President responds to Poland’s Request: Dear Ewa and Malgorzata: It is indeed a wonderful notice that you send! Mr. and Mrs. Hussmann are outstanding Diplomats for both the International Shuffleboard Association and their own German Shuffleboard Association. *
I personally met some of your players while in Lithuania with my ISA Delegation. You might be pleased to know that from that meeting I learned the Polish Game of Ringo and purchased the equipment that your Delegation was demonstrating. I have started a Ringo group here in my own country – Brazil. You see, we touched each other’s lives through friendship and sports.
Now as to your request to become an Interim member of the ISA. I would be honored to place your application before our Board to get a vote of approval. It would be most advisable for you to come and participate at the 33rd World Shuffleboard Championship to be held in Midland, Ontario Canada from 10 to 16 August 2014. If you can bring a Full team (4-6 competitors) you can bypass Interim Membership and receive Full Membership with voting rights and your Star on the ISA Flag.
If you cannot mount a Full team of 4-6 competitors but can come with any number of competitors, I can place your group on the United Nations Team, formed with other nations in your situation. It is the perfect training environment for new nations and helps you form a qualified National team in the future.
Let me know as soon as possible if your participation is possible and I’ll do my best to assist with your requirements.
Prof. Michael Robert Zellner, President,
International Shuffleboard Association
* Dieter was a member of the TAFISA (Lithuania) promotional week, and as a result we see in the photo at the top, Dieter and Birgitt on a follow-up visit to Warsaw Poland. If you click https://www.facebook.com/ShuffleboardPolska you will be taken to Shuffleboard Polska!!
Stan McCormack. 2014 01 30.
Regular readers will know that I have been re-posting articles originally written during the Russian Inaugural in May of 2011 which saw 40 North American Shufflers and 12 German Shufflers participate in the European Open.
Igor Ekert was the Russian Contact for that wonderful 2011 event. See pic of Winners & Igor on left.
Russia, during the 32nd ISA World Championship Event in St Petersburg FL, in October of 2013, was formally accepted into the ISA. Igor Ekert, Russian Shuffleboard President is shown accepting the Certificate of Membership from President Michael Zellner. Russia is expected to have a Team at the 33rd ISA in Midland, ON.
Click ON LINK BELOW to see some pix of ISA President Michael visiting Russia, and to follow the “story” of Russia joining the ISA. http://theshuffler.net/2013/07/12/igor-ekert-is-endorsed-and-supported-as-rsassn-president/
Remember this sentiment by Shirley Bryan, expressed in an earlier article??? http://theshuffler.net/2014/01/26/sochi-vi-sochi-was-such-a-huge-success-by-shirley-bryan-now-comes-the-truth/
Everyone played nearly all day both days, and between games, enjoyed watching others playing. The spirit of friendship among players was evident on all of the six courts. Laughter, praise and chatter was heard in every corner of the gymnasium. Spectators clapped to acknowledge all good shots.
Each of the 48 participants in the tournament came home a winner – having made new friends and shared new experiences with Russians, Americans, Germans and Canadians. It was an experience of a lifetime for Charlie and myself and we sincerely thank Beth and Jim Allen and Dieter and Birgitt Hussmann for the opportunity to attend an “inaugural”. Because of their hard work and help to each member of the group – Sochi was a huge success! Here is a slide show to demonstrate exactly what Shirley expressed: http://photopeach.com/album/yq9x41
Stan McCormack. 2014 01 30
To be taken to the page where the updated information can be found, click: http://theshuffler.net/2013/12/26/33rd-isa-cost-package-is-released/
As this is an item you may wish to return to, may I suggest you record THE LINK or remember to enter the words “cost package” into the search rectangle and hit search.
CNSA President Bilton and the Planning Committee report that they are on target and have every reason to believe You Will Be Glad You Came to Midland!!
Stan McCormack. 2014 01 29 19:23.
Before I give you the link to the Announced Change for Ontario Drivers reaching the age of 80, I thought you might like to read this.
Ageing (British English) or aging (American English) is the accumulation of changes in a person over time. Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of ageing grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand. Research shows that even late in life, potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development. Ageing is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions. “WOW”!!!
AND NOW I give you a link to the procedure anyone who is an octogenarian (80 years young) in the province of Ontario must undergo.
Sent along by Gary Pipher (with thanks) Stan 2014 01 29.
To read the UNOFFICIAL progress report on the Canadian Retiree Visa, click here: http://foreveryoungnews.com/posts/1671-canadian-retiree-visa-would-permit-8-month-u-s-stay
Canadian Retiree Visa would permit 8-month stay in the USA with certain conditions. The CSA President, announced to-day at the CSA Snowbird Extravaganza in Lakeland, FL that the Bill has passed the Senate and is now before the House of Representatives.
Stan McCormack. 2014 01 28.
I believe this single photograph, above, captures the richness and the wonder of our Windup Banquet in Sochi following one full week of exploring the future site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and capping that week with 2 full days of competitive shuffling to launch the European Open.
AT the risk of sounding arrogant or conceited, I think it is fair to say that the Shufflers who participated in the 1st European Open had experienced “much travel”! I think it is fair to ALSO say, that each and everyone of us was OVERWHELMED by the luxury, by the courtesy, by the service, by the quality of care we each received, AND FINALLY by the wonderful Great Russian Food we enjoyed!! (Story coming on ”Great Russian Food”) lol May I suggest you read this article to gain some understanding of what I mean!!! P8 EUROPEAN OPEN BANQUET NOTE: The Slide Show in the file P8 IS NOT AVAILABLE. HOWEVER; the video by Alf Primeau is ABSOLUTELY FIRST CLASS!!! Access Alf’s video from P8 EUROPEAN OPEN BANQUET.
Stan McCormack writing in Lakeland, FL on 2014 01 27. (Can Life Get Any Better??)
Hi Shufflers! If you are reading this in Arizona, Texas, California, or even Australia, it is unlikely that you will make the trip to Lakeland, FL for the CSA (Canadian Snowbird Association)!!!! Having said that, the Snowbird Extravaganza year after year, attracts a large crowd of Snowbirds > both Canadian and American.
If you would like to see what takes place on the Main Stage of the Youkey Theater, Lakeland Center, AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND be sure to visit www.SnowbirdExtravaganza.com during show hours to watch THE “STREAM” , the live stream from the main stage. Lakeland is in the Eastern Time Zone. The show will begin at 09:00 local, i.e. Eastern. Jan 28th and 29th.
To see who is performing, 2014 FL Extravaganza invite Stan McCormack. 2014 01 27.