Did you know? Many of us remember the fine sentimental movie from 1985 “Cocoon”. It starred Don Ameche among others. What you may not know is that scenes from that film were filmed at the St Petersburg shuffleboard courts.

Ken Offenther writing on 2021 09 22.

Related by Stan: I strongly recommend you go here as well.

Stan McCormack writing on 2021 09 22.

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Look Back 4 years to read this fine article by Earl Ball.

Posted on 2017-09-21 by stanistheman

Charlotte Steadman/Ron Ferry Win Mingles Singles Championships

For the 1st time we had Pro and Amateur Championships won the same way. Charlotte Steadman, Lakeland Shuffle Club, won on the last shot of the day by shooting her Opponents disc from the 10 to the kitchen and holding the 10. She tied with 4 others but outscored them all.
The Amateur Division was won the same way with Ron Ferry, Zephyrhills Shuffle Club, making the same shot but not the last shot to win his 7th game putting him into a two way tie with Ron winning on points.

Report sent along by Earl Ball with THANKS!!  Posted by Stan on 2017 09 21This entry was posted in FSA (All Districts). Bookmark the permalinkEdit

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Posted on 2013-08-19 by stanistheman

This article will be about “The Tiger Woods of Shuffleboard”.  In relative terms, Stan Williamson like Tiger Woods, attracts a great deal of attention, and like Tiger, the attention is there whether or not he is winning or losing?? To understand more completely, read what I wrote (immediately below) in 2006.  Stan was just “coming off a perfect record” at the 25th ISA held in Lakeside, OH when this article was written. To his credit, he shared his feelings with the newspaper.    On February 23rd of 2003, Earl Ball said this about Stan: “After playing against him for a short time, you realize you can either have a good time or lie down and cry, he’s that good.”  Stan recently was the recipient of the 100th Anniversary MVP Award.

Stan McC. in 2006: THE SHUFFLER thanks the Mountain Eagle Newspaper of Stamford for the ideas expressed in this article on “Shuffleboard’s Tiger”!!  The newspaper reports* that “Stan’s mere presence at a match intimidates the other competitors,” but for Stan, “Shuffleboard is all about the great people you meet on the Courts”!!  By now you will have realized that we are talking about Stan Williamson of the Northern District of Florida.  The article centers on Stan’s feat of a Perfect, No Loss Record, achieved by Stan at the 25th International Meet at Lakeside, Ohio. Stan goes on to explain how competitors often become friends for life; the type of person who will drop over to see how you are making out in a match >> or just call you up at your residence.

Stan began shuffling in 1988 and has been on the circuit ever since.  The article quotes fellow shuffler Earl Ball referring to Stan as one of the games premier shot makers and play maker, adding that although Stan is a formidable opponent, he usually wins over his competition with his personality >> while beating them.  In 16 years, Stan has won 13 or 14 Masters Titles in the Northern District.  Twice he has tied for the Master’s title in the state of FL!! Also in the article Stan points out that he needs 40 points to gain entrance into the FSA Hall of Fame >> and goes on to point out that he will be working hard toward that achievement. NOTE: Since 2006, time of writing above, Stan’s total accumulated points have risen to 486!!  He was inducted into the FSA HOF in 2008 having earned the requisite 200 points + an additional 37 for good measure.  


The remarks to follow are taken from remarks offered at the time of Stan’s Induction into the FSA HOF, player category:
Stan Williamson is the 1st male from the Northern District to be inducted into the Florida Shuffleboard Association “Hall of fame”. To become a ‘Hall of Fame” player you must have fine partners and Stan wishes to thank all of those partners, especially, Earl Ball, his friend and partner in many of those tournaments. One of the games great players; Stan is the game’s greatest shot maker and premier entertainer. He has played in three State “Masters” and was co-champion twice and is a two time National Champion. Stan has won no less than 10 Northern District “Masters” Championships and holds the all-time record for points scored in a season at 65. He is also one of only 10 players to ever win all of his matches in an International Championship Tournament. He had accumulated 237 points at the time of his induction.

*I have selected only portions of the article which I believe will be of interest to Shufflers.  THE SHUFFLER would like to compliment Stan for ensuring local coverage in the media >> each of us should do a similar thing at every reasonable opportunity.

Stan McCormack 2013 08 19.

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The U.S Department of Homeland Security has recently announced that the ongoing restriction on non-essential travel at the U.S./Canada land border will be extended until at least October 21st. The CSA has been engaging with U.S. government officials and agencies to safely re-open the land border to Canadian citizens as soon as possible. This is an advocacy priority as over 70% of Canadian snowbirds travel to the United States with their Canadian vehicles and we recognize the importance and urgency of this issue. We will provide members with further details as soon as new information is available. TRAVELLING TO THE UNITED STATES Currently, the only way for Canadian travellers to enter the United States, for non-essential reasons, is by air. All air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country are required to get tested for COVID-19 with a viral test no more than 3 days before their flight departs and must present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include: Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test)Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service)Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the 3 months before the flight.Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)Test Result Upon arrival, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated travellers: Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. The CDC recommends that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers: Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements. RETURNING TO CANADA 1. Pre-arrival testing All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must provide proof of a COVID-19 molecular test result (e.g. PCR and RT-PCR) to enter Canada. Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. If you’re flying to Canada, you must take a molecular test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result. If you’re driving or entering by water, you must take a molecular test within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada. When you arrive at the border, you must present an accepted test result (paper or electronic proof) that must include: Traveller name and date of birthName and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the testThe date on which the test was conductedThe type of test conductedThe test result 2. Develop a suitable quarantine plan You must be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, even if you are fully vaccinated, in case you: are symptomaticdon’t meet the requirements for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption A suitable quarantine plan, which includes a place you will quarantine, must be entered into ArriveCAN in case you don’t qualify for the exemption. You may be asked to explain your quarantine plan at the border. Unvaccinated of partially vaccinated travellers are required to quarantine upon entry into Canada for 14-days. 3. Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN You must use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your travel to enter your vaccination status and proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information. If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won’t be considered as a fully vaccinated traveller, even if you meet all the other requirements. Final determination of your vaccination status will be made at the border. You must bring a digital or paper copy of your proof(s) of vaccination with you. 4. Arrival testing If you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, you may be exempt from arrival testing. However, you may be selected for mandatory randomized arrival testing. If you are selected for a randomized test, you: Must take the arrival test as directed on the day you enter CanadaMay receive a home test kit to complete within 24 hours of entering CanadaDon’t have to wait for the results, you can travel on to your final destination, including taking connecting flightsAre not required to pay a fee for the arrival test Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers will be instructed to either take an arrival test at the border, or receive a home test kit. They will also get a kit to use on Day-8 of their mandatory quarantine.
Given the fluid situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, these requirements are subject to change. We recommend that members visit prior to their return to Canada.
The Canadian Snowbird AssociationThe Voice of Travelling
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We “Recognize Jim and Marlene” and Welcome Norm Lindsay!!

The Canadian National Shuffleboard Association held a successful tournament last week that was held at Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Many thanks to Jim & Ellie Crowell and the Bridgewater Shuffleboard Club for hosting an awesome tournament.

Ellie and Jim Crowell

At the AGBM we said our goodbyes to Jim Corbeil who has held the position of president for 5 years. Thank you Jim…it has been a pleasure working with you at the ISA level. Jim and his wife Marlene have worked extremely hard for the CNSA. Jim will still be involved as he is chairman of the planning committee for the 2022 ISA Championship that will be held in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

“Congratulations “ to Norman Lindsay, our new CNSA president. Many of you know Norm as he was the CNSA acting president at Vienna in 2019. Welcome Norm to our ISA family. We look forward to working with you. We truly have a great team of people to work with in the ISA and if you have any questions we will make sure you get your answer. Norm has been working closely with Jim Corbeil on the 2022 Championship.

We sure are looking forward to having our many friends from around the world to come to Canada in August 2022. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit here.

With warm regards
Myrna Bilton
ISA President

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Breaking News by Harold Thorne!!!

This week we had our National Mixed Doubles Championship tournament in Hendersonville with players from 16 States.  Most of them arrived by car, but there was an unusual arrival.  Two shufflers, Tyne Seybold  and Mark Auchtung arrived at the Hendersonville Airport in a Cessna 182.  After unloading their folded bicycles, they rode to a downtown Airbnb and then to the Shuffleboard Club.  They competed in the tournament and then took to the roads to tour the area like other tourists, except they traveled on their bikes.  Their arrival was a very exciting time for the other shufflers.  In a few days they will be flying back to St. Petersburg, FL..

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Sent by Harold WITH THANKS!!!!

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Sent Along by Harold Thorne WITH THANKS!!

May be an image of text that says 'HENDERSONVILLE NC SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB Tournament Results Tournament #18 September 13 15, 2021 National Championship Singles Men's Division Main: Dave Wenger 2. Bill Hoyer 3 Lyle Walker 4. Rod Baal Consolation: Jay Fitzpatrick Darrell Stuart 3. Tim Baker 4. Harold Thorne Ladies Division Main: Lynda King 2. Chase Carol Healey 4. Deb Baal Consolation: 1. Barbara Wade 2. Brenda Noakes 3. Lauren Seesel 4. Marcy Polzin Tournament Director: Sandi Quinn Entries: Men 24, Ladies 16'
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Glenn and Donna Monroe Celebrate 53 Years Together!!

Glenn Monroe was married to Donna McCormick on 1968 09 14.  Ladies and Gentlemen, that means that to-day, 2021 09 14 they will have been married 53 years!! 

Few shufflers get to see Donna; many shufflers get to see Glenn!!  Lois and I had the good fortune to have them dine with us for a St Patrick’s Day Dinner on March 6th, 2014. We had a Great Irish Dinner, and a Greater Visit with Glenn and his pleasant and attractive wife Donna.

I am not sure how they will celebrate their 53 Years, but I am sure that every FL Shuffler wishes Glenn and Donna the very, very best as they begin their 54th year together!!

Stan McCormack.  2021 09 14.

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Glenna Earle Displays her Humility!!!

32nd ISA Reflections by Glenna Earle, 1st Place Finisher.

Last Oct, 2013, we returned to FL earlier than usual in order to participate in the 32nd ISA Singles event in St. Petersburg, the 100th anniversary of shuffling in FL.

Anticipation was high and the excitement grew once we arrived at the venue. The St Pete’s club, which I had visited once only, had had a “facelift” and was looking fabulous….. almost a new facility! Thanks to all the hard work of Christine, Jim, Beth and their crew. They went well beyond the call of duty the whole week!

This was my 2nd time attending the Singles event, the previous one having been close to home in Dieppe, NB, in 2011. It was such an enjoyable event, I was anxious to participate once again, against some of the best shufflers in the world!

As we began to meet one another again and renew friendships from past ISA events, it was clear that everyone was extremely keen and ready to “do their best”. I lost one game to my nemesis, Doris Bumstead. She and I had competed several times and she always got the better of me. Thankfully I had the opportunity to play her one more time in this competition and finally won!!!  She is a very tough opponent but fun to play.

The evening activities were entertaining; offering an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of friends from other countries. Many of the Norwegian players whom we met in the summer at the Norwegian Open, joined us on the St Pete’s courts. They are improving very quickly!  An outstanding part of the ISA event, is getting to know these amazing folks from other lands.

The last day was very special as I learned that I had been lucky enough to qualify to play in the final match for 1st place, and to top that off, I was to play my good friend and sometimes partner, Pam Hill. For me, the challenge was to play as well as I could, but since I had won the Golden Cue in 2011, I was sure it would be Pam’s turn this time. Unfortunately for Pam, things did not go well for her. It was a short game with little time to recover once one got behind. I am sure if we were playing a 75 point game, little Pam would have come back and put me in my place.  As it turned out, I was able to capture my second Gold Medal.

My favourite part of the final ceremonies and banquet was receiving not only the Golden Cue from Jim Allen, which I so appreciate, but also the ancient cue which Shuffleboard Bob Zalatel used throughout the tournament. That was a very unexpected presentation which created some hearty laughter.  Both Bob and I signed it and returned it to Jim for a special place at Allen R Shuffleboard’s shop.

One more detail which I would like to mention as a result of the ISA in St Pete’s was the design (by Colleen Austin) and presentation of a pin for the Gold Medal winners which we received in January. These pins will be presented to 1st place winners in the future, which I know all will proudly wear. My Golden Cue gets used if I get the opportunity to play for 1st place (which is not too often) in State Tournaments.

Sadly, we will not be attending the Midland ISA event this year.  Family health issues require me to be home.  ENJOY EVERYONE!!!  GLENNA EARLE.

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