ISSUE #02-2017
Horseshoe Pitching Newsline
President's Message
2017 Goals and Challenge for Membership
This year's winter meeting included two full days of meeting topics, including: finalizing our 2017 goals, reviewing the 2016 financial report, establishing our 2017 budget, review of proposed by-law changes, review the 2017 W.T., future of game related sales, membership and sanction league reports to name a few.
These goals are very important to the Executive Council and hope they are just as important to all of you. 

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  2017 National Senior Games Conference
by Gary Roberts , 1st VP By-Laws, Rules and Grievance 
I attended the 2017 National Senior Games Conference in Dallas, Texas in January. This trip was not sponsored or financed by the NHPA. I attended to represent Ohio as a Board member of the Ohio Senior Olympics, and as Chairperson of the newly formed Southern Ohio Senior Games. The National Senior Games (NSGA) cannot use the word Olympics in its title as a result of an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee. Ohio can still use the title as they were in existence prior to the agreement.
The NSGA can trace its roots to 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri when a small group organized for the purpose of promoting healthy lifestyles for persons over 50 through education, fitness, and sport. 

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by Tina Hawkins, 2nd VP Publicity and Promotion Director
There is a common practice in the sports industry of "Stay-to-Play" competitions. This means participants MUST stay at designated hotels in order to play in the event.
There is a very positive element in this format - ACCOUNTABILITY.
In other words, a stay-to-play event can say with all certainty how many room nights they bring to town.
Why does that matter? 

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Join us in St. George 
July 17 - July 19. 

NHPA Member Discount: Red Roof Inn

Enjoy a 15% discount at ANY Red Roof Inn nationwide. Available through 6/30/2018.

Next Stop: South Africa
by Gary B. Roberts, 1st Vice President
On March 24, 2017, Gary Roberts, Kevin Lewis, and Seth Ohms will depart for South Africa. The flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg takes approximately seventeen hours! We will have a few days for tourist activities. Current plans are to visit Cape Town and Kruger National Park. It would be nice to spend more time in this beautiful country.

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Horseshoe Facts & Folklore
by Bob Dunn , Historian

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Sanctioned League Chatter
by Jerry Smith , 3rd VP, Sanction League Director
Several topics will be mentioned this month in a hodgepodge of Sanctioned League chatter.  The first of which is to announce the winners of the 2016 Junior Scholarship program.  

I am also including newly designed 2017 Sanction League patches. The adult league member patches are $1.00 each and if you would like to show-off your sport be sure to order your patch soon.  The new league director patch is outstanding and can be ordered for $2.00.   

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Charter Communications: Stepping down and Looking Forward
by Jerry Labrosse, 4th VP Charter Communications
Hopefully you received the E-blast sent out on Feb 1st, which posted the intentions of the three officers that are up for re-election this year.  In that E-blast I stated that I will not seek another term as 4th VP of the NHPA.
I have served in this position for the past ten years, and it has been a great experience. In reflecting back...

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Upcoming Event: Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament
May 6 - 7, 2017 - Wentzville, Missouri
The Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club in Missouri will be hosting the 6th Annual Hall of Fame Invitational Horseshoe Tournament to be held at the NHPA Hall of Fame & Museum in Wentzville, MO for the top sixteen 40 footers and top sixteen 30 footers (Elders & Women) who meet the requirements.  Prize money $8,000!    For more info contact Tournament Director Joe Faron @ 314-704-7082 or Bob Diekamp @ 636-240-6260.
Ready...Set...Take Action 
as a Member of the NHPA!
by Bill Marvin, 5th VP 
Regional  and Court Sanctioning Director

There are a couple of discussion items that directly involve member participation.  The topic of promotion of our sport is always first and foremost.  One method under consideration is documenting the World Tournament.  Footage not only of the best pitchers, but candid shots of all classes including juniors and cadets, scenes of families in attendance, and a montage of the spectators enjoying the competition as well as each other's company.  How can you help?  

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Use Amazon? Contribute to the NHPF with your purchase.
by Rob Hagman, NHPA IT Support

We would like to remind you that when shopping online please use this link?  When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to National Horseshoe Pitchers Foundation.

The siding on our building has been pulling apart at the seams for some time.  We investigated another sort of fastener to bring each panel flush again.  Upon further investigation it was found that this siding had not been installed as to the manufactures specifications. 
NATSTATS: Introduction & Reporting Instructions
by Wayne Callicoatte, NATSTATS Director
Wayne Callicoatte here. Just wanted to introduce myself as the new NHPA Natstats Director. Rob has moved on to be the NHPA IT Director. I'm a born and raised Texan. Currently live in Alvin, Texas, just south of Houston. I have been pitching horseshoes since 1998 and have been the Tournament Director for the Greater Houston Horseshoe Pitchers Assoc. (GHHPA) since around 2000. I also have about 35+ plus years of IT experience.

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NHPF Update & Council Introductions
by Casey Sluys, NHFP Director
Your Hall of Fame building has new siding on it.  The older material was fading and coming apart at the seams so to speak.  The new siding is a very nice improvement to the facility and enhances the appearance of the whole site.  The St Charles County Parks Dept. is happy with us and they are an entity to keep satisfied.
One of our directors suggested we write a paragraph or two about each one of us.  Explaining some of our history with the NHPA and so on.  It was suggested that I begin.

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A Tribute to Skip Penfold
by Jeannette Class
Gilbert "Skip" Penfold passed away on 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 in St. Peters, Missouri at the age of 78.  Skip was 
diagnosed with Mesothelioma and had been fighting this disease for several years.  Mesothelioma is an aggressive disease that develops in the lining of the lungs caused 
by asbestos.

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Remembering Leo Buell
by Vernon Connie Kollasch, Iowa Chapter Member
I have known Leo for many years. In the 80's I pitched in the IOWA City Horseshoe League. Now many of the pitchers have passed on. I believe Leo was about the last of the great pitchers in the Iowa City area. 

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NHPF: Special Thanks to Our Donors
We express our sincere thanks to  the following who have donated as reported in
the March/April 2017 issue of Newsline.

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