4th Annual Illinois NSA / BPA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was
held at the Holiday Inn Express in Bourbonnais on December 4,
2010. Six individuals and one team were honored by the audience
of more than one hundred people in attendance.
The evenings festivities started after a
buffet style dinner with Bob Kerness serving as the evenings
Master of Ceremonies and Ritchie Richardson serving as the giving
the guest speaker. Kerness kept the evening moving along by emphasizing
the highlights from each individuals biography before introducing
this years inductees.
In NSA / BPA State Director Gerry Gunds
opening remarks to welcome those attending he spoke of the Illinois
NSA philosophy by saying, "These people are customers. They
should be treated as such. They have choices. They can playing
your tournament. They can play in your association, or they can
go somewhere else. I am happy to look around here and see a lot
of people who are customer friendly, and do a great job in answering
questions and put on a great show for our customers."
Gund said a few words about each inductee and
then presented them with their Illinois NSA Hall of Fame Trophy.
The inscription on each trophy read, "ILLINOIS NSA/BPA HALL
OF FAME, In recognition of your outstanding service and dedication
to NSA/BPA MEMBER (individuals or team name), Inducted December
The evenings festivities closed with Kerness thanking
the individual sponsors of the Illinois NSA Hall of Fame. Kerness
went on to recognize each of the past Illinois NSA Hall of Fame
inductees that were present at this years induction banquet.
Kerness than brought Ray Johnson up to the podium
. Johnson was inducted into the Illinois NSA Hall of Fame in 2008
but due to poor health he was unable to attend. Johnson health
is now fine and he took the time to thank the Illinois NSA and
his wife and daughters for pinch hitting for him in 2008.
Gund thank everyone for their participation in
the special evening and closed by saying. "Have fun."
Individual 2010 Hall of Fame biographies and personal
acceptance speech remarks from this years inductees can
be viewed by clicking on NSA / BPA Hall of Fame Class of 2010
/ BPA Hall of Fame Class of 2010: