Here in the late days of September as heated summer grudgingly yields to fall, we begin what we trust will be a new and rewarding benefit of your FPUSA membership, the quarterly FPUSA news-letter. In our digital pages we will endeavor to keep you informed of significant happenings in the world of pétanque around the corner, across the country, and, if relevant, perhaps a bit of international news as well. We’d like to link our community together through a greater familiarity with each other and the game we love by means of words and pictures. We welcome you as a reader, encourage you to be-come a contributor, and hope you become a fan.
Well, another busy summer has come and gone. We have lots of news upon which to launch this humble vessel, our inaugural newsletter. When I took over as head of the Communications Committee I set a few goals for myself. First, and primary, was to establish a more meaningful and effective line of communication. “Communication” implies a two-way exchange of ideas and information, and we really want to encourage our members to take part in the exchange. Second, an overhaul of the FPUSA web-site. Third was to bring back the FPUSA newsletter. We want the website and newsletter to function not only as tools to inform, but also to engage each of you, our members, in a dialogue with your representatives. For a variety of reasons these tasks have taken longer than I’d initially hoped or planned, but we are now well underway. If you’ve visited the website, you’ve probably noticed numerous pages that ask for your input, invite your participation, or solicit your opinion. We really mean it. Don’t be shy, let us know what you’re thinking and what ideas you have for the website. The same applies to this quarterly. We actively solicit your articles, ideas, your reportage, and your photos. In fact we are even inviting you to help name our publication. Send your suggestions for a name for this publication to: Secretary@USAPetanque.org.
If you've already visited, you'll know that one of the biggest projects of the summer has been our creation of the new FPUSA website. If you haven't, you'll find it here: www.usapetanque.org. While I provided oversight, Nan Walter supplied copy, de-sign, and execution. Etienne Rijkheer, our National Sport Director, assisted with content for the com-petition section derived from the old Landing Spot. The transition to the new website will be completed by October 1, 2016, and the Landing Spot will be officially closed at that time.
Also in this issue we report on the new Men’s Team USA and Women’s Team USA. Southeast Region Counselor, Jo Ella Manalan has graciously written on the September Women’s Qualifier from the Maine Boules Club in Blue Hill, Maine, while I have done similar duty for the August Men’s Qualifier at Lamorinda Pétanque Club in Lafayette, California. Gina Teator DeJoy, one of our top women competitors, has also generously contributed her take on the Women’s Confederations Cup Team’s adventures at the Mondial Ricard la Marseillaise à Pétanque in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, this past August.
In club news we’ll meet a group of model citizens from the Edmonds Pétanque Club and say hello to our newest club, the Seacoast Boulaines of New Hampshire. Finally we conclude this issue with a fascinating article on training, the first in a series by Seattle Pétanque Club President Philippe Geraud and a water color by talented petanquewoman and artist Shannon Bowman. We hope you enjoy taking this little excursion with us and we look forward to hearing from you.