Picture includes from left to right: John Dockerty, Joanne Rosener, Jan Czaplewski, Michael Salscheider, Angie Tauscher, Barb Parker-Pahl, Luann Piazza, Pam Parker-Pahl. Not pictured, Randy Esch
I’m Ray and I’m hooked.... hooked on Pickleballthat is. I started playing Pickleball about a year ago right after I stopped working full time...still don’t like to use the “R” word. I really didn’t know what I’d do with my time; that is until I showed up for Monday night Novice lessons. Now I have a reason to get going every morning, either at the REC Center or Cooke Park. RAPA has provided me with social, physical and learning opportunities, so when the call went out for board members, I had to raise my hand. Little did I suspect I would suddenly find myself President but here I am, following in the daunting footsteps of Joanne Rosener and Jan Czaplewski. I hope to follow their example to help RAPA and Pickleball grow in Rochester.
My Dad introduced me to Pickleball in 1990, unfortunately I was 16 and "too cool" to play what I thought was a dumb game with wooden (homemade) paddles. When I turned 40 I became wiser, I tried it again. Now I'm hooked and play almost daily. Moral of this story-always listen to your parents.
I think I've been playing two winters maybe three. And I love the sport. I love the competition! My goal is to do better each time I play even though it doesn't work out that way.. And, I love the social connections and making new friends!
After a few months of seeing how much fun my husband was having playing pickleball I decided I had to give it a try. So he took me to the courts and I was instantly hooked! The game has been a great activity for us as we've transitioned into being empty nesters. The thing I enjoy most is that it's something he and I can do together as a couple, along with the exercise and social aspect. I've been playing less than 2 years but in that short time I have met and become friends with so many people who share the same passion for the game. It's definitely an extremely fun and friendly group of people!
Jan Czaplewski, Membership Coordinator
John Dockerty, Intro Lessons
Luann Piazza, Competitive Activities
Randy Esch, Webmaster