Ringer Digest
April 2014
Official Publication of the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers' Association
Hello everyone!

Well, spring is almost here and I cannot wait until we are pitching shoes again OUTSIDE!

I am really excited about this year in horseshoes.  I would like to remind everyone of some  MGSHPA office positions that are coming up for re-election:  the Northeast, Southeast and East Metro vice president positions, as well as my position as president. In my 15 years in office, I have met a lot of nice people and being part of this organization has made me realize that we really do have the best and hardest working people in horseshoes. If anyone is interested in any of these openings, I need to receive a letter by August 1. Serving in one of these positions will allow you to truly see what I am talking about.

To all the league directors out there, thank you for your hard work! Please continue to encourage your club members to bring a friend or two. The more people we bring into our sport, the stronger we become as an association. 

With everyone's help we can make 2014 an exceptional year. See you on the courts!
Dues and incentive program
by Bonnie Holland, Secretary/Treasurer/Membership Director

Each and every Minnesota horseshoe pitcher is more than ready for the
upcoming season, after the horrific winter we all had to endure! Just a brief reminder that the dues are still $30 even though there isn't a printed Digest anymore. And when you send me your membership form and check, also send me your email address.

We are having a membership incentive program again, so make sure you let your new member buddies know to  provide your name when they send me their registration so you can get in on the contest. I, myself, have one entered already and I am working on two more possibilities! We all have to work on getting our membership numbers up once again. And with everyone more than anxious to get outdoors I think we should not have a problem with that.

So league secretaries, keep up the good work in getting your rosters to me as early as you can. And don't forget to let me know when the Men change status to the Elder division. That is very important to get their NATSTATs in correctly. 

Welcome to the e-Ringer Digest!
And Talk of Team World and the World Tourney in Buffalo, NY
by Jerry LaBrosse, Communications Director

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the e-Ringer Digest! We hope that all of you will enjoy the benefits of this newsletter being sent to you as an online publication.
We understand that there are going to be some folks who just don't have email/internet access. We have a few suggestions to solve this problem.

The number one way to resolve this problem is to find someone who can print off a copy for you. I encourage every club to survey your members and see who cannot access the Digest online. Appoint someone in ...

If you're 50 or older, add this tourney to your calendar
2015 National Senior Games coming to Minnesota; qualify in 2014

Want to compete against people from across the world without traveling too far? Well, here's your chance, especially if you're 50 or over (or at least turning 50 this year).

Our great state is proud to host the 2015 National Senior Games and the MGSHPA is proud to be partnering with the game to chair the horseshoe competition. Over 15,000 senior athletes will converge on Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington from July 8-19, 2015 to compete in 18 sports - the largest multi-sport event in the world for athletes 50 plus. Bloomington and the Bloomington Club will play host to the 2014 qualifier and the official games next year.

You must qualify this year. So, register now for the 2014 State Senior Games. The horseshoe tournament happens on August 7. Visit these links for additional information and registration:  State Games 2014 and National Senior Games 2015 You can register for additional sports at the same time ... archery, pickleball, bowling, golf, tennis and more.

If you have questions, please contact Sara Otto or Robin Constance.

Recruiting and $100 incentive prize
by Shawn Warnemunde, Promotional-Club Advisor

Spring is FINALLY in the air as you are reading this article! What a brutal winter we had up here in the northland.

Well, April is the month where many clubs will partake in their spring meetings and it is during this time I urge all club members to not only talk about the upcoming season but also discuss the recruitment of new members. Now is the perfect time to invite someone new to a meeting or discuss ways to invite the public out to your courts. There are many ideas that could work ...

Isanti Cadet and Junior Achieve NHPA Honors
by Shawn Warnemunde, Isanti Horseshoe Club 

I would like to give a shout out to Colton Williams and Mariah Torgerson for receiving Top Ten Awards from the NHPA for their achievements last season. Colton placed fifth in the cadets division for high ringer average (18.48 percent) and high ringer game (35 percent), and sixth for high ringer game over average (16.52 percent). Mariah was fourth in the junior girls division in high ringer game over average (20.30 percent).

Upcoming Tournaments

Tournament Results
Spring Meetings
(See notices in boxes below)

Alexandria League Spring Meeting

7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23
U of M Extension Office Conference Room, Douglas County Library

Our league is a handicapped doubles league with count-all scoring.  We play on Wednesday evenings beginning in early May.  Pitchers of all abilities are welcome, as well as all ages, men and women, boys and girls.
Bloomington Spring Meeting

6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22

Knights of Columbus Hall
Topics to be discussed include the 2015 Senior Games and league formats.
Brooklyn Park Horseshoe Club Meeting

6:00 p.m.
Monday, April 14
Steve Lampi Room, Brooklyn Park City Hall
(new location from previous years)

The season will start this year on Monday, May 5 with a court clean-up evening on Thursday, May 1.

Call Jerry Larson at 763-786-0353 or Marlene Knudtson at 763-571-0601 with any questions.
Forest Lake Spring Meeting

7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 24
VFW Forest Lake

League cost: $75 per person
Sign up for Monday Night Singles or Thursday Night Doubles
Remember to bring a friend and I look forward to seeing everyone!
Contact Tiffany Syring with questions.
Isanti Horseshoe Club Meeting

6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22
Junction Bowling Center

We will discuss the upcoming season as well as any old business. All members are encouraged to bring anyone interested in pitching with us.
Litchfield Horseshoe Club Spring Meeting

9:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 19
Precast Systems

Call Mark at 320-693-5902 with questions.
Morrison County Horseshoe League Spring Meeting

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22

Red Rooster Bar, Genola

Anyone wishing to join our league please come. Contact Sylvia Burggraff at 320-468-6776.
Rockford Ringers Spring Meeting

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29
Riverside Park building

We will be registering people for our league that evening. If unable to attend, please contact Marlys Timm via email or 763-479-2951.
West St. Paul Horseshoe Club Season Kickoff

7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9
Wentworth Library
199 Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul

Please invite all your friends to join us at the meeting and for any of our leagues. Contact Laurie Kelly with questions.

Mike Littell
4363 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN  55384
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