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Highlights from the 112th USTA/Midwest Section Annual Meeting

December 16, 2005 10:23 PM

Click Here to Check out Photos from the 2005 Annual Meeting on Friday

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  Includes Dick Arnold and Jay Massart Pictures...

The 112th USTA/Midwest Section Annual Meeting was held December 2-4 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, Wi.  Our volunteers and staff joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of 2005, and the beginning of another year of tennis throughout the association.  

Highlights of this year's annual meeting included the State of the Association message, special volunteer training, USTA/Midwest Section Committee meetings, USTA/Midwest Section Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction, and the annual meeting of the Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation and USTA/Midwest Section. 

On Friday, December 2 the evening kicked off with a welcome to everyone, the State of the Association message from incoming President Leslie Varnado, Jr., and USTA Vice President Gordon Smith addressing all attendees. 

Saturday morning began with a general session for volunteers by Trina Hoefling, Founder and Lead Consultant of Consult One Group, based in Colorado.  Her presentation was titled 'Do You Hear What I Meant'.  Following the morning session, USTA/Midwest Section committee meetings were scheduled throughout the day providing individuals the opportunity to attend meetings such as Community Services, Multicultural Participation, Junior Competition, Marketing and USTA League Tennis.

The evening of December 3 concluded with the Annual Awards Banquet & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  This year’s Hall of Fame inductees included Katrina Adams of Bradenton, Fl. (formerly Chicago, Il.), former WTA Tour player and current USTA volunteer, Dick Arnold of Waukesha, Wi., long-time volunteer, Bud Collins of Brookline, Ma. (formerly Berea, Ohio), tennis journalist and Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels of Munster, In., former WTA Tour player.  Award winners taking center stage included the Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation as USA Tennis NJTL Chapter of the Year; the Paul and Risa Stecko Family of Lake Forest, Il., as Family of the Year; and Dave Winegardner of Midland, Mi., as Mel Bergman recipient. 

On Sunday morning, the annual meeting of the USTA/Midwest Section and Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation concluded the weekend's highlights.  In addition, a trip to The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Longboat Key, Fl., was raffled off.  Congratulations to Midwest volunteer Gary Ellis of Allegan, Mi., for being the winner.