BILL BIEREMA’S MEMORABLE WEEK. John Brown Report, 2018 10 31.

On last Thursday, October 25, Bill Bierema of Golf Lakes was presented with his Certificate as a new Pro, effective October, 2019. Southwest Coast District President Jerry Stannard, also of Golf Lakes, made the presentation at SWCD D-4 at Golf Lakes. Bill Bierema, age 90, received a rousing ovation from brothers and sisters of the Southwest Coast District Shuffleboard fraternity. By our collective memory, it has been several years since a nonagenarian has moved up to this level for the first time, and in fact Bill will be 91 next October when he first plays as a new Pro.
Born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1928, Bill was a Maintenance Man at a Furniture establishment in Zeeland, MI, retiring at age 64. The Bieremas now have a retirement home at Upper Silver Lake, near Ludington. After retiring, the Bieremas wintered in Englewood , Florida for 25 years, with no shuffling. Now get this – upon arrival in Golf Lakes, Gib Stannard taught Bill Bierema to shuffle. (Gib will turn 104 in December).
Bill is also very thankful that Dwayne Cross introduced him to Bayshore Nazarene Church. He also thanks the grace of God to enjoy his present life of retirement.
P.S. Note that Bill placed 3rd in Main in SWCD-A1 one day after defeat in SWCD D-4.

FL P-4A at Lee County, Monday, Oct. 22, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 2. Terri Smith and Partner, 3. Pam Nurnberger and partner. Ladies Consolation: 2. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Joyce Marquis, 4. Shirley McCullough-Flo Kowalewski. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Tom Putnam. Consolation: 3. Ralph Lozano-Mike Marquis.
FL P-4B at Betmar in Zephyrhills, Oct. 22, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Men Consolation: 1. Dave Kudro and partner, 4. Gerry Curwin-John L. Brown.
SWCD D-4, Oct. 25-26 at Golf Lakes, M/L Draw Doubles, restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16 frames/75 points. Ladies Main (9 teams): 1. Pat Tomko-Letha DeVries, 2. Donna Schultz-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Cheryl Putnam-Lois Wegner, 4. Linda Wallingford-Jane Schram. Consolation: 1. Evelyn White-Marlene Coburn, 2. Marcia Brazier-Margaret Hartzler, 3. Adriana Cramton-Joan Curwin, 4. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Terri Smith. Men Main (18 teams): 1. John L. Brown-Larry Mardis, 2. Gerry Johnson-Paul Knepper, 3. Larry Taylor-Grant Childerhose, 4. Bob Comford-Faren VanDeGrift. Consolation: 1. Mike Marquis-Ralph Lozano, 2. Steve Slaughterbeck-Vern Wallingford, 3. Ed Leonard-Nelson Kellogg, 4. Arnie Congdon-Jean Wilson, Jr.
SWCD A-1, Oct. 26 at Golf Lakes (9 players). Main: 1. Mary Fowler, 2. Larry Fowler, 3. Bill Bierema, 4. Frank Marderosian. Consolation: 1. Richard McCowan, 2. Martha Kaufman, 3. Larry Russell, 4. Rita Marderosian.

Thursday, Nov. 1 at Palmetto, SWCD D-5, M/L Doubles, Restricted to St. Ams and Pros, 16 frames/75 pts. Lunch available.
Friday, Nov. 2 at Palmetto, SWCD A-2, Mingle/Mingle, 16 frames/75 pts. No partner needed.
Saturday, Nov. 3, SWCD Fall Open Board Meeting at Bradenton Shuffle Club, 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, FL P-6A at Tavares, P-6B at Port Charlotte, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Also Monday, Nov. 5, FL A-3 at Lakeland, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.

. Letha DeVries recently returned to competition, placed 1st in Ladies Main at Golf Lakes after long absence as a nurse during Charlie’s long steady recovery. We salute her success in both efforts.
. Word is received of the death of Marlene Slosser after long illness. Marlene lived at Tri-Par for several years and competed vigorously and joyfully.
. Black Friday, November 23 at Palmetto Shuffle Club, Singles/ Mingle, Non-Sanctioned Tournament. $10 includes lunch. Prize money in both Am and Pro Divisions. Registration: 8:00-8:45; Start 9:00. No points, but fun, fellowship.
Happy Shuffling.

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