As the summer comes to an end and the great fall weather begins, so does the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors to a greater extent for your social and recreational pleasure. With that in mind, we have many outdoor activities planned including new outdoor dining opportunities. There will be cookouts, live music and games out at the fire pit as well as at the outdoor dining area next to the bocce ball court.  In late fall when the weather starts getting a lot cooler, we will be enclosing the patios with plastic and setting up individual dining pods outside, all with lighting and individual small fire pits for some great ambiance. We are also extending the close of our aquatic area this year until September 20th, to take advantage of the last of the good pool weather.
 
Membership continues to increase with a lot of new members enjoying the amenities of the club as well as volunteering to assist on committees and work groups to improve the club, like the pool and replacement/reserve work groups. Our finances remain strong which will enable the club to make an impact on enhancing amenities for overall member and guest enjoyment.

Patrick O’Keefe

Here are the highlights from our meeting on August 18th:

  • Net income for the year continued to trend upwards in July. A net increase of 5 members along with strong tourist golf and restaurant sales contributed to the increase. Capital expenditures in July included repairs to the pool diving board and the clubhouse roof soffit.
  • The Board agreed with a recommendation by the Membership Committee to eliminate the Pickleball membership class and will vote on the proposal at our September 15th meeting. Details of the recommended change are published separately in this newsletter for your review.
  • A Membership Committee recommendation to revise the initiation fee for golf memberships from the current $6,000 to $4,000 was approved. The lower amount aligns more closely with comparable clubs in the region.
  • As we deal with the surge of Covid cases in Dare County due to the Delta variant, the Board endorsed the recently instituted mask requirement for indoor activities, except when seated for dining or drinking. A cash incentive for employees to be vaccinated was also supported.

PICKLEBALL REVISION
Duck Woods’ four new pickleball courts are scheduled to be completed in early Spring 2022. When completed, maintenance and usage of these courts will be similar to the existing tennis facilities and there will be no economical or marketing benefits of having a separate pickleball membership class. Therefore the following revision to the bylaws has been proposed which, if unanimously approved by the Board of Directors at its September 15th meeting, will eliminate the pickleball class of membership. Current pickleball class members will move to the Racquet Sports membership class at the higher dues level when the new pickleball complex is completed.

*Proposed Change to By Laws (changes shown in red)

ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP

Sec. 2-1. Classes of Membership: DWCC membership shall be confined to individuals at least 21 years of age, and shall consist of the separate classes specified hereinafter. Members of all classes are entitled to participate in DWCC sponsored social activities, however only the Golf, Racquet Sports and Pickleball classes of membership, and Social Members who joined prior to May 1, 2010, have voting rights.

From time to time, memberships of a distinct and singular nature may be allowed by unanimous consent of the Board and will generally be utilized to explore the potential of new Membership categories. The Board will specify a defined period of use for each such category.

Sec. 2-1.1. Classes Specified
(a) Golf: Such members are entitled to use all club facilities.
(b) Racquet Sports: Such members are entitled to use racquet sports, swimming, dining and clubhouse facilities.
(c) Pickleball: Such members are entitled to use pickleball, swimming, dining and clubhouse facilities.
(d) Social: Such members are entitled to use of the swimming pool and clubhouse facilities such as dining, fitness center, concrete pad pickle ball court, and bocce ball court.

ARTICLE VI
STANDING COMMITTEES

Sec. 6-1 Organization:
(d) The Racquet Sports Committee shall include representation from the Ladies’ Tennis Association and the Men’s Tennis Association.

ARTICLE II
MEMBERSHIP

Sec. 2-1. Classes of Membership: DWCC membership shall be confined to individuals at least 21 years of age, and shall consist of the separate classes specified herein after. Members of all classes are entitled to participate in DWCC sponsored social activities, however only the Golf and, Racquet Sports and Pickleball classes of membership, and Social Members who joined prior to May 1, 2010, have voting rights.

From time to time, memberships of a distinct and singular nature may be allowed by unanimous consent of the Board and will generally be utilized to explore the potential of new Membership categories. The Board will specify a defined period of use for each such category.

Sec. 2-1.1. Classes Specified
(a) Golf: Such members are entitled to use all club facilities.
(b) Racquet Sports: Such members are entitled to use racquet sports (consisting of tennis and pickleball), swimming, dining and clubhouse facilities.
(c) Pickleball: Such members are entitled to use pickleball, swimming, dining and clubhouse facilities.
(dc) Social: Such members are entitled to use of the swimming pool and clubhouse facilities such as dining, fitness center, the concrete pad pickleball court, and the bocce ball court.

ARTICLE VI
STANDING COMMITTEES

Sec. 6-1 Organization:
(d) The Racquet Sports Committee shall include representation from the Ladies’ Tennis Association, and the Men’s Tennis Association and the DW Pickleball Association.

ADULT INSTRUCTION
(weather permitting & subject to change)

Tuesday
Open Tennis Clinic
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday
Intermediate Pickleball Clinic
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

2.0 – 2.5 Tennis Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3.5 & Up Tennis Clinic
6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.

Friday
Newbies Pickleball Clinic
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Doubles Strategy Tennis Clinic
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Saturday
2.0 — 2.5 Tennis Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

JUNIOR TENNIS INSTRUCTION
(weather permitting)

Monday – Friday
Red Ball Clinic (4-7 year old’s)
Green Ball Clinic (8-12 year old’s)
Yellow Ball Clinic (13 & Up)

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

PICKLEBALL WEEKLY PLAY SCHEDULE:
(weather permitting & subject to change)

Advance Play
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Newbies Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Sundays
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Open Play (All Levels)
Saturdays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please call the Tennis Shop at 252-261-6438 or e-mail dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com

Contact Kevin to sign up for Junior Clinics or to set up a private lesson at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com or call/text to 703-489-3794.

RACQUET SPORTS TIP
From: Kevin Cretella, The Director of Racquet Sports

“Elbow Up on Serve”

When you’re preparing to hit your serve and you’re in the “trophy position”, ensure that you keep your hitting elbow up and in line with your tossing arm. This will lead to more power and control. Try this out this week and let me know how it works for you!

FUN FACT!
The longest tennis match was played at Wimbledon in 2010. The match was played by John Isner and Nicholas Mahut and was spread over 3 days, lasting 11 hours and 5 minutes. The final score was 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 with John Isner leaving the mammoth match victorious.

GROWING THE GAME
An article I wrote, titled “Growing the Game”, was published in the latest issue of the world’s most popular Pickleball Magazine. Click https://joom.ag/EtyI to check it out!

BALL MACHINE RENTALS
Contact Kevin or Whitney at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com to rent the pickleball or tennis ball machine.

The pickleball or tennis ball machine can be rented for:
$10 per hour
$90 for a yearly single plan
$110 for a yearly family plan

New Machine Yearly Package Rental Deals:
$135 for a yearly single plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines
$165 for a yearly family plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines

ATTENTION SOCIAL MEMBERS
Upgrade to a Family Pickleball Membership for just $32 more per month!

NEED NEW TENNIS OR PICKLEBALL EQUIPMENT?
Check out our selection in the pro shop! If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can always order what you need!

UPCOMING RACQUET SPORTS EVENTS

Saturday & Sunday, September 11th & 12th
Men’s/Women’s Club Championship Tennis Tournament

Wednesday, September 15th
LTA Quarterly

Saturday & Sunday, September 18th & 19th
Men’s/Women’s Club Championship Pickleball Tournament

Fall has arrived. Many people think that this time of the year is the best time at the Outer Banks. The ocean is warm, the beaches quieter and the traffic has calmed down. The island relaxed pace is returning, and soon we will see the V’s of geese silhouetted against the brilliant blue Carolina skies.

The PBA social on July 18 was well attended. Unfortunately we had to retreat indoors due to weather, but a good time was had by all. Look for the announcement of our next social and hope to see many new faces.

With the increase in membership at the club the pickleball courts have been very busy. In response to the increased demand our pro, Kevin, is offering an intermediate clinic on Wednesday mornings. This provides an opportunity for those players who want to advance their skills and learn more about the strategy that is an important part of pickleball play. Whether social, recreational or tournament play, strategy is an important part of the game. Bangers and dinkers can be accommodated equally and having both of those skills in your game is an important part of enabling you to play well.

Please consult Kevin’s weekly schedule of play which has sessions seven days a week and includes evening play on Wednesday’s. If demand continues to increase there can be additional scheduled play times to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to play and work on their game.

Thanks to Scott Bair for spiffing up our pickleball machine. Rental is available from the pro shop and is a great way to work on your net game, return of serves and general play with or without a partner. Give it a try and see what you think.

Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues. Contact any member of the PBA to provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

As the summer season winds down, some will argue the Fall has the best course conditions all year; and I agree. Personally, I love this time of year for several reasons: Kenzie was born on 9/13 (she will be 4 this year), Kristin and I were married in October (celebrating 17 years this year), and my birthday resides in October.

The Professional Shop is receiving all of the fall apparel and many of our lifestyle pieces for both the ladies and the gentlemen arrive as well. As we gear up for the final push for 2021, please do not forget about those credit book dollars that have been accumulating all season long.

As a reminder, all of the pricing in the Professional Shop is priced at standard retail and our members receive 20% off of that pricing for all clothing and accessories. In addition, members receive invoice price, plus 10% for all equipment; a discount that can’t be beat. If there is a specific item that we do not have in stock, please inform a member of the Professional Staff and we are happy to special order that item for you.

On your next trip to the club, stop by your Professional Shop and browse the displays and goods for sale; a few stories and laughs might transpire as well.

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Thursday, September 9th
Demo Day – 12 pm until 4 pm
• Callaway fitting appointments recommended
• Walk-ons welcome

Friday & Saturday, September 10th & 11th
DWCC Club Championship

Saturday, September 18th
MGA Shoot-Out

Thursday, September 23rd
ICO Golf Outing

Monday, September 20th
Light Green Aeration
Golf Course Closed

As the season winds down, it has been an incredible year with large numbers of ladies playing throughout the week. We will graduate another class of Newbees with over 20 ladies taking up golf. For the Power of Pink Quarterly, we had 31 ladies play in hot humid conditions. The team of Carnell Boyle, Kathy Curtis and Judi Flakowicz posted 33 and 3 teams posted 34. Well played ladies! The most exciting news is that the LGA raised $1,769 for the OBX Hospital’s Development Council who provides education and screening for uninsured and under insured people in Dare County.

The nominating committee presented a slate of officers for the 2021-2022 season, Chairwoman, Kathy Curtis; Assistant Chair/18-hole group, Cheri Cosgrove; Secretary, Betty Bradley; 9-hole chair, Tisa Head; Treasurer, Connie Serafin; Membership, Barbara Williams. In November, there may be nominations from the floor for any of these positions. If so, the person nominated must have agreed to serve. We will vote in our new officers in November, either by consent or paper ballot. Mark your calendar for the November Quarterly, November 9th.

Finally, watch your emails for the date and time for the Friendly with the Sea Scape LGA in September. Contact Carol Blaha or Tisa Head for more information. The Sea Scape ladies hosted us back in June and we had a marvelous time. Please consider joining us for a morning of golf and fellowship with ladies down the street.

Hit ‘em long, hit ‘em straight!

Cherri Wheeler

Divisional Match Play is complete and the top two teams from each division has entered bracket play with the winner being decided by the first week of September. Congratulations to all the teams that made it to bracket play.

Rounds to qualify for the shootout are still being accepted. The current low net score is 65 with 11 players submitting scorecards. The Shootout will be held September 18th and has room for 18 players. Get those rounds submitted for consideration.

If you are participating in the Ringer card program, continue to fill out those cards with your best score on a hole (with scorecards submitted to the pro shop). The lowest ringer score will be announced at the lunch after the MGA Tommy Wine tournament on October 30th.

Hope to see everyone on the course!

Dave Roberts, MGA Secretary

Can summer be ending so soon? I hope everyone has enjoyed seeing family and friends, taking a couple of trips, and, of course, playing on the beach! While we were enjoying all the warm weather, JoAnn Small, Ginger Webster, and their committee have been hard at work planning a year of exciting WADWCC programs for our monthly luncheons. After our Welcome Back Meeting on September 1, we will enjoy planning our travel wardrobes with some of our local boutique owners in October. We can look forward to seeing fashions from Bloom, Mangos, and Zen & Zip!

Have you noticed the planters full of seasonal blooms on the front porch of the club? Sally Lowe, one of our very loyal and talented WADWCC members, has used her gardening skills year after year to make our club entrance so welcoming; however, it is now time for her to take a rest from choosing flowers, coordinating the watering sessions, and keeping an eye on the blooms. If you are a gardener who loves to have her hands in dirt, please consider taking on this project! This opportunity seems perfect for a team of friends who love spending time outside together. Feel free to contact Sally at SallyLowe@embarqmail.com or (252) 202-9370, or Mary Ahearn at ahearnmary9@gmail.com or (757)876-0801 for details.

President, Mary Ahearn

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Membership – Michele Maslak
NOW is the time to contact me with any changes or updates to your current directory information. New copies of the member directory will be distributed at the November luncheon. If you are celebrating your 80th birthday before December 31, 2021, and you have been a member of WADWCC for 10 consecutive years or for 15 non-consecutive years we would like to recognize you as an Honorary Member this year. Please let me know if you qualify!  Dues for all WADWCC members, excluding complimentary and honorary members, will be charged to their Duck Woods accounts in September. The charge will appear on the statement that you receive in October. If you anticipate a change in your WADWCC membership status, please notify me prior to September 1st. michelemaslak@gmail.com or 913-226-2527.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We are excited to report we welcomed ten new golf members, four social members, and two racquet sports member in June and July. In addition, we have already welcomed twenty-two new golf members and one social member in August, and have two more to welcome. Thank you for all you have done to get new members into our wonderful club!

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
Stay tuned for upcoming doggie events in September!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
We will be collecting food for the Thanksgiving/Holiday Meal bags again this year from October 18th through November 15th. We will keep you posted on the exact date. Food for Thought was very pleased to receive gift cards from Food Lion for families in need! We are gearing up for school to start in September and for the packing of weekend food bags to begin. If you have been on the mailing list in the past, your name will remain for this coming year. If you would like to be added, email me at jflakowicz@gmail.com.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
WELCOME CELEBRATION! Please join us on September 1st as we re-connect in person. Let’s meet, mingle, and have fun! You will also see a sneak peak of programs to come! October’s meeting will showcase Travel Fashions from Bloom, Mangos, and Zen & Zip.

Blood Drive – Jan Collins
The August 10 & 11 Blood Drive at Holy Redeemer Church produced 94 Units on August 10th and 99 Units on August 11th for a total of 193 Units. The goal was 184 units. The Red Cross asked everyone to wear a mask as we are still dealing with the COVID 19 Variant and living in a Red Zone for infection. Beth Flynn, who has been a long-time volunteer with the Blood Drive, was invaluable in assisting our volunteers with the computer registration. A Big Thank-you to Beth and Patty Nelson who used this drive as training for Jan Collins/Pat Price who will take over chairing the Blood Drive and to Mary Ahern who came in on short notice to fill in. WADWCCC Volunteers included:

Sign-in Desk: Kathy Sanborn, Ann Laughner, Pat Toolan, Ellen Kruse, Jan Collins.
Monitors for the Donors: Nancy Whaley, Lynn Blackburn, Nancy Klahre, Mary Ahern and Patty Nelson.

A special thank you from The Red Cross, Mike Koponski with Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and Patty Nelson and Jan to all who volunteered. Without your support this Blood Drive would not have been such a success.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Monday September 20, at 10:30. We are planning to meet in the banquet room. Our book is THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, by Louise Erdritch. Our facilitator will be Ann Rust. Lunch to follow will be available. Members will get a reminder email prior to the date.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
We are hoping to get things going in September. Stay tuned for updates!

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Save The Date: The Holiday Chef’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 13th at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove. It will be the second time in that space for this event. Please support this event.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge will begin again this October for WAWDCC members. We will be having an informational meeting on Thursday, September 2 at 4 p.m. in the Bistro. Find a partner and join us!  All levels are welcome. No worries if you travel – this event will run through August. If interested, contact Janet Colgrove or Judy Copeman.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club will start on Tuesday September 14th for our second year! Walks will be determined by mid-August and the calendar will be updated. Walks will start at 8:00 for the fall months.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
Save these dates! Our next paddle will be the evening of August 23rd at Peter Mashoes Creek. Our September paddle will be the morning of September 20th. Location to be determined. More information about signups is coming!

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
If anyone in addition to Elisa and me are willing to help coordinate Friday rides, please let us know!

POOL CLOSING
The pool will officially close for the season on Monday, September 20th. Reminder to please use all pool passes before closing date!

POOL HOURS
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

LAP SWIMMING
Monday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

POOL PASSES
7-day pool passes are available in the Administrative Office for $25.
Daily guest pool fees are $5.

POOL PARTIES
Pool parties are available here at the Club!

Contact Teresa at 252-261-2744 ext. 227 for details.

WATER AEROBICS
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting)

Payment: $6.00 per session you attend

Please contact Sylvia at sylviawads@gmail.com to sign-up!

HELPING OUR COMMUNITY!

The DWCC water aerobics group collected food and personal products for the Little Free Pantry located at the Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. The donations filled up an SUV! Many bags of books were also collected for the Little Free Libraries located throughout Southern Shores.

Chape Whitman entertained the DWCC water aerobics group, with all tips going to Food For Thought.

The club has been active and coming out of the pandemic in good order with a very positive net gain of 44 new members and a strong cash balance in the bank. We are still managing through a weak labor force market, but attending to the business in good order, which is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of staff and in particular the leadership of the department heads. MaryAnne, Teresa, and David in food and beverage, Dave and Aaron in golf, Kevin and Whitney in racquet sports, Joe in Facility Maintenance and Natallia in administration. We still have more work to accomplish with our malware attack and services, but we are progressing in a positive direction, and we appreciate your participation and contributions to the club.
 
Also, now that COVID is having a resurgence as predicted for late summer and fall, we are preparing for such a situation with diligent cleaning and refurbishment of our HVAC equipment, HEPA filters and sanitization standards, etc., to keep the club environment safe and inviting. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
 
I have been asked to lead a capital reserve study to address the allocation of capital resources over the next five years to our key result areas. I have reached out to a few members but ask anyone interested in discussing the possibility of serving on the committee, under the Finance Committee, to please contact me at dwgm@duckwoodscc.com.

Patrick O’Keefe