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!!

**************************************************
“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.


3rd Annual Club Party and other important announcements

August 6, 2019

Save the date!
Please join us for our 3rd Annual Club Party on Saturday, September 7th starting at 2pm.  Help us kick off the 2019-20 season and celebrate our newly renovated club!  Please RSVP to the Evite invitation you received.

In Memoriam:  Jerry Schwartz and Jerry Kemsley
We recently lost two long-term members of the club.  Jerry Schwartz was one of our founding members.  He was a great guy and fun to play tennis with.  Members will always remember his distinctive voice, witticisms and how he hummed when he played.

In addition to tennis, Jerry Kemsley was also a skier and had a passion for music, language and travel.  There will be a celebration of his life for on August 17 from 2-5pm at Willy’s Bar in Kissing Bridge Central.

How to annoy your fellow members
If you are looking to frustrate and annoy your fellow members, here’s a list of some tried and true ways:

  • Don’t cancel a reservation you are not using.  Members hate seeing open courts that were “reserved.”  Also, be sure your league captain doesn’t cancel the courts you are not using so these prime-time slots go to waste.
  • Don’t pick up the balls behind the curtains after practicing.   You can always count on being frustrated when trying to sort through a dozen balls to retrieve a game ball.
  • Don’t sign in your guest(s).  Your fellow members who sign in their guests hate seeing that you are not doing the same.  Also annoying is bringing in the same guest more than five times or scribbling guest names so they can’t be read.

New Member
Please welcome our newest member and include him in your groups:  Bill Roberts

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 Andrea McGrath.   Copies are posted at the club as well as on our website here.

Board of Directors
We will have open board seats this fall so please consider getting more involved with the club.  If you are interested in running for a three-year term, please reply to this email and the Board will be notified of your interest.  We will have three open seats this fall and only one incumbent running for re-election.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th at 6pm.  All members are encouraged to attend.


WORK DAY: Your help is needed Sat. June 1st

May 23, 2019

Work Day – next Sat. June 1st starting 9am
Please stop by the club to help prepare for the remodeling of the meeting room and complete various tasks around the club.  Whatever time you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in any of the items on top of the refrigerator, please help yourself before they go to the Goodwill.  You might even find something you left behind!

Also, if you have anything IN the refrigerator, it must be removed by noon on May 31.  The refrigerator is being removed and replaced with a new one during our remodeling.

Summer reminders
Please remember to close the back doors and turn off the fan when leaving.

We’ve had several complaints about non-members using the club.  Our guest policy remains in effect during the summer:  all guests must be signed in and are limited to five times/year.  You will be billed $10/guest.  If you find players are frequent guests, please encourage them to join our very affordable club (see contacts below).

New Member
Please welcome our newest member to the club:  Catherine English.  The membership list on our website has been updated here.

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 a OR Andrea McGrath.   Copies are posted at the club as well as on our website here.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10th at 6pm.  All members are encouraged to attend.


Club remodeling and associated important announcements

March 29, 2019

Club Remodeling
With less than two months to Memorial Day and the end of league play, we have some exciting news!  This summer we will be remodeling the meeting room to freshen it up and make better use of the space.  Therefore, please make note of the following:

  • Our annual club party will be held at the end of the summer to kick off next year’s indoor season and christen our new meeting room.
  • We will be having a work day on Saturday, June 1st to prepare for the work and complete various tasks around the club.  Details will be announced in May.  PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND.
  • If you are interested in a free refrigerator, microwave or toaster oven, please respond to this email.  First to respond will get them.   The only requirement is you must remove the item(s) on our work day (June 1).
  • The remodeling may require the partial shut down of the club.  The scheduling system will reflect any closures if they are necessary.

Expanded Hours
The scheduling software allows for reservations from 5:00am to 11:30pm, so we have instituted the expanded hours for your playing pleasure.  Those wishing to play outside of those hours should have no problem finding an open court .

New Family Member
Please welcome our newest family to the club:  Jeff Markello, Mia Markello and their two children.

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 a or Andrea McGrath.   Copies are posted at the club as well as on our website here.

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th at 6pm.  All members are encouraged to attend.