Award Winning HWTA!!!

HWTA Ladies,

The Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 Huntsville Times, SPORTS WORLD page had a big article about the Australian Open and What We Learned. The article went on to write about Federer and Serena.

Well HWTA also has exciting news to be announced!  The Huntsville Women’s Tennis Association has been chosen by the USTA Alabama Awards Committee to receive the “2017 Community Organization of the Year”.   The letter notifying us stated – Congratulations on this prestigious award.

Ladies, this award is presented to a member organization to recognize outstanding service to the local community, to the organizational members, and to the game of tennis.  The presentation of this award will be held Saturday – Feb 18, 2017 in Birmingham and attendance is limited to 5 from our organization.

HWTA’s success over the years is because of all the HWTA Champions – without you this award would not have been possible. It’s amazing how back in 1967 this association started with 15 members and is now celebrating 50 years and membership is greater than 300.   HWTA has built its reputation as a caring association which promotes tennis for everyone.

HWTA is all about its members and doing what we can to offer fun events and opportunities for all the Tennis Sisters to get involved. When HWTA steps up to host events, we go all out and produce high quality events!

Kim McCandless
HWTA, President


Time for Wednesday Day League!


Sign Up Time!

What fun times ladies have playing on Wednesday mornings. If you like playing tennis and having a good time, then Day League is for you.  Ladies of every level are welcome.

Hurry up and get your name on the list to play as a regular or on the sub list because courts are limited. Spring League will run March 22nd through May 10th at HTC on the clay courts.

How to sign up:   contact Laurie “Ann” Creager,
By email:
By phone: 256-919-5389
(Note: text will work best during the daytime hours)

I’m already signed up! I sent my request to play as soon as I read the article in the January HWTA newsletter. Will you be signing up today?

For more information about Day League, see the webpage for HWTA Wednesday Day League.

Kim McCandless
HWTA, President

Use your creativity–for a good cause!

HWTA Ladies,

Who likes to be creative? HWTA is looking for someone or a small group that would like to use your creative talents to create something for our 2017 Charity “Meals on Wheels”.

The last two years we have had our “Hope Place House” that we would use during our Tournaments and at the Christmas Luncheon. So now we’re looking to see if we can get volunteers to create something for “Meals On Wheels” that we can use during the 2017 Spring and Fall Tournaments for the items we will be collecting to support our charity.

Would you like to volunteer for this HWTA project? When you take part in supporting HWTA the rewards are endless. So please consider connecting with HWTA and doing something that’s fun at the same time.  Let me know if you, or you and a few of your friends, want to volunteer or need additional information by emailing or call Kim at 256-651-2328.

Kim McCandless
HWTA, President

November News



15th Annual Roselyn Donnelly Memorial Tournament–“Awesome!!”

Results and pics

Holiday Luncheon:  NEW location

Hope Place gift list

 Handbook photos taken

Gift Basket door prizes!!

50th Anniversary:

Memorialize this special event with a jacket or vest

A Drone and HWTA?:  Diana Davidson will shoot an aerial photo of members for a   50th Anniversary photo.  Fill out the participation commitment form and join Diana to have fun with the new technology!!

SISTERS feature:  check out Peggy Campbell


First Match Times


HWTA Members – Attached you will find your First Match times. Check in is at least 15 minutes before your first match time. If you owe tournament fees you can pay when you check in.

There’s a lot going on during this tournament & you won’t want to miss any of it. Activities include:

*             Our Annual Clothing Sale! Come shop for some great bargains under the pavilion. Tops and skirts are $5 each, dresses are $8, as well as accessories and tennis bags at various prices

*             Raffle! We have lots of great items that have been generously donated to HWTA for the Fall Tournament. Prizes include Wine Baskets, Wine Tasting for 8 and Jewelry just to name a few. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. We will have your Junior HWTA members helping us with the raffle, and you won’t want to miss these cuties!

*             Donations – We want to fill up the wagon with donations for RiahRose, our Charity for 2016, so don’t forget to contribute!

We also need food/drinks donated during the tournament. Any contributions will be gladly accepted. If you have any questions call Sue Gibson at 205-837-9333 or email her at

See you on the courts!

Sue Gibson

HWTA Tournament Director

May 2016 Newsletter

President’s Message

The first part of 2016 has proven to be very exciting and in the following  month, HWTA will host another fun General Membership meeting and the Summer Social on June 25th. Who is ready for a Mimosa and Muffin with your tennis sisters? Come Join The Circle and mark your calendar with all of the HWTA events this summer and fall. It’s true that sisterhood is a very special relationship and that’s why we hope you always want to be an HWTA member.

The HWTA Spring Tournament was another memorable event. During the tournament the HWTA ladies stepped up big time with an abundance of donated items to support our selected charity, RiahRose Home for Children.  How about a big Cheer Ye for Melinda Anderson’s new court sponsorship idea and a big thanks to Pat Clowers and Brenda Armstrong for being the first to sign up for banners. And, yes, we need another Cheer Ye for Nelda Newell for the “Trinkets for Tennis” Premier Jewelry fund raiser effort. What is one of the favorite things for an HWTA member? That would be tournament photos, and we have them thanks to Bob Topp and Diana Davidson with their unstoppable camera clicking and uploading to web. Poses, expressions and smiles all equal memorable moments!

Want some really good news? Want to know what is going on inside HWTA that should make you shout? Check out your new “My Sister’s Keeper” 2015-2016 Handbook. The handbook continues to show that the HWTA community is stronger then ever. Did you find the quotes to be inspiring? We all know the internet is loaded with information about stretching routines, but do you know very much about stretching for flexibility in tennis? Look no further: this can be found inside your 2015-2016 handbook on page 20.

Your HWTA board and committee leads are committed to earning your HWTA membership satisfaction by giving you many opportunities to participate in HWTA events throughout the year. If getting to know the other HWTA ladies, having fun playing tennis and helping to promote tennis at all levels are what you are seeking in your HWTA membership, then be sure to mark your calendars to attend the general membership meeting to be held June 25th and September 13th.  And don’t forget the Christmas Luncheon December 6th. We really hope you aren’t content to just be a member and that you will Come Join the Circle often.

Kim McCandless

President, HWTA

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May 2016 HWTA Newsletter