DAVE MINNICH PRESENTS ANN HERSOM – SPECIAL!!
SPECIAL: What does the word mean?
When I looked up this word in the
dictionary, I found, among other
definitions, extraordinary — doing
things above the call of duty.
These definitions definitely
describe our honorees tonight.
I know that for a fact because both
of these deserving persons served
with me while I was FSA President
and I could not have asked for
anyone better to work with.
The FSA criteria, as in the Preview,
are for those who have achieved outstanding records in shuffleboard in
the administrative or promotional fields, and who have contributed
significantly to the advancement and welfare of the FSA. Again, our
honorees certainly fit these criteria. The Special Awards category for
entrance into the FSA Hall of Fame is currently the only category where
entrance into the HOF requires being voted in.
Tonight, I am honored to present to you one of these deserving entrants-
-Ann Hersom. Ann became a pro in 1993 and was inducted into the FSA HOF
under the Players Category in 2003. But it is not her playing
accomplishments that I want to talk about tonight. It wasn’t long after
she started playing that Ann became active in off the court activities
in various positions in her District and at the State level. From 1994-
1998, Ann was the Secretary of the SWCD. She then held the position of
FSA Treasurer from 1999-2000. In the year of 2000, the FSA lost our
Webmaster, Bill Clever, who served in this capacity so well for so many
years. It was Ann who came to our rescue and with great difficulty took
on not only the Webmaster job but, also the FSA Keeper of Records. One
of these jobs is overwhelming and to take on both of these jobs most
certainly is above the call! I know for a fact that Ann struggled
mightily with these tasks even loosing sleep. She so wanted to do her
tasks well and she certainly did just that. I was FSA President at the
time and I know Ann and I exchanged many many correspondences. She just
went ahead and did these tasks.
Ann held these positions until 2004 when Darden Nelms agreed to take
over these positions, which he still holds to this day. Then at
Christmas of 2004, Ann once again was called upon to take on the
position of State Treasurer and once again Ann came to the rescue of the
FSA and accepted this position. I hope you are getting a feel for what
kind of a person Ann Hersom really is — special!
It should also be noted that, at the same time, Ann took over the duties
of FSA Treasurer; she also took on the Webmaster and KOR jobs in her
District. This woman is tiring me just thinking of all she has, and
continues to do in the interest of Shuffleboard. Can there be any doubt
as to Ann’s loyalty and dedication? I think not.
During Ann’s spare time, she and Ed served as Captains for the USA
National Team in the International Games. By the way, you know those
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certificates that are given out when the Roll of Champions Pins are
given out? Guess who makes them — That’s right – Ann Hersom.
But—there is another side to Ann Hersom – Ann as a person. Ann was
asked her permission to enter her name into the nomination for entrance
into the FSA HOF the previous year and she flatly refused to allow her
name to be placed on the agenda. Firstly, she did not think she was
worthy of this award (which was ridiculous) but, more importantly to
her, was that she did not want her name entered because a very good
friend of hers was also going to be put forth for this honor and Ann
refused to compete with her friend. Her friend did not make it, but
that wasn’t the point with Ann. Loyalty and friendship were more
important to her. That’s just what Ann Hersom is all about. It was
only through much cajoling that Ann finally agreed to allow her name to
be put forth for the Special Award.
Finally, when I was working so closely with Ann, she gave each of us a
Knickname. Her Knickname was Faithful Servant.
And she surely is that. And for all of you in this room, for all of
those in her District, and indeed, for all those who have ever picked up
a Shuffleboard Cue –
ANN WAS AND STILL IS YOUR FAITHFUL SERVANT.
Remarks offered by FSA Past President Dave Minnich on the Occasion of
Ann Hersom’s induction into the Special Awards Category of the FSA Hall
of Fame. 2007 01 15.