DFA August 2011 News

Hi to All…..and happy August!


DFA will be closed the month of August and will re-open Thursday, September 1.


We had a wonderful fencing season.  Highlights include:  1st place in the Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade; Max Barber coming back to the club; Max, Danny King and John Phillips earning ratings in their respective weapons; our pentathlete Rendy Lynn Opdycke taking 3rd place in women’s epee at the April Haacke und Slasche and earning her D’2011 rating in epee; John Phillips competing in his first Junior Olympics; Ellis DeVoe’s 8th place finish at the April Haacke und Slasche; and DFA winning so many trophies and finishing 1st place in the San Bernardino Division.  We all merit a well earned rest!

Costa Nichols went to the National Championships in Reno, Nevada, July 5-8, and took 1st place, winning the Gold Medal in Veteran Men’s Saber!!!

Nick Richardson, and family, biked portions of the Oregon Coast.  Nick logged in 479 miles!  Maybe, next summer, it will be the Tour de France!

Also pedaling this summer is Claudia Bueermann, biking the Lewis & Clark Trail.  We’ll hear about her adventures in the September newsletter.


When we re-open in September, our fencing schedule will remain the same.  If anyone needs to change a lesson day or time, just let me know.

Our first fencing tournament of the season will be Saturday, September 17, at College of the Desert.

Wishing everyone an awesome August and blissful fencing.

Leslie Taft,

The Fencing Coach

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