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Ruth Shoffner Retires

RuthAfter nearly 18 years of service, Central Arizona will be saying goodbye to one of its longest term employees, Ruth Shoffner.  Ruth began her involvement in tennis as many people do, by playing the game.  Her extraordinary commitment to Central Arizona came after that, as she became a certified official.  Ruth officiated many tournaments, ranging from junior to professional, including some matches in the US Open.  Ruth also served as the Head of Officials for Central Arizona for many years and continued officiating into her 70s.   She started working for the USTA of Central Arizona in 1992, when it was still known as the Phoenix District Tennis Association.  Over the years, she took on many roles for the district office, from running the Super Set and Satellite tournaments to publishing the yearly calendar of events. She also served as the interim office manager several times when called upon throughout the years.   Ruth has truly been the face and voice of Central Arizona. 
 
“One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring Ruth to be my assistant at the Phoenix District.  She has done so much for the organization over the years and always with a smile on her face,” says Darlene Demory who hired and worked with Ruth when she first became involved with Central Arizona. “ It won’t be the same to call the office and not have that friendly voice at the other end.  She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the growth of tennis in the Phoenix area and has impacted many lives in our tennis community in the process.  She will be missed by all.”
 
Ruth’s volunteer hours have also been countless, as she has assisted in seventeen Winter National tournaments, chaired multiple committees, and sat at the desk of numerous junior satellite tournaments over the years.  Even after her retirement, Ruth will continue volunteering and offering her invaluable advice by sitting on the Junior Council.
 
“Ruth has been the backbone, spirit, and historical mentor of Central Arizona for the past two decades, and we are fortunate to have had her working and volunteering in our district” says current Central Arizona president, Sally Grabham.  “She will be truly missed.”  
 
Ruth was inducted into the Central Arizona Inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2005.  She has also received many other awards from Central Arizona, including Volunteer of the Year. Central Arizona wishes to thank her for her years of dedication and commitment.  She will be dearly missed and is truly irreplaceable. 
 

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