Club members may get shirts for payment of $3 dues and $10 for shirts.
Tournament balls for $1 - snack bar on Monday - ratings: challenging-ladder
Voted to pay $10 to have a bulletin board installed-Sam needs volunteers for the coffee
Key to tennis shed: Ray Brannon, John Holland, and Ted - B & C teams
This was the day of my first league play ever February 1987 (I just started playing tennis a couple of months before that).....we played against Greenfield
Village...this is the Greenfield peanut gallery......This is mostly so you can see what the courts were like back in 1987.
VDO opened its gates for the 1983-84 snowbird season. The only known tennis player that year was Lyle Harper. In fact there were no tennis courts at VDO. Ray Brannon arrived early during the l984-85 season & was instrumental in starting the program at VDO. A
notice was posted on the lobby bulletin board for anyone interested in tennis to get in touch with him.
Since there were still no tennis courts at VDO they went out to schools in the area. The main school was Mesa High School on Southern Ave. west of Gilbert Rd. since most of
the other schools were not in existance at that time. Carriage Manor opened in the middle of
the 84-85 season & with rent half off prices enticed a couple VDO players to move over there. We were then invited to play there frequently. Silverridge also opened late in the season & their management invited VDO players to play as much
as possible on their courts during their openhouse. Monte Vista, Greenfield, View Point and the Resort all opened the next year. A total of about fifteen men & women
played sometime during the season as most people stayed five months or less. During a general meeting with Joe Lampe, who was overseer & part owner, when asked if anyone had
anything they would like to say, with the urging of a couple other players, asked Ray Brannon to be spokesmen for the players and to build some tennis courts or they would not return
the next season. Two courts were built for the 1985-86 season & Jan Zimmerman, the
activity director asked Ray Brannon to attend the East Valley Tennis League Meeting & ask to be admitted to the league. Since Venture Out was dropping out of the league because they no longer wanted to use their courts for league play, VDO was accepted to join.
VDO entered a B team in the league which was the equivalent to a 3.0 team. The league only sponsored a B league & a small A league at that time. A Constitution was drawn up using other parks constitutions as a guide and by February & it passed & Ray
Brannon was elected as President /Coordinator & Jack Holland was elected Vice President serving
1985-87. The league grew quickly the next few years with the number of new parks & the
large increase in the numbers of snowbirds coming to the East Valley. Sunland Village East opened by1987 & soon a C League was started because of the number of new
tennis players taking up the sport.