About Us

What is the Bellingham Pickleball Club?

The Bellingham Pickleball Club is a not-for-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting the sport of pickleball in the greater Bellingham area. We are:

  • Partnering with the Bellingham Parks Department to create 6 dedicated outdoor pickleball courts in Cornwall Park, projected to be completed in spring/summer 2019.
  • Hosting pickleball on evenings & weekends at school gyms.
  • Utilizing four portable nets for pickleball play on two tennis courts at Cornwall.
  • Advocating for the sport of pickleball in our community.
  • Launching & improving the BPC website.
  • Collaborating with Birch Bay Activity Center, The Whatcom Family YMCA, and “Players Pickleball” (a local paddle manufacturer).
  • Cleaning up winter debris from the courts at Cornwall Park to help keep them in good condition.
  • Providing discounts for “Pickleball Central” and “Players Pickleball”.
  • And much, much, more…….

Have a question or comment for the board? We want to hear from you.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsor “Players Pickleball”, who is a delight to partner with.  We are thrilled that they are Bellingham-based, and helping to support pickleball locally.  Please join us in supporting them.  If you use this link, they will continue to share their profits with us, and give you a discount as well.

Thank you to Keith & Lori Turley of Imagine Design Studio for building and hosting our website.  You are amazing to partner with!

Meet the Board of BPC

President: Barbara Goebel

I was introduced to singles pickleball in my 20s, and played some form of doubles on our backyard court in my 40s. I have only learned to play competitive doubles since 2015, along with my husband Ed. I work part-time as a high school math teacher and spend weekends with my grandsons so I play more on the summer weekdays. I’ve recently begun playing at Cornwall. I’m loving the opportunity to meet more of the pickleball community and feel privileged to be in the midst of all the exciting new developments as president.

I’m often preparing for a tournament as that is where I most often see my son, Matt, who is a 6.0 player! In addition to playing doubles, I still want to play singles and do drills to improve.

Vice-President: Rick Anderson

Throughout my life, I have been very active in a variety of sports including basketball, racketball, softball, soccer, skiing, etc..

After retirement from teaching I needed to find an activity, besides softball and jogging, to “raise the heart rate” and fill the need for a FUN, social, and yet competitive activity that involved a group of people. A few individuals were playing pickleball at the Y and the “fun level” was too much to resist. Ok, I became addicted..

My goal is to outlast some of our 80 year-old players and be as good & fun loving as they have been. I love to teach and hopefully will have the opportunity do so as our facilities and programs grow.

It has been a pleasure to help facilitate the growth of this sport within the Bellingham community. We appreciate the help received from so many different members that have contributed and we encourage everyone to become involved.

Remember, “Pickleball is the real dill”. Join, enjoy, and volunteer!

Secretary: Maggi Kriger

I started playing pickleball at the YMCA in 2011 following a reduction in my work hours. I love the combination of playfulness, competitiveness, skill development, & community.

In the end of 2017, Rick Anderson and I got together with a few fellow players to start brainstorming about forming a local pickleball club. The momentum carried forward and by the end of June 2018 the (non-profit) Bellingham Pickleball Club was launched. As a member of the board, I feel blessed to work with such great folks in our community!

Treasurer: Terri Vossbeck

I started playing Pickleball in Spring 2018 and immediately fell in love with the game; what a great way to have fun and exercise at the same time. I have especially enjoyed meeting the awesome group of people in the PB community. Since I still work part time as a bookkeeper in a dental office, and I watch my granddaughters one day a week, I look forward to new opportunities for weekend and evening play that BPC is working to facilitate. I’m excited to be involved with the Bellingham Pickleball club!

At-Large: Gabe Drury
At-Large: Bernadette Ryan
At-Large: Catharine Vader