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Thursday 27 January 2022

Lionel Pollard, RIP

It is with regret that we report the death of Lionel Pollard on Thursday, 16 December 2021, at the age of 87. He is survived by Pamela, his wife and their many children and families. Lionel was an active member of the SAC from 1967 until 2007; he was as Chairman of the Football Section for years but was also a VP of the Club in the 90s. His funeral will take place at the Crématorium du Parc in Clamart on Friday, 24 December 2021 at 12 o'clock. No flowers, please. 

Eric Lacey (83), RIP

We are sad to announce that Eric Lacey (12/10/1938-12/01/2022) died on Wednesday morning after a long illness. Eric was a long-time member of the Club and participated in many activities, including lots of football, tennis, golf, and bridge. Eric really cherished his membership of the Club and the many dear friendships he made there. He was on the Golf committee for several years and also captained one of the Bridge section's Interclub teams.
Eric is survived by his wife Elisabeth, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
His cremation will take place at 10h30 on Wednesday, January the 19th at the Crematorium de Joigny, boulevard Lesire Lacam, 89300 Joigny. (No flowers, please.)

Miriam Hodges (22.02.1942 Slovenia - 26.09.2021 Biarritz) RIP

Ken Hodges is sad to announce the death of his wife Miriam, aged 79. She was struck down by a debilitating illness but died peacefully in her sleep.
Miriam was a long-standing SAC member, enjoying the fresh air of the forest and always feeding the birds. She was a keen tennis player and swimmer. A long time ago she adopted the SAC stray cat.
Her other activities included writing a book on Slovenian women authors, which remained unpublished because of political events in Slovenia. She loved the theatre, the subject of her doctorate.
Her tennis partners will miss her. 

Renewal of wooden benches

We have 6 wooden benches around the Club (by the sports field and in the pool area). They were beginning to suffer a little. The most heavily damaged wood is being replaced with new oak. Thanks to Andrew Jackson for the great carpentry work. Read on to see the before and after pictures. 

BBQ & Campout - Saturday 11 September

Great fun was had by all at the BBQ and Campout held on 11 September, with nearly 100 members joining in the fun.
Special thanks go to all of the volunteers that helped with the BBQ, sing-along, s’mores and breakfast. It would not have been possible without you.
Thank you for bringing your positive energy and your good vibes. Check out pictures and the video (in the main article) to remember the magic.
We hope you can join us next year!
Children’s and Teens Committee 

Our Club -- The Way You Want it to Be

Some 49 members were able to attend the different forums offering encouragement and some significant preferred directions, suggesting clearer conditions for member volunteering, as well as raising some important questions for writing the next chapter for the club. There were a total of 132 interventions from members and also three written submissions with many helpful, specific suggestions and offers of help. Many thanks to all who participated!

EGM vote results

Our thanks to everyone who attended the EGM and voted on the Motions. Thanks also to Cecilia AMOR MAHIA and Daniel TERRINGTON for acting as “electronic vote counters”.
The votes were as follows:

  1. Statutes and Rules: 141 yes, 9 no, 10 abstentions.  Passed by the required 2/3 majority.
  2. Revised subscription pricing: 139 yes, 18 no, 3 abstentions. Passed
  3. AGM date (before 30 Sept): 156 yes, 1 no, 3 abstentions. Passed

All motions therefore passed.

Our thanks to the Statutes and Rules Sub-Committee (Laurent BRAULT (Chair), Carmel CAHILL, Dougie ANDERSON, James MOORE, David QUINN, Rich PARKIN) and the Pricing Sub-Committee (Gigi COTHIER, Roxane GIRAULT, Emile FREIHA, Rich PARKIN) for their work. 

Special post-Covid membership offer

The Standard Athletic Club is proposing a special post-covid membership offer until 31/08/2021 that waives the usual joining fee.
Spread the word among your friends and contacts. Any enquiries contact: 

Terrace renovation

The painting and decorating team, led by Astrid, has nearly finished the renovation of the terrace. See the pictures in the main article.

Hanging Baskets

Two hanging baskets have been put up on the terrace to accompany the replanted window boxes.

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Outside furniture

The painting and decorating team are busy renovating and repainting the garden furniture.  

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Extended opening hours

The Club will now stay open until 6.45 pm every day of the week. This will allow tennis players to book courts until 6.15 pm.

Yvette Halen-Devos (6/5/1929 - 4/2/2021) - RIP

We are sorry to announce the passing of Yvette Devos, a long-time member of the Club, on Thursday 4 February 2021 in her 92nd year. Our deepest sympathy goes to her children, Pierre and Carine and grand-children, Charline, Corentine, Alexandre and Juliette. 

With a hop and a skip and away it goes!

Begone old junk! A skip has been hired for the weekend to get rid of much of the junk at the club. So we're looking for volunteers to help! Either turn up or contact Gerald Strouts at .

Getting rid of junk...

We are starting to clear assorted junk that has accumulated over the years and store it by the back gate in a cordoned-off area awaiting the arrival of a skip.
We ask members to take extra care with their small children to keep well away from this area. 

Painting and decorating

The painting and decorating that has been so painstakingly done by Astrid and her extraordinary team are not far from completion. The hours they have put in has transformed our shared second home. 

MC Report Summer 2020

Since the restructuring of the MC on July 6, the MC and its advisory team has been doing their very best to guide the club through the Covid 19 crisis, and beyond. 

Progressive opening of the Club

The good news is that while the Club’s indoor facilities remain closed, we are now able to offer members access to most of the club’s outdoor areas on a much less constricted basis, within the limits of the guidelines and recommendations of the authorities and sporting federations - effective immediately. (Don't forget to sign the rules acceptance form...)

First steps towards opening of the Club

The measures announced by the Mairie de Meudon and the Prefecture are extremely strict. Initially the Club will only be open for tennis players with a maximum of 10 persons on the site at one time. Only singles matches will be allowed on the three hard courts according to strict rules of access, circulation and hygiene.
The only entry to the Club will be by the 'cricket' gate which will be manned. Nobody without an ADSL tennis reservation will be admitted. The clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets will remain closed, and all other areas in the grounds apart from those immediately adjacent to the tennis courts will be out of bounds.
Tennis should start as from the morning of Saturday 16 May (see this article).

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