Buck Buchannan speaking in 2004: We now have a new President, and a new Secretary, Joe and Cecile Messier. This will be their 1st International in this capacity but they are “old hands” when it comes to their involvement with the Organization.
Stan speaks in 2004: I had the opportunity to sit down with Joe and the topic of our discussion soon turned to shuffling. Challenges and opportunities face the ISA. I expect that the subject of how best to deal with these will receive high priority during the ISA Meetings scheduled for Mesa during the tournament. It soon became evident during our conversation that Joe had given careful thought to both “challenges” and “opportunities”, while at the same time recognizing the absolute need for a consensus among the ISA Member States. The Shuffler looks forward with anticipation to the outcome. If the representatives from Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan and the USA have given equal attention to the matters before them, the decisions off the court may match or exceed those we make on the courts!!
From THE SHUFFLER TO THE ENTIRE BOARD; the very best in your deliberations. STAN 2004 03 13
Kenny Offenther speaking in 2012: JOE AND CECILE MESSIER: JUST WATCH THE 2 OF THEM TOGETHER AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE STILL HAVING AN AFFAIR AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.
THEY HAVE TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD PLAYING AND PROMOTING SHUFFLEBOARD, BUT THEIR HOME IS RIGHT HERE IN N. FORT MYERS. FROM JEWETT CITY , CONN. THE 2 ARE AMONG THE FRIENDLIEST AND WELCOMING PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET.
THEY SERVED ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION BOARDS FOR OVER 10 YEARS INCLUDING JOE’S TERM AS PRESIDENT WHERE HE CREATED THE EAST-WEST GOODWILL GAMES THAT ARE ALREADY A POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT. CECILE HAS ALWAYS BEEN BY HIS SIDE SERVING AS SECRETARY ON THOSE SAME BOARDS. IN ADDITION CECILE MESSIER IS A NATIONAL CHAMPION, HAS PLAYED IN THE STATE MASTERS AND IS A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA SHUFFLEBOARD HALL OF FAME. ON THE COURTS SHE IS STILL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH –AND A GOOD KISSER!!. ((Is it fair to ask how Ken knew that??))
IT IS WITH PRIDE THAT WE PRESENT THE MOST VALUABLE PERSON PINS TODAY TO JOE AND CECILE MESSIER. (2012 10 22) Ken Offenther, Presenter
We Give You the Biography of Cecile:
I was born in Jewett City, Connecticut and that is where I married Joe AND where we raised five children, three boys and two girls. I worked in a shoe factory; we owned a liquor store of which I was Permittee. It was known as the J C Spirit Shop. I was also Secretary and part owner of the Mini News Inc, a Printing Company, Manager and part owner, of the J C Convenience Store, a small Grocery Store. We retired and came to Florida, and played Tennis, Shuffleboard and Cards of all kind. When time permits it, I find the Theater a great interest of mine.
I first came to Miami Florida, with my husband to attend a Union Convention in 1960. This was followed by many years of coming to watch the Baseball Spring Training Games along both Coasts. So it was not a surprise to anyone when we decided to buy in Fort Myers in 1983.
Tennis was my first active Sport, a sport which I enjoyed tremendously. With Joe having Heart By-Pass in 1989 we switched to Shuffleboard, joined Lee County Shuffleboard Club and moved to North Fort Myers and this allowed me to play in the Bayshore Shuffleboard League which I have done to this very day.
In 1994 I started playing in District and then in State Tournaments, became Pro in 1996, was named to my first National Team in 1998, the first of 12 consecutive years.
I have attended Inaugurals in Ireland, Brazil and Denmark and have played International Tournaments in Japan, Brazil, Australia twice and Canada twice. Some of my greatest pleasures have come from playing in our own Country, in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, California, Michigan, North Carolina of course Florida. Thanks to the Florida Shuffleboard Assn.
I served as Secretary of District 7 for 10 consecutive years, Secretary for the International for 3-1/2 years, and I am now in my second year as National Secretary.
My partner Ann Wedel and I just won our 3rd Consecutive National Doubles at Lakeside, Ohio. I have won the North Carolina State Doubles and the Ohio State Doubles.
I have enjoyed the distinction of having been elected into the District Hall of Fame, the International Hall of Fame, the National Hall of Fame and have now earned the privilege of being inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame. At the present time I am extremely happy, to be the second highest point getter in the National All Time Point System. It is a great honor to be listed among so many great Shuffleboard Players and Friends. For all of this, I could not be more appreciative; many thanks to all of my partners and the people that have given me so much support over the many years of my career.
Cecile R. Messier. Induction into FSA HOF 2010 01 18. You may also wish to go here: https://theshuffler.net/2014/08/12/joe-and-cecile-messier-celebrate-65-years-of-marriage/
Posted by Stan McCormack. 2016 08 18.