To: Sandi Quinn President, National Shuffleboard Association (NSA)
2713 International Blvd. #56
Weslaco, TX 78596
From: Rob Robinson
1st Vice President, NSA
111 S. Greenfield Road, Space 304
Mesa, AZ 85206
Re: NSA Hall of Fame Nomination – Special Category
It is my utmost privilege and honor to recommend Wayne Hugen to the National Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame in the Special Category. I have known Wayne for several years and have admired how much time he has devoted to the promotion of shuffleboard nationwide in spite of enduring a serious illness. His passion for the game is unparalleled.
Wayne currently serves as the President of the Iowa Shuffleboard Association. He has held that position the past four years.
Wayne was introduced to shuffleboard in the 1998 Iowa Senior Games in which he received a silver medal. Since then he has competed in all the National Senior Games, including games in Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, California, Texas, Ohio and Minnesota.
Wayne received an award at each of these events.
Wayne is very instrumental in promoting shuffleboard, instructing new players, and performing as tournament director as well as charting tournaments in most of the Iowa shuffleboard events. Because of his expertise he was asked to assist a nearby state in the operation of the Shuffleboard event for the Minnesota Senior Games.
For the past several years Wayne has spent his winters in the Mesa area. He has been a valued member of his resort’s shuffleboard club, as well as the district. He is always ready to do whatever he can to ensure a sound shuffleboard program.
In view of the above, I strongly and without reservation recommend that Wayne Hugen be elected to the National Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in the Special Category.
Wayne and Pat Engell, We Will remember Their Courage and Friendship. Pic by Stan in 2005, Niteroi, Brazil.
In this posting I will attempt to share with you JUST HOW MUCH SHUFFLEBOARD MEANS TO THE ENGELL FAMILY.
Without spoiling my story I have to share with you that “THE REAL HEROS OF THE 24TH ISA IN RIO” are now deceased. HOWEVER; their son Evan and daughter in law Ann were so impressed, so moved by the impact Shuffleboard had on “Mom and Dad”, that they have opted to participate in the 36th ISA in Brazil!!! It is my hope that you, the reader, will begin to comprehend why they feel this way by the time I complete the article! I begin by giving you a pdf file: Wayne Engell – Shuffleboard Article and draw your attention to the pic at the top, a pic of Pat and Wayne Engell in Niteroi Brazil in 2005.
Stan Speaking in 2005: THE REAL HEROS OF THE 24TH ISA IN RIO!! All participants of the 24th ISA demonstrated varying degrees of skill, of enthusiasm, and finesse in the execution of their games. However; one player demonstrated all of the above plus an immense amount of personal courage. Wayne Engel was released from hospital just a day before leaving for Rio. Wayne has lost one kidney to cancer and now that cancer has moved to his lungs. His trip to the hospital was to have removed seven liters of fluid from the area of his lungs. Wayne’s desire to participate one more time in an ISA Event outweighed any concern he may have had with regard to serious medical repercussions. He made the decision to go to Rio!! Wife Pat shared the view with me that she understood his great desire to participate and respected the decision he had made, albeit with a good deal of apprehension and anxiety. Any of us who were close to Wayne at the tournament noticed the difficulty he experienced in breathing; any who watched more closely will realize that he gave his best while playing the game and that effort paid off in 8 wins of the 10 games Wayne played. I would call that nothing less than astounding!! It took determination, courage and “guts”! We had a conversation on the flight back to Houston from Rio. It was evident that breathing was not easy for Wayne, but as during the competition, not a complaint did he utter. Team Captain Max Tate offered this remark: “Wayne was an inspiration to the entire team! His wins were vital to our success in this 24th ISA Event.” Congratulations Wayne from all Shufflers, and special thanks to Pat for her role in all of this. We wish you both the very best. Stan of The Shuffler 2005 09 27.
AND NOW I GIVE YOU A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, TRIBUTE BY BARB NORTON.
TRIBUTE TO WAYNE ENGELL BY BARB NORTON!
Hi Stan reading the article that you posted from Pat Engell (August 04th) brought tears to my eyes.
“Remembering Wayne as the robust do everything guy that he was makes me feel so bad that he is so sick and unable to do what he loves best. Shuffling was certainly Wayne’s life while living in Florida, what a leader he made to the Clearwater Club. Everyone respected him and his ability on the courts. Wayne was true to himself and the sport no “BS”, just plain Wayne. We traveled to a lot of tournaments together as Wayne and Jim enjoyed playing partners until the day that Wayne confided in Jim that he was no longer able to keep up the pace of Tournament play. We still miss his good humour and friendship. We call Wayne and Pat now and again and he always presents a cheerful voice and sense of humour on the phone even though we know he is not well. God bless you Wayne and Pat. Barb” (Norton ~ 2006 08 07)
SHUFFLERS NOTE: Not only was “shuffling Wayne’s life while living in Florida”, it was his life while in Ontario, his life while in Hendersonville, and in 2005 in Brazil, and as he now tells his nurse, the life he wishes to continue to live. To give other shufflers an appreciation of the respect shown to Wayne and Pat, we thought it would be useful to post an article describing the the occasion of their departure from Florida.
CLEARWATER~~THE ENGELL’S LEAVE! by barb Norton!! (Janurary of 2005)
January 7/05 just 7 days and counting until Wayne and Pat Engell leave sunny Florida for the Cold White North. On January 2nd word got around that Wayne Engell was resigning his position as President of the Clearwater Club of the West Coast District and he had sold his home in Florida and was returning to Canada. As I thought about Wayne and all the hard work and good he has contributed to Shuffleboard here in Florida and Hendersonville, North Carolina I decided that he would go out with a bang, not a whimper. So I made a phone call to the one person who I knew would help me get the ball rolling.
Pam Hill and I talked it over and decided that a party was in order. Not much time to get it together, but we would try. Shirley and Marx Kristek were just moments back from a cruise, suitcases still just inside the door, but said yes to our plea for help. The phone lines were very busy on the West Coast for the next few days. A date was set for Friday January 7th, Pot Luck Supper as we did not have time to prepare for a lot of people, Karoke would be provided by Phil Hill, Jim Norton would be the Master of Ceremonies and Glen Peltier had some good Discs he would bring along. Looked like we were set. Still not knowing how many would actually show up we arrived at the club at 4 o clock on Friday and started arranging and setting tables. We thought 72 place settings would be ample~~then we decided to throw together another 12 just in case. Well, the friends of Wayne started to arrive bearing food, hot and cold, AND by 6 o clock we had 105 people at the club and the scramble was on for seating!! Extra tables were set up, chairs found, tables set and we breathed a sigh of relief and hoped that no one else would come through the door as the clubhouse was full. A money tree and card was set up and it is true, money can grow on trees,(see the pix) as the evening progressed so did the bounty of the tree. The Food tables were laden with hot and cold dishes and the aroma was tantalizing. Jim Norton opened the evening by asking Dave Tomsett for the invocation. Dinner was announced and Wayne and Pat Engell led the way. After a scrumptious dinner the desert table was enjoyed. Geoff Bell, secretary of the Clearwater Board of Directors and 1st vice of the West Coast District announced that the Clearwater board had approved a special award inducting Wayne into the Clearwater Hall of Fame. Jim Norton asked if anyone had some memories to share about Wayne. Many came forward and the fun began. Memories of Clearwater and Hendersonville were shared. Jim reflected back to when he and Wayne won the National State Doubles at Trailer Estates in 2002~~a true highlight in both their shuffling careers. Alcide LeBlanc did his impression of Elvis Presley and Fern Lachance read a poem on the attributes of Wayne. Pat Engell laughed and shook her head and said that’s not the Wayne she knows. Ken Schultz highlighted a trip with wayne to Sebring where on the return trip the car broke down outside a cemetary which brought on the state troopers. Many laughs were shared over that episode. Virginia Fuqua reminisced about Waynes contribution to Hendersonville and how he was missed after having to leave. An invitation was extended to all to travel to Hendersonville to enjoy the Shuffling and friendship of the members. Bud Maloney told a story true or not true, about a hunting expedition in the wilds of Canada and if you believed Bud, then the three dollar bill does exist!! Thanks to all who participated in the fun times remembered, and levied at Wayne. Phil Hill entertained us royally with not only his singing ability but his sense of humour. Glen led the way with his mastery of the Karoke by singing the Auctioneer. Dancing followed and a great time was had by all. Wayne and Pat, after selling their home in Florida, purchased an RV and plan to travel a bit and enjoy each day as it comes. Wishes for safe travels and happiness go out to Wayne and Pat from all their many friends. ARTICLE BY BARB NORTON. NOTE FROM THE SHUFFLER: Wayne and Pat; A very warm and enjoyable sendoff. It is quite apparent from Barb’s article that you were well respected and much enjoyed. All Shufflers wish you well!! Stan & Alf 2005 01 08.
Stan Speaks on 2017 04 11: All files and pix from my Archives. I sincerely hope I have been able to convey the spirit, the happiness, the joy of Shuffleboard, and in particular the joy and happiness Shuffleboard brought to the Engell Family, and The Shuffleboard Family the world over. Please take the opportunity to say Hello to Evan and Ann Engell while shuffling in Niteroi, Brazil this July. YES, they will be there!! And no doubt they will be remembering their “Mom and Dad”!
The pic is of the Newfoundland/Labrador Shuffleboard Team in Canada’s Inter Provincial Tournament of 2013! The two “Newfoundlanders” on the left are Walt and Ruth doing what they love to do >> Play Shuffleboard!! No, the Furzes are not from Newfoundland >> BUT there is a “connection” > to understand, click here and scroll down to BIOS Nfld. Team. Good informatiion on everyone in the pic > WHEN/IF YOU CLICK ON THE LINK within this article: https://theshuffler.net/2013/06/13/ip-team-player-list-for-newfoundland-and-labrador/
I can only imagine, the disappointment felt by Walt by not being able to once again VOLUNTEER!! A Big Shout Out to all the Volunteers!! I saw several from Woodbrook. And of course, I am so glad Walt and Ruth got to see the show!!!
Ruth and Walt: So good to hear from the two of you. Please send along an update each time “You Feel Like It”!!
After spending about 17 winters in Zephyrhills, Florida we began to realize that our new found love for shuffleboard was the main thing we could not duplicate here in Nova Scotia.
In preparation for”Life after Florida “ we purchased two blue courts in 2017 and started looking for a place to play in our hometown Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. We advertised though Parks and Recreation Dept and the local curling club and held two clinics. We became incorporated in 2018 under the name “Bluenose Shuffleboard Club.”
Each year thereafter we would purchase two more courts from our friend Jim Allen ( Allen Shuffleboard, St Pete , Fl) and bring them home in our motor home. Now we have over 20 regular members plus a few drop ins.
In 2020, due to Covid 19 we could not accept new members or drop ins. We do, however, have a short waiting list of people wanting to join this summer. We have four courts at our Baptist Church for Monday year around play. In addition we have 6 courts from spring to fall in the curling club and then for the winter we reduce to 3 courts in their activity hall.
The Bridgewater Curling Club will be home for the CNSA Interprovincial tournament.
We are operating in survival mode until the pandemic is over. Then plan the next phase to expand membership to a maximum of 30 members. Then, time to relax and simply enjoy all the benefits of this game. For seniors to remain healthy one needs to have a social life,keep moving and use our brains. All three are included in this game we call Shuffleboard.
Just a note to let you know how much my wife Ellie and I enjoyed attending our first Florida Hall of Fame banquet and the tournament.
We realized that as amateurs we would be playing against the pros- however- we respect the pros and learn so much from them.
There is just so much more to the FSA then most people realize. We wanted to show our support and appreciation by attending.
Back in our home town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia we recently purchased two roll out courts and have formed the Bluenose Shuffleboard Club. Our incorporation was approved this week and we have our first directors and can now look for funding for more courts. Also, in NS we are proud to have inductee Glenna Earle and she and David are supportive of our new club.
The timeless amount of volunteer work done by current and former boards of the FSA and all the districts is truly incredible.
We believe that more knowledge and history of the FSA would serve to motivate the newer amateurs to stick with it, get involved and to help keep the shuffleboard legacy for generations to come. Congrats to all (5) 2018 Hall of Fame inductees and a big THANK YOU To all the players and all the volunteers for making this game what it is today.
THESE FARMERS FROM THE MIDWEST HAVE LIVED IN BRADENTON FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR ABOUT 60!!. THEY SYMBOLIZE GREAT VALUES FOR SHUFFLEBOARD PLAYERS— HUMILITY, GOOD NATURES AND THE DESIRE TO GIVE BACK IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. MEMBERS OF THE F.S.A.NATIONAL AND S.W. DISTRICT HALLs OF FAME, WALT AND ANN WEDEL HAVE PLAYED ALL OVER THE WORLD – AND DURING THE SUMMER THEY PLAY IN MICHIGAN. THEY SPONSOR TOURNAMENTS,OFFICIATE TOURNAMENTS AND HAVE HELD EXECUTIVE POSITIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!
ANN WEDEL IS A THREE TIME MICHIGAN HORSESHOE CHAMPION AND IN THEIR HALL OF FAME. IN HER VERY LIMITED SPARE TIME IT MAY SURPRISE YOU THAT SHE IS AN EXOTIC DANCER AT AN ADULT CLUB ON THE TAMIAMNI TRAIL!!!! WOW!!– — IT IS AN HONOR TO PRESENT M.V. PERSON PINS TO TWO VERY FINE PEOPLE, KALAMAZOO’S OWN WALT AND ANN WEDEL.
Presentation of Award by Ken Offenther. 2012 11 05. Pic by Colleen Austin. (Click once on pic to enlarge) Posted by Stan McCormack.
Walt and Ann Inducted Into the Southwest Coast District Hall of Fame
Fulton, Michigan and Golf Lakes Mobile Home Park were inducted November 19 into the new Southwest Coast District Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame Chair Jerry Stannard observed that for nearly three decades the Wedels have earned the respect of shufflers everywhere by winning more than twice the 200 minimum points required for membership, and by serving as National officers, tournament direction and generously helping shuffleboard in so many ways. The players present for the induction ceremony supported the induction with a standing ovation. The Wedels responded briefly with sincere appreciation for being so honored.
The Wedels have three children and several grandchildren, mostly in the neighborhood of their fine farms in Michigan. Before shuffleboard, the Wedels were also leaders and champions in Michigan and national horseshoe pitching. The Southwest Coast District is very proud of Walt and Ann Wedel.
Stu Cassell Speaking: Good-bye To Another Dear Friend
I can’t believe in just the span of a few weeks we lost two of the folks in Avon Park, Florida who introduced my wife and I to shuffleboard and in the process became our good friends. First George Brockelbank, and now Wally Davis.
In the article I wrote about George right after he died, I mentioned that he came by our house with another man from the shuffleboard club to pick up some items we were donating to their annual fund raising yard sale. That other man was Wally.
In any group there are folks who don’t wait to be asked, but just jump in and do things for the betterment of the organization. Wally was one of those guys. Whether it was repairing something or sweeping the courts and spreading beads, I never saw Wally when he wasn’t pitching in.
Wally had a great sense of humor and was always a fun guy to be around. He was one of many who coached me when I was a raw newbie to shuffleboard.
The picture I have attached features Wally in a t-shirt that says “I’m not short, I’m fun sized.” To his right are Anna Hanson Eldredge, and George and Nancy Brockelbank. It was taken on July 4, 2010. It was our first summer in Avon Park and we invited everyone to join us for an ice cream social while we watched the fireworks from our front porch.
Wally, like George, made a lasting impression on me. They’re gone, but will not soon be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.
One thing we did have at AZ was a significant number of people watching the Games!! However; not all the viewers had as much ISA competitive experience as Vina Deforest of Alberta. When we began talking, it was about the match I had just completed. Vina offered the opinion that to “play on the Board” as we had been, was a much better game to watch. I immediately knew that I was speaking with someone who had shuffled before. I put my trusty recorder to work and captured these remarks: Vina: “My first ISA was in Laguna Hills (CA) in 1982; I didn’t know what I was doing there to tell you the truth, but we won, the Canadian Women Won. And the next time we held it in Venture Out in AZ, in 1984 and a lot of the Japanese people who were playing at that time are playing now. They were university students at that time and now, here to-day, many are introducing me to their husbands. The next time was in St Petersburg FL, in I think it was 1986. We did not win it that year. Then we went in 1988, to Yokahama and we won there. They told us that because we had won in 1982, and our other wins, we were in the ISA Hall of Fame.” THE SHUFFLER: That is fantastic Vina. To add, Vina is 91 years young; I have her permission to tell you that, and for the record, her memory is far superior to my own!! THE SHUFFLER salutes Vina and the Women Players on the Canadian Teams identified by her. NOTE: I am absolutely convinced that I took a photo of Vina. However; search my files as I may, I can find no trace of her pix?? My apologies. Vina; if you are reading this, please send along a photograph to email@example.com 04 03 24
2006 NOTE: I have talked with Vina on two occasions since writing this in 2004. Strong and vibrant are two words that come to mind!! Good shuffling ~~ and if you should see Vina, perhaps at the Red Deer Event this June, for goodness sake say hello!! Stan McCormack 2006 06 05.
8 Scientific Reasons People Like to Get Busy Between The Sheets ((If Only I Had Known!!))
Sex is a normal, perfectly natural part of the human experience. Aside from being an amazing relationship booster and an even better way to spend a lazy afternoon, sex also comes with its own fair share of scientific advantages. Almost every part of your life, from your looks to your sleep schedule, can benefit from having a healthy, active sex life. Don’t believe us? Well here are 8 science-backed reasons you should be jumping your partner right now. Continue Reading: 8 Scientific Reasons People Like to Get Busy Between The Sheets
1. They Get More Sleep
It’s no secret that a particularly heavy romp in the sack can make you a little winded and ready for a quick nap, but that tiredness is due to more than just you working up a sweat. Relaxation hormones like oxytocin and prolactin, among a few others, are released during and immediately after sex, making you the perfect candidate for a little down time. Due to the slowing down of their prefrontal cortex, men have a tendency to conk out even faster after they reach orgasm.
2. It’s A Natural Pain Reliever
It’s time to put away those over the counter pain meds and get rid of that heating pad for your aching muscles. All you need to relieve your minor aches and pains is a round of hot lovin’. As mentioned before, sex is the perfect precursor to the release of feel-good hormones like oxytocin and serotonin, as well as tons of endorphin’s. When combined, these hormones help overrun your body with pleasure and euphoria, effectively making you forget all about those pesky pains of yours.
3. They Are Less Stressed
Work stressing you out? Kids driving you to the brink of insanity? Still angry over your favorite team’s Super Bowl loss? Sex can totally help with that. Along with helping to lower your blood pressure, regular sexual activity also has a way of keeping you stress free. Studies have shown that those who have regular, penetrative sexual intercourse tend to experience cell growth within the part of their brain that controls stress (the hippocampus). Effectively allowing them to keep those sweaty palms and panic attacks at bay while they get their mack on.
4. It Keeps Them Healthy
Much like going for a walk on your treadmill or taking a jog around the block, indulging in some sexy times can seriously help improve your physical health. Along with the fact that long intervals of sexual activity can help you burn upwards of 100 calories, getting busy is also a fantastic immune system booster and a heart strengthener. Having sex upwards of a few times a week can heighten your levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which does wonders for fighting common colds and other nasty infections. Studies also show that men who have sex at least two to three times a week are less likely to suffer from deaths related to heart disease.
5. It Keeps Them Looking Young
You can forget about those night creams, handy dandy gels, and perfectly colored hair dye. The secret to looking younger for longer is right there in your bedroom…or on your kitchen table…or in your car. It may please you to know that all that sex you’ve been having is probably the real reason behind your youthful good looks. A particular Scottish scientific study has shown that couples who have sex three or more times a week tend to look, at least, 10 years younger than other people in their age group. Due to the amount of estrogen that is released during orgasms, in men and women both, the body gets a major improvement on the quality of skin and hair, keeping lovers attractive for years to come. It’s also no secret that these attractive, but horny, couples also tend to be more confident and secure in their relationships as well.
6. They Are Smarter
While it’s true that nothing can truly compete with a good education and a thirst for knowledge, making love can really help improve those smarts. Sex definitely won’t turn you into a bonafide Mensa member, but a little (or a lot of) time in the sack may turn you into a more intelligent thinker. Along with stress control, your hippocampus also helps store memories, and during sex that part of your brain is stimulated, causing a serious increase in neurons that keep your memory good and healthy.
7. It Can Help Prevent Cancer
Everyone knows that there is no real cure for cancer. Well, not yet anyway. That means your best bet is to do everything you can to prevent it while you’re still healthy. Along with vitamins, eating well, and regular exercise, sex is a fantastic prevention technique. Many studies suggest that older men who ejaculate regularly can significantly lower their risk of getting prostate cancer later in life by up to 22 percent. The verdict is still out on exactly why this is but many suggest that carcinogens are accurately flushed out of the prostate with frequent ejaculation.
8 of 8 – They Are More Fertile
If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, there’s no better way to increase your chances than by having a boat-load of sex. There are numerous studies that support this theory. One of the most well-known being that men who ejaculate every day make room for better quality sperm by then end of the week. The other being that the immune system boost women get from sex can better prepare their bodies for pregnancy.
Competed on the UK team in 35th ISA Championships at St. Cloud, Florida. Scheduled to play in 37th ISA at High River, Alberta. Member of Clearwater, FL club. Enjoys playing tournaments in Florida and Ontario.
We try to be as active as we can, but we too are noticing the effects of ageing partiularly since last summer.
Before being shufflers, we were avid lawn bowlers and when in February 2015 we came to the conclusion that sport had becme too strenuous for us, we walked across the carpark from the lawn bown bowling club to the shufffleboard club to see what it had to offer.
Little did we know how many challenges this game presents.
We realize we are never going to become pros or even state amateurs, but we do like meeting people and playing in tournaments. Only on two occasions since we started have I reached the second day (1/2 point) and Joy has reached it once.
We hope to meet you one day.
I have read a few of the postings about the UK & Austria tour. It looked very good and I was offered a chance to go on it; considered it and declined because I felt it would be too tiring for us both.
I must say it is extremely admirable of you to devote a considerable amoount of your time to moderating the Shuffler.net website; thus making use of your experience in a very profitable way.
To satisfy my curiosity, how and when was Shuffler.net iniated?