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NATIONAL WOMEN'S TENNIS ORGANIZATION                                             APRIL 2020 NEWSLETTER
President’s Message

New Vision Comes to Fruition Amid Covid 19
Our world turned upside down in a matter of days and we are now starting week five of our “Covid 19 Island “ experience in Portola Valley. Who would think that my husband and I would turn our family room and kitchen into daycare central to care for our 19-month-old granddaughter full-time, so that our daughter and son-in-law are able to work from home in a quiet environment? It’s been a joy and a healthy distraction from what could have been a monotonous shelter in place experience. I’ve found a new rhythm to life by taking a daily hike in a newly discovered nature preserve just five miles from home. The scent of bay laurel trees, the moisture on spring green grass, the bright orange California poppies and the beauty of majestic blue oak trees calm and comfort me. While routines have drastically changed, and many are separated from family, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe and are finding creative ways to enjoy a slower pace of life at home, maybe reading novels, discovering art projects, listening to new music or binging on a TV series. I can’t wait to return to tennis, travel, and to catch up with friends at tournaments. Meanwhile, our board is working  from home on NWTO business for members’ benefit.

The board spent the past year preparing for big changes that members overwhelmingly approved on Sunday, March 29 during our annual meeting via Zoom. The changes include a new name (NWTO), a new logo and approval of change to a 501c3 non-profit. What a novel way for us to conduct a membership meeting! The legal documents will be filed soon to amend our name to NWTO, to trademark the name and logo and to seek 501c3 status. A new NWTO banner is in the making, the website is being redesigned, and your NWTO board is excited to get started updating and modernizing this organization for a new decade. We will be increasing member benefits at tournaments and identifying charitable giving opportunities while continuing to produce our monthly newsletter, recruit new members, engage our membership, fundraise, increase communication and solicit new sponsors and auction items. Our recent online auction netted more than $2,000, bringing the total raised for the two auctions to $5,000.

We strive to produce innovative monthly newsletters to entertain and educate you. While we can’t practice on the court yet, we can engage in tennis activity from home and learn skills from master teaching pros. Don’t miss Mary Hill’s article this month “Off Court Practice with Mental Toughness”, emphasizing relaxation, visualization, imagery and more. And for entertainment, Kandy Chain shares her humor in “Menopause and Beyond”.

Although all ITF tournaments are either cancelled or postponed through July 12, (which includes all Cat I and Super Cat II) I look forward to seeing many of you at the postponed Houston national clay courts (odd age groups: September 21-27), the Mission Hills hard courts (odd age groups: October 17-23, subject to change) and Intersectionals in Phoenix (November 11-17). Please refer to our website’s tournament calendar for the latest information and links to register. 

See you on the courts when the time is right,

Leslie Airola-Murveit
Co-President NWTO
ANNOUNCEMENTS
New Board Members
Welcome to the seven new NWTA directors who were approved for  a two-year term by the membership at the annual meeting on March 29: Debbie Burgess, Chris Grant, Kim Dean, Lois Harris, Lizl Kotz, Kaysie Smashey and Karin Weiner
Click here for our current board and biographies
 
New Memberships and Renewals for March
Kathy Abbott, Nancy Abler-Sanchez, Ann Bradley, Christine Costamagna, Leora Grimshaw, Melissa Harrill, Mary Hays, June Larson, Cathy Reeves, Shirley Taylor, Sana Watterson and Christine Zavada.

If you were planning to renew your membership at the Houston tournament and Annual Meeting or just haven’t done it amid what is happening nationally, we welcome you to renew at any time by check or online here. We strive to keep you updated each month on changes in our tennis world and hope to continue to include you in all our 2020 newsletter and directory mailings.
 
Miss the Annual Meeting?
The annual membership meeting was held via Zoom Conferencing on March 29th. View the slideshow created by co-president Leslie Airola-Murveit. Click here to view
MEMBERS ALLEY
Menopause and Beyond by Kandy Chain
It was a snowy day in Montana. In addition, to the snow there was a State order to “shelter in place”. I was fatigued from watching CNN so I decided to organize and clean out my old files and notes. Sometimes I write stuff down just to amuse myself. I’ve been told that I have a strange sense of humor. That being said I came across an unfinished story I started 15 years ago about going through menopause. As a 65-year-old I thought it might be fun to finish the story and perhaps give it a little more retrospect and wisdom. Read more
 
Off Court Practice with Mental Toughness
by Mary Hill

We are living in challenging times during this COVID-19 pandemic. When you want to get on the tennis court and can’t, whether because of the virus, an injury, or an illness, remember you can improve your tennis game without being physically on the court. You can use this opportunity to practice your mental skills. We all know how important the mental part of the game is…maybe even 80-90% of the game. These skills can be practiced off the court, one a day for 5-10 minutes, so that you can apply them when you are on court playing. Make them more comfortable and automatic by practicing them off the court first. There are 6 Mental Skills to master. Read more
 
NWTO Quarantine Life
On our Instagram feed, we’ve been checking in on our members to see how they are spending their time during this period of social distancing. We are all missing the tennis courts, but are trying to stay active and search for new ways to fill our time. Please email juliethu@mac.com to report on what you have been doing while sheltering in place.
 
… Elizabeth Barnhill (W75 from Madison, WI) has enjoyed an extended stay in Arizona. She says the big open spaces there are perfect for hiking and biking.
… Kaysie Smashey (W40s from Houston, TX) is cherishing the extra time spent walking, playing, and swimming with her golden retriever Charlie.
… Lizl Kotz (W45s from Mt. Pleasant, SC) is social distancing at the driving range and making good use of her time by working on her rusty golf swing. She says that her best days are when she stays thankful and busy!
… Leslie Airola-Murveit (W65 from Portola Valley, CA) has been collecting homemade masks sewn by neighbors and friends for our heroic hospital health care workers. Her first customer was fellow NWTO member Alisa Yee, a nurse practitioner at UCSF. Thanks Alisa for your service, and stay safe!
TOUNAMENT NEWS
The NSWTA Championships
Anne Geier Cup

By Lizl Kotz
The NSWTA Anne Geier Cup took place at the beautiful Daniel Island Club mid-March in Charleston SC. Players traveled from all over the Southeast and as far away as Washington state to receive a pineapple welcome. Warmth, celebration and hospitality are all words I would use to describe this gem of a tournament. Players received boiled peanuts in their player bags and I am pretty sure the tournament committee chair, Cindy Babb, considered throwing in a pineapple as well. As a tournament participant myself, I remember a tranquility surrounding the event. The typical spring wind laid down to rest, the clay courts were in pristine condition, the food prepared by the club exceptional. Ben Cook, the tournament director and a seasoned player himself, was on-site ensuring a positive experience for all. This time will pass, and before we know it our calendars will yet again be filled with tournaments and league play to look forward to. For now though, time seems to be standing still and we’ve been given no choice but to live in the present moment. Results and Photos
 
All Events Suspended Through May 31
Sadly, we have “no tournaments closing soon” for you this month. USTA National has suspended all events through May 31. The reschedule/cancellation situation of many events is very fluid at the moment. We hope to bring you more details as soon as we have them so that we can all look to some great tennis later in the year. For the USTA’s statement on the current status of tournament and league play click here USTA C0vid19 Updates
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