Covid-19 Update from Quaker Aurora Tennis

November 19, 2020

Since tennis clubs are not considered gyms, the Quaker Aurora Tennis Club and other local tennis clubs will remain open at the present time.

However, due to the increased level of cases in our area, it is critical to follow our COVID-19 protocols:   

  • Sanitizing chairs, tables, and other hard surfaces of concern after playing.
  • Using hand sanitizer and washing your hands.
  • Staying away from the club if experiencing symptoms or having been in contact with COVID-19.
  • Maintaining social distancing and not sharing personal items.
  • Leaving immediately after play; no social activity.
  • Not inviting guests; they are not allowed at this time.
  • Signing everyone in legibly (first and last name) is critically important for contact tracing requirements.
  • Making a reservation through YourCourts.com (no walk-ins) so we have another record for contact tracing.
  • Wearing a mask when entering and exiting the facility.

It’s especially important to sign in and to stay away from the club if you or someone you’ve been exposed to are exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19 (whether you’ve been diagnosed or not):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea 

If you have been in close contact with a positive (or suspected positive) case, you cannot enter the club until you have met the requirements of ECDOH: https://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=ecdoh-covid-19-isolation-and-quarantine-documents

If you have traveled out of NYS, you must abide by the quarantine requirements under the NYS travel advisory: 
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Thanks for abiding by these state regulations so we all stay healthy and the club can remain open for our collective enjoyment.


Fall Update from Quaker Aurora Tennis

October 29, 2020

Board of Directors
There are three board seats up for election with only two of the three incumbents running for reelection.  Therefore, we need additional club members interested in getting more involved with the club.  Ideally we would like up to four more candidates for the three year terms that begin next year.  If interested, please contact Mitch Stenger who heads our Nominating Committee. 
 
COVID-19 Update 
Thanks to all members for following the protocols in our COVID-19 Safety Plan.  Everyone’s adherence to the established COVID protocols will enable the club to remain open and available to our members to enjoy during the pandemic.  However, the one item that will risk our status is signing all players in legibly for contact tracing requirements.  This is a normal club rule that is critically important for us to stay open.  As a reminder, here are the protocols:

  • Sanitizing chairs, tables, and other hard surfaces of concern after playing.
  • Using hand sanitizer and washing your hands.
  • Staying away from the club if experiencing symptoms or having been in contact with COVID-19.
  • Maintaining social distancing and not sharing personal items.
  • Leaving immediately after play; no social activity.
  • Not inviting guests; they are not allowed at this time.
  • Signing everyone in legibly (first and last name) is critically important for contact tracing requirements.
  • Making a reservation through YourCourts.com (no walk-ins) so we have another record for contact tracing.
  • Wearing a mask when entering and exiting the facility.

New Members
Please welcome our newest members and include them in your leagues:  Mary Pat Ruh and Kathy Burr.
 
Our updated membership list is on the website here.  As you can see, we have many members on leave this year so we still have memberships available.  Please encourage prospective members to fill out a member application and/or contact Elaine Idzik OR Cindy Chynoweth.   Copies are posted at the club as well as on our website here.
 
Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 30th at 6:30pm on Zoom.  All members are encouraged to attend and can get the link by replying to this email.

 


Welcome Back to the 2020-21 Tennis Season!

October 27, 2020

Hello to returning and new members!  We hope you are having a great summer.  The indoor season officially starts the day after Labor Day (9/8) when our leagues start, and reserved court time goes into effect.  Remember, we are a “do-it-ourselves” club so we rely on all members to pitch in to help keep it clean, especially in the age of COVID-19.  Please remember the protocols in our COVID-19 Safety Plan.  They include:

  • Sanitizing chairs, tables, and other hard surfaces of concern after playing.
  • Using hand sanitizer and washing your hands.
  • Staying away from the club if experiencing symptoms or having been in contact with COVID-19.
  • Maintaining social distancing and not sharing personal items.
  • Leaving immediately after play; no social activity.
  • Not inviting guests; they are not allowed at this time.
  • Signing everyone in legibly (first and last name) is critically important for contact tracing requirements.
  • Making a reservation through YourCourts.com (no walk-ins) so we have another record for contact tracing.
  • Wearing a mask when entering and exiting the facility.

Membership Dues
Invoices will be emailed soon.  If you are taking a leave of absence due to injury or COVID-19, it is critical that you contact Jim Griffis, our Treasurer, in writing immediately. 

Your membership payment is due upon receipt (but no later than September 20th).  If payment is not received by October 1st, membership privileges will be suspended. If you don’t receive your bill, please check your spam folder and/or contact Jim.

New Members
Please welcome our newest members and include them in your leagues:  Sally Briggs and Bill Heiler and family.

Many leagues are looking for additional players, especially the Monday 7:30pm and Thursday 6pm groups.  You can see all the leagues and their captains on the Schedules tab of the website by clicking the Master Reserved Schedule link.

We still have memberships available, so please encourage frequent guests and other prospective members to fill out a member application and/or contact Elaine Idzik OR Cindy Chynoweth.  Copies are posted at the club as well as on our website here.

Board of Directors
We will have an open board seat this fall so please consider getting more involved with the club.  We elect three directors and only two incumbents are running for re-election (Tom Siener and Lynn Martin; Fred Bristol is not running for re-election).  That means we’d like four members to consider running for a three-year term.  If interested, please contact Mitch Stenger who heads our Nominating Committee.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 28th at 6:30pm on Zoom.  All members are encouraged to attend and can get the link by replying to this email.


Tennis club is re-opening but read the QATC Re-opening Safety Plan first

July 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce that our club will be reopening on Monday, July 6th and reservations can now be made.  Pursuant to new New York State Interim COVID-19 Guidlines for Sports & Recreation, the QATC Board has determined that, similar to other local tennis clubs, we can now safely open for indoor play in accordance with the following requirements.

To keep us all safe, it is critical that you follow the rules outlined below in the QATC COVID-19 Re-opening Safety Plan.  PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

At this time, we are re-opening for play by Club Members ONLY, due to possible liability/insurance issues.  NO GUESTS will be permitted to play.  Furthermore, it remains essential that those Club Members who choose to play fully and clearly understand that you assume any and all associated risks pertaining to same.

  • Hand sanitizer with (70% alcohol) will be provided on each court.
  • Disinfectant solution (BruTab 6S) in a spray bottle will be provided at each court for mandatory sanitizing of chairs and tables after play and for use in the restrooms and any other hard non-porous surface of concern.
  • BruTab 6S is an EPA listed (EPA 71847-6) bleach alternative effective against a broad range of microorganisms (including C. difficile spores, Hepatitis B, Norovirus and Canine parvovirus) on hard, non-porous surfaces and has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19).

In addition to existing QATC Rules and Regulations, the following guidance should be adhered while playing at the club:

Do not play if any of you:

  • Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Are a vulnerable individual. A vulnerable individual is an elderly individual and/or an individual with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and/ or a compromised immune system  (e.g., such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other similar conditions).

Protect against infections:

  • Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds – minimum), and/or use a hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available), before going to the court.
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment (including racquets and water bottles). Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats, and towels.
  • Bring a full water bottle (to avoid touching water cooler handle).
  • Consider taking extra precautions (such as wearing gloves).
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Arrive as close as possible to the time when you are scheduled to play. If you or someone in your group does not arrive on time, the lights may be turned off and will need to cool down before coming back on.
  • Use sanitizer immediately after entering the club and before signing in (you may bring your own pen to sign in).
  • If you use the toilet, close the lid when flushing.

When Playing:

  • Be sure the ventilation system is on and running in summer mode.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact (such as shaking hands or high fives).
  • When playing doubles, coordinate with your partner to maintain physical distancing.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels.
  • Maintain physical distancing if changing ends of the court.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.

After Playing:

  • Sanitize table and chairs (and any other hard, non-porous surface of concern) with BruTab 6S solution spray bottle.
  • Sanitize your hands after playing and before leaving the court area.
  • Do not use the shower. Shower at home.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
  • All players should leave the court as soon as reasonably possible after playing, using the club’s rear door to exit. Ensure rear door is properly closed after exiting.
  • If no players show up for the next slot, one member from the group that just finished play can turn off the lights and note the time in the sign in book. He/she can then exit out the front door since no one is in the lobby.

Ball Machine Use:
The ball machine can be used if desired.  The following surfaces should be sanitized prior to and after use of the ball machine:

  • Machine handles
  • Extension cord plug ends
  • Remote control and control panel
  • Ball retriever basket handles

Note:  Any member who exhibits symptoms after playing at the club needs to inform the QATC Board.  The board will then request the names of any other players present during the tennis match.

A copy of this COVID-19 Re-opening Safety Plan will be posted in the club lobby.


Update on Quaker Aurora Tennis Club’s Reopening

June 10, 2020

Thank you for your patience during the pandemic and your cooperation in keeping yourself and other members safe by abiding by our mandated closure.  We will reopen as soon as we are legally permitted.  Tennis clubs are currently in phase four but that is being challenged by other tennis clubs, so we may be able to open sooner.

In preparation for our reopening, the Board is drafting the required COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan, securing the new supplies that will be necessary, and making changes to the facility that are needed so we will be ready to reopen immediately upon getting the approval.

The state also requires us to adhere to the guidelines for our “industry,” so members should read and follow the USTA’s Playing Tennis Safely: Player Tips and Recommendations that can be viewed here.

In the meantime, please enjoy the outdoor season safely, and we look forward to seeing you (from a six-foot distance) at the club soon.


Election results and other club news

February 3, 2020

Board of Directors Election Results:
Congratulations to Cindy Chynoweth, Jim Griffis and Mitch Stenger who were elected to the Board of Directors.  Thanks to everyone for voting; we had another great turnout.  Thanks also to everyone who was nominated.  All members are encouraged to get involved in the operation of the club; you don’t need to be on the Board to help out!

The following officers were elected for the upcoming year at our Annual Meeting:

  • President:  Tom Siener
  • Vice President:  Mitch Stenger
  • Treasurer:  Jim Griffis
  • Secretary:  Nancy Montone

All contact info for your Board is on the website here, along with an updated membership list.  If you want to update your contact info, please follow the link at the bottom of this email.

Membership:
Please welcome the Dunlop family (Jim and Cathy) to the club and include them in your groups.

We still have memberships available, so please encourage frequent guests and other prospective members to fill out a member application and/or contact Elaine Idzik at 200-3794 or editng99@gmail.com OR Cindy Chynoweth at 860-0975 or chynowethjc@gmail.com.  Copies are posted at the club as well as on our website here.

Important Winter Reminders:

  • Players should leave their outdoor footwear in the club room after putting on their tennis shoes to protect the courts from damaging salt and water.
  • Remember to park away from the building to avoid falling ice and exercise caution when walking from the parking lot into the club on snowy/icy days.
  • Keep the bathroom doors slightly open so that they stay heated.
  • When turning the lights off, please remember to note the time in the sign-in book so members arriving right after you know if the lights have cooled down sufficiently.  It’s best to wait at least 15 minutes before turning them on again.
  • Ball machine cleanup:  In addition to vacuuming and picking up the balls behind the curtains, please use the hooks to hang up the power cords.

It Bears Repeating:

  • Please remember to sign in all guests legibly.  It’s unfair to paying members who sign in their guests if you don’t.
  • Teenagers (under 17 years of age) must be supervised AND signed in by a parent/responsible adult member along with their guest.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 9th at 6:30pm.  All members are encouraged to attend.


Welcome to the 2019-20 Season!

November 25, 2019

3rd Annual Party
We had another successful party on September 7th! This year, in addition to kicking off the 2019-20 indoor season, we celebrated our newly renovated club and recognized long term members we have recently lost. Do you recognize anyone in the pictures below?

Important Reminders
* If you haven’t paid your membership dues, they are now past due. Please remit them ASAP or contact Carole Lane if you have special circumstances.
* Hats off to Jim Griffis, an unsung member who has gone above and beyond with his help around the club.
* League schedules are available on the club’s website (www.quakerauroratennis.com). The password is the same as the door code. If your league’s schedule is not listed, please ask your captain to submit it for posting.
* When signing in guests, please legibly include their full name(s).

New Members
Please welcome our newest members: Veronica Gmerek, and the Thomas and Kim Brewer family . Also, Jeff Breidenstein has upgraded to a family membership.

We still have memberships available, so please encourage frequent guests and other prospective members to fill out a member application and/or contact Elaine Idzik at 200-3794 or editng99@gmail.com OR Andrea McGrath at 725-4502 or andrealmcgrath@hotmail.com. Copies are on our website here.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 11 at 6:30pm. All members are encouraged to attend.


Watch for your Board of Directors ballot and note these important winter reminders.

November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!
As we enter the holiday season, please remind your captain to cancel your league’s courts if you are not playing. Are your leagues playing on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day? If not, please don’t disappoint the families who are in town and looking for open court time.

Board of Directors Election
This year, the board terms of Carole Lane, Karen Ricciardi and Mitch Stenger are expiring. Carole and Karen will not be running for another term. We thank them for their dedicated service to our club!

Mitch Stenger will be running for another three-year term. Joining him on this year’s ballot are Jeff Breidenstein, Cindy Chynoweth, Jim Griffis, Martha Mathewson and Doug McFarland.

Please watch your email inbox for your anonymous online ballot soon after Thanksgiving. We’ll be using Survey Monkey again. Remember, family members get two votes, so check both emails and vote through both ballots. If you don’t receive the email ballot, please check your spam folder.

Important Winter Reminders
* Remember to park away from the building to avoid falling ice.
* Keep the bathroom doors slightly open so that they stay warm.
* Remove and leave your outdoor footwear in the meeting room to protect the courts from damaging salt and water.
* Also, when turning the lights off, please note the time in the sign-in book so members arriving after you know if the lights have cooled down sufficiently. It’s best to wait at least 15 minutes before turning them on again.

New Member
Please welcome Mark Szymusiak to the club. We need your help in recruiting more new members! Please encourage your friends and other prospective members to fill out a member application and/or contact Elaine Idzik at 200-3794, editng99@gmail.com OR Andrea McGrath at 725-4502, andrealmcgrath@hotmail.com. Copies are on our website here.

Our next board meeting is the Annual Membership Meeting and is scheduled for Monday, January 13, 2020 at 6:30pm. All members are encouraged to attend.


Dr. Anthony P. Markello (1934 – 2019)

October 23, 2019

Obituary and death notice of long-term member many of us had the pleasure to play with and know.


William C. Gipe (1939 – 2019)

September 6, 2019


Mr. William C. Gipe
It is with the heaviest of hearts we share the forlorn news that Bill passed away Thursday August 29th, 2019 after a courageous fight against pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, Sept. 13th at the First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora  His obituary can be viewed here.

From the time of his initial diagnosis, our Fearless Leader refused to concede that the diagnosis was an inevitable “prognosis”; rather, he lived each and every ensuing day by being fully immersed “in the moment”…as he did his entire life.  He passionately continued to love his family (especially his beautiful wife Katherine), the Jersey Shore, and both his EA church and the Quaker Aurora Tennis Club.  His tireless devotion to his religious and secular communities is irreplaceable and will surely be sorely missed.

Indeed, the QATC Board only fully realized exactly how much Bill had accomplished for our Club until he matter-of-factly told us that we would all need to “step up”, and at least do the Court schedules in his stead…since he had long been doing schedules for most of the Men’s leagues at QATC — over a dozen time slots!

We will greatly miss — and never be able to replace — the “Life Force” that was Bill Gipe.  We take comfort in recognizing that HIS was a “Life Well Lived” — and that WE all have been carried along for many years in the rising tide of Bill Gipe’s largess which served to float all of our proverbial boats…

We will never forget you, Captain Bill Gipe, and we shall remain forever thankful for your
Leadership;
Mentorship; and
Friendship!!

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“O Captain!!  My Captain!!”
            — Walt Whitman

“O Captain!!  My Captain!!
Rise up and hear The Bells;
Rise Up — for you the flag is flung — for you the bugle trills,

For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths — for you the shores a-crowding, 
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning…

The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, 
its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship
comes in with object won.