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Volunteer Awards

The ACC is thankful for all the volunteers who help keep the organization running. The following are those that have received the ACC Volunteer Award.

2019 Volunteer Awards:
  • Bernie Brentar (Bergland, MI), Central
  • Gordy Jurek (Duluth, MN), Central
  • Bob Bartosh (Sacramento, CA), Western
  • Tammy Gibbons (Wood Village, OR), Western
  • Marilyn Dyer and Fred White (Gloucester, MA and Kailua, HI), Eastern
  • Kevin Harris (Port Saint Lucie, FL), Eastern
2018 Volunteer Awards:
  • Don Urban (Marengo, IL), Central
  • Sally Henderson (Grand Rapids, MI), Central
  • Don "Grumpy" and Sandy Howard (Orangevale, CA), Western
  • Jennifer Johnson (Morrisville, NC), Eastern
  • Charlene Cohen (Saint Cloud, FL), Eastern
2017 Volunteer Awards:
  • Ed Balcer (Duluth, MN), Central
  • Michael Barrett (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), Central
  • Laurie Logan (Meridian, ID), Western
  • Dan Zeisler (Grass Valley, CA), Western
  • Mary Burlington (Amherst, MA), Eastern
  • David Statz (North Billerica, MA), Eastern
2016 Volunteer Awards:
  • Dan Selke (Arlington Heights, IL), Central
  • Terry Weber (Madison, WI), Central
  • Jeanne Jelke (Redding, CA), Western
  • Herschel Mack (Gold Hill, OR), Western
  • Phyllis Schmidt (North Adams, MA), Eastern
  • Vicki & Mark Soule (Woolwich, ME), Eastern
2015 Volunteer Awards:
  • Dan Graf (Sioux Falls, SD), Central
  • Richard Frost (Berlin, WI), Central
  • James Morrow (Sunnyside, WA), Western
  • Lorne Tanton (Edmonton, AB), Western
  • Paula and Henry Bergeron (Webster, NH), Eastern
  • Albert Miller (Nashua, NH), Eastern
2014 Volunteer Awards:
  • Scott Kooistra (Yankton, SD), Central
  • Wayne Steinmetz (Hartford, WI), Central
  • Pam Pomeroy (Norwalk, CA), Western
  • Rick Shea (Eureka, CA), Western
  • Jack Howsare (Virginia Beach, VA), Eastern
  • Rick Allen (Richmond, VA), Eastern
2013 Volunteer Awards:
  • Jeff Shimp (Grand Haven, MI), Central
  • Al Karr (Green Bay, WI), Central
  • DeLynn Colvert (Missoula, MT), Western
  • Don Zeutschel (Puyallup, WA), Western
  • Catherine Perkins (Bear Creek, NC), Eastern
  • Dave O'Neil (Clarkston, GA), Eastern
2012 Volunteer Awards:
  • Don Hannula (Lake Linden, MI), Central
  • Jeanne Wauters (Denmark, WI), Central
  • Roger Wilson (Westminster, CO), Western
  • Hal Lamon (Auburn, WA), Western
  • Bruce Sattler (Nottingham, MD), Eastern
  • Phil Martin (Newington, CT), Eastern
2011 Volunteer Awards:
  • Todd Schaefer (Oakdale, MN), Central
  • Bob Joslin (Lakeville, MN), Central
  • Roy Boyles (Sacramento, CA), Western
  • Les Sumner (Sparks, NV), Western
  • Joy Barnes (Ormond Beach, FL), Eastern
  • Paul Barnes (Ormond Beach, FL), Eastern
2010 Volunteer Awards:
  • Linda Barrett (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), Central
  • Jerome Tork (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), Central
  • Norm Nikodym (Ontario, CA), Western
  • Tsarkie (Aiea, HI), Western
  • Isabel Hyndman (Williamstown, MA), Eastern
  • Pat Llewellyn (Bellingham, MA), Eastern

2019 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Bernie Brentar (Bergland, MI)
Central

Bernie is the director of the Yooper Classic, held in Wakefield, MI each fall. Bernie is also the founder and director of the Bergland Grass Roots club, and one of the largest clubs in the Midwest. Bernie is also a certified judge. Bernie travels to many tournaments around the United States, and is a huge supporter of cribbage in the Central Region, winning several tournaments along the way. Thank you Bernie for everything you do for the ACC!

Gordy Jurek (Duluth, MN)
Central

Gordy is director of the Spring Black Bear Challenge tournament held in Carlton, MN every year. Gordy is also the director of the Lake Superior Shufflers Grass Roots club in Duluth. An accomplished player, Gordy travels to many tournaments in the US and is always willing to help with a smile whenever possible. Thank you Gordy for your contributions to the ACC!

Bob Bartosh (Sacramento, CA)
Western

Bob is not only a Life Master (3 Star), he is also a man that lends a helping hand when the ACC needs help. Bob helps direct 6 tournaments a year in his home town, and also offers his help at the tournaments he attends. Bob and his wife Ginger travel all over the country not only to play in tournaments but also to deliver scorecards, banners, and award pins to fellow cribbage players.

The Bartosh home has seen many a cribbage player sleeping and eating at their home. You better believe that if there is a tournament within driving distance from their home, he and Ginger have every bed, couch, and spare bit of floor space taken up with fellow cribbage players.

Bob is a great ambassador for the ACC as he is always there to help a fellow cribbage player. Thanks Bob for always opening your heart and home to your cribbage family!

Tammy Gibbons (Wood Village, OR)
Western

Tammy has been the Internet Commissioner for more than 5 years, and gives much of her free time several days each week so many people can enjoy a game of cribbage online. She has been instrumental in helping keep our online cribbage program up and running. Tammy lives in Oregon and is a director of weekend tournaments, as well as always traveling to Reno so she can help out and see her cribbage friends.

We are blessed to have such a good friend to all her fellow cribbage players, and someone who gives so selflessly to make the ACC a better organization. Thank you Tammy for being a shining star for all of us!

Marilyn Dyer and Fred White (Gloucester, MA and Kailua, HI)
Eastern

Fred has been a member of the ACC for many years and serves on the Board of Directors. Marilyn, while newer to the ACC, has stepped right in and assisted wherever asked. They have run tournaments throughout the country. Marilyn and Fred are directing the midweek tournament at this year's Grand National in North Conway, NH.

Marilyn and Fred have always helped in any capacity at tournaments throughout the country either by cross-checking, problem-solving, or in any way needed. Marilyn and Fred have been an important factor in helping cribbage growth from Massachusetts to Hawaii. for the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is important to have members like Marilyn and Fred who support the growth of the ACC.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Marilyn and Fred are chosen for this year's ACC East Region Volunteer Award. The ACC thanks Marilyn and Fred for their many years of helping the ACC and knows that in the future they will continue helping us grow with their knowledge and character of giving.

Kevin Harris (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
Eastern

Kevin has been a member of the ACC for 12 years. Kevin has run many tournaments in the South and Southeastern regions. Kevin will very soon attain his Master award. He has assisted in the building of the 28 and 29 hand pin distribution, and serves as Registrar on the Internet Committee.

Kevin has always helped in many capacities at tournaments around the country either by cross-checking, problem-solving, or in any way needed. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is important to have members like Kevin who support the growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Kevin has been chosen as one of this year's ACC East Region Volunteer Award winners. The ACC thanks Kevin for the years of helping the ACC in any capacity needed and knows that in the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

2018 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Don Urban (Marengo, IL)
Central

Don has been a long-time player and tournament director in the Central Region. Don has directed numerous tournaments in Kenosha and Black River Falls, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois, although he has stepped back from directing for now due to health restrictions. Don has achieved the level of Grand Master and has won 11 sanctioned tournaments. The ACC thanks Don for his years of service to the ACC!

Sally Henderson (Grand Rapids, MI)
Central

Sally has been a player and long-time volunteer in the Central Region. Sally has recently taken over the task of ACC Judges Testing Examiner. Sally is in charge of certifying all of the judges that apply for that position. Sally attends many Midwest tournaments as well as several Grand National events and the JPW/ACC Open in Reno. Thank you Sally for your contributions to the ACC.

Don "Grumpy" and Sandy Howard (Orangevale, CA)
Western

The Western Region would like to recognize Dona (aka Grumpy) and his beautiful wife Sandy for their hard work and dedication to the Youth Program and the ACC. Grumpy has been volunteering at the Sierra Youth Cribbage Tournament over the past decade and has directed seven Memorial Youth Cribbage Tournaments.

Over the past several years, Grumpy and Sandy have solicited donations to support youth cribbage tournaments and have raised thousands of dollars for the Youth Program. Sandy has always had a signature way of setting up the prize tables during the Youth Tournaments that show off the great prizes the players can win. Her personal touch is something to be envied by everyone that has the opportunity to see the layout.

Grumpy has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Youth Master Point System and has kept the ACC Board of Directors advised of all things relating to the Youth Program. Grumpy and Sandy started the first ever Youth Grand National in Lincoln City, OR in 2017. Grumpy has served as the Director of the Grand National Youth Tournaments in 2017 and 2018, with the third scheduled for June 2019 in Reno, NV. He's done all of this with Sandy by his side every step of the way setting up tables, getting snacks and lunch ready for the payers, and supporting the youth along the way.

At every Youth event they attend, Grumpy does all the paperwork necessary to sign up every youth player as a member of the ACC. In an effort to promote your cribbage tournaments beyond the West Coast, Grumpy has generously offered to travel anywhere in the country to help direct a sanctioned your tournament (at his own expense).

We all know that next to every good man there is a great woman. The ACC would like to honor the amazing team of Sandy and Don "Grumpy" Howard for their outstanding contribution to the Youth Program, the future of the ACC.

Jennifer Johnson (Morrisville, NC)
Eastern

Jennifer is a newer member of the ACC but has made a huge impact already. This season she volunteered to help document the ACC's Grass Roots system, and has already created excellent guides to help players, directors, and statisticians navigate and understand the system. She recently became co-director of the Raleigh March Madness tournament with Larry Phifer.

It is for the above reasons and more that Jennifer has earned this year's ACC Volunteer Award. The ACC thanks Jennifer for helping the ACC and knows she will continue helping us grow with her knowledge and spirit of giving.

Charlene Cohen (Saint Cloud, FL)
Eastern

Charlene has been a member of the ACC for six years. Charlene has already run many tournaments in Florida, and she just recently attained her Master award. Charlene has directed four or five tournaments yearly for the last five years and create the Ray Wanke Tribute in Kissimmee, Florida to honor one of her mentors and friends.

Charlene has always helped in any capacity at any tournament throughout the country either by cross-checking, problem solving, or in any way needed. Charlene has been an important factor in helping Florida's continued growth in cribbage. Charlene has also served as a judge for a few years. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is critical to have members like Charlene who support the growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Charlene has been chosen as one of his year's ACC Volunteer Award winners. The ACC thanks Charlene for the years of helping the ACC in any capacity needed and knows that in the future she will continue helping us grow with her knowledge and character of giving.

2017 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Ed Balcer (Duluth, MN)
Central

Ed has been a fixture in the Central Region for 20 years and travels to numerous tournaments each year despite his far-north residence. Ed currently serves as the co-director of the All American Classic tournament in Duluth and is always willing to help at any tournament he attends. Ed has attained the rank of Life Master and is a threat to win at any tournament he attends. Thank you Ed for your service to the ACC!

Michael Barrett (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
Central

Mike has been a member of the ACC since the early 1980's and travels to various tournaments each year as well as being a co-director of Grass Roots Club #120. Mike is currently the Editor of the Grass Roots Corner, a column he writes in the monthly Cribbage World magazine. Mike also sends an article to Cribbage World called "Ruling Points", where he emphasizes a certain rule each month for the readers to see. Mike is a certified judge, tabulator, and has been willing to help at any ACC tournament for 30+ years and counting. Thank you Mike for the many years of dedication to the ACC!

Laurie Logan (Meridian, ID)
Western

Laurie has been an outstanding ACC volunteer for more than 20 years. Currently she is a director of the Gem State Classic tournament in Boise, Idaho and she has also directed the Roadrunner Classic in Phoenix, Arizona for many years. Laurie was the paymaster and playoff board monitor in Reno for the ACC/JPW tournament for 20 years. She has helped with the tabulation at many tournaments including Grand Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada and Lincoln City, Oregon. This year she will be running the Canadian Doubles event at Grand National XXXVI. If you look around at the end of the qualifying round at a tournament, you will almost always find Laurie helping with the cross-checking. She can always be counted on for any task, from seating to tending the bracket boards. And Laurie always brings Ron, so you get a great volunteer package deal! And if all this isn't enough, sometimes she brings home-made cookies!

Dan Zeisler (Grass Valley, CA)
Western
Since joining the ACC, Dan has been an active member, including earning his Master Rating and serving on the Board of Directors. However, his focus and passion is teaching youth cribbage both in and out of the classroom. He has written a highly successful teaching manual with nearly 500 being distributed across the country. Dan has also hosted the annual Sierra Youth Cribbage Tournament for 24 years, the largest and longest running Youth Tournament in the nation. Dan has been instrumental in developing the Youth Master Point program that is currently in place and with successful results. The ACC is indeed fortunate to have a volunteer like Dan, who is so devoted to the Youth Program.

Mary Burlington (Amherst, MA)
Eastern

Mary has been a member of the ACC for ten years and has run tournaments in Brookline, NH for many years. Mary directs the New Hampshire Open tournament and the Granite State Classic tournament at the same location. In her spare time, Mary also teaches cribbage at the Amherst Senior Center.

Mary has always helped in any capacity at any tournament throughout the country either by registering, cross checking, problem solving, or in any other way needed. Mary has been an important factor in helping New England's continual growth in cribbage. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members, it is important to have members like Mary who support the growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Mary was chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Mary for the many years of helping the ACC and knows that in the future she will continue helping us grow with her knowledge and character of giving.

David Statz (North Billerica, MA)
Eastern

David has been a member of the ACC for twenty years and has run tournaments in Brookline, NH for many years. David has directed the New Hampshire Open tournament for nearly 10 years and hold the Granite State Classic tournament at the same location.

David has always helped in any capacity at any tournament throughout the country either by judging, cross checking, problem solving, or in any other way needed. David has been an important factor in helping New England's continual growth in cribbage. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members, it is important to have members like David who support the growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that David was chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks David for the many years of helping the ACC and knows that in the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

2015 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Dan Graf (Sioux Falls, SD)
Central

Dan has been a fixture in the ACC for many years and is most prominently seen at the ACC/JPW tournament as well as the TOC throughout the extensive weekend. Dan has been the head of the set up and supply team for this huge weekend for many years.

His tireless attitude and willingness to help has earned him the honor of ACC Central Region Volunteer. Thank you Dan!

Richard Frost (Berlin, WI)
Central

Richard is a long-time ACC veteran who is involved with many aspects of the ACC. Richard directs two tournaments each year in Wisconsin and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. A highly accomplished player.

Richard is a threat to win any tournament he enters. His biggest win came a few years ago as he captured the elusive Tournament of Champions in Reno.

Richard was the co-director of the 2012 GN in Appleton and still raises funds for current Grand National tournaments. Richard is also known as the "candy man" as he supplies many tournaments with bowls full of goodies for all to enjoy. Thanks Richard!

James Morrow (Sunnyside, WA)
Western

James and his wife Cher, have directed over 40 tournaments. James has directed the local Grass Roots Club for 15 years and teaches cribbage to children at the local VFW. He is a Senior Judge and serves as the Head Judge at the ACC/JPW Open in Reno.

He volunteers to tabulate at many tournaments including the ACC/JPW Open. He was recently elected to the ACC Board of Directors. James truly exemplifies the commitment of an outstanding volunteer.

Lorne Tanton (Edmonton, AB)
Western

Lorne has promoted and directed tournaments in Edmonton, Canada along with his wife, Doris Sanders and pal, Audrey Hatto for many years now.

He is a long time judge, and was recently promoted to a Senior Judge. He also tabulates and judges at the JPW/ACC Open in Reno. He has worked many hours to supply the ACC with reusable laminated playoff bracket boards. He quietly demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism so valuable to the ACC.

Paula and Henry Bergeron (Webster, NH)
Eastern

Paula and Henry have been members of the ACC for more than 20 years and have run tournaments in the Nashua, NH area for many years. Henry is a member of the ACC Board of Directors. Paula and Henry have directed the Daniel Webster tournament for some 15 years and have also held the Live Free or Die tournament at the same location for many years.

Paula and Henry have always helped in any capacity at any tournament throughout the country either by cross checking, problem solving, or in any way needed. Paula and Henry have been an important factor in helping New England's continual growth in cribbage. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is important to have members like Paula and Henry who support our growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Paula and Henry are chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Paula and Henry for their many years of helping the ACC and know that in the future they will continue helping us grow with their knowledge and character of giving.

Albert Miller (Nashua, NH)
Eastern

Al has been a member of the ACC for more than 30 years and ran the New Hampshire Open tournament each year in the Nashua area for many years. Al is a Senior Judge and serves in that capacity at tournaments throughout New England. Al has been in charge of judge testing for many years and has approved nearly all of the ACC's judges.

Al has always helped in any capacity at any tournament throughout New England either by cross checking, problem solving, or in any way needed. Al has been an important factor of helping New England's continual growth in cribbage. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is important to have members like Al who support the growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Al is chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Al for his many years of helping the ACC and know that in the future he will continue helping us grow with this knowledge and character of giving.

2014 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Scott Kooistra (Yankton, SD)
Central

Scott Kooistra has been a major contributor to the ACC for literally decades, on and off the boards. His contributions include his directing of many sanctioned tournaments including a yearly tournament in Yankton, SD, Grand National XXIV in Sioux Falls, SD in 2003 & the worlds largest tournament, the ACC/JPW in Reno, NV, which he currently handles along with an extensive staff of volunteers. Scott will also direct the upcoming Grand National in Yankton in 2015. Scott is also a formidable player with 14 sanctioned tournament wins including GN IV in Denver, CO and currently ranks 54th on the lifetime ACC list with 12,319 points. Scott is also a senior ACC Judge as well as the Master of Ceremonies for many of the ACC Grand National banquets. Thank you Scott for all of your contributions to the ACC!

Wayne Steinmetz (Hartford, WI)
Central

Wayne is a fierce competitor as well as a steadfast member of the ACC who's contributions are numerous to say the least. Wayne is a current member of the ACC Board of Directors and a devout activist in the ACC Rulebook program. Wayne's prowess on the cribbage board is legendary as he stands at 23,623 Master Points, 5th all-time and he has achieved the level of Life Master 3 Stars and counting. He is a multi-time All-American and has 31 sanctioned wins to date. Wayne also directs tournaments in the Milwaukee area and is always willing to help in the judging & tabulating area at any tournament he attends. Thank you Wayne for being a large contributor to the ACC volunteer group!

Pam Pomeroy (Norwalk, CA)
Western

Pam embodies the best in an ACC volunteer. She is always friendly and cheerful, the type of person that you just want to be around. She has directed and co-directed many tournaments in California, Nevada and on cruises. She always offers her help at other tournaments, such as running team boards, where her bubbly personality and beautiful writing are really showcased. She has worked at the JPW/ACC Open as a board monitor and tabulator for many years. Pam is especially helpful and welcoming to new players. The ACC thanks Pam for her contribution of service to our organization.

Rick Shea (Eureka, CA)
Western

Rick is one of those volunteers who work tirelessly for the ACC. He directs and co-directs many tournaments each year, including the JPW/ACC Open in Reno. He is a Senior Judge, and is often named the Head Judge at tournaments. He has directed several long matches, and even ran a "points per main" contest. He is always willing to lend a hand to other tournament directors, and readily helps to make announcements, crosscheck scorecards, and seat players. He assists wife Peggy in running the local Grass Roots club, and holds a special class twice a month to help players improve their game. The ACC thanks Rick for his commitment to service.

Jack Howsare (Virginia Beach, VA)
Eastern

Jack has been a member of the ACC for more than twenty years and has run tournaments in the Virginia Beach area for many years. Jack is a judge and serves in that capacity at tournaments throughout the country. Jack was also the director of the Grand National in Virgia recently.

Jack has always helped in any capacity at any tournament throughout the country either by cross checking, problem solving, or in any way needed. Jack has been an important factor of helping the mid-Atlantic growth in cribbage. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is important to have members like Jack who support our growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Jack is chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Jack for his many years of helping the ACC and knows tha tin the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

Rick Allen (Richmond, VA)
Eastern

Rick has been a member of the ACC for more than twenty years and has run tournaments in the Richmond area for many years. Rick is a judge and serves in that capacity at tournaments throughout the country. Rick also serves as the statistician with the ACC's internet cribbage group.

Rick has always helped in any capacity at tournaments throughout the country either by cross checking, problem solving, or in any way needed. Rick has been an important factor of helping the mid-Atlantic growth in cribbage. For the ACC to continue and continually add new members it is important to have members like Rick who support our growth of the congress.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Rick is chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Jack for his many years of helping the ACC and knows tha tin the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

2013 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Jeff Shimp (Grand Haven, MI)
Central

Jeff is a long term member of the ACC with a vast resume of credentials. He is the longest tenured member of the Board of Directors and the current Member At Large on the Executive Committee. Jeff Heads up the large Judges Program and is a Senior Judge in the Midwest region. Jeff also presides as the Chief tabulator at the huge JPW/ACC Open tournament in Reno, Nevada each year. Jeff is an ace tabulator and helps directs at each tournament he attends. Jeff and his wife Joy direct the Potawatomi Peggers tournament in Michigan each year and they travel extensively to tournaments around the US each year. The ACC would like to thank Jeff for his many years of dedication to the congress.

Al Karr (Green Bay, WI)
Central

Al is a long time member of the ACC and currently directs four large tournaments in Green Bay & Marinette, Wisconsin. Al was also the director of the large 31 Away tournament that preceded the Grand National in Appleton in 2012. All is an accredited ACC judge & tabulator and volumteers his services at all of the tournaments he attends. Al travels extensively supporting tournaments in the Midwest as well as Reno, the Grand National & many others. Al is to be commended on his skills on and off the cribbage board and throughout the inner workings of the ACC.

DeLynn Colvert (Missoula, MT)
Western

DeLynn has been a stalwart member of the ACC since 1981. He has directed two tournaments a year in Missoula since 1982, and even hosted Grand National XXII there in 1993. DeLynn is always ready to help other directors and can be seen running team and super Q events at most tournaments held in the Northwest. He has directed the Regional All Star tournament, held each February in Reno, since its inception. He has made hundreds of trophy boards for tournamnets and has always made the ACC's yearly awards, including Master, Grand-Master, Life Master, All Star, All American, Outstanding Volunteer and President Awards. He was a long time member of the ACC Board of Directors and served as President of the ACC and Editor of Cribbage World for 17 years. This award is truly deserved by him.

Don Zeutschel (Puyallup, WA)
Western

Don joined the ACC in 2000, and has been working for us ever since. He runs four ACC sanctioned tournaments, two Grass Roots tournaments and a junior tournament per year. For three years he has been teaching cribbage to 5th & 6th graders, and a was asked this year to teach 3rd & 4th graders in a "Quest" class. Don has been coordinator for the ACC booth at the huge Washington State Fair in Puyallup for the last 5 years. He arranges schedules for volunteers from 12 different clubs to work for the 17 day event, and gets the materials and displays ready. He has been a Grass Roots club director for 8 years, one year serving as director of two clubs at the same time! We also thank Don's family (wife Pam of 48 years, two sons, two granddaughters and one great grandson) for sharing him with us.

Catherine Perkins (Bear Creek, NC)
Eastern

Catherine has been a member of the ACC for more than twenty years and has directed the National Open in Raleigh since 1989. She is a senior judge and serves in that capacity at tournaments throughout the country. Catherine is also the Grass Roots Regional Statistician of Region IX. Catherine has served with distinction on the BOD since 1989, including multiple terms on the executive committee and numerous other committees.

Catherine has always helped in any capacity at tournaments throughout the country by either cross checking, judging, problem solving, or in any way needed. Catherine has been an important factor in helping the Southeastern region's growth in cribbage. In order for the ACC to continue and add new members, it is important to have members like Catherine, who support our growth.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Catherine is chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Catherine for her many years of helping and knows that in the future she will continue helping us grow with her knowledge and character of giving.

Dave O'Neil (Clarston, GA)
Eastern

David has been a member of the ACC for more than twenty years and has directed and co-directed many tournaments in the Atlanta area. David is a senior judge and serves in that capacity at tournaments throughout the country. He is the GRRT Director of Region of IX, serves on the BOD and is part of the Grass Roots Program Committee. David has also run two Grand National Tournaments in the Atlanta area.

David has always helped in any capacity at tournaments throughout the country, either by cross checking, problem solving, or in any way asked. David has been an important factor in helping the South Eastern region's growth in cribbage. In order for the ACC to continue and add new members it is important to have members like David who support our growth.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that David is chosen for this year's ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks David for his many years of service and knows that in the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

2012 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Don Hannula (Lake Linden, MI)
Central

Don has become a major factor in the ACC's volunteer ranks in a relatively short period of time. Don's impressive list of credentials now reads like this: Member of the ACC Board of Directors, ACC Grass Roots Region VI Statistician, Director of the ACC Tournament of Champions in Reno, Director of the Lake Superior Challenge tournament, certified judge, tournament volunteer along with other duties he performs for the ACC. Don's commitment to the ACC appears to be long term, a benefit for all those who have come to know him. Thank you Don.

Jeanne Wauters (Denmark, WI)
Central

Jeanne has been the long time Director of the ACC Grass Roots Awards Procurement Program. Jeanne handles every lifetime achievement award for the Grass Roots including the Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards, making sure each player has chosen the award best suited for them. This job requires her to contact literally hundreds of players each year by mail, a monumental task in itself. Jeanne is also the Director of the North Pole Open in Marinette, WI, one of the longest running tournaments in the US. Thank you Jeanne for your service.

Roger Wilson (Westminister, CO)
Western

Roger has a list of volunteer activities for the ACC that are so extensive; he should be called "Mr. Colorado Cribbage". Roger has directed over 30 tournaments in Colorado and several others on cruise ships. He has helped other directors in his area to start up and run tournaments. He is a long time ACC judge and served as Head Judge for the JPW/ACC Open and TOC in Reno for many years. He directed the Denver Grass Roots club, and served as the Regional GR Commissioner for many years. He keeps the master GR Club Directory and updates the ACC Website with any changes. He also served a stint as ACC Treasurer. When he takes on a job, you know that it will be done right and done well.

Hal Lamon (Auburn, WA)
Western

Hal is one of my most reliable volunteers when I need help in distributing supplies or information for ACC tournaments in Northwest Washington. He is the longtime director of the Sea-Tac Peggers GR Club, and has directed the ACC's three largest GR National tournaments. He is also the director of the Mt. Rainier Open tournament. He is a long time judge and is a member of the huge contingent of volunteers that serve at the booth promoting the ACC at the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Hal also offers transport to several ladies who need rides in order to attend tournaments, which he has earned him and his riders the nickname of "Hal and his Harem".

Bruce Sattler (Nottingham, MD)
Eastern

Bruce has been a member of the ACC for more than twenty years, serves as a judge at tournaments throughout the country, has directed two tournaments per year in the Baltimore area for many years plus Club 178 in Baltimore for many years. Bruce has always helped at many tournaments throughout the country, cross checking, problem solving, or whatever needed. Bruce has been essential to the growth of cribbage in the mid-Atlantics. It is important to have members like Bruce who support the growth of the growth of the congress to maintain the ACC and continually add new members.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Bruce is chosen for this years ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Bruce for his many years of helping the ACC and knows that in the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

Phil Martin (Newington, CT)
Eastern

Phil has been a member of the ACC for more than twenty years, serves as a judge at tournaments throughout the country and has directed a yearly tournament in the Rockville, Newington CT area for more than fifteen years as well as Club 26 in Hartford for many years. Phil has always helped at any tournament throughout the country by cross checking, problem solving, or however needed. Phil has been essential to the growth of cribbage in the Connecticut areas. Recently Phil and members of his club invited visitors at a local festival to play cribbage and learn more about the ACC.

It is for the above reasons and many more not listed that Phil is chosen for this years ACC volunteer award. The ACC thanks Phil for his many years of helping the ACC and knows that in the future he will continue helping us grow with his knowledge and character of giving.

2011 Volunteer Awards

Recipient Region
Todd Schaefer (Oakdale, MN)
Central

Todd is a steadfast supporter of the ACC as well as a long-term volunteer for the ACC Grass Roots program. Todd is the Executive Vice President of the ACC, handling various duties during the year as well as atteding the Board of Directors meetings twice a year. Todd is also the Grass Roots Award Program Director where he handles hundreds of 28 & 29 hand awards as well as the Grand Slam awards for all of the players deserving. Todd also directs the Capital City Open in St. Paul, MN each year, is a certified judge & is the Director of the huge Cribbage Bowl tournament in conjuction with the ACC JPW/TOC in Reno each year.

Bob Joslin (Lakeville, MN)
Central

Bob is a valued member of the ACC and diligent volunteer for the Grass Roots program. Bob has developed a computer program where he cross checks scorecards at various tournaments including the JPW in Reno and the Grand National tournament. This program eliminates the possibility of human error and gives the ACC a fool proof method of ranking scores at tournaments. Bob is also the Grass Roots National Tournament Director where he checks and ranks approximately 2000 scorecards from all of the clubs who participate across the US & Canada. This job consists of checking & ranking scorecards, awarding prize money & mailing out the results to the myriad of clubs involved. Bob is also the Director of the Granited City Classic in Minnesota.

Roy Boyles (Sacramento, CA)
Western

Roy Boyles is fondly known as "Chairman of the Boards" to his fellow club mates at the River City Peggers in Carmichael, California, and it is a title well earned. He is a rare treasure who has elevated the art and purpose for making cribbage boards.

In 1994, Roy and his wife Dolores were devastated when their young granddaughter Lindsay was diagnosed with and lost her battle to leukemia. Roy, who has always enjoyed woodworking as a hobby, started making cribbage boards with the intent that those who purchased his boards would demonstrate their gratitude with a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The plan was very successful. Roy raised more than $64,000, thanks to the grass roots cribbage clubs, tournament directors and individuals purchasing his boards from all over the world. Roy has a record of almost everyone he has ever given or sold a board to. There is a wall map in his home with pushpins designating where his boards have been sent. The US map is heavily dotted and there are also pins marking boards sent overseas.

Roy has truly made his tribute to Lindsay a labor of love for her and the game of cribbage. He used his own time, tools and materials, and many supporters contributed the hardwood, with 100% of his sales going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has been a tireless cribbage champion and volunteer, promoting the American Cribbage Congress along the way. Roy routinely included an ACC rule book with each of his shipments. Roy's boards have been awarded as trophies at approximately 25 tournaments and are the board of choice for a dozen grass roots clubs.

Les Sumner (Sparks, NV)
Western

Les Sumner is one of my go-to-guys. Whenever anyone from Nevada calls about wanting to start up a tournament, I can put them in touch with Les and know that the person will be in good hands. Les has run and organized many tournaments. I can always count on him to get supplies to other tournament directors and whenever I have asked for his help, he has come through for me. He has a laid back personality that puts people at ease and gets along with everyone. He has a great network of helpers, including his daughter Val, who willingly work along side of him to put forth fun and well run tournaments. I know that Les loves to play Cribbage, and have been told that if he could find a way to play in his sleep, he would do so. Les truly deserves the Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Paul and Joy Barnes (Ormond Beach, FL)
Eastern

When Paul and Joy Barnes attend a tournament, Directors know their job will be a lot easier. For the twenty five years this couple has generously offered their services to the ACC. During the ninety's they directed two or three tournaments every year. They directed a Grand National and assisted in running several others. At tournaments throughout the Southeast, they can be found assisting the tournament director cross checking, running optional side tournaments, helping with room set up and generally providing whatever assistance the director can use. We thank them for their service.