This most successful event took place in Blackstock, Ontario on May 30th, 2006. It was a two-day event >> it was a WONDERFUL two-day event!!! Each Past President addressed the audience. Go here if you would like to read the supporting remarks for any or all of the Past Presidents: https://theshufflersnews.wordpress.com/welcome-to-the-cnsa-hall-of-fame/ At this time, as I have your attention, I am going to tell you part of the Story of Roy Norman. I hope, and believe, you will find it interesting and informative. I give you Roy Norman.
I would very much doubt if there is an “ISA SHUFFLER” who is unfamiliar with Roy Norman or the BLACKSTOCK PRAYER. Having said that, the PRAYER has taken on a new life, a life of its own since its recital in Rio by all the participating nations. It is now Roy’s objective to do what is possible for one human being to achieve World Peace. He strives for a world driven by INTELLIGENCE, FAIRRNESS AND CONSIDERATION, a WORLD FREED OF THE “WAR MENTALITY” that now exists!!
The document I will now print was read at the PAST PRESIDENTS DINNER (BLACKSTOCK, ON, May 30th, 2006) Both Stan McCormack and the Mayor of the municipality in which Blackstock is situated, SCUGOG TOWNSHIP, participated. Mayor Pearce presented Roy a Certificate from the Township of Scugog, a certificate which recognized Roy’s efforts to make the World a better place to live.
We invite all Shufflers to read the document and to reflect on WHAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DO IN SUPPORT!!
ROY AND DOREEN NORMAN; Shufflers; World Peace Activist and One of our Sponsors!
My first memory of Roy and Doreen Norman is at the AGM of the CNSA held at Goderich ~~ coincident with the “changing of the guard” ~~ Roy & Doreen leave office and Al Weeks assumes the leadership role.
I remember going to the front of the meeting when it ended and introducing myself to Roy & Doreen; ~~ expressing regret that they were leaving office and thanking them for their contribution. At that time I had no idea on how well or poorly for that matter, the NORMANS had performed while in office. Little did I know that our paths would grow increasingly together, beginning with the Clearwater (CL) ISA. It was in CL that Roy and Doreen’s performance as Canadian Team Captains caught my attention; it was in CL during the banquet that Roy’s performance as the one chosen to offer the Invocation again caught my attention!! That CL Invocation carried the seeds of what was to become the BLACKSTOCK PRAYER.
Last year at the time Lois and I were “putting together” the Spring Fling, we recalled Roy’s Invocation at Clearwater. We invited Roy to offer the Invocation for the 1st Annual Ritesco Cup, the Scugog Spring Fling of Blackstock!! The REST IS HISTORY!
The birth of the BLACKSTOCK PRAYER was in this very Hall, just one year ago. Almost all of you were midwives!! In the audience was the Mayor of Scugog, Her Worship Mayor Marilyn Pearce. Marilyn spoke following Roy’s presentation of the Invocation and commented favourably on it!! The two met following the Official Opening and plans were made to carry the Blackstock Prayer to St John’s Newfoundland which was host to a National Meeting of the Federation of Municipalities.
To grow the Prayer, to “give it legs”, Stan approached Michael Zellner, President of the Brazilian Shuffleboard Assn. with a view to presenting the prayer at the final Banquet of the 24th International Shuffleboard Meet in Rio de Janeiro. The Blackstock Prayer was translated into French, into Portuguese, and Japanese, and read line by line in the native tongue of the presenter. To say that the Invocation was greeted with enthusiasm is a gross understatement. And among its strongest supporters were the Americans, some requesting copies to take to their Church.
If Clearwater was the conception; Blackstock the birth; the baby’s first steps were surely at St John’s, Nfld., and Brazil was the onset of puberty.
Maturity and the onset of adulthood were not unlike our own lives; Roy expanded his horizons, world peace achievable by reform of the United Nations became his goal!! Roy made an eloquent and persuasive proposal to some of the most influential people in the world. His proposal to them, although well received, never came to fruition. As an example of his energy, of his zeal, let me share with you that he had replies from Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General; the Mayor of Japan who is a world leader in ridding the world of Atomic and Nuclear Weapons, and many others. We must not forget; however, that the world is seldom changed by the single action of any single body; what is needed, what has an impact, is the action of many smaller bodies. Listen to what the Scugog Council, led by Mayor Pearce, contributed!! In the early stages of this evolution, I believe Roy thought the Prayer may be fitting for wide spread application on the International Day of Peace. In this regard, the Council of Scugog Township used the prayer at a Council Meeting in support of the International Day of Peace, and the United Nations was so advised. All Shufflers can take satisfaction in the recognition accorded the Prayer. I believe it appropriate to insert Kofi Annan’s explanation of the International Day of Peace:
The International Day of Peace “is meant to be a day of global cease-fire, when all countries and all people stop all hostilities for the entire day. And it is a day on which people around the world observe a minute of silence at 12 noon local time. […]And let us pledge to do our utmost to carry out the important decisions on peace taken by last week’s 2005 World Summit.”
Roy envisioned a system of world affairs that would change from a world functioning by POWER and WAR MENTALITY, to a world functioning by INTELLIGENCE, FAIRNESS AND CONSIDERATION!! And lest anyone think that Roy and Doreen just sit at home and dream such utopia, they do not. Working on their newly acquired computer, they lobby everyone from local Mayors to Ambassadors of All Member States of the United Nations!!
Ladies and Gentlemen: We have among us Two Shufflers; Two Visionaries; Two Dedicated and Sincere Human Beings who embody INTELLIGENCE, FAIRNESS AND CONSIDERATION.
I give you Roy and Doreen Norma.
Joint Presentation by Mayor Pearce & Stan McCormack at BLACKSTOCK, ON on the occasion of PAST PRESIDENTS DINNER.
2006 05 30. STAN’S NOTE: Last evening, (May 31st) I received a telephone call from a “freelance reporter” wishing to speak with Mr Norman. As “second choice” she will be telephoning Roy, and meeting with Yours Truly on June 06th. (2006). Stan