Covid Update, Member thank you and other news from QATC

May 21, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE 

The QATC Board recently met and revisited our current Covid Safety Policy, with the following results:

Based upon recent changes to Covid-19 guidelines by the US CDC, now adopted by the NYS Health Department [see, https://forward.ny.gov/reopening-reference-guide], the QATC Board has agreed that those members who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear face masks when entering/exiting the tennis club.  However, as per the guidelines, unvaccinated members should continue to abide by the club’s previous policy requiring mask-wearing when not on the courts.

Those who are fully vaccinated may also resume socializing after play in the kitchen area, without wearing masks or social distancing, assuming all involved are in fact fully vaccinated.  Obviously, this policy relies upon an “Honor System” so, if you are NOT yet fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask and maintain your social distance from other members — for everyone’s protection.  We encourage all who have pre-existing conditions, as well as those who still have Covid concerns, to continue wearing face masks as they deem appropriate.

In the event you bring a guest to the club, the member is responsible to ensure that the guest is aware of and abides by the QATC policies and CDC/NYS guidelines.  Thanks to all the members for their continuing cooperation in navigating and following these changing regulations — everyone’s compliance has allowed the Club to remain open to date without any issues!  

The Board members will continue to ensure that all frequently touched surfaces are sanitized on a bi-weekly basis going forward.

SANITIZING

The club has set up a routine disinfection of frequently touched surfaces 2x per week on Sunday and Thursday along with the weekly cleaning on Tuesday by Bieler.  

Members should continue to be vigilant in using hand sanitizer upon entering club as well as following CDC guideline (stated above).

SPRING CLEANUP

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in our annual Spring Cleanup.  Because of the hard work by our members, the club looks beautiful inside & out.

INDOOR CLEANING SERVICE

QATC has been in contact with Bieler Cleaning Services to discuss our expectations going forward. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the cleaning of the club, please let a board member know and it will be passed on to them.

NEW MEMBERS & MEMBERS ON LEAVE

A few individual and family memberships remain available so, now that the Guest Policy has been reinstituted, please encourage your tennis friends at other clubs to consider membership at QATC — applications are available online — and prospective new members can be directed to Elaine Idzik or Cindy Chynoweth for further information.

Now that the CDC guidelines have eased up, we’d like to invite those who are taking a leave of absence for Covid reasons to consider reactivating their memberships.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the QATC Board will be held AT THE CLUB on Monday, July 19th, 2021.  All members are encouraged to become more involved with the Club, and are welcome to attend.

Play Well & Be Well!
QATC Board


Covid update, spring cleanup date announced and other news from QATC

April 2, 2021

Covid-19 Update 

The QATC Board recently met and revisited our current Covid Safety Policy, with the following results:

The Board approved reinstituting the Club Guest Policy, so long as all members follow the pertinent Rules & Regulations and, moreover, ensure their Guest(s) are aware of and abide by all Covid Safety Policies.

QATC Guests (and host members) must (legibly) sign in to the Registration Book; this is essential not only for billing purposes, but for any subsequent necessary contact tracing.

Host QATC Members and their Guests must also comply with current Covid Safety Policies:

  • 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.
  • 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 symptoms 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 funny 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

The foregoing Covid Safety Policies remain in full effect at this time.   The QATC Board considered, but rejected, permitting socializing or congregating in the club kitchen after play — regardless of the vaccination status of those present.

CDC and ECDOH guidelines still require that masks be worn indoors at all times, and that social distancing regulations be maintained, even assuming those members (from different households) have been fully vaccinated.  
See, i.e., www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=covid-19-vaccine

Club members ARE permitted to socialize on the lawn area outside of the kitchen door if they (& the weather) are agreeable; however, those Club members should bring their own chairs, etc., as the Club will not yet equip the kitchen area to accommodate or encourage indoor socializing.

Naturally, we are continuing to monitor this fluid situation, and we look forward to revisiting & relaxing these restrictions in the next six to eight weeks.  However, in the interim, we request that the membership continue to comply with these temporary measures for the general safety of all concerned.

SAVE THE DATE:  Spring Cleanup!

We have scheduled our annual Spring Cleanup for Saturday May 15th, 2021, from 9am to 12pm; the purpose of same is to clean & weed the flower beds and generally spruce up the outdoor areas..

In recent years (especially last year), we benefitted from a dedicated crew of volunteers who accomplished many aesthetic improvements to the club’s appearance — & we hope to once again tap the resources of those green-thumbed members!  Further info will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

INDOOR CLEANING SERVICE:

QATC has been contracting with Bieler Cleaning Services re: the inside of the club and, since the onset of Covid, these services have been “spotty”.  The Board intends to re-evaluate this arrangement and, if members have specific areas of concern in this regard, please feel free to reply accordingly to this email.

Please also note we will soon be switching to less expensive recyclable plastic water glasses,  and we request that members make an effort to discard these cups (along with other recyclables) in the bins just installed court side.

NEW MEMBER:

Please welcome new individual member Nancy Baker and include her in your league play.

A few individual and family memberships remain available so, now that the Guest Policy has been reinstituted, please encourage your tennis friends at other clubs to consider membership at QATC — applications are available online — and prospective new members can be directed to Elaine Idzik or Cindy Chynoweth for further information.

NEXT MEETING:

The next meeting of the QATC Board will be held via Zoom at 6:30pm on Monday, May 17th, 2021.  All members are encouraged to become more involved with the Club, and are welcome to attend/monitor the next Board meeting, by simply replying to this message to request the link information.

Play Well & Be Well!
QATC Board


Board of election results and other news from QATC

February 4, 2021

Board of Directors Election Results 

Congratulations to Matt Czechowski, Carl DiNatale, and Tom Siener who were elected to the Board of Directors.  Thanks to everyone for voting.  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.

Covid-19 Update

We have changed the QATC safety plan and you should now exit through the front door once the room has cleared and the new players have entered the courts.  Remember to wear your mask and no guests are allowed at this time.

Important Winter Reminders

  • Remember to park away from building to avoid falling ice
  • Keep the bathroom doors slightly open so that they stay heated
  • 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 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.

New Members

Audrey Cohn has upgraded to a family membership with her son Bjorn Nordenflycht.  Cathy Thomas has also upgraded to a family membership with her husband Mike.

We have many members on leave this year so there are 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 meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 22nd at 6:30pm on Zoom.  All members are encouraged to attend and can get the link by replying to this email.


Board of Directors Election and other news from QATC 🎾

December 2, 2020

Board of Directors Election
The election of three directors for 3-year terms (2021-23) is now active. Candidates include Matt Czechowski and Carl DiNatale, running for their first terms, and Tom Siener, our current president running for re-election.  Please submit your vote before Friday, Dec. 11.
 
COVID-19 Update
Since we are owned by our members and are not a public gym, business or place for social gatherings under COVID-19 protocols, we will leave the decision of using the club up to each individual member, even if we are designated a red zone.  While it is up to you and your leagues to decide if you are comfortable playing, you cannot play if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has symptoms, and you must follow our COVID-19 protocols, especially by signing in for contact tracing requirements.  Sign-in is mandatory and strictly required so we can continue to remain open.  If you decide not to play, please cancel your court so others can use it.
 
New Members
Please welcome our newest members and include them in your leagues:  Peter Sorgi and Christina Sorgi
 
We have many members on leave this year so there are 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 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 25 at 6:30pm on Zoom.  All members are encouraged to attend.


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.