Call To Order: President Dolly Robinson called the meeting to order at 5:35 PM. Members in attendance included Dolly Robinson, Linda Williams, John Lear, Mike Null, Glenn Hunter, Joe Hinkle, James Montgomery, Adam Crocker, Richard Johnson, Marcia Kazmierski, and Laura Hunter. Also in attendance was a guest, Leigh Chak, Local League Coordinator with USTA Florida. (Note: Florida USTA Florida Tennnis Program Coordinator George English had sent word that he would be unable to attend the meeting this evening but plans to be at the March meeting).
Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Mr. Hinkle and seconded by Mr. Johnson to approve minutes for the January 9, 2017 meeting as corrected. Motion carried unanimously.
New Business: President Robinson recognized the representative from USTA Florida to share information regarding the Alachua League. Ms. Chak distributed USTA bags to those in attendance. She discussed the calendar of league play for the upcoming season in the Alachua League. She said she would fully support league play coming out of Lake City/Columbia County if courts could be available.
President Robinson, Mr. Null and Mr. Hunter gave a report regarding the survey provided for the TDC Sports Tourism Strategic Plan through the consultant firm of Huddle Up Group of Phoenix, Arizona. It is expected further presentations of the draft plan will be presented later this month. President Robinson expressed sincere appreciation of tennis being included in the Strategic Plan.
Old Business: Ms. Williams reported that she sent correspondence to School Superintendent Lex Carswell regarding access to the high school tennis courts. He responded to her that the District will take a look at fence relocation to give access and will investigate liability exposure for the use of the courts.
Ms. Williams reported on her inquiry to the County Boys’ Club regarding LCCCTA hosting a 10 and Under Tennis Clinic on their site. She indicated the Director had presented the request to their Board and has tabled it for the time being until it can be worked into their schedule.
Ms. Williams reported that Heyward Christie of the City Recreation Dept would like to have representatives of the LCCCTA to attend a meeting at Teen Town at 10:00 AM on Feb 15th to discuss the colors and location of the scheduled new tennis courts near Young’s Park/Memorial Stadium.
Mr. Null gave a brief report regarding the social event held at Tennis Forever Academy on January 14th. He indicated the hosts, Anjan and Liza Viplav, did a marvelous job in having food and beverage and making those in attendance welcome. He stated that the Directors at Tennis Forever want to host more social events on a regular basis. Mr. Null is to touch base with Mr. Viplav to see when he would like to schedule the next event.
Mr. Lear gave an update on Junior Teams that have started here in Lake City. Currently some 16 players are participating with activities taking place at Tennis Forever Academy. Mr. Lear also reported that the high school tennis season started today.
Mr. Lear reminded the members that we had previously agreed to sponsor a banner from LCCCTA for the high school tennis at a cost of $100.00. Treasurer Hinkle issued a check immediately.
Treasurer Mr. Hinkle reported there is $1135.80 in the association’s account with an outstanding check for the insurance premium in the amount of $205.00.
There being no further official action needed, President Robinson adjourned the meeting at 6:50 PM. President Robinson announced that the Annual Meeting of the Board for LCCCTA will meet immediately following this meeting.
The next regular meeting is schedule for March 13th.