Club Description

The Arrowsmith Tennis Club is a Vancouver Island community club whose members come from the Oceanside area - Nanoose Bay, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Bowser - and beyond. The membership consists of all age groups including juniors (see under Juniors), but is weighted towards the retirement age. Court conditions permitting, play takes place all twelve months of the year. Of course, the weather often puts a damper (quite literally) on things in the winter, but depending on the year there are often quite a few days when the weather is good enough for outdoor tennis even in January. (The picture above on the right was taken in early January 2017 at 2 deg, the one on the left in early April 2017.)

The Club is fortunate in being able to use five of the six excellent community courts behind the Springwood School in Parksville and two of the three scenically situated courts on Veterans Way in Qualicum Beach. The times at which the Club has courts reserved in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach are listed under the Schedule tab. Play at these times is on a drop-in basis and tends to be doubles. In the evening, play is either singles or doubles.

During the summer season, in addition to the daily drop-in tennis, the Club organizes a number of social events and tournaments for singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.


Membership Info

The Arrowsmith Tennis Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities. If you want to try out the Club, you can play twice for free. After that, you are expected to pay the annual membership fee. We are happy to arrange for introductory games with current members. For more information please phone or email:

Sue Rehill, Membership Director
250-947-9743
44Limes@gmail.com

Benefits of joining the Club include drop-in play, Round Robin mixers and other tournaments, social events, online reservations for some courts, a program for juniors, and use of club equipment like a ball machine.

The annual club membership fees are $35 for adults and $20 for juniors (under 18 years of age). Members receive a club shoe tag, which allows them to play at the times reserved for our Club. (See Schedule.) The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. New members have to pay the Club fee for the year at the time they join. Continuing Club members have until the end of April to pay the annual fee.

To join the Arrowsmith Tennis Club, see Sue Rehill or Garry Kaita at the courts or contact Sue as above. You can download the membership application form by clicking HERE. (The form will be displayed in a separate window. The controls needed to download the form will pop up when you move the mouse to the bottom of the window.)

If you are already a member and all your information is current, there is no need to complete another form. Sue Rehill and Garry Kaita will accept cash or cheques (made out to Arrowsmith Tennis Club) at the courts and distribute shoe tags. Alternately, please mail the completed form along with a cheque made out to Arrowsmith Tennis Club to this address:

Box 166
Parksville BC
V9P 2G4

We look forward to seeing you on the courts!

For other Club information, please contact

Ada Sarsiat
phone: 250.738.0687

or write to the Club's email address: arrowsmithtennis@hotmail.com




Winter Schedule

November 1 - March 31

Springwood Courts

behind (to the west of) Springwood School, 450 Despard Ave., Parksville

Courts 2 to 6 are reserved as follows.

Monday through Sunday, 1 pm - 4 pm: Open play. If more than one court is in action, there should be a court change every 40 min. If there are an extra one or two players, they should be folded in before the end of the 40-min period.

Sign-up. You are encouraged to sign up for any of these days to let others know who is coming. To sign up (or cancel), click HERE.

Signing up is particularly useful when the court conditions are uncertain. If you sign up, please be at the courts punctually at 1:00 pm. Also, if you are signed up but decide not to come, please cancel so that others are not given misleading information. It is possible to sign up or cancel until 11:00 am of the given day..

During reserved times, play is on a drop-in basis. At other times, Club members will make their own arrangements depending on court availability.


Qualicum Beach Courts

Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Courts 1 and 2, 9:00 am - noon, pre-aranged games.



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Court Etiquette. All members should show courtesy and consideration while on and off the courts.
Click HERE for details.

Ball Machine. The Club has a Silent-Partner ball machine which is being kept in the Club's storage room. All Club members (juniors only under supervision of an adult Club member) are free to use the machine if they are familiar with its operation AND the Club's rules for using it. Let somebody who has used the machine before explain it to you and/or consult the operation manual for the machine. The machine, if used improperly, can cause severe injuries. When the machine is ON, ALWAYS watch the balls coming out of the machine and NEVER stand directly in front of the machine. The machine can fire balls at 95 mph or 152 km/h!

Starting sometime later in April, you will be able to reserve the ball machine for hourly periods up to seven days in advance.

At all times, ball machine use has lower priority on a court than regular tennis play by either members of the public or the Club.

The ball machine should not be used when the courts are wet. Wet balls clog up the mechanism.

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Winter Season: Nov. 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

Special winter tennis events still need to be arranged.




Juniors

The Club has a junior tennis program during the summer. Details for the 2018 summer program still need to be arranged.




Tournaments

The Club runs a number of tournaments during the summer season. Details for Summer 2018 still need to be arranged.




General Information About the Arrowsmith Tennis Club

October 2017 - October 2018 Executive

President: Ada Sarsiat

Vice President: Renee and Loren Guenette

Secretary: Erica Monderman

Treasurer: Sue Wilson

Membership: Sue Rehill

Social Program: Pat Hansen

Tournament Director: Don Lefler

Junior Program: Jill Trelawny

Communication: Jim Cameron (email)

Past President: Paul Arnell

October 2017 - October 2018 Officers (not on the Executive)

Court Maintenance: Paul Arnell, assisted by Garry Kaita and Marlin Snyder

Assistant to Treasurer (fee collection): Garry Kaita

Website: Hans Laue

Membership List

Click HERE to see the up-to-date membership list with phone numbers and some email addresses. If you wish to have your email address added or deleted from the list, please call Hans Laue (250-594-1786) or Sue Rehill (250-947-9743).

Newsletters and Phone List

Click HERE to see or download the most recent Newsletter and earlier ones and also the Club Phone List. Note, however, that the the most up-to-date information about membership and phone numbers is in the Membership List above.

Email Notices to Club Members

Most of our members are now being contacted by email. Please contact Jim Cameron at arrowsmithtennis@hotmail.com if you have email and are not being contacted in this way or if you are changing your email.

You can also contact Jim about any other Club matters by using the email address above.

Court Maintenance by Club Members

Throughout the year, but especially in the fall, leaves and needles need to be cleaned off the courts. The Club is assisting the City in this task and is asking for volunteers who together with others will help maintain the courts in good condition. Paul Arnell (email) will coordinate the activity. To sign up for a two-week period, click here.

A leaf blower, brooms, garbage can, and squeegees are available in the Storage Room at courtside. Ask a member of the Executive for the key combination.

Sunshine Lady

April Whitman is our Sunshine Lady. Phone No. 250-752-7008. Please let April know if someone is ill or if there is a bereavement in the family, so she can send a card.

Racquet Stringing

Mike Bellis (250-713-2229) lives in Nanoose Bay, is available for stringing all year, and can provide same-day service.

Murray Hough (250-753-0048) - Available for stringing all year. He also offers next-day turn-around at the courts during July and August (Monday to Friday).

Tennis Lessons

Evie Seeton (250-228-1509) is a member of our Club who is a certified instructor. She will give individual or group lessons to interested Club members. Give her a call.

Alan Oslie (250-954-0471) is a member of our Club with experience in coaching juniors and adults, including our juniors and beginning adults who may become Club members. He is available for private and small group lessons at times to be mutually agreed. Give him a call.

Murray Hough (250-753-0048) offers private singles or group lessons at noon through July and August.

Gordon Verge is a qualified instructor. Call Gordon at 250-594-2000 for single or group rates.

Ball Machine. The Club has a Silent Partner - Edge Star ball machine which is available to all members (juniors only with supervision of an adult member). Members must have received instruction on how to use the machine before using it for the first time. Contact Paul Arnell at 250-729-1271 for instruction. For information about the machine, click User's Manual.

Parking

The Springwood School parking lot must NOT be used by tennis players during school hours.

Club History

1975 - The Qualicum Beach Tennis Courts were built. Louise Dwyer was on the Recreation Commission and instrumental in pulling together the funding by means of a of 1/3 Town, 1/3 Rotary, and 1/3 Provincial grant.

1978 - The Qualicum Beach Open Tournament was started.

1983 - The Arrowsmith Tennis Club was formed with Fran Jones as the first president and Meep Verbrugge as a major organizational force. 66 members. The Club was based in Qualicum Beach with some play at Ballenas High School. There were a morning of ladies only, a fun day of mixed play, and a singles ladder. Some current members, Christine Aubin, Louise Dwyer, Jim Henderson, George Klimek, Stan Saunders, Rita Stevenson and Dorothy Watson, were among the original members of the Club.

1984 - Presidents Betty Gerbracht and Louise Dwyer. 43 members.

1985 - 1989 - President Jim Martin (35, 68, 34, 56 members).

1990 - President Noel Edwards, 65 adults, 5 juniors.

1991 - President Judy Wood, 128 adults, 38 juniors. This was the first year in which there were tournaments for Club members only - juniors, adults, and seniors (over 55). These tournaments attracted many new members. The junior boys tournaments had under-14 and under-18 events and attracted 24 in singles and 14 pairs in doubles. There were singles and doubles ladders, regular round robins (at Beach Acres). New also was an "Open" junior tournament, with other clubs attending. The Club was incorporated.

1992 - President Judy Wood. 114 adults, 57 juniors. There was an opening junior tournament at the beginning of the season in May and a final junior tournament which attracted 36 entries including 9 girls.

1993 - President Kathy Sturrock, 125 adults, 41 juniors. Judy Wood organized a Ladies B Interclub league.

1994 - President Kathy Sturrock, 114 adults, 40 juniors. Casino night raised $11,000 for new courts. The Ladies B Team won the island championship.

1995 - President Frank Scott, 114 adults, 6 juniors. The first "I Can't Believe I Won This Trophy" mixed tourney was held. Judy organized a fall mixed Interclub league and Arrowsmith won. The "Open" Junior ceased.

1996 - President Robert Stovall, 117 adults, 10 juniors.

1997 - President Robert Stovall, 94 adults, 2 juniors. Club casino raised $14,000. The Club offered $30,000 to Qualicum Beach toward building new courts - declined. The Mixed Team won Mid-Island league.

1998 - President Glenn Simpson, 100 adults, 8 juniors. The Club contributed $34,550 toward the addition of three courts at Springwood in Parksville, with the proviso that the Club get preferential use of court time. The final round robin was played on the six Springwood courts October 18.

1999 - President Glenn Simpson, 93 adults, 8 juniors. The Club times of Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and men's Sunday mornings were moved from Qualicum to Springwood and the fees raised from $20 to $25. (A few members preferred not to move and formed a Qualicum Club). The Qualicum Open became the Arrowsmith Open and moved to Springwood. The Mixed Team won the Mid-Island league. A second ladies team was entered in the Interclub league.

2000 - President Bruce Pepper, 108 adults, 1 junior.

2001 - President Louise Dwyer, 107 adults, 7 juniors. Gordon Verge started junior strategy sessions. The Mixed Team won the Mid-Island league.

2002 - President Louise Dwyer, 126 adults, 7 juniors. A club e-mail account was set up to provide improved communication with members. The Ladies B Red Team wins the Mid-Island league.

2003 - President Bob Urquhart, 120 adults, 21 juniors. A storage shed was built at Springwood at a cost of $4450. The website was developed to better publicize Club activities. The Ladies B Red Team won the Vancouver Island championship.

2004 - President Bob Urquhart, 128 adults, 18 juniors. Due to organizational difficulties, the Arrowsmith Open tournament was canceled, effective starting 2005. The Interclub mixed and ladies leagues too ceased due to the lack of an organizer. Future emphasis is being placed on tournaments for members only.

2005 - President Liz Court, 123 adults, 25 juniors.

2006 - President Liz Court, 118 adults, 23 juniors.

2007 - President Ron Morrisroe, 113 adults, 19 juniors.

2008 - President Ron Morrisroe, 112 adults, 19 juniors.

2009 - President Bob Sage, 117 adults, 19 juniors.

2010 - President Bob Sage, 108 adults, 8 juniors.

2011 - President Dave Chappell, 121 adult members. In Winter 2011, four indoor tennis sessions at the Westwood Club were arranged for 12 participants. A rebound net for practice hitting was installed against the fence on the north side of Court 2.

2012 - President Hans Laue, 123 adults, 1 junior. Westwood indoor play was again arranged in the winter months. Wind screens were added to the south fence. A new court allocation system for the Round Robins was introduced.

2013 - President Hans Laue, 122 adults, 19 juniors (the Club's Junior Program was restarted under Jill Trelawny), Westwood indoor winter tennis continuing, MWF 12-2 sessions restructured (for somewhat more challenging play with both men and ladies participating, starting punctually at noon with court changes every 40 min), online sign-up system introduced for the MWF 12-2 and the evening sessions, our ladies team won the 3.5 mid-Island Interclub League and placed second in the Miele Provincial Tournament, a squeegee that really works was acquired and a keypad lock installed on the locker room to give all members access to court cleaning equipment. In September 2013, the City installed new nets on Courts 4 and 6.

2014 - President Frank Johnston, 116 adults, 24 juniors (the Club's Junior Program continued under Jill Trelawny), Westwood indoor winter tennis continuing, the ladies' team again won the 3.5 mid-Island Interclub League and got to compete at the Miele Provincial Tournament held at Whistler, and a second of the good squeegees was acquired. Fees were raised from $25 to $35 for adults and from $5 to $10 for juniors.