Foundation FAQ

Brenda Stewart hits a backhand with partner Tracey Samoluk against Louise Brown

Zephyr Cove Tennis Club, Lake Tahoe’s premier public tennis club, is run by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation, pursuant to a concessionaire contract with Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department

What is the Foundation’s background?

In September 2013, several members of the Zephyr Cove Tennis Club (ZCTC) began discussing the possibility of improving the “Shack” and providing better bathroom facilities for players. After discussion and support of the Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department, along with the Douglas County Public Library, we built a tennis pro shop and obtained access to the library bathrooms.

Because of the need to raise funds for the pro shop and for other short- and long-term goals, the ad hoc tennis group created a nonprofit charitable foundation. The Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation (the Foundation) was registered as a nonprofit organization with the state of Nevada in January 2014, with established Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The Foundation achieved 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS later that year.

In 2014, the Foundation obtained the Douglas County concessionaire contract to run the ZCTC for five years.

What are the Foundation’s Goals?

The Foundation’s principal purpose is to promote tennis as an enriching, healthy, and lifelong sport to all ages and abilities by providing financial, programming, and organizational support to the ZCTC. As a nonprofit corporation organized pursuant to the provisions of Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 82, the Foundation has no capital stock and no shareholders, and no part of the net earnings, income, or profit of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its directors, officers, or other private individuals.

Who makes up the Foundation?

The eleven-member board of directors for the Foundation is made completely of volunteers who are not compensated for their time or efforts for the Foundation or ZCTC. The Foundation’s 2017 board of directors are:

Carolyn E. Wright, president; Bob Beutenmiller, vice president; Ross Rittiman, recording secretary; Joyce Youngs, treasurer; and members: Jenny Bentley, Carl Bergren, Hersch Herschman, Sheryl Herschman, Holly Rittiman, Diane Baker Roberts, and Grant Thompson.

No officers or members of the board of directors are compensated for their services to the Foundation.

Three of the directors shall initially serve for two-year terms, four shall serve for three-year terms, and four shall serve for three-year terms. Thereafter, as such initial terms expire, directors shall be elected to serve two-year terms. Thus, three or four of the directorships shall be filled every other year. A director shall be eligible for re-election.

The Foundation shall have one class of voting membership. Members shall be all persons who have paid in full a membership to the Zephyr Cove Tennis Club for the election year. Current adult members shall be entitled to one vote.

As a Nevada resident who pays taxes, why do I have to pay court fees at ZCTC?

The county made the decision many years ago to charge a concession fee for the tennis courts to assure that the facility is managed during the season, as are Round Hill Pines, Nevada Beach, and other public Lake Tahoe Basin facilities. The concessionaire has the right to collect court and membership fees. The concessionaire manages and maintains the courts and provides for a structured tennis program.

What will the Foundation do with proceeds collected?

All proceeds collected from memberships, court fees, and donations are 100% used to maintain, enhance, and improve the ZCTC facility, programming, and community.

What are the Foundation’s long-term goals?

The Foundation and the county desire to maintain, enhance, and improve the ZCTC facility and programming. As part of those goals,the Foundation and county want to add two indoor courts to ZCTC for year-round play.

How may I volunteer my time in support of ZCTC?

Please contact us at or watch for emails and posts on our Facebook page for announcements about volunteer opportunities.

How may I donate funds to the Foundation?

You may donate funds to the Foundation by writing a check to the Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation, Paypal, debit/credit card, or paying cash at the Pro Shop. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Discuss the tax treatment of all donations with your tax professional.

What if I have more questions?

If you have more questions, contact the Foundation’s president, Carolyn Wright, at