The ISA was born on March 10, 1979 during the first meeting of representatives from Japan, USA, and Canada, at the Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, Florida.
The Chief Officers, AKA “Founding Fathers” were as follows:
President: William R. Johnstone, Canada, CNSA President
1st Vice President: Hikotaro Tagawa, Japan, JNSA President
2nd Vice President: Howard Hawkins, USA NSA President
Treasurer: Kenneth Worden, USA
Tournament Director: Ray Mosley, USA
Secretary: Dorothy Wyatt, USA
Promotional Director: Karl Von Schuler, USA
The Board of Directors of the ISA continue to this day, to hold their Annual Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting, during each annual ISA tournament.
The original charter member nations were USA, Japan, and Canada. Since then, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Norway and Russia have joined the ranks, with other possible prospects in the near future.
To assist nations which are unable to field a complete team for an event, the multi-national United Nations team offers additional opportunities to participate.
In 2009. The ISA initiated the first Singles Tournament in Zephyrhills, Florida. This format is held in alternating years with the Team championship, (as in Midland in 2014).
Pam Hill. ISA Historian. 2014 08 02