September 2006 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Regina Bechard of Memphis, Tennessee
The obvious cliché is: Tennessee is the Volunteer State. But if it’s true, then Regina Bechard is the Volunteer State’s number one tennis volunteer. Even though she has only played tennis for about six years, she has made an impact felt far and wide.
“Without Regina, tennis in Tennessee would be one step behind the times,” said Bev Miller, the Combo coordinator in Memphis.
As coordinator of the Memphis Combo League, the Memphis Super Senior League, and this year the Mixed Doubles League, Regina keeps busy with the USTA’s flagship program.
"Regina Bechard is a prime example of our volunteer organization at its best," said Marilyn Sherman, director of Adult Tennis with USTA Southern. "The local league coordinators who raise their hand to serve their tennis community deserve so much appreciation for offering to administer and promote league programs."
Saying “no” is obviously not in Regina’s vocabulary. She arranges all the TennisLink operations for the leagues in Memphis. She enters the team scheduling for Team Tennis, Mixed and Combo tennis in almost every city in the state. She organizes the District Playoff schedules and assists every coordinator who asks for help. She serves as the Memphis Tennis Association treasurer, successfully obtained grants to grow tennis in Memphis, and travels to Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, all on a quest to grow the game.
Brenda Witt, executive director of USTA Tennessee, calls Regina the "poster role model for volunteers. She is always looking for a way to make tennis run smoother and better."
Sadly, Regina is departing USTA Southern for USTA Intermountain, but Tennessee’s loss is Colorado’s gain, and no doubt the Centennial State will benefit from Regina’s tennis organizing skills as much as Tennessee did.
"Regina leaves big shoes to fill in Memphis," said Daneen Newkirk, USTA Tennessee’s state league coordinator for Mixed, Combo and Super Senior. "She cannot be replaced, but Memphis can continue to build on the strong foundation she's laid. What a treasure Colorado is receiving."
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