Very sadly I need to report that Richard Lehtonen, a long time member of the Villages Table Tennis Club, passed away November 8.
Very sadly I need to report that Jim Weisbecker, a long time member of the Villages Table Tennis Club, passed away yesterday. On Thursday November 15 friends gathered to celebrate his life.
Sadly, the golf tournament was cancelled for last of interest. maybe we will try it again one day.
We are now accepting nominations for the club officers, president, vice president and treasurer. Please enter the information and submit the form below.
A new Table Tennis Robot has arrived and is ready for use at Laurel Manor. It is a "Newgy Robo Pong" model #2040+, Paddle Palace item #ON204P. For readers unfamiliar, a robot is a practice machine that mounts on the end of a Table Tennis Table. It returns balls to the player allowing training, fitness and fun.
The Robot came with 48 new balls and are marked with an "R" which designates it as a Robot ball. Please try to keep these balls with the robot.
The Robot was purchased by the Recreation Department with the assist of Scott Grimes, Laurel Manor Manager. The machine is an updated version of the 11 year old year machine that was barely functional. The improvements are great and it is a very good machine. With proper care, we should get 10 good years out of it.
Scott has requested that all persons setting up the Robot should first receive training and that a list of those persons should be made and a copy be kept in his office. Only persons on that list will be allowed to set up the robot. Any one setting up the Robot must accept the responsibility of returning it safely to the closet in the Lincoln Room at Laurel Manor. The Robot cannot be removed from Laurel Manor.
Robot set-up training will be available on Sunday, July 1, noon at Laurel Manor. A record will be made of those attending the training. Bud Stout will be available for this purpose and additionally, be available for tips and technique fundamentals. Also, Bud will be available to play with players needing help with their game.
Bud Stout is available most Sundays at noon to assist with the robot and give lessons. Exceptions are when there is a tournament or Club social activity scheduled. Keep in mind that Sundays noon to 2:30 pm is a very good time to play table tennis at Laurel Manor. It is not busy, you can walk right in, get a table, play singles or doubles. It is a very good time to bring visitors.
Submitted by Bud Stout
No table tennis this weekend at Laurel Manor Recreation Center. The 5th Annual Home Decorating Showcase is Saturday March 31 and the rec center is closed on Sunday April 1.
On Saturday March 10, table tennis at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center and the SeaBreeze Recreation Center is being preempted by the Spring Craft Show.
No table tennis at Laurel Manor this weekend, Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11. The VAA Art Show is taking over the whole building on Saturday and on Sunday the building is closed for maintenance.
Thanks to the efforts of Bud Stout and his technicians our robot, a Newgy. Robo-Pong 2040, is again fully functional. The best time to work on your game with the robot is Sunday’s between 12:00 and 3:00 pm at Laurel Manor.
I will try to add a video our robot in action but for now here is a clip of our model robot in action.