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.
At the BPC, we:
- Partner with the Bellingham Parks Department to effectively utilized the six dedicated pickleball courts in Cornwall Park,
- Host Level Open Play, skill development sessions and special events on evenings & weekends.
- Partner with other organizations, agencies and community groups to expand and improve local pickleball facilities.
- Manage donation drives to help cover some of the expense of adding additional facilities
- When possible, host classes, clinics and open play at school gyms.
- Utilize 4 portable nets for pickleball play on 2 multi-use courts at Cornwall.
- Loan nets, paddles and balls to members for try-outs and special occasions
- Advocate for the sport of pickleball in our community.
- Continue to improve the BPC website and our Facebook communication.
- Collaborate with organizations, companies and agencies to promote the development of pickleball.
- Clean up winter debris and deep clean the courts at Cornwall Park to help keep them in good condition.
- Coordinate discounts for members Pickleball Central and Players Pickleball.
- Use surveys to better understand the member’s preferences, needs and desires.
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, Keith Turley, of Imagine Design Studio for building and hosting our website. You are amazing to partner with!
Meet the Board of BPC
I have enjoyed my year on the BPC board as the current Vice-President. It has been a crazy time as we are all aware. This coming year will have many challenges. The foremost of which is being able to stay safe and still get the positive benefits of playing Pickleball. Going into the winter indoor season will also be a big challenge.
I’ve played primarily at Cornwall Park, the YMCA, and the Bellingham School gyms.
Continuing on the board will allow me to take what I have learned about BPC and its key relationships with the City of Bellingham, the YMCA, and many others, to help keep the BPC strong in our community.
I have extensive experience in dealing with local governments, contractors and public works contracts.
I served on the City of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board for 6 years. I also served on the Mayor’s Homeless Advisory Committee, and I am currently the President of the Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Association.
Pickleball saved my bacon! And I have the time and energy to give back to our local pickleball community.
When I moved here three years ago with my wife, Mo, and dog Bailey, being retired in a new town was lonelier than expected. Pickleball provided a social outlet as well as great exercise, a sense of community, lots of funny t-shirts, and more than a few friends.
Last year I led months of skill-level sessions for beginners and novices @ Cornwall Park. It’s a pleasure to help people get started on their pickleball journey. I also served on the Picklepalooza committee in Blaine last year which was a smashing success.
I have the skills and experience of being a librarian, teacher (elementary, environmental, and English as a Second Language), restaurant owner, massage therapist, and as a business writer for Whatcom Talk. Additionally, I have strong communication skills, both in person, and with websites and “social media.”
One day I woke up and thought, “someone should write an article about pickleball” (the Cornwall courts were just about to open). I pitched the idea which was embraced, and my writing partner and I wrote this article .
As you can see from my various jobs, I know hard work and I know how to work as a team player. For me, pickleball is like reading (a high compliment, indeed). It opens up new worlds, provides hours of entertainment, and connects you with other people and places.
I’m here year-round (so far) and can assist the Club during winter months, as well as the rest of the year. I’m grateful for all the work that preceded me to get pickleball where it is today in Bellingham and I look forward to moving it forward in the future.
My husband Ed and I have been playing serious pickleball for six years, and I enjoy drilling to improve.
It has been rewarding to be a part of all that the club has accomplished in our first three years, two years as president and now my second year as secretary. We have emphasized skill development along with fun, connecting with people, trying new things and collaborating with other groups to develop more places to play.
This year I am working on transferring some of my responsibilities to others. I have retired from being a HS math teacher and want to focus on developing a closer relationship with God and spending more time traveling to see my six grandsons and to watch our son compete in pickleball tournaments.
I began playing Pickleball in the Spring of 2018 and immediately fell in love with the game. I especially enjoy the awesome group of people in the Pickleball community. I became Treasurer for the Bellingham Pickleball Club in October 2018. I recently retired from my job as a bookkeeper in a local orthodontic office; this experience helps with the duties of BPC Treasurer.
When not playing Pickleball I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family, especially my granddaughters, ages 5 and 8.
It has truly been amazing to see how the club has grown over the last 3 years and I look forward to more exciting things to come. I enjoy working with the other board members and appreciate the club trusting me to handle their finances.
It was one of my best decisions in my life to start playing Pickleball in January 2020, right before the pandemic, and I have continued to enjoy this sport ever since. The level of exercise, social interaction are perfect for me and my family.
My family moved to Bellingham August 2019. As newcomers, we appreciate Pickleball since it has been such an important connection hub for our lives, especially during the pandemic. On the courts, we met people and made new friends, obtained information and got to know the city, and even found our home church here after being invited to go to Hillcrest with another player. Now, all of my family are active players, you won’t be surprised to see us at Cornwall after work time and on weekends.
As new pickleballers, we really appreciate the support and help we received from the Club and community. During the drill classes, open plays, games, etc, we built up our skills and confidence in pickleball, and also developed our relationship with the community. I am very glad to have the opportunity now to make my contributions to the Club and community. With my 15 years work experience in government and university as events organizer and project manager, I hope to help the Club with hosting skill development classes, helping organize events, providing services to our members and public, welcoming more people to join and grow in this great sport, etc.
I can’t wait to participate in the continuing growth of this sport and our Club.
We (my husband and I) were introduced to playing pickleball on 5 May this year by our neighbors at their court. We have benefited from instruction provided by volunteers/members of the club and the kindness of players we have met in the community. It has been a tremendous activity coming out of Covid-19 isolation. We love pickleball. We enjoy the challenge of learning a new skill; we enjoy all the people we have met; we like being out-of-doors, practicing and playing pickleball are fun. We are relatively new to Bellingham; we came just prior to Thanksgiving 2017.
My previous education and paid working experiences were first in Nutrition and Dietetics (with a range of jobs in the USA and Australia) and computer programming primarily in financial planning in San Antonio, TX.
It is the appreciation of this club and the phenomenal work of its Board which leads me to want to contribute by becoming a member at large.
I have been playing pickleball for a little over 6 years. My husband, Kyle and I mainly played singles when we first started playing at the Sudden Valley court. We soon found out we knew nothing about the game so I signed us up for beginners league at the YMCA. Within no time we were hooked and began playing any opportunity we could. I have made some lifelong friends through our pickleball community. I love how our little club has grown with the dedication of such an amazing group of people. I mainly play in Bellingham at Birchwood park, Cornwall, and Sudden Valley in the summer. I also take my paddle with me whenever I travel.