Bayside Tennis Club

The best kept secret at the Bethany beaches,

where your game is played in the shade!

State of the Club 8.31.19

Total membership for this year remained stable; we currently have fifty-seven equity, five associate and ten seasonal members for a total membership of seventy-two plus one person who is planning to join in September. We have 11 families awaiting refunds – four resignations in 2017, five in 2018, & two in 2019.

I remain convinced that the future of the club is brighter than those numbers imply for a number of reasons:

  • We picked up six – soon to be seven - new seasonal members this year and several of our new members have children or young adults who play tennis. One former seasonal member moved to equity in the spring.

  • Many weekday mornings this summer, three to four courts were in use.

  • Attendance at both socials was good and attendance at the picnic was excellent.

  • We picked up $1100 in court rental income, including five families that rented court time for a week.

  • The courts and facilities look great, thanks in large part to our vice president, Jim Dudley who devotes so much of his time to the club.

  • Our reserves are in good shape and our operating expenses for the year were under budget.

  • The entire board works well together and is committed to exploring any and all ideas that will increase membership and keep Bayside operational.

I am optimistic about the club’s future as we finish our 45th year in business. Many new initiatives have been implemented during my 3 years as president: 1) providing the ball machine, offering clinics & lessons, exploring pickleball. The purpose of all of these things is to expand what a Bayside membership offers; 2) purchasing the shed to make social events easier for set-up and breakdown & to provide some small amenities for members, ie. ball machine storage, cans of tennis balls, first aid supplies; 3) opening the courts to the public to generate additional income to offset lower membership numbers.

I’d like to thank everyone in the club for giving me the opportunity to serve as your president and I especially want to thank Jim Dudley, Jay Clark, Marie McIntosh, Dick Fox, Terry Gilbert, Neil Lang & Carmie Clark for serving on the board with me throughout this year. If I’m re-elected this morning, I look forward to working with the new board and continuing this year’s momentum into 2020!