The annual meeting of the Eastern PA HPA membership met in
Next, Mark Clippinger read a
World Tournament Info.
Dale Estep next provided the membership with a World
Tournament update. He announced that
NHPA is building new portable courts that will be ready for the
Dale announced that the courts will be set up in three locations, and Team leaders are needed for each. Dave Holliday and Bill Combs have volunteered with one more leader needed. He informed the membership that maintenance teams need to be organized to “stand-by” for emergency situations that may arise. He also said there was a need for people to volunteer to “man” the PA information booth.
Tom Decker reported that there is currently $4,101.50 in the WT account with another $700 to be deposited.
The NHPA Board was also meeting on Feb. 9th at which time it is expected they will make the purchase of the new portable courts official.
Forty-fifty tons of clay will be needed for the
tournament. A price was submitted for
Mark Clippinger asked to have
clarified the need for WT funds. It was
explained that besides miscellaneous expenses the funds will also be used to
provide meals for all the volunteer staff.
Questions were also asked with regards to the camping at the
It was also announced that storage will be needed for unclaimed clay as well as the old portable courts used previous years.
Dave Holliday encouraged all pitchers to support this year’s
WT as it is the first time in 32 years that
Lee Estep introduced Lynn Combs to the membership. She informed the group that
Members were encouraged to stay abreast of WT plans by frequently visiting the “What’s New” part of the webpage.
It was also announced that items such as a used refrigerator, sofa, coolers, coffee makers, etc. or anything else that can make the lounge area for the volunteers relaxing and comfortable. Volunteers will be needed to arrange pot luck lunches during the tournament.
Discussion about PA’s world tournament pins followed. Lee moved seconded by Jim Eldred to buy an initial order of 500 pins. More can be ordered if thought necessary. A variety of donated items is being raffled off. Members should check 2008wt.com for complete information.
A contract for the WT shirts will be signed soon. Opportunities for pre-orders will be made available.
Jim Wech discussed the
Appointment of New Tournament Coordinator
It was opened to the floor for nominations to fill the position of tournament coordinator. Jim Eldred nominated Jim Wech seconded by Bob Sheriff. No other nominations were made. Jim Wech was given the position.
Farm Show Event:
Dick Scott announced that he once again received nothing but positive feedback following the horseshoe pitching demonstrations at the Farm Show. He expressed special appreciation to the many helpers making the event another success. He concluded by telling the membership that questions of interest from the spectators were an indication of the public’s interest in the sport.
Mark Clippinger shared an email he received from Bob Matthews of WPHPA that thanked everyone who helped with the 2007 State Singles Tournament. He also expressed his gratitude to everyone who made his tenure as president of Eastern PA HPA a pleasant experience.
Old Business: None
Election of Officers:
It was announced that with the resignation from
2008 State Singles Tournament:
The possibility of holding the 2008 state singles tournament
indoors at the
The membership was asked to review the nine rules and
Butch Young suggested that it may be beneficial to list the cell phone numbers of tournament directors on the schedules. These numbers would allow pitchers to contact the TDs incase of emergencies or inclement weather.
Lee Estep suggested that we consider awarding patches to
those who place in the
World Tournament Delegates:
Jim Eldred and Dave Holliday volunteered for the positions.
Jr. Pitching Fees:
Ted VanPelt informed the membership that PA is unlike most surrounding states when it charges junior pitchers the full entry fee for tournaments. He made a motion seconded by Jim Wech that the tournament entry fee for juniors be lowered to $5.00 and that the juniors would receive just the patch if they placed first, and no prize money for placing second or third. Prize money from their placement would move down one position. (If a junior places 2nd, this prize money would be given to the pitcher who finished third, and the third place money would be awarded to the pitcher who finished fourth.) This motion passed.
State Tournament Fee:
A motion was made by Jim Eldred and seconded by Darle Esh to set the 2008 state tournament fee at $25.00 for adults and $5.00 for juniors.
Darle Esh moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Roger Greer.
Minutes taken by JoAn Douglas,
transcribed by Lee Estep,
Reviewed and compiled by:
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