Lawrence Park Tennis Club Between the Lines: June Update, Court 3, Donations, Hats for Sale
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Lawrence Park Tennis Club 
"Between the Lines"
 May 30, 2016

 In this edition of Between the Lines:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Opening Day Thank You
  • Our June 25th Social
  • Additional Court 3 Booking Times
  • Court 3 Booking Reminder
  • Electrical Box Access
  • Phillpot Racquet Donations
  • Ramble and Rescue Used Tennis Balls
  • Realtime Court Updates
  • LPTC Hats For Sale
  • Men's Round Robin is on May 31st, please arrive by 6:45pm and play 7-9pm 
  • Sunday Afternoon Drop-in Tennis starts June 5, 2-4 pm
  • Ladies' Round Robin is on June 7th, please arrive by 6:45pm and play 7-9pm 
  • After Dinner Doubles starts on June 15 at 7-9 pm
  • and... our first Social on June 25th (Italian night !!!)!
Men's / Ladies' Round Robins:
While many of us enjoy Mixed Doubles, sometimes it's nice to play Ladies' or Men's Doubles for a change of pace. And so we have our "unisex" Round Robins coming up. Players will rotate every half hour (based on turnout) and enjoy some light refreshments during the evening. No sign-up is required, but please show up at 6:45pm so we can determine how many players we have and organize the games before you hit the courts. There will be no rain dates for these round robins.  

If you're a new member, this is a good way to meet your fellow Club members and players and possibly forge new tennis partnerships. For returning members, come down to the courts to renew old friendships and make new ones in a fun tennis setting. 
After Dinner Doubles:
If you can't make the “unisex” RR, there is another opportunity to play more doubles tennis (mixed) and meet new friends. Last year, Anita Strauss, our popular social Director started the after dinner tennis in July and it was popular for members who liked to play evening tennis. We are continuing the event this year, registration is not required; just show up, make up your pairings and play!
This program will run every Wednesday, starting June 15th, play 7:00- 9:00pm.
Sunday Afternoon Drop-In Tennis:
For years members have come down to the club for social tennis on Sunday afternoon (2:00-4:00pm). In the past, participants brought home baked goodies but the interest in the food has waned over the years although the interest in the tennis remains strong! Courts 1 & 2 are set aside for this program starting June 5th through July 31. Come and hit a few balls and enjoy a social tennis outing with fellow club members.

See you on the courts!

Cecelia Thng
Our opening celebration was a blast - and the courts got a great initiation to start the season. We hope everyone who managed to drop in for a bite or a hit or both enjoyed the day. 
Huge thanks to the tireless efforts of our courts, house and social teams for pulling hard despite the late start. With no water until the last days of April (we have to wait for the City to decide the pipes won’t freeze), it was a push to get our clay down and level and our club house cleaned in time. The club only runs because our members volunteer their time (and muscles!) - big thanks to John Richardson who led the courts effort and the volunteers who weeded and pulled up lines and rolled and watered and rolled and rolled:
  • led by John Richardson
  • Murray Brooksbank
  • Steve Steele
  • David Douglas
  • Saul Organ
  • David Scopick
  • Sayuri Yonekawa
  • Drew Willoughby
  • Dennis Ing
  • Emmanuel Gutierrez
  • Michael Boxer
  • Bob Milnes
  • Brian Wall
  • Cal Reaume
  • Matthias Kipping
  • Peter Benedict
  • Mark Girdler
and Anna Caton with our clubhouse cleaning crew who dusted and cleaned and rolled up their sleeves to get the clubhouse into tip top shape:
  • led by Anna Caton
  • Myra Mandel
  • Joan Cherry
  • Aurelia Zvan
  • Anita Strauss
  • Margot Willoughby
  • Dennis Ing
  • Tony Ercolani
When the day dawned (warm and sunny thanks to Mother Nature), we got to party (over 80 of us attended - wow) thanks to the organising efforts and creative spirit of Anita Strauss (who puts on a great party) with the help of our social volunteers. It takes a lot of helping hands and friends willing to pitch in and do whatever is needed to feed so many members.

Huge thanks to those who worked their magic and delivered up delicious food (on and off the BBQ) and drink and more food and drink (amazing cake too) and even stayed to clean up:
  • led by Anita Strauss
  • Ellen Peers
  • Janet Blair
  • Pam Potanier
  • Sonia Canetti
  • Frank Nagy -  Grill Master and Photographer
  • George Canetti -  Grill Master
  • Ken Dixon - Grill Master 
  • Saul Organ
  • Adrian Baldeo
and our Games Director, Cecelia Thng, who did an amazing job managing to offer playing time to such a large crowd on only three courts.

Such a great way to start - here’s to a fabulous season (and huge apologies if we missed any names)!
It's Italian
Other than the Men's and Ladies Round Robins on Tuesdays, May 31st and June 7, respectively, where light refreshments will be available, the next big social event will be held on Saturday June 25. Again this year, we will be having an Italian Night Dinner, and will be serving up the same popular and delicious lasagnas I ordered last year which came from Pasta Pantry in the Yonge-Davisville area.  We'll have both a meat and vegetarian option. A few of us are working at preparing for an after-dinner Trivia Challenge where teams will compete to get the most right answers. This proved to be a fun addition to one of last year's dinners.

I will again ask that you reply whether you will be able to attend this social, so we can order the right amount of food. If you change your mind, please email me so I can remove your name from the list. Sign up will be at the clubhouse or on line by clicking the link below. 

Please let me know if you are able to help out at this event.

Anita Strauss
RSVP for JUNE 25 SOCIAL now!
New this season, our daytime Ladies' tennis teams have moved their practice to non-prime time (Tuesday after 12) and changed their format to free up Court 3 for reservations. Members wishing to hit now have access to Court 3 ‪Tuesdays from noon to 3pm. Courts 1 and 2 will be used for the team practices.
And our spring junior program is freeing up Court 3 for member reservations at the following times (from now until June 23rd):
  • Mondays 4-6
  • Tuesdays 4-5
  • Wednesdays 5-6
  • Thursdays 4-5
Thanks to all our programs for looking hard at what they can do to ensure courts are made available when they are not being fully used.
As announced a few weeks ago, several changes were introduced for this season. One of the changes was to reduce the number of court 3 reservations a member can make from 3 to 2 times per week, to allow more members to take advantage of this feature.  From a review of the court 3 binder, it appears some members may not be aware of this change as a few people have reserved the court 3 times in one week which was the old rule.  Please note that a lesson is counted as one of your two reservations. 
If you need a reminder, the changes are posted at the Clubhouse and on the website (click here). 
Lawrence Park Tennis Club is pleased to be supporting The Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund’s 2016 racquet drive by collecting junior and adult racquets that are no longer being used.
The Doug Philpott Inner-City Children’s Tennis Fund exists to promote health, physical and moral well-being among needy or disadvantaged inner-city children by providing skills development programs.
The Fund was formed in 1985 by friends of Doug Philpott, who was an avid tennis player, philanthropist and supporter of tennis and, in particular, junior tennis in Canada. It is the only tennis charity in Canada dedicated exclusively to children in priority needs neighbourhoods. Since 1991, the Philpott Children’s Fund has helped to introduce inner city children to the game of tennis and to the valuable life lessons to be learned through the sport.
“Nothing makes a child happier than to receive their own tennis racquet. This piece of equipment allows the child to feel a connection to the sport of tennis and more importantly practice outside lesson times.”
If you would like to donate junior and/or adult tennis racquets that are no longer being used, the collection box is located at the inside the entrance of the clubhouse.  Donations can be made until Sunday, June 30, 2016.
For more information, please check out their website or the poster and brochures at the clubhouse.
Thank you to all who donated racquets last year and to those who are able to donate this year!

Please place your donated racquet on the box and they will be delivered to the children by our member, Shelley Alton.
Last year the City reconfigured access to our electrical box for safety reasons. The on/off switches for the court lights are now on a separate box mounted on the exterior of the electrical box.

The City has retained keys to the electrical box with the Club access being limited to our Court Monitor (as the watering controls are also in the electrical box cupboard).

Should a member feel that access might be required, our Court Monitor's (Tony) contact information is posted on the bulletin board inside the Clubhouse.
Ramble and Rescue was launched in 2015 with two missions: to provide stress-free and affordable care for dog owners and to contribute back to the rescue community by donating $1 from every walk to a different rescue organization each month.
That being said, they are in desperate need of used tennis balls! 90% of the dogs in their care are rescue dogs who absolutely LOVE chasing tennis balls in the off leash parks. As well, they frequently donate to shelters and rescue organizations across the city and would happily donate balls to them as well!

LPTC is collecting our used tennis balls so please fetch (pun intended) any old tennis balls and add them to the marked container just inside the club house doors. 
On those mornings when you're just not sure if the courts are playable... you can check the LPTC website. Tony Ercolani (our Court Monitor) is providing real time court updates. 

Look at the bottom left corner of any page on our website to see the latest update.
If you are a Twitter user, our handle is @LPTC_Courts; follow us!
Aren't they fabulous? We have a few hats available for sale to members for $20. 

They're going fast... so if you'd like one, please click the button below!
I'd like to buy a hat!


With over 300 members in our club, we know there are some great ideas and suggestions out there that we'd like to hear about. If you have a "bright idea" for something new, or something that would enhance the membership experience, contact us at:

We'd love to hear from you.


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President: John Mowat (
Vice President: Margot Willoughby
Treasurer: Dennis Gurwitz (
Secretary: Caroline Gray (
Membership: David Douglas 
Junior Programs: Tim Dalton (
Games: Cecelia Thng (
Courts: John Richardson (
Social: Anita Strauss (
House: Anna Caton (
Director at Large: Vacant 

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Past President: Puica Nitu (

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