There was an intermittent drizzle Saturday afternoon, March 26th, as approximately fifty (50) CM Shufflers headed for the Club’s end of season banquet. Earlier in the day volunteers set up tables and chairs while Johnnie Conner and her volunteer crew set up the beautiful decorations. We began with a social hour at 5:00pm, enjoying the club camaraderie, discussing the past season’s activities. Barb and Don Nephew greeted us at the door and collected the tickets for the door prizes. There also seemed to be a spontaneous gathering of women, like bees to honey, around Bud Barker. What is his secret?
Allen Best gave a welcoming speech and specifically mentioned the members from the Cribbage Social Group, led by Sid Pommainville. He and his wife started the group many years ago and when Sid’s wife passed away, he continued with the program. Allen also mentioned that this year Bob Finta was unanimously selected as a club Life Member for all his productive years with the club.
Joan Best led us in a prayer and then the Pledge of Alliegence. That’s Amore’ catered and served a nice dinner of chicken, tortellini, green beans with mushrooms and salad. They finished the meal with Tiramisu, a popular coffee-flavored Italian dessert.
Following dinner, Allen Best recognized the club members who had played in the Northern District Tournaments and placed and/or won awards. Bonnie and Randy Radke received hats for Most Improved player embroidered on them by Beach Embroidery. Allen also recognized Rex Galushia who had placed in the most tournaments during the course of the 2015/2016 shuffleboard season. Wayne Lockwood came in second with the most tournament placements, but was unable to attend the dinner.
John Fortini, new Courts and Equipment manager, thanked the past Executive Board members for their service and then announced the installation of the new in-coming members of the board.
The door prizes, provided by local sponsors, were drawn and many wonderful surprises appeared. Carol Finta had knitted a lovely blanket that was given to Allen Best for all his hard work and leadership as our club’s past president. Thanks to all our members for their participation (players and/or volunteers) in our club activities who have helped to make the CMS Club and our 2015/2016 shuffleboard season a success! Now we are looking forward to the upcoming shuffleboard season and our Club’s 80th ANNIVERSARY IN 2017.
NOTE: Mary Harlow also wanted to announce the seasonal CMS Club Scoring Totals which seemed to have been overlooked at the banquet.
Felix Piscatelli was High Score for the Men, with a total of 898 points.
Marguerite Fortier was High Score for the Women with 608 total points. We appreciate all your efforts in contributing to our Club’s seasonal success!