Stay Tuned for Upcoming messages as our President readies for the 2019 season in Edmonton
Monday August 5th, 2019
Today's message deals with other suggestions and my thoughts on them.
1st "A Team Tournament. Format would be named captains and they would draw their team members names from a bucket." Sounds interesting and I would like us to host a team tournament in the future probably in July sometime. I think our membership has to grow some more before this happens. The format to be determined in the future.
2nd "Do away with the banquet so we can do away with 5:00 p.m. draw." Let me say that I personally hate all of this coffee, donuts and banquet business that seems to accompany shuffleboard. For me whether I am in Canada or the United States I want to shuffle and compete, not eat. But this is all bigger than just little old me and there will continue to be food and coffee. As for the 5:00 pm draw, well I need to ask for it to make things easier on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here's the problem we are trying to shuffle 128 players on 12 courts. Innisfail runs 128 players on 16 courts and High River has less competitors on 12 courts. You cannot say that each place and tournament should be the same because of the differences in 2 very important variables:
a) the number of competitors b) the number of courts available
GESA has a grant application in with the Federal Government, New Horizons for Seniors Program, in which part of it would be to purchase 12 more courts. We may get it we may not. We'll keep applying so we'll have enough courts to eliminate a 5 pm draw. There will be more discussion about this at the AGM on August 29th. There is a heck of a lot more work being done behind the scenes for your club, which I'm sure surprises not too many of you. I think GESA is running too well sometimes. "What's he talking about!!!!" Too often people forget that we are only completing our 3rd season, yet some compare us to clubs that have been around for decades. We are still learning on the job. We still need volunteers as it helps share the load, keep costs down, and in the end is easier on everyone.
I am sure the constant harping for donations and volunteers to fundraise gets annoying and tiresome. We started with a $15,000 interest free loan to purchase equipment and are working our way down as fast as we can. We raise a little here and there but it all adds up thanks to you. Our $30. membership is a bargain and our season runs from May through August. Geez one round of golf costs more than that. Our daily drop in fee is also a bargain as you can play for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. A cup of coffee outside can cost over $2.00 and doesn't last that long. : )
Last year GESA paid off 1/3 of its loan and it looks like they will be able to pay off a second 1/3 this year. All the while still supplying a great place to socialize, compete and play and is very well appointed. Once this loan is paid off, hopefully in 2020, a lot of pressure will come off the club. We all need to take a breath and think for a minute how far we have come in such a short time. I have to keep pushing us ahead to stay financially on track. We are moving forward and thanks to some great fundraising initiatives being drummed up by Collette Carlisle and your support, it is working. We need to continue to grow our membership as this will spawn more volunteers and more tournament players.
Please attend and support the August 29 AGM at 1:30.
GESA Club location: Ottewell Curling Club 4205 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6A 0M5
Sunday August 4th, 2019
Well enough rest, time to get back on the horse. We are heading into our last month of our 3rd season and it's going to be a busy time.
First next Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th, we are selling hot dogs and burgers at the Lakeland Ridge Shopping Centre Sobeys in Sherwood Park. We still need volunteers to step up and work this event. There are 2 shifts daily; 10:00 am to 2 pm and the second shift is from 2 pm to 6 pm. If you can spare 4 hours for you club please do. This has been a very good fundraiser for the club. To volunteer call Collette Carlisle at 780-446-5637. We are attracting new members at this event!
Next we will have a Horse-Collar event, being held on Thursday, August 8th. The program that day will be 2 regular sessions of 8 frame games, then a break. You can then leave or stay around to learn how to play Horse Collar or actually play a game. This activity will be led by Ron Weisenburger. Horse Collar will begin after the break.
Next I want to review the Mixed Doubles. I had many compliments on a well run tournament. I need to say a big Thank You to all the volunteers who made it go smoothly. This starts with the ladies at the registration table. Then down to the floor and we have a super crew waxing and cleaning the boards. Then during play I had many volunteers who acted as referees and many of you kept score. So thanks to all - too many to mention individually but without you I am nothing because a tournament director is only as good as his support team. I cannot thank our charting master enough for his work. John Kennedy comes up here, never gets to play, never complains and does a great job. He also charts in Innisfail and has lent his expertise to High River. So all Alberta shufflers are touched by John's generosity and skills. His charts are the same everywhere so there is getting to be less and less confusion as shufflers learn how to read them at all the Alberta tournaments. I have received a brilliant suggestion that the charts be split up such as A Event in one place, B Event in another place, so that it is easier for competitors to get at the chart for their event. Don't know why we didn't think of this sooner!
The free tournament coffee trial will be reviewed by your Board at their upcoming meeting and discussed at the AGM.
Lastly for this message I want to thank some generous donors. First one of my neighbors Bud Rudd donated $50 to the club. Then our camper friends donated their cans and bottles and that came to $14.60. Peggy and Houston Reneau donated their "Battle of the Sexes" entry fees of $20. to us instead of getting a refund (they had already paid but then could not attend). Then we had a few winners donate their prize money back - they were Collette Carlisle, Brad Sawchuk, Joyce and Wally March, Joanne Peterson and myself, for a total of $222.50. We also had some other winners make donations - Judy & Gary Gilsig and Veronica & Jim Baumgardner for a total of $104. Thank you for all your generosity and if I forgot anyone I apologize but a lot of stuff comes into this old brain all at once and it doesn't all stick! I think you know what I mean. LOL
PS Even if you are not working the Sobeys event please come on out and buy a hot dog or burger and support the event.
Also remember to mark your calendar and attend the AGM on August 29th at 1:30.
Saturday July 28th, 2019
Well it's tournament time again; our Mixed Doubles starts Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. (come at least 20 minutes early) with the first session. The only open play next week is Wednesday evening at 7 pm and Friday morning at 10 am. The schedule goes back to normal Tuesday, August 6th. I would like to thank Joyce Lintz for her $33. bottle donation. I would also like to thank Gloria Erickson who has made a donation of 6 shuffleboard cue bags. They are for sale at the registration table for $25. with the proceeds going to the club. My understanding is a couple have already been sold.
The mixed doubles closed with 58 entries giving us 116 players of which 79 are GESA members. Way to step up gang and good luck to all. So we are welcoming 37 guests including a couple from the USA. Welcome to everyone and good luck to all and a big thank you for your support. A friendly reminder of a few tournament rules.
1. During the tournament as the concession is open you are not allowed to bring in your own food from outside unless you have an eating disorder and then you need to let me know beforehand please. Also please do not take any food or liquids, other than water, down on the courts.
2. When down on the floor where the courts are everyone must turn off their cell phones. If caught as a player your opponent can claim a -10 on you and I will enforce it. Scorekeepers are asked to follow this rule also.
3. If tied at the end of the game stay where you are and shoot 2 more frames so each player has another hammer. If still tied change sides taking your color and shoot 2 more frames so each player has a hammer and continue to do the same until the tie is broken.
4. Men will play at the Head so of course the ladies are at the Foot.
5. Either one of the players can lag for color and you can change at each different game should you desire.
We will be needing volunteers throughout the tournament. I need card holding referees so if you are not playing but in the building please volunteer. The referees preferably 2 per session will be wearing orange vests. If you want to keep score just go on down to the floor and do it but remember you are part of a competition so it is not a social visit as some players do not like a distraction.
Please do not bother the draw master between games. He is working as fast as he can. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Hopefully I've got all the main things taken care of in this message except for play hard but have fun and remember be nice, no matter where you are on the grounds or whatever you are doing.
Monday July 22nd, 2019
Well it's in the books for another year!
The BOYS won the Battle of the Sexes again!!!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Linda Wozniuk and Collette Carlisle for organizing this event and having the courage to change things up. As your President I gave them a green light to do whatever to get the girls to the winner's circle and they gave it a good shot - I applaud them. I wanted the girls to win but I wasn't going to lose my game if I could help it. Scroll to the bottom for a picture of the winning team as well as their opponents.
On another note I try and remember to mention those that so graciously and generously give our club donations. If I forget please don't feel bad or unappreciated just give me a little nudge for your ray of sunshine - after all you must remember, I'm a senior too! I'm still looking for a set of car keys I misplaced (only been 2 years, LOL).
I would like to thank the Lintz family, Collette and Rick Carlisle, and Veronica and Jim Baumgardner for their bottle donations - a whopping $100.65. Another big thank you to Susan and Peter Bontkes for their $50. donation too! They had paid their entries for the Mixed Doubles and then had to unexpectedly drop out, but rather than take a refund they generously donated their entry fees. Awesome!!
We are coming into our Mixed Doubles Tournament and we are not going to be full. Last minute drop outs have made things challenging. This is 3 years in a row (our goal is 64 couples). When we started the club we surveyed the then potential members on what kind of tournaments they would like and the choices were: 1) Singles and 2) Mixed Doubles. We have been filling the Singles but something has to change or be modified with respect to the Doubles. This will be my suggested motion at the AGM. "That the Mixed Doubles Tournament be changed to an Any Doubles Tournament, with preference given to a mixed couple. Then secondly a female couple and last a male couple." Give me your constructive feedback and remember that I am the Tournament Director and I am getting frustrated with not succeeding, so something has to change. I will always listen and I really need some constructive criticism to try and improve the situation so we can all continue to have fun. I'm going to make a Suggestion Box and would appreciate any feedback or suggestions. Today a couple of boys made some comments about the rule changes for the Battle that were not well received by the organizers. So if you spoke in jest GREATER EDMONTON SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION www.shufflewithgesa.ca please apologize and if you are serious announce yourselves and I'm sure Linda and Collette would be happy to turn the reins over to you. We have an amazing group of volunteers that work very hard to make it so most of us can just come out and play. They are not complaining and they deserve your respect for a job well done. That's my opinion. If it differs from yours and you think you have improved or different ideas please take the time and submit them for consideration. Please don't hurt people's feelings with your comments. Life is constantly changing and there will be changes at GESA moving forward. Your Board tries hard and is always working to make things right.
On a happier note, last year Ron Weisenburger introduced GESA to a game called Horse Collar. In August we are going to feature 2 days with horse collar. Thursday, August 8th and Thursday, August 22nd. Those days will begin with 2 eight frame games then we'll take a break and then we'll have a game of Horse Collar. Mark your calendars and more information coming. Based on the results of those 2 days and further discussion at the AGM we will decide on whether to move ahead with "Horse Collar" in 2020. Maybe a league, maybe a tournament?!?!? Most of the people who have tried it have really enjoyed it. There is a team of 3 at the head and your opposition is a team of 3 at the foot. So we can play 72 players at a time. Beginners like it too because their teammates can coach them as they play. Those of you who have tried it need to promote it to other members. I'll put a sign-up sheet on the welcome table so Ron knows what's coming his way. Remember play hard, have fun and be nice!
Thanks for listening.
780-710-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday July 12th, 2019
A tale from the shuffleboard courts - your President "Kitchen Charlie" got to play Alvin Gall yesterday and in the 1st frame I kitchened him and scored a 7. I was black. However in the 2nd frame Alvin has the hammer, which he shoots, and when the dust settles he has 33 - yes that's 33 points - a ten (hammer), 2 eights and a seven. GREAT shot Alvin. Needless to say your humble servant lost the game! Ha ha!
This weekend Collette Carlisle is running a fundraiser selling hamburgers, hot dogs and smokies at the Sobeys, Lakeland Ridge, in Sherwood Park. Even if you are not working, stopping by and encouraging our volunteers and buying a snack is a great way for you to contribute, especially if you live in the Sherwood Park area.
The "Battle of the Sexes" is just over a week away. Monday, July 22nd. The winning team will each get a gift card with a minimum value of $10.00. Linda Wozniuk is out of town until next week but will be at the registration table Tuesday morning taking names and payment fees for this event. "I think" and I emphasize "think" because I do not have access to the registered players list for this event, but I think we are short maybe 2 women and 2 men so please consider signing up. Registration is only $10 and you get a burger and a pop or water and if you win your group competition you will also receive a $10 gift card so it really will cost you nothing and you'll have a lot of fun and bragging rights for a year. Competitors can you please stick around in the court area right after your game so we can take a group picture for the website.
Good luck to all and stay out of the kitchen!!
Club President 780-710-7590 or email@example.com
Tuesday July 9th, 2019
Monday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. "BATTLE OF THE SEXES"
$10. entry and you get a burger with a pop or a water, and a lot of fun.
Winners get the bragging rights and a minimum $10. McDonalds gift card.
Losers get: nothing
Registered as of today:
18 men 18 women
We need 6 more men and 6 more women
Remember to check out the golf shirts too!
The Mixed Doubles Tournament is coming up rapidly and I am starting to make my phone calls to re-confirm people and see if you are attending the banquet too! July 29 - August 1st . We have had a few people cancel out and a few new couples sign up so it's still not quite full so if you're not already registered please consider signing up. If you are single I can try and pair you up with someone else.
SEE YOU ON THE COURTS.
Club President 780-710-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday July 7th, 2019
This message is bittersweet as I am reviewing our Singles Tournament. There was some good and some very negative stuff.
Let me start with the positive stuff. First, the tournament was full, the competition was keen. There were a lot of very good shufflers in it. Out of 128 competitors 79 were GESA members. The A - Event winner (no losses) was our member John Fedynak, a.k.a "Shorty". All the winners are posted on the website: www.shufflewithgesa.ca. Go to the Drop Down Menu, scroll down to Tournament Archives. Yes that is me hugging "Shorty" Fedynak. Congratulations to you all!!
Another sweet side was the free coffee event. This was tried out in 2017 and GESA must then rely on your donations to make up the cost. I would like to say a big Thank You to Rick Kravontka and the caterers Rita and Percy Johnson for going along with this promotion. It was successful because of your cooperation and the generous donations. Your donations came in and the $175. bill was covered.
Now for the bitter stuff.
On Day 1 the caterer ran out of some foods and someone when told this (that they had ran out) then called one of the caterers a "F---ing Idiot". This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. Had I known about it at the time you would have had two choices, apologize or leave the premises for the duration of the tournament. In other words "Kicked Out". During the banquet evening (on Day 2) the caterer ran out of ribs and this caused many comments to be made. People who had been throwing me bouquets of roses for a great tournament were now throwing spears at me.
First I will defend the caterer, then GESA, then myself. The caterer had planned for 50% of people to eat ribs and 50% chicken. He had been given a head count of 110 people coming to the banquet. So he theoretically should have planned for 55 people to eat ribs. He had been asked by our GESA representative Pat Wilson, who has a background in the food industry, to make sure there was extra. I am pretty sure the caterer listened. We did not run out of ribs until the last 2 tables were called (yes at times the serving trays ran low but were refilled). I did the math and it is about 24 people who did not get ribs. 110 people minus 24 equals 86 people. Now 86 people got ribs supposedly. The caterer using 50% should have fed 55 but since he seemed to have fed 86 - he must have listened to Pat and had plenty extra. I think the caterer did his job in that context. Regarding the caterer allowing some foods to run right out, as well as some of the concession problems that happened, these concerns were reviewed and addressed at a meeting after our tournament (between the caterer and Pat Wilson (our rep in these matters)). Lastly for the caterer this was their 1st time dealing with us and it was on short notice. I don't think that all of you reading my messages have gone through life without messing up somewhere so we need to cut these people some slack. They are business people and we are their customers and believe me when I tell you they want us to be happy. They have proven to me that they are reasonable people (free coffee promo twice) and willing to meet after events for review to iron out the wrinkles.
Now in GESA's defense we have no say in who the caterer is.
That is the Ottewell's domain. We have 2 banquets and 6 busy days of concession and 2 slower days. The Ottewell and the caterer run dozens of banquets for all their curling leagues and way more days of GREATER EDMONTON SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION www.shufflewithgesa.ca concession services during their curling bonspiels. This is a much bigger deal to the Ottewell and the caterer. So I sleep well at night knowing that the Ottewell and the caterer are trying to do their best. In the big picture our shuffleboard business is but a small part and I do not feel taken advantage of, but just a part of a process that will repair itself over time as we work together. The Ottewell, to the best of my knowledge, is not in the business of changing caterers. They had the same one for many many years but they got older and wanted to retire (many of us can relate to this). Now GESA comes along and there is a new caterer. Our first event with the caterer had some glitches too. Then your Board appointed Pat to represent us and things got straightened out for the better. I am very hopeful the same will happen again.
Now to defend myself.
As your Tournament Director I am the first one who asks you if you plan to attend the banquet so I do not want any controversy. Understandable EH! Going into this year's Singles Tournament I was told that last year's caterer was leaving but would be doing our Singles Tournament but not the Mixed Doubles. Then about a month before our Singles I was notified that had changed and we would have a new caterer. It was short notice and I was apprehensive but had to soldier on. We got what we got because the caterer was new and had short notice. Some players spoke out of turn and caused some bad feelings. How would you like to be called a "F---ing Idiot" or someone close to you? I am personally still stinging from this and question why people can turn on you so quickly. Remember I can only control what I control and I can't control how much food people take. Those that got ribs loved them, so based on that, we should have only had one meat as there was lots of chicken left. We can only try and do better next time. I took it and have apologized on behalf of GESA, the Ottewell and the caterer. The caterer, Pat Wilson and myself as well as many other GESA members working on our events strive to have everything go perfectly. But like on the courts disks don't always go the way you want them to (yes I go in the kitchen regularly). Just remember your $25. does not buy you the right to abuse anybody on the courts or anywhere on the grounds or in the building. At our Board meeting on July 2nd your Board agreed that we must not let others bully or disrespect others. At our next Board meeting I will propose we post the following guideline or a similar one. The guideline would then be posted at the club and when necessary followed up by the Club President or assigned member. GESA will not tolerate disrespectful behavior to others - staff or peers.
Disrespectful Behavior: behavior that is rude, unpleasant, inappropriate, and unprofessional. Behavior that causes hurt feelings and distresses, disturbs, and/or offends others. Uncivil Behavior: rude, impolite, discourteous behavior that displays a lack of regard for others. Individuals that are disrespectful will be asked to leave the property.
We gather together to play shuffleboard - remember what our Mission Statement says:
The Greater Edmonton Shuffleboard Association (GESA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the game of floor shuffleboard with the goals of fun, social interaction, the challenge of competition, and wellness through exercise, for individuals of all ages and abilities.
Even though I am President I am still just like you, a senior who wants to get out, have some fun and exercise and PLAY shuffleboard.
I hope this will clear up any concerns and questions and we can put this to bed once and for all. In my estimation the Ottewell, the caterers and Pat Wilson are doing a fine job of dealing with the wrinkles. The rest of us need to do our part too. Be nice.
Thanks for listening,
President 780-710-7590 or email@example.com
Saturday July 6th, 2019
Time to fire up the old GESA party line again! LOL I have taken a nice break for myself but it is time to get back in the saddle. You will get a few of these messages over the next few days.
First I want to promote our "Battle of the Sexes" or "Girls vs. Boys" event being held on Monday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. (please come 20 minutes early). Linda Wozniuk is signing members up at the registration table. She needs 24 girls and 24 victims (oops!) boys. So far she has 16 ladies and 15 men. I would like to point out that the men have won this event 2 years in a row but the girls are trash talking and saying "this run is ending (yes out loud so we can hear it!)". As your president I hope they can win but I'm in this and will be trying my best to win my game. Good Luck girls, you're gonna need it! Ha ha! See you in the kitchen!!!! LOL.
It only costs you $10 to enter. For that you will get a hamburger and a pop or water. Linda informs me there will be some money left over for prizes too. Just to the winners. Stay tuned for more details when Linda gives me the format. Collette Carlisle has also wrangled some concessions from your Board. These are : the girls will decide what boy plays where and which girl is their opponent. Pretty slick Collette!!! Ha ha!
Speaking of Collette, she has done a marvelous job ordering our club jackets and golf shirts. Our jackets a almost all gone but we need members to help with the golf-shirt inventory. They are good quality, embroidered with our logo, and available for a $45. donation. I know I had to buy a team golf shirt in the USA last winter and it was $60 US dollars so by the time the embroidery and silk screening was factored in it was around $80 Canadian. Our shirts are a good deal. Please support and promote your club with one of our shirts.
The last thing I will cover on this message is a few big Thank You's. First I want to thank members Len & Gloria Erickson who supplied the initial batch of little carpet squares for our chairs and now Betty & Doug Dixon have donated and cut up a large batch of them too. We now have more than enough for everybody and into the future when we expand to 24 courts.
I would like to thank Rick Kravontka and the Ottewell Curling Club for their generous bottle donation. It brought in $180. This is 3 years running they have been so generous so please say thanks to Rick when you see him. Also a big thank you to Bud Rudd (my neighbor), Ryan Wilson, Rob Robinson, Brent Pegg, Jim Bone, Wilma & Charlie Gerlach, and Louis Loiselle for their bottle donations. The bottle money helps us big time so please, please keep them coming - we have many small bills to pay.
Thanks to all of your for making our club the success it has become and will continue to be.
Thanks so much,
President 780-710-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday June 10th, 2019
Time to get back to shuffling. Tomorrow June 11th, we go back to our regular weekly times.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.
Collette has asked me to let you know that she has proper size ranges in ladies and men's club golf shirts and jackets, so that you may try them on to find your size. Linda Wozniuk will have them at the registration table. Golf shirts are each a $45. donation to the club and Jackets are each a $75. donation to the club.
If you participated in the High River Singles last week and were successful please let me know. Also to our club members competing in the Innisfail Singles Tournament this week "Good Luck"!
See you all tomorrow morning.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
The NACA dog show is over and the floor has been swept and scrubbed with a floor cleaning machine. Thank you for your help on Monday Collette Carlisle. Collette swept the whole floor! This morning Brent Pegg and Grant Cross came out to help me. Thank you guys for a hard job well done. I mopped, Brent vacuumed and Grant drove the cleaning machine. The helpers were really pleased these last 2 days as they were getting the same pay rate as the President of the club! LOL
Now tomorrow, Wednesday, I need some strong people to move the scoreboards back to their spots and then we will roll out the courts and tape them down - so you need to be patient and able to get up and down (bring your knee pads). The chairs, tables and cues have already been set in place. We will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow and then shuffle Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and then Friday at 10:00 a.m. Next week we will go back our regular schedule.
Note: The list of winners and their pictures of our Singles Tournament are posted on our website. Go to the dropdown menu under Tournament Archives. www.shufflewithgesa.ca
Thanks so much,
President 780-710-7590 or email@example.com
Monday May 20th, 2019
Collette Carlisle, who is in charge of fundraising, identified a unique opportunity for us. This was to sell hamburgers and hot dogs at the Sobeys located in the Lakeland Ridge shopping centre, at the corner of Clover Bar Road and Baseline Road, in Sherwood Park. We had 3 events there last year and raised approximately $1,500. This weekend we had a event and our share of sales for Saturday, Sunday and Monday was $948.00, plus we received around $65. in donations and tips. Great job Collette - and she will be the first to say she cannot do this by herself, so a huge thank you to our volunteers who worked so hard this weekend and also had to put up with an adverse south-easterly wind that blew into their faces all weekend.
Our adventure started out Saturday morning with volunteers Sheila and Dennis Stockman and Joyce and Jim Bone, who were replaced in the afternoon by Nicole Corbin, Joyce March and Bert Routhier. On Sunday, Barb and Dennis McPherson opened up with Diana Monette and Maureen Bennis. In the afternoon they were relieved by Betty and Doug Dixon along with Wilma and Charlie Gerlach. This morning Monday, Shirley and Alvin Gall along with Collette opened up and were replaced in the afternoon by Rita Wesley, Bev Textor and Pat Wilson. Collette stayed all day. When you see these people on the courts please thank them for their service and give them a pat on the back. Collette and I also took the time to book 3 more outings for this season at Sobeys. We will need volunteers for these events too!
So please register with Collette at 780.446.5637 or email her at: "firstname.lastname@example.org"
The next weekend shift at Sobeys is:
Saturday, July 13th and Sunday July 14th.
The second event is:
Saturday, August 10th and Sunday August 11th.
Our final fundraising event is on the Labor Day long weekend:
Saturday, August 31st
Sunday, September 1st
Monday, September 2nd
Collette will need volunteers for both the morning shifts, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the afternoon shifts from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please call her.
Thank you so much to everyone for your support.
Charlie President 780-710-7590 or "email@example.com"
Wednesday May 15th, 2019 21:30 Hrs
A quick reminder note that the shuffleboard courts will be open for Open Play this coming Friday morning, 10:00 a.m May 17th). Because there was a Shuffleboard Tournament this week we wanted to ensure you had at least one morning to shuffle.
We will be back to our regular days and times next Monday:
OPEN PLAY: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. Tuesday evening: 7:00 p.m.
Membership: $30.00 (May to August)
Drop In: $3.00 daily (inc. free lesson)
Greater Edmonton Shuffleboard Association (GESA)
Saturday May 11th, 2019 11:12 Hrs
Court Rules Reminder
1. Please NO FOOD down in court area.
2. NO liquid drinks allowed in court area except for water. i.e., no coffee, no exceptions.
3. NO cell phones in the court area. Turn off your phone. -10 rule applies.
4. Never ever walk on the courts (please, call the court referee should you need to go on the court area as this is a safety matter).
Please respect our club on these matters.
Parking and Traffic Update
The weather will be nice next week so besides our tournament, you will be competing with driving range customers for parking spots, so allow yourself extra time to park. Also be aware of the long trains at 50th street and Sherwood Park Freeway. They can tie you up for over 40 minutes or more as they hook and unhook box cars, tankers etc. at this junction.
Also remember you can come practice on Sunday, May 12th, from 1 to 4, and also pay your tournament and banquet fees. Please allow yourself time to register if checking in on Monday morning.
Once again if you are a bit early come sit and visit and have a free coffee.
Saturday May 11th, 2019 11:07 Hrs
The Ottewell has a new caterer. The concession menu is posted on our website.
In a gesture of goodwill the caterer has agreed to allow our Club to pay a flat fee so that the coffee can be FREE during tournament play. This money is coming from our bottle fund and this decision is a controversial one. Some are for and some against. Therefore I am asking members to donate some funds to offset this and help me calm the members who oppose this. Our spare change jar will be situated by the coffee station. I will be asking for feedback after the event, so please let's see how this works.
The new caterer is Mr. Percy Johnson. Please make Mr. Johnson and his staff feel welcome and support the concession. I personally plan to have lunch there every day and of course am attending the tournament banquet. On a side note, Mr. Johnson has been very co-operative with Pat Wilson, who co-ordinates our tournament needs, and ensuring our tournament banquet food is top notch .
Saturday May 11th, 2019 11:02 Hrs
In the interest of clarity I will have several short messages instead of one long one. First, next week is our Singles Tournament (May 13 to 16th), so for members who are not in the tournament there will be a new schedule for that week for OPEN play.
There will be no evening session on Tuesday, as that is the tournament banquet evening, but we will host an open play session for all others on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The next open play, during tournament week, will be on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. We will be back to regular hours and play times on May 21st.
Charlie Loiselle, President
Sunday May 5th, 2019 - 17:55 hr
I promise this is the last one today.
This is about fundraising and Club pins. For a $10.00 donation get a club pin. They come in regular fashion with the pin that you stick through your clothing then lock it on with a metal tab. We have also removed the pin (point) on some and you can fasten it with a magnet as in the picture. Also in the picture is my club name badge. Some people like to affix their pin on the badge with tape that sticks on both sides, also in the picture.
Club badges can be ordered with a pin, if you let us know when you buy your membership (helpful if you have a pacemaker).
A new issue with club badges is that some folks have lost the magnetic bar that fastens it. Our supplier indicated that these magnets are not free as they are expensive. $3 is the price which is our cost. To replace the whole badge is $5.00.
Remember the Change Jar at the sign in table. It adds up and helps us buy small items that are needed.
Our bottle fund drive is still in full play. Our bottle money helps fund all our events and tournaments, pays for equipment etc., so please keep them coming.
Sunday May 5th, 2019 - 17:50 hrs
This message deals specifically with whiteboard markers and the problems we have been having erasing our scoreboards. Since we don't need all that extra work cleaning scoreboards I took it upon myself to do some research about cleaning whiteboards. This research revealed another marker brand which I then tracked down at Staples. On Saturday I went and brought some and went to the Ottewell to test them. I wrote a line of numbers with them on the scoreboard and then erased them with only the eraser and the board came perfectly clean. So on Tuesday you will find one of these laying flat on the shelf below the scoreboard. See the downloadable file below for pictures and directions. Please read them and pay attention to #2 - store markers horizontally and #4 - recap when not in use (when you are not marking a score).
Lastly these markers cost $1.91 each versus .52 cents American for the others. So please use them like the manufacturer recommends and hopefully we'll have solved our immediate problem. I feel the other markers were not working well because of the colder temperatures in the building and the different formulation of ink was not drying properly. I will test the new markers again tomorrow (Monday) as they too have had time to get cold. I'll let you know but your cooperation is appreciated and should save a lot of effort to clean the boards after a game.
Sunday May 5th, 2019 - 17:46 hrs
In regards to disc carriers and discs, download below. Carrier 007 which will be stored on the top shelf behind scoreboard #7 contains a new design of disc. They have a factory bevel which makes them all identical.
I would like our membership to try these out. So when we have open play if you are curious, go get them and substitute them for the regular discs. Just be sure to not get them mixed up with the other discs and please put them back behind scoreboard #7 so we always know where they are.
These discs had mixed reviews down south, but my opinion is they play nicely in our indoor situation and with the wax we use. I feel they are consistent because the bevel on each disc is identical as they come out of a mold. Previously a worker had to grind this bevel on. No worker could make them identical. Maybe close but not identical. For those who don't know when I talk about a bevel, it is the angle you see at the outer edge of the disc which allows the disc to travel over the court, without snowplowing the wax.
I'll be looking forward to your feedback.
Sunday May 5th, 2019 - 17:43 hrs
Our club has 12 newer sets of discs that we use only for tournament play. I believe the discs play better during tournament week if we use them the week before getting them gliding back and forth over the wax and this seems to help.
This year I took it upon myself to build some new carrying cases (24) for our discs. They are made of oak and have been glued and reinforced with a screw. There are 2 bars on each side to keep the discs from falling out on the concrete and chipping. When you are facing the front (where the eraser box is) the bar on the left is stationary when the bar on the right simply lifts up and down from the clip that holds it horizontally. When you lift the bar on the right side you now have easy access to pull out or put back the discs. When you are done please put the little wooden bar back in the clip so they do not get broken. The proper way to unload and unload these disc carriers or any other disc carrier at any club anywhere is on the ground. When you put them back while on a table, a chair or a bench the wax that was clinging to the discs, because of static electricity, falls onto the surface of that table, chair or bench leaving a mess of wax to be cleaned - maybe even by you at your next game because I don't think you want to sit in a bunch of wax or put hand or elbow in it on the table.
Please help with this request and our equipment will last a long time and my suggestions will save work and make your shuffling experience more pleasant.
Sunday May 5th, 2019 - 14:30 hrs
As per my note this morning our shuffleboard story entitled, "Shuffleboard season heats up in Edmonton as snowbirds return" is on-line at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton
Also we were told that a story will be running on the CBC late night broadcast at 11:00 p.m. tonight. A big thank you to CBC and to Travis McEwan.
Also I am going to send three more messages today and each one will be dealing with a specific topic.
REMINDER: Don't forget tomorrow night's Rules & Etiquette Clinic, followed by the Strategy Clinic. It is free. Sign in at 6:30, clinics being at 7:00 .
Wednesday May 1st, 201
What a week! Membership continues to grow, and the Singles Tournament is now just days away. The draw is being prepared and it will be put up on the website and I will phone you too!
On a lighter note yours truly also being a senior forgets stuff or loses stuff on a regular basis. I have a problem that I need help with. One of our Singles competitors told me they had a 10 a.m. doctor's appointment on Monday, May 13th, so entered the Singles tournament on the basis of being in the afternoon draw. I can make this happen if I know who you are. As I cannot find where I wrote it down, if I wrote it down, and I cannot remember who you are - so please call me and let's try this again.
More exciting news is that our member Pat Wilson arranged for CBC Radio-Canada, Journalist Travis McEwan, to come and get a first-hand look at our shuffleboard courts, this past Tuesday morning. Pat with his helpers and Sassy, put out a message and on Tuesday morning 61 players showed up. I am looking forward to the article on our club. Travis advised that he would let us know when it will air and I will let you know via a President's Message. Congratulations to Pat for a great job and thank you all for your support and for coming out and showing off our club.
Welcome to all the new members and I am looking forward to meeting each one of you.
Charlie Loiselle, President 780-710-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday April 25th, 2019
It's been a great week of shuffling with many people out every day ending with a bang today, Thursday, 32 people! We play at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are playing 3 eight frame games. We pick new opponents and boards after each 8 frames. This format was adopted at our last AGM in August 2018. Since it was passed by the membership it has to be tried out. One week is not enough but I promise to survey opinions on this format at the end of May.
Membership is up so keep bringing your family and friends down. Welcome to all our new members and please feel free to join previous members in taking ownership of this club. Compete hard but keep it light and fun and you will make many new friends. Promote our club along with our previous members and lastly, please volunteer.
The Singles is full at 128 and we have 3 couples on the waiting list. To grow the tournament I need to get to 144 players for charting purposes. So I need to find 10 more players, please help me out.
The Mixed Doubles is at 51 couples so far and we will only take 64 total so that's 13 more couples and we are then full.
The website continues to be updated and the list of players for our tournaments are posted and will be updated regularly.
Last and most important we need volunteers. Collette Carlisle has secured the Sobey's Hamburger & Hot Dog fundraiser for us on the May long weekend. She will need help on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 18, 19, and 20th. Last year on a long weekend we made $600. for the club and with 2 other regular weekends during last year our total raised was $1,500. This has enabled us to pay down our equipment loan. Please call Collette at 780.446.5637 if you can volunteer for a shift.
Also we would like more ladies to volunteer at the registration table. Linda Wozniuk is our Registration/Reception Coordinator this year and is doing a great job but we can still use some help. It is very important as we need to keep accurate records of our funds that flow through our club for memberships, tournaments and banquets. We are registered with the Alberta Government as a not for profit society. So to keep our status we need to keep good and accurate accounting practices. If you can volunteer to help please call Linda Wozniuk at 780.462.8558.
Last we need more male volunteers to prepare, maintain and clean the courts and equipment. The equipment, especially the courts represent a sizeable investment and need tender love and care. We have a lot of fun on them. To volunteer and be trained please call our Court Manager, Doug Noad, at 780.591.3336.
Good bye for now and see you next Tuesday on the courts.
P.S. - Don't forget to donate your pop bottles (last year funds purchased wax).
Charlie Loiselle, President
780-710-7590 or email@example.com
Monday, May 6th we are hosting 2 Clinics.
1. Rules & Etiquette Clinic conducted by our club President, Charlie Loiselle.
2. Strategy Clinic conducted by Dennis Stockman with his personal strategy on how he plays the game. Dennis is the GESA 2018 Club Champion and the Arizona Mixed Doubles Champion and has lots to offer on different shuffleboard strategies.
These clinics are free.
Doors open at 6:30 and the first clinic begins at 7:00 pm.
Also you might want to wear a jacket (maybe some light gloves), as we will be down on the courts (chairs provided) and sometimes it feels a bit cool.
We look forward to seeing you.
Len, Gloria and Pat
Please sign up at the Ottewell with Len and Gloria Erickson or Pat Wilson, or by phone.
Len and Gloria - 780 469-5210 Pat - 780 467-3879
Monday April 22nd, 2019
It's Official we start shuffling at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. If you need to pay your 2019 membership be early and someone will be there at 9:30. I will also host the 7:00 p.m. session tomorrow night.
Please "clean your shoes" on the shoe cleaning machine when you enter so we don't drag outside debris onto the rugs and courts. Curlers keep the place clean in the winter, the shufflers keep the place clean in the summer.
Remember NO walking on the courts. Water is the only liquid allowed in the playing area. Please drink all other beverages upstairs. Also NO cell phones on the courts. Court rules are posted on the Welcome board.
We will also be there Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. too.
See you in the morning!!
PS I will deal with volunteerism in tomorrow's message.
Sunday April 21st, 2019
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who came out yesterday morning. There were plenty of you so it did not take long to lay out the equipment. Now the courts still need to be taped down. So tomorrow, Monday morning, at 9:30, I am going down to the Ottewell to start that process. I sure could use some help and remember the more that can help the easier it is for everybody. Very important - you need to be able to work on your knees and to repeatedly get up and down. If you have knee pads, please bring them as the floor is cement. Your help would be appreciated.
I will announce via President's Message tomorrow night whether we will be shuffling on Tuesday, April 23rd. Watch for the email.
Thursday April 18th, 2019
Short and sweet tonight. David the ice maker at the Ottewell says come on down Saturday, April 20th and put out the shuffleboard equipment.
Linda "Sassy" Chalifoux and Collette Carlisle will have a table set-up for 9:30 a.m. so that any of you coming to help can pay your membership or your tournament and banquet fees if you desire. We will not begin set-up until 10:00. Putting out the equipment is a process so we will gather and instructions will be shared. If all those that indicated they were coming to help when I was making calls for the tournaments (15 - 20) we should have the job done in about an hour and a half.
Depending how the courts look I will probably want to have another crew come back on Monday and help tape them down. If that happens we should be able to shuffle Tuesday, April 23rd. Watch for messages in the next couple days.
Please be sure to thank David the ice maker from the Ottewell when you see him. He has done an amazing job of getting the ice off the floor so we can shuffle.
Charlie Loiselle, President
780-710-7590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday April 17th, 2019
I'm still on the phone reconfirming participants for the Singles Tournament and Banquet (May 13 to 16th), and although it is still 3 months away I am also taking names for the Mixed Doubles & Banquet (July 29 to August 1st).
Results as of noon today: I have 119 re-confirmed players for the Singles. There are 18 names that at some point told us they wanted to play but as of yet are not re-confirmed and I will call them again tomorrow or the next day. The Mixed Doubles are at 49 couples entered and we will cut off at 64 couples so we only need 15 more couples to fill up and then it's the waiting list.
We are still planning to put our equipment out on Saturday, April 20th, at 10:00 a.m. I plan on having 2 ladies at the entrance table, at 9:30, to take any payments for memberships, tournament and banquet fees. So if you want to get that out of the way come early and we will be happy to register you (cheques and cash only please). It won't take long to put out the equipment so your help is appreciated.
Fundraising projects in 2019.
1. Bottle Fund
2. Jar for spare change
3. Fundraising - hamburger & hot dog days
I had asked last fall if you could save your bottles or cash them in and donate the funds this spring, as well as save your spare change, and put them in the spare change jar on the table this spring. Last year the bottle fund ended up around $700.00 and at the AGM the membership voted to put future funds into general revenue. Those funds allowed us to buy our US dollars to pay for our 2019 wax needs, top up the tournament prize money last year and a few other smaller purchases. Our spare change jar had $32.55 in it at the year end. This was put into donation general revenue. That jar had only been out a couple of weeks so good work and thank you. The bottle fund had $70. to start the year. $20 from the Loiselle brothers, Dennis & Sheila Stockman donated $20. in bottle money, and one of my neighbors, Bud donated $30.00 in bottles. Upon returning from Arizona this spring Bud donated another $25.00 in bottle money and our webmaster, my brother Louis Loiselle, donated $66.00 worth of bottles. Ryan Wilson donated $20.00 of bottle money, so the fund is already at $181.00 Thank you very much for your contributions and let's keep it going.
Last year our hamburger and hot dog fundraiser days raised $1,529. As a result of all our efforts (includes a portion of membership fees) 1/3 of our equipment debt was paid down (payment made of $4,765.30). When we call for volunteers for the upcoming hamburger and hot dog fundraiser days please volunteer to take a shift (I will let you know when we get dates for this).
Some hats and jackets with our club logo on them are available for a cash donation again this year. They will be at the registration table. That's it for today and watch for another message tomorrow.
Charlie Loiselle, President
Monday April 15th, 2019
Today's message will update our tournaments.
The Singles Tournament (registration fee is $25.00 each) is just a month away. May 13 to 16th, and the banquet will be held on Tuesday, May, 14th. The cost of the Singles banquet is $25. per person and will feature pork and chicken, vegetables, potatoes, salad, & dessert, on the menu. The concession menu is posted on the website under Tournaments.
I have started to make the phone calls to re-confirm participants in the tournament and your attendance at the banquet. I presently have 150 names of which 93 are re-confirmed. Hopefully we will not lose too many entries and can grow our tournament from 128 to 144 or 160. Our member Rob Robinson has offered to loan us some of his courts for the tournament if the numbers stay high.
Also while I have you on the phone I will be asking if you will be participating in our Mixed Doubles Tournament in late July (registration fee is $25. each) and whether you will attend the Mixed Doubles banquet. Tournament date is July 29 to August 1st, with the MD banquet on Tuesday, July 30th. Response has been great and to date I have confirmed 36 of the 64 couples required to fill the tournament. If you want to register and don't have a partner we will try and match you up with another player needing a partner. Please let me know. I am still making phone calls for both tournaments. If I leave you a message please call me back.
The lists will be up on the website this week for both tournaments. The webmaster, Louis Loiselle, is working hard to update the website. Progress is being made on all fronts. Remember to use the website: www.shufflewithgesa.ca
If you are from out of town and require lodging or RV parking, we have a list posted on our website. The Ottewell has limited RV parking. OTTEWELL CURLING CLUB: 4205 – 102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB., T6A-0M5 There are 15-20 RV parking spots around the curling club. No hookup services.
That's it for today and another message coming tomorrow.
Charlie Loiselle, President
Sunday April 14th, 2019
Curling season is over and the ice is melting inside the Ottewell curling rink and soon to be replaced by shuffleboard courts. The Ottewell management has told me that we will probably be able to put our equipment out on Saturday, April 20th. This date is the same as our previous 2 seasons and unfortunately falls on the Easter weekend. We will lay-out/move the equipment into their proper places on that Saturday, including rolling out of the 12 vinyl courts. We will not be taping the courts down on this day as the shuffleboard courts need to lay flat, undisturbed, for a day or so (remember they have been rolled up for 8 months). We will need many volunteers that day. I will re-confirm this date and set a time in another President's Message which will be sent on Thursday, April 18th. I will be putting out a message a day for several days in a row so I can keep them short and deal with one subject matter in each message.
That's all for today! Looking forward to seeing you all on the courts soon.
Charlie Loiselle, President
Our MissionStatement says it all: The Greater Edmonton Shuffleboard Association (GESA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the game of floor shuffleboard with the goals of fun, social interaction, the challenge of competition, and wellness through exercise, for individuals of all ages and abilities.
Please NO WALKING ON THE COURTS - EVER. This is a dangerous practise and not good for vinyl courts. Today someone was walking on the courts and this is of great concern. Please don't walk on the courts for any reason. Thank you in advance for respecting this rule.
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Tuesday evening: 7:00 pm
Membership: $30.00 (May to August)
Drop In: $3.00 daily (Ask for free lesson)
Tournament Fees Extra
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