April 27, 2017 Opening Day Ceremonies
To: All Members and Officers,
I am happy to announce that everything is finally settled for the 2017 season opener.
April 27, 2017 (Thursday) at 9:00 am, we will kick off our 32nd year for the Greater Cleveland Senior Softball League, in Parma Ohio.
As usual, we will start with the Marine Color Guard representing veterans from all the branches of military.
Joining them singing our National Anthem will be special guest (Jim Miragliotta).
If you have not been to one of these openers, it is very special and not to be missed. We have over 280 members this year and two divisions: the senior group and the junior group. 16 teams represent both divisions. If by chance you’re playing the second game, make time to attend the opening ceremony at 9am.
Practices have been going on since January 1st and mostly indoors. But as of late, we have been able to use the fields at James Day Park in Parma. That address is 11828 W Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma Ohio 44134.
We expect Mayor Timothy J. DeGeeter, Rec. Director Micky Vittardi, and Councilman Allan Divis to be at the opening ceremonies. Also invited are the families of Ray Page (former president of Huff-n-Puffers) and James Day (former Mayor of Parma).
I would like to thank all of the officers and managers of our Huff-n-Puffers for all their help this winter as there have been many changes in managers and officers to help run our league. Also there are people who help run our group that never get recognized. Don Evans for all he does, filling in as secretary, organizing our equipment room at the park, and most of all setting up on game days. Your work does not go unnoticed. Thank you Don.
Grover! What can you say, Everybody thinks you’re the President! He does more than all of you know! From scheduling, running the check book, to helping put new members on teams and more. Thanks Grover !!!!!!
Vice President John Good, Thank you John for all your advice and helping secure our hall for our year end banquet. John and Tom Denk also recently instructed an umpire class for all our umpires this year. I attended the second class and was very impressed. Both John and Tom are ASA Umps. Great job on that! Thanks.
Lastly I would like to address a few things, 1. Welcome all new members to our league. It is most important that you enjoy your time this year. We certainly welcome new talent and hope the league is very competitive. 2. Last year was unfortunate; there are still some wounds to heal as we repair some unfinished business. I know some of you have strong feelings about all that occurred but I have spent many a night trying to help for the betterment of the organization. I realize not everyone is happy about the outcome but I really tried to do what was best for our league. Not a night goes by that I don’t think about Huff-n-Puffers. So Let’s Play Ball! And be safe out there!
Your President, John Teron