35 for single memberships and couples membership. However, if you send your payment in before May 1st, the increase will just be $10 more than in 2018. For next season, we will also be looking into credit card payments for membership through the website.

We have an exciting 2019 season ahead of us with plenty of new ideas to try to continue to increase our membership and encourage the participation of our club members in all our sponsored club activities. We will be partnering with different organizations in and around Berks County that share a common interest. These partnerships will hopefully further promote the growth of the club. As we get further into the season, we can elaborate on what those partnerships will be and how it will benefit the BCTC.


We are thrilled and fortunate to welcome another tennis Pro this season whom I feel will drive even more tennis players to join the club. Berks counties very own Rick Aubin will be joining the BCTC family as a teaching Pro through the 2019 season. Having played tennis since I was 6 years old and being quite familiar with the tennis scene in Berks County, I believe Rick will be a major asset to the BCTC. Along with Jen, Rick will enhance what our membership already knows- that our club is outstanding at providing an exceptional learning environment and fostering the love of the sport. I want to make sure that our membership knows that having two working pros at our club will not hinder any member’s playing time throughout the season. The board invites members to come to us if they feel this becomes an issue in the 2019 season. When you see Rick around the club this spring, feel free to welcome him to the BCTC Family. If you don’t know Rick, we have included a brief bio below.


Rick Aubin is a USPTA tennis professional coming to us from The Berkshire Country Club. Rick and his wife Jen teach tennis in Florida each winter. Rick had a distinguished junior and collegiate career highlighted by two State High School singles championships as well as sectional and national USTA success. Rick played collegiate tennis at The University of Kansas and Flagler College on full scholarship. It was at Flagler when he met his wife Jen. Rick and Jen have run one of the most successful junior programs in Berks history with numerous county champs, ranked players and scholarship athletes rising up through their programs since the 1990’s through the current day. Rick is a USPTA 25+yrs member who has worked in all facets of the game from instructor to club owner. His unique qualifications allow him to serve all of your tennis needs.


Please contact Rick for prices and further info at:
(386)490-3613 or rickaubin2@gmail.com


Career Highlights:

  • Ranked in the top ten of the Missouri Valley Section (5 state area)

  • Championship in all age groups ( 12’s through 18’s)

  • Two-time 6A Kansas High School State Champion (1980-1981)

  • Achieved National Ranking, Boys 18’s

  • Quarterfinalist Boys 18 Doubles National Championship: Kalamazoo, MI

  • Kansas University #1 tennis player-scholarship athlete (1982)

  • Won 37 consecutive Men’s Open Doubles matches (1983)

  • Flagler College scholarship athlete (1983-1985)

  • NAIA Honorable Mention – All American (1984-1985)

 


I also would like to take opportunity to welcome new board members: Aleko Zeppos, Susan Pollack Esposito and Darcie Hite Saar. New board members mean new ideas. As we prepare for the season, we are thinking outside the box and planning for new events. We hope to see you on Opening Day or at some of our fun events throughout the season. We are, however, always looking for ways to improve the Club experience, and we are excited to share those ideas with you in the months to come.


Please continue to visit us on the website, Facebook, Instagram and check the calendar of events. We thank you, our members, for making the Club the great place that it is – the place where we will spend countless hours this summer living and laughing. We welcome our new members and wish everyone a great 2019.
Here’s to the Club and Summer 2019!


Eric Donahue
President

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