PAUL KNEPPER RETIRES
Bradenton Shuffle Club President Paul Knepper 84, is resigning after two decades of service, about the last half of which he was Club President. Paul and his devoted wife Lee, to whom he has been happily married for 47 years, plan to return to New Haven, IN, a suburb of Fort Wayne to enjoy life together as long as possible.
Ron Nurnberger who will succeed Paul as President, says that no one person can replace Paul. Ron says Paul spends about 40 hours per week to keep the Club humming, and it will take all the club members to fill his shoes.
The Kneppers arrived in 1999 and began to help then-President Joe Woda with Club efforts. Paul Knepper had spent many years in Indiana as a sheet metal worker, and before that retirement greatly enjoyed working stainless steel, especially in kitchens. Paul has greatly appreciated the friendship of the shuffleboard fraternity. It was Ken McLaughlin who came to Leisure Lakes and asked Paul to be his partner thus getting him into tournament competition. A pleasant memory was when Paul Knepper and Niles Kenyon tied first in the SWCD Amateur Masters in 1999. Niles won the playoff.
Paul also played with Jim Miller back then and felt Jim helped him a lot. Paul and the Millers are responsible for many upgrades to the Bradenton Shuffle Club. Paul considers Jim Miller the prototype of one who helps the sport, and especially helped Bradenton Shuffle Club.
Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Sebring, FL P-14A, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Pam Nurnberger and partner. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Levi Miller, 3. Bob Comford-Jerry Stannard.
FL P-14 B at Clearwater, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Cheryl Putnam-Joyce Marquis, 2. Marlene Coburn-Terri Smith, 4. Marilyn Everett-Shirley McCullough. Ladies Consolation: 4. Flo Kowalewski and partner. Men Main: 1. Dave Kudro and partner, 2. Dwayne Cross-Jerry Everett, 4. Dave Minnich and partner. Consolation: 3. Tom Putnam-John L. Brown.
FL A-11 at Clearwater, Jan. 2, State Sponsored Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points. Main: 3. Cau Huynh-Paul Johnson.
Tomorrow, Jan. 10, 2019, SWCD D-12 at Golf Lakes, Open M/L Doubles, 16/75 points.
Also Thurs, Jan. 10 at Port Charlotte, FL A-13 (Thursday Start) Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.
Friday, Jan. 11 at Golf Lakes, SWCD A-9, Mingle/Mingle, 16/75 points.
Next Monday, Jan. 14 at Clearwater, FL P-16 State-Sponsored Open Singles, M/L, W/NW. Clearwater will have lunch available. Hall of Fame Banquet. Winter FSA Meeting. Also Monday, Jan. 14, FL A-14 at Avon Park, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.
. Gilbert Stannard, father of shufflers Jerry and Charles, passed away Sunday, January 6 at age 104. Gib owned two shuffle courts in Connecticut on Long Island Sound, and taught all his family and friends to play. He continued to play until about age 102. Our sympathy to his 2 sons and 2 daughters and their families.
. SWCD Open Board Meeting Saturday, January 12 at Bradenton Shuffle Club, 1:00 p.m. All welcome, anyone may speak. Voting are SWCD Board and Club Presidents.
. Cheryl Putnam’s First Place in Main at Clearwater gives her lifetime eligibility for Pro Tournament of Champions.