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In memoriam - John Jansky

July 3, 2008 03:30 AM

Retiring Wisconsin Executive Director, John Jansky with USTA Midwest Section Executive Director, Mark Saunders

The Wisconsin Tennis Association is deeply saddened by the death of its long-time Executive Director, John Jansky. Prior to retiring at the 2007 Annual Meeting in November, John was at the helm of the WTA for 10 years.

The WTA benefited from John’s management skills which he had honed at Johnson Controls before retiring from the business world. His ability to interact with cohorts throughout the Midwest Section, manage the daily functions of the WTA office, and listen and respond to member’s questions and needs, made him a much respected Executive Director within the USTA/Midwest Section family.

Under John’s leadership, the membership of the Wisconsin District grew from 8778 members in 1997 to 11,597 members in 2007. The League program grew to be one of the largest in the Midwest Section. Grants to provide programs to Park & Rec Departments, non-profit organizations, and Community Tennis Associations reached about $30,000/year. The WTA will continue to be a strong organization because of many of the policies and procedures that John put in place.

At John’s retirement as WTA Executive Director, many Wisconsin and Midwest staff and volunteers offered their praise of John. These included:

“Your business expertise, art of diplomacy, commitment to the “game”, and unique, gracious style as “director” are among the many “gifts” you brought to the WTA.”

“You added a dimension to the business procedures, attention to detail and development of personal relationships within the Association that was lacking.”

“Your respect in the workplace carried over into your personal dealings with people. I always felt you looked at issues with an unbiased mind and tried to reach rational conclusions no matter what.”

“Whatever an organization is or however it is perceived is always due to the efforts and passions of some of the people in it. You have been one of those people for Wisconsin tennis. We may forget what has been given, but the results remain a part of the foundation and history of the Wisconsin Tennis Association.”

John’s legacy to the Wisconsin Tennis Association will continue well into the future. His sense of humor and upbeat attitude will be sorely missed.

To honor John's legacy, dedication and contribution to the sport of tennis in Wisconsin District and his leadership of the Wisconsin Tennis Association, a fund has been established with the Wisconsin Tennis Foundation. Memorial contributions can be sent to :

John Jansky Memorial Fund
Wisconsin Tennis Foundation
W131 N8008 Country Club Drive
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

John Jansky delivering his retirement speech
 

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