MEETING MINUTES

Date:   May 22, 2019

Place:  Eisenhower Recreation Center

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.  Included in the moment of silence was member Pat “Guido” Torre who recently passed away.

Club Business

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 5/16/19

Checking account  =   $6,694.78

Sozo Kids account  =   $520.00

 

Committee Reports

Vic Composti is back to the Club and will take on some membership duties in the coming months.

Jim McKenna reported on the upcoming bus trip to Tropicana Field on July 7. The game is currently sold out for a 36 passenger bus. He will continue to accept sign ups until June 4 to try and fill a 56 passenger bus. Contact Jim to sign up.

President George said that Joe Kennick’s committee chair for outings was still vacant and urged a member to step up to the plate to take that job over.

Dennis Nero reported that the Sozo Kids organization is asking for donations to support breakfasts for the kids.  The date and details will be announced by Dennis.  The support of such donation was favorable to the Club members.

 

Old Business

Picnic Trip to Tampa Tarpons Game

George discussed the trip to Tampa on 4/25/19 to hold the Club picnic and see the Tampa Tarpons game. The event included a guided tour of Steinbrenner Field including on field to the dugouts, off the field to the luxury suites, locker rooms, training rooms, batting facilities, etc. that nobody gets to see on our game trips to Steinbrenner.  The tour was a special treat, in lieu of batting practice on the field.

Luis Sojo spoke to the members prior to the meal and pleased the crowd with some good stories and his liaison activities with the Latino countries and players. He signed a few autographs after his talk.

The buffet style meal was great and the seats behind home plate were terrific.

55 members made the trip to Tampa for the picnic festivities.

The Tarpons won 6-3!!

Next year the Club should strive for 2 full buses. Bargain with Club picking up majority of costs.

 

New Business

 

New Member Recognition

President George asked all new members since the first of the year to stand and be recognized for their commitment to the Club.  He thanked them for joining and the Club greeted them with a round of applause.

 

Games at Gator’s

 

Next game viewing - Wednesday  5/29/19  San Diego  - 1:05 PM

Remainder of viewings

Wednesday 6/19/19  Tampa Bay -1:05 PM

Wednesday 7/31/19 Arizona -1:05 PM

Sunday 8/18/19 Cleveland -1:05 PM

Thursday 9/12/19  @ Detroit – 1:05 PM

 

As always, food and drink are the responsibility of the members attending the games.

 

Join your fellow members at Gator’s Dockside in Spanish Springs.

 

Other Business

 

Cusano’s Corner

Club member Bob Caruso did a brief presentation reviewing year to date statistics on the 2019 Yankees “next man up” team versus the 2018 team that consisted of most of the regulars at that time.  The 2019 team compares very favorably to last year’s regulars.

Jeopardy Trivia

Bob Cusano conducted a Jeopardy style Yankee trivia game.  The attending members split into even sized tables and did their best to answer the tough questions (answers?).  Several rounds were conducted with the standings of the tables compiled until the Final Jeopardy round.  After all was said and done the following member teams were crowned Champion and Runners Up:

 

Winning Table – Larry Bauer, Tom Buckley, Reg Colbrook, Chuck Flaminio, Al Gautieri, Tony Magnanti, Doug Tucker, Bobby Zullo

 

Runner Up Table – Steve Janssen, Joe Kenick, Alison Logie, Jim McKenna, Dennis Nero, Jean Setaro

 

The teams were awarded prizes of Yankee tee shirts or hats and Yankee Club decals.

 

50/50

 

Two (2) prizes of $36 were awarded to the lucky winners.

 

 

Next meeting date:

 

June 26, 2019

7:00 PM - Eisenhower Recreation Center


Submitted:  June 1, 2019 from notes supplied by George Reever

 

Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

MEETING MINUTES

 

Date:   April 24, 2019

Place:  Eisenhower Recreation Center


The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

Club Business

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 4/16/19

Checking account  =   $2,969.25  (money receipts from the May 12 trip to Tropicana still outstanding)

Sozo Kids account  =     $456.00

 

Committee Reports

 

George noted that Ron Majesky has taken over the duties as Webmaster replacing Dianne Davidoff.

 

Jim McKenna reported on the upcoming bus trip to Tropicana Field on May 12.  The game is currently sold out.  There is also another trip scheduled for July 7.  Contact Jim to sign up.

 

President George said that Joe Kennick’s committee chair for outings was still vacant and urged a member to step up to the plate to take that job over.

 

George also noted again that Anthony Scutti has stepped up to take on the Speaker Committee spot.  Anthony will be working on contacting Tony Brizzolara, former Braves pitcher and new Villager.  Tony was talked to by George at the last sports card show and the contact info was given to Anthony.

 

Old Business

 

Picnic Trip to Tampa Tarpons Game

Thursday 4/25/19. Game time 6:30 PM.

Bus will leave Walmart on Rt. 466 at 1:30 PM. It appears that the opportunity to be on field for Tarpons batting practice will not occur based on the Manager’s decision to not hold batting practice.  Alison and George are working on a stadium tour and speakers for the buffet portion of the trip.  The tour of the stadium will be special as not many people have seen the behind the scenes aspect of Steinbrenner Field.

Once again, the package includes game ticket, souvenir hat and buffet (5 PM to 7th inning). Bar available at members cost.

Club picks up $30 of $42 cost for members; member  picks up remainder ($12) + bus cost ($23);  guests full cost.

Member cost = $35, Guests = $65

58 members/guests had paid up for the picnic. However, President George said that 3 members/guests had to cancel.  He asked if any members wanting to go please see him during the meeting.

 

Lady Lake Little League

 Club invited to April 2 game. Unfortunately the game was rained out.  9 members showed up.

Many Thanks to LTC (Retired) Dale Stevens for his gracious contribution of $100 to support Club efforts for LL baseball.

Map to fields on Club website.

Schedule published on Club website. Final game 5/7/19.

 

New Business

 

Card and Memorabilia Show

Held Saturday 4/20/19 at Colony Rec Center

Special thanks to Bill Gerke for his early arrival and set up of the Club table

Thanks to other volunteers – Jim Kriner, Irwin Claener, Ron Majesky, and George Reever.

 

Games at Gator’s

 

Next game viewing - Wednesday  5/29/19  San Diego  - 1:05 PM

Remainder of viewings:

Wednesday 6/19/19  Tampa Bay -1:05 PM

Wednesday 7/31/19 Arizona -1:05 PM

Sunday 8/18/19 Cleveland -1:05 PM

Thursday 9/12/19  @ Detroit – 1:05 PM

 

As always, food and drink are the responsibility of the members attending the games.

 

 

Future Club Activities

 

George asked the membership what they would like to see at Club meetings when a speaker was not on the agenda.  He noted that speakers cannot always be arranged for every meeting due to availability and cost.  He said the dues increase for this year certainly paid off in securing Chris Chambliss, Mickey Rivers, and Sam McDowell over the past three meetings.  However, the Club finances will not sustain a speaker at every meeting.

 

Ideas were presented to the membership for comments/favorability:

Trivia night – outside vendor to do sports and general trivia. OK with membership.

Horseracing event with Club participation in being the horses and doing the betting on same. OK with membership.

Joe DiMaggio/Marilyn Monroe play. $9 cost per attendee.  Maybe covered dish dinner. Membership not favorable.

A member proposed a Yankee Jeopardy night with teams answering Yankee clues. With other trivia events proposed, the membership did not favor this item.

Yankee Bingo – outside vendor for Yankee and baseball type games. OK with membership.

A member proposed a Christmas/Holiday party with dish to pass, DJ, etc. With the Club not meeting in December and the November meeting not attended well, this idea was not favorable.

 

The Board will review the proposals and try to arrange future meeting events that the Membership has indicated they favor.

 

Other Business

 

Cusano’s Corner

 

Club member Bob Caruso did another slide show on the review of the start of the Yankees season so far in April 2019.  With the “record” amount of injuries to key Yankees, the assemblage of minor leaguers to fill the voids has worked very well so far.  The team has bounced back from a slow start to an above .500 record and continuing to play well.  The starting pitching has been very good.  The vaunted bullpen needs to turn things around some for continued success.

 

Bob also presented an informative review of the MLB salary cap w/fines, draft choice penalties, etc.  He showed all the MLB clubs on where they stood in regard to the cap – Boston first, Miami last.

 

Bob went over items on the differences between the MLB 25 man roster versus the 40 man roster.  One of the main things is service time for the players and the fact that they have a major league contract. He talked about the Rule 5 draft and the intent to keep teams from stockpiling players in the minors.

 

He finished up with a presentation on the 10 day IL and the 60 day IL and the effect on the 25/40 man rosters.

 

Several of the members thanked Bob for his efforts in compiling the information and the slide presentation to the Club.

 

50/50

 

Three (3) prizes of $40 were awarded to the lucky winners.  The lucky winners were not lucky.  In a rarity, one member won all three prizes!!

 

 

Next meeting date:

 

May 22, 2019

 

7:00 PM - Eisenhower Recreation Center

 

Submitted:  April 28, 2019

Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   March 27, 2019

Place:  Eisenhower Recreation Center

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

Guest Speaker – “Sudden” Sam McDowell

Born in Pittsburgh, PA

MLB career spanned from 1961 to 1975 playing 11 years for the Cleveland Indians.  He also pitched for the Giants, Yankees (1973 – 1974), and Pirates.

Six time All Star. 

AL ERA leader (1965). 

Five time AL strikeout leader (325 Ks in 1965)

20 game winner and Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year 1970

Cleveland Indians HOF.

 

Alison Logie did another fine introduction for Sam McDowell, detailing the above highlights and many more on his baseball career.  Sam talked about his baseball experiences including being the first deal that George Steinbrenner made as new owner in 1973, the time he struck out Mickey Mantle 4 times and got a expletive ridden autograph photo, the time he played 2nd base as a lefty in a double shift (before the DH days), and his average of 160 – 170 pitches per game (with a high of 243 vs. Detroit on one occasion).  Sam did not think that today’s young players are conditioned correctly and as a result we see a lot more injuries, especially to pitchers.

He praised the late Mel Stottlemeyer as being one of the greatest gentlemen in baseball history and talked of his great friendship with Todd Stottlemeyer over the years.  He also told of his procuring a Sports Psychology degree after baseball and his ongoing experiences with assisting former ball players with various personal, mental and substance abuse troubles.  His greatest memories are when the players are helped due to his efforts to provide them guidance for living a productive life.  He worked as a substance abuse counselor for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers.  He has also been involved with “BAT” (Baseball assistance Team) through the MLB Players Association and MLB itself.

Sam signed autographs after his presentation.

 

After the Club took a break, President George ran through the meeting Agenda.

 

Club Business

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 3/25/19

Checking account  =   $5,417.70

Sozo Kids account  =     $369.00

Committee Reports

Nominating Committee Chair Bill Gerke reminded the Club that November meeting includes the nominating of Club officers for election in January 2020.  It is still noted that the meeting occurs on the day before Thanksgiving and will probably have a low attendance.

Dick Wilson  reported on the upcoming bus trip to Tropicana Field on May 12.  Dick once again filling in for Jim McKenna . The game is currently sold out but those wishing to get on a waiting list should contact Jim directly.

President George said that Joe Kennick’s committee chair for outings was still vacant and urged a member to step up to the plate to take that job over.

 

Old Business

 

Picnic Trip to Tampa Tarpons Game

Thursday 4/25/19. Game time 6:30 PM.

Invite to be on field for batting practice at 3:15 PM. Bus will leave Walmart on Rt. 466 at 1:30 PM.

Package includes game ticket, souvenir hat and buffet (5 PM to 7th inning). Bar available at members cost.

Club picks up $30 of $42 cost for members; member  picks up remainder ($12) + bus cost ($23);  guests full cost.

Member cost = $35, Guests = $65

Tonight is final night to pay to hold place for trip.

 New Business

Lady Lake Little League

Club invited to April 2 game versus Red Sox Nation. Game start 6:30 PM at Lady Lake LL Complex – Clay Ave. off Rt. 466 east of Rolling Acres Rd. and American Legion.   Bring a chair just in case.

Map on Club website.

Schedule published on Club website

 

 Games at Gator’s

 

The Yankees home opener is:

 Thursday 3/28/19  Baltimore - 1:05 PM

President George invited all Club members to turn out at Gator’s in Spanish Springs to root on the Yankees.

The other games scheduled at Gator’s for future viewing:

 

Wednesday 5/29/19  San Diego  - 1:05 PM

Wednesday 6/19/19  Tampa Bay -1:05 PM

Wednesday 7/31/19 Arizona -1:05 PM

Sunday 8/18/19 Cleveland -1:05 PM

Thursday 9/12/19  @ Detroit – 1:05 PM

As always, food and drink are the responsibility of the members attending the games.

 

Other Business

 

Club member Bob Caruso did a slide show presentation on his view of the current Yankee squad going into the 2019 season.  He offered many statistics (OPS, ERA, WHIP, AVG, etc.) on all the players outlining their strengths and weaknesses.  He detailed the new Yankee personnel acquired over the off season and talked about the Yankees that left the club during the off season.  He talked about the pluses and minuses of these changes.  All in all, the Yankees are certainly a strong team and will challenge for the AL pennant.  Of course, stay tuned for the injury update (Severino, Gregorius, Hicks, Sabathia) and how further injuries are always the key to results on the field.

Bob will do another presentation next month on analytics and their effect on baseball today.

 

50/50

Three (3) prizes of $50 were awarded to the lucky winners.

Next meeting date:

April 24, 2019

7:00 PM - Eisenhower Recreation Center

Submitted:  April 3, 2019

 

Ron Majesky

Club Secretary


The Villages New York Yankee Club

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

February 27, 2019, 7 p.m.

Eisenhower Recreation Center

 The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

Guest Speaker – Mickey Rivers - Mickey's career spanned from 1970 to 1984 and was with the Yankees from 1976 to 1979.


Three World Series appearances with the Yankees - 1976, and World Championships in 1977 & 1978.

In 1976 with the Yankees he hit .312 and stole 43 bases. Finished 3rd in the MVP voting. Also hit .326 in 1977. Native Floridian. Attended his hometown Miami Dade Junior College.Alison Logie did a fine and humorous introduction of our guest speaker for the evening, former Yankee Mickey Rivers. Mickey kept the crowd in stitches with his funny stories about Thurman Munson, Yogi Berra (especially his defensive positioning techniques), Reggie Jackson, and Ron Guidry. Mickey told the Club about his cowboy boots given to him by Angels owner Gene Autry. He also reminded everyone that he had 4 hits in the memorable Chris Chambliss HR game that vaulted the Yankees to the 1976 World Series. Mickey stressed the need for the young players of today to stick with what got them to the Majors and to keep practicing the fundamentals. His time with the Yankees was about TEAM not individuals (except Reggie!).Mickey spent time answering many questions from the crowd and then signed autographs with much of the proceeds going back to the Club treasury.

Club Business

Treasurer’s Report Per Steve Janssen 2/19/19 Checking account = $3,359.00 (disbursements for upcoming Spring Training trips in March) Sozo Kids account = $250.00

 Committee Reports

President George asked for Committee Reports. He noted that over 20 new members signed up tonight and that 27 more signed up at the 1/30/19 meeting. The guest speaker programs are having a good effect on the Club membership totals.

Nominating Committee Chair Bill Gerke reminded the Club that November meeting includes the nominating of Club officers for election in January 2020. It is still noted that the meeting occurs on the day before Thanksgiving and will probably have a low attendance.

Dick Wilson and Ron Majesky reported on upcoming bus trips to Yankee games, filling in for Jim McKenna who is out with Achilles tendon surgery. The May 6 and May 10 Spring Training games are booked up. Ron Majesky will coordinate the trip and issue the tickets for the May 6 game. Dick Wilson will be in charge of the May 10 game. There is also a trip to Tropicana Field scheduled for May 12. There are only about 20 members signed up at this time and Dick strongly urged the membership to be active and participate in the trips. Those wishing to take the trip need to advise Jim McKenna by April 1.

President George said that Anthony Scutti has volunteered to take over the Guest Speaker job being vacated by Mel Schnabel after many years of service. The Club thanks Anthony for stepping up into this important position.

President George also announced that Joe Kennick is stepping down from the Golf Outing job, also after many years of service. George asked for someone to volunteer to replace Joe.

Old Business

Lady Lake Little League Opening Day Saturday May 2, 2019. Yankees vs. Inverness at 12:30 PM – Majors Field Monday May 4 – Red Sox @ 6:30 PMFriday May 8 – Cubs @ 6:30 PM Schedule to be published on Club website.

New Business

Trip to Tampa Tarpons Game Thursday, 4/25/19 tentative date. Buffet, ticket, hat like last year; less chance of rain; more members still in Villages that could attend. Club picks up $25 of cost for members; member picks up remainder + bus cost; guests full cost. Final headcount and money by March 31. Estimate $30 for members, $55 for guests. This trip is similar to the Club Picnic trip last year which got rained out but the buffet and Dugout Club at Steinbrenner Field were very good. This change in date from August to April hopefully would lessen the chance of rain and add more attendees that have not yet gone back north for the summer. President George asked for a show of hands to ascertain how many members may be interested. The interest was a little low and more promoting of the trip may be necessary. Everything is tentative and the trip may not materialize. 

Games at Gator’s

The following schedule of games for viewing at Gator’s Dockside in Spanish Springs was announced to the Club: Thursday 3/28/19 Baltimore - 1:05 PM (Home Opener)Wednesday 5/29/19 San Diego - 1:05 PM Wednesday 6/19/19 Tampa Bay -1:05 PM Wednesday 7/31/19 Arizona -1:05 PM Sunday 8/18/19 Cleveland -1:05 PM Thursday 9/12/19 @ Detroit – 1:05 PMAs always, food and drink are the responsibility of the members attending the games.

Other Business

George informed the Club that member Bob Caruso is going to make slide show presentations starting at the March meeting to tell the members of the Yankees outlook for the season, discuss saber metrics, and follow the Yankees throughout the season as they progress toward what we hope is the 28th World Series championship. Hopefully this will serve as a tool to promote more active participation in the slot reserved for “Yankee Talk”.

50/50

Three (3) prizes of $45 were awarded to the lucky winners.

Next meeting date: March 27, 2019 – Eisenhower Rec Center Guest Speaker – “Sudden” Sam McDowell

Submitted: March 4, 2019

Ron Majesky, Club Secretary


The Villages New York Yankee Club

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   January 30, 2019

Place:  Savannah Center  

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM while the crowd waited for the arrival of the night’s speaker Chris Chambliss.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed. In addition, members of the Yankee family that passed away in 2018 were remembered – Joan Steinbrenner, Billy Connors, Oscar Gamble and Mel Stottlemeyer. 

Note that the meeting was held at the Savannah Center and a week later than the scheduled 1/23/19 meeting date to accommodate the schedule of Chris Chambliss.  

Club Business  

Treasurer’s Report   Per Steve Janssen 1/15/19    

Checking account  =   $8,127.01  

Sozo Kids account  =     $181.00    

Old Business   

Little League Baseball Sponsorship

Wildwood Dixie Youth League Sponsorship   $500 team sponsorship w/uniforms. League will finalize signups by 2/9/19. Low enrollment. Largest divisions estimated for T Ball. May be a group of 9 – 10 year old teams. 11 – 12 age group will not have enough players.     Lady Lake Little League   $400 team sponsorship w/name on shirts.   Team in Majors Division w/Red Sox & Cubs clubs.   League looks much more stable than Wildwood.  Other Clubs have reported good experiences.  

A motion was made and seconded to enter into a sponsorship with the Lady Lake Little League.  The voice vote was virtually unanimous.

Sports Card & Memorabilia Show    

Held this past Saturday at Laurel manor    Seven (7) new members signed up    Thanks to Club volunteers for manning the table:   Bill Gerke, Richard Salvaterra,  Mel Schnabel,  Anthony Scutti,  Bill Roberts, Ken Konstanty, Ron Majesky and George Reever.       

New Business  

Speaker

           February 27 meeting:   Mickey Rivers !!

          March 27 meeting:   (Tentatively)   “Sudden” Sam McDowell !!      

Guest Speaker - Chris Chambliss

Alison Logie made a fine introduction of Chris Chambliss outlining his great career as a Yankee and overall in MLB as a player and coach.  The crowd roared as a video was played of Chris’ memorable home run in Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS vs. Kansas City that propelled the Yankees to the AL pennant and a trip to the World Series.   Chris Chambliss:   MLB career spanned from 1971 to 1988. American League Rookie of the Year 1971 while with Cleveland. Traded to the Yankees from Cleveland in 1974 and was a Yankee thru 1979.  One AB in 1988. Hit one of the Yankees most memorable home runs in the 1976 ALCS Game 5 vs. the Kansas City Royals.  The game winning homer propelled the Yankees to the 1976 World Series. Yankees hitting coach from 1996 to 2000.    

Chris spoke on many things, but the highlight was the 1976 ALCS home run.  He was not sure the ball was going to carry the wall.  His trip around the bases was certainly an adventure with the fans running on the field.  He never touched home plate but later on went out to touch the plate but is was gone!  He touched where the plate had been.  The missing plate joined the missing bases, pitcher’s rubber, sod and anything else that could be had by the fans.   He mentioned that he still has the bat he used that night, thanks to Greg Nettles who protected the Yankee gear during the melee, using the bat to ward off the fans.   He told the fans his best year was that 1976 season.  He also remembered the Reggie Jackson 3 homer WS game in 1977 and the fact that he homered also (3 run shot off Burt Hooten).   He talked about his good friend Mickey Rivers and the Reggie Bar promotion in 1978 where Mickey was picking up the candy bars thrown on the field while trying to track down an extra base hit to center.   He recounted the loss of Thurman Munson in 1979 and the heroic efforts of Bobby Mercer that won the game played after Thurman’s death.   He said 1996 was his most memorable year as the Yankees hitting coach because it was the first WS win in many years (1981)   Told story that he found out he was traded from Cleveland to the Yankees right after he delivered a game winning hit off Nolan Ryan.   He said the game and the players focuses have changed with the big salaries, saber-metrics, bull pens, defensive shifts, etc.  Not necessarily bad, just different.   Chris then treated the crowd to an extensive autograph session.  The fee for autographs was $20 with the take being split 50/50 with the Club.     

Other Business  

President George asked for various Committee reports:   

Joe Kenick reported that the Club had to pull out of the Sports Club Challenge due to lack of interest.  Several members that had committed to various events back in the Fall of 2018 were non-responsive or declined after Joe tried to finalize the players for the event.  He was disappointed in the lack of response and exhorted the club for better participation in the future.  

Jim McKenna reported on the upcoming bus trips to Spring Training in Tampa.  36 passenger buses are contemplated with 56 passenger possible.  The trips are scheduled for March 6 and March 10.  The May 12 trip to St. Petersburg Tropicana Field has changed seating due to the Rays decision to close off the upper deck areas and put season ticket holders in the press level seating the club normally had for the trips.  Seating will now be down on the main level. 

Jim also looking at July 7 game.  

George thanked Dick Sigston for his efforts in getting the local news media to publicize the appearance of Chris Chambliss as our guest speaker.  Past efforts have not always been successful with the media outlets.  

Bill Gerke has asked Eliot Schnabel to help with the Nominating Committee efforts this Fall 2019.  Bill will be out of town beginning in September.  The final slate for club offices will be announced in November 2019, possibly necessitating a meeting that was being contemplated to not be scheduled due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Many thanks to Mel Schnabel for his efforts in obtaining guest speakers Chris Chambliss, Mickey Rivers, and Sam McDowell.  Mel still wishes to resign from his Guest Speaker committee slot as soon as possible.  The effort to seek a volunteer continues.

50/50   Two (2) prizes of $60 were awarded to the lucky winners.      

Next meeting date:  

February 27, 2019 – Eisenhower Rec Center

Mickey Rivers -Gust Speaker   

Submitted February 7, 2019  

Ron Majesky Club Secretary


The Villages New York Yankee Club

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   November 28, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center 

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

George noted the low attendance at the meeting.  There were only 20 – 30 members present.  Several factors were noted – holidays, Christmas tree lighting at Spanish Springs, cold weather. 

Club Business 

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 10/11/18

  • Checking account  =   $7,702.74
  • Sozo Kids account =      $125.00

 Committee Reports

President Reever asked for Committee Reports:

  • George reported that Joe Kenick is still working with the other sports clubs to plan the Sports Club Challenge I February – March 2019.
  • Dennis Nero not in attendance tonight, so the collection bucket was passed around to the tables by Fayne Reever.
  • Dick Sigston reported that the publicity efforts with Cody Hills at the Daily Sun are still not productive.
  • Speakers and cost are still an issue with the Club. Availability can also be difficult.  George mentioned Jackie Brandt who lives in Continental returning to speak after a several year absence.  Dick Sigston mentioned a man named Ed Lucas who was a former tour guide in New York City who has Yankee connections. 

Old Business

Little League Baseball Sponsorship 

Wildwood Dixie Youth League Sponsorship:George relayed the following updated information.

 - email from Brad Todd saying he won’t be able to attend this meeting.


 - taking sponsorships at end of December thru January 2019. Full sponsorship $500 which includes uniforms.

 - play to start first or second Saturday in March 2019.


After discussion, there was a motion and a second to obtain a team sponsorship with the Wildwood league.  The motion was approved with no objection. 

LTC Dale Stevens offered a $100 pledge to help defray the cost to the Club.

 The Board will review the sponsorship prior to committing to Wildwood. 

New Business

 Pizza Party

 The annual Pizza Party will be held January 23, 2019.  The pies will be purchased again from Pasta Faire in Belleview and will be a cheese pie and a pepperoni pie per table.

  Yankee Shirts for Sale

The Club has received a number of Yankee logo shirts from the marketing/promotions department of the Yankees.  The Board has proposed to sell the shirts to raise money for the Club.  There is a long sleeve shirt zippered shirt for $7 and two (2) tee shirt styles for $5.  They will be available at the January meeting.  Note that all styles are XL only.

 Miscellaneous Items

Due to the very low attendance, the Night at the Races event was postponed. 

Yankee Talk 

The members engaged in discussion around the free agent and trade markets in full force at the MLB level.

The Yankees are still looking at starting pitching and Patrick Corbin and J. A. Happ were both the favorites of the Club.  

The trade acquisition of James Paxton from the Mariners was viewed as a very positive move. 

Once again Gary Sanchez was ripped and a new catcher was proposed but will not happen under the Yankee administration.

 50/50

 Two (2) prizes of $43 were awarded to the lucky winners.

 Next meeting date:

 January 23, 2019 – Pizza Party!! 

***** Note there will be NO December meeting *****

 Submitted December 7, 2018

 Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

The Villages New York Yankee Club

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   October 24, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center 

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed. 

The night began with the presentation of a $1,000 check by George to Pastor David Houck representing the Sozo Kids charity which the members donate to on a monthly basis.  Pastor Dave took some time to talk to the Club about the abject poverty and effects of substance abuse felt by the children living in the Ocala National Forest.  But he also described the successes of the kids in areas such as restaurant management, landscape maintenance, etc. where they learn to be productive adults in spite of the challenges that have been presented to them through no fault of their own.

The donation was a culmination of Club member monthly contributions of $763 and a Club contribution of $237 to get to the goal of $1000.

 Club Business 

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 10/11/18

  • Checking account  =   $7,758.82
  • Sozo Kids donation        - 287.00       

Balance                                    $7,471.82

  • Sozo Kids account  =      $763.00
  • Club contribution             +287.00

Balance                                    $1,050.00 ($50 balance after donation to keep account open).

 

Committee Reports

President Reever asked for Committee Reports: 

  • Joe Kennick was absent from the meeting due to recent surgery. George reported that nearly all the spots in the various events in the Club Challenge were filled.  The event between the sports clubs is currently schedule for late February into early March 2019.  There were still openings in ladies billiards and ladies pickleball. 
  • George reminded all that Mel Schnabel requested to resign the committee chair for Speakers effective 12/31/18. George again asked that any interested member please step forward to fill this important position. 

Old Business 

Little League Baseball Sponsorship 

Wildwood Dixie Youth League Sponsorship 

George relayed the following information gathered so far:
 Fall 2018 season over.
 Before 2019 spring season, will try to get league representative to speak to Club.
 Board will decide regarding sponsorship in this league. 

New Business

George said the Club will try something different next month. 

A Night at the Races 

November 28 meeting next month.


Bet your favorite “horses” for a night of a little fun. The horses will have appropriate Yankee names and run the races on stage using Club volunteers (coax your buddies to participate). The roll of the dice may mean your chance to win or lose. All betting money goes back to winners.

Miscellaneous Items

None 

Yankee Talk 

Much discussion regarding: 

  • Gary Sanchez and his struggles during the past season (lots of negatives).
  • Manny Machado as Free Agent pick up for Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery). Quite a few negatives and effect on Miguel Andujar.  Gleyber Torres can play SS.
  • The need for starting pitching and the available free agents (Corbin, Morton, Keuchel, Eovaldi…)
  • Britton, Robertson free agents in bullpen.
  • Bird and Voit at 1B. 

50/50 

Two (2) prizes of $40 were awarded to the lucky winners. 

Next meeting date: 

November 28, 2018 

Submitted October 29, 2018 

Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

The Villages New York Yankee Club

 

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   September 26, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center

 The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

The night began with the introduction of our guest speaker Craig Anderson, former MLB pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals (1961) & the expansion NY Mets (1962 – 1964). He attended Lehigh University and after retirement from baseball in 1966, his career spanned 34 years as athletic administrator, varsity pitching coach and the first director of the Athletics Partnership at Lehigh.

Craig delighted the crowd with his entertaining stories of the struggles of the newly formed Mets team and their journey on losing the MLB record 120 games in 1962.  His many stories of Casey Stengel highlighted the evening.

Craig brought with him several autographed photos of former Yankees with the most interesting photos of Lou Gehrig batting at Comiskey Park in Chicago in 1933.

The Club took its break prior to the business portion of the meeting.

Club Business

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 9/17/18:

Checking account = $7,828.00

 Sozo Kids account = $695.00

 

President Reever asked for Committee Reports: 

  • Yankee Trips (Jim McKenna) – Tomorrow’s September 27 game at Tropicana Field is ready to roll. Jim reminded the members attending to be at the usual Walmart on Rt. 466 location by 9:30  am to board the bus for a 9:45 departure
  •  Joe Kennick was absent from the meeting due to recent surgery. George Reever reported that the Putting Challenge at Palmer Himalaya was cancelled due to low member interest.  He encouraged members to participate in the Club Challenge that Joe is helping to organize with the other sports clubs in February.  There are still openings in several events that need filling. 
  • Dennis Nero reported that he has attended local Sozo Kids meetings and that any monies from outside sources is always a good way to support the charity. The Sozo Kids donation can received $68 tonight and puts the balance at $763.  The question is whether to donate the money ASAP prior to the Christmas need or wait another month to see if the donation can will receive enough to get to a $1,000 goal.  In order to achieve that goal ASAP, a motion was made and seconded to use Club funds to push the Sozo balance to the amount.  That would require an outlay of $237 based on tonight’s donation balance.

  •  George Reever announced that Mel Schnabel requested to resign the committee chair for Speakers effective 12/31/18. George requested that any interested member please step forward to fill this important position.

 Old Business

Club Picnic

George Reever reported that 58 Club members attended the picnic at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on 8/29/18.  Rain cancelled the scheduled game between the Tampa Tarpons & the Florida Fire Frogs to the dismay of all, but the buffet was very good and the hospitality of the stadium staff was excellent,

Three players from the Tarpons visited the party and gave their insights on being part of the Yankees farm system.  Alison Logie pointed out that one of the players, pitcher Garrett Whitlock is very highly rated as a future prospect in the Yankee system.

Many thanks to Alison for all her efforts in organizing the picnic at Steinbrenner.  Thanks also to Gorge Reever for handling the attendee list and money collection.  Thanks to Jim McKenna for arranging the bus transportation. 

Little League Baseball Sponsorship

George Reever reported that Phil Fulco checked with Fruitland Park, Lady Lake and Wildwood to see what their programs consisted of and what any sponsorship was available and at what cost.  Fruitland Park is strictly T-ball and was not considered a viable sponsorship.  Lady Lake is an organized program, but due to past experience with the administration, the Club is hesitant to revisit sponsorship.  Wildwood will be starting up again in October and further information on their programs and opportunities will be reviewed.

New Business

There was no official New Business discussion scheduled for the meeting.  However, George Reever brought up upcoming meetings that will occur over the holidays in November and December.

 It was a consensus of the Club that the November 28 meeting after Thanksgiving would be held and that the December 26 meeting after Christmas would be cancelled.

Miscellaneous Items

Yankee Talk

Much discussion regarding:

  • Wildcard game with the Athletics.
  • Who will start for Yankees.
  • Stanton, Sanchez ready to break out for playoff
  • Gregorious wrist injury
  • Hicks hamstring?
  • Gardener back seat to McCutcheon
  • Luke Voit = Shane Spencer?

50/50

 Three (3) prizes of $25 were awarded to the lucky winners.

 Next meeting date:

October 24, 2018

 Submitted October 5, 2018

 Ron Majesky
Club Secretary

The Villages New York Yankee Club

 MEETING MINUTES

Date:   June 27, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

Club Business

 Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 6/19/18:

  • Checking account = $8,277.16

  •  Sozo Kids account = $679

Committee Reports

President Reever asked for Committee Reports:

  • Yankee Trips (Jim McKenna) – The July 25 game is scheduled for a two 36 person buses. Jim said that with the 36 person busses, the trip cost would increase by $3 to $23 per member.  He will collect the $3 on game day as people board the buses.  The September 27 game has 52 people signed up so far.  Jim will keep the Club posted on when the money for that game is due.
  • Joe Kennick briefed the Club on a new Club Challenge being initiated by the Chicago Cubs Club. The competitions would be in several areas - Executive golf (9 holes), Pickleball, Bowling, Cornhole, Bocce, Shuffleboard, Putting (Himalaya @ Palmer Legacy), Billiards.  The competition is scheduled for the February – March 2019 time frame.  Joe will send out an email asking for participants in the completion.  More to follow later.
  • Joe Kenick also said that he is working on an Executive Golf outing and another putting contest for Club members only. He will advise on dates and details as we go forward.
  • Mel Schnabel (Speakers) reported that Gene McElwaine’s wife may be available to talk to the Club in September. She should have some great stories and insights into the Yankees front office operations during her time spent there.

Along with the Committee Reports, President Reever also discussed some entertainment options for future club meetings, to include memorabilia auctions, shows by Village entertainment groups, games like trivia, Bingo, etc.  Most meetings do not have speakers, so a diversity of entertainment would be a good thing for the Club.

Old Business

Club Picnic

President George reported that there were 46 members/guests signed up as of tonight’s meeting.  Ten more people would be needed for a 56 passenger bus.  He will keep the sign ups open in the hopes of obtaining the goal.  Several people have indicated they are still interested.  Once again the details:

Tampa Tarpons home game – Wed. 8/29/18

  - Club pays $30 per member, which includes:

* Air conditioned Dugout Club behind home plate; 
* Reserve seat next to Dugout Club entrance;
* All you can eat buffet running from an hour before game to the end of the 7th inning.
* Buffet includes popcorn, peanuts, trail mix, specialty salad, hot dog bar, pretzel bites and various types of sliders.
* All you can drink Pepsi products and bottled water from opening of gates to the end of 7th inning.
* Tampa Tarpons souvenir hat

NOTE: Cash bar for alcoholic beverages

  • Bus service to Steinbrenner Field is estimated at $23 per member/guest.
  • Guests would be required to pay the $30 game/buffet cost + $23 bus cost
  • Picnic open to dues paying members as of 5/23/18.

George said the game would start at 6:30 PM and the gates would open at 5:30 PM.  The buses to the event would probably leave the Villages at 3:30 PM.

Financial Audit

The audit team of Larry Bauer and Tom Wood met with Treasurer Steve Janssen on May 29, 2018.  They found the records to be in excellent shape.  Tom Wood sent an email to President Reever on 6/5/18 that documented the audit and the fact that the records were meticulous.

 Many thanks to Larry and Tom for their volunteer effort and kudos to Steve for his continued dedication as Club Treasurer

Games at Gator’s

Next Yankee game viewing at Gators Dockside in Spanish Springs will be Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 1:05 PM vs. the Baltimore Orioles.  As always, lunch is on the members.

New Business

The New Business section was devoted to the Club Challenge Competition.  This was covered by Joe Kenick under the Committee Reports.  Details so far:

The Chicago Cubs Club is proposing a Fan Club Faceoff competition from February 18 – March 1, 2019.  The competition will cover many areas of play

  • Executive golf (9 holes) – 1 man, 1 woman
  • Pickleball – 2 men, 2 women
  • Bowling – 1 man, 1 woman
  • Cornhole – 2 men, 2 women
  • Bocce – 2 men, 2 women
  • Shuffleboard – 2 men, 2 women
  • Putting (Himalaya @ Palmer Legacy) – 6 players mixed
  • Billiards – 1 man, 1 woman
  • $2.00 entry fee per event

 Miscellaneous Items

 Allison’s Terrific Trivia

 Once again Allison baffled us with Yankee trivia of all kinds, but first she got the Club moving on discussion of the state of the Yankees since our last meeting.  This was her effort in getting the Club to open up on player performance, trades, prospects and things in general on the Yankee fan mind.

 Yankee Talk

 Per the above, much discussion on pitching (again!!), trades with who we get (Happ, Fulmer, Hamels), who might go (Frazier, Sheffield, Anduhar, a reliever), who might stay (??).  Also lots of discussion on Stanton, Bird, Walker, Frazier, Anduhar, Sanchez, and how they are performing or not to affect the team as a whole.  Stay tuned for the July 31 trade deadline to see who was right (or wrong) about all our discussions over the past couple of moths

 50/50

 Three (3) prizes of $30 were awarded to the lucky winners.

Next meeting date:

No July 25 Meeting

The Club will be making the trip to Tropicana Field this date to see the Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays.  The regularly scheduled meeting at Eisenhower will not be held.

No August 22 Meeting

In addition, the August 22 meeting will be the Club picnic at Steinbrenner Field on 8/29/18. The regular meeting of 8/22/18 will not be held.

September 26 Meeting

Next regular meeting to be held at Eisenhower Recreation Center

 Submitted July 14, 2018

 Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

The Villages New York Yankee Club

MEETING MINUTES

Date: May 23, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

Club Business

Treasurer’s Report

Per Steve Janssen 5/15/18:

  • Checking account = $10,912 which still includes $2,970 deposit for June 23 trip to St. Petersburg

  •  Sozo Kids account = $584

 Committee Reports

President Reever asked for Committee Reports:

* Yankee Trips (Jim McKenna) – Jim reported on the regular season trips to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  The June 23 game has a 36 person bus scheduled.  The July 25 game is scheduled for two 36 person buses.  Both trips are sold out.  Jim said that with the 36 person busses, the trip cost would increase by $3 to $23 per member.  He will collect the $3 on game day as people board the buses.

* Sozo Kids (Dennis Nero) – Report will be under Old Business – Club Charity

Old Business:

Club Picnic

President Reever reviewed the information regarding the trip to Steinbrenner Field for the Tampa Tarpons home game – Wed. 8/29/18 and what is included.

The Club pays $30 per member, which includes:

         * Air conditioned Dugout Club behind home plate; 

* Reserve seat next to Dugout Club entrance; 

* All you can eat buffet running from an hour before game to the end of the 7th inning.  Buffet includes popcorn, peanuts, trail mix, specialty salad, hot dog bar, pretzel bites and various types of sliders.

* All you can drink Pepsi products and bottled water from opening of gates to the end of 7th inning.

* Tampa Tarpons souvenir hat

* Cash bar for alcoholic beverages

 Other costs:

* Bus service to Steinbrenner Field is estimated at $23 per member/guest

* Guests would be required to pay the $30 game/buffet cost + $23 bus cost

* Picnic open to dues paying members as of 5/23/18 and gusts

* Money due to the Club by June 27, 2018 meeting to reserve picnic and bus reservations. 

 

George said that a minimum of 25 people is required to reserve the Dugout Club facility and that $750 is needed as down payment for the reservation.  If the turnout is equal to last year’s picnic of 80 members, up to $2,400 may be required to be spent by the Club for the picnic.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the expenditure of funds for the picnic at Steinbrenner Field.  A voice vote was unanimous.

 George said the game would start at 6:30 PM and the gates would open at 5:30 PM.  The buses to the event would probably leave the Villages at 3:30 PM.

Club Charity 

President George asked the Club if there were any new proposals for a Club charity.   

Several were mentioned:

* Sumter County Sheriff’s Dept. – deals with children’s programs, summer camps, Christmas for children etc.

* Sumter College Scholarships for the local high school baseball and softball

Local Little League Sponsorship - experience with Lady Lake LL not very good in the past but other local LL organizations should be looked at.

* Sozo Kids (current Club charity) – Dennis Nero gave highlights of the organization from their website and the programs they offer to the Ocala Forest children.

George said the Executive Board would review the new proposals for Club consideration.

 Phil Fulco pointed out that the Sozo Kids funds are strictly raised by member donations at every meeting.  No Club funds are dedicated to this charity.  The other proposals may require Club funding.  A motion was made and seconded to keep the Sozo Kids bucket for personal donations at each meeting.  A voice vote was unanimous.

Games at Gator’s

 Next Yankee game viewing at Gators Dockside in Spanish Springs will be Thursday June 21, 2018 at 1:05 PM vs. the Seattle Mariners.  As always, lunch is on the members.

New Business

Financial Audit

Per the Club By-Laws, an audit of the Club’s finances must be performed by June 30 of each calendar year.  President George asked for two (2) member volunteers to meet with Treasurer Steve Janssen and review the accounts.  The volunteers were:

* Larry Bauer

* Tom Woods

Report to follow.

 July 25  and August 22 Meetings

The Club will be making the trip to Tropicana Field this date to see the Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays.  The regularly scheduled meeting at Eisenhower will not be held.

In addition, the August meeting will be the Club picnic at Steinbrenner Field on 8/29/18. The regular meeting of 8/22/18 will not be held.

Tee Shirt Presentation

President George introduced Howard Blinderman, owner of Howard’s Tee Shirts.  Howard is a Villager and currently has a site at the Markets of Marion to display and sell his line of tie dyed tee shirts which include licensed MLB & NFL teams logos.  He made a presentation of his line of Yankee shirts and invited members to look at his wares and hopefully purchase at a discount in the future.  He lives in the Villages and said he would deliver to customers in the Villages.

Miscellaneous Items

 Yankee Talk

A lot of discussion occurred regarding the Yankees pitching (again!) and how some of the young prospects may figure into trades to acquire some new starting pitching.  Clint Frazier was mentioned the most and there was discussion on trade or keep.

 Greg Bird due back off the DL soon and discussion occurred regarding his presence and who would be going down to the minors when he came back. Tyler Austin?  A pitcher?

50/50

 Three (3) prizes were awarded to the lucky winners.

 Next meeting date

June 27, 2018

******* Note: This will be our last meeting until  *******

******* September (see the section  July 25th and  *******

******* August 22nd Meetings above for details) *****

Submitted May 30, 2018

Ron Majesky

Club Secretary


The Villages New York Yankee Club

 

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   April 25, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center

 

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

Club Business

President Reever asked for Committee Reports: 

  • Yankee Trips (Jim McKenna) – Jim reported on the regular season trips to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The June 23 game has a 36 person bus scheduled.  The July 25 game is scheduled for a two 36 person buses.  Deadline for purchasing of tickets is April 30.

  • Sozo Kids (Dennis Nero) – Dennis said he would be attending some Sozo Kids meetings and gather information for keeping the Club up to date.

  • Speakers (Mel Schnabel) – Mel reported that Sam McDowell came down with pneumonia and was not able to speak at this meeting. Future status will be determined.

     Mel was coordinating with former Pirate Rennie Stennett after meeting with him at the last Sports Card show.  Efforts to replace McDowell with Stennett did not work out. 

     Mel reported that he was given a contact with the agent of former Yankee Jim Leyritz, but the cost factor of $8k - $15k was prohibitive.  Mel is working on a much lower figure.

     Mel said that Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers as a pair to speak to the Club is still possible.  Best guess at a date is January 2019.

     George Reever pointed out that Barb McElwaine, former Yankee front office executive and Gene’s wife, has said she would be willing to speak to the Club in the Fall of 2018.

 Old Business

Memorabilia and Sports Card Show

Thanks to Kevin Berry, Dennis Nero, George Reever, Mel Schnabel and Anthony Scutti for volunteering to man the Club table

  • No new members signed up maybe due to low turnout and table location.

 Games at Gators

 Next Yankee game viewing at Gators Dockside in Spanish Springs will be Thursday May 3 at 2:10 PM vs. the World Champion Houston Astros.  Late lunch or early dinner options based on the later start time.

 New Business

 Treasurer’s Report

 President Reever announced the following based on Treasurer Steve Janssen report: 

  • Checking account = $10,474 which includes $2,970 deposit for June 23 trip to St. Petersburg

  • Sozo Kids account = $483 with $67 being donated last meeting

Club Picnic Options

Option 1 - Party at Steinbrenner Field


- Tampa Tarpons home game (August 28?)

- Pavilion or other club - ticket, meal, souvenirs (free to members)

 - Guests additional cost

 - Bus trip paid by member/guest ($20 +/-)

 Option 2 - Party Here at Eisenhower Recreation Center 


- hold on meeting date (August, Sept.?)

- set up meeting room for dining

- arrange for special event (speaker, entertainment?)

- no cost to members, guests additional

Much discussion about the Steinbrenner Field location and seemed to be liked by the majority of members.  It was agreed that detailed information on dates, locations, costs, amenities, etc. would be gathered by the Board.  Main concern is what happens in case of a rainout.

The Eisenhower Recreation location will remain as Plan B at this time until the Steinbrenner trip is finalized one way or another.

 Charity Options

It was brought up at the March meeting as to whether or not the Club still wished to continue support for the Sozo Kids charity.

President Reever asked the Club members to propose other charities to the Board by the next meeting in May.  The other charities would be reviewed by the Board for consideration of funding by the Club. 

A decision to remain with the Sozo Kids or fund a different charity will be made in the upcoming months.

 Miscellaneous Items

 Yankee Talk

Everyone very happy on the Yankees current success and the play of the young Bombers.  The main concern is pitching, pitching, pitching!!

 Alison’s Terrific Trivia

 Alison was welcomed back and entertained the Club with statistics of the up and coming Yankee pitchers in the Minor Leagues and her trivia questions that stumped most of the members.  Bernie Williams was a good answer this time around.

 50/50

 Three (3) prizes of $38 were awarded to the lucky winners.

 Next meeting date

May 23, 2018

 Submitted May 2, 2018

Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

The Villages New York Yankee Club

 

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   March 28, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center

The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

George introduced the night’s speaker - former Yankees minor league pitcher Gene McElwaine.  A few notes about Gene:

  • Born in the Bronx

  • Attended Manhattanville High School

  • Drafted in 1967 by the Montreal Expos. Decided to attend college and played baseball and graduated from Fordham University.

  • Free agent in 1973 and started career in Johnson City, TN. Progressed as far as AAA ball with Syracuse in 1975 & 1976.

  • Highlight was Spring Training invite in 1975 with Yankees at Fort Lauderdale.

Gene shared his many experiences with his career and especially with the Yankees in 1975.  He had many good stories about Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Gene Michael, Sparky Lyle plus more.  Gene retired in 1977, coached at Fordham for a year and then made a career in the entertainment/ticketing field as well as union leadership in that field.  The Club asked many questions of Gene and enjoyed his presentation.

Club Business

George stated that the Club treasury account is $7,759 and the Sozo Kids account is sitting at $416 per Treasurer Steve Janssen.

President Reever asked for Committee Reports:

  • Membership (Vic Composti) – not in attendance.

  • Web Master (Dianne Davidoff) – nothing to report.

  • Nominating (Bill Gerke) – idle until elections 2020.

  • Golf Outings (Joe Kenick) – not in attendance

  • Yankee Trips (Jim McKenna) – Jim reported on the regular season trips to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The June 23 game has a 36 person bus scheduled.  The March 30 deadline is near to purchase tickets.  The July 25 game is scheduled for a 56 person bus.  Deadline for purchasing of tickets is April 30.

  • Sozo Kids (Dennis Nero) – Dennis said the donation bucket contained $53 for tonight’s contribution. He also asked if the Sozo Kids fund was to be continued or if the Club wanted to help another organization in the future.  The Executive Board will review future charitable donations.

  • Speakers (Mel Schnabel) – Mel reported that he is trying to schedule “Sudden” Sam McDowell as early as the April meeting.

Old Business

1. Revised Club Trip Policy

** Please note that the Executive Board unanimously supported this policy revision at the Board meeting on 3/20/18 and by subsequent email support by Katherine LaMorte, Steve Janssen, and Alison Logie. 

President Reever reviewed the following revised policy with the Club:

The policy of September 22, 2014 in regard to Club trips to baseball games is being revised to better clarify responsibilities and reduce the chance of the Club incurring expenses relating to cost of tickets and transportation. 

i. Future trips will be announced at least ten (10) weeks in advance, when possible.

ii. Members will be given a deadline to submit full payment and secure game tickets and transportation. This allows the purchasing of the best seating available and reserving transportation for the trip.

iii. Checks shall be mailed to the trip chairman or hand delivered to the chairman at a regularly scheduled Club meeting prior to the published deadline date.

  1. Members may cancel trip reservations any time prior to the deadline date.

  2. The Club reserves the right to cancel the trip if not enough members (minimum of 36) forward payment by the deadline date.

  3. If after reserving and paying for an event, a member is unable to attend the event, it will be the member’s responsibility to dispose of the tickets. There will be no refunds. The chairman may assist in advertising the tickets to other Club members, but there is no guarantee of resale.

  4. Members attending events may not invite others to ride on the bus unless authorized by the trip chairman.

 ****This revised policy will be effective for events scheduled after April 1, 2018.

After review and comment, a motion and a second, the Club unanimously adopted the revised trip policy. 

2. Annual Dues Increase

 President Reever presented the following to the Club members:

The Executive Board has recommended that the Club dues be increased from $10 per year to $20 per year.

** Please note that the Executive Board unanimously supported this proposal at the Board meeting on 3/20/18 and by subsequent email support by Katherine LaMorte, Steve Janssen, and Alison Logie.

  • This increase will hopefully improve the Club funds so that the pursuit of meeting speakers can be more aggressive and also maintain a strong monetary balance for club functions.

  • The voice straw vote at the February 28, 2018 meeting supports this increase.

President Reever responded to a question about non-dues paying members attending meetings.  He stated that the Club policy of being up to date on dues is being enforced at the check in procedure prior to the meetings.

George also stated that the increased dues proposal, if passed, would not take effect until January 2019.

George discussed the varying costs for speakers from the low local speaker costs to the higher imported speaker costs.  A dues increase could raise additional funds to host a speaker or two in the $1,000 to $1,500 range.  Speakers more costly than that would need a look at charging an additional fee to attend.

Much discussion regarding the need to increase dues because of speaker costs occurred.  It was a general opinion that along with any dues increase, an additional fee could be charged when a speaker addressed the Club.  Per George, The Villages policy allows charging for speakers as long as the event is advertised and only includes residents of The Villages for attendance. 

A motion was made and seconded to allow the Club to charge a fee for speakers.  However, President Reever considered this to be a separate issue from the dues increase proposal and first asked that the dues increase be voted upon.

The dues increase from $10 to $20 per year motion was made and seconded.  The proposal was passed by voice vote with several no votes being noted.

In regard to extra charges for speakers, it was a consensus that the Board would find speakers, ascertain the costs, bring back to the Club for a vote and determine what fees if any would be charged.  The motion and second to charge fees was not voted on at this time.

New Business

 Memorabilia & Card Show 3/31/18

 President Reever announced that another show was to be held Saturday 3/31/18 at Colony Recreation Center.  He asked for volunteers to man the Club table set up and hopefully recruit some new members.

Several members volunteered to attend at various times during the event.

Miscellaneous Items

 Games at Gator’s (Spanish Springs)

 Monday April 2 is the Yankees home Opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Game time is 1:05PM.  President Reever took an estimated headcount and about 12-15 members may be attending.  Lunch and refreshments are the responsibility of the member attending.

Yankee Talk

Much discussion about the injury prone first baseman Greg Bird and his replacements.  The Yankee lineup choices were talked about and whether batting Aaron Judge leadoff was a smart decision.  All agreed this was going to be an exciting year.

 50/50

 Four prizes of $34 were awarded to the lucky winners.

Next meeting date

April 25, 2018

 Submitted April 5, 2018

 Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

The Villages New York Yankee Club

 

MEETING MINUTES

Date:   February 28, 2018

Place: Eisenhower Recreation Center

 The meeting was called to order by President George Reever at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes followed.

George noted that several officers were unable to attend – Past President Elliot Schnabel and Secretary Ron Majesky were out of town.  Vice President Kathleen LaMorte is recovering from shoulder surgery.

George stated that the Club treasury account is $6,596 per Treasurer Steve Janssen.  The Sozo Kids account is sitting at $340.

President Reever asked for Committee Reports:

  • Membership (Vic Composti) – not in attendance.

  • Web Master (Dianne Davidoff) – nothing to report.

  • Nominating (Bill Gerke) – idle until elections 2020.

  • Golf Outings (Joe Kenick) – nothing to report.

  • Yankee Trips (Jim McKenna) – the 3/13/18 Spring Training trip to Steinbrenner Field for the Yankees vs. Tigers game will have two busses traveling to Tampa. The regular season trips to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg are receiving increased interest.  The June 23 game is still a little shy of a 36 person bus.  The July 25 game is still shy of a 56 person bus.  The September 27 game is still short of a 36 person bus.

  • Sozo Kids (Dennis Nero) – the donation bucket continues to be set out every meeting and Sozo Kids informational brochures are available.

  • Speakers (Mel Schnabel) – no speakers scheduled.

Old Business

The Memorabilia and Card Show held at Laurel Manor on 2/3/18 was a success.  The Club signed up nine (9) new members.  President Reever recognized the following members for their volunteering to staff the Yankee Club table at the event:

  • Gordon Deans

  • Bill Gerke (thanks for table set up)

  • Ron Majesky

  • George Reever

  • Dave Remmes

  • Mel Schnabel

  • Anthony Scutti

  • Dick Sigston

 

Speakers - Bucky Dent will be unavailable through March.  Mickey Rivers may be available sometime in the future.  The Club has approved spending up to $1,500 for these speakers and it was stressed that funding for speakers (as well as bus trip costs) is dependent on dues paying members.

New Business

President Reever stated that there are currently 340 names on the membership roster.  Of that, 190 have paid dues for 2018.  Not all are unpaid members due to drop outs, etc. but the importance of dues paying members is what the Club operates on:

  • Speakers costs

  • Annual picnic – last year $17 per Club member attending

  • Annual pizza party – about $2 per Club member attending

  • Bus trip funding when necessary

George noted that the Chicago Cubs Club has $15 annual dues and also charges extra for speakers.  The Red Sox Nation and the St. Louis Cardinals Club have similar payment structures.

It is imperative that the Club funding is strong and that only members up to date on dues will be allowed to attend Club meetings and participate in Club functions.

After discussion, the Club was nearly unanimous in backing the dues policy, raising the Club dues to $20, and setting deadlines for purchasing game trip tickets.  However, it was pointed out that the Executive Board will have to prepare resolutions for the Club to vote on in an upcoming meeting.

The schedule for watching regular season Yankee games at Gator’s in Spanish Springs was announced by President Reever:

  • Monday 4/2/18 Tampa Bay - 1:05 PM (Home Opener)

  • Thursday 5/3/18 @ Houston – 2:10 PM

  • Thursday 6/21/18 Seattle - 1:05 PM

  • Wednesday 8/1/18 Baltimore - 1:05 PM

  • Tuesday 9/18/18 Boston - 1:05 PM

Yankee Talk

President Reever led the Club in discussing the Yankees organization especially at Spring Training.

50/50

Joe Kenick conducted the 50/50 drawing.  Four (4) prizes were awarded.

Next meeting date

March 28, 2018

 Submitted March 8, 2018*

 Ron Majesky

Club Secretary

 *Minutes compiled from notes taken by Michael Fisher-Sanders and with verbal recap from President George Reever.

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

January 24, 2018

The meeting was called to order by outgoing President Elliot Schnabel at 7:00 PM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all, followed by a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.

Elliot stated that the Club treasury account was approximately $3200 prior to the meeting.  With the paying of 2018 dues taking place, the account balance would increase accordingly.  The Sozo Kids account was sitting at $239.

The Sports Card and Memorabilia show is being held at Laurel Manor Recreation Center and the Club will again have a table free of charge for membership drive activity.  Eliot requested volunteers for manning the table from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and several members committed to attending the event.

Elliot announced that Mickey Rivers and/or Bucky Dent would probably be available for speaking to the club either in February or March.  The cost would be approximately $1000 to $1500 for each speaker and Elliot asked for a club vote on whether or not to allocate the funds.  A motion was made and carried to spend the money for either or both speakers and a voice vote was taken which approved the expenditure(s).

Elliot talked about his time as Club President and noted some accomplishments such as more than doubling the membership total, the increase in number of guest speakers to visit the meetings, and the establishment of the Sozo Kids fund.  He thanked all the outgoing officers and the core team members that volunteer their services for the club’s operations.  He appreciated all their support during his time as President.

The newly nominated Club Officers slate was presented to President Schnabel by Bill Gerke, Nominating Committee (see attached ballot).  The list was presented to the club and the nominated individuals were approved by acclimation:

President:  George Reever                    Outgoing:  Elliot Schnabel

Vice President:  Kathleen LaMorte     Outgoing:  Mel Schnabel                               

Secretary:  Ron Majesky                        Outgoing:  Michael Fisher-Sandler

Treasurer:  Steve Janssen                      Re-elected

Trustee:  Alison Logie                             Re-elected

 

President Elect Reever spoke to the membership and said he appreciated the support and looked forward to continuing the operation of the club.

Joe Kenick reported that the Club will hold another putting challenge soon and the Palmer Country Club Himalaya green.  The Club will again participate in the All Star Golf Challenge with the other baseball clubs in The Villages.  The Club will also hold its own tournament on one of the Executive courses.  Dates to be announced in the future.

Jim McKenna reported that two (2) buses have been filled to take the Club to Steinbrenner Field on March 13 to see the Detroit Tigers take on our Yankees.  He stressed it is important to get the payments for the trip in as soon as possible to avoid strain on the Club funds due to the outlays that must be made to secure the event.

Jim also discussed possible trips to the Trop in St. Pete to see the Yankees versus the Tampa Bay Rays.  He will propose the following three (3) dates based on the press level seating area to gather interest from the club:

            June 23 – Saturday 4:10 PM start

            July 25 – Wednesday 12:10 start

            September 27 – Thursday 1:10 start

A trip or trips will be finalized depending on Club interest.  Once again the early payment for the tickets and bus is needed.

Elliot asked if there was any discussion on the upcoming season for the Yankees.  The pizzas for the annual party showed up and the discussion was delayed to next meeting.

Joe Kenick conducted the 50/50 drawing.  Four (4) prizes of $50 were awarded.

Next meeting date:  February 28, 2018

 

Submitted January 28, 2018

                        Ron Majesky

                        Club Secretary


Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

November 29, 2017

 

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Elliott Schnabel, President. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a minute of silence to honor veterans and first responders, the familiar “Play Ball” was announced and the meeting officially began.

A  special speaker, Joe Lomascolo, was introduced, a man who was the batting practice pitcher for the Yankees in 1977-1978. 

Joe grew up in the Bronx in the 1950’s, but moved to Largo, Fl in 1970, matriculating at USF where he was a walk-on pitcher for the college team. He later moved back to the Bronx, where a friend from Florida introduced him to Bobby Cox and the Yankees organization. 

He became the batting practice pitcher, mingling with the likes of Bucky Dent, Reggie Jackson, the Mick, the Stick, Billy Martin,  Sparky Lyle and other icons too numerous to mention. His stories amused and captivated all listeners and most of the club were loathe to let him finish talking. 

It is so fortunate that he also coached Alison’s fantasy camp team and that he was so happy to do this favor for her, that of speaking to her club.  Thank you, Joe; and thank you, Alison.

 

Following a break  the committee reports were presented.

  • Nominations – Bill Gerke presented the incomplete slate of officers to be voted in January. The slate included:

    • Kathleen LaMorte (vice president)

    • Steve Janssen (treasurer)

    • Ron Majerski (secretary

    • Alison Logie (member of the board at large)

    •   NOTE: There was no candidate for President 

After much discussion (and anguish), George Reever  volunteered and was given warm and loud applause.  There being no other candidates or volunteers, the slate was accepted unanimously  and will be brought before the club at the January 2019 meeting.

  • Bus Trips -  Jim McKenna discussed potential trips to Tampa for major league games against the Rays, spring training games and Tampa Yankees games in the summer.  Joe Kennick described the successful putting contest at Arnold Palmer      

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no December meeting. The next meeting will be Wednesday,  January 24, 2018 at the Eisenhower Rec Center.  It will be our annual member's only pizza party and Election of Board Officers.

Submitter, Michael Sandler, secretary

Minutes of  The Villages New York Yankees Club

  Oct 25, 2017 

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Elliott Schnabel, President

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for the fallen warriors,the following presentation was made to the Sozo Kids, our selected charity.  Pastor Dave had been delayed in Nepal where he was involved in youth camps and rescuing children from sex trafficking traders.  In his stead, Elizabeth Goodman accepted our $1000 check.

Minutes of the September meeting and the treasurer’s report are on the website

Committee reports:

  • Membership – nothing new to report

  • Nominations – Bill Gerke announced that there were positions filled for secretary, treasurer and member at large. We still need volunteers for President and Vice President. Fortunately, by the end of our meeting, a volunteer stepped up for the vice presidential position.  We still need a president!

You can reach Bill by email at msggerke@aol.com or by phone at
631-433-8575

  • Golf – Joe Kennick announced positions still open for the putting contest at Arnold Palmer’s Himalayan putting green. Information can be found in a prior email by Joe.

  • Bus Trips - Jim McKenna has been contacted concerning open spring training games but is delaying any action until we are sure that we will have a full board to run the club in 2018

There being no old business, we went right to Yankee talk and had the usual spirited discussion

The next meeting will be November 29th at the  Eisenhower Rec Center

 

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club        

Sept. 27, 2017

 

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Mel Schnabel, vice president.

He immediately introduced the speaker for the evening, Anthony Florio.  Mr. Florio had been the Yankees bat boy from 1962-1964. 

He shared wonderful memories and stories of the team during that period and has written a book entitled “The Luckiest Kid in New York".  And well he was the luckiest kid, rubbing elbows and interacting with the likes of Mickey Mantle (his hero), Bobby Richardson, Clete Boyer, Joe Pepitone and Yogi Berra.  For this privilege, he earned $1.25/hour and had moments of looking at God (the first time he saw The Mick on the field). 

His stories brought back memories to all the club members who lived during that era and had the same heroes.  Questions were asked and fully answered; books were sold and there was major fleshing out of all the profiles of NYY players of that day.

Following a 10 minute break, NYY golf towels were handed out by Joe Kennick to members whose golf tournament was rained out, not to be rescheduled until next year.

Both the minutes and treasurer’s reports are on the website.  In addition, we reached the magic $1000 mark for the Sozo kids, to be presented to Pastor Dave as soon as possible, hopefully to allay some of their losses from Hurricane Irma.

 The nominating committee chair, Bill Gerke, announced that there are candidates for secretary (Ron Majesky), treasurer (Steve Janssen) and  Member at large (Alison Logie).  We still need candidates for president and vice president and an appeal was made to the members for folks to volunteer for these positions.

Following "Yankee Talk", Alison presented her terrific trivia, tonight being all about Aaron Judge, our wonderful rookie.  “All rise for the judge” !

Following Alison was the drawing of the 50/50.

The next meeting will be October 25, 2017 at Eisenhower Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

          July 26, 2017      

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Elliott Schnabel, President.

Minutes of the June meeting and the June Treasurer’s report have been posted to the website. 

This month’s Treasurer’s Report:

The treasurer reports that the checking account contains $8430 and the Sozo Kids account contains $714.00.

Five new members were introduced.

Committee reports:

(1)Jim McKenna (in absentia) – tickets are still available for the 9/13 game with Rays

(2)Bill Gerke (in absentia) – there are 3 positions unfilled for the board and volunteers are requested for president, vice president and secretary.  Steve Janssen will continue as treasurer and Alison Logie as member at large

(3)Joe Kenick  – an executive scramble will be held Tues, Sept 14th at Truman. Contact Joe for information

On September 9th all are invited to the Sports Cards and Memorabilia Show at Laurel Manor.

Old Business:

The annual picnic will be held on August 23 at the Sterling Heights recreation center.  It will be catered by MoJo’s Grill (hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. to be grilled on the spot) the meal beginning at 6:15pm. Members are invited to arrive starting at 4PM.  All facilities will be available: pool, shuffleboard, etc. Thus far 86 people are signed up.  For all members who have joined by 6/28, there will be no charge. Significant others will have paid $20 in advance. No money will be collected at the Picnic.

After the break, Yankees Talk and Alison’s Terrific Trivia sparked the usual discussions, although the Yankees Talk could have been more spirited.  Elliott noted that most of that talk seemed to take place before the meetings ever begin and exhorted members to save their comments for the talk itself.

50/50 was announced and the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting is the picnic as noted above

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler,Secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club   

June 28. 2017

 

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7:00PM by Elliott Schnabel, president. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and a moment of silence to honor our fallen heroes, the speaker of the evening was introduced.  Pastor Dave , leader of the Sozo Kids, gave a very inspirational speech.  He and his wife, who co-lead this very large group of desperately poor kids living in the Ocala National Forest, have 12 children, most of whom have been adopted in order to provide them the home, love, clothing, food and education which they could not get in their situation in the forest. 

The Sozo Kids, are children who live in an old hunting camp which has no electricity or running water.  The vast majority of these kids have at least one parent in prison and many of these parents are drug addicted and have succumbed to overdoses.  Preteen pregnancies, some as young as 10, are a huge problem, as is drug addiction and stillborn births. 

The motto “Where there is hopelessness, there is hope” is a riveting credo by which Pastor Dave leads these children.  Education is seen as the way out of this life, with mentoring a large part of the solution.  Pastor Dave depends upon charitable contributions, not just money but also clothing, underwear, “feminine products” and food from Food Banks. A chilling statistic is that there are 7500 people living in these deplorable situations in the forest. 

In the summer Pastor Dave runs a camp; this year there are 1000 kids in the camp; so we know that they will have at least 2 meals a day while in camp.  Just prior to the start of the school year, the kids are all given backpacks and new underwear and shoes and socks, all of which we take for granted. 

To increase the chances of “getting out of the forest,” the kids are taught how to cut grass, trim bushes and trees, and even do pressure washing.  Lawn businesses have been set up, as well as catering services so that there is income which is accrued by the kids themselves.  The government gives NOTHING to the Sozo Kids; and it is essential to keep them off welfare so that they have a sense of self worth. 

There is a dental bus which will provide dental care for the kids.  Major changes have occurred: some of the kids are in college and many are in high school.  Prior to this, education stopped at 3rd grade, if it even went that far. A Little League has been established with several teams, one of which we may well adopt.

To get a tour of their home in the forest, go to the North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake and contact Ken Knight.  Donations can also be dropped there.

Pastor Dave brought 8 kids with him, who waited patiently outside the meeting room until his talk ended.  Then we had the lovely experience of meeting these well attired, well spoken, well mannered teenagers who managed to stay focused despie knowing that Dave was taking them to Sonny’s for bar-b-que afterwards.

Following Pastor Dave and a break for refreshments, we had the usual reports:

(1)Minutes can  be read on the web site

(2)Treasurer’s report : $8618 in checking  account and $654 in the Sozo account

(3)Membership – Vic Composti, chairman, went to the NY Giants meeting and dropped off Yankee Club membership forms. He also brought back Giants membership forms. FYI!

(4)Nominating – volunteers needed for all offices; contact Bill Gerke

(5)Golf – Joe Kennick the “All Star Game,” scheduled for 6/13 was a wash out and is rescheduled for July 13th

(6)Trips – Tampa Yankees on Aug 13 ($55 includes bus, tickets, banquet room, food, drinks)  Contact Jim McKen

Old Business: NONE

New Business: Picnic will be held Aug 23 at Sterling Heights Rec Center. Free to members.  Significant others are welcome, but there is a charge of $20. This will begin at 4:00PM.  We can use all the facilities: pool, bocci court, etc.  Dinner will be served at 6:15PM.   A separate email has already been sent by Elliott Schnabel and you must respond to his email, whereupon an acceptance will be issued.  No acceptance/no response to email/no come to picnic

Yankee Talk was mainly about our recent collapse and was not heartening.

Alison’s Amazing Trivia focused on Edward Charles Ford, aka Whitey and his amazing record

2 new members were introduced to the club and the meeting was then adjourned

The next meeting will be July 26th at Eisenhower at 7PM

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler , secretary

Minutes of The New York Yankees Club    

Meeting  May 24, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Mel Schnabel, vice president.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and a minute of silence for our fallen heroes, the speaker of the evening was introduced. 

Cory Hills is a sports writer and columnist for the Daily Sun.  Having grown up in Iowa, he became a Cubs fan and has remained true to that team.  His weekly column in The Sun deals with varied subjects, but baseball is quite close to his major interest.  He recently (4-5 years ago) became aware of the excellence of the New York Yankees organization and its allegiance to ICE (innovation, community and excellence), making it one of the best organizations in sports. 

He discussed the Baby Bombers and all the excitement which they have brought to baseball this season.  He brought up the fact that the face of baseball for 20 years, Derek Jeter, is gone and that now there are many, many faces which are appearing, none of whom will ever be a Jeter but all of whom add many dimensions to the game and to the lure of the fans.  He took questions and remained at the meeting until the very end.

Committee Reports:

(1) Joe Kennick talked about the golf outing scheduled for June 13 and noted that we were fully signed up;

(2) Jim McKenna noted that there are 3 night games in September, to which a handful of people nodded positively.  There were far more hands lifted at the thought of Tampa Yankees games and Jim is looking into that venue’

Minutes of the last meeting are on the website.  Treasurer’s report:  checking account $8832 and Sozo kids account $526.02

Old Business:

(1) Picnic at Sterling Heights rec center on St Charles on Wednesday August 23rd, for which we will need a head count by July 26th.  This will be catered and free to members.  This rec center has a pool, so bring your Speedos!!

(2)Nominating committee is headed by Bill Gerke and volunteers for all board positions are needed 

(3) November meeting is Nov 29th, the week AFTER Thanksgiving

(4)No meeting in December

(5)Jan pizza party and board elections

(6)Games at Gators Dockside July 5, August 2 and August 30

Following a report by Russ Dimidio on the Number 2/Jeter retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium, a real double header, was given with video highlights of Jeter plays

Following Yankees Talk and Alison’s Terrific Trivia (all about Jeter) we had our 50/50 and then dismissal

The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages NY Yankees Club meeting

      April26, 2017      

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7PM by Elliott Schnabel, President. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for our fallen heroes, Mel Schnabel introduced the evening’s speaker.

Bill Hodges is presently the coach of The Villages High School girls’ basketball team.  In the past, when we were all much younger, he coached Larry Bird at Indiana State University.  He also coached at Tennessee State for 30 years until he landed in The Villages.  Although most of us NY Yankees fan are woefully ignorant of high school girls’ basketball, this man is (according to my son who immediately knew Hodges last name before I could complete what I was saying), a legend in the high school girls world.  He even taught history at Roanoke, VA high school while he coached those girls to success.  His speech was filled with much basketball talk; even mentioning that he had rented a room in his basement to Larry Bird when he first recruited him to Indiana State.  That room cost Larry $5 a week.  Despite our lack of knowledge, we all managed to learn a great deal more than we had ever known.  Bill donates all the money from his speeches to his team here.  We thank him for an interesting evening

Elliott introduced the 9 new members of the club, most of whom were from the NYC area.

Minutes from the March meeting and the treasurer’s report can be found on the website.  As of this date, we have $409 in our Sozo kids’ bank account not including the money collected this evening.

Committee Reports:

(1)Vic Composti  has calls into the Vietnam Vets Club and the Mets Club for future additions to our club

(2)Bill Gerke is the chairman of the nomination committee, which will give their report at the September meeting.  Anyone wishing to join the committee should contact Bill

(3)Joe Kennick: the putting contest was successful and 3 people took home some cash for their efforts.  The All Star challenge in June already has 24 people signed up, but we can always use people on the waiting list

(4)Jim McKenna: there are 49 people going to the May 21 game at The Trop and 7 seats are left to be filled.  Jim is looking into High A games at Steinbrenner Field and will let us know  what can be arranged

Dick Sigston has arranged for an interview by The Village News.com, details to follow

Following Yankees talk (pretty exciting with Judge hitting home runs “right and left”), Alison’s Terrific Trivia and the 50/50, the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 24th at Eisenhower Rec Center.  The speaker will be Cody Hills of the Daily Sun

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary


Minutes of The VillagesNew York Yankees Club

        March 22, 2017 

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Elliott Schnable, President.

Following the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence in honor and memory of our fallen heroes and our brave first responders, the secretary’s report of the last meeting was amended to read $150 total donation to the SoZo kids from the raffle held one month ago. The treasurer’s report for last month revealed a bank balance of $7708.

Committee reports:

(1)Vic Composti announced 5 new members at this meeting and his active enlisting of new members via other sources, such as visits to other NY state clubs.

(2)Joe Kennick -  golf committee – 2 upcoming events: a putting contest at Palmer Himalyan course on 3/30/17 with spots open for interested participants and an “all star golf tournament” involving other clubs on a date to be determined at Palmer,  this being a 9 hole scramble.

(3)Jim McKenna – outings and games: the spring training game on 3/24/17 is sold out, as is the opening day game at the Rays on 4/2/17.  The Lamers bus will leave from Walmart on rte 466 at 9:45am both days.  The bus will be parked to the right of Walmart, next to a retention pond and boarding begins at 9:30am.  The only future day game at Tropicana Field is on 5/21/17 and all September games will be at 7pm.

(4)Dick Sigston – publicity – We have been in the Daily Sun twice since Dick took over the reins, once in an article about the Red Sox and another article in which Elliott was interviewed for the paper.  He proposed our taking a group picture in front (or side) of the bus on 3/24 and 4/2, to be sent to the Daily Sun for publishing      

 

Old Business:

The Sozo Kids charity, which was unanimously accepted during the last meeting, now has its own NYY Club bank account, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Sozo Kids.   Thus far it has $150 from the last month’s raffle. Because there are many aspects to this charity, Elliott asked for volunteers to be on a committee.  A lengthy discussion ensues and the upshot was that 3 people volunteered to collect moneys at each meeting for this endeavor.  We will provide a “bucket” for members to “drop in their change” when they arrive for each meeting.  To start this off, a NYY hat was passed and $153 were collected, which will be deposited in the aforementioned bank account and then disbursed to the kids.  We will also contact Pastor David to come talk to us about the kids and, hopefully, to arrange a tour for interested members.

Gators Dockside Games:

We will meet in Spanish Springs for the following games on tv, beginning at 1:05pm: (1) April 10th , opening day at Yankee Stadium against Toronto, (2) July 5th against Toronto (3) August 2nd against Detroit and (4) August 30th against Cleveland.

Golf Committee:

Joe Kennick has formed a new golf committee and Chris Simeti has volunteered for it.  Thank you, Chris

Following a 10 minute break, we had our Yankee Talk and the Alison’s Terrific Trivia.  Prior to ending the meeting, we had our 50/50 draw; Becky Garrett graciously turned her $40 winnings back to the club for the Sozo kids.

 

The next meeting will be on April 26, 2017 at 7pm at Eisenhower Rec Center

Respectfully submitted,  Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages NYY Club  

February 27, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Elliott Schnable, president.

Pledge of allegiance, and then a moment of silence for all our fallen warriors and police/firemen, was followed by an announcement of the death of Rose Trippodo, a life long Yankees fan.

New members, all 7 of them, were introduced and gave very brief Yankee-related biographies of their own memories. One of these new members came to the USA in 1948,landing and staying in Boston, but became a Yankees fan because of all the Italians on the team (wow).

Minutes of the last meeting and current report of the treasurer can be found on the website. 

Committee chairpeople were announced:

   Membership – Vic Composti

   Website – Dianne Davidoff

   Golf Outings – Joe Kennick :: he announced an “All Star Challenge”at Palmer sometime in June, involving other clubs (Red Sox,Mets,Cards,Orioles,KC) and a total of 10 players from each club.  This will be a scramble format.  More to be sent out by Joe in the near future

   Yankees games/outing – Jim McKenna.  Jim didscussed the upcoming March 24 trip to Steinbrenner Field and the April 2nd opening day game against the Rays. Money must be sent 2 weeks prior to the games, and there are no refunds. There are 2 busses going to the opening day; if there are cancellations, Jim will send out an email.  He also brought up the High A Tampa Yankees games at Steinbrenner during the summer; these will be arranged.  And, 4 games will be available at Gators Dockside in Spanish Springs, the details of which will be forthcoming.

   Publicity – Dick Sigston    He has already had news/ features about the club published in the Daily Sun.  And he is doing a great job thus far, to be followed by even more.

Old Business – none

New Business:

(1)Mel Schnabel announced that, on Wed, March 8 at Eisenhower Rec Center, there will be a benefit for The Women’s Sports Museum in Tampa. This will include a film on the Ladies League during WW II, featuring (both on film and live) our own Dolly. Tickets are $1.00

(2)At a recent Exec Board meeting, there was talk about an official charity of the club.  Alison Logy postulated the Sozo Kids of the villages, a group of many kids living in the Ocala Forest,many without running water or electricity or even adequate clothing, not to mention adequate food.  $25  per month per kid would provide backpacks for school, food , underwear,clothing,etc. For those who are curious: Sozo is a Greek word for rescue/save/heal.  There is a Camp Sozo for these children, where they get 3 meals a day, a chance to play and swim and hike, etc., something which they never get in the forest. A motion was made to adopt these kids and was unanimously passed by vocal accord.  We also will arrange to have Pastor Dave,whose ministry runs the organization, to give a presentation to our club. 

(3)Thereafter 2 baseballs, signed by members of theNYY team and bought/then donated by Alison Logy, were raffled.  The total “take”of $105.00 will be donated to Sozo Kids.

Yankee talk followed with spirited discussions and then Alison’s Terrific Trivia which continued to stump many of us in the audience (we do learn a lot from all of Alison’s research)

The next meeting, and all those hencefore unless officially announced, will be the 4th Wednesday of the month (ergo, Wed March 22nd) at the Eisenhower Rec Center on Buena Vista Blvd, south of 466A

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary

Minutes of the New York Yankees Club of The Villages meeting

         January 25, 2017

This was our annual pizza party meeting, catered by New York Pizza and free to all paid up members. 

The meeting was called to order by Elliott Schnabel, president,at 7pm (after the pizza had been delivered). 

Elliot noted that a long article in The Villages Daily News had been published about the women’s fantasy camp of the Red Sox. There was one mention of our Yankees women’s camp, a one sentence blurb.  This pointed out how little publicity we get from this  newspaper as compared to Red Sox Nation.  Obviously, we need volunteers and committees chaired by enthusiastic people.  Elliot asked for a Publicity Committee and for a volunteer chair.  Dick Sigston stepped forward!  Next was a request for a Membership Committee and a chair.  Joe Barbenti stepped up.  We thank Dick and Joe and hope that other members will join them in their end

Next in the volunteer vein was a request for someone to step up for the Sports Card Show on 1/28/27. Anthony Scutti volunteered for which  we thank him.

THEN CAME THE PIZZA – at least 2 large slices apiece.  This was thoroughly enjoyed by all

Jim McKenna announced two spring training games at Steinbrenner Field: Feb 26 against the Blue Jays and March 18 against the Orioles, both day games.  More to follow from Jim by email.

The next meeting will be held at Alemanda on February 22.  Thereafter all meetings will be at Eisenhower on the 4th Wed of each month

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages NY Yankees Club – Oct. 24,2016

The meeting, which was held at FishHawk Rec Center, was called to order promptly at  7:00PM

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, President Elliott Schnabel gave welcoming remarks, laced, as usual, with humor. Minutes of the last formal meeting can be found on the website.  The treasurer reported a balance of $7049.80.

This was followed by introduction of the night’s speaker, Jerry E deCastillo, whose multifaceted past in sports broadcasting, included being the moderator of sports TV show in Miami in 1996, followed by being Spanish colorman for University of Miami and Spanish play by play announcer for FAI.  At present he is the weatherman for WVLG (649 on your am dial) 3 days a week.  Jerry is an avid Yankees fan and his talk included much banter back and forth between him and the audience.  We discussed future trades, call ups, losses of personnel, needs for the team (PITCHERS - both starting and bullpen).  The discussion was very spirited and, if you missed it, you missed a wonderful meeting!  

Committee Reports:

Jim McKenna discussed future games with Tampa and the opening day of the season (Sunday April 2, 2017) which may be a day game starting at either 1 or 4 P.M. Although we wait for more details, Jim suggested that those interested in going to the game get their name on a list NOW!  Please contact Jim if you are interested in attending. Jim also mentioned spring training games, but awaits the schedule on these as well as on Tampa vs Yankees games in the summer.

 Joe Kenick discussed our outings with other clubs, those being 9 hole scrambles, and perhaps future plans including not only scrambles but also putting contests on the Arnold Palmer Himalayan putting green.

New Business:

Most importantly, the club has outgrown Allemanda.  However we have been able to  procure The Eisenhower Recreation Center’s General Bradley Room.

Thereforebeginning Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 we will meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month (Mondays were not available) at  Eisenhower which is located at 3576 Buena Vista Boulevard. 

The meeting ended with (1) Yankees talk, which turned out to be a lively continuation of Jerry’s talk, (2) Alison’s Terrific Trivia and (3) 50/50S

The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Allemanda

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages NY Yankees Club meeting

September 26,2016

No minutes were taken at the last meeting which was our picnic/bar-b-que.  Suffice it to say that it was enjoyed immeasurably by all who were there, especially after the long-delayed food arrived.  While we waited, Alison did a trivia-type  impromptu program which was both amusing and informative.

Minutes of The Villages NY Yankees Club meeting

August 22,2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Elliott Schnabel, president.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence was held for the military and police/fire department heroes.

Both the minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report are available on our web site. These were both accepted by voice acclaim.

Next Mel Schnabel, vice president, introduced the speaker, Roger Holt of Fruitland Park, FL.  Mr Park was a member of the Yankees farm clubs and the major league team.  He played for both the Yankees and Texas.  He regaled us with stories mostly from his minor league experiences, detailing the many “legendary” players and managers with whom he came into contact.  He originally played shortstop, but was switched to 2nd base; he originally was a left handed batter but learned to switch hit, a skill which greatly increased his worth as a player.  He played with and for the likes of Buck Showalter, Reggie Jackson, Stump Merrill, Dave Righetti, Don Mattingly and the list goes on.  He took a multitude of questions and ended by saying  “You cannot  play forever, but you can stay as involved as you wish for as long as you wish,” even after retirement.  We thank him for his entertaining speech.

Committee Reports by both Jim McKenna and Joe Kennick were given.  The underlying, and even overlying, stress was on the lack of willingness to participate and to do much more than has been in evidence.  We have a golf tournament with the St Louis fans and, as usual, Joe had to enlist people actively to fill the 18 spots.  He did succeed.  Jim, however, had not been able to fill the seats for the Tampa game on Septl 21si, resulting in the Tampa organization stating that our downpayment would not be returned.  He gave an impassioned plea for people to attend the game (as of this writing, there are only 3 seats left to be filled ----- so Jim’s plea, as well as Elliott’s, has been heard and fulfilled: THANK YOU YANKES FANS)

Old business: the bar-b-que is on Sept. 26th at Allemanda, beginning at 3PM when we can use all the facilities (pool, shuffleboard, etc) and food, catered by I Bar-B-Que of Fruitland Park, will be served after 5PM.

There being no New Business, we went directly to “This Month in Yankees History,” Yankees talk and then (Alison away in the northeast) Mel’s Marvelous Trivia (I will not go into any detail at all about this).  Following the 50/50, the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be the bar-b-que on September 26th.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary.

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

July 25, 2016

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7PM by Elliott Schnabel, president.

Following the pledge of allegiance, the membership was directed to the web site for the minutes of the preceding meeting as well as the treasurer’s report (balance $6000).

Committee chair Joe Kennick discussed the 8/10/16 golf game with the Mets Club at Cane Garden, beginning at 5:30PM.  Two alternate golfers were needed and volunteers were sought/received. 

Committee chair Jim McKenna discussed details for those gong to the 7/31/16 game at The Trop against the Rays (meet at Walmart on route 466 at 9:30am). The next game at the Trop will be a night game on 9/21/16.  Further details to follow.  VP Mel Schnabel has procured Rich Holt of Fruitland Park for the August meeting; he played all of 2 games for the Yanks in the 1980’s

There was no old business to discuss.

New Business:

(1) our annual picnic will be 9/26/16 at Allemanda, to be catered by IBarBQ for a price of $15 per person.  Members will have their meals paid from the treasury; guests will be charged $15, prepaid. Firm acceptances will be required, as well as guest names and $15, at the August meeting.  There will be use of the pool and other facilities.  

(2)Our Gators Dockside foray, the last of the season, will be August 17th and hopefully will be well attended.

Prior to the break, we had our Yankee Talk during which we noted all the great memories of July for the Yanks over the years.  These ranged from birth of The Boss on 7/4/30 to Babe’s home run at the Stadium in 1934 to Gehrig’s last day in 1939 and onward to Jeter’s 3000th hit (new stadium, a homer) in 2011.  We reveled in all the occasions for July from 1930 to 2016; many more will come.

After the break, there was a continuation of Yankee talk, although we were uncommonly quiet, having already talked prior to the break..AND then there was Alison’s Trivia, this month being general trivia about the NYY. 

After the 50/50, the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be August 22nd AT FISH HAWK REC CENTER on Buttonwood Street.  

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

       June 27, 2016

 The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Elliot Schnabel, president.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, notice was given that both the minutes from the May meeting and the treasurer’s report were posted on the website for all to read.

Committee reports: (1) Jim McKenna (given by Dick Wilson): the small Lamers bus for the July 31 gane has been sold out and the meeting place will be Walmart parking lot. (2) Joe Kennick report that the golf tournament against the Red Sox was a success although we lost by 4 points (there is always next year!).  A golf match against the Mets club will be August 10 (call Joe to sign up) and a match against the St Louis club is being sought for September.

New members were introduced and a framed picture of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig from  1927 was put on display.

There was no new or old business.

The next two games to be watched at Gators in Spanish Springs will be July 21 against Baltimore and August 17 against Toronto.

Yankee talk followed and was its usual sprightly, amusing, typically New York self.  Much to do was made about pitchers, potential trades (those we would like to see) and the lack of offense.  This was followed by Allison’s Terrific Trivia, which also included a report of the prospects in the minor leagues.  It seems that we have many quite good players in our minor league teams up to and including Scranton-WilkesBarre. This was followed by the 50/50.

Our next “outing/picnic” will be held in September.  Our next regular meeting will be held July 25 at Allemanda Rec Center.

One addendum: Yankee Beat from The Villages will be in the offing, to be shown on the internet.  More information will follow when the plans have been firmed up

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

       May 23, 2016

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7:00 PM by Elliot Schnabel, president.

Following his opening remarks and the pledge of allegiance, Elliott called upon a member who provided information about free tickets for veterans as well as free/lower priced tickets for people other than veterans on Mondays.

Major congratulations were given to the Yankees after their sweep of the A’s and a 5 game winning streak,heretofore not present this year.  Following this “celebration,” Elliott introduced Gregg Malanczuk of the internet show “Shouts from the bench.”  We  have been invited to join the show once a week at Gators Dockside in Brownwood, where we will have 2 hour show called (?) “All the Yankees All The Time.”  Shows will include board members and club members discussing the Yankees AND  a segment of Alison’s Trivia.  The membership was very enthusiastic about this endeavor, especially since it can be posted on our own website to be viewed  by Villagers on their computers wherever they are.

Minutes which have not made it to the website for 2 months will once again appear on said website (as soon as I post them ---- don’t hold your breath too long)

Treasurers report is, indeed, on the website and soon will reflect the monies h eld until the trip to Tampa on May 29th.

Jim McKenna gave a report of the problems Lamars bus company has had I n re picking us up and dropping us off for games at The Trop.  Lamars will be negotiating with the developers of The Villages, who have created their own bus company and have denied all others access to Villages property.  Until this is settled, we will be picked up and dropped off at Walmarts on 466.

Joe Kennick discussed the golf outing against “Red Sox Nation” on June 23 at Arnold Palmer course.  Another golf outing (against The Mets)  is tentatively in August. Joe will post more about this with an email to all members.

New members, as of tonight, were introduced.  Alison’s Trivia followed with little known (and some well known) facts about Mickey Mantle; as usual, this was the high point of the meeting.  Following the 50-50, the meeting was adjourned.

I neglected to mention that earlier in the meeting we had a very spirited and prolonged Yankees talk.

The next meeting will be held on June 27, 2016 at the Allamanda Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted by Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary.


Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

       April 27, 2016

 

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Mel Schnabel, vice president.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, he announced that Elliott Schnabel, president, could not attend tonight’s meeting. Mel’s opening remarks included (1) the last 2 meetings were not only well attended but resulted in many new members, in large part due to the speakers, Mickey Rivers and Ron Bloomberg; (2)Opening day “event” at Gator’s Dockside was well attended by 35+/- members.

There were no minutes taken at the March meeting, the secretary being out of the country and Mel having to take over at the last minute.  But Ron Bloomberg more than made up for this.

Treasurer’s report: $4400 in the bank at present, to be joined by $4600 more which have been held “in escrow” until the Yankees-Rays game on May 29.

Jim McKenna’s report: (1) May 29 game sold out, (2)game to be scheduled include July 31, (3) Tampa Yankees farmclub games will be scheduled in July and August at Steinbrenner Field.  Emails will be sent with details.

Old Business: a motion was made to change this from “Old” business to some less flattering name.  The motion was laughed down.

A spirited Yankees Talk was led by Mel, including many topics from what is good and what is bad, the need for patience (perhaps for several years), announcement of the coming Wooden Bat series in The Villages (involves student athletes from all over Florida).

The meeting concluded, as always, with Alison’s Trivia.  She reported on the various upcoming and promising minor leaguers, many of whom play on the Tampa Yankees High A team.  Then she went on to Red Sox trivia, more specifically “The Boston Massacre”  This was the most spirited part of the evening.

The meeting was adjourned by 8:00 pm. 

The next meeting will be held at  Allemanda Rec Center on May 23.

Respectfully submitted by Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

   Jan. 25, 2015

The meeting was brought to order promptly at 7:00PM by Tony Magnanti,  President.  Following the pledge of allegiance, the election for new officers was held.  All were approved by voice vote.

The 2016-2018 Board is as follows:

    President:                 Elliot Schnabel   

    Vice President:         Mel Schnabel

    Secretary:                 Michael Sandler

    Treasurer:                 Steve Janssen

    Trustee at Large:      Allison Logie

New Business:

(1)Six new members were introduced.  This did not include any new members joining at this meeting. This brings our membership to 220.

(2)A discussion ensued concerning our support of the Bellevue baseball team.  It was decided that the coach would be invited to address the club.

(3)A discussion of establishing a Twitter account for the club resulted in our decision to investigate further and then to appoint a manger of said account.  The reason for the account is to grow the membership as well as to provide a means of staying connected between meetings

(4)An announcement of a benefit for Operation Shoebox on Feb 12, 2016 at Lake Miona from 6-9 PM was made. Our support would simply involve buying $10 tickets individually.

(5)Jim McKenna announced future spring training, regular season games (at The Trop) and minor league games at Steinbrenner Field. He will post the games on our website for our consideration and buying tickets

(6)Joe Kennick talked about  future golf outings (June with Red Sox Nation; July with Mets club; and August with Pittsburg club)  Details will follow when timely

(7)The 50/50 winners were drawn

(8)A “teaser” announcement was made of a potential talk by a Yankee legend (NOT DJ).  No name was given.  Nonetheless, a vote to allot $1000 as a speaker’s fee was taken and passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8PM when the pizza and drinks arrived.

The next meeting will be February 22, 2016 at Allamanda Rec Center.                

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

        Nov 23, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Tony Magnanti, President.

Following the pledge of allegiance to The Flag, Tony asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of those killed in Paris, France recently.

Our special guest speaker was, once again, Dolly Niemiec Konowski.  She continued where she left off last time with stories about her days as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.  In addition to a question and answer period, she brought a DVD of an old time Movietone News (remember those at the movies on Saturday afternoon?) segment narrated by Mel Allen in which two of the girls teams were highlighted.

Minutes are available on the website.

Treasurer’s report: ($8304.02 in the bank)

Committee reports:  Nominating committee report was given by Bill Gerke.  The following were nominated:  Elliott Schnabel for President, Mel Schnabel for Vice-President, Steve Janssen for Treasurer and Michael Sandler-Fisher for Secretary.

Old business:  None

New Business:  We received several letters from area schools (Belleview and Wildwood) for support of various activities.  After much discussion the issue was tabled until next meeting when we may make a decision on adopting a charitable organization. (Please review the letters on the CLUB NEWS tab and either be prepared to voice your opinion at the next meeting or send your opinion to the club e-mail at TVYanksClub@gmail.com )

Yankee Talk:  There was lots of talk about what next year’s team should look like and many suggestions for trades.  Unfortunately the NY Yankees won’t be seeking our advice.

Alison’s Trivia:  As usual Alison did a good job stumping the members.

50/50 drawing was held awarding three $25 prizes. 

The  next meeting will be held Monday, January 25, 2016, 7 p.m., at the Allemanda Recreation Center.  Election of officers will be held and the annual pizza party will take place.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Fulco,  acting Secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

Oct. 26, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Tony Magnanti, President.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance to The Flag, Tony announced that there would be no speaker tonight, our fellow (honorary) member and friend, Dolly, not being able to attend.  She will, however, return in a month or so to regale us with her stories.

Minutes are available on the website; treasurer’s report, in Steve’s absence, was brief and to the point ($8470 in the bank); Joe Kenick reported on the golf game with the Mets club (“great time was had by all but we lost, 5-4”)’ and Jim McKenna reported “progress” (whatever that means; he did not go further!)

An election committee has been formed at the behest of Tony Magnanti.  It is comprised of Alison Logie, Elliott Schnabel, Joe Kennick and Bill Gurke.  Elliott announced that the committee is taking names of people who want to be on the slate of candidates; he can be reached at 516-236-6092.  We need candidates for all spots.  The slate will be announced at the November meeting and the duties of all officials will be defined.  The election will take place at the January meeting.  

Old business: Stu Saks of card show fame was asked by a representative of the upcoming high school basketball tournament (at The Villages Charter School) for an ad to be placed in the program.  $250 was allotted for said ad.

We then had :

(1)  Yankee talk with all our members, stressing possible trades and potential rookies to come from our farm sysem.  Nothing was settled and so Brian Cashman and his crew will have to wait for our informed, intelligent pronouncements.

(2)  Alison’s trivia, this time on NYY World Series facts, wasagain comprehensive and informative.

The  next meeting will be held Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Allemanda Rec Center

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary


MINUTES OF THE VILLAGES NEW YORK YANKEES CLUB  

SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Tony Magnanti, President.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, a tribute to Yogi (Lawrence Peter) Berra was given by Phil Fulco, vice president.

Immediately thereafter, the speaker was introduced.  Jack Hayes, author of several baseball books including Baseball’s Finest Moment, began his “baseball” career as the batboy for the Washington Senators. 

His first day as the visitors batboy  was April 16, 1953, a day memorialized by Mickey Mantle’s homer which actually left the stadium, the first such homer.

Jack had many, many stories because of his visitor’s bat boy status.  Stories included vignettes about Yogi, Mickey, Hank Bauer (who gave Jack a glove to shag balls in the outfield), Scooter and “the splendid splinter.”  He rubbed elbows with Jimmy Piersall, Whitey and other famous players from “all those visiting teams.” 

Jack captivated the audience and would have gone on for hours, but his wife decided when the end would be.  As Yogi would have said, “It  ain’t over til it’s over” and Jack’s wife  decided when it was over. 

He brought copies of his books and stayed throughout much of the meeting, talking with the members and selling books.

Old Business:

Minutes from the last official meeting are on the website.

The treasury continues to be healthy.

 Joe Kenick discussed the golf game on 9/29 against the Mets club that would be held at Cane Garden at 5:00pm (weather permitting).

The August picnic was a success and will be repeated in the future.

The September 16th game at The Trop was also a great time had by all

New Business:

Elections for a new Board will be held in January 2016. 

The President has placed the following members on the Nominating Committee: Alison Logie, Joe Kenick, Elliott Schnabel and Bill Gerke.  Tony reaffirmed that (1) if nominated, he will not run and (2) if elected he will not serve!!

Team Talk:

Following much discussion about this year’s team and the manager and the players,  the game was called ---over when it’s over!

Trivia:

Alison’s trivia  was all about Yogi with a myriad of facts, some of which we actually did  not know, and many of his sayings, all of which we loved. 

R.I.P. Yogi

The next meeting will be held Monday, October 26th at Allamanda Rec Center

Respectfully submitted, Michael Sandler, secretary            

MINUTES OF THE VILLAGES NEW YORK YANKEES CLUB  

JULY 27, 2015

The meeting was called  to order at 7PM by Tony Magnanti, President.

Old Business:

At the June meeting, a by laws proposal was made to change the dues structure of the club.  The membership voted to accept the change by a unanimous hand vote.  The change is as follows:    

Section 3.   Membership is limited to residents of The Villages. Payment of dues qualifies residents for membership. Annual membership dues will be assessed and collected at the January meeting. Residents joining the Club during September, October and November will cover only the remaining months of the current year, at a reduced rate. Dues for new members who join at other times during the year (January through August) will be assessed at the same level as the annual dues.Nonpayment of dues prohibits participation in any Club functions.

Persons joining for the first time from January through August will pay $20 for that initial year, then $10 annually upon renewing.

Treasurer’s report:

From a balance of $8442.64 in June, our annual $20.90 fee was paid for our website.

Minutes of the June meeting are posted on the website and thus were not read at the meeting.

New Business:  

The board had, at its recent meeting (pursuant to a suggestion by Alison Logie), decided to investigate the possibility of a picnic in August in lieu of the regular meeting.  This suggestion was met with wildly affirmative acclaim by the members, especially when Tony Magnanti suggested that the club provide the culinary fare.  Members who wish to bring non-member spouses or significant others will pay for food.  Tony will investigate the availability of Allamanda for this picnic.

Committee reports: 

(1) Jim McKenna announced seats still available for the 9/16   against the Rays in Tampa; 

(2) Joe Kenick discussed the Red Sox-Yanks golf match and brought up a rematch (which would probably be a tie, as predetermine by both teams!!); Mel Schnabel discussed future speakers, including “Our Dolly” in October.

After an enthusiastic and very vocal discussion of our Yankees at this point in the season, Alison Logie presented her Hall of Fame Trivia.  As usual, she stumped us all, Thank you, Alison.

Door prizes of items received from the New York Yankees home office were presented to the membership. 

The next regular meeting will be September 28th.  In the meantime, see you all at the picnic on August 24th at the Allamanda Rec Center.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, Secretary 

MINUTES OF THE VILLAGES NEW YORK YANKEES CLUB

JUNE 22, 2015

(The May meeting was cancelled due to the Memorial Day Holiday)

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7PM BY PHIL FULCO, VICE PRESIDENT

OPENING REMARKS:

A NEW DUES STRUCTURE IS BEING PLANNED.  A NEW PAYMENT SCHEDULE IS BEING DISCUSSED BY THE BOARD. THE FIRST PAYMENT OF ANY MEMBER IS TO BE $20, THEREAFTER TO BE $10 ANNUALLY.  COUPLES WILL HAVE AN INITIAL $40 PAYMENT AND THEN $20 PER ANNUM THEREAFTER.  THIS IS TO INCOURAGE MEMBERS TO RENEW ANNUALLY.  A FINAL DECISION WILL BE MADE AT THE NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.  ANY AND ALL SUGGESTIONS BY THE MEMBERS WILL BE ENTERTAINED AND SHOULD BE SENT TO THE CLUB VIA EMAIL.

 TREASURER'S REPORT:

STEVE JANSSEN, TREASURER REPORTED A BALANCE OF $8,860.00 AFTER PAYMENTS FOR THE RED SOX-YANKEES GOLF TOURNAMENT ($262) AND A $400 DONATION TO THE ALS FOUNDATION.

MINUTES OF APRIL MEETING  ARE ON THE CLUB WEBSITE.

COMMITTEES:

YANKEE GAMES:

NEXT TROPICANA FIELD GAME WITH THE RAYS: SEPT 16.  CONTACT JIM MCKENNA FOR TICKETS.

NEXT GAME AT GATORS IS JULY 9 AT 1PM.

YANKEES-RED SOX GOLF GAME:

JOE KENICK GAVE A SUMMARY OF THE GAME WHICH ENDED IN A PLANNED TIE.  THEY WILL SEE ABOUT ANOTHER EVENT EITHER IN SEPTEMBER OR NEXT YEAR.

LADY LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE:

REPORT BY ALISON LOGIE CONCERNING THE LADY LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM.  ALISON DID HER DUE DILIGENCE, CONTACTED THE MANAGER ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS, WENT TO 2 GAMES (ONE OF WHICH WAS CANCELLED WITHOUT HER HAVING BEEN ADVISED) AND WAS GENERALLY IGNORED. DESPITE HER BEST EFFORTS, IT APPEARS THAT THIS TEAM IS NOT PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN OUR PARTICIPATION, NO MATTER WHAT IT COULD BE.  THEREFORE, WE MAY LOOK FOR ANOTHER TEAM IN THE AREA WHICH WE COULD SPONSOR.  ANYONE INTERESTED IN ASSSTING ALISON CAN EMAIL HER. THANK YOU, ALISON

OLD BUSINESS:  NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED BY-LAW AMEMDMENT WAS PRESENTED.  IT WILL BE DISCUSSED AND VOTED UPON AT THE JULY MEETING:

Change Section 3.

  1. Membership is limited to residents of The Villages. Payment of dues qualifies residents for membership. Annual membership dues will be assessed and collected at the January meeting. As an incentive for seasonal residents of the Villages, the dues for new members joining the Club between September and January will cover not only the remaining months of the current year but also the subsequent year. Otherwise dues for new members who join at other times during the year (February through August) will be assessed at the same level as the annual dues. Nonpayment of dues prohibits participation in any Club functions.

 

To read:

3.  Membership is limited to residents of The Villages. Payment of dues qualifies residents for membership. Annual membership dues will be assessed and collected at the January meeting. Residents joining the Club during September, October and November will cover only the remaining months of the current year, at a reduced rate. Dues for new members who join at other times during the year (January through August) will be assessed at the same level as the annual dues. Nonpayment of dues prohibits participation in any Club functions.

 

THE REMAINDER OF THE MEETING WAS DEVOTED TO YANKEES TALK (OF COURSE THERE WAS CONTROVERSY AS OUR CLUB IS QUITE GOOD AT THAT!!) FOLLOWED BY ALISON’S TERIFFIC TRIVIA AND THE 50/50 DRAWING.

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE JULY 22, 2015 AT ALLEMANDA REC CENTER

 RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED, MICHAEL FISHER SANDLER, SECRETARY

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

 April 27, 2015

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by Tony Magnanti, president.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the president made some opening remarks followed by the introduction of our guest speaker to a once again full house.

George Yankowski,  is a 93 year old former professional baseball player, who barnstormed in the 1940’s with a team managed by Babe Ruth, shared many memories with us.  He played for the Connie Mack led Philadelphia Athletics in the late 40’s.  Born in Watertown, Mass., he was and is a Red Sox fan (but he wore the Yankees hat we gave him on his last visit in January).  He began his baseball career as a 10 year old who had never seen a ball or bat, but who hit it out of the park on his first attempt!.  In high school he failed to make the JV team, but at 16 years old, he played in a college league, attaining All Star status.  He later attended Fordham University and by the age of 19 was a professional.  He played against such legends as Stan Musial and Ted Williams, as well as Red Ruffing and even Joe DiMaggio.  George served in the infantry in WWII and told stories of his experiences in the military.  Including how he started out to train as a pilot and ended up being a sniper. He recently was awarded the French Legion of Honor.  He finished with baseball stories from after the war and then answered members’ questions.

Treasurer reported a bank balance of $5,603 as of April 23rd.

Committees:

Trip chairman, Jim McKenna reported on the recent trips to spring training and regular season games.  Next scheduled game trip vs the Tampa Bay Rays is Sept.16th.  It is a night game.

Joe Kenick reported on the Red Sox Nation’s challenge to a golf match on June 9th. The match is at Arnold Palmer golf course at 5 p.m.  Joe still needs a couple of substitute players.  Contact him for details.

Old Business:

We need someone to take up the position of Lady Lake Little League liaison and establish a better relationship with the Little League Yankees team we sponsor.  Contact President Tony Magnanti.

New Business:

The possibility of reducing the annual club dues for next year was discussed. A proposed annual auction of Yankee memorabilia items, donated by members was discussed.  There will be no monthly meeting in May as the date falls on Memorial Day.  However, we will be attending the game at Gator’s Dockside in Spanish Springs that day.  Game time is 1:00 p.m.

Yankee Talk:

Discussion of the state of the team, i.e.,  pitching, fielding, hitting and of course A-Rod.  Things appear to be looking good, and we’re in 1st place! 

Alison’s Terrific Trivia:

As usual, was a hit and stumped the members several times.

There were three 50/50 prizes of $45 each.

Next meeting will be at Allemanda Recreation Center on June 22, 2015.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Phil Fulco, acting secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

  March 23, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by Tony Magnanti, president. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the following general announcements were made:

(1)The speaker for the evening, George Yankowsky, is ill and has been rescheduled to next month

(2)Games will be viewed by the club monthly at Gator’s Dockside in Spanish Springs, the first being April 6th (home opening day).  All games (see  website) are at 1:00PM except for the September game against the Red Sox at 4:15PM

(3)Treasurer’s report: $5672 in treasury at present

(4)Larry Bower gave the report of the annual audit: “the checkbook is balanced”

(5)Jim McKenna spoke about the game trips planned: March 28 at Steinbrenner Field; April 19 at The Trop

(6)Red Sox golf challenge on June 9th at Palmer Legends at 5PM.  26 members on each team, the challenge being a scramble.  2 more players are needed. Contact Joe Kenick.

(7)The proposed by-law amendment of a yearly audit was unanimously passed  

The remainder of the meeting was devoted to (1) discussion of the state of the Yankees, (2) a raffle of memorabilia donated by Charlie Reed’s widow and (3) Allison’s trivia.  These were all quite informal, with the exception of Allison’s work.

We decided to “give Arod a chance”. We talked about the minor league depth which is considerable.  We discussed the starting pitching and the extreme need to stay healthy.

The raffle brought in $150, all of which goes to swell our coffers.

Allison’s trivia concluded with the statement that Mariano Rivera gave up only 11 runs over all his years of playoff pitching, whereas 12 men have walked on the moon!!!

50/50 prizes were given

Next meeting will be at Allemanda Recreation Center on April 27, 2015

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary.

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club

  February 23, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by Tony Magnanti, president.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the speaker was introduced: 

Dennis Schrader, the owner of the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs.  His collection can be seen at the St Petersburg Museum of History, a museum actually supported by the Tampa Bay Rays.  Mr. Schrader did not show any baseballs.  Instead he gave an amazing one hour talk about his adventures through the sport, beginning  as a young man in 1956,  It was then, at NYY spring training, that he picked up a ball which was then autographed (without being asked) by The Mick.

He related the “truth” of the birth of baseball in 1836, originally as a game akin to cricket.  Apparently Abner Doubleday was not even there, as he was a cadet at West Point!  He described the rules in those days: no bases, no strikes or balls, 15 minutes per side of offense and played to a score of 21. 

Trips down memory lane occupied much of his talk, interspersed with a great deal of humor.  All attending agreed that this was a truly informational and entertaining evening.  Thank you, Dennis Shrader

The business portion of the meeting followed:

(1)A tribute was paid to Rhonda Glenn, who passed away recently.

(2)Games will be viewed at Gator’s Dockside once a month during the season.

(3)A golf challenge has been extended by Red Sox Nation, to be played at Palmer Legends on June 9.  It will be a scramble with 26 members on each team.  Details can be found on the website.

(4)George Yankowsky will be speaking to us in March.  If you missed him once, do not do it again.  He is a charming 93 year old former player.

(5)Treasurer’s Report: $7596 is in the treasury at present.

(6)Minutes of last meeting were accepted by acclamation.

(7)Jim McKenna reported that the 3/20 game is sold out and there are only 11 seats left for the 3/28 game.  The regular season, 4/19, game will be arranged.  Jim is looking into the Tampa vs Yankees games for us.

(8)Lady Lake Little League liaison Jim Dooley is attempting to get in touch with the team manager.  More to follow.

(9)Charley Reed’s widow has donated memorabilia items for us, which will be auctioned at next month’s meeting.

Old Business:

By-law amendments were passed last month.

New Business: 

Proposed by-law amendment requiring an annual audit of the club’s finances.  To be voted on at March meeting.

50/50 was announced and the winners were happy!

March 23, 20215 will be the next meeting.

Submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, Secretary

Minutes of The Villages New York Yankees Club – 1/26/2015

The meeting was called to order by Tony Magnanti at 7PM and thePledge of Allegiance was recited.

Guest Speaker:

The speaker for the evening, George Yankowski, was introduced.  This 93 year old, who barnstormed in the 1940’s with a team managed by Babe Ruth, shared many memories with us. 

He actually played for the Connie Mack led Philadelphia Athletics in the late 40’s. 

Born in Watertown, Mass.,  he was and is a Red Sox fan (we forgave him that), beginning his own baseball career as a 10 year old who had never seen a ball or bat, but who hit it out of the park on his first attempt!  

As a 16 year old, he played in a college league, attaining All Star status.  He later attended Fordham University and then went on to his minor/major league career. 

He played against such legends as Stan Musial and Ted Williams, as well as Red Ruffing and even Joe DiMaggio. 

One of his favorite memories was a single hit in a game with Babe Ruth as first base coach; this single elicited from The Babe, “Nice game, kid.” 

He served in the infantry in WWII and recently was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

Treasurer’s report:

There is $6300 in bank at present.

Old Business:

Passage of the bylaw amendments presented in a previous meeting

New Business:

  • March 20 and 23, spring training games.  Contact Jim Mckenna for tickets. 
  • We are awaiting schedule of minor league games of Tampa Yankees this summer at Steinbrenner Field. 
  • Jim is also working on a spring training game there if possible. 
  • Games to be viewed at Gator Dockside from April through September.
  • Audit needs to be done this year and  volunteers were welcomed to the committee.
  • Speaker next month (Bob Raush) will show some of his largest collection of signed balls and talk about his museum collection.

Pizza was served to all –obviously, next to George Yankowski, the highlight of the meeting!

The next meeting will be held Feb.223, 2015 at 7PM at Allemanda Red Center

 Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary.

  Meeting Minutes, November 24,2014

 The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Tony Magnanti, President.

After the Pledge of Allegiance , Tony announced that our donation in memory of Charley Reed was acknowledge by Operation Shoebox.  Their letter of appreciation was read and will also be posted on the website.

It was again stressed that payment of dues anytime from Sept-Dec for the present year includes payment for the next year as well.

There will be no December meeting because of its proximity to Christmas; January brings our annual pizza party (financed by the club) and all spouses/SO’s are invited.

Treasurer’s report: $6390 in the bank, representing 194 members (and counting).  A letter from the Florida Chapter of ALS was read, acknowledging our contribution from the Ice Bucket Challenge.

A discussion of other nonprofit organizations to which we could donate ensued. In order to do this well, we need a committee of volunteers to study any suggestions made (by email) by club members.  We anticipate further discussion on this matter.  Additionally, we need someone to step forward to chair the public relations committee as well as the audit committee.

An amendment to the bylaws concerning posting of names on the website was forwarded. This proposed amendment will be posted on the website, but basically states that only names of board members and committee chairs will be public.

Future speakers were announced along with a plea for members to suggest/find more such speakers for the more distant future.

Trades were discussed and then Allison’s Trivia was presented, a success as usual.

Submitted by Michael Fisher Sandler, Secretary


Meeting Minutes, October 27, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 7PM by Tony Magnanti, president.  

After the Pledge of Allegiance, the guest speaker was immediately introduced.

Dolly Konwinski was a member of the Grand Rapids Chicks, a professional woman’s baseball team.

The Chicks, Racine Belles, Kenosha Comets and South Bend Bluesox were the original teams of theAll-American Girls Professional Baseball League, later made famous in the movie “A  League of Their Own.”  

Dolly began by stating that she felt herself to be a “lady Yankee,” having taught/coached at the Women’s Fantasy Camp.  

She was born in Chicago and began her baseball career there as a “minor leaguer,” later playing in New Orleans and eventually being traded to Grand Rapids, where she spent three years with one side trip to Grand Rapids.  Dolly learned baseball on the sandlots of Chicago with “all the boys,” even using cardboard boxes as bases (held down by rocks).  

In the majors, she played third base initially and then second, with some substituting as shortstop as necessary.  Her initial contract gave her $2.00 per game, but she made enough (and saved enough) money to send home.  Her Mother continues to save for Dolly and her Father then bought her a 1937 Plymouth with those funds! When she stopped playing, she worked as an umpire.  

Her baseball career was finally ended abruptly by an auto accident, following which she worked at General Motors .  Having fallen in love with Grand Rapids, she moved there and met the man to whom she has been married for 67 years.  

In speaking about her career, Dolly stated that the fans treated the players like family, inviting them to the dinner table and always showing their loyalty.  Dolly gave a wonderful speech, even entertaining us with a “version” of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” which had no resemblance whatsoever to the original song.

Following her speech, Dolly was made an honorary life member of The Villages New York Yankees Club.

The remainder of the meeting business:

(1) 10 new members were introduced

(2) Jim Dooley was made liaison for the Lady Lake Yankees Little League club

(3) Dianne Davidoff, our “I AM THE I.T. GUY”, announced that only officers and chair persons would have their names and emails listed on the website.  She also stated that the Little League Yankees would also  be on the site.

(4) A photograph of Tom Hanks and a woman player from the movie (the famous “there’s no crying in baseball” scene) was raffled off.

(5) Once again it was stressed that Jim McKenna is in charge of trips.

(6) AC Graphics will provide samples of their coffee mugs, etc for the next meeting

(7) Mel Schnabel gave an update on prospective speakers

(8) The November meeting (Monday before Thanksgiving) will be at Allamanda recreation center.  There will be no December meeting.

(9) We ended the meeting with Allison’s well-researched trivia questions and answers, most of which were about the Women’s Professional Baseball League.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher-Sandler, Secretary

 

Meeting Minutes, September 22. 2014

The meeting was called to order promptly at 7::00 P M by Tony Magnanti.

Opening remarks:  We now have 180members, 60 more than in January 2014.

Minutes from the last meeting were read and accepted.

The fiduciary responsibility of the board was discussed in preparation for further discussion on policy regarding tickets to games in Tampa.

Sept 24th will be the last game for our gatherings at Gators Dockside; there has been a steady decline in the number of people attending and this may be problematical in the future in terms of reserving space there.

It was noted, yet again, that Jim McKenna is our “trip master” and that all questions regarding trips should be addressed to him (jmc6947@yahoo.com).  Do not address trip questions to Tony Magnanti!

 Announcements: Henceforth there will be attendance taken at all monthly meeting.  For this 3 volunteers were requested and they graciously accepted.  Apparel can be purchased at Custom Apparel at Southern Trace Shopping Mall on rte 466; badges, license plate holders, etc., can also be purchase there.

Old Business: ALS challenge was successful, resulting in 25 wet, shivering people and $400 donation to the ALS fund.  A Sports Card show was held at Laurel Manor and we were well represented (even signed up 2 new members).  The Sept 17th trip to the Trop (Jeter’s last game there) was also successful in that Derek Jeter broke his hitless streak and then scored.

New Business: Club trip policy (which can be found on the website) was discussed and accepted.  In brief, because the club cannpt afford to cover those who sign up and don’t pay and don’t go, we will have the following policy.  10weeks before a game,  the game will be announced with the cost.  Within 2 weeks, sign up and 50% of the cost must be sent to Jim McKenna; within the next 2 weeks, the remainder of the cost must be sent to Jim McKenna (that equals payment in full). After this, cancellation will result in 50% of the cost being returned IF the payment h as been made in full.  If not made in full, cancellation will be “off bus and no deposit back) If  one has paid in full, the ticket is yours to sell as you wish, but the club will not be responsible.

Of course, the remainder of the meeting was totally noncontentious as our Allison gave us her take on all the prospects for the future.  She stated that we could all get information from the NYY website under the pipeline link. She then went on to present trivia on Joe Torre (Jeter trivia will be on another date).

50/50 was called with 3 people getting $35each.

The meeting was the adjourned.  The next meeting will be at Fish Hawk rec center on 10/27/14.

Respectfully submitted, Michael Fisher Sandler, Secretary

 

Meeting Minutes August 25, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 7:00PM by President Tony Magnanti.

Following  the Pledge of Allegiance, the speaker for the night was introduced, Bob Stinson.  Bob is a resident of The Villages who played in the Major Leagues from 1969-1980.  He was drafted by the Dodgers, but went on to play (as catcher) for  the Cardinals, Astros, Expos, Royals and Mariners.  During that time , he NEVER had an agent; proof of that is his being paid $1000 (minimum pay at that time)  his first year.  He was quick to note that he had been married for 48 years, during which time there were “ups and many downs,” not the least of which was his Houston house burning to the ground with the loss of all his memorabilia at that time.  He played one memorable game against the Yankees: Tommy John pitching, Munson catching and Martin managing, the latter two both being ejected by the umpire for vociferous arguing!  He played with the Dodgers under Walter Alston; during one game, in the seventh inning Stinson hit 2 homers and drove in 6 runs (nonetheless he was sent down to Triple A a few days later). He said, “I was in the right place at the wrong time during my entire career.”  It seemed that no matter what team or how well he hit/caught, a more renowned catcher always seemed to appear on the site and take Bob’s place.  OR he was hti by a foul ball and broke his thumb OR he ran into a fence (actually was stuck in the fence and had to be extricated and then sent to the hospital with a concussion and neck injuriy).  He caught knuckleballers and had to modify his catchers mitt so that the ball would remain in the glove after being “caught.” To say that he has been our most entertaining speaker thus far would be a major understatement.  He answered all questions with grace and humor.  His only gaffe was not knowing how to spell the last name of the author of a book about him, “Extra Innings,” in which his nickname is “Dirt.”  The author is a Joe Bosha , but the spelling is probably  wrong!  An addendum: Bob’s father played semipro ball in the 1950’s and Bob always wanted to be a ballplayer.  He succeeded

The remainder of the meeting  involved a discussion of the August 17 (Rays-Yankees) and 24 (Tampa Rays- Dunellin Blue Jays) games, both of which we enjoyed by  the attendees.  More minor league games will be planned for next year with the caveat that the bus must be filled because the club cannot subsidize the bus otherwise.  The last game (Sept 17) will be Dereck Jeter’s last in Tampa; the bus is already filled and most have paid.

Treasurer’s report: $3225 as of 9/13.  This does not include the moneys paid for the August games.

New Business: website and running, thanks to Phil Fulco and Diane Davidoff. Go to  The Villages New YorkYankees Club.com to see it.  There are also new business cards (throw away the old ones; website on them is wrong).   Card Show at Laurel Manor on Sept 13th; we need volunteers for the booth

Lastly, the ICE CHALLENGE for ALS.  This will be held Sept6, 2014, presumably at Sumter Landing at noon.  A sign-up sheet was passed around and approximately 20 people volunteered for the “bath.”  Anyone else who wishes to join us should contact Phil Fulco; we could use pourers as well as pourupons.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM.  The next meeting will be at Allemanda the fourth Monday of September at 7PM

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Fisher Sandler, secretary