Veteran tennis volunteeer retires
By Jesse Phelps
The directors of the Ojai Valley Tennis
Club, the organizing body behind the Ojai Tennis Tournament,
announced the retirement this year of Ruby Morrison, who served
in many volunteer capacities, including the presidency of the
club, over the past 63 years.
The club held a special volunteer party at the Ojai Valley Athletic
Club last Wednesday at which Morrison was honored for her contributions.
She was named Director Emeritus by the board of directors and
Mayor Joe DeVito presented a proclamation in her honor.
Morrison worked her first Ojai tournament in 1939, when she lived
in Ventura and volunteered to call lines. Later, she worked as
a teacher at Nordhoff and when she and husband Jack moved to
Ojai permanently, both continued their involvement in the tournament.
Morrison says her involvement has always been a "team effort"
with Jack, who started out by working the gate. Eventually the
pair took over publicity for the tournament. She recalls taking
posters and pre-sale tickets to neighboring communities. The
Morrisons became chairpersons of the tennis dance, which today
has morphed into a barbeque.
Jack became president in 1968 and Ruby became transportation
chair at that time. She moved into the position of club secretary
some years later. When Jack stepped down as president after 10
terms, Ruby kept on as secretary through the next two presidents
before assuming the presidency herself in 1983. During her tenure,
Jack served as club secretary and Ruby served as board liaison
with the Tea Tent Committee.
After six terms as president, Ruby joined the board as a director
and served 14 years in that capacity, while continuing her work
with the tea tent. In recent years, the Morrisons have spent
afternoons at the tournament in the tea tent, where they have
served as hospitality ambassadors.
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