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LOIS, my Love of 62 Years, Left us; Left Me, on June 4th, 2018

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My Love; Lois.  The Celebration of Life for Lois McCormack (McConnell) will take place at Celebrations Hall, (Mackey Funeral Home) 35 Lindsay Street North, Lindsay ON. Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. on June 22nd, 2018. Family, and any who wish, will then travel to the Groveside Cemetery, 5155 Baldwin St. South, Whitby, ON where Lois’ Ashes will be placed adjacent her son Jeffrey. Light lunch will be provided.

My Love of 62 Years left us on June 4th, 2018. Lois McCormack had severe and aggressive lung cancer. It took her life while she was in the hospital in Lindsay Ontario; she had declined further complicated treatment, choosing to let “nature take its course”. Nature did so after only two days in hospital, Stan holding her right hand, daughter Michelle, holding her left hand.
Lois, I believe, had a most fulfilling Life. The early part…

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World Shuffleboard Championships coming to High River in July

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See You In High River!!

Organizers of the World Shuffleboard Championships coming to High River in July are really having to wear their “planning” hats these days.

Ken Wardley, who’s in charge of the event, says getting the over 100 players, who are coming from around the world, off their planes and into High River is a major undertaking.
“We didn’t really anticipate it’d be as big as it is, but we have to pick these people up at the airport. The Calgary Airport Authority have been very generous by donating to us a hospitality room. So that people coming in on an international flight, they can get go into this hospitality room, secure their luggage, and then walk the airport until we have our buses there to pick the people up.”
Wardley says in the end it’ll be worth it, as they’ll introduce a whole bunch of new people…

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Tournament Made up of Five Teams at Golden Village Palms.

Condensed down to two days, May 21-22, 2018, five teams squared off in this successful event. Winners on the four teams received a pin or their accomplishments. Each team fielded 13 players, assigned by spreading them out by virtue of their experience level; Red, white, blue, green and purple.
Golden Village Palms is home to the California Shuffleboard Association “Hall of Fame”.
Helen Bell, HOF Curator, was not able to preside this year, so George Hayes filled in very capably as ATM. Volunteers who helped promote and put on this event were:  head ref, George Hayner, and a busy board crew of Kerry Selway and Ray Ackenhausen. We certainly commend them for their time and effort.

During the tournament, displays added to the Hall of Fame venue were lists of previous tournament winners, a CSA 100 Club Endowment Fund plaque and A History of Shuffleboard in California poster, a copy of the which resides in the NSA HOF in Clearwater, Fla.
The winners were: First place, 18 points, Team No. 1, Jay Davidson, captain,
Ken  Phipps, co-captain.Second Place: Team 5
Team roster: Ann Cantu,
Mona Ekstrom, Fran Hayner, George Hayner, Mary Kaiser, Barbara McCorkle, Travis McCorkle, Helen Noeltner, Betsy Palmer,
Marolyn Davidson and Charles Smith.
Second place, 18 points, Team No.5, Tootie Chittenden,Captain,
Paul Epps, Co-captain,Second Place: Team 5
Robert Brooks, Mary Draine, Ingrid Thomas, Larry Pierce, Diane Pierce, Krisi Brineger, Harlan Mathews, John Hays, Pat Bowman, Mary Baptist and Barbara Brooks.
Third place, 17 points, Team No. 4, Wanda Souza, captain,
Hazel Beidleman, co-captain,Second Place: Team 5remainder of the team: Jean Baldwin, Alice Beers, Lee Beidleman, Bill Caslar, Sharon Hillan, Dee Huffman, Warren Huffman, Richard Huffman, Ken Norris, Tracy Tackett and Maria Walker.
Fourth place, 16 points, Team No. 2, Ron Needham, captain,
Minda Needham, co-captain.Second Place: Team 5Roster includes George Baslak, Mike Feazell, Frank Good, Dean Grattidge, Jerry Hand, Lucy Hand, Howard Harrell, Sharon Hillan, Larry Pierce, Jack Ramsey,
Dennis Sondrini, T. J. Sondrini and Georgia Stufflebeam.
CSA rules applied to these 12-frame games where players switched to their left or right taking their colors with them at half time.
The 52 winners qualify for entry into the Hall of Fame CSA Any Singles Tournament scheduled for Dec. 26-29 at Golden Village Palms.

Shuffleboard Is Cool Now!! (A long read, BUT WELL WORTH IT!!)

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The Unlikely Rise of … Shuffleboard?
This summer’s hottest new game is best known as a geezer’s pastime. But this new wave has a competitive pro circuit, a party atmosphere, and even advanced analytics. Shuffleboard is cool now.

Tom Petty and REO Speedwagon boomed off the grandstand seats. Players were illuminated by twinkling white Christmas lights hanging from the rafters above the open-air setup. The hubbub was punctuated by the rhythmic smacking of heavy plastic discs against each other and the intermittent eruption of cheers. I stood, stunned into silence, marveling at this unfettered display of youthful vigor. When did shuffleboard — that bastion of geriatric time-killing — become cool?

Florida is home to all manner of kitschy roadside attractions, but the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club — which bills itself as the “world’s largest shuffleboard club” — is no Gatorland. I certainly wasn’t expecting a party. But when I arrived this spring, I was greeted by a tailgate gone…

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St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club’s spring league regular seasons came to an end this week

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The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club’s spring league regular seasons came to an end this week. The Monday and Wednesday leagues combined for over 400 players and more than 70 teams. Each league has a 12 team playoff that will be held the week of the 21st, and you can find the standings (and clever team names) attached to this post. Our leagues have been what has really helped grow the club over the past few years. I attached a few pictures of some of our league players and what the facility looks like at sunset. The leagues wouldn’t be possible without our league manager, Jignesh Patel, and the members who help clean up each night. If anyone has any questions about our leagues feel free to e-mail me at ehahmann@gmail.com.–
Erik Hahmann

Here are the Results For the Monday and Wednesday Leagues:  Wednesday+StandingsMonday Standings.   Click…

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Emmett Allen tournament

by  Dean Grattidge   District 7 Reporter
Seven Hills Shuffleboard Tournament: A Commemorative for A Leader.
This singles tournament was played to honor the late Emmett Allen, past program and community leader.
From May 7 to May 9, 2018, 64 players squared off to apply their skills in this District 7 singles event. For 6 years this venue has displayed the name, Emmett Allen in honor of his dedication and service.
All these volunteers are to be commended for their fine efforts: ATM Lynda Goggin, with help from ATM Helen Noeltner, managers, Suzanne Shapiro and Mary Davis, board crew, Ron Needham, Bob Henderson and Chuck Davis. Head ref was George Hayner. Head Scorekeeper was Tootie Chittenden.
Polly Givens had gone out into the community once again, to solicit door prize certificates from the following contributors: Farmer Boys Restaurant, Stater Brothers Market and I-Hop Restaurant.
The number one community sponsor, The Bank of Hemet came forward with generous funding. (We just can’t thank them enough for that!).
A 50-50 drawing helped the host venue defray some of their expenses. Polly Givens organized this drawing.
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Aaron Young, Bank of Hemet official, shown here with Lynda Goggin, Helen Noeltner, and Mary Davis, took the time and effort to come by and hand out awards to the winners. We thank him for that as we thank all the volunteers.
The best part of reporting is to acknowledge this group of eight players who competed at a high level and prevailed in their efforts.
Championship –
First place, front row l-r, Robert Brooks (SDSE) now recognized as the “Gold Standard in competition”. Second place, Ruth Schneider (SDSE)
who put on a classy challenge throughout this low scoring back-and-forth match with Robert. Third, Nadine Hackett (Hemet Muni)
and fourth place, Janet Langenmeier (also from Hemet Muni).
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Consolation round: back row l-r,
First place, Al Elias (SDSE), second, Dennis Sondrini (Heather Estates) – his first tournament win, third, Paul Epps (Hemet West),
and fourth, Ruby Best (Seven Hills) in a high scoring match-up.
All winners received pins and cash as the top finishers; Robert Brooks was awarded the handsome traveling trophy.
Finally, kudos to Harlan Mathews for supplying the remarkable photos of those “over achievers”! Harlan shows his camera to Dean.IMG_2671.jpg
Congratulations to all winners and to all volunteers and participants who helped to evolve this into a well managed tournament.

VETERANS’S SHUFFLEBOARD CLINIC – sent along by Dale Monday.

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VETERANS’S SHUFFLEBOARD CLINIC – The Palm Gardens Resort in Mesa, AZ, in conjunction with the Phoenix Veterans Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, is hosting the Veteran’s Shuffleboard Clinic. The clinic is operated twice a month for three months. The Veteran “Heroes” are provided both classroom and hands-on instructions in the art of playing the game. The Palm Gardens Activity Association donates the refreshments for the event and the resort residents volunteer to work in the kitchen, referee, keep score provide instructions.

At the conclusion of the clinic the veterans will compete in a tournament with the awards being donated by M & S Shuffleboard and Awards. All the veterans and volunteers will be treated to an awards luncheon that is being donated by the Stewart Family, owners of the Palm Gardens Resort.

At the top I have placed pictures of the clinic that was held on April 25th. Please note the joy…

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Any Doubles a tribute to John McDonough

by  Dean Grattidge   District 7 Reporter
This Any Doubles tournament, hosted by Sierra Dawn South, evolved as a tribute to John McDonough, a valley icon of past years.
From April 16-19, 2018, 44 partners gathered at SDS to duke it out.
ATM’S were Helen  Noeltner and Carol Anderson as George Hayner handled the duties of head ref. Tootie Chittenden gathered and confirmed entries on the score cards. These three men kept the boards well-maintained: Howard Drake, Newt Ball and JR Ault.
Once again The Bank of Hemet sponsored this event. We thank them for their continuing support.
Alice and Howard Drake, first time hosts, put  a great deal of effort into designing the 50-50 drawing and distributing the many prizes in the door prize drawings.
All players received coupons from Carl’s JR and the Golden Ginger. Numerous businesses contributed to the door prizes; they included Stater Brothers, Tommy’s Car Wash and Weinerschnitzel and many others who are on my list that disappeared. Sorry ’bout that!
If you were not at the club on Thursday, you missed some real drama as two clubs had to break a 23-23 tie.  It took four frames to settle that stand-off and the game was decided by one point, 31-30! George Hayes and Ray Ackenhausen prevailed in this “nail biter’. D5 Palm Springs visitors, John and Linda Nielsen received a well-deserved ovation for their challenge.
I’m honored to list the 16 players who engraved their names into shuffleboard’s record book.  –  Championship:
Back row, first place,   George Hayes and Ray Ackenhausen (GVP) second,  Linda and John Nielsen (Desert Crest -Palm Springs D5)
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 front row, third,  Roland and Ruth Schneider (SDSE), and fourth, Paul Epps and Ken Phipps (Hemet West)
Consolation round:
Back row,  first place, George Baslak and Alice Beers (Foothills of Hemet),  second, Betty Palmer and Debbie Buchanan (Heritage Ranch)
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third, front row,  Ingrid Thomas and Charles Smith (Hemet West) and fourth, Karen Heape and Howard Harrell (El Grande Estates).
Thanks to all players and participants who made this such a successful tournament.

2018 NATIONAL WESTERN SHUFFLEBOARD TEAM TOURNAMENT

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ASA President Dale Monday Speaks:  The 37TH WSA TEAM Tournament will be held at three resorts in Mesa AZ during the first week of November (Nov. 5th -10th, 2018). Twenty or more teams will be competing to see who will be this year’s Champion. Each team has 16 shufflers with up to four additional substitute shufflers.

The major sponsor of this “NATIONAL” tournament is CAL-AM Resorts and the games will be played in three of their resorts which are: Towerpoint, Val Vista Villages and Good Life. Additional sponsors are Polyglide and M & S Shuffleboard. The Tournament Director, Doug Kersey, has extended an invitation to all shufflers to participate. Many of the teams are in need of additional players to fill their rosters If you desire to play in the tournament and are not on a team please email either Doug Kersey at c.dougkersey@gmail.com or Dale Monday at d_monday32@hotmail.com (there…

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What Is Am Epic Tournament? The “Classic” of Course!

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   by Dean Grattidge  – District 7 Reporter
Bring 15 teams and 247 players together in Hemet and you have an exciting tournament, the “CSA Soboba Classic”.
The list of volunteers who put this event together is almost endless: The spectrum runs from Tournament Director to Rules Committee, taking in Suzanne Shapiro, District 7 President, Jeannie Gregory, George Hayes, Jay Davidson, Rocky Raver, Nelda Lichtwald, Tootie Chittenden, Glenda Epps, Steve Piccinonno, Lynda Goggin, Mike Garrett, Helen Bell and Dennis Iszler.
Hosted by District 7 of the Ca Shuffleboard Assn., an event of this scope could not have been completed without so many sponsors. They, being The Bank of Hemet, Miller Jones Mortuary and Crematory, Travelodge Hemet, Motel 6 Hemet, Dura Dress Shuffleboard Inc.. T Rol-A-Glide, Arco Tournament Discs, Roll-A-Court Rollouts, Banquet Afloral and
Super Wholesalers, Café D. J. Catering, Yankee Doodle Donut, Maxwell Medal & Awards, M & M Shuffleboard Equipment, Val Verde Graphics and Pip Printing.
We were proud to have these guests present from our Number 1 Sponsor, the Soboba Foundation: Geneva Mojado, Vice President and Patrick Plancencia, Treasurer.
Among the many dignitaries and shuffleboard office holders were:
NSA 1st VP, John Houser, NSA Western Rep and AZ Dist. 1 Pres, Sylvia Smith. State Presidents, Tom Wiehle, Minn.  Ruth Hugen, Iowa.  Az, Dale Monday.  Wa, Bill Rindone.  Ca, Jay Davidson. Az District 3 Pres, Juanita Nelson(outgoing) and (incoming) Shirley Houser. Also Sheila Monday, Az webmaster along with about 8 other jobs.
CSA President, Jay Davidson asked the many NSA, and State Hall of Fame members present to stand and welcome Ruth Schneider who received a standing ovation on her induction into The National Hall of Fame as NSA 1st VP John Houser presented her with the pin and plaque.IMG_2638
ATM’s at four venues kept the event running smoothly: Hemet Muni; Janet Langemeier and Dennis Iszler, Hemet West; Bobbi McLemore and Shirley Callahan. Sierra Dawn SE; Rita Deidrich and Mary Davis. GVP; Helen Bell and Ramona Hansen.
Jay Davidson, CSA President, was on duty constantly, supervising the event and, lastly,
handing out pins to all winners and the handsome traveling trophy to the championship team, the Yuma Rebels.
The lunch was excellent. It included sandwich choices of roast beef, tuna or turkey. This, together with soup, pasta, fruit and green salad. Browniess and cookies were served for dessert.
Canada and the U.S.A. sent players to this gathering.
Bobbi McLemore, Shirley Callahan and Norma Farmer handled the 50-50 ticket sales and drawing.
IMG_2663The sum of $205.00 was awarded to Valley Wide to help defray expenses.
I feel privileged to acknowledge the following winners:
Championship: The best team and arguably the most colorful, the Yuma Rebels,
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directed by Captains Phyllis Willcox (r) and Patti Tyler.IMG_2659.jpg
Second place, A Hemet team,
the Armadillos, lead by Captains Mike Garrett and Jeannie Gregory,
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third place, a composite of California and Arizona players, the Calzona Compadres.
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The Calizona Compadres were lead by Dale Monday from Arizona and Steve Piccinonno from District 7
Fourth place, the Yuma Disc Eaters,
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Linda Stone Burner.
The remaining players on these teams are to be found in your printed Classic program.
Big Thank You and congratulations to all players and participants, especially to our District 7 President, Suzanne Shapiro, for all the persistence and effort she put in, directing the Classic Tournament. To all of you, job well done!