Announcing the 2020 Tom Evans Award!

The Tom Evans Award is a recognition of volunteer service that is given to the person who has gone above and beyond to make VRSTC a positive and memorable experience. The selected person is among a list who are nominated by members and selected by the Board and the Club Manager. 

This year I felt it was important to break from tradition – something as unusual as the summer of 2020 has indeed been.  And that is to use this tall recognition to say THANK YOU and WELL DONE to the people who made it absolutely possible for me to manage our Club, and for our members to have a slice of summer, during this Covid-19 season.

It is my amazing management team: Gail Moss, Ron Coleman, Rob Sjoberg, Megan Sun McIntosh, and Mike Hoff.

This team has 84 years of experience at View Ridge.  Together, they took on the complex task to completely rethink how a summer would work during a pandemic like this.  While we had preliminary plans, these best developed plans still called for weekly - even daily - changes to schedules, staffing adjustments to all programs, training protocols for all the staff and constant communication with members.

Throughout this entire summer, this team was asked to scrap plans, start over, adjust and change as conditions constantly shifted. A big tweak here, a little tweak there, “wait for this, oh wait, now let’s incorporate that…” talk about the need to be flexible, comfortable with ambiguity, caution, and STILL maintain a sense of fun, care and respect for each other and for each of our members and their families. 

I’m so proud of this team.  They were always very willing to make the adjustments and continue to give it their all to make each of their programs be the best it could be.  I know our members, appreciated their continuous hard work which was evident by all the positive emails and comments I received throughout the summer.

Thank you for expressing your appreciation of them and their efforts.

I know I couldn’t have done it without all of them by my side.  The Summer of 2020 will go down in my memory as a “Summer of Nope; No-Can-Do” that was overcome with one that “Alright, Then We Can and Will….”. This attitude and commitment turned this into a summer of try-and-do; adjust-and-keep-going and made a positive impact on our members by offering a tiny bit of normalcy for your summer.  Did I say how proud and grateful I am for this team?

Please join me in expressing our heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to: Gail Moss, Ron Coleman, Rob Sjoberg, Megan Sun McIntosh, and Mike Hoff.

A slow clap, for a fantastic team.  Congratulations to each of you, and collectively as a high-performing, fun-bringing team!

Bruce Gillespie, Club Manager

 

 

 

Thank you Ron!

Dear VRSTC Members,

As we bring an end to arguably the most bizarre year in our club’s history with the state of the world, “we did it!”  We made the most of the situation, and were able to maximize the club experience as best we could.

A critical leader who made that possible – and could perhaps be one of the best seasons for Tennis – is our Tennis Coach, Ron Coleman. THANK YOU RON!  With that, I’m sharing the news, that Ron has decided to make 2020 his last year in this role as he heads off to retirement.

Ron has been a steady leader and mentor for our tennis program for 14 years.  The hundreds if not thousands of our children that he has introduced to the game of tennis is amazing; not to mention the many other groups he has been part of, ranging from high school coaching, his roles in collegiate tennis and at the professional elite level. 

“But Ron, this year was SO great! Why now?” 

Ron shared with me that he’d actually been thinking 2020 would be his last year, and he wanted to make sure it would be his greatest.  Well Ron, you did it. I could have not been more pleased, and I believe all of you who were a part of it would agree. Let me share my applause for Ron for his 2020 contributions:

  • He brought a level excitement, flexibility and professionalism in how he managed our tennis programs throughout the entire season. 
  • The modifications he made to our youth league will be changes that we’ll carry on over years to come.
  • The level of improvement in our players was noticeable and we even got to play matches on our home courts; it was awesome. 
  • The weekly updates to our adult clinics, communications with adult flights and court management was a daunting task.  But he kept it current, informative and helpful.
  • He creatively & thoughtfully figured out how to get an extra 200 new tennis enthusiast on the courts for casual play considering all affected programs. 
  • He did a great job! 

I know many of you have known Ron - whether it is through having your child in lessons, on tennis team or being taught to be an assistant coach, coached for adult flights, clinics and private lessons, and there were even a few of you who were lucky enough to play a match with him. Our memories of Ron and his presence at our club and making tennis an integral part of the VRSTC experience will be in our hearts and minds forever.  

For me personally, I have enjoyed knowing Ron through various roles – as a member and tennis parent and over the last 4 years, as Ron’s manager. More importantly now, is as my friend. I will miss him greatly and he’s going to leave big shoes to fill. 

Please join me in expressing my heartfelt gratitude and respect to Ron, for so many years of faithful service to our club and our members. We thank you, and, we also wish to say THANK YOU to your wife and family, for sharing you with us all of these summers. We wish you the very best in your retirement and look forward to the occasional visit from hot Arizona, as you’re always welcome on our courts.

With sincere thanks,
Bruce Gillespie, Club Manager

PS: If any of you would like to share a fond memory with Ron, please email him at [email protected] with your personal message. He’d appreciate hearing from you.

 

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View Ridge Swim & Tennis Club was established in 1958 as a member-owned club where families could gather to enjoy swimming, friendships, and other activities. There are currently 480 member families. As a seasonal club, we are open annually from the middle of May until early September. The club offers organized programs including a Swim Team, a Tennis Team, a Water Polo Team, an Adult Swim Team, as well as Swim and Tennis lessons (both group and private instruction) during the operating season. Other activities include Early Morning Lap Swim, Open Swim, and up to three dedicated lap lanes available throughout the operating hours. In addition to recreational activities, the club offers several social activities throughout the summer for members' children of all ages, families and parents/adult only festivities. If you are interested in membership, you can find out information about the waiting list here, or email [email protected] and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate source.

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