We Give You John Brown’s report: Shuffleboard is a Democracy!!

John Brown Speaks:  SHUFFLEBOARD IS A DEMOCRACY

The first meeting of the Southwest Coast District governing board will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4 at Bradenton Shuffle Club. Rules changes and procedures may be discussed and even decided at any of the three annual meetings in a given season. This season the meetings are scheduled for November 4, January 6, and March 3. Any member of one of the 40 Clubs that make up the District is welcome to attend and have a voice if he or she wishes on any issue before the board. You may even bring up a new issue, as in a New England style Town Meeting. Voting is restricted to the elected Board, and the President of a Club or the designee of a President with a letter from that President,
This column mentions these facts because readers and players may not realize how to exert any influence in the sport. One omission from the last column is the fact that Instant Pro is now a thing of the past. At the FSA Board Meeting Oct. 14 it was felt by a majority of the Board that some players avoid state tournaments because if they win, they become Instant Pro and then can’t play in some Leagues around the state. The Board felt that attendance was suffering, people were “accidentally” forced to move up prematurely with disastrous results. So now, all have to earn it the hard way, by accumulating move-up points.
The District meetings are interesting to those who love to shuffle and who care about self-government. Please feel welcome to attend.
This column also failed to mention the death of Lary Faris in May. Lary and Marylin lived in Sun City Center of the Southwest Coast District. Lary published a column called “Shuffleboard Coach” for 14 years which appeared in the Bradenton Herald and a half dozen other newspapers. He focused more on strategy and history, while this column focuses more on human interest and tournament results. The Faris family also has been influential at Lakeside, OH in summer where Lary was taught to play at age 3 by his mother who began the youth program there. Yet today about 75 years later, more youth play there than anywhere in the world. The National Tournaments at Lakeside in July are named the Lary Faris Tournaments.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS
FL P-03A Oct. 16 at Clearwater, Mixed Doubles. Consolation: 1. Tom and Cheryl Putnam. FL P-03B Oct. 16 at Lee County, Mixed Doubles. Main: 3. Jim Miller-Nancy Sclafani, Consolation: 3. Mike and Joyce Marquis.
SWCD D-3 at Bradenton, Oct. l9, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Arlene McCague-Cheryl Putnam, 2. Pam Nurnberger-Judy Taylor, 3. Marlene Coburn-Adriana Cramton, 4. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Doris Mularz. Consolation: 1. Terri Smith-Nancy Sclafani, 2. Donna Schultz-Judy Cross, 3. Flo Kowalewski-Shirley McCullough, 4. Evelyn White-Joan Curwin. Men Main: 1. Dwayne Cross-Davwe Minnich, 2. Steve Slaughterbeck-John L. Brown, 3. Arnie Congdon-Vern Wallingford, 4. Stan Kowalewski-John Hechinger. Consolation: 1. Bill Comford-Delmar Kohorst, 2. Nelson Kellogg-Larry Taylor, 3. Ira Snook-Ed Leonard, 4. Jerry Stannard-Ralph Lozano.

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