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Gary Lewis Achievement Award

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Mcfrolfer:
Gratz Jason!

Disc71:
I need help keeping track of all the great things people are doing in our disc golf community from September 1 2013 through September 1 2014. These beginning months are just as important as the later summer months next year. If you can help let me know.

These previous winners are still not eligible next year.
Frank Grimes, Jesse Saenz Jr., Darrin Johnson and Jason Poole.

Giving that the award's namesake is Gary Lewis he is also not eligible. He feels he wins every year by giving the award away.

pooleje:
I've been asked to post my speech for those that couldn't hear me.


--- Quote from: pooleje on October 12, 2013, 04:30:00 PM ---Most of you who know me, know Im not much of a speech person, so Ill try and keep this brief and just thank all the people who got me involved with the volunteering.

First off, Id like to thank Gary Lewis, for whom this award is aptly named.  When I first starting playing disc golf in this area, he was pretty much the only person running tournaments.  And they werent just your basic tournaments, he ran a very smooth show with all the extras that really make a tournament great.  He was the first person that inspired me to help out.  I would play one day of his events and would show up the other day to give him a hand.

Secondly, Id like to thank Jesse.  Hes spent countless hours getting courses ready and making sure every little detail that goes into running the biggest and I must say best events get done.  Beyond that, he is a great promoter of the game.  Hes always encouraging new players to join in leagues and tournaments.  Any problems that arise, he manages to handle in a way that makes everyone feel theyve won.  Its always a pleasure to help him out in any way I can.

Next, Id like to thank Frank Grimes.  I know everyone is always talking about how much time he puts into the courses but until I really got involved, I never really know how much time that actually was.  Just look at the number of points he has for the J-Town Disc Golf Clubs Member Reward Program and that doesnt even include a lot of the work he does out at Channahon and doesnt want credit for.  Even with all the work he puts in, he is still the first guy to give others a big thank you and props for a job well done.  It seems like, especially this year, that hes inspiring a whole new generation of players to help out on the course.

Next, Id like to thank Ray Hill.  Hes another behind the scenes guy who is the inspiration for a lot of what I do.  Its his ideas that often spark some of the more innovative things we do.  He was the one that asked the state coordinator for the rights to award the IL USDGC spot which lead us to create the Ropes at the Oaks tournament.

Lastly, I'd like to thank all of the J-Town players who come out to these events and show those running it, your appreciation.  A lot of you are willing to step up and help out when its needed and it goes a long way towards keeping all these volunteers inspired to keep going.  Thank you.

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Disc71:

--- Quote from: pooleje on October 18, 2013, 10:58:21 AM ---I've been asked to post my speech for those that couldn't hear me.


--- Quote from: pooleje on October 12, 2013, 04:30:00 PM ---Most of you who know me, know Im not much of a speech person, so Ill try and keep this brief and just thank all the people who got me involved with the volunteering.

First off, Id like to thank Gary Lewis, for whom this award is aptly named.  When I first starting playing disc golf in this area, he was pretty much the only person running tournaments.  And they werent just your basic tournaments, he ran a very smooth show with all the extras that really make a tournament great.  He was the first person that inspired me to help out.  I would play one day of his events and would show up the other day to give him a hand.

Secondly, Id like to thank Jesse.  Hes spent countless hours getting courses ready and making sure every little detail that goes into running the biggest and I must say best events get done.  Beyond that, he is a great promoter of the game.  Hes always encouraging new players to join in leagues and tournaments.  Any problems that arise, he manages to handle in a way that makes everyone feel theyve won.  Its always a pleasure to help him out in any way I can.

Next, Id like to thank Frank Grimes.  I know everyone is always talking about how much time he puts into the courses but until I really got involved, I never really know how much time that actually was.  Just look at the number of points he has for the J-Town Disc Golf Clubs Member Reward Program and that doesnt even include a lot of the work he does out at Channahon and doesnt want credit for.  Even with all the work he puts in, he is still the first guy to give others a big thank you and props for a job well done.  It seems like, especially this year, that hes inspiring a whole new generation of players to help out on the course.

Next, Id like to thank Ray Hill.  Hes another behind the scenes guy who is the inspiration for a lot of what I do.  Its his ideas that often spark some of the more innovative things we do.  He was the one that asked the state coordinator for the rights to award the IL USDGC spot which lead us to create the Ropes at the Oaks tournament.

Lastly, I'd like to thank all of the J-Town players who come out to these events and show those running it, your appreciation.  A lot of you are willing to step up and help out when its needed and it goes a long way towards keeping all these volunteers inspired to keep going.  Thank you.

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Jason you definitely deserve this great award. You're a great person and that was a fantastic speech. Thanks for putting it up on the board.

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