The Very Frist ISA Singles Tournament took place under the Leadership of then ISA President Joe Messier

The Very Frist ISA Singles Tournament took place under the Leadership of then ISA President Joe Messier. Event held in Mesa, AZ.

Stan McCormack Speaks: I should probably offer a brief explanation of team participation in this 23rd (2004) ISA Meet. I will speak first about the MEN’S EVENT.
Both the Americans and the Canadians have a full complement of 12 players. The Canadians do not however have team captains in the normal sense. Rather, two players have been identified as team captains. John Weston who was the team captain has taken the place of a Canadian player who withdrew at the last minute. There will be 3 teams only in what THE SHUFFLER has been calling THE PRIMARY EVENT, which is the event as it has been traditionally, i.e. the Canadian Team, the American Team, and the United Nations Team. The United Nations Team is comprised of 4 players from Japan, 6 from Brazil and 2 from Australia. In the Women’s Division we have full teams from Canada, America, and Japan.
IN ADDITION TO, and taking place at the same time, we have “THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SINGLES” TOURNAMENT.
212 players have registered for this event. They have team T-Shirts, and caps. In many ways they are indistinguishable from the “primary event players”. One significant difference is that they are competing for approximately $7,000 in prize money while the “primary players” are competing for “pride of country”!!
The combined groups made for a significant audience at the opening this morning. In attendance were both the Mayor of Mesa and the Mayor of Apache Junction. An orchestra played the national anthems of each country and the flag of that nation was presented during the playing. For many it was a stirring and emotional part of the programme.
Team meetings followed the opening thus providing an opportunity to discuss strategy. ACTION ON THE COURTS BEGINS AT 13:00 hrs. Stay tuned; we will report both on Wins for the day by Nation and a “special late night edition” report on our “Get Acquainted Party”!!
Re the party: A very enjoyable dinner; good company and entertainment from Mexico ~~ a young dance group lightened our spirits and ended what was a very full day.
This item first published in The Shuffler in March of 2004.
Stan McCormack, 2019 04 14.

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We Give You Rose and George Admiral: ON during the Summer; AZ during the Winter.

An Admiral Couple, George and Rose Admiral

Stan McCormack Speaks:  I think I captured that once in a lifetime picture!! A fine pic of a fine couple, George and Rose Admiral. Rose will not be shuffling in Dieppe, but that is not because she cannot!! She shuffled for Canada in the 23rd ISA World Championship in Mesa, AZ and performed with distinction!! Here is a pic of the Canadian Women’s Team of 2003, Mesa, AZ. (Be sure and click on pix to explode)
George however; will be shuffling in Dieppe!! As many of you will know, George and Rose live in ON but choose to winter in Arizona!! George does participate in the CNSA National Tournament and had done well!! He and Rosemary Otmar placed 1st in 2012.
However; for George, the most meaningful and most cherished achievement is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Arizona and being the champion 2 years in a row for the highest points in 1 season AND being the “Champion of Champions” for 2 seasons. Well done George!!
I have personal recollection of shuffling in the 2003 US National Tournament in Mesa, AZ which preceded the 23rd ISA event. I am now going to insert an historical (16 year old pic by yours truly) of George receiving the Big Cheque for placing first in the US National Event held at Greenfield Park in Mesa. From left to right we have: Bert McVay; George Admiral; not known; John Rosenkras; Jim Clayton and Joe Messier!!
In summary, another fine couple to enjoy at Dieppe!! You will meet George on the courts/boards; be sure and meet Rose as she carefully observes from the stands!!
Stan McCormack reposting this Admiral Article  2019 04 13.

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 Laughlin NE to Quartzite AZ; pic by Stan. See Windshield Wiper of Truck, base of pic. 


To-day we roughly parallel the mighty Colorado River as it makes its way from Laughlin southward and in so doing provides a convenient border between the states of Arizona and California. It is a “great drive”, wonderful scenery, and sufficient diversions to capture one’s attention. The first such spot is Quartzsite, AZ, a town which has been called “The largest gathering of RVers (recreational vehicles) in the world”. It is the roost of thousands of snowbirds; the galleria of inveterate shoppers, and the mother lode to rock hounds. Shopping is the main activity and they have a saying that if you can’t buy it in Quartzsite in the winter, it isn’t for sale!! The peak of this “heightened activity” is in January and the activity was relatively slow while we were there. The Bureau of Land Management allows RVers to park on vast tracts of land. Except for delivery to your site, when offered, there are “no services”!! However; the price is right ~~ 14 days free at some locations; $25.00 per week at other locations~~where you may dispose of trash and have access to limited water supply. Next Stop: Lake Havasu City/Home of the London Bridge! In 1968, Robert McCulloch of McCulloch Chainsaw bought the bridge in London England for $2.4 million. All 10,276 granite bricks were brought over and the bridge erected across the Colorado River!! The Shops, the streets and yes, the phone booths in the vicinity of the bridge, make one think you may be in London England. See pix in margin; this London Bridge spans the Colorado River!!

Yuma AZ tomorrow, can’t go much further south!! Stan and Lois (no date entered)


Yuma is at the base of California and Arizona~~ Just 25 miles from the Mexican Border. Yuma AZ is one of only 2 sites west of the Mississippi river designated by the US congress as a National Heritage Area. The reasons for the designation are of interest to me and hopefully they will be to you. Yuma is strategically situated vis-a-vis crossing the Colorado River. In earlier times this was no small task. Early Native American Indians used the “Yuma Crossing” and it developed into a focal point to all trade routes. The Colorado River, wild and untamed, was at many places 15 miles wide and posed a significant impediment to anyone wishing to cross it. At Yuma the Colorado River narrowed to a mere 400 yards. Granite rock, a unique geological formation for the area, held firm as the river eroded and scoured a deep channel. The combinations of these features assured Yuma’s future as the need for movement from coast to coast developed. The legacy of the Yuma Crossing grew and in 1877 the first railroad bridge was completed, allowing trains to enter AZ for the first time from the west. Soon after came the highway system and in 1915 the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge was completed, linking San Francisco to New York. While bridging the Colorado had an adverse effect on river traffic, east west commerce was positively impacted. During the dust bowl and the great depression~~1929 to 1935, thousands migrated west hoping for a better life in California, and Yuma was the chosen crossing. Because of the huge migration through Yuma into California, the California State Police posted guards at the Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge. If the migrants did not have money or a commitment for a job, they were not allowed into California. Many were forced to settle in Yuma. Today more than 6.5 million people annually cross the Colorado River at Yuma.

** Facts appearing in this article were taken from an article appearing in the GUIDE TO YUMA.

Stan in Yuma, AZ. November of 2003.  Re-posted 2019 04 10.

Courtesy of Josh, Erik, and Kerry.

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From the West Coast of Canada to the State of AZ; to the MESA ISA!!


Phase 1 of our journey to Arizona took us from Lindsay, Ontario to the West Coast of Canada. We paused for some time, about 1 month, on Vancouver Island before beginning the final leg. With this issue of ENROUTE TO MESA, we begin the second phase of our journey, that part from the west coast of Canada to the State of Arizona, and finally to the site of the ISA 24th Tournament itself, Mesa, AZ. The evening before our planned departure, snow, snow in a “really big way” hit central BC and the state of Washington. As we watched TV from the Seattle area, shots of Snow Boarders and Skiers were front and centre~~all expounding the delight of the newly found “white stuff”. As the night progressed the situation deteriorated, so much so that we decided to delay our departure by one full day. We depart from Nanaimo, Duke Point where we board the ferry which takes us to Tswwasssen on the mainland of BC. From Tswwassen we make our way to the border crossing near Blaine Washington and begin the long trek down I 5 through the major cities of Seattle and Tacoma. We had, by conducting an on line search, selected our “stop” for the first evening. Utilizing Microsoft Streets and Trips, we then mapped our travel for day one. As we set out for the ferry, the temp was 2degreesC, apparently cool for this time of year on Vancouver Island. Being Saturday, the 10:15 crossing was certainly not heavily patronized. You may be interested to know that the cost of your trip when pulling a 5th Wheel Trailer is determined by your total length. Our total overall length is 57ft and the total cost for a one way crossing was $147.00. The run across is a 2 hour trip. Ship is equipped with a full kitchen, owned and operated by BC Ferry Corp. The “Bride” took a pic of me while updating “the record”~~the pic appears in the column. It is not a long run from where the ferry docks to the Canadian/American border. In our many many crossings, we have been “invited” into the customs buildings twice, to-day, Nov 22, 2003 and upon returning to the US from Mexico several years ago. In both cases it was to “check with the Agricultural Component of the government offices established at border crossing points. We were asked to remain outside while two inspectors examined our fridge, our freezer and kitchen cupboards. They confiscated two cans of soup, beef soup, “product of Canada”; 1 Orange; 1 Pear; one frozen lasagne; two potatoes; and a package of wurst. Hats off to the Canadian Snowbird Association Website. They have been advising Canadians that precisely this is what will happen~~see
their site– As I type this, we have had our dinner (bought), have returned to the 5th Wheel to enjoy a hot cup of tea as we sit in front of the fireplace and watch a bit of TV. Catch you in the morning for day 2 of phase 2!! Reporter Stan 2003 11 22.


The greatest part of day 2 was taken up by the run through the state of Oregon. Waiting “for the weather” in Nanaimo turned out to be a “good decision”. Any snow that had fallen in the south of WA OR had melted and the road surface was dry. It was not until we got to Grants Pass, OR, the high point of elevation for the run “down”, that we observed snow, and then only on the sides of the highway. We entered CA near the end of the travel day on Day 2. CA “the great state of CA”!! Indeed it is a large state with a diversity of geography. When last we visited, we spent time tasting wines in the Napa Valley. This trip our travel seemed to be confined to rough terrain, more like a desert than the lush foliage which pops into your head when someone utters “California”!! We now understood the reaction from two of our granddaughters when first we took them to FL and to Disney World. As we crossed into FL, and announced same, their faces dropped in obvious disappointment, and the words came: “where is Mickey?” (As we crossed from OR into CA, we looked at each other and asked: Is this the home of Hollywood??)
Day 3 has us cruising down I 5 and finally picking up SR 99 at Sacramento for the run to Bakersfield, CA. The end of day 3 found us just east of Bakersfield on SR 58. We had begun to experience near desert like conditions~~pix tell the tale. California’s newly elected governor inherits a finely tuned highway system; however; he does have the opportunity to effect “improvements” in housing if the residences we are observing are representative?? From green forests in the north of the state, to rugged mountains and yes, a desert, we have experienced it all in California and we still have another day’s drive within the state!!
Stay tuned!! Reporter Stan. 2003 11 24.

AZ 13 Ph2 ENROUTE TO MESA ARIZONA DAY 4, PHASE 2. We didn’t wish to alarm you but we were desperately short of fuel as we “bunked down” for the night on the 3rd day. We could not proceed and risk running out while on the road!! (Especially troublesome with a diesel engine) I “hit” the computer that evening in search of the next available diesel fuel. Microsoft Streets and Trips have a feature which enables you to conduct a search for this type of facility within a distance established by you. The software was previously loaded into the computer so it was not a difficult task, nor is it necessary to be “on-line”! We did identify fuel within our range. I was sufficiently confident in the programme to sleep reasonably well that evening. However; for insurance purposes, before departing in the morning, I emptied my reserve fuel into the tank. We did make our fuel stop, I have to be totally honest–we actually hit fuel a little before the stop identified by the computer?? Have not yet got to the bottom of that snag, but I can assure you, we did take advantage of the fuel. Back to the topography and the trip. In CA, we are still in CA!! The speed limit, state wide, for trucks and those pulling recreational vehicles is 55 mph. It appeared to be enforced and accordingly we “ran with the transports”~~often as high as 60 mph, but seldom above. As much as it irritated me, taking a purely rational view, I believe it is a sound law and while it does confuse the traffic flow from time to time, on balance I expect it reduces accidents and saves lives. (Remember, we are on multilane highways) The highway seemed to layout in front of you, the “normal sense” of progress escaped us. We were of course crossing the Mohave Desert. At Barstow CA the hwy. changes to SR 40; the Cady Mountains are to the north, a huge huge Marine Corps Base is to the south and while I have not been to Afghanistan, I rather expect the terrain is similar!! Our destination objective for day 4 was Laughlin, NE, and we arrived safely, and on time. Laughlin is in the bottom right (south east) corner of Nevada~~built right on the bank of the Colorado River. We found an RV Site with a commanding view of the entire town. Booked in for the two days preceding American Thanksgiving. The weather, what can I say? Compared to what we had just come through, it was heaven!! Not only that folks, we had cable and CNN reported that Yuma, AZ was warmer than Miami, FL.!!! I could not resist tossing that in for my many friends in FL!! Dined out~~nice dinner; hit the pit early; see you in the morning!!

Reporter Stan: 2003 11 (think the 25th) Date entered 2009. The 27th was Thanksgiving in 2003.

Reposted by Stan on 2019 04 09.

Courtesy of Josh, Erik, Josh, and Kerry.



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John Brown Reflects on the 2019 Masters


    Zephyrhills Betmar hosted the FL P-27 Masters, the 59th Annual FSA Masters, April 1-4.  The tournament was reportedly very well organized and well directed by FSA Tournament Director Glenn Monroe.  Fraternal spirit and good sportsmanship was reportedly the order of each day.

    Terri Smith of Bradenton Shuffle Club won first place in the Ladies Division for the third time in the past 4 seasons.  Terri represents the Southwest Coast District very well and she plays at the State level almost every week each season. She richly deserves our congratulations.

    Ruth Brown of the Central District placed second.  This was her 4th Masters.

    Joyce Smith of the Southern District placed third in this her second Florida Masters.  Mrs. Smith is also Treasurer of the USA-NSA, an organization of more than a dozen states.  

   Glenda Brake of the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club in the Central District placed fourth in her third FL Masters.  She was inducted into the FSA Hall of Fame in January.

    Debbie Norton of the Lee County Shuffle Club in the Southern District placed fifth in her second FSA Masters.

   Arlene Guerrini of Clearwater Shuffle Club in the West Coast District placed sixth in her 5th Masters.

    Pam Nurnberger of the Bradenton Shuffle club placed seventh this year in her fifth FSA Masters.  A former first lady of the Southwest Coast District, Pam won first last season and figured prominently in this column last week.

    Eighth place was shared by Allie Enos of the Southern District and Flo Kowalewski of Bradenton Shuffle Club who was the Alternate.  As an Alternate who got to play, she won the coveted white Masters Jacket this time.

    Earl Ball won the Men’s Division again.  Earl is one of only 3 shufflers to wear the green jacket signifying over 1000 FL points.  Betmar is Earl’s home club and he is an inveterate volunteer and perennial winner.

   Second for the Men was Dean Myklejord of Lakeland in the Central District playing in his 3rd Masters after only 7 seasons as a Pro.

    Third place was claimed by Ron Nurnberger of Bradenton Shuffle Club where he is now President.  A Pro for only 8 years, Ron was inducted, along with Pam into the FSA Hall of Fame in January. This was Ron’s 4th FSA Masters.

    Fourth place was won by Erik Hahmann, 33, of the St. Petersburg Club.  Eric is the youngest Pro in Florida, and perhaps youngest ever to qualify for the Masters.

    Fifth is Tom Putnam, of Trailer Estates and Michigan.  Tom is a tireless worker on discs and courts at Trailer Estates and won first place in the Pro Men Division of Southwest Coast District Masters recently.

         Sixth place went to Michael Seyfer of Zephyrhills Shuffle Club in his fourth Florida Masters.  Michael will be inducted into the FSA Hall of Fame to be held at Trailer Estates next January.

      Seventh place went to Ken Offenther of the South East Coast District in his 7th FL masters.  Ken is President of his District.

    Eighth is Ray Buck of Lee County in the Southern District, a member of the FSA Hall of Fame, a retired school teacher who lives in Cape Coral, a terrific citizen and friend.

    Tom Winklespect of Winters Park served as Alternate.

.   This column will resume in October.  Our readers are appreciated. We are blessed to have this opportunity to share the news of shuffleboard regularly.

Happy shuffling.

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Part III of Stan Tells You About His Trip from ON to AZ in 2003

The very careful follower, reader, will have noted that I missed Chapter 6 in the last posting. If you check, you will see that I posted Chapter 7, but not Chapter 6??   Below is Chapter 6. 

Stan Speaks: Lois never reads these narratives  so I can share with you something personal ~ as a young 15 year old, my very first girl friend in the WEST was from Saskatoon ~ Saskatchewan!! Perhaps that is why I like the “ring” of those two words ~ Saskatoon Saskatchewan!! Her name was Valerie!! I digress.

We begin our day in Winnipeg! Who has not heard about the coldest intersection in the world ~ the corner of Portage and Main????   Some may not know, but this intersection is “mile 0″ of THE YELLOWHEAD (TRANS CANADA) HIGHWAY. The Yellow head provides a panorama across the prairies through foothills to the towering Rockies and westward to the Pacific Ocean. Of the 5 passes through the Rockies, the Yellow head Pass is by far the most gentle and that is the primary reason we chose this route. Remember Chapter 4, where we talked about the spat between the Hudson Bay Co and The North West Company ~ the Yellow head was used then and it is used to-day. It got its name from an Iroquois-Metis trapper called Tete Jaune Cache. Most will immediately recognize that “Tete Jaune” (in the other official language) is “yellow head”. It seems that our famous trapper and voyageur had blonde-streaked hair. For the few who have not driven this route, it is marked by a “yellow head” on the sign posts. Typical Stan; more history than scenery!

What does one report on the prairies?? The harvest was in its final stages; the streets in Western towns are very wide ~ and indeed we pulled off and explored two or three; in Manitoba the men wear “caps”, in Saskatchewan half wear “caps”, the other half cowboy hats and of course in Alberta they all wear cowboy hats!! I’m teasing of course. I am sure that for those who grew up on the Prairie, a return brings back many fond and wonderful memories. Although I did not grow up in the prairies, we made our home in Alberta for 3 years and Manitoba for 2. And for the record I happen to believe that Saskatoon is one of the more attractive cities in Canada!!

Return to the highway: It is the best. Most of the Yellow head is 4 lane, lightly travelled and with speed limits unknown in Ontario ~ varies from as low as 90 up to 110.(km of course.) Did we make Saskatoon by nightfall? Yes we did. I had promised Lois dinner in the Besborough hotel ~ (Westerners will understand)~~however; we settled for a fine dinner in the Husky gas station!!
Rather than find an RV Site for the night, we settled in at the Husky–right along with the Semi-trailers!! Come on guys ~ support me, she did not have to make dinner–I said we ate at the Husky!!

Stan 2003 09 24.

Got away about 08:30; no sun to begin the day but things went quite well with one exception. Either there was no fuel at the west end of Edmonton or if there was, we missed it. Accordingly; we had some anxious moments until we finally found fuel. Good news~~the price was right, 58.9 cents per litre, same as we pay in Lindsay, ON. Sun also came out about the same time, mid morning and the rest of the day was the best day of the trip. No head winds for the vehicle; mostly flat 4 lane highway with enough variety in colour and terrain to make the day most enjoyable.
On arriving in the park, Jasper National Park, we took a run up to Maligne Canyon and I have some pix of the gorge. Back to Jasper Lodge, had a drive around and then into Jasper the town. Parked beside the passenger train and walked the main street. As we had had lunch, we went into a nice spot and had a beer and potato skins!! Quite good. Then we walked up to Information, located our Campground on the map and proceeded to it. Loaded up with fuel and came to our site. The site had absolutely nothing to complain about!! Probably the best site ever, (not just this trip) the price $30 per night. However; all services, excellent pull thru; laid out in the elongated circle format. The trees had an appropriate amount of colour for the season. We had just got settled when we heard the most unusual sound. It turned out to be the male elk sending a message to all other males in the area to stay away from his turf. The elk were rutting. In the photo you will note that he has 5 Points above the base of his antlers. As such, my fellow camper explained, this fellow is a “55er”. I was able to get real good pix of this fellow as he stayed with us from about 15:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs. The call of the male elk is similar to that of a high pitch scream of a child. In one of the pix he is emitting that call. German tourist were in evidence. I spoke with one couple from Berlin who had been in western Canada for 6 weeks~~ touring BC and Vancouver Island. They were not alone, that is we had already met others enjoying the “wild” of the Parks of Canada. This element of the German population obviously relish the opportunity to hike, to explore and to take in the magnificent scenery of the Rocky Mountains. We did not take the 75km drive down to the Athabasca Ice Field~~toward Banff. However; this is a “must do” if you are ever in the general area. I think we could begin to taste the end of our trip and as such, our desire to digress from the most direct route had begun to diminish. Tomorrow we leave Alberta and enter “Beautiful British Columbia”. Jasper Park is on the border of the two provinces.

Stan: 2003 09 26.


As we left Jasper National Park this morning, the temperature was 1 degree ~ however; the forecast high for the interior of BC, our destination, was 31C!! (For our American readers, that is hot, very hot). The Yellow head route continued to offer us “smooth sailing”, no undue grades, good scenery with a speed limit commensurate with the conditions~ 110km. Until Kamloops the Yellow head was a dream vis-à-vis steep grades. We did however experience just that by the time we got just north of Hope. The weather man delivered on the temp ~ it was a fantastic summer day ~ we had our lunch on an outside picnic table at Kamloops.

TOLL ROADS: I thought it was only ON and America that had toll roads; not so, the road from Meritt to Hope was a toll road ~ cost $10.00. Not only did we “pay” to drive on this portion of highway, but we also experienced steeper grades than anywhere else on the trip. This is “mountain road”!! Many up and many downhill portions where the truck worked UP, dropped into second; and down, also dropped into “2nd” ~~ precisely as it should in such conditions.

We made good time, so good, that instead of stopping in Hope; we continued on toward Horseshoe Bay ~ the harbour from where the BC Ferry departs for Vancouver Island. It was almost as though the ferry was waiting for us; we paid our fee of $172.00, boarded and began our crossing to the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We had preselected an RV Park called Jinglepot. All city services including cable TV, plus beautiful grounds ~ flowers in full bloom!!! Both of us are tired. Had a “bacon and egg dinner”; Lois went immediately to bed ~ circa 20:00hrs. After cleaning up, I am doing this “task of enjoyment” ~ making the final entry in our diary, and then I too will hit the pit!! Folks: Thank you for joining us on our trip from Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay) ON to Nanaimo, BC, on Vancouver Island. (2,800 miles plus or minus.)We do hope that you have enjoyed reading all or a part of the articles. The plan now is to highlight some of our day trips around Vancouver Island. This will include Vancouver ~ Granville Market; the Capital City of Victoria and perhaps others. Do hope that you stay with us. Of course we are still looking forward to the southern leg of our journey ~ BC to AZ. We will call that Phase II. Stan. 2009 Note: Unfortunately when I wrote this article, in 2003, I had not learned the IMPORTANCE of always entering the date. Thus, I am not exactly sure when I wrote this?.

Stan McCormack writing in ADELAIDE PLACE, LINDSAY, ON. 2019 04 08.

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