TOA BoD Election Ballot from Electionrunner.com

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Subject: TOA BoD Election Ballot from Electionrunner.com

Dear PNWTOA Officials,

This year we are using a different site for collecting your votes. You will be receiving an email from electionrunner.com for voting purposes, then follow the steps below. If you do not receive an email from electionrunner.com in your inbox, check your spam folder. Otherwise email vote@pnwtennisofficials.com to let us know.

Voting Steps:
Voting members will receive an email from electionrunner.com that contains a Voter ID and a Voter Key. If you do not receive this email, please let us know via email at vote@pnwtennisofficials.com.

In your email:

  1. Click on the “Click Here to Vote” button to launch your ballot.
  2. The system should automatically log you in, using your Voter ID and Voter Key. If it doesn’t, you can log in manually at Election Runner.
  3. Review each candidate’s bio/statement using the pdf file attached to the online ballot.
  4. Click on the circle next to each candidate to vote for that candidate. You can vote for up to 3 candidates.
  5. Click on the “Submit Vote” button to vote.

Please reach out to us via vote@pnwtennisofficials.com, if you have any questions about the election or voting.

Thank you for your support by VOTING,
Denise Alexander
PNWTOA President

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Tennis Industry United Webinar

From: USTA Officiating <officiating>
Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 12:16 PM
Subject: Tennis Industry United Webinar

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Dear USTA Official,

As part of the Tennis Industry United initiative, the USTA is hosting a webinar discussing legal issues for freelancers tomorrow, April 16th at 4PM EST. The webinar will cover:

  • Unemployment or loans: Am I eligible? Either/both?
  • How do I apply?
  • I work for multiple tournaments as a freelancer: What do I fill in for unemployment as my employer?
  • Is there a difference between being self-employed and being an independent contractor for the purposes of unemployment or receiving loans?
  • Q & A

Click here to sign-up. The first 500 people can participate live. For those who are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be made available on the Tennis Industry United Webinar page under the ‘On Demand’ tab.

Thank you,

Sean Cary

Senior Director – Professional Tennis Strategy, Officiating, Pro Circuit

officiating

USTA Officiating
USTA
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

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SafePlay Website for 2020 Recertification

From: Denise Alexander <denisealexander839>

Date: Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 11:37 AM
Subject: SafePlay Website for 2020 Recertification

PNW Officials,
USTA has changed the SafePlay website for 2020 recertifications. The entire Safe Play process must be done via www.usta.com/safeplay. This site hosts the SafeSport training, Safe Play Policy Acknowledgement and Background Screen.

Rather than directing individuals to three separate sites, www.usta.com/safeplay is a one-stop shop for the Safe Play process. I have added this new information to the pnwtennisofficials.com website. We do not have an update yet for a 2020 Certification Structure Chart, so I have left the 2019 Structure Charts available on the website.

Thanks,
Denise

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USTA Officiating: COVID-19 Update

From: USTA Officiating
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 6:31 AM
Subject: USTA Officiating: COVID-19 Update

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Dear USTA Official,

We are all currently in the midst of an unprecedented event as we struggle to meet the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis, like every other sport and like our society as a whole, has effectively been halted in its tracks. This stoppage has directly affected the ability of athletes, officials, coaches, tournament directors, athletic trainers and everyone else associated with our sport to earn an income.

We understand that at this uncertain time, financial assistance is something at the forefront of everyone’s thinking. We also realize that the resources currently available to our industry can be difficult to access and often, just as difficult to understand. To that end, we have assembled a list of information and resources focused on financial assistance and relief. That list can be found at: Click here.

We hope these resources will help to streamline what we know is a complicated situation and will make accessing the potential help available easier and quicker. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible for any programs for which you believe you may be eligible.

In addition to these resources, as you are undoubtedly aware, on March 27th, the $2 trillion stimulus package known as H.R. 748 “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES ACT” (“CARES ACT”)was signed into law. The CARES ACT is set up to provide financial relief to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits-like coaches, pros, athletes and officials- who are unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19.

Pursuant to the CARES Act, coaches, officials, athletes, etc. may be eligible for:

  • Expanded unemployment insurance programs:
    • Eligibility expanded to self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, etc., who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency through the end of 2020, the Act provides for additional benefits of $600 per week for up to four months on top of state limits
    • Many states are waiving the waiting period before filing for unemployment
  • “Recovery Rebates” to provide individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 ($150,000 married) $1,200 ($2,400 married) rebate, plus $500 per dependent child
  • Waiver of 10% tax penalty for early withdrawal of up to $100,000 from certain retirement accounts
  • Automatic tax filing extension to July 15, 2020

We sincerely hope that you are staying safe and well, and we will continue to provide you with more information and resources throughout this crisis as they are developed.

Best regards,

The USTA Officiating Team
officiating@usta.com
USTA Officiating
USTA
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

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Annual Membership Meeting, April 8, 7PM PDT

The 2020 Annual Membership Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Tennis Officials Association is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm Pacific. All members are encouraged to call in and learn about progress during the last year, training updates, changes to the certification process, and to nominate candidates to fill 3 seats on the Board of Directors. If you did not receive the meeting invitation and agenda, please contact pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com for more information. Please join the meeting using the following info: Call-in number: 1-800-704-1867; Passcode:  142565.

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USTA Events Cancellation Notice

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March 13, 2020

Dear USTA Official,

In light of the heightened concerns and the fast-changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the USTA has decided to suspend all USTA-sanctioned products and events through April 20th. The USTA statement and updates are available here.

This is an unprecedented situation for both the USTA and USTA Officiating. We want to reach out to prevent any concerns regarding the impacts that this event cancellation may have on your ability to fulfill work requirements for the 2021 recertification period.

Once the USTA understands the full impact on tournaments across the country, we will ensure that Officials are not disadvantaged with specific regard to their work records. We thank you for your patience and understanding as it may take some time. We will communicate with you once the full impact is understood.

Thank you,


Sean Cary
Senior Director – Professional Tennis Strategy, Officiating, Pro Circuit

USTA Officiating
USTA
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
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Update on Line Workshop – Sign up Today!

From: Scott Pennington <scottpennington@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Subject: Update on Line Workshop – Sign up Today!

Hi all –

Just a note to make you aware that the USTA is sending a second trainer and has doubled the capacity for next Sunday’s Line Umpire Workshop.

We currently have 3 spots remaining (of 12), and the deadline to register is tonight at 8pm PST.

Hope all of you at the Chair Workshop right now are having a great day!

Scott Pennington, scottpennington@gmail.com
310.430.3685

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Chair and Line Workshops in PDX for January

From: Denise Alexander <alexander9688@comcast.net>
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Subject: Chair and Line Workshops in PDX for January

Hi All and ⛄Happy Holidays,

There are two Workshops scheduled in Jan. 2020. To register, log into your account for:

USTA Officiating Online Learning Center

Click on the In-Person Workshops (Along the top dark blue ribbon) .
Then Click on the Pacific Northwest Section.

Chair in Lake Oswego, OR on 1/5/20

START DATE
January 5, 2020 (6) seats available

Line in Portland, OR on 1/12/20

START DATE
January 12, 2020 (6) seats available

Online Learning Courses that need to be completed before you can register to attend these Workshops.* Click on the HOME tab (Top of page, Dark blue ribbon) Click either Chair Umpire or Line Umpire under Officiating Disciplines.
** Make sure you download your certificate of completion for courses completed, otherwise you might be asked to complete the course again.

* Chair Workshop- Chair 1
* Line Workshop- Line 1

Please register early, we need at least 4 officials to register for each workshop or they will be canceled. Let me know if you have any questions about the Learning Courses or registering. If you have any questions about the Workshops contact:
Holly Weyhrauch- Chair Workshop, us4wa@yahoo.com
Scott Pennington-Line Workshop, scott.pennington@gmail.com

Thanks,
Denise Alexander, PNW/TOA President

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Owen Klinger Scholarship Fund

From: Barbara Anderson <bahusky@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Subject: Owen Klinger Scholarship Fund

PNWTOA Membership,

At the November 6th PNWTOA Board meeting the Directors elected to make a $100 donation to the Owen Klinger Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Portland on behalf of the PNWTOA membership. Owen Klinger is the son of Mary Klinger, a PNW Tennis Official. The University of Portland acknowledged receipt of and thanked the PNWTOA for their donation in a letter dated November 20, 2019. If any PNWTOA member would like to make a personal donation to the Scholarship fund you can send a check to:

University of Portland Office of Development
Attn: Owen Klinger Scholarship Fund
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203-5798

or go to the University of Portland Website and make a donation on line at the following link www.giving.up.edu. The PNWTOA will not be soliciting or accepting individual donations from the membership.

Best regards,
Barbara Anderson, PNWTOA Treasurer

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PNW/TOA Annual Membership Dues

From: Denise Alexander <alexander9688@comcast.net>
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Subject: PNW/TOA Annual Membership Dues

Hello PNW Officials,

Our annual PNW/TOA dues are due Jan. 1, 2020. Your membership dues pay for all of your Tennis Officials Association’s operational costs each year. We have a unique situation in our Section to be able to independently govern ourselves and to always support our Officials. As a reminder, our district and ITA assignors are also required to be members of the PNWTOA and they are not able to provide assigning services to PNW Officials for any tournaments or ITA matches unless your membership is current.

There are two ways to pay again this year, by PayPal or by check.
You will receive an invoice by email from PayPal if you would like to pay this way, or access the membership link on pnwtennisofficials.com (there is a $1.20 fee to use PayPal)
OR …
Filling out the Membership form: Download the membership form (PDF).
and send your check for $30 to:
Pacific Northwest Tennis Officials Association
706 122nd St Ct NW
Gig Harbor, Wa 98332

The re-certification period for 2020 went much smoother this year than in the past two years! The BoD was even confident enough to reach out again to the many people who had started the process about the time the new requirements where coming out and we were able to find a few who were still interested. 🙂 I’m very excited about the new work and educational opportunities ahead of us next year, I’ll be sending out a newsletter with more information on the up coming events starting in Jan.

Thanks to all of you for another successful year,
Denise Alexander, PNW/TOA President

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