2019 AGM-Important Meeting Information


It’s AGM Election Time!!

If you somehow missed all our previous announcements about our AGM, you’re in luck.  This is another one!

  • The AGM Is Monday, April 29th
  • Start Time is 6:00 (Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early)
  • AGM is held at the Bower-Kin Community Center, 85 Boyce St 
We do NOT have a liquor licence.  While this would make for a more spirited meeting, there will be no consumption of alcohol and cannabis at this event.  Sorry, not even BYOB.  (maybe next year)

Full Bios or brief arm twisted summary for each candidate unless they didn’t send one, which leaves them subject to my artistic licence. 

To view the Bylaws that are being voted on, the Financial Budget please click here.
BUT Wait!!
Before we unveil our candidates in all their glory, I remind you to RENEW your membership.  We will have Computers on site to assist you with registration, but gone are the days where a volunteer must decipher your handwriting and manually enter it into a database.  We still have errors because your handwriting (and mine) is atrocious.  This is not just a Millenial can’t read the cursive writing issue, it’s a poor penmanship issue.  
RENEW Your Memberhsip Now

Meet the candidates

Our list of Directors Currently Nominated to represent you and our club.

Pres- Brenda Feser
Vice Pres- Terry Hanasyk
Secretary- Bev Tischler
Treasurer- Tony Lam
Directors – 8 positions to be filled by election of:
Patrick Galesloot
Gene Vollmin
Val Vollmin
Mary Anne Brett
Dave Oxley 
Diane Pelletier 
Peter Nan
Alida Hermary
Jane White
Vote For Me, Patrick Galesloot, it is your destiny!!  Together we will rule the Pickleball Courts with the hard game, and suck our opponents into a trap with the soft!
Patrick Galesloot, has been your communications director for the past year.
He has been the author of 99% of the emails that made you laugh, scratch your head, and groan over their length.  He also has updated our website, made the occasional Facebook post, blog post, event post, and has been a handy dandy helper in organizing our Rating Clinics this weekend. 

Clearly the most loved and overworked board member.  If you don’t vote for Patrick, well we’re screwed.  No one else holds the keys to all this technology, you are at his mercy.

Other than that,,,
I am the Broker Owner of Century 21 Advantage. I have the pleasure of working with my wife running our company.  Either she is amazing at putting up with me, or I am truly a gift.

I have experience as:
  • Past Director and Past President of The Central Alberta REALTORS Association
  • Past Director for the Alberta Real Estate Association
  • Current Director and Past Chair of the Red Deer College Alumni Association
  • Past Director and Past Chair of the Penhold Neighbourhood place Community Board
  • Past Director and Past Chair of the Penhold Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
I have three kids, two dogs, two cats, and married since 1992 to De Galesloot.

Oh and I rock a headband on the court.
Pictured in this recent Highschool Grad Photo.  MaryAnne Brett was voted Miss Congeniality.  (year undisclosed)
MaryAnne Brett.
I started playing pickleball 2.5 years ago and loved the sport immediately.  I have always been into active sports so it was nice to get back into something that is a little faster pace than golf.  

I have been involved with the RD Pickleball Exec for the last year and it’s been an exciting and busy year with the development of the new courts.  I have a strong work ethic and like to get things done.  I look forward to watching our club grow and making new and old members feel welcome on the courts.  Thank you!

MaryAnne is our current Chair of the New Courts Opening Celebration Committee.
She takes on numerous roles throughout the year including updating our logo, organizing indoor play, finding an indoor play venue, an alternate venue.  She also was the driving force to providing a Rating Clinic in April.
Brenda Feser!  Our Next President Pictured with Gene ensuring a smooth tournament with a smile!
Brenda Feser
RDPC Board 2015-2018 (Secretary, Membership, Treasurer, Pines Community Hall, Winter Play Organizer); Pickleball Alberta Membership Director 2016-present; Pickleball Canada Membership Task Force 2018-19; Softball Alberta Board of Directors 1988-98; President of Red Deer Minor Softball.
IPTPA Level 1 Teach the Teacher; Pickleball Referee (30+ tournament games); Keeping Girls in Sport Certification; NCCP Level 2 Volleyball, Softball; B. Ed. (P. Ed. Major); M. Ed. (Educational Psychology); Athlete of the Year RDC 1974; 25 years teaching experience, 15 years as District Literacy Coordinator.
Husband Dick, 3 children, 5 grandchildren. Sport has been our life!
Tutoring early elementary students having difficulty learning to read; flower gardening; reading.
Focus for RDPC
Members are the most important thing in a club. All members count.
Identify and support skill development and play opportunities to meet the needs and wants of all members. Expand the number of FUN events hosted throughout the outdoor play season. Can’t wait for the new courts to open!
Please volunteer; many hands make light work.
Diane Pelletier, taking a break from a recent modelling shoot in Paris.
My name is Diane Pelletier and I would like to represent the members on the Red Deer Pickleball Club board as a director.
I’m recently retired from the medical field and would bring organizational skills to the job.
With no shortage of energy and kindness, I will be able to assist with tournaments and fundraising as well as be a voice for the newcomers.
I have proficient communication skills in both French and English. A good listener, one of my strengths is I love working with and meeting new people.
Thank you for considering me for the position.
Jane White enjoying a Pickleball retreat in Innisfail Alberta
Nominee – Jane White
– Playing since 2009 (10 years) – Surprise, Arizona
– Red Deer Pickleball Club member since 2014
– Calgary Pickleball Club member since 2017
– Served on the RDPClub Board of Directors – 3 years (2014, 2015, 2016)
– I am a IPTPA Certified Pickleball Instructor – Level 1
– I am a IPTPA Certified Pickleball Trainer – Level 2
– I am a IPTPA Certified Pickleball Ratings Specialist – Level 4
– I am a USAPA Certified Pickleball Referee
– I own Red Deer Pickleball Supplies (since 2015)
– I have worked with many communities, in the Central Alberta area, to grow the sport of Pickleball.
– I currently play at a 4.5 tournament skill level.
– Finally, yes, I am married to Rob White…………….
Dave Oxley, the always serious and soft-spoken quiet member of our board,
David Oxley
I have had the privilege to serve on the board of the Red Deer Pickleball Club for one year and during that time have spent my time applying for government grants and was successful in obtaining a grant for our club for $50,000.

I am currently in the process of applying for another grant for the building of our washrooms and changing facility. Before my time on the board I helped  run the Pines Community Hall on behalf of our club then took over the responsibility of the hall for a year on my own.

I have helped as a referee, referee coordinator and announcer at the tournament and am a backup for the hall when the coordinator is not available.

I am retired from a 25-year career in the financial services industry and have held many Executive positions in that industry including Regional Director of IGM Wealth Management. Previously I had a 20-year career in the construction industry and held many positions in that industry including Project Manager and have a background in management and engineering.

I have served on many boards with the Red Deere College including the Red Deer College Foundation Board for 13 years including 3 years as Chairman and the Charitable Corporate Donation Board of IGM Financial. I have also served on the board of Rotary International, Rotary Red Deer Sunrise and have held many positions with District Boards.

I would like the opportunity to continue my work with the Red Deer Pickleball Board for another two years.
Tony takes our club finances seriously, and he means it!
The following is my bio:
Tony Lam
Treasurer of the RD Pickleball Club since May 2018
Graduated from U of Alberta with a B. Comm. degree in 1977
Chartered Accountant (now CPA) since 1980
Past President of the Red Deer Chinese Community Society
Past Treasurer of The Canadian Red Cross, Red Deer Branch
Partner of Cutherbertson Sandall, Chartered Accountants, Red Deer from 1986 to 2006
Current status – retired
Currently on board of directors in a number of a privately-owned business
Married to Sue since 1981, have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren
Have been a resident of Red Deer since 1983
Vice President Terry Hanasyk, 
President Val Vollmin, pictured with her personal bodyguard exiting the Red Deer Council Chambers after learning of the City’s Finding Commitment to new courts.
Stepping down from her role as President of the RDPC, Val is looking forward to the opening ceremonies of our new courts.  It’s been a long journey to get us to where we are today.  A driving force for Pickleball, her passion for our sport and drive to get things done is second to none.

Val looks forward to continuing in an advisory role as Past President.
The strong silent type.  Gene is pictured here ignoring the free massages and working to ensure we have a strong successful tournament.  Circa 2018
Bio- Gene Vollmin
I have been playing pickleball since we discovered it in the winter of 2010.  It has been a huge part of our life since that time.  I joined the Red Deer Pickleball Club when it was first started in the fall of 2013.  I have served on the Board for the last 2 years and would love to serve for another term.

I was one of Pickleball Canada’s first certified referees and am also a certified referee for the USAPA.  We have given numerous clinics for referees in various locations.  I have volunteered in numerous sporting events to promote pickleball and am active in helping with whatever the Club needs done (believe me, my wife can come up with lots of ideas)

I have been the Tournament Director for the Red Deer Pickleball Tournament since inception 3 years ago, and will be filling that position for the Provincial Tournament this year as well.
Bev Tischler having a quiet moment of meditation, at a local spa.
Bev is our newest board member, having stepped into the role (plunged) in the fall of 2018.  Bev has been active at maintaining our secretary position, taking minutes, updating our membership process and a driving force to modernizing our registration platform.
Alida Hermary, demonstrating her focus as her opponent falls victim to her skillful shots.
"I welcome all embellishments to my bio. Your creative writing skills are nothing short of genius and I appreciate having fun and hilarious updates regarding pickleball."
Alida Hermary: Hi my name is Alida Hermary and I’ve been addicted to pickleball for just over a year, and it has pretty much overtaken my life. Larry says I haven’t been in the kitchen since I started playing (we think Larry has found the kitchen just fine). Good thing my kids are grown up and can fend for themselves now. 
The skills I would bring to the club would be:
  • I enjoy working with others
  • I am organized and good at coordinating 
  • I’m willing to listen to other people’s opinions and change course if necessary (Don’t ask Larry about this-just take my word on it)
  • I am hardworking
  • Will see projects through to the end
  • Very detail oriented
  • I am friendly and inviting to newcomers
  • I have a fairly flexible schedule
  • I have a number of volunteer positions in the community and church, 2 of which I am the head coordinator
Potential drawbacks:
  • Married to Larry. 
 See you soon,

A relatively new Pickleballer, Alida’s enthusiasm and energy for the sport is evident.  She’s sure to bring our average director age down as she’s the youngest candidate on our election card.  But, don’t be fooled by her youth.  Alida’s experience in managing events, projects and finances are second to none.
If Peter Nan could stop working for us to take a photo!!
Peter Nan!
Peter is not just the winter skate shack coordinator which ensures we have annual revenue form the city and hall rental, he is the GO TO person for so many projects.

We’ve leveraged Peter’s construction skills, and project management abilities greatly the past year.  Without him we’d all be peeing in a bucket behind our cars at the new courts.

He is aour construction liason, storage and washroom facility designer, project leader 
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