We Commemorate Canada’s First Sanctioned Shuffleboard Tournament!
At the 2016 CNSA AGM, the Membership approved this event to memorialize the location, Tilbury, ON, and the hosts Alphonse and Phoebe Marchand.
The celebration will take place on July 7th, 2016 at the Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club, 9622 Longwoods Rd Chatham, ON. The Club is holding a Mingles-Singles commencing at 09:00. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to do so. The Commemorative aspect will begin at noon; a light lunch will be served.
Speakers will include the CNSA President, Jim Corbeil; CNSA Past President, Henry Strong; Glen Peltier who served as President of the Tilbury Club for a period; and John Carson of the Marchand Family. Others wishing to speak will be given the opportunity.
A Plaque will be presented to representatives of the Odette Library of Tilbury. They will hang the plaque to ensure those visiting the library are aware of the role of Tilbury, the role of the Marchands, and the significance of Shuffleboard in their community. The picture of the Marchands, above will appear on the plaque. (Pic will be on the left and will have acrylic cover; words will be in gold with black back plate, and will appear on the right side of the plaque. Plaque itself is of Cherry Wood)
Tilbury is a small community, circa 5,000, located 26 km south west of Chatham, 57 km east of Windsor, ON > on Hwy 401. The Marchand Shuffleboard Courts were located in Tilbury East on the Marchand Farm. The farm has been sold, the courts removed. Both Alphonse and Phoebe are deceased. However; that in no way diminishes support by the Marchand Family. 17 descendants are planning on attending the Commemorative Event!!
Lois and I will travel the 805 km, leaving our residence in Calabogie on July 6th.
Stan McCormack. 2016 07 04.