Not all the reports are in for the Ice Bowl but today we're in 10th place. Dean, Thor, & Frank were there & everything went well. Choosing pictures & giving input for what's going to be published in the Herald News. Terri took us on a tour & I was quite impressed to the depth of their outreach. They screen who they help. They have a standard helping the truly needie. You can't be a drunken jerk who needs a place to sleep with a free meal.If one comes in with that status, they dry out with help from the police & go back to be interviewed. They help whole family's. They train people to be self sufficient. We did a good thing J-Town!!!
I didn't play Channahon for a week or so and was expecting a mess of litter. I only picked a couple of cans. Johnnie B. said he was doing his share of picking up & I'm sure others have also. It's nice to see that! Way to go J-Town!!!
As some already know there is buzz about concrete tees for Highland. Some of the obvious hurdles are money & labor. I'm helping Darrin & Jessie put a game plan together. Some of the tees will be difficult to get to. With enough people we may do the difficult, not much is impossible, & certaintly not the hard to get tees at Highland,with enough help. Get a hold of Darrin & give your level of experience in concrete. Depending on the game plan we may need strong backs. We could get a concrete pump truck but that's not cheap. Lets see if we can get something going.
With all the work that goes into a tournament it's worthless without players so thanks to you that came out. Not to mention the people who were in the spotlight in today's tournament there are behind the scenes help I want to make mention of. I left my notes at home & I'm not sure if they were mentioned. Mike Kursell (back brace Mike) custom made each sponsor sign. He verified address & made custom signs for sponsor & did that from the posts that were on line . Only with a few did we have to get together on. Shawn Harmon is always ready to rock & roll. He helped with the tees, also with splitting the firewood & brought his fire pit, and too with generous donations from him & his family. Doctor Pepper ( Ryan Barcas) also helped with sponsors & labor. He also helped with splitting the firewood, & frequently asked if I need something. He also brought his firepit. Dave K. made the player flyer's, & he & Tom M. had also kept the tees clean. Gary Lewis putting up capital for Ice Bowl merchandise. Dom got $375.00 in sponsors, Thor pointed him in the right direction. As was announced, the idea for a local Ice Bowl, came from Thor. He along with Randy Moore tutored me to get sponsors, & I might add it was relatively easy for the cause we had. Morning Star is a staple in the Joliet area and that made it easier to get sponsors. Randy is having trouble with his left hand, that's why he hasn't been playing. Give him positive thoughts & prayers. Thanks you all that played!!!
We had a meeting last night about the tournament & one of the things discussed was failure to bring non perishable food items. If you forget to bring something, there will be a $5.00 charge & that will go to the Mission.
Tee Off 09:00am Players meeting 08:45am. There are 5 divisions pro, advanced,intermediate, rec & novice, maybe grandmaster. First place trophies only. Sanctioned Event. $40.00 pro entry, $30.00 all others. $10.00 registration goes to the Mission. Either a non member or not current member there is a $10.00 charge & that will go to the mission. A $5.00 charge for game day registration & that goes to the Mission. Try to pre register it will be helpful to those running the tournament. Two items of non perishable food items. Two rounds of singles from the short tees. Cash & awards for pros & ams. Free chili lunch, Terri from the mission will be making it.
There are some details that still need to be worked out. First, anyone that's not playing, Gary Louis, Mike Kursell, Jason Poole, Ray Hill are supporting this event. Morning Star will also help, but I think more of serving & preparing the food. I don't think that's going to be enough for post registration & what not. If someone doesn't play you could step up & help with the organization of this event. Other needs are crock pots, total of six, large coffee makers, two for coffee & one for hot water. Jesse is giving one so two more are needed. Ryan Baracs has a fire pit, another might be appropriate. I cut some firewood but may need some help splitting it. You'll be supporting this event by playing & that's the goal but so much need to be done behind the scenes any help will be appreciated. I'm sure I'll think of more. Frank Grimes