On January 15th, 2007 after a hot day on the courts shufflers assembled to pay homage to their fellow shufflers and applaud their great accomplishment of reaching 200 points in the player category. The setting was magnificent, Tara Woods was a very up-scale setting befitting the occasion.
The evening started with music and hors-d’oeuvres; the premises did not have a permit to sell wine, but approved that everyone could bring dinner wine. YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE BY WATCHING THE SLIDE SHOW: http://photopeach.com/album/j6niih
The hall filled quickly and it was evident that it would be as glamorous an evening as previous Hall of Fame evenings.
Landy Atkins was lovely in a long ivory coloured dress and shoes; she did a great job of overseeing the event.
Roberta Day looked stunning in a black dress with a sheer overlay of the same colour.
Shirley Griffin a very petite lady looked great in an evening top and pants.
Nicole Archambault looked amazing in a wine coloured dress and jacket ensemble. Check out the pictures to see all of these gals in their finery as words can not always describe the special effort put forth by them all.
Since there were only two male players honoured, I can only say that Grant Boshart and John Brown cleaned up nicely >> both in suit and tie and their ladies looking elegant.
John’s wife Dolores looked super in a long black dress with black and white jacket, and Grants friend Jean Bell was resplendent in a blue patterned silk jacket and skirt.
Now for the special awards: Clarence Wright, always a gentleman, looked the part along with his lovely wife Shirley who wore a pearl gray suit with a pale pink top.
Ann Hersom looked her best in an ivory pant suit with a gold under blouse and Myrna Eby was lovely in a gray and black evening jacket over black top and evening pants.
The presentations were very good and kept to 10 minutes. With 8 being inducted into the Hall Of Fame it was an evening of laughs and some very emotional moments.
Earl Ball displayed a pair of Pink Shorts and said that Grant would wear them before the evening was over, but grant never did.
Roy Norman started off with a joke and as usual Dave Minnich displayed his silver tongue on Anne’s behalf.
Lorraine Pollock did a great job presenting Nicole Archambault replacing Ruth Tate who had to return to Canada due to illness.
Larry Brown, long time friend of Roberta and Ralph Day, spoke sincerely and proudly of Roberta’s accomplishment on and off the courts.
Joan Cook who was the driving force behind Shirley Griffin returning to the courts after a long absence spoke eloquently about Shirley and her accomplishment.
Not to be outdone the presenters and guests all wore their best bib and tucker keeping the standards of the event at a very high level.
It was so good to see Sol and Phyllis Bigel out for the evening. As many of you know, Sol has been seriously ill and has improved to the point of getting around in a wheel chair. We all wish you a full recovery Sol.
Dick Cook enjoyed the evening and it was so good to see him again. Dick doesn’t show up at too many tournaments, so it was great to enjoy his humour again. I asked him if he wore briefs or boxers and he simply said Fruit of the Loom, so I guess we can’t put the truth on the record yet.
The evening wound down and the State Meeting got under way with a good attendance. I will not report on the meeting as we will all be able to read the minutes of the meeting when posted to the FSA Site.
Barb Norton; Reporter at large for the WCD (West Coast District) and THE SHUFFLER.
THE SHUFFLER extends to Barb our sincere appreciation for a job well done!! An excellent report along with many fine photographs!! We also wish to thank those Shufflers who willingly submitted their information on a timely basis. Without your co-operation we could not have covered this outstanding event!! Stan and Alf of THE SHUFLER. 2007 01 18.
Stan McCormack. Article reposted from the archives of The Shuffler. 2012 12 31.