About NW LA CTA


 

The purpose of the Northwest Louisiana CTA is to make a positive impact on the tennis community by providing support and resources in the development of programs, events, leagues, and facilities and promoting tennis as a lifetime healthful sport within North Louisiana to all ages and all skill levels. The NW LA CTA will collaborate with the USTA and other associations and programs in the pursuit of these goals.

About our organization
2021 Officers
Bylaws
Minutes
Committees
Sign up as a Volunteer
Outreach and Special Programs

About our Organization

 

What is a CTA? 
CTA is any geographically defined, not for profit, volunteer tennis organization that supports and provides programs which pulls the community together by promoting and developing the growth of tennis.

What is our purpose?
The purpose of the Northwest Louisiana CTA is to make an positive impact on the tennis community by providing support and resources in the development of programs, events, leagues, and facilities promoting tennis as a lifetime healthful sport within North Louisiana to all ages and all skill levels.  The NWLACTA will collaborate with the USTA and other associations and programs in the pursuit of these goals.

Who are our members?
All USTA members are automatically grandfathered into the organization.  Also, any tennis enthusiast who is willing to devote time and energy and who will bring constructive ideas and suggestions is welcome to be a part of any or all CTA meetings.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club.

What are our goals?

  1. Acquire grants from LTA, STA and USTA to fund programs.
  2. Let local players know who we are and why we exist.
  3. Improve media relations and media coverage.
  4. Host annual workshop to certify officials for tournaments.
  5. Support and sponsor the city tournaments.
  6. Financially assist USA Adult League teams when they advance to Sectionals,  Regionals and beyond.
  7. Support local Juniors who are in need of financial assistance and sponsor Junior Novice Circuit.
  8. To eventually bring all local events and leagues under one umbrella to increase services and possibly reduce member costs.
  9. To promote and build the game of tennis in the Northwest Louisiana area.
  10. Promote USTA membership.

2021 Officers and Leadership

Joey Lawler, President
Brian Bernard, Executive Vice President
Pam Haley, Secretary
John Liles, Treasurer
Rhonda Rubben, Past President
Albert Hardison, Executive Board Member at Large

Facility Representatives:
Erik Graves, Cockrell Tennis Center
Chris Dudley, Querbes Tennis Center
Tyler Semmes, Southern Hills Tennis Center
Todd Killen, Bossier Tennis Center
Eddie Copete, East Ridge Country Club
Grady Wilson, Pierremont Oaks Tennis Center
Willie Paz, Natchitoches Tennis Center
Matt "Buddha" Coerver, Southern Trace Country Club

At-Large Board Members:
Philip Campbell
Jeanna Choi
Lisa French

Coordinators:
Tammie Harris – Mixed
(318) 426-6327
tmeredith1@comcast.net

Tad Peters – Mens
(318)465-7355
tadpeters0826@gmail.com

Rhonda Rubben – Womens and Combo
(318) 423-3259
rrubben8@gmail.com

Kirita Windham – Tri Level
(318) 560-1206
kfwindham@gmail.com  

Rhonda Terracciano – Flex
(318) 347-8052
rhondaterra@gmail.com    

Kaye Cochran, Community Coordinator
Kirita Windham, Community Coordinator

Louisiana Tennis Association Officers (local members):
Jay Boyd, President
Bob Patterson, North LA Representative
Grady Wilson, Vice President
John Liles, Past President
Philip Campbell, Past President
 

Committees

ADULT LEAGUE COMMITTEE

Local League Council Chair, League Coordinators as co-chairman, various players on committee

PURPOSE:
Promotes tennis participation in all adult categories. 

GOALS:
• Supports competitive programs for all players, collaborating with other local areas and organizations to maximize participation. 
• Supports recreational tennis opportunities for adults beginning in tennis young adults. Assist these players merging into league play.

FUNCTIONS:
• Captain Appreciation and Recognition
• Works with local State Tournaments Committee, League Council
• Meets quarterly

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Board Member, Chairman and volunteers from various clubs and regions within our local tennis community

Purpose: 
To recognize and honor those individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions within local tennis community.

Goals:  
• Reach out to increase the number of nominations from our local community for potential awardees through the LTA Awards.  
• Work with Media/Communication Committee to recognize tennis enthusiasts, volunteers and players for their contributions to the game of tennis throughout the year. 

FUNCTIONS:
• Request nomination ideas from board, pro’s, and coordinators 2 months prior to deadline
• Contact persons recommended and gave information for them to complete online
• Offer to assist in application and/or review as needed
• Follow up to ensure they had submitted
• Report to board on final applicants

ANNUAL CTA “BILL OLIVER” TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

Board Member, Chairman and Volunteer as Co-Chairman, and various volunteers

Purpose: 
Hold 3-day tournament to kick off the season for local tennis players and raise funds for local adult and junior programs.

Functions: 
• Set Date and Host Facility
• Create flyers, social media promotion, and promote event and assist in promotion
• Recruit volunteers to either assist with set up, work a shift, take down, or supply food
• Recruit Sponsors and collection items for “Hit for Prizes” and Swag Bags
• Assist in getting players for all levels by encouraging all friends and tennis players you know to participate in the tournament
• Work Event

FINANCE/BUDGET & STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

Treasurer Chairman and Executive Board

Purpose:  
• To review the finances quarterly comparing to the budget 
• Prepare the annual budget, research opportunities for increased growth 
• Reviews and evaluates annual budget request from the committee Chairpersons and administrative staff
• Monitor financial transactions and accounting methods; and ensuring compliance with applicable internal and external reporting requirements.

Strategic Planning 
• Evaluates long term goals and in accordance with the CGPG Grant Requirements and the mission statement. 
• The Strategic Plan articulates the CTA vision, major goals, strategic priorities and action plans. 
• If approved by the Executive Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee will monitor progress toward meeting the stated goals and recommend changes as priorities change.

FUNDRAISING -COMMUNITY PARTNER-COMMITTEE

Vice President as Chairman, Executive & Board, and various volunteers

PURPOSE: 
To seek out and obtain area persons and businesses as Community Partners annually to assist in the support of the local CTA and programs.

GOALS: 
To raise funds annually to assist in support of local tennis programs

FUNCTIONS:
• Reach out to local contacts and solicit to become a Community Partner
• Obtain agreement and funds
• Follow up with a thank you and make sure they are noted throughout the year via website, FB posts, banners, etc.

 

GRANTS & OUTREACH/SPECIAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Current or Past Board Member, Chairman and Board member Co Chairman, Community Coordinators members and volunteers

Purpose: 
To raise funds for underserved, diversity, and adaptive junior and adult programs

Goals and Function:
• Identify program and set up program parameters
• Establish Budget
• Research and write USTA or STA Foundation Grants and/or seek sponsorships for programs
• Obtain facility and/or Pro and tennis staff to oversee and work the program
• Oversee, disburse, and monitor spending to ensure remains within grant or sponsor requirements
• End of Grant Report work

MARKETING AND SOCIAL MEDIA COMMITTEE

Purpose: 
• To promote all tennis-related events and news via Website, email blasts, Facebook and Instagram accounts.  
• Will collaborate with other committees to coordinate marketing efforts for all.  
• Will promote engagement and interaction on our social media sites by encouraging the local tennis community to submit and share their achievements.

Goals & Functions: 
To build the following of our social media sites; to create a calendar of events that we will use to promote activities in future years

Website Technician – Chris Long and Rhonda Rubben

Purpose of Position: 
Provide technical support for development and maintenance of CTA website 

Major Functions, Responsibilities, Duties: 
• In direct coordination with CTA appointed board member, league coordinators, and executive board designs, develops and updates CTA website 
• Establishes periodic interviews with CTA personnel to obtain guidance for designing and improving the website; provides opportunity to recommend improvements on the website. 
• Establishes schedule and procedures for updating website information including identifying specific content and update responsibilities of the various CTA organizational elements 
• Implements BOD approved website design, design improvements, and updates website 

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Past President Chairman and/or Board member at large as Co-Chairman and volunteer 

Purpose: 
• To review applications for Board membership 
• Solicit and Interview applicants and inform them of membership requirements 
• Nominate qualified applicants to serve on the Board of Directors and as Officers in accordance with the Bylaws.

Goals: 
To make high quality recommendations for filling vacancies based on needs that represent the diverse activities, cultural groups, and geographic locations of tennis activities.

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS COMMITTEE

Pro Board members as chairman and as co-chairman. Board Member at Large and Coordinators to serve on committee

 

JUNIOR “Grassroots” PROGRAM SUB-COMMITTEE 
works with facilities to identify, set up programming, and support for beginning level junior programs

PURPOSE/GOAL/FUNCTION:
• Liaison between USTA, STA, LTA and CTA to communicate current programs, as well as assist, support, and help implement in developing new junior leagues and initiatives 
• Works to grow and develop the local Junior Team Tennis (JTT) program. 
• Supports local Area League Coordinators with Team Challenges and other programs offered to juniors
• Assist and supports all local junior tournaments

VOLUNTEER & HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

Board Member and Volunteer to serve as Co-Chairman and local tennis community volunteers 

Purpose, Major Functions, Responsibilities, Duties: 
• Oversees and manages recruitment, lists, retention, and training of volunteers
• Works with facilities “Courtside Connection” group and “BLT” group on events
• Develops and maintains list of all CTA volunteers seeking to place volunteers where they are interested in serving
• Sends out emails, texts, personal invitations for recruitment of volunteers as projects and needs arise