Hi Shufflers!! I have been remiss in not giving you MY IMPRESSIONS, MY VIEW of the Marchand/Canadian Shuffleboard Commemorative Event!! In one line, the Event was a huge success!!! I will now elaborate, giving examples to support my opinion.
First let me give you the Words which appeared on the pamphlet which was provided to each member of the Marchand Family in attendance, along with several others. The pic at the top of the page was on the front cover. These words were on page 2 of the pamphlet; these same words appear on the Plaque, as does of course the fine pic of the Marchands.
ORGANIZED SHUFFLEBOARD IN CANADA BEGAN IN TILBURY.
THE FIRST CANADIAN OPEN WAS PLAYED IN 1981
ON THE FARM OF ALPHONSE and PHOEBE MARCHAND
IN TILBURY EAST.
The Marchands built their courts in 1966 and all of their free
time was taken up with shuffleboard. Member-
ship increased every year. In 1980 the
membership was 110 and in 1981 it was 250.
Marchand took money from his own pocket for
maintenance costs and for the food and drinks supplied at
the national tournaments played there on the 4 Courts.
North America’s renowned shuffler Glen Peltier, one time
President of the Club, described the Marchands as
On page 3 of the pamphlet, these words appear:
COMMEMORATING ORGANIZED SHUFFLEBORD
The Canadian National Shuffleboard Association in their desire to ensure significant shuffleboard events of the past are not forgotten, elected to recognize the very first sanctioned OPEN Tournament in Canada, and those responsible for hosting the event.
Glen Peltier, Henry Strong, John Carson and Stan McCormack came together to organize the event we are now sharing at the Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club of Chatham.
Alphonse and Phoebe would be oh so proud of the family turnout to-day!! Truly, it is a prime example of “The Leaves Not Falling Far From the Tree”. Our Thanks to the Family; our thanks to the Chatham-Kent Public Library, Tilbury Branch.
Stan McCormack. 2016 07 07.
To read a news article re the event, go here: https://theshuffler.net/2016/07/08/we-give-you-an-article-from-the-chatham-daily-news-by-ellwood-shreeve-marchand/
I now insert a pic of the Presentation of the Plaque by Past President Henry Strong to the Chief Executive Officer of the Chatham-Kent Public Library, Tania Sharpe. Also accepting is Municipal Councillor Brian Flucker.
The Plaque will hang in the Tilbury Library, at 2 Queen Street, Tilbury, ON. The chief Librarian at Tilbury is Amy Osborne. Go here to see the hours of the Library: http://www.chatham-kent.ca/PublicLibraries/HoursandLocations/Pages/TilburyBranch.aspx Tilbury is a small community, circa 5,000, located 26 km south west of Chatham; 57 km east of Windsor, ON
I will follow this article with emphasis on the Marchand Family!!!
Stan McCormack, 2016 07 09.