We have lost the Orange City Shuffleboard club. I will not delve into the reasons here, but suffice to say it will be missed by members and visitors alike, especially those of us who played in the several District tournaments they put on for use each year. It was a wonderful location and we shall all miss it very much, especially the rocking chairs on the front porch of the clubhouse!
The Northern District has sent a letter of thanks to club president Alice Vandervender, recognizing the ” hard work and dedication while performing your duties as President of the Orange City Shuffleboard Club. … Your club was always welcoming and hospitable.”
Paul Hodges and I went to Avon Park this past Monday for a State tournament. Playing days were to be Monday and Tuesday for the men and Tuesday ,Wednesday for the women. There were 17 mens teams but I never saw the number for the women . The wearing of the masks proved to be the hardest of the protocols as we were indoors with no fans operating. I had a hard time with my glasses fogging up until I discovered that spraying some hand sanitizer onto my glasses eliminated the fogging. No issues noted and separate seating on the courts worked out well. We didn’t have to use our own chairs as suggested but that might change at other sites.
We played for the first day only and did not have to make the return trip. Of special note is the heat dehydrated both of us and others so I went thru my water quickly but they DID provide a chestful of bottled water at no cost. Only two matches were played the first day for the men . That might be different for the women as last week at P01 there were only 8 teams playing.
We plan on going to the P05b at St Cloud Nov 2nd.
I hope everyone is enjoying home court play. Stay safe and healthy.
We have been in communication with many of our clubs as well as the FSA to gather consensus about desirability of holding tournaments. We are now in a position to announce,that the Northern District of Shuffleboard in Florida, will NOT be hosting any State or Northern District tournaments for the balance of calendar year 2020. We will be looking forward to a more positive change in the Covid19 situation, in the future, to then consider our position on hosting from Jan 1/2021 and forward. We will stay in touch with the State board on future considerations of tournament play.
All tournament players please note the attached documents as posted on the FSA website.
The following was sent out by the FSA to all districts concerning these documents: —– Attached are two (2) documents: 1. Cover letter from President Kudro 2. Pandemic Protocols
It is very IMPORTANT that you study these two documents. … It is necessary to determine what, if any, tournaments can be played following these protocols and to keep our players safe. These documents will be posted on the FSA website on August 3, 2020. The president of your club may have already sent the Pandemic Protocols you. If you have not read this before please do so now. If you have any comments or ideas about the proposed protocols, please ge through you club president ASAP.
*Responses will be compiled and forwarded to the FSA by each District. In the Northern District, Individual members of ND clubs may be contacted by their club executive. Each ND club should respond as already requested by the Northern District.
Milt was well known as the man responsible for our Intercity Competition. I am deeply saddened to report to you that Milt Wordelman passed away early Saturday morning at Woodland Towers which is an assisted living facility in Deland. He celebrated his 90th birthday just a few days ago. I do not know what funeral arrangements have been made if any but I will keep you informed as soon as I know. Milt became ill about three weeks ago and was taken to the ER by his step son. He was admitted and treated at the hospital for two days and released to Ridgecrest rehabilitation center for several more days. He and his family made the decision for Milt to move into Woodland Towers where he was for only a week before his death.
The following note was written by Allan Dronsfield.
“Good morning to all, I reported a couple of weeks ago that Dave Martin had entered into a home hospice care status. Dave chose to spend his final time in his home looking out his living room window as he called it his Million Dollar view of Lake Eustis. It was certainly that. We had many of his friends over the day he arrived back home, it was a nice get together. With a very heavy heart that I am informing you that Dave Martin’s journey ended yesterday about 6:30 p.m. Dave’s wife Helen stated it was peaceful, he had gone through so much to reach this point. Helen has told me that there would be a family memorial of some kind back in Erie, Pa amongst family members. It was Dave’s wish to have some of his ashes spread in 3 places where he and I fished a lot. Helen will be returning to Florida and she and I will go out in my boat taking his ashes to the 3 places we fished together in the Dora Canal. I am also having a Memorial plaque made which we will have mounted in the canal where he once lived. I was lucky enough to meet Dave’s children, Dan and Jessica. Quality kids, Dan is an MD and Jessica is an RN in Erie, Pa. Helen, Dave’s wife is also a very special person and i’ve been fortunate to meet her and come to know them all. I hope you all will keep Dave and the Martin family in your thoughts and prayers.” He will be missed.
Frank Cherrill will (hopefully, due to CORID19 restrictions) be presented with his HOF jacket in May by Mark Engel, so we send our congratulations to him. His name has now been added to the Northern District Hall of Fame web page. A picture will be taken at his presentation so we can add that to the HOF page.