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SGTC Holiday Party December 11, 2010

posted Feb 19, 2011, 5:02 PM by San Gabriel Tennis Club   [ updated Mar 13, 2011, 12:03 AM ]

We had a fantastic Hawaiian-themed Holiday Party last Saturday night, Dec. 11th, at the San Gabriel City Recreation Grapevine room.  Anna Gee and the board did a super job planning & coordinating everything - Anna planned the program, ordered the food & wrapped doorprizes (thanks to Anna Gee, Gail Begerow, Sandy Lee, & Tony Wong for contributing to the doorprizes, along with all who brought some appetizers, wine bottles). Tony Wong, thanks for packing and unpacking Anna's car filled with everything we needed.  Everyone who came early to set up and stayed late to clean up - what teamwork!  Kumi, thanks for manning the sign up table, Angela, Kumi, Isabel, Gloria, Hiroko, Lee, Tina, Martin, Amber for helping decorate the tables, set up the food & light the chafing dishes, and Hiroko for selling the raffle tickets, and Lee and others who brought all the crates of things we needed in to the room.  Thanks, everyone!  What teamwork.  

All the food was "ono" delicious, as they say in Hawaii - charsiu bao compliments of Kumi, who brought enough for everyone to take some home, too, chicken teriyaki, bbq beef, shrimp and mahimahi, kalua pork, laulau, salad, chow mein. The cake was decorated with a tennis court and tennis racket and the words "Mele Kalikimaka" (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian).  Sandy's homemade Hawaiian "haupia" coconut pudding pie with a macadamia nut crust bottom & whipped cream on the top was to die for ;-).    Lots of empty wine bottles were left & the hawaiian "orange sherbert punch" sold out, too.  Each holiday party goer got to get "lei'ed" and wore a different colored and different type of lei, along with their aloha shirt or hawaiian wear.  Some of the ladies wore a flower in their hair and Sandy had a "haku lei" in her hair.  The tables were decorated with some hawaiian puka shell necklaces mixed in with some pine cones and a beautiful Poinsettia flower pot in the middle (given away as doorprizes at the end of the night.)  Reminds me (Sandy) of my green hawaiian christmas celebrations in Hawaii.  I really enjoyed the Hawaiian theme, Anna - thanks for suggesting it.

Isabel Sun planned a fun game involving 3 couples (Hector & Queta Garcia, newlyweds, Martin & Tina Law, and soon to wed Hiroko Nozoe & Lee Nguyen) answering questions about each other.  Fun.... So much laughter.  We found out who knew each other "really".

Tony Law organized the Charades game in which each table had to describe or act out movies.  Wow. Some great players  who got their tablemates to guess their clues so quickly - Brian, Martin, Tina, Amber, and many others.  Jeremy - you are a great guesser!

Door prizes galore were given out to most everyone at the party.  50/50 Raffles, too.  Sandy presented leis to Hiroko & Lee to congratulate them for their upcoming wedding in Maui this next week.  Anna gave them a music box that plays the "Wedding March" song.

Scramble Winners for the year were announced & the winners were presented with trophies and awards (see photos) by Keiko, Hiroko, Lee (thank you, this past year's co-scramble coordinators for faithfully being in charge of the scrambles each month & providing us with morning refreshments)!

So plan now to get a trophy for the next year's Scramble 2011!

Top 3 Women Scramble Winners:

1st place:     Masako Naito      60.9% (average of 4.88 games out of 8 games won per set)
2nd place:    Angela Kwok      42% (average of 3.38 games out of 8 games won per set)
3rd place:     Keiko Kagan       39.4% (ave. of 3.15 games out of 8 games won per set)

Top 3 Men Scramble Winners: (Note - all the 3 top guys were very, very close - statistically insignificant so
                                                             probably all should be tied for #1 if round off to 5.5 games won/round)

1st place:      Chi Lin                   68.6% (ave. of 5.5 games won out of possible 8 games per set)
2nd place:     Brian Ching          68.5% (ave of 5.48 games won out of possible 8 games per set)
3rd place:      John Machikawa  68.2% (ave of 5.46 games won out of possible 8 games per set

Top Participation Winners:  

Female:         Masako Naito 
Male:              Tommy Chu  (played 224 games out of a possible 256 games during the entire year!!)

(Note - In order to win, a player must have played at least 60% of possible games or rounds during the year - for 2010, that was 160 games minimum played or 60% x 256 total possible games = 160 games).

Much thanks goes to John Machikawa, our outgoing President, who led us through an up and down, touch and go crisis for our club this year (you didn't know you were going to have that much drama as president, John, but you took on the challenge & the club is only stronger).  John appreciated the photo calendar we gave him, that had a different photo for each month with either his family of 3, his adorable baby, Valerie, with her chubby cheeks, Suzanne, SGTC photo of his teammates when he captained a 7.0 mixed SGTC team last Winter, and photos of  he and Suzanne (before and after baby was born).  Of course, baby Valerie was present during the entire party and everyone oooh'd and aaah'd over her, wanted to hold her and dote over her.  John & Suzanne, you'll never be lacking for babysitters.  So yeah, bring Valerie out the the courts like you did last weekend and both of  you can play - the future tennis family!

John thanked each of the outgoing board members and presented them with a mug filled with photos of the board members.  Such a thoughtful gift - now, whenever I drink out of it, I feel like playing tennis.

John introduced the new 2011 Board (thank you all for volunteering to make SGTC the best tennis club around - that's why we pay you the "big bucks"! :-)  Tony Law will be our new 2011 President!!

New 2011 Board
President -                                        Tony Law
Vice President -                               Mike Lu
Secretary -                                        Lily Ng
Treasurer -                                        Tony Wong
Co-Socials -                                      Eddie Trieu & Angela Kwok & John Machikawa
Publicity -                                          Sandy Lee
Inter-Club Tennis Manager -          Keiko Kagan
Intra-Club Tennis Manager -          Amber Marsden
Co-Scramble Coordinators -          Lisa Szeto, James Brentzel, Eric Hsieh, Justin Lee
Our loyal SGTC member -              Anna Gee

Thanks Everyone, for making the 2010 SGTC Holiday Party a memorable one!