The Edmonds Petanque Club was started by Michelle Martin. Chris Guitton, a person of exceptional talent, active in many organizations, helped Michelle organize the structure of the Edmonds Petanque Club in 2011. Chris passed away in 2016. To honor his memory the club awards the Chris Guitton trophy to the winners of its annual League. Together with 47 other similar clubs throughout the country, it is affiliated with the sport’s national association, the Federation of Petanque U.S.A., Inc.
Initially comprised of eight members, the club typically has between eighty and ninety members of diverse backgrounds, making it among the largest in the United States.
The club provides a framework for casual play most days of the week, and sponsors leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Club members also participate in tournaments hosted by other clubs in the region, and several have arranged for play in Europe.
Through its games and related activities, the club provides a ready and enjoyable means for introductions and socialization of persons new to Edmonds and long-term residents alike. Members often form new friendships that soon extend to other endeavors.
The club enjoys the support of many local merchants, and hosts an annual tournament to benefit the Edmonds Food Bank. It works closely with the City, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, local schools and other organizations in an effort to serve the community while promoting the sport.
Having a single principal location for its activities has been instrumental in the growth of the club. That will continue with the renovation of the Civic Playfield at 6th and Bell, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2022. The club was an active contributor to the design of that project, which will include new petanque courts that will be capable of accommodating all of the club’s play, leagues and tournaments.