Myrna as ISA Pres. Reports.
We arrived safely to High River on Friday. We were greeted with smiling faces and warm greetings by Verena Wardley, Zinaida Fitzpatrick and the White Hatters. We were taken to the Calgary Airport hospitality room where we waited for our shuttle vehicle. Our trip to High River took a little over 1 hour on a Friday night at 5:30. We have a nice room at the Heritage Inn. Great to meet some of our shuffle friends. Ken & Verena Wardley, Brian & Zinaida Fitzpatrick joined our group of 12 for supper at the Inn. Lots of shuffle talk!!!
Yesterday was nice to see the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex where the shuffling will take place. Volunteers were working hard to make sure everything is set for Monday. Participants can practice today. The Heritage Inn doors were busy swinging with our friends arriving from all around the world. Lots of hugs and laughter.
>> Paula Pavao, Verena Wardley, Myrna Bilton & White Hatters
Ken Reports on CAN-AM at GOLDEN VISTA 2016 12 02
Here at Golden Vista RV Resort we have 1075 lots, mostly made up of Americans sprinkled with a few Canadians. The park is about 30 years old and really the most friendly of all the parks here in the East Valley. [No smog in this area as we are far enough away from Phoenix]
We have been at this park for 13 years and have owned for 10 of those years.
Ultimately we started to become involved with Shuffleboard and was Tournament director for that first year. That was a job, but we got through it. We noticed that the numbers were starting to fall off, and it was suggested that we should go to Mixed format, consisting of one American and one Canadian. Obviously the Ladies were delighted because they always felt left out of the Doubles events.
When this happened immediately we noticed an increase in excitement and now the Men were scrambling to look for Cdn women and vice versa. So, the next year we increased our attendance and each year thereafter we have had wonderful support from everyone. As an example in 2010 we had 56 registrants
in 2014 we had 74 entries or 144 people and this year and we have just completed our Can-Am tournament and we had 88 entries or 176 participants
Shuffleboard is alive and well in Arizona and we keep hoping that it will continue to increase
I will forward to you, pics of the winners etc, when we get them done
On a side note, we are working on our ISA logo and would love to have you forward some ideas for the 2018 event, which starts on July 15th thru 20th
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