We Tell You Just A Little About “M&M” (Burnett)

RE Jacaranda by Muriel Burnett 2015 02 19

Wednesday February the eighteenth the Biltons and the Burnetts from Lazy Days Park in Fort Myers took advantage of a bye on their park shuffleboard league.  We decided to go for a nice country drive, and visit some shuffleboard friends at Lake Wales. 

Along the way, we decided to lunch at the historic Hotel Jacaranda at Avon Park. 
We were not disappointed.  Pictured below in the lobby we have Rendall and Myrna Bilton and Muriel and Murray Burnett.

You had posted an article a little over a year ago Stan, and I know you and Lois have stayed there.  Thank you for the recommendation.  It is fascinating, that the hotel was given its name in honour of a 150 year old Jacaranda tree, which had to be cut to make room for this historic hotel.  Opening in 1926 the hotel has hosted George Burns and Gracie Allen, as well as other celebrities.

Through a partnership with South Florida State College, culinary students perfect their talents by training in the Hotel  kitchen.

We highly recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing lunch or dinner.

Muriel Burnett

M&M are into Family Research and at this very time, 2012 06 04, are in Scotland.  Muriel just this afternoon, sent along this message:

“Here we are in Banchory, Scotland. We found our castle! Crathes Castle  built in 1543 by the Burnett family, sold to the Scottish Trust in 1952. They must have had a lot of money at one time. I wonder where it went? LOL So far we have not met any of the Burnetts.

Last night we dined at the Burnett Arms Hotel, and had a lovely piece of cake decorated for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We really feel we are a part of it here.” 

Murray and Muriel from Scotland.”

From All Shufflers: Happy Anniversary and continue to enjoy your Adventure!!  Life is Good!!   Stan McCormack. 2012 06 04 16:40 


Muriel and Murray Burnett are the “M&M” of Canadian Shuffleboard.  They winter in Fort Myers, and with the Holders, John and Lenore, they made the decision to participate in the National Mixed Doubles at Avon Park on December 2nd >> see earlier story about this event:  https://theshuffler.net/2013/12/10/us-nat-am-mixed-doubles-avon-park-2013-12-10/ 

The Burnetts had read the promotional item I had published with regard to the significance and desirability of the Historical Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park Accordingly, they WITH 8 OTHERS, went for Lunch in the Jacaranda!!  I now insert their own comment with regard to the Lunch:

“Stan, thank you for the information. John and Lenore Holder, Murray and myself went over to Avon Park to play in the US National Amateur Tournament on Monday. Tuesday, at the completion of the games, a group of ten of us (including Moe and Teresa Vermeulen and Jim and Barb Howard) went to the Jacaranda Hotel for lunch. The linen tablecloths, and napkins, the piano music, and the elegant Christmas decorations made a very relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the great food. What a wonderful ending with a very welcoming group of new friends.” 

NOW IT GETS INTERESTING!!  Sharon Schuler, remember her from the story about the JACARANDA, sends along this message: “Thank you so much Stan.  We really do appreciate it.

Sharon Schuler

The Hotel Jacaranda

General Manager

Office 863-453-2211

Fac 863-453-2453

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We Tell You Just A Little About M&S


Also see article below >> more to follow. 

John and Judy of M&S

Others approved for induction into the Special Category of the US National Hall of Fame were M&S owners and operatorsJohn Rosenkrans and his sister Judy Martinez.  M&S TROPHIES, ENGRAVING, GIRL SCOUTS AGENCY & OUTDOOR SHUFFLEBOARD EQUIPMENT (Arizona) is celebrating 50 years of business this year > 2009.  They treat their shuffling customers as friends and family, love the sport and are anxiously awaiting their own retirement so that they can become avid shufflers.   M&S is truly a Family business; although their father passed away in 2001, their Mother is in the store daily! 

John and Judy are major sponsors of the Bud Walrath National Singles (reported on The Shuffler), the Snowman and the Easter Bunny Tournaments, just to name a few!   When the ISA was looking for sponsors to pay for our On Board Music for a boat cruise, M&S were among the first to lend their monetary support, just as they did when the Avon Park Shuffleboard Club was raising money to help the citizens of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. 

Earl Ball reported this: “It only takes second to see the sparkle in Judy’s eyes and hear the enthusiasm she has for the opportunities this game has provided for all of us.  M&S always has new ideas to promote and better the game and that’s great for shuffleboard.  They were right there through the International Tournament held in Mesa >> to be sure everything was just perfect.”

Congratulations John and Judy! From the Shuffling Community. 

Earl Ball and Stan McCormack   2009-01 31. 

Again, this is a great honor for the both of us and our Mom, and in memory of our Dad, too!

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We Tell You Just A Little About Lynn Bell

From Lynn Bell, Captain of the Winning (1st place) Team of the 2016 WESTERN.  

Being the captain on the Alberta Grizzly Team for the past 10 years and winning the A Division again was such a great feeling for myself and our team and also Grizzly Manager Jack Sell. We have always had a very dedicated and sports minded team to play with. All the team are always at every game from 8:00 am till the end of the day, either playing on the courts, keeping scores for each other, or helping court managers to clean boards. They are always their cheering one another on rain or shine!! I am so grateful to our dear lord for giving me the privilege to play with such wonderful people!! I am also very grateful for being inducted into the Arizona Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in the player category!!!!.. Thanks to Dennis Stockman from our grizzly team for making this all possible for me! I have met so many great people in the past 20 years of shuffling that I will always remember and thank for being such great friends!! Once again thank you Lord for all that you have given me to be so thankful for. Thank you also Stan for everything you do for shuffleboard!! Lynn Bell

MUST READ: Can YOU Guess What Is Making These “Gals” So Happy? AND in 2020, We Will Do It Again IN COOLANGATTA, AUSTRALIA!! | Your Source for Shuffleboard News (theshuffler.net)

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We Tell You Just A Little About the Kings

MEET THE KINGS Warren and Lynda 2013 11 13

We retired about 9 years ago from Alaska.  Warren was with an oil company and I worked for a building contractor.  Prior to that, my folks resided here, at Snow to Sun in Weslaco, TX., and we would often come down here for a weeks visit.  They introduced us to the game of shuffleboard (an old peoples game!!!!!), and surprisingly enough, I found that I really enjoyed the competition and the people.  When we retired, we returned to home, in Oklahoma, but would come down to the valley annually, at first for just a few weeks, then for the season.  Three years ago we sold out in Oklahoma and made Texas our home.  I began playing tournaments about 7 years ago, and Warren followed the next year (he preferred golf at that time).  My first trophy came with a lady partner in my first full season, and from then on it was full steam ahead.  I made expert in two years, and Warren followed the year after.    Our first national win was in 2010 in a mixed doubles at Trophy Gardens.   While Warren is a born and bred Texan,  I am a Canadian and do not like the Texas summers,  so we would hook up the RV in May and travel around until September.  We were keeping our eyes open for a place to call our summer home.  Some friends here in the valley suggested we try out N. Carolina last summer.  They convinced us that it was a beautiful area and the shuffleboard was fun.  We went last June, planning on about a month there, then headed up to Canada for my folks 65th wedding anniversary and a family reunion.  Didn’t really have any plans for after July so decided to go back to NC for the month of August.  We were convinced to stay for the National Tournaments followed by the East/West games, we didn’t get out of N.C. until Sept. 21st, and by that time had decided to buy a mobile home in the park we were camped at.    This season,  we were again convinced (by the same friends) to go with them up to Ohio for the National singles and doubles, which we did, and loved it and plan to go again next year,  adding in the National mixed (again convinced by the same people) in Greenville, OH.   I have been the chairperson of our club for 4-5 years, and the Sec/Treas. for the RGVSA going into the 3rd year.    We have continued to enjoy the competition, but even more than that are the friendships we have made with people all over the country.   We have found that for the most part, people are fierce competitors on the courts, but then a hug or a handshake and the game is over and we can go out and eat.  The game continues to give us a reason to get up in the morning to play, and sleep well at night after a full day.

Hope this is kinda what you are looking for.  Do with it as you will.  Think you have the pics from the state and nationals in H’ville already.    To see those pix from the Eastern National, enter the words Lynda and Warren   into the search rectangle and hit search.               Lynda King. 

Stan’s Note: thank you so very much Lynda and Warren.   I look forward to meeting you both.  2013 11 13.

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We Tell You Just A Little About Lofty Haskim

Go here to read one of the many article re Lofty:


Posted on 2015-10-07 by stanistheman

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We Tell You Just A Little About Linda and Henry Armstrong.


Delane Ruess, Betmar, and Linda Armstrong of Lakeland won the Central District Pro Draw Championship at Winter Haven on Friday November18th.  It was a hard-fought tournament with Armstrong saving the day in the semis by scoring 25 points on her opponents hammer, late in the game, to give them the lead!!  Ruess then scored his 1st kitchen of the tournament in the next frame, to put the game on ice.

In the final game of the tournament Ruess scored his 2nd kitchen in the last frame to put the game and Championship out of reach and in their pocket.  It was Armstrong’s 1st Championship in a Florida tournament and she danced a jig and sung a jingle; the crowd roared their approval. 

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We Tell You Just A Little About Lary Faris

WE published a comprenhisive article about Lary on April 8th, 2020. For those of you who would like to revisit same, and it is well worth it, go here: (4) Selection From the Archives of The Shuffler. Lary Faris | Your Source for Shuffleboard News

Stan writing on 2021 01 20.

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                OPEN DOUBLES LADIES – Lee County – 1/20/2021

                       Sponsor: Southern District

Ladies – Main                                                  (12)Teams

1. Terri Smith * – Pam Nurnberger * . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradenton 

2. Judy Holloway – Alice Enos * . . . . . . . . . . Sebring/Sunny Grove 

3. Marietta Cobb * – Donna Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee County 

4. Joyce Smith – Colleen Austin^* . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lee County 


1. Dianna Allen* – Helen Biaggi * . . . . . .Riverwoods Pltn/Lee County 

2. Debbie Norton – Carol Healey . . . . . . . . . . .Lee County/Bayside 

3. Dotty Koert – Marti Noble . . . . . . . . . .Spanish Lakes 1/Sebring 

4. Nellie Daum – Marcia Clark . . . . . . . .Clearwater/Trailer Estates —

Glenn Monroe
“Not all those who wander are lost.”J.R.R. Tolkien

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We Give You the Results P16 (Ladies)


        AMATEUR ANY DOUBLES - Avon Park SBC - 1/19/2021
                     Sponsor: J&J Sunshades

Main (13)Teams

Gloria Tipsword – Carla Calandra . . . . . . . . . Avon Park/Sebring

Nancy Mcclenon – Don Mcclenon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avon Park

Rodney Cook – Bill Courtney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avon Park

Henna Smith – Donnie r. Thacker . . . . . . . . . . .Betmar/Lakeland


Jim Welman – Don Brisbane . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sebring/Avon Park

Don Frey – Sonny Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Avon Park

Alfred Culberson – Ted Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avon Park

Betty Bevard – Ross Robertson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sebring
Tournament Director(s): Cathy Renwick

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We Give You The Results of P16


                OPEN DOUBLES MEN - Lee County - 1/19/2021
                       Sponsor: Southern District
(20)Teams  MEN
1. Larry Mardis * - Dwayne Cross . .. . . . . . . . . . .Bradenton 
2. Ken Offenther * - Don Rood . . .  . . . . . Park City/Avon Park 
3. Thomas Winkelspecht - Greg Jones . . . . . . . . . .Wickham Park 
4. Bob Smith - Bob Hovatter . . . . . Lee County/Lakes of Melbourne 
1. Rosaire Cote - Ed Leonard . . . . . . . . Bradenton/Tropic Isles 
2. Steve Biaggi * - Keith Morton . . . . . . . Lee County/Avon Park 
3. Don Casselman - John Jefferson . . . . . . . .Bayside/Lee County 
4. Larry Brown ^ - Larry Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sebring

Glenn Monroe
“Not all those who wander are lost.”J.R.R. Tolkien

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