Dear ATC Members:
Back in the early 2000’s, I remember talking to one of ATC’s founders Michael Garcia, the club’s first president, about a new LGBT tennis league he wanted to form. At the time, I was heavily involved in softball and was trying to form an LGBT league for Austin. It was an exciting time for LGBT sports in our community and I admired Michael’s vision and leadership, which were instrumental in the creation of the Austin Tennis Club. Simultaneously, I was honored to not only help create Softball Austin, but also serve as its first Commissioner, a position I was elected to and held for four years.
Today I’m excited about the opportunity to serve as the next president of ATC and I’m grateful to, and remembering, Michael Garcia for all the work he did to launch this club and make his dream a reality. As you may know, my campaign for ATC President was long, difficult and exhausting, but with your support I was able to overcome the odds and secure a victory. Okay, I ran unopposed and won by default but that isn’t nearly as dramatic or newsworthy.
In all seriousness, I’m humbled to follow in the footsteps of so many dedicated board members who’ve selflessly served this organization over the years and made ATC what it is today – a vibrant, growing, financially-secure, nationally-recognized LGBT tennis club that brings so much pleasure to so many people.
I would like to congratulate all of the new board members who will be serving you for at least the next 12 months. This is an outstanding group of dedicated tennis players and community leaders:
Vice-President Kevin Haynes
Treasurer Michael McClellan
Competitive Felix Almodovar
Social Aubrey Wilkerson
Membership Ketan Marballi
Communications Scott Crews
Secretary Mike Sepulveda
I have several goals for ATC that I hope we can explore together:
· --Create a larger, more diverse membership base that includes more women.
· --Find ways to energize current members and reconnect with previous members who have either let their memberships lapse or have lost touch with, or enthusiasm for, ATC.
· --Identify and secure corporate sponsor/partnership opportunities.
· --Explore the possibility of acquiring tax-exempt nonprofit status under IRS Section 501(c)(4) and ultimately 501(c)(3) (or something similar/more appropriate), allowing ATC to accept contributions and donations that are tax-deductible.
· --Raise awareness about ATC in Austin and beyond, starting by raising the club’s profile in the Austin tennis community.
· --Identify more ways for ATC to give back to the community through service projects and fundraising.
· --Help San Antonio continue to build their tennis club, which officially started in June, including assisting them with participating in Texas Cup 2016. I’ve already reached out to their president and he’s excited Austin is willing and eager to help.
If there are other goals you'd like us to consider, please let us know.
Also please note that ATC board meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month at 2021 E. 5th Street (EnviroMedia) and everyone is invited to attend. Meetings begin at 6:30 and there is plenty of free, convenient parking. The first meeting with the new board is Monday, July 20.
Your participation in these open board meetings would be welcome and appreciated.
If you have questions, suggestions or feedback, please contact anyone on the board of directors and we’ll respond promptly. You may email the board at
This message is to inform you of the upcoming schedule for the this year's ATC Board Elections.
Last year the board voted to move the elections to June so the board member terms would better coincide with the planning and coordinating of some of the major events coordinated by the club.
This election schedule for this year will be as follows:
June 1 – Open nominations for all board positions
June 15 – Close nominations / Open voting
June 30 – Close Voting / Announce results
July 1 – New officers take office
This year's voting will be done using our new communication system, Constant Contact.
As such, it is very important that if you have not already responded to the email sent on April 23, 2015 you do so promptly, or register at: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=4ei5j8tab&p=oi&m=1120829120671&sit=arswuttjb&f=5c46dc98-fa6c-4562-802d-237ac4824f03.
Also, if you are interested in running for a position on the board this year, we advise you to contact the current board member in that position to ask questions and find out what the position does and the responsibility and time it requires.
The current board members contact information is located on ATC website at http://www.austintennisclub.com/new/after-you-join.
Serving on the board is a great chance to get more involved in the club, and work to implement new programs and activities to engage members and advance the social impact of our organization.
We look forward to having a great slate of candidates this year.
Texas Cup is coming up on June 6 and 7. Dallas is the host this year. Darin Upchurch is the ATC captain for 2015.
Texas Cup is a competition between the Dallas, Houston, and Austin clubs. The top players from each club compete against each other for the Texas Cup and bragging rights for the next year. The ATC Texas Cup team is determined primarily by the ladder, and we’ve just updated the ladder.
May 15 is the date that the team will be set. Make your ladder challenges to position yourself well to make the team. All challenges need to be complete and reported by the end of the day on May 15.
It’ll be hot and steamy; start working on your conditioning!
We are starting up the 2015 Mentor Program. As in 2014, the mentor program seeks to leverage the experience and skill of ATC’s more experienced players to develop the games of our up and comers. Last year, mentor/mentee pairs worked together to raise the mentee’s level of play, and there was a lot of great feedback. Personally, I used what my mentor (Scott Crews holla! ) taught me to win my singles match at Texas Cup.
So, if you would like to be a mentor or a mentee, please email me at
to sign up for the program. I will be recruiting mentors individually too. The expectation is that mentor/mentee pairs will play at least once a month. And it’s the nature of the program that the burden will be on the mentee to set up the session.
This is a great opportunity for mentees to improve their games and for mentors to give back to the club and bring mentees’ games to the next level. Raising the skills of the club as a whole will position us well to defend our Texas Cup title !
Check it out! You can now use your Facebook login information to sign in or register with Austin Tennis Club. Go ahead and click on it and sign up.
ATTENTION CURRENT MEMBERS: If you already have a username and password with ATC, please click the Facebook link above to link your Facebook information with your current username/password. This link is done email address so if you use different email addresses on Facebook and ATC.com, it will ask you to pay for a new membership. DO NOT DO THIS. Send an email to email@example.com and I will manually link the two accounts. Thanks!