Benefits of Volunteering

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OPC held a luncheon on 2/21/20 at the Berger Center to recognize the more than 30 volunteers during the 2019 year who helped with various club activities and functions. While most of us have busy lives while living in Oakmont, I can’t think of a better way to enhance your mental health than giving to others. It can reduce anxiety and depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Research indicates that dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills. Following are some of the highlights of the OPC volunteer activities:

· Scholarship Committee: This year this committee decided to combine pickleball skills with volunteering to give back to the community by introducing pickleball to underserved children in a local school. The committee is spearheaded by Anita Easland, who was also a major contributor in the construction of the Oakmont pickleball courts.

· Social Committee: This committee is headed by Connie Medeiros and continues to be instrumental in ensuring that all members experience a feeling of belongingness and inclusion. This includes organizing many activities and events.

· Website Development Committee: Mike Sheppard and his committee are diligently working on developing a website to augment communication between members. This will be a welcome relief in replacing the Shutterfly system. Hopefully Mike will move as fast on this as he does on the Pickleball court.

· New Player Orientation: Perhaps the most long standing and appreciated volunteer work is performed by Pauly Uhl and Nancy Lande (incidentally they are sisters) who volunteer in the new member/ player orientation. You may also see Jay Diment and Shirley Liberman assisting.

· Drill Training: Janet Felker started weekly drill training exercises on Mondays at 11:30 am. Currently, about 20 members have signed up and it is open to anyone who want to improve their pickleball skills.

The meeting concluded with the 2020 president, Maggie Schmidt, accepting the newly constructed gavel.

Remember, the most valuable asset you can bring as a volunteer are passion, compassion, willingness to pitch-in, and a positive attitude. Many thanks for all those who volunteer in enhancing the Pickleball experience.

Note: Membership renewals are now due. Please submit payment in the OPC folder in the OVA office or by mail (call Victoria Dettman at 530-355-1497 for address).

OAKMONT PICKLEBALL

PLAY INFORMATION

WHERE: East Rec. Center lower courts, Courts #1 and #4.

WHEN: New players (strictly beginners) Introduction to Pickleball and Coached Play (for beginners & novices), Tuesday from 9:00 – 10 a.m.

ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles.

EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball Courts.

NEW PLAYER CONTACT: Pauly Uhr, richuhr@gmail.com, 707-984-4186, and/or Nancy Lande, Nancy_lande@comcast.net, 707-978-2998

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