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

Spring 2016 Tournament

HWTA Ladies,

We’re very excited about our upcoming Spring 2016 Tournament. Our event this year will be held at HTC April 14-17. This year’s event is going to be bigger and better. Everyone who enters will get a terrific players gift. First Place and Consolation Winners in each division will receive an award. The entry fee is $25 per person per event, with a limit of two divisions per player, and you must be an HWTA member to play ($15 annual membership fee). There is a limit of 16 entries in each draw, so enter soon!

2016 HWTA Spring Tournament Entry form pdf

We will also have a box to collect donations for RiahRose Home for Children, our chosen charity for this year. Please take a minute to look at their needs list, as they appreciate everything they receive.

2016 HWTA Charity-RiahRose Home For Children

If you have any questions please contact Sue Gibson at, or 205-837-9333.


March Newsletter

Time flies when you’re having fun with HWTA. Along with that fun HWTA friendships just continue to grow. Did you know that we had several frogs leaping around at the first General Membership meeting in February and about 60 princesses at the March Membership Social? So what will April bring during the HWTA Spring Tournament?

Leap year added one more day for HWTA and tennis – what could be better? “Leap into Tennis“ kicked off 2016 for HWTA with our first HWTA General Membership meeting/round robin event. Did you know that frogs are really good at singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”? We also found out that the HWTA frogs are pretty good at jumping when some members joined in a frog hop competition. Did anyone find out what kind of shoes Carol Wright was wearing? She was the first frog to make it to the HWTA frog pond! Not too far behind her were Della Evans, Irene Wisner, and Lisa Strickland. In the serious part of the meeting we approved the 2016 budget, discussed selling banner space on the HTC courts for the duration of the Spring and Fall HWTA Tournaments, and decided to look into possibly hosting a “Rally for the Cause” for some TBD charity. The round robin event ended that day with Sandra Wiles as the “Big Frog” of the day, but all the frogs that played had big smiles all afternoon. Just ask Cindy Reaves if you’re in doubt about what fun this group had!

We all have read fairy tales, but this year at the Membership Social it was like a dream come true. Everyone parked on the street and then began the journey up the steep flight of stairs leading up to the front entry and only had one thing on their mind. Get to the top and hope the wind didn’t slow you down!  Everyone made it and most even arrived with a big smile – after all we are tennis players! Yes, Queen Kay, our charming, gracious hostess, was right there to welcome you to her home. At that moment it seemed like you instantly became a princess and you had entered the castle of your dreams. To the right was the library and to the left was the grand dining room, dressed for the HWTA occasion and filled with magical delights in abundance to satisfy your sweet and salty desires. So where does Karen Morris keep her magic wand? What delicious food! What music! What a wonderful hostess – Kay Brown! But that is not all. What a splendid day for all the HWTA enthusiasts who came and will forever remember a day when they became a princess for a few hours at the 2016 HWTA Membership Social.

Things always come in three – right? The next HWTA event is the Spring Tournament and is open to all HWTA ladies at all levels. Mark your calendar, grab a partner and submit your entry now! Also, your copy of the 2016 HWTA handbook will be available for pick up during the tournament.  If you read all of the above then you would agree that being an HWTA member is one way to bring out your smiles. This is your association and your board members are doing their best to get everyone involved in HWTA activities. The rest is up to you!

Kim McCandless, President, HWTA

2016 March HWTA Newsletter