JOE AND CECILE MESSIER: JUST WATCH THE 2 OF THEM TOGETHER AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE STILL HAVING AN AFFAIR AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.
THEY HAVE TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD PLAYING AND PROMOTING SHUFFLEBOARD, BUT THEIR HOME IS RIGHT HERE IN N FORT MYERS. FROM CENTRAL MANCHESTER, CONN. THE 2 ARE AMONG THE FRIENDLIEST AND WELCOMING PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET.
THEY SERVED ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION BOARDS FOR OVER 10 YEARS INCLUDING JOE’S TERM AS PRESIDENT WHERE HE CREATED THE EAST-WEST GOODWILL GAMES THAT ARE ALREADY A POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT. CECILE HAS ALWAYS BEEN BY HIS SIDE SERVING AS SECRETARY ON THOSE SAME BOARDS. IN ADDITION CECILE MESSIER IS A NATIONAL CHAMPION, HAS PLAYED IN THE STATE MASTERS AND IS A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA SHUFFLEBOARD HALL OF FAME. ON THE COURTS SHE IS STILL A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH –AND A GOOD KISSER!!.
IT IS WITH PRIDE THAT WE PRESENT THE MOST VALUABLE PERSON PINS TODAY TO JOE AND CECILE MESSIER. (2012 10 22)
Ken Offenther, Presenter.
Stan’s Note: These Pins are awarded to deserving individuals by your Anniversary Committee as examples of the contributions made by similar shufflers in the past 100 years!! Joe and Cecile also pioneered the World Singles concept in Mesa, Arizona in 2003 > The 23rd ISA.
Stan McCormack, Chair Anniversary Committee: 2012 10 23
Cecile Messier: Some Things You May Not Have Known!!
I was born in Jewett City, Connecticut and that is where I married Joe AND where we raised five children, three boys and two girls. I worked in a shoe factory; we owned a liquor store of which I was Permittee. It was known as the J C Spirit Shop. I was also Secretary and part owner of the Mini News Inc, a Printing Company, Manager and part owner, of the J C Convenience Store, a small Grocery Store. We retired and came to Florida, and played Tennis, Shuffleboard and Cards of all kind. When time permits it, I find the Theater a great interest of mine.
I first came to Miami Florida, with my husband to attend a Union Convention in 1960. This was followed by many years of coming to watch the Baseball Spring Training Games along both Coasts. So it was not a surprise to anyone when we decided to buy in Fort Myers in 1983.
Tennis was my first active Sport, a sport which I enjoyed tremendously. With Joe having Heart By-Pass in 1989 we switched to Shuffleboard, joined Lee County Shuffleboard Club and moved to North Fort Myers and this allowed me to play in the Bayshore Shuffleboard League which I have done to this very day.
In 1994 I started playing in District and then in State Tournaments, became Pro in 1996, was named to my first National Team in 1998, the first of 12 consecutive years.
I have attended Inaugurals in Ireland, Brazil and Denmark and have played International Tournaments in Japan, Brazil, Australia twice and Canada twice. Some of my greatest pleasures have come from playing in our own Country, in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, California, Michigan, North Carolina of course Florida. Thanks to the Florida Shuffleboard Assn.
I served as Secretary of District 7 for 10 consecutive years, Secretary for the International for 3-1/2 years, and I am now in my second year as National Secretary.
My partner Ann Wedel and I just won our 3rd Consecutive National Doubles at Lakeside, Ohio. I have won the North Carolina State Doubles and the Ohio State Doubles.
I have enjoyed the distinction of having been elected into the District Hall of Fame, the International Hall of Fame, the National Hall of Fame and have now earned the privilege of being inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame. At the present time I am extremely happy, to be the second highest point getter in the National All Time Point System. It is a great honor to be listed among so many great Shuffleboard Players and Friends. For all of this, I could not be more appreciative; many thanks to all of my partners and the people that have given me so much support over the many years of my career.
Cecile R. Messier. December of 2009.
The Very Frist ISA Singles Tournament took place under the Leadership of then ISA President Joe Messier. Event held in Mesa, AZ.
HISTORICAL ITEM WITH REGARD TO ISA SHUFFLING AND IN PARTICULAR “WORLD SINGLES” by Stan McCormack.
I should probably offer a brief explanation of team participation in this 23rd (2004) ISA Meet. I will speak first about the MEN’S EVENT.
Both the Americans and the Canadians have a full complement of 12 players. The Canadians do not however have team captains in the normal sense. Rather, two players have been identified as team captains. John Weston who was the team captain has taken the place of a Canadian player who withdrew at the last minute. There will be 3 teams only in what THE SHUFFLER has been calling THE PRIMARY EVENT, which is the event as it has been traditionally, i.e. the Canadian Team, the American Team, and the United Nations Team. The United Nations Team is comprised of 4 players from Japan, 6 from Brazil and 2 from Australia. In the Women’s Division we have full teams from Canada, America, and Japan.
IN ADDITION TO, and taking place at the same time, we have “THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SINGLES” TOURNAMENT.
212 players have registered for this event. They have team T-Shirts, and caps. In many ways they are indistinguishable from the “primary event players”. One significant difference is that they are competing for approximately $7,000 in prize money while the “primary players” are competing for “pride of country”!!
The combined groups made for a significant audience at the opening this morning. In attendance were both the Mayor of Mesa and the Mayor of Apache Junction. An orchestra played the national anthems of each country and the flag of that nation was presented during the playing. For many it was a stirring and emotional part of the programme.
Team meetings followed the opening thus providing an opportunity to discuss strategy. ACTION ON THE COURTS BEGINS AT 13:00 hrs. Stay tuned; we will report both on Wins for the day by Nation and a “special late night edition” report on our “Get Acquainted Party”!!
Re the party: A very enjoyable dinner; good company and entertainment from Mexico ~~ a young dance group lightened our spirits and ended what was a very full day.
This item first published in The Shuffler in March of 2004. Stan McCormack, 2017 06 10