We Tell You Just A Little About Mary Button

MARY BUTTON “HALL OF FAMER”

Mary Button, Ontario Shuffleboard Association “Hall of Famer”, will be inducted, as a player, into her second “Hall of Fame” by the Florida Shuffleboard Association in January 2005.

Mary was introduced to Shuffleboard while vacationing in Daytona Beach, Florida and took to the game as a “natural”.  She was fortunate to live in an area that had a Shuffleboard Club available, that being the Thameshorizon Club in Chatham, ON.   She learned rapidly, becoming a Canadian expert in 1992.  Mary began spending the winters in Florida and played as an Amateur from 1993 to 1995 establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with by winning the Florida Ladies Amateur Singles Championship two years in a row.  She became a Pro for the 1995/1996 season.  Three times she qualified for and played in the premier Florida Shuffleboard Association “Masters” Tournament.   Along the way she won the Florida State Ladies Pro Singles Championship twice and also won two USA National Championships.  She has represented Canada on 10 International teams, winning seven Championships.  She went undefeated, very rare, in the International games at Goderich, Ontario in 1998. Mary has taken part in several Inaugurals, traveling the World promoting the game of Shuffleboard.  She smiles easily, excites the people around her and brings happiness to all who come in contact with her.  Needless to say she is always in great demand as a partner, because she is a great partner.  She and husband, John, live in Chatham, Ontario, where she is very active in the Thameshorizon Shuffleboard Club.  Mary has held various club positions and is a qualified club tournament director at Chatham’s Thames Horizon Club. 

Mary Button Inducted Into the OSA Hall of Fame!!

Prior to the start of the pro division play at the OSA Doubles Tournament on Tuesday, July 21, 2004,  Roger Cayen indicated he was honoured to announce another Ontario player had achieved the required points to be entered into the Ontario Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame.  Mary Button from Chatham, Ontario was the recipient of this honour. Mary graciously accepted the award, presented to her by Henry VanDorp, President of the Ontario Shuffleboard Association. She thanked all her partners for the part they played in enabling her to achieve the goal of entering into the Hall of Fame.

Mary’s husband John was present and Mary also thanked him for his support acknowledging without it she would not have been able to attend the tournaments and play so successfully.  Pix from top to bottom; Mary with plaque; Mary and husband John; and Mary receiving the plaque from Henry VanDorp.  

Mary is known, both on and off the courts for her friendships, positive attitude and great sportsmanship.

Congratulations Mary……..from all of us!!   Item submitted by Ruby Withington 2004 07 22.

WHAT IT MEANS TO MARY BUTTON!! (by Stan)

Recognition by one’s peers in any endeavour, is important to our self esteem, is important to our being as an individual.  Mary Button established a goal for herself very early in her Shuffling career, and she talks candidly about that goal with THE SHUFFLER on this occassion~~the ascension into what may be the Highest Achievement Plateau in the Shuffling community~~the FSA (Florida Shuffleboard Association) Hall of Fame!!  The actual induction will not take place until the FSA Banquet this winter 2004/2005.  However; Mary sat down with her long time shuffle partner and friend, Diana May, and talked with us well in advance of that ceremony. 

I began the interview by asking Mary how she felt about this distuinguished honour which was about to be bestowed upon her.  Mary; “That is exactly how I feel, very privileged, it’s what I wanted to do when I started shuffling, that is, to get into the Florida Hall of Fame, the Canadian Hall of Fame, and to play in the International, and I have done all of that, and along the way, I won all my games in the International!!  And I am just thrilled~~and really, I just don’t know what else to say.  It is just awsemome.”  THE SHUFFLER: “That is just great Mary.  I think just before I ask Dianna to offer a few remarks I should tell you that I was unaware that you had won all of your games in an International Event~~That puts you into a very special class of Shufflers!”  Mary: “There are others~Jean Anderson of Alberta, there are others~~Al Weeks has won all his games and most recently Earl Ball. 

THE SHUFFLER:  “And now we will hear from Diana May, someone who is often seen on the Courts at the same time as Mary~~usually as a partner with Mary, and I can assure you, that together they make a most formidable twosome!  Diana, would you like to offer some comments at this time.”  Diana: “I love looking at “that thing” at the other end!! (considerable laughter) Mary: “That thing??” Diana: “I would just like to say that Mary has ALWAYS, always offered me the support I needed, at the other end of the court, and that is why we play so well together~~She is always pulling me up when I am down~~and maybe it works the other way around~~I pull her up when she is in some trouble.”  THE SHUFFLER:  “Diana, Thanks so much for those kind remarks.  From the few times that I have watched you on the Courts, the results you achieve together, bear out the comments you have offered today.  I take this opportunity to extend my congratulations to Mary on the occassion of this significant achievement.  Top photo is of Mary, followed by a photo of Diana and Mary.   Stan McCormack of THE SHUFFLER  2004 07 11.

Earl Ball Sunday, 7/11/04, 5:24 PM “The Shuffler” article on Mary Button is very good. She’s a great lady and a great player. One day you’ll see Diana May in the FSA HOF also, another class act. Good Job! Earl From: Florida E-mail: earlballzhills@aol.com

Mary: The article appears in THE SHUFFLER, a website visited 25,000 times in the past one year.  In the margin, adjacent to the article is the picture of you, the picture I have included, as well as the picture of you and Diana together.  Our personal congratulations on achieving this milestone!!  Stan & Lois .  July 12th, 2004. 

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4 Responses to We Tell You Just A Little About Mary Button

  1. Dave Minnich says:

    I came up through the ranks with Mary and can tell you she was a fierce competitor but as importantly, she is a first class person and deserves every honor that comes her way. I was privileged and honored enough to present Mary in to the FSA Hall of Fame. Gooooooooooo Mary!!

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  2. stanistheman says:

    Dave: I believe I was present >> and took pix. However; I could NOT locate same???

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    • Dave Minnich says:

      Stan, you may remember that Mary was not present at the HOF awards ceremony because of the passing of her husband, John. That may be why you can not locate the pix.

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  3. stanistheman says:

    Thank You Dave.

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