SEVENS CONFERENCE THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
The featured speaker for our Sevens conference Friday night on Treasure Island, Pat McNally, will not be able to arrive until about 9 PM. Pat says that his material can be covered in an hour.
We will have drinks and snacks for attendees. Because of the late start, we are going to open up the offer of a hotel room for Friday night for anyone who wishes to attend the conference and referee the Sevens in Palo Alto on Saturday.
The hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott in Foster City. Please let us know if you wish to take advantage of the convenience and the camaraderie.
FINAL ITERATION OF THE PALO ALTO SEVENS FOR 2007
This Saturday will be the fourth and final running of the Sevens at Cubberley on Middlefield in Palo Alto. Games will run on two fields from 9 AM until about 4 PM.
This is be the last tune-up for our three national entrants, Hayward, SFGG and the Olympic Club.
Sevens Referee Guru Pat McNally will be on hand to evaluate and coach our talent.
Please come and join us, and stay for the picnic!
PELICANREFS ANNUAL CONFERENCE, AGM AND BOARD ELECTIONS
Our annual pre-season conference will be held at the Golden Gate clubhouse on Treasure Island on Saturday, October 13.
Mark your calendars now. David Williamson is planning another cohesive syllabus for referee training for the 2008 season which will begin on this day.
We will also have our Annual General Meeting and election of a new two-year Board of Directors.
The current Board is Bruce Carter, Joe Leisek, Dixon Smith, Pete Smith and Scott Wood. If you are interested in standing for election, or wish to put another up for the Board, the process is informal: it needs only nomination on the day and support amongst the voting members.
A TESTIMONY TO THE PELICANREFS
We received by post today a package from Steve Sivyer of Milwaukee, a referee with the Midwest.
In April of 1989 when your scribe was a young ref working his first national appointment, Steve was the senior referee assigned to the event, a B1. The two roomed together and the future Scriptoris borrowed much in the way of both wisdom and method from Steve.
They were not to meet again until the international conference which the NCRRS hosted in June of last year in San Jose. At that point Steve said that he was retired from the whistle.
The post contained a t-shirt from the 1989 event and the following note, which attests to the power of a well-organized and enthusiastic group of referees:
A year ago in June your society rejuvenated me to continue refereeing.
Bryan Porter will be traveling to New England on an evaluator exchange, probably October 13.
Joe Leisek will be refereeing a RSL East Coast autumn league game in Boston September 15.
Don Pattalock will travel on our exchange with Virginia, probably in early November.
The announcement of this year’s Aspen exchange is pending availability of the nominee.
THIS WEEK’S PHOTO
Got some time on your hands during the dog days of summer?
Why not try replicating this gem, made from a single sheet of paper?
For the Senate