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January Tribute to Jeanette Dickson of Lakeland

January 6, 2006 08:54 AM

Jeanette Dickson of Lakeland has been playing tennis for more than 25 years, and she has volunteered with the USTA for 18!  The USTA Florida League Council observed Jeanette’s years of dedication to local tennis, and this month, Jeanette will be honored as the USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month for her outstanding tennis efforts!

Jeanette established the Lakeland Sunshine League in 1987 and participation soon tripled!  That same year Jeanette began her USTA Florida league captain “career.”  For 18 years she has captained numerous adult, senior, super senior and combo league teams in Lakeland.

For the past four years, Jeanette explained, she and her super senior teammates have been fortunate enough to play in the championships in Daytona Beach.  Her ultimate goal is to win this tournament and therefore qualify for nationals.

Jeanette also remembers her 1991 team who played in the state championships in Palm Coast where they came in second place.  She has also volunteered at the Beerman Tennis Facility.

“I love to play tennis,” Jeanette said.  “And I love meeting so many people.  I try to do my best to keep my teams informed about matches, rules and player contact information.”

Jeanette keeps up with her tennis year-round.  She helped generate a summer league in Lakeland, and now 32 local women play throughout the warm, sunny summer months.

USTA Florida Local League Coordinator Dee Oeters knows she can call on Jeanette if she needs players because she knows all the local players!

“She is a meticulous record keeper with an unbelievable memory of past players and scores,” Dee said.  “If all players were like Jeanette, there would be no need for a grievance committee.  She is a very special volunteer.”

Congratulations, Jeanette.  Keep up the terrific efforts in Lakeland – and keep enjoying the game we all love: T-E-N-N-I-S!






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