October Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Melody Walter of Ogden, Utah
|Melody Walter is a volunteer with USTA Intermountain.|
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Come Halloween, USTA Intermountain section volunteer Melody Walter won’t be sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for an oversized pumpkin to rise in the sky. She’ll be waiting on a tennis court in Las Vegas for the top girls’ 12s from Intermountain to arrive for the Great Pumpkin Sectional Championships, the section junior tournament.But Melody’s tennis volunteering goes way beyond serving as the site director for one annual junior tournament. She has been a dedicated volunteer with several other tournaments, including serving as tournament director for the 2002 USA League Tennis District Championships in Utah.
“I have always felt that serving Utah Tennis and the Intermountain section was a privilege. I feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to work with such great people and to share my skills to help make our organizations run more efficiently, communicate our messages more effectively, and be of service to our members,” Melody said.
Melody has served on the Board of Directors of the Utah Tennis Association, and currently she chairs Utah’s Communications and Public Relations Committee. She also chairs the Marketing and Sponsorship Committee for the entire six-state Intermountain section.
Particularly noteworthy volunteer accomplishments of Melody include:
organizing the Ogden Athletic Club Evening Indoor League, the first Utah league to allow community members to play affordable indoor tennis without the expense of a club membership
designing and producing the printed version of "Net Talk," the Utah Tennis yearly newsletter, in Spring 2001, 2002, and 2003
coordinating all aspects of the 2002 and 2003 Silent Auctions to benefit the Utah Junior Tennis Foundation
An avid 4.0 player herself, Melody enjoys her own time on the court when she is not busy in her “un-tennis” life, which she shares with husband Steve and two children. After taking fifteen years off from the sport of tennis, Melody returned to the court after the birth of her second child, whom she claims is a future pro. At the same time, she started her own marketing and communications firm in Ogden.
“Melody is a wonderful, giving person, and I'm happy to hear she will be recognized as the USTA Volunteer of the Month. Melody is a hard worker and always gives 110%. She is a dear friend and is always willing to help wherever she can,” said Linda Vincent, executive director of the Utah Tennis Association.Do you know someone who would make a good Tennis Volunteer of the Month? Email Andrew Feldman with a short description of how your volunteer helps promote and develop the game of tennis. If you have a picture, send it along.
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