June 8, 2011

NEW! Lakeshore Pickleball Club! Grand Haven!

On April 20, 2011 the Lakeshore Pickleball Club, headquartered in Grand Haven, Michigan, was formed at a public meeting organized by Grand Haven attorney Joe Legatz. Instead of the expected 15 to 20 local players, 47 people showed up at the meeting at the Loutit Public Library. Slightly over half of those in attendance were new to Pickleball, largely thanks to a front page Pickleball article two nights previous in the local newspaper, the Grand Haven Tribune.

The club was formed by the adoption of bylaws, and the first Board of Directors was elected: David Lewis, President; John DeHoog, Vice-President; Katherine Weller, Treasurer; Joe Legatz, Secretary; Bob Yonkers and Peter Walters Directors at Large. The club adopted a policy of teaching Pickleball at no cost to anyone interested in the game. Adult memberships in the club were set at $10 per year; student memberships are free. Within six weeks of the club's formation, there were 75 paid members, with new members joining weekly.

The club can be contacted by email at: jclegatz@gmail.com

Club drop-in play is Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the tennis courts at the Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler Street (Grant Street at Cutler Street), Grand Haven, MI 49417. Pickleballs are furnished for club drop-in play. Guests are welcome, with club membership ($10 per year) required after 1 or 2 visits. There are four tennis courts with painted Pickleball lines. More locations and times to play will be added soon.

Sincerely yours,
Joe Legatz

A photograph of the first Board of Directors
Left to right: David Lewis, John DeHoog, Katherine Weller, Joe Legatz, Bob Yonkers, Peter Walters