As I am about to wrap up my first year as your President, I would like to say and I am sure that you all agree it has been a wonderful year for the advancment of International Shuffleboard. Some unclear or unwritten policies were finally defined and put in writing, our Constitution was amended, new Committees were formed and older ones modified, Norway entered as our newest and 7th member, the youth movement and programs to enhance it are advancing and we had an outstanding 2011 ISA World Singles Championship in Dieppe, Canada thanks to Don Breau and his fabulous team. Also Igor in Russia, with coordination from Dieter Hussmann, hosted a European Tournament to innaugurate shuffleboard in Russia, with various ISA members in attendence, dedicated to bringing one more member nation on board. The Washington State Shuffleboard Association in Seattle, Washington was chosen to Host the 2012 ISA World Team Championship from 6-10 August 2012, under the direction of Rob Robinson and Jan Crouse. Their package has been approved by the ISA and will be distributed shortly to National Presidents.
Additionally, I applied on behalf of the ISA to become a member of "TAFISA "(The Association for International Sports for all) and we became official members with an invitation to send a Delegation of myself and 9 of our members to the 5th TAFISA World Sport for All Games, July 5 – 11 2012, in Siauliai, Lithuania.
And most importantly, ISAbella our youngest diplomat was born on July 3rd, 2011.
St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, as you know, was unanimously selected to Host the 2013 ISA World Singles Championship in honor of the 100 year Anniversary of Shuffleboard in Florida and the USA.
On Dec 21, 2011, my Chairman of the Promotions and Publicity Committee (Jim Allen) and I, have meetings scheduled with the Mayor, Director of Pinelllas Sports Commission, President of the St. Pete Shuff Club and representatives from the City Development Department and Office of the Aging to inspect the facilities and begin the planning process for what should be the ISA's biggest event ever with unparrelled media coverage and publicity along with maximum player participation.
In closing, the Holidays are rapidly approaching and my family and I, would like to wish each and every one of you a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season with most importantly, a prosperous New Year.
If you find yourself alone and in need of a friend during this holiday season, remember Shuffleboard makes us all one big family so pick up the phone or type out an e-mail to any one of us.
You have friends all over the world now who actually do care about you.
Michael Robert Zellner
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