Gene has been playing Pickleball for 5 years. He and Beth have been married for 12 years, and they have 3 children Audrey(18), Katelyn(17) and Ethan(16). When Gene isn’t at work or playing pickleball he enjoys long walks on the beach and having Beth braid his back hair.
Just kidding, all Gene does is work and play pickleball…well, more pickleball than work J.
It would be my pleasure to serve the members of GOPB as one of the VPs. Over the last four years I have served under the VP who had Court Operations as a part of his/her office description. So, I have a strong sense of what is needed and expected. Past life experiences in positions requiring critical thinking and openness to research-based change will help in this position. Kyle Jones
I've been a member of the Greater Oklahoma City Pickleball Club for the past 2.5 years. I've played at many of our locations, but I currently play primarily at Santa Fe Family Life Center, Quail Springs Baptist Church, and the Wellness Center on Rockwell Avenue. I really enjoy our game and the people I've met while playing it. I want nothing but the best for our club and I'm willing to do what I can to help our club function effectively and continue to grow going forward. If I'm selected as a VP for the club, I'll work hard on the tasks assigned to me and I'll use good judgement to ensure the initiatives I promote and support benefit as many of our members as possible.
I was hooked after the first time I played Pickleball with my Dad at 12th St Rec Center in Norman a year and a half ago. I immediately joined the Greater OKC Pickleball Club in the hope of finding more places to play. What I found was there wasn't much on the south side of the OKC Metro Area for a non-retired player like myself. I knew pretty quickly that I wanted to help grow the sport down south and especially in Norman. I became a USAPA Ambassador for Norman, and a Court Monitor at 12th St. Through the use of Social Media and discussions with Norman City Leaders, I was able to get additional playing time at the only facility available back then. I began talks with the Westwood Tennis Center about allowing Pickleball in the new Indoor Facility they were in the process of building. Once that was completed, I negotiated the playing time and fees with WTC to get what we now have and what I believe to be one of the favorite playing sites in the Metro Area. I love being a part of this sport for more than just the playing time. I love the fellowship and community that is GOPB. I love playing at several locations from Santa Fe, Metro Baptist, Oakdale, and Norman. I would love to see the growth of more local Tournament play in our area. I think the next couple of years could be huge for the GOPB with the incoming of Chicken and Pickle, OKC Maps Projects, Kickingbird Facility. The City of Norman has promised in the very near future dedicated and hybrid outdoor Pickleball courts. The Club and its leadership need to be posed to command, guide and lead growth as more area communities and citizens learn of the sport and it grows to numbers I believe will shock us today. We have an opportunity to be one of the premier Pickleball Clubs in the country. I would be happy to be a part of the that leadership in the coming years and serve where I can. If I am asked to be a part of the newly elected board, my goals would be to increase the value of Membership to our members, encourage local businesses and communities to invest in our club and sport, and pursue grants and fundraising for progress toward growing playing facilities in our Metro Area.
Jo Ann FlowersI have been a member of the GOPB since 2013. There were about 150 members when I joined, and you can see how much we’ve grown. I am running for the office of Treasurer. I have an accounting background and I’m pretty good with Excel spreadsheets. If I am elected, I would absolutely give 110% to this position. I am a member of SFFLC, The Wellness Center and I play on Monday’s at Oak Tree. At one time I was the court monitor at UCO when we were playing at the old gym. I hope you will consider me for your next Treasurer.
Michael McLemoreAs I began this sport eighteen months ago, I joined the GOPB my first week, and have enjoyed the people I have met and reaped the benefits of others' work in this club. I consider it an honor to be considered for an officer position, and to give back to the membership some of which I have been afforded. I look forward to growing and promoting both our great sport and our club throughout Oklahoma City and every tournament in which I participate. And I vow to account for $.99 of every $1.00 J.
Kerry GuinnBelonging to a community of caring people where we enjoy good health, a great workout, laughter, fun, games, and making lifelong friendships—this is what the GOPB Club is all about. Thanks to the patience, humor and encouragement of Martha Gilliland, Vicky Noakes and Sherry Prince—my first instructors—I played my first games of Pickelball at UCO’s Wantland Hall, 2014.
My volunteer experiences include:
Secretary and President, Edmond Mobile Meals BOD; Secretary and President, St. Mary’s School BOD;
Secretary and President, Cheyenne Middle School PTO. I also have loved teaching part time at UCO for the past seven years.
Let’s all continue promoting what the GOPB Club and past board members have provided—an inclusive community of friends who enjoy playing the fastest growing sport in America: Pickleball!
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I certainly can attest to that. It’s been just over six years since I first picked up a pickleball paddle. Over those years I have enjoyed meeting, playing and serving many of our club members. I love helping out in any capacity I can. Most of you got to know me over the last several years as the hospitality lady at our tournaments, picnics and parties and the go-to person for organizing the weekly shootouts and keeping the courts full for drills. I just love trying to accommodate all the needs of the members and the club. Solving problems and finding answers is something that gets my adrenaline going. Putting smiles on your faces makes me happy! As a candidate for the position of “Membership Director,” I would like to continue to grow as a person, learn something new, bring new ideas to the table and meet the ever-growing needs of this awesome and great OKC Pickleball Club.
Pickleball Code of Conduct
Every person involved in pickleball (participant, official, volunteer, or representative of the USAPA & GOPB or spectator) pledges as follows:
The above Code applies in all situations that relate directly or indirectly to pickleball play.
GOPB Party 2019