The Austin Tennis Club donated 8 squeegees to South Austin Tennis Center this past Friday. It took a big crew to assemble them, but the whole club pitched in and put them together in time to present them to the SATC Manager Brie Rippner. She was thrilled to receive them and has already sent a note to us letting us know that with the recent rains, "the squeegees have already been put to good use.
The Austin Tennis Club Board of Directors presented Out Youth Board Chair Aubrey Wilkerson and Vice Chair Ceci Gratias with a donation of $7,000 from last year's Heart of Texas Tennis Tournament. Out Youth serves LGBT youth in Austin and throughout the state of Texas. The Board is already working on raising money for this year's HOT10 tournament to benefit Out Youth which will be held March 2-4.
The ATC Board is pleased to announce that this year’s HOT 10 Tournament, slated for March 2,3 and 4th will be extra special! Participants will have the usual high quality play with excellent competition and great courts, and a deliciously memorable banquet on Saturday evening inside the VIP room of the Austin Music Hall.Raffles, silent auctions and tournament sponsorships will be donated to Out Youth, the only center-based non-profit agency in greater Central Texas. Out Youth provides services and programs specifically designed for LGBTQ youth and their straight-identified peers. Out Youth is also the recipient of an award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation to support their new “Knowing Your Status is Smart” (KYSS) HIV prevention education, testing and counseling program.This year, for the first time ever, all tournament attendees at the Banquet will also get a free VIP pass to attend one of Austin’s biggest and most fun events, “VIVA Las Vegas” which benefits AIDS Services of Austin.The Tournament banquet will run from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, and banquet guests will be able to join the VIVA event once it begins. Described by the Austin Chronicle’s “style avatar” Stephen Moser as "A Riot of Fun, Music and Faux Gambling", this event will be open to all HOT contestants and their paid banquet guests. Our guests can play Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, & Texas Hold 'Em with hundreds of other attendees at the event. Limited free drink tickets will be provided to banquet attendees as they enjoy spectacular entertainment, fashion displays, faux gambling, and music from DJ Orion after dinner.
The Austin Music Hall is located downtown. If you want to play some great tennis, attend an amazing party and mingle with some of the hottest men and women in Austin, sign up today to play on the HOT 10 page.
The deadline for signing up is February 25th so don’t delay. As ever if you have any questions about the banquet or the tournament please contact the tournament director at:
Following is the list of 2011 ATC doubles tournament winners! Thanks everyone for playing
Open/A: Ted Burton/Darin Upchurch
B: Andrew Knox/Josh Lodolo
C: Otis Larry/Don Dorough
D: Roman Castillo/Curtis Walters
Ted Burton, Candidate for ATC President
Help create a larger, more diverse membership base including recruiting more women to join ATC.
Energize current members and reconnect with previous members who have either let their memberships lapse or have lost touch with, or enthusiasm for, ATC. This would include people who no longer participate in social activities or don’t feel there’s a place for people with their skillset.
Identify and secure corporate sponsorship and 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 the state and country beginning with raising the club’s profile in the Austin tennis community, of which I’m an active member.
Look for partnership opportunities (e.g. social, community service) with other LGBT sports associations (e.g. softball, volleyball, soccer).
Identify more ways for ATC to give back to the community through service projects and fundraising.
Help San Antonio establish and expand their tennis club, including assisting them with participating in Texas Cub 2016.
I am running for president of the Austin Tennis Club (ATC) because I feel called to serve the organization that I have been a member of for more than a decade. ATC has benefited my life in many ways. Through ATC, I have developed and fostered new friendships, created wonderful lifetime memories and enjoyed competitive tennis within the LGBT community. Serving as president of ATC would allow me to give back to the organization in a more meaningful, significant way.
Equality, community service, and sports are part of my DNA and it’s what I am most passionate about.
For most of my adult life, I have been a vocal, passionate activist on LBGT-related issues. Ten years ago, I was one of the founders of Softball Austin, Central Texas’ LGBT softball league. I was elected by my peers to be the league’s first commissioner in 2004 and served in that capacity for four years. Under my leadership the league grew from four teams to more than 20 and it became a member of the North American Amateur Gay Athletic Association (NAGAAA). Before my tenure as commissioner, I founded Austin’s first openly gay softball team, the Austin Bat Boys. The Bat Boys competed in five NAGAAA Softball World Series tournaments. As Commissioner of Softball Austin, I represented our growing league at the NAGAAA Winter and Summer national meetings every year. However, the Bat Boys may be best known for a game played against Austin sports radio personalities in approximately 2005. After hearing KVET radio hosts make disparaging remarks about gay softball on the air, I challenged them to a charity softball game to prove gay men can and do play sports –well. After two weeks of promotions, the game was played at Krieg Softball Complex in front of approximately 800 fans. The game became a point of pride for Austin’s gay community, and the Bat Boys won the game in dramatic fashion.
My board service began long before I helped form Softball Austin. In 1992 while living in Corpus Christi and working as a TV news reporter, I was invited to join the Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation Board of Directors. I also led public relations efforts for the first-ever Magic Mile 5K Run/Walk raising money for people living with HIV/AIDS. I moved to Tulsa in 1995, where I served on the Call Rape Board of Directors.
Upon returning to my hometown of Austin in 1997, I served on the board of directors for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals access the civil justice system by providing free legal advice and representation from volunteer attorneys.
I later served as VP of Public Service for the Austin Advertising Federation, and I led for 10 years pro-bono PR efforts for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. I also served on the board of directors for my church, Metropolitan Community Church of Austin, for approximately 4 years.
In 2003-04, I was accepted in Leadership Austin’s Essential Class and later served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2012, where I chaired the PR Committee. Leadership Austin offers community leaders a unique opportunity to be part of a group that has come together to develop their personal and professional leadership skills. While serving on the board of directors, I also co-chaired Leadership Austin’s Best Party Ever, their annual fundraising event, in 2012, which raised approximately $200,000.
In 2014, I was asked to serve on the board of directors of Out Youth and served as co-chair of the organizations 25th Anniversary in May of 2015. The gala raised approximately $170,000.
Kevin Haynes, VP Candidacy Statement
It would be my honor and a great privilege to serve the Austin Tennis Club as vice president. I was for many years a corporate lawyer advising executives and boards of directors on corporate and securities law matters. I know how organizations run and feel confident I can bring my professional experience to bear on fulfilling the duties of vice president of ATC. As vice president, I will work diligently to enhance the fun and great tennis ATC offers us as members. For example, I would like to see the board undertake a survey of our membership to determine how the club might better provide what members want from it. I would also be interested in exploring different ways for the club to play tennis together in addition to our great weekly tennis offerings--maybe a tournament for teams of three members at different player levels (A, B, C) playing singles at level and three doubles matches (AB, BC, AC), or a more traditional members-only tournament. Finally I would propose we hold open meetings of the board—not all of them, necessarily, perhaps starting with one a year--where club matters can be addressed to and by the membership at large. These things I see as enhancements, not changes, to the substantial part ATC can play in the recreational-tennis lives of us all. ATC is one of the things I enjoy most about living in Austin. It's a fantastic organization, and as vice president, I will work hard to help keep it great and going for years to come.
Michael McClellan, Treasurer
I have been a member of ATC and have been a regular at Tuesday tennis (and sometimes Friday) for several years. I am active with several other sports in Austin also and have helped with tournaments for Softball Austin in the past. I was asked to join the board this January to fill an open spot for Vice-president and have been attending meeting since then, so I am familiar with the boards processes. I understand the requirements of the treasurer position and realize the commitment involved. I am happy to commit the time needed for the my term if elected to keep the books and financial records of ATC. I enjoy being a member of the board and helping run tennis on Tuesday nights. I was asked to run for treasurer by several other board members and feel I would do a good job in the role. Thank you for your consideration
Ketan Marballi, Membership Director
I will do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of keeping track of dues and membership, encouraging and welcoming new members, and expanding new membership.
Mike Sepulveda, Secretary
I have been involved with ATC from its very beginning (when rackets were made of wood & gentlemen wore long white pants… okay, kinda close but not really).
I’ve had the privilege of holding various offices on the ATC board: membership, competitive tennis, and most recently as secretary. Along the way, I’ve been active with the HOT tourney planning committee, team tennis, Texas Cup, and USTA tennis.
Tennis is a great sport that has brought all of us together as competitors, team mates, and ultimately as friends. I look forward to serving on the ATC board for this upcoming year.
Scott Crews, Communications Director
My name is Scott Crews, and I am running for the position of Communications Director for the Austin Tennis Club (ATC). I have been a member of ATC for 10 years. ATC is part of the reason I moved Austin. The friendly and welcoming community of Austin and ATC which I experienced 13 years ago when attending the first HOT Tournament made a great impression on me that year and the following two years which led me to choose to relocate here.
I’ve been a past tournament Director of HOT a few times and co-captain for Texas Cup, and I believe being Communications Director for ATC is another way I can give back to the club that has given so much to me. As a nonprofit fundraiser, I know how important it is to communicate to your supporters. As Communications Director, I will do my very best to make sure that all the members of ATC are well informed of the club’s activities and the activities throughout the GLTA. Thank you in advance for your support!
**** Social Director Election ****
My name is Aubrey Wilkerson, and I am running for the social director position on the Austin Tennis Club’s board of directors. For me, it is a way of participating in and giving back to a club that’s meant a lot to me for almost nine years. Over those years, I have served on the ATC board a few times, both as competitive director and as social director. As a past social director, I have coordinated the annual holiday gathering and annual ATC boat party. One of those boat parties was very memorable, and is a story I love to share and tell...ask me if you haven’t heard it.
Over the years, I have captained or co-captained ATC’s Texas Cup team five times and recently co-captained for two Austin wins (2014 and 2015). Additionally, I have been the tournament director for the Austin Tennis Club’s signature GLTA tournament the Heart of Texas Classic, for the past three years.
Looking forward, I hope to continue building ATC’s presence in Austin, and I would love to see it grow. Participating in ATC events like the boat party, the holiday party, and the competitive events always make some of my favorite memories every year. Last weekend in Dallas while ATC members were fighting hard on the courts, in very hot conditions, to bring the Texas Cup back to Austin, I laughed so hard at times my stomach hurt. I can say the same about every year I have played in the HOT tournament. I want to work to spread that feeling to the membership and encourage more members to participate in HOT, work hard to make the Texas Cup team, and generally have a great time on court. ATC offers great opportunities to meet new friends, new people, and laugh and have a great time. If you return me to the ATC board, I will do my best to create as many opportunities for the ATC members to laugh and have fun on and off the court.
It is my sincere wish to serve as the social director for Austin Tennis Club (ATC) this year in order to have the continued honor of dedicating my time and effort to the members of this organization by growing the frequency and types of the social activities our club offers its members to socialize and interact with each other both on and off the court. Brought together by our shared enjoyment of tennis, our membership is made up of a diverse group of players of all levels, backgrounds, and interests. As the social director, my goal is to engage our current, new, and potential members, as well as members who have lost touch with ATC, by:
Initiating a membership survey which allows members the opportunity to recommend new ideas for social activities and events they would like the club to coordinate and host.
Establish new and stronger partnerships with local bars, restaurants, and companies in the community and work to secure special rates and discounts for ATC members and organization events at these venues.
Coordinate monthly organization happy hours and social dinners.
Coordinate more themed and holiday tennis and social events.
Plan and coordinate semiannual weekend trips for members and friends of the club, such a camping, a beach or lake trip, and a wine tour weekend in the hill country, etc.
Provide better promotion of GLTA tournaments throughout the state, and work to promote greater ATC participation and involvement in those tournaments.
Work to develop stronger partnerships with other tennis organizations throughout the state, in order to develop and coordinate more social events and national GLTA tournament trips which include members from multiple tennis groups in the state.
Work to develop stronger partnerships with other local LGBT sports associations in order to work jointly with them to plan and coordinate joint social and service opportunities.
Since joining ATC three years, this club has greatly benefited my life in numerous ways. I have developed many wonderful friendships, found a great group teammates who have helped me advance my tennis skills and abilities, and an outlet to become further engaged and active in the local LGBT community. Serving on the ATC board of directors over the past two years as both president and vice president have also allowed me the immense honor of committing my time and effort to give back to the organization and its membership by creating new opportunities for current, new, and potential members to socialize and connect with each other both on and off the courts (tubing trips to New Braunfels and Greune, and tasting tour in wine country), helping to raise awareness and showcase our club to other tennis clubs and sports organizations throughout the community and state, and seek out new projects and opportunities for our club to serve the community. Above all, I am seeking to serve as your social director this year in order to continue dedicating my time and effort to ensuring ATC remains a fun and engaging organization which fosters an environments that is supportive and inclusive of its members both on and off the courts.
I sincerely thank you for your support.
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