ZEPHYRHILLS SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB
5209 8th Street
Zephyrhills, Florida 33542
As many as 90 shufflers arrived today from all corners of Zephyrhills, Lakeland and Clearwater.
It was a fun shuffle day to support the ZSC renovations
and a day to show our support for shufflers dealing with cancer. In their honor pink was the color of the day.
There was a 50/50 raffle and 28 door prize drawings!
Many thanks to those who collected prizes from sponsors and the business community or donated prizes themselves.
Club sponsor Papa Johns, donated many delicious pizzas, so everyone had a very enjoyable lunch.
What a way to raise Funds – Fun, Food and Friends!
The ZSC BOD wishes to thank everyone who attended.
This was our 2nd fund raiser and $1150 was donated for our building fund.
Many thanks to Glenda Brake
HENRY'S VOLUNTEER WORK CREW
In March 2004, Henry Strong returned home to Belle River Ontario, after a winter of shuffling in Zephyrhills. Because of his success and love of the sport, Henry wanted to continue improving his game, so he constructed a building and shuffleboard court of his own. After trial and error, Henry developed a way to finish the court’s surface with imbedded beads and sealer. This application was easy to maintain and the discs ran very well with less friction. Returning to Zephyrhills the following winter, Henry and a crew from ZSC applied his new beading process to our courts. The results were imoressive and we have been using this method on our courts ever since.
Word spread of this successful process and eventually many other local clubs were asking for our crew to redo their courts. George Darwin and Bob Savage became involved and would provide estimates for court repair and refinishing. Since inception, many of our members have donated their time as the “work crew” with all proceeds donated to ZSC. Over the years, many, many club projects have been completed and the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club treasury has benefited. This donated income has provided our club with the ability to fund the large number of club improvement projects we have under taken since 2007.
Since being elected ZSC president, Henry and the BOD are always trying to improve our facility. Under Henry’s workaholic leadership, our in house projects and improvements increased mainly due to our member’s generous donations and the increase in number of outside jobs the “work crew” has taken on and completed. This past season the volunteer crew has been extremely active with over six major projects completed and many more are scheduled for next season.
Although Palm Tree Acres courts are in pretty sad condition, they recently had a roof installed and has contracted the crew to refinish their courts in October. Two of the most difficult projects this season were Driftwood and American Condo. As you can see, the courts look like new.
As ZSC members, we owe Henry and his crew a wealth of gratitude for their unselfish willingness to help our club by volunteering to work these projects.
Henry’s right hand man this season was another workaholic, Joel Bostin. He with crew members, Jim Carder, Herm Guilbeault, Steve Barnett, George Darwin, Gabby, Ed Sterling, John Houghtaling and Gary McGaffey worked on most of the jobs this season. Many other members have contributed and volumteered in past years; thank you all. We have very generous and unselfish members and that’s what makes us among the best and most successful shuffleboard clubs in Florida.
At age 92, George Darwin is still a viable and valued member of the ZSC summer work crew.
His latest project is refinishing and repairing all of our court benches. George has painted the armrests, stained and sealed the slats, replaced and tightened all the bolts and relaced the bad boards that the benches sit on.
These benches were donated by members in 2006-2007 and were in desperate need of repair. Hopefully because of the work George has done they will last us another 10 years.
Thanks George for this and the many other club projects you have contributed to over the years.
VOLUNTEER WORK CREW AT IT AGAIN
ZSC members are back at work this fall repairing and resurfacing local courts to help our building fund. Two Parks were completed last week. Sunnyside’s courts on SR54 were resurfaced with our sealer and beads technique.
Palm Tree Acres courts after being covered in the spring by Sun State Aluminum were in very bad condition and in desperate need of repair. Concrete residue left on the courts after new posts were installed needed to be removed and many cracks repaired. All of the courts surface were ground off and the cracks filled. We then stained, lined and applied the new surface with sealer and beads. The gutters were also stained and caulked.
Members contributing to these projects include project leader Henry Strong, George Darwin, John Houghtaling, Ed Sterling, Chuck Moulton, Bill Badgley, Russ Klontz, Earl Ball, Ron Ferry, RL Lay and Steve Barnett. Our club has been contacted by at least two other clubs requesting an estimate. Because of these projects we are able to continue to make improvements at ZSC. Thanks to all. If you would like to be included, contact Henry.
MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR CLUB
The BOD recently approved the purchase of 14 new industrial 24” wall mount fans to replace the old 18” fans located on the posts at both ends of our courts. They arrived by Central Freight on Wednesday. Chuck Moulton, Ed Sterling, Jeannie Eggleston, Bill Badgley, Steve Barnett, Henry Strong and John Houghtaling, assembled and installed all the fans on Thursday morning. These fans will move much more air than the old fans.
Some of the bushes on the north end of the building were lost to the extreme draught we experienced this past summer. Jeannie Eggleston and Steve Barnett volunteered to cut and pull out the stumps and remove the dead trees on Saturday. Henry Strong bought 7 new plants and these were planted by Chuck Moulton and Ed Sterling today.
A reminder that Saturday December, 9th will be our annual Club clean-up work day. There will be less to do this year because of the new fans and new windows. Fun begins at 8 am.