2019 season is wrapping up and I would like to thank everyone for a great year!
Carolina Petanque in now the second largest club in the nation with an official number of 109 members; we have added a few members since the FPUSA census in September. In addition we are playing regularly at 7 locations which is more than the entire North East Region combined this gives our members more opportunities to play and more exposure for the sport. Carolina Petanque has been very successful in hosting official FPUSA tournaments and continues to offer additional competitions and events for our members elevating the club’s experience and competitiveness. Fortunately we also had two members on the USA national team at the World Competition in Cambodia in November.
It has been a busy year and it looks like things are only going to get better in 2020!
The Carolina Petanque Board has bid on the following FPUSA Tournaments in 2020 and we have been given the following to host.
Mid America Select Triples April 26th at Asheville.
National Men’s Triples July 25 – 26 at Morganton
Women’s Triples World Qualifier July 25 – 26 at Morganton.
Mid America Men’s Doubles August 29 at Winston Salem
Mid America Women’s Double August 29 at Winston Salem
Mid America Mixed Double October 10 at Morganton
In addition to the FPUSA tournaments we have been discussing several other club/open tournaments though out the year and will send out information as we confirm dates and locations.
Note on the two National tournaments on July 25 -26. The men’s the team that wins this tournament will be the USA National Triples Team, however that does not mean that the FPUSA will send/sponsor the team to go to an international tournament 2021 but could be eligible to play if something comes up. The women’s team that wins the Women’s Triples World Qualifier will represent the USA at the World Championship in 2021. I have heard that it will be held in Thailand or New Zealand but it will not be finalized until sometime in 2020. If anyone has questions concerning the tournaments please send me an email.
In addition to tournaments in 2020 we hope that we are able to expand our locations to give more people the opportunity to participate in the sport in the Carolinas and build our membership to be the largest club in the nation.
What we need from you to make this a successful year is to renew your membership or sign up as a new member of Carolina Petanque. Currently we are awaiting the FPUSA to start taking memberships for 2020. I will send an email on how to renew or sign up when the time comes
Carolina Petanque will also need your help in 2020 volunteering at events and at the different locations expanding our player/membership base and keep Carolina Petanque growing. Without your efforts what has been accomplished and what can be is not possible. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered time, effort, and money to the club! It is greatly appreciated!
Finally this is a election year for Carolina Petanque and we need you to consider running for a position on the Board. All positions are open, President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Sports Director. If you are interested in volunteering your time to serve on the Board I will explain in detail what is required and what would be expected from holding a position. I will be taking nominations for officer positions until December 31. To nominate someone or to run for a position you must be a Carolina Petanque member. In January, Carolina Petanque will hold the election.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your family!
Carolina Petanque President