CNSA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION OF SANDY MYERS 2009 05 26.
SANDY MYERS – ONE OF A KIND!!He played shuffleboard for fun and fellowship; a true ambassador for the sport of shuffleboard. An accolade by Mr. Shuffle himself, Mr. Sam Allen. We of the CNSA endorse the sentiment expressed by Sam and would like to formally acknowledge the significant contribution Sandy has made to the Sport of Shuffleboard in Canada.
Shuffleboard in ON has been going about as long as Canadians have been spending their winters in FL! However; it was not until 1987 that the Constitution and By-laws of the OSA were adopted and in 1989 the OSA was incorporated. Sandy had extensive involvement in these early days with a particular desire to develop a portable court that could be transported anywhere in the Province. It was in 1994 that Sandy came up with the Roll Out Court, now used in at least 10 countries. The Roll Out Court had a very positive impact on the growth of Shuffleboard in Ontario and Canada which continues to this day.
Under Chris Stutzmann’s Presidency the OSA had grown to 40 Clubs and 1,000 members. Stutzmann, President from 1984 to 1994, turned the Presidency over to Ken Graydon in 1994 and Sandy took the office in 1996 and held it until 1998.
Sandy and Marg were also extensively involved in Inaugurals and International Events, thereby ensuring Canada’s participation in the expansion of Shuffleboard at the International level. Sandy had been asked by John Barnett to become the Executive Director of the ISA and Sand had accepted this additional International responsibility.
Perhaps Sandy’s most significant contribution to the sport in Ontario and worldwide was the application of the computer!! Bill Clever wrote this: “Sandy Myers had started publishing an International Web Site (The World of Shuffleboard). This was primarily an indexing of all Shuffleboard States, along with the Provinces of Canada. Sandy had designed a page for Florida, consisting of (The Florida State Flag & the State President.) Sandy’s example caused us to ask ourselves “is it possible that we, the Hendersonville Group, might make our web site represent Florida, AND include Hendersonville!!” The rest is history.
It is with a good deal of pleasure and gratitude that we acknowledge the significant contribution by Sandy and induct him into the CNSA Hall of Fame.
Stan McCormack, President, CNSA 2009 05 26.
ONTARIO SHUFFLEBOARD HISTORY (as presented by Sandy Myers)
It is not known exactly when Shuffleboard was introduced in Ontario, but is has been played in the Province for decades. It is generally assumed that Ontarians vacationing in the southern United States, especially Florida brought the game to Ontario.
The Ontario Shuffleboard Association was formed in 1984 and Chris Stutzmann was elected President. In 1985 Rules and Regulations were established and the first Ontario Championship Tournament was played in Scarboro. Singles and doubles tournaments have been held each year.
In 1987 the Constitution and By-laws were adopted and in 1989 the Association was incorporated. Also in 1989 the Ontario Government recognized Shuffleboard as a sport. It is believed to be the only place world wide to be recognized as such.
By 1994 the Association had more than 40 clubs and 1000 members and the president Chris Stutzmann turned the presidency over to Ken Graydon who held the post for 2 years. Sandy Myers is the current President.
Because of the difficulty in obtaining suitable venues for the tournaments the Association worked for years to develop a portable court that could be transported to anywhere in the Province, and in 1994 succeeded in developing the Roll-a-Court, which has been a tremendous help in the growth of the game in Ontario.
In 1997 The World of Shuffleboard was developed by Sandy Myers as a means to connect all Shufflers world wide, and also maintains the Ontario Pages.
Published by Stan McCormack. 2012 05 15.
THE BIRTH OF SHUFLLEBOARD ON THE WEB
IN THE EARLY ’90 ‘S I WAS APPROACHED BY JOHN D. BARNETT TO JOIN THE BOARD OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS EXECUTIV VICE PRESIDENT.
AFTER BEING ON THE BOARD FOR A FEW YEARS I FOUND THAT THE COST OF ARRANGING TOURNAMENTS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS EXTREMLY HIGH.
AN EXAMPLE WAS A TRIP TO ZIMBABWE WHICH HAD TO BE DONE BY FAX AFTER FAX,
BEING INTO COMPUTERS SINCE 1982 I CONVINCED JOHN BARNETT AND SAM ALLEN TO BUY COMPUTERS AND USE EMAIL INSTEAD OF FAX.
FURTHER ALONG IT WAS APPARENT THAT THERE WAS MANY STATES AND A FEW COUNTRIES THAT PLAYED SHUFFLEBOARD, AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE COULD ALL COMMUNICATE.
MY ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO BUILD THE FRAMEWORK WEB SITE SO ALL CLUBS AND STATES COULD BUILD THEIR OWN SITES AND I WOULD LINK THEM THRU THE WORLD OF SHUFFLEBOARD.
NOT KNOWING A THING ABOUT WEB DESIGN AND CODE, IN JANUARY 1997 I PURCHASED A BOOK AND A PROGRAM AND SPENT 16 HOURS A DAY FOR 2 MONTHS LEARNING TO WRITE CODE.
THE NEXT 2 MONTHS WERE SPENT DESIGNING AND PUBLISHING THE SITE.
TRIBUTE TO SANDY MYERS BY SAM ALLEN
SANDY MYERS – ONE OF A KIND!!
He played shuffleboard for fun and fellowship. A true ambassador for the sport of shuffleboard. Knowing Sandy, listing all of his accomplishments would not be his wish – such as playing on ISA Teams in Australia, Clearwater, Edmonton, Goderich, Hendersonville and Japan. He also traveled on all ISA Inaugurals.
Sandy’s major contribution to shuffleboard and mainly the International Shuffleboard Association was introducing how the computer could be utilized in the international market.
Sandy is the father of the ISA computer age. He established the first ISA Website: then encouraged other countries to use the computer vehicle as a means of communication.
His second major contribution was inventing the Roll Out Court which is now used in at least 10 countries. His Roll Out Court made it possible for shuffleboard expansion as folks could now play indoors in any type of weather.
Sandy and Marg; – we love you both and appreciate all you have both done to develop the sport of shuffleboard into a world sport.
Sam Allen 2007 08 18; 26th ISA BANQUET, (MIDLAND, ONTARIO)
SHUFFLER’S NOTE: The very courts on which the 26th ISA event was played were designed and manufactured by Sandy in 1993.
SANDY MYERS Passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at home in Brampton at the age of 86.