FERGUS – It’s taken the Fergus Tennis Membership 101 yrs to rejoice its One hundredth anniversary – 100 To Obtain the milestone in 2020 and An further yr for pandemic restrictions To permit for An outdoors gala.
The club held its gala on Sept. 10 On the courts on the nook of Tower and Union streets, with lights, dinner, stay music and dancing.
It was exhausting To imagine about tennis was usually performed there, so good was the transformation.
Sheila Hogarth, president of club for the final 5 yrs, said COVID-19 actually modified issues up for the Fergus club.
Whereas in regular yrs the club has a membership of about 275, it has swelled As a Outcome of the pandemic started. Membership has been capped at 450 members simply so there’s availability on the courts.
“We’d like extra courts,” Hogarth said. She added that in 2020 the club decided To diminish its membership payment to $25 To assist people out By way of the pandemic.
As quickly as tennis courts have been permited to open, the club was inundated with membership requests.
“This yr we went again to our regular payment of $100 They typically all acquired here again. It’s Sort of astounding,” Hogarth said.
The club boasts that it provides professionalgrams For everyone: youngsters, newbies, specialists, and all factors in between.
It is fortunate to have tennis professional Dave Rowatt main packages and serving to with event play, Hogarth said. “He’s simply superb. We’re fortunate to have Pro Dave.”
The gala was capped at 100 visitors They typically all confirmed up too, Hogarth said.
The climate was nice, the meal scrumptious, and it was so nice To mix with people as quickly as extra, she said.
Had the event been In a place to go forward final yr, It Might have been much less upscale and extra group, Hogarth said, with dunk tanks and video games for all ages.
“We would have appreciated to cancel that. We simply can’t host the group proper now.
“Neverthemuch less the gala was superb,” she said. “And 100 yrs – that’s A pretty huge quantity.”