Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Dinner
April 4th at the Decatur Conference Center &
Guest Speaker current ASA National President, Joey Rich from Missouri
The Illinois ASA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held on April 4th, 2009 at
the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel with six individuals and four teams being
inducted into this honored hall. More than two hundred seventy people were on
hand to celebrated the evening with this years inductees. ASA Commissioner
Ken Hancock led the gathering with an invocation before a buffet style dinner
was served before the evening festivities began.
Commissioner Dan Highland served as the programs Master of Ceremony
and he kept things moving at a good pace all night long. ASA Commissioners Jim
Nichol and Jerry Stewart who both head the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame selection
committee assisted with the program to keep it running smoothly.
Brewer the ASA State Commissioner opened the program by recognizing all the past
Illinois ASA Hall of Fame inductees that were in attendance and they were greeted
warmly with a nice round of applause. Brewer went on to introduce his Illinois
ASA Executive Staff members who total service time adds up to over four hundred
years of being Illinois ASA Commissioners and they were also warmly treated with
a round of applause. Brewer also recognized all the local ASA Commissioners attending
Highland than introduced the current
ASA National President Joey Rich from Missouri. During his remarks Rich said,
You dont always control every situation in your life, but what you
decide to do about it and that lesson if your learn it will go with you for the
rest of your life. Rich went on to say, There are two kinds of people
in the world. There are whiners and there are complainers. A complainer is somebody
who says we need to do something differently and they go about trying to come
up with a way to do it better or differently. A whiners says we need to change
what we are doing and that is all that they do whine, whine, whine.
second point the tried to make was to share your passion of the game of softball.
He said, Everyone in this room has a great deal of passion for umpiring,
playing or all the other things that need to be done, coaching and it is incumbent
of each of you to take that passion to the next generation. It is up to you to
get them to understand why you are so passionate about the game of softball. its
a great sport and I hope you love it as much as I do.
final point of the evening was to ask each individual present to take the time
to mentor the youth of America. Not only in softball but in other aspects of life
Rich closed by adding his personal graduations
to all the evenings inductees.
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