January Newsletter 2023


Happy New Year!!
My main goal for our tennis club in 2023 is getting us moved back to the Monterey Bay League.
This would allow Morgan Hill and Gilroy to get more tennis playing time by having teams that
can play out of two areas. I spoke with Norcal this morning and was told they will be looking at
boundaries this coming summer. I will be sending them a letter stating our request which if
granted would not start until 2024.
We have drop-in tennis at Las Animas Park:
Monday and Thursday evening starting at 6:30. Call Tanmaya 408-838-8740 for more details
Monday AM 9:00-11:00 just show up

If anyone would like to join the morning tennis groups, please call:
Wednesday 9:00-11:00 Carol 408-966-5174
Friday 9:00-11:00 Carla 408-843-8374

Here are the registration schedules for all the 2023 leagues. Please think about forming a team:
Team registration:
Adult 55 and over: January 23rd - February 21
Adult 18 and over: January 23rd February 21
Adult 18 and over Daytime: January 23rd-February 21
Mixed 40 and over: April 24-May 22
Adult 70 and over Daytime: July 3-July 31
Mixed 55 and over: July 3-July 31
Combo Doubles: July 3-July 31
Combo Doubles Daytime: July 3-July 31

Our tennis board met recently and decided to host more social events this year to keep people involved
in our club. For this year, you do not have to be a member of the club to participate in these events.
More information will follow but mark your calendars now if you want to join in the fun.

Social Events:
March 19th St. Patricks Tennis Tournament (with plenty of blarney)/BBQ Las Animas Park 8:30 AM-
April 15th wine tasting/bus tour to local wineries with a potluck afterwards noon-
May- world team tennis tournament Las Animas Park

June 24th wine tasting/dinner Gamboas in Morgan Hill 3:00 PM-
Sept. 17th tennis tournament and BBQ Las Animas Park 8:30 AM -
October 7th Chili Cook-off Sarahs Vineyard 6:00 PM
December Morgan Hill/Gilroy tennis banquet hosted by Morgan Hill

Hope to see you at these events. Until then, Ciao for now!



Jan. 20, 2023

2022 Annual GTC/MHTC Club Banquet


Happening on Friday, December 9th

from 6:00p - 10:00p
at Old City Hall, Gilroy ( corner of 6th and Monterey St. )
Price- $50 per person.

Members Click here to reserve your spot.

Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 5th.

Dinner Buffet Includes...
   Appetizers: bruschetta and stuffed mushrooms
   Dinner: prime rib, salmon, chicken, potatoes, rice pilaf, salad, vegetables and rolls 

   Dessert: Mousse


Music by: The Usual Suspects (rock and roll band)

Raffle Prizes



Nov. 11, 2022

2022 Fall Chili Cook-off


Hello All:

Thank you to all that came out Saturday night to our annual Chili Cook-off fundraiser.  It was a smashing success due to all that helped make it possible.  Per Tim, we had about 80 people there. :-)
A special thank you to all our 8 chefs, without them, there would be no cookoff.  We had 4 random judges and they were all impressed with the quality and how tasty all the chili were.  It was a very close contest.  Here are the results.
- People's Choice award went to Theresse Tan, who was gracious enough to spend her actual birthday with us 
Judges awards:
- 1st place went to Abbie Serrano (People's choice last year)
- 2nd place went to Nick Gamino
- 3rd place went to Erik Styblo
- 4th place went to Leigh Payne
Congrats to all the winners!!!
I would like to especially acknowledge the following people:
- Denise Ramos for the delicious home-made desserts and for donating it to the event
- Bonnie Chamchawee for providing yummy chicken and beef satay skewers.  Thank you to Abbie, Sunny-Side-Up aka Josh and Tomomi for coming out Friday night to help prep the skewers.
- Mona and Sukanya Stephani for bringing more tasty appetizer dishes
- Paul Nguyen for being our official photographer of the evening.  Love all the pictures
- Ruth Irving, Sally Wrye, Nick Cabassa and Mitch Priest for being our judges
- Kathy Cabassa for helping out Saturday night
- Tim Wrye for being the money man
The band, Sound Decision, was awesome and interacted with the people.  A great time was had by all!  Hope you'll join in the fun next year!
I appreciate all the help and support!
Thank you!!!


Oct. 18, 2022

June 2022 Newsletter


Wine Tasting/Dinner Fundraiser: A huge thank you to Rich and Cathy Gamboa for hosting this fundraiser at their beautiful home in Morgan Hill. A big thank you to Paul Nguyen who took pictures all throughout capturing the flavor of the event. Many of the attendees enjoyed “hamming it up” in front of the photo screen. Pictures are posted here.

We sold 72 tickets (over the amount we were actually aiming for). It was a relaxing afternoon sipping wine, eating appetizers and visiting with friends while those who entered the wine tasting contest were enjoying a wide variety of wine. A delicious dinner was served afterwards while listening to live music put on by Rich and Al Cabassa with Lisa Cabassa lending her lovely voice to some of the songs. After dinner, the raffle winners were announced ending the evening on a high note. It was a profitable event for the club.

Tempo/Usual Suspects: Yes!! The Usual Suspects are back at Tempo in Gilroy on Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00 PM. What a way to ring in the “Fourth of July” with dancing the night away to your favorite music. Let’s have a tennis club get together at Tempo. Make reservations early if you want a place to sit.

Locking Tennis Courts: Due to the recent continual vandalism of nets, the courts at Las Animas are going to be locked nightly for the next few months. They will be unlocked at 7:30 AM and locked by 11:00 PM. If the vandalism continues, the courts will have to be locked earlier. Please report any problems you witness out there by calling the non-emergency number 408-846-0350 and then please notify me. (I also understand that Las Animas and San Ysidro Parks are slated for brand new “state of the art” restrooms probably coming in 2023.)
Bathrooms for right now should be up and running in a few weeks to get us by in the meantime. Public works is just waiting for parts.

Board Members: We would like to start having more social tournaments and events while still promoting USTA teams but we need help. If anyone is in helping plan these events, please contact me. We need everyone’s help if we are going to make these changes so no one gets
burnt out. Please send me your name and contact information if you would like to be involved.

That is it for now. Happy hitting and I hope to see you at Tempo on July 2nd.



June 19, 2022

GTC Wine Tasting Fund Raiser


Gilroy Tennis Club

Wine Tasting Fund Raiser

Please join us for a fun afternoon to support the
Gilroy Tennis Club

Date: June 18th

Time: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: $30.00 per person

          $35.00 to enter Blind Wine Tasting Contest

          Includes: Wine Tasting, Dinner/Dessert, Prizes, Raffle and Music

          (Each taster to bring their favorite wine to enter into the blind tasting contest and have an opportunity to win a prize)

Location: The Gamboa’s

                  17426 Belletto Drive, Morgan Hill, CA

Sign up on the GTC website. Non-Members Welcome and can signup online as well.

Call Cathy Gamboa @ 408.464.5860 for more information


Email president@gilroytennisclub.com



May 22, 2022

Sept '21 Newsletter

"Congratulations to Judy McBrearty’s 40+ 3.5 women’s team. They are going to Sectionals in two weeks. Gilroy Tennis Club wishes you good luck and we know you will represent us well. Go get ‘em, gals. Upcoming Events: Chili Cook-off: Mark your calendar for our annual chili cook-off on October 16th, Sarah’s Vineyard from 6:00-9:00. We need chefs so if you have a special chili, please let us know that you would like to cook. It is all of our great chefs that makes this event so special. Please seriously consider being one. Cost will be $30.00 per person with our chefs getting in for free. The price includes 2 glasses of wine, corn bread, salad, appetizers, dessert, chili samples and music by Rich Gamboa. This event will be open to the public 21+ years of age. Please invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of fun. A flier will be coming out in the near future with all of the details. October Halloween Tournament: A Spooktacular mixed doubles tennis tournament on October 29th from 6:00-8:00. Mark your calendar. More details to follow as we get closer. Costumes encouraged. Pickleball issue: The City Administrator stated the pickleball players have until their court reservation runs out which is September 30th. The deal between the city and the pickleballers was they had to return to Wheeler Auditorium once it opened up after Covid. If people question why we will not share courts 5 and 6 with pickle ball, here are some facts:

  1. The tennis club has put in over $200,000 into all six courts for community tennis.
  2. We are a USTA facility and we need five courts for our five line teams. Court 6 was paid for by the Tennis Club and one of the members.
  3. The Tennis Club pays for all upkeep and improvements for these six tennis courts. This includes: re-surfacing, windscreens, nets, net straps, posts. The Tennis Club has purchased bleachers, (one that Little League uses), installed cement benches alongside the courts, and our granite table. We were instrumental in providing electricity to the courts. If I have forgotten something, someone can chime in.
The City of Gilroy does not contribute any money which saves money for them to be spent elsewhere. We maintain these courts for all the citizens of Gilroy who want to play tennis whether they are tennis club members or not. We support Parks and Recreation’s junior and adult tennis classes and their summer tennis camps. Courts 5 and 6 as of today, have $10,000 worth of damage done to them when the pickle ballers gray taped their lines. The tape pulled up the surface and sand is coming through. If anyone has played on those courts with the pickle ball lines, one will see how confusing it is to play tennis with all of the lines on the courts. While we recognize the need for pickle ball courts, Las Animas courts are not the answer. With all of the new people moving south, there are a lot more people playing tennis in the mornings and evenings plus weekends. We need to service that community. We have stated we will help the pickle ballers find funding for pickle ball courts and we look forward to having pickle ball courts hopefully at Las Animas Park right alongside the tennis courts. That is it for now. Please consider attending our two club events that were mentioned above. It is your support that helps us fund the needed improvements at Las Animas. Carol


Sept. 28, 2021

November Newsletter

"An enjoyable evening was spent at Old City Hall for the Gilroy/Morgan Hill banquet. 100 people were in attendance for an evening of dancing, eating and socializing. A big thank you to the following who made the silent auction/raffle a success. These women packaged the items and got everything set for the silent auction and raffle: Ruth Irving, Lucy Grisetti, Lucy Olivares, Rachel Banse, Judy McBrearty and Laura Hill. A very big thank you to Lucy Olivares who took the lead in selling raffle tickets the night of the banquet. We could not have done it without all of your help. Another big thank you goes out to Ruth who put together the captain's gifts. For being a captain this past year, the person received a vest with GTC captain and GTC emblem embroidered on it. We cannot survive as a club without our captains and we appreciate you dearly. Wear those vests proudly! Calling all members!! If you would like to captain a 40+ team in January or a mixed 55+ team there is still time to sign up one. Remember if you are signing up one, please put Gilroy Tennis Club as your club and Gilroy Tennis Center as your location. Remember to pay your 2020 membership dues so you will be able to play on January teams. You can start paying as of December 1st. All of our captains from last year will receive free club membership for having 100% club membership on their teams. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to “Gobble until you wobble”. Gilroy Tennis Board


Carol Marques
Nov. 26, 2019

October Newsletter

"*Halloween Tennis Tournament* This coming Friday night is the tennis tournament at Las Animas Park with warm-up starting at 5:30. Cost is $20 payable that night. It is a mixer with no partner needed. Please contact Ruth by Wednesday, if you would like to play. irvingruth@gmail.com *Tennis Club Banquet* The combined tennis club banquet for Gilroy and Morgan Hill is on November 16th. It is a buffet dinner at Old City Hall beginning at 6:00. Cost is $40 per person. The dinner consists of prime rib, salmon, chicken, potatoes, rice, salad, veggies, appetizers and mousse for dessert. Please go on-line to sign up and pay. (A detailed flier has already been sent to you.) Hope to see everyone there. *Raffle Prizes needed* If you have something that you would like to contribute to the Banquet raffle, please contact me at ekm@ix.netcom.com and we will arrange a drop-off time. Your item could be something that you have created or something that is in good condition that you no longer want around your home. You can donate wine, food or whatever you think is appropriate. All proceeds go for court improvements. *Court Improvements* Speaking of court improvements, Gilroy’s Parks and Recreation Commission honored the Gilroy Tennis Club at their last meeting thanking us for re-surfacing courts 1-4. This last re-surfacing cost the club $21,000. It is important to know where your money is being spent when we collect club dues and team fees. We appreciate all of you who captain, play on teams, and support our club events. This is how we earn the money to keep making improvements to the courts. For our future projects, we would like to replace the net posts, purchase new windscreens and put up shade structures. However, we do not have the money for all of this especially when we have re-surfacing every four years. Your continued support determines how much we can do for the club. *Upcoming tennis leagues* In January, the 55 mixed and the 40+ adult leagues begin. There is a new rule change—players need to have played three matches to qualify for play-offs and beyond. Since I have stated above that we need more revenue to keep improving our facilities, I would really like all of you to think about captaining teams at the different levels and start putting rosters together. It would be great to offer 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 men’s and women’s 40+. (I captain the women’s 3.5 40+ league.) I would like to see some 55 mixed teams at the 6.0, 7.0 (I know we have captains at this level) and 8.0. WE NEED YOU!!!! *Board Vacancies* Speaking of needing you, we have three board positions open but one has recently been filled. Ann Barham will be replacing Paula who is retiring after 12 years as secretary. Thank you, Paula, for all you have done for the club and welcome to Ann. Ruth Irving and Debbie Baker will be leaving us also. Their help has been invaluable. So, on that note, we have a vice-president and membership opening. You need to be computer savvy and organized to be membership because memberships sometimes need daily updating. If you are interested in either of these positions, please write and tell us why you would like that position and what you can contribute to the club and e-mail it to me. We are looking for people with new ideas and are willing to take on other responsibilities. You will be expected to participate in club events by helping out and also helping us to grow the club. The Board will read over these applications in December and announce who will be joining us. That’s it for now. Carol


Carol Marques
Oct. 20, 2019