Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall
of Fame Ron Kubicki named president
Chicago, IL., The Board of Directors of the Chicago
16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame have elected board member, Ron Kubicki
as it's 3rd president in the 14 year history of the Hall of Fame
Committee. He replaces Gary Thorsen who stepped down from the
position after a successful leading the H.O.F. for 11 years. Gary
will be past president and remain on the board. Ray Topps and
Stan Patek were voted vice president and treasurer again. New
secretary is Bill Wadington replacing Debby Cornacchia who also
remains a board member. Other remaining board members are Mark
Frighetto, Mary Pat McGuire, Art Lurie and cofounders Tony Reibel
and Al Maag.
Tony Reibel stated, "Gary was the guiding
force to keep our Hall of Fame efforts going for over a decade.
His successful organizing of our dinner programs and events was
a significant to our sports history.
Ron has been the Executive Director of Parks and
Recreation for the Hodgkins Park District since 1985 and worked
for the Hodgkins Park District for 38 years.
Since 2003 he has served as the President of the Board of Trustees
for the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, which has a budget
of just over $22 million. He was first elected to the Board of
Trustees for Pleasantview in 1985. He is also very involved with
the Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection Districts serving
as their President for almost 20 years.
He has been involved in softball for over 40 years
since I started in the church leagues. He was elected into the
Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame back in 2000 as an organizer.
He has been a H.O.F. Board member for 4 years. In that time he
was one of the leaders of the building of the Hall of Fame Inductee
Park at Forest Park.
Ron noted, "I have been very blessed to have
coached some of the greatest teams in softball, Whips Sportstation,
Splinters, Bucks and the 45's along with many 7th and 8th grade
boys and girls softball teams. I have been lucky to win 10 ASA
National Championships and 7 Forest Park No-Glove Championships".
He attended College of DuPage and George Williams
Collage. Ron is 56 years old, married and has 2 daughters and
5 grand kids.
Ron added, "We hit a single when we started
the Hall, a double when we started all our successful inductee
award dinners, the Forest park inductee park was a triple and
our home run is when we build the museum to preserve our history
is my main objective. But it will only be done as we get more
support from the board and the many interested folks in our sport,
enhanced branding, more events and sponsorships
I look forward
to the challenge".
" Ron's extensive background on boards and
knowledge of the softball community is stellar. He is very respected
as a past player and organizer and still involved in the sport
today. Thus he is the perfect leader going forward as we enhance
our efforts in marketing the sport and building our museum",
noted Al Maag.
The Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame started
in 1996. It's mission is to continue the legacy and history of
the game, recognize the exceptional men and women players, teams,
umpires, media, organizers and fans in the sport and market the
great game of 16 inch softball to new generations. The next inductee
awards dinner is January 23rd. 16inchsoftballhof.com
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Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame
1833 Centre Point Circle, Suite 123
Naperville, Illinois 60563
Phone: (630) 544-5054..Donna Levy