SHUFFLEBOARD CITIZEN OF MERIT was a series Alf Primeau and I ran in the early 2000s. To-day Sunday (2017 08 06) I decided to see if I could find any current info. vis-à-vis the Malcolms; Lawrence was one of our Citizens of Merit. Lawrence and wife Gwen both shuffled at the Blackstock Shuffleboard Club at the same time as Lois and I. (Early 2000s) As the article indicates, the Malcolms wintered at Betmar, FL for 15 years where Lawrence opened State and District Tournaments with the singing of “O-Canada”. Lawrence had a great sense of humor; he was “into” coloured shoes before many of us!!
Original Article: Our citizen of merit earns accolades by reason of the level of service he has provided and continues to provide to the “community of shufflers”. This devotion to service started at a much younger age when Lawrence served his community as a municipal elected representative. Lawrence served as Reeve of the Township for 6 years; became the first mayor of the township and served in that capacity for 5 years, and then for a period of 8 years, as Regional Councillor under “Regional Government”. He retired from municipal politics undefeated!
Lawrence and wife Gwendolyn (Gwen) have wintered in Betmar FL for 15 Winters. Lawrence participates in Club Shuffling. However; he has become a celebrity not for his shuffling but rather for his role in singing the Canadian National Anthem at the District and State Tournaments held at Betmar. He has been doing this for 5 years, and on occasion, he also sings the American National Anthem.
At his “home club”, the Scugog Club of Blackstock ON, it is Lawrence who provides us access, who ensures the building is secure when we leave AND perhaps most importantly, it is Lawrence who ensures that we shufflers have our coffee on a timely and regular basis! Lawrence has served the Scugog Club as their vice president for a period of 5 years.
While we have highlighted the service aspect of Lawrence’s shuffling career, do not let that fool you if you meet him on the Courts!! Some of that “political savoir faire” is still evident. He can lure you into a relaxed game and then “pow”, he has you at his mercy!!
Who said that politics is not a good training ground for Shuffling?? Lawrence; your many friends in America and Canada salute you for the service you provide to your community!!
Article by Stan McCormack. At this time I did not carefully record dates. Original article ran in the early 2000s. Stan 2017 08 06.