2021 Status as of: 6-Feb-2021
Hopefully 2021 is more promising - No Guarantees
We expect to continue using our COVID-19 Pandemic Protocol at least until the end of June or the rest of the summer. For right now our league will start on Monday May 3rd & end on Monday September 27th, hopefully for a total of 40 games.
While there will be a continue risk of contracting COVID-19 and hopefully most of us can be vaccinated. We believe softball being a outdoor sport and we follow COVID-19 protocols, that Senior Softball can be safe as possible
Please check out everything on our website and our league is looking forward to seeing everyone out on the softball field - spread the word, all are welcome!
For 2020 all players must have signed a registration form documenting they have read and will follow the RMSS COVID-19 guidelines as documented here before participating in any RMSS practice or game. The COVID-19 guidelines are also available under the More tab.
The first RMSS practice will be Wed. July 8th & continue on Monday July 13th & Wed. July 15th, starting at 8:30 AM. You will be able to register at one of the practices.
The deadline for registrations is 11am on Wed July 15
Practicing before game time is your option, just be ready to play 15 minutes before the game starts. Batting practice, limit 10 balls per batter, sanitize balls etc. Game time, on deck player picks up batted players bat by barrell & returns it to the batting rack. If the pitcher or anyone else decides to move the pitching screen, they need to sanitize the area touched. Please look over the COVID-19 plan again, before playing!
June 17, 2019
Session 1 was filled with rainouts, we ended up with 3 canceled games, all on Wednesdays. Our planned 9 game session ended up being a 6 game session. Shorewood won the session, going undefeated at 6-0. Congratulations to the Shorewood team! Shorewood beat Black's Auto in the Championship game 18-11. Both of Black's losses were to the powerhouse Shorewood team. Session 1 was a 6 team session.
RMSS provided hot dogs and condiments for the session ending picnic on June 5, following the completion of the position games. RMSS players brought dishes to share. As always we had plenty of food, fun, fitness and fellowship.
We are now 2 games into Session 2 (with another Wed rainout last week). Charlie's Eatery & Pub has replaced Chiropractic First as a team sponsor.
May 3, 2019
The Session 1 draft was held on Wed, 5/1. The rosters were sent in an email and the web site is now updated. We have 6 teams for S1 and hope to go to 8 teams for S2. The schedules have been posted to the web site. Our last practice is planned for Friday and our S1 games are scheduled to start on Monday May 6.
May 31, 2018
Friday Practice and RMSS Golf News
As mentioned previously, Joe Koerner has stepped up to run the Friday
practices. First practice will be tomorrow, starting at 9;30 am. These
are usually a round of batting practice followed by a scrimmage of some
sort depending on the number of attendees. If not enough for a
scrimmage maybe another round of batting practice. It's up to Joe and
those who are there. Let Joe know if you are interested in attending the
Friday practices, even if you can't make this one.
September 22, 2017
To: All RMSS Members
I hate that our 2017 Season is ending. Thank all of you who came out and played more or out of position. You did it. To make this work better… ***WE NEED MORE PLAYERS*** Bring a friend or two.
As you know…Softball is year round. We will have practice every Monday & Wednesday at about 9am…weather permitting. Dome season starts in late November.
PLEASE READ THIS. You may get something from it.
First of all…you have to check out our new website that Mike Ewen has been perfecting all year. Rochmnss.com
Mike has added several pages with pictures, golf and dome ball…to mention a bit of the great information Mike puts on there. GREAT JOB MIKE!!!! Several people contributed photos…Mike, Dave Anderson, Bob Hake, Peg Selnes.
We have our season ending Picnic on Wednesday 9/27/17 following the games. Please bring a dish to pass and a variety of items will be provided. Brats, burgers, dogs, chips, water and soda. It is very hard to plan the amount of food to buy for these picnics. IT SURELY DOES NOT HELP WHEN PEOPLE TAKE ALL THE FOOD BEFORE THE OTHERS HAVE A CHANCE. Please be considerate of others.
Players who want to…may compete in a few competitions before the picnic. Ages and other restrictions considering…Home Runs, Pitch in the bucket, running around the bases, throwing to a target. Pitch in and split the pot accordingly.
We will be supporting two causes at this picnic. Channel One and TreeHouse. We will have representatives there to share their missions. Donations will be accepted for them if you would like.
There was no need for elections this year. Just enough stepped up to fill each board position. The Board will be introduced at the picnic.
As with anytime you try to operate a group like ours…lots of work goes on behind the scenes. Bob Hewitt putting the chalk lines on the fields, for example.
We need more of you to help us continue. Stick around after the games for just a few minutes to talk to others of us to see how you can help.
See you soon, Thanks for reading, Bill VW
Many THANKS to the twelve teams that participated in the Sixth Annual Rochester Classic Senior Softball Tournament on 9/5/17!
With beautiful weather (except for the non stop wind) and fun teams, the day went very well with the proper balance of competition, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and encouragement. I know Steve Simmons was continuing to watch over us and enjoyed seeing his many friends play softball.....
We had six teams in the following two divisions with the final team records indicated:
Flying Squirrels - West Metro 2-1-1
Rubber Duckies - West Metro 2-2
As the scores reflect, the teams were very competitive with many very close games and two ties at 25-25 and 27-27. The five runs I spotted four teams by the Cool Air and Renegades teams definitely came into play and caused some considerable discussion. I used my best judgment on the team strength without rosters or player/team ratings but will probably not do that again. Since it's a 'recreation' tournament, all teams will play even up. This may well result in commentary from teams recently moved into the Competitive Division and I welcome your feedback for our planned January and March, 2018 Dome Tournaments.
Rochester Relics 4-0
Rochester Rebels 3-1
Border Boys - Wisconsin 1-2-1
Next year I will include whether we incorporate the infield fly rule and calling a pitch a ball if the pitch strikes the back of the pitching screen while delivered. As most of you know, Rochester does not use these two rules while other organizations do and this causes confusion.
Good fortune to the teams from the Midwest participating in National Tournaments this Fall and we'll see you in dome tournaments starting in Nov or December. Rochester plans dome tournaments in Jan and March of 2018. Hopefully Holy Angels will have tournaments in December and February.
Bottom Row - Mike Ewen (mgr), Bruce Borgschatz, Dave Anderson, Dave Zemke (mgr), Al Watts
Standing Row - Bob Conway, Warren Bandel, Casey Doe, Jeff Wells, Dan Richter, Bill Sutter, Bob Hubert
Bill Beaupre, Kevin Herzog, Joe Jennison, Randy Kahl (mgr), Kevin Kann, Joe Koerner,
Tom Kowaleski, Rocky O'Dell, Dave Rice, Jim Roth, Dwight Ruff, Greg Schrek
Front Row - Jim Chihak, Matt Halleck, Don Benike & Batboy Grandsons, Whitey Perlich, Joe Loos
Rochester Minnesota Senior Softball players teamed up with fellow player. And 'green thumb' vegetable gardener Lois Douglas to deliver 1,485 pounds of her farm's fresh produce to Channel One Food shelf!
Thank you Duane for helping unload the full trailer, with Channel One Coordinator Barbara Schramm cheering us on!
See 2017 Potato Dig under Photos for a glimpse of the activities. .
After the dig, Lois treated all to a delicious lunch topped off with homemade yummy pumpkin pie!!!
Wow. What a treat!!
Next is our yearend picnic with hopes of batting $1000 for Channel One and Treehouse. Each Channel One $1 provides 4-5 meals giving help and hope for the hungry.
Fun Fitness Fellowship shown by RMSS softball players.
Thrivent Financial " Live Generously" helped support the cause via an action team. Thrivent Shirts, Thrivent Bags ( thx Diane),and treats were handed out.
See you all at Sept 27 season end softball picnic.
The Session 3 picnic scheduled for this Wed, 8/16 will be moved to after the Mon 8/21 games if we get rained out on 8/16. RMSS will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, sweet corn, pop and water. Please plan to bring a dish to share. Check your email early on Wed for the status of the games/picnic.
I have added 4 new photo albums totaling almost 200 pictures to the web site. Thanks to our photographers, Peg Selnes, Bob Hake and myself for helping to capture our Fun Fitness and Fellowship aspects of RMSS. Lot's of great action shots and some fun candid shots as well. Go to the Photo tab under More to check the new pictures.
A few quick notes to all of you fine folks. First of all. Our Games next Wednesday (July 26th) are being played in Stewartville at the Bear Cave Park. Managers please remind your players at Monday's games. Same game times. Teams that were to play on field 5 will be played on field 1.
Secondly. Thank all who contributed to both the DAV and MS at our last picnic. Both organizations are great causes, and I am glad you showed your generosity. The board is in the process of selecting the group(s) that we will support at our last picnic on 9/27.
As all of you know, we do not have enough players to fill out our teams. Plain and simple…we need more players. Please spread the word and bring a friend or two with you to the games to give it a try. We are discussing ways to recruit more players and manage the players we have now. Hang in there folks.
We are seeking people to help manage our league. We always have opportunities to get better as a group. Your input, but more importantly, your commitment to helping is necessary to improve our league. Please talk to your manager or a board member if you are interested in helping out in any role.
Finally, the best thing. We have been asked to go to Soldier’s Field softball field on a Wednesday after our games. A few people (led by Chuck Sibley) are putting together a story on the history of softball at Soldier’s Field. Everyone of us is invited down to play a part in this memory lane trip. Some of you will be on the field playing. Others will serve as fans, or umpires, or teams warming up, whatever they ask. The date is still not final yet, but we are planning on the 2nd of August. So please plan on sticking around that day. We will car pool down to Soldier’s Field.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. See you next week.
Thank you, Bill VW
Session 1 ended on Wed, 5/24 with 3 teams having a chance to win or tie for 1st place. C&M, Shorewood and Eagles all had a chance at least a share of 1st place. C&M Screenprinting beat Shorewood to remain undefeated at 5-0-1 and win Session 1. Our Session 1 picnic followed with hot dogs and non-alcoholic beverages provided by RMSS and an assortment of chips, side dishes and desserts provided by players. $50 gift cards were presented to Bill Beaupre and Dick Gosse for selling an amazing number of calendars/RSA raffle tickets, to Ben Borgen for leading the beer server volunteers at the D&R pool tournament, to Jim Cook for leading the Pizza Ranch fund raiser and to Mike Ewen for his efforts in putting together the pictorial Player Directory. The RSA raffle, pool tournament and Pizza Ranch fund raising efforts brought in over $2500 for RMSS. Congratulations and thanks again to all who helped out and especially to those leaders recognized at the picnic.
Gordie Haubenschild also presented a CPR/AED refresher. Great information for use at the ball fields and also in our daily lifes. Thanks, Gordie.
No games on Monday 29. Session 2 starts on Wed, June 1. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.
I added the Player Directory to the RMSS web site over the weekend. The Directory is under the More tab. Check it out by clicking here. I am still missing pictures for a few players, if you are one of those, please look for me at an upcoming game so I can get your picture added. I think this will help us put names with faces and help with our Fellowship part of our RMSS motto - Fun Fitness and Fellowship.
At the Salvation Army volunteer recognition dinner held at the end of January, Senior Dome players were recognized for our fund raising efforts. Gordon Haubenschild and Bill Beaupre accepted 2 plaques on behalf of the Dome players.
On Wed, 12/21/16, we had our Holiday Dome Party. We had some extra players for batting practice and the game. Santa made a late appearance. Our guests included representatives from Salvation Army, the Thrivent Action team, children, grand-children and significant others. True to our motto we had Fun, Fitness and Fellowship! We exceeded our goal of batting 1000 for the Salvation Army by raising $2016. Thanks to all who contributed.
Rochester Minnesota Senior Softball raises money for Salvation Army
Posted: Dec 21, 2016 5:05 PM CST
By Chris Yu, Reporter
It was more than just a friendly game of softball at Rochester Community and Technical College Wednesday morning.
Members of Rochester Minnesota Senior Softball held another "Go to Bat" fundraiser inside Rochester Regional Stadium and Bubble.
Dozens of players, along with the Thrivent Financial Action Team, took part in the game -- with all money raised going to the Salvation Army. And when it was all said and done, they collected $2016, which exceeded their goal twofold.play
February 2, 2017
To All RMSS Members
I know it is the middle of winter. But softball is year round. Please read my note. You may get something from it.
First of all…Happy New Year. Our outdoor season starts Monday, May 1, 2017. We have 41 games scheduled. The last game is 9/27/17.
We will start playing outside some time in April. Weather permitting…every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. 9am – 12pm
Early Registration Dates. $40.00 IF YOU SIGN UP EARLY
$48.00 AFTER APRIL 19, 2017
PRO-RATED DURING THE SEASON
EAGLES CLUB WEDNESDAY APRIL 12, 2017 12PM – 4PM
HISTORY CENTER MONDAY APRIL 17, 2017 10AM – 12PM
DAHLC TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2017 530AM-10AM
EAGLES CLUB WEDNESDAY APRIL 19, 2017 1PM – 4PM
AMERICAN LEGION WEDNESDAY APRIL 19, 2017 6PM – 10PM
FIRST DRAFT WEDNESDAY APRIL 26, 2017 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Other stuff. We will select the Officer Election Committee Members on March 8. Let a board member know if you are interested.
We will also decide which charities we will support this year and name who is in charge of those fundraisers.
We are doing a league fundraiser at the March Dome Tourney. Thursday & Friday 6am – 5pm on March 16 & 17. We will be selling food stuffs out of the concession stand. Please contact me to sign up to help.
Another league fundraiser is Monday, March 27. 4pm – 10pm. Pizza Ranch in Stewartville. Contact Jim Cook if you would like to help busing tables for tips and a cut of sales. Have your family and friends come out and eat.
And the last fundraiser is the pool tourney at the Fairgrounds. We have not got a date yet. We will need help serving people beverages.
Thanx for reading this. Board Meetings every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Eagles Club. Shorly after the games or practices.
See you soon, Bill VW
Despite the early negative forecast, the rain held off for the games and the majority of the picnic. Thanks to all who helped out at the picnic including but not limited t
Last game of the season
2016 End of Season Picnic
Congratulations on a great end of season celebration. Through the generosity of our RMSS teammates, $1380 was donated to Channel One and just over $600 to Pastor Colleen Hoeft's South Troy Wesleyan Church. Absolutely wonderful!
For Channel One.., It all started with Lois Douglas sharing her 1380 pounds of harvest with Channel One, add in the Thrivent action team, and RMSS board supporting the two organizations to receive the donations. With matching donations from Dave Zemke with his Thrivent Corporation and Gordon Haubenschild, the $1380 in donations ended up matching the 1380 pounds of produce.
Wow! Each dollar buys four meals. So the more produce that Lois harvested the more dollars were collected for Channel One. Thanks Lois!
Pastor Colleen was very grateful for RMSS's generosity too. For a small church, any and all money makes a huge difference!
Potato Dig Photos
New pics from Session 3 by Peg Selnes available here. The Sept 14 Board Meeting agenda has been posted. We are still in need of a Treasurer and Secretary on the RMSS Executive Board. Contact Bill Von Wald.
Please respond to Mike Ewen if you are a planning to play in the RMSS Golf Event on Sept 26. Yes and maybes only, this will help in planning for the activities. It is still undetermined which course we will play, either Piper Hills in Plainview or Zumbro Falls.
Bill Beaupre provided this nice article from a local small town paper about Jim Freeman. Jim went 17-1-1 as a starting pitcher before leaving for Florida
In Sept we are switching both days and courses for the 1st 2 golf events. We will be playing at Zumbro Falls Golf Club on Thursdays. The address is 60146 US-63. As you head north on Hwy 63 it is on your right just before Zumbro Falls. The informal outings will be on Sept 1 and 15. Our big formal RMSS Golf Event is scheduled for Mon, Sept 26. Start time for all are 9:30, try to arrive by 9:00 to get situated. Remember these events are for fun, all skill levels are welcome!
Let me know if you have preference between Piper Hills and Zumbro Falls for the Sept 26 Event. At this time I am leaning towards Piper Hills, they have treated us really well this year.
RMSS Potato Dig for Channel One
CONGRATULATIONS RMSS and Lois Douglas!!!
Hope with Purpose to Grow and Give,
The Session 4 rosters are posted on the RMSS web site here. I have added a new option to allow printing or downloading of both the rosters and the schedules from the web site. You can print the proper PDF file directly from the web site or download it to your PC and print offline. Let me know if you have any questions.
The August RMSS Board Meeting will be on Wed, 8/10 at the Eagles Club following the Wed games. The agenda is on the web site here . The Session 4 draft will also be held on Wed with results posted later this week. Please let your manager know of any changes in your availability for Session 4.
Reminder, the games next week on Wed, Aug 3, will be in Stewartville at Bear Cave Park. Going south to Stewartville on Hwy 63…Turn right just after the Legion and Bowling alley. You will be heading west, just under 1 mile out on your left are the fields. Same start times, 8:30 practice, 9:30 game start. We could use help loading the equipment on Monday after the games at McQuillan and after the Wednesday games in Stewartville.
July 16, 2016
To: All RMSS Members
From: Bill VonWald, League Coordinator
I hope you understand that I do not write these letters for nothing. Important News…
August 3, 2016 Wednesday Games are at Bear Cave Park Just west of Stewartville.
Going south to Stewartville on Hwy 63…Turn right just after the Legion and Bowling alley. You will be heading west, about 3 miles out on your left are the fields.
Same times…8:30am Batting Practice and Warm ups. 9:30am Games played.
Next thing. Rule clarification. If you are a base runner, you may back up to avoid a tag. There were some saying that if you back up, you give up, thus are out. NOT THE CASE. You may move back, move forward, stand still, anything until you are tagged or forced out at the next base. I hope I made that clear.
Next thing. We need new people to step up and fill roles on the board. We need more of you to get involved helping the league operate. At this time…we need 2 new board members, but more will be needed soon. Please see myself or your team manager.
Next. The board agreed to send out the agenda for the meetings. This was to have happened already, but we had an oversight. Sorry. The past few agendas are now posted with the meeting place and time on our web site. See the new Board Meeting Agendas page replacing the Tournament page.
Next. You may have seen that pictures are being taken. If you do not want you picture on our web site…just say so.
The next board meeting is 8/10/16 at the Eagles Club. Agenda will be out beforehand. After the meeting, we will have the draft for the 4th session.
That is all for now. Thanx for taking the time to read this. Remember 8/3 in Stewartville.
Thanx, Bill VW
RMSS golf update: Duane Petersen, Matt Halleck and Gary Oldenburg won the June 22 outing and Mike Ewen, Bill Von Wald and Barry Oakland won the July 12 outing. Next outing at Piper Hills (Plainview) on July 26. Arrive about 9am for a 9:30 tee off.
RMSS in the Rochesterfest June 24, 2016, Parade
A Success! It is AMAZING what teamwork can accomplish! FUN,
FITNESS, AND FELLOWSHIP!!
As unit #118 or #116 (whichever float handout you were using) we did not actually start along the parade route until about 7:40 PM, finishing the route at approximately 8:20 PM!! Thanks to our parade participants for their PATIENCE!
Along the route us walkers “worked the crowd,” handing out goodies and stopping to talk with a few folks along the route. Some of us played catch with a white wiffle softball. Lois Douglas rode the float in the “queen’s position” and waved to the crowd just like a queen should! She also waved a bat from time to time.
Deb Warnke who was out of town for the parade, got us going for the parade by connecting us with J&J Floats (Jane) in Kasson. Tom Schreiber got us the initial float reservation. Matt Halleck got us the outstanding RMSS “Softball is a Passion” coolies we judiciously handed out during the parade. Bruce Borgschatz was our “MVP player” – handling all float pickup at J&J’s in Kasson, parade towing, and return to J&J Floats duties.
In Saturday’s Post-Bulletin, page A3, if you look real close in the top picture (scouts
pulling a horizontal American flag) – at the rightmost “Do Not Enter” sign, you can see Jim Renn at the back of Bruce’s
truck ( with the back window in the up position).
Below is some more information on getting the float ready for the parade and making our parade “walk” a success.
Float Setup and Take Down folks (at Bill Miller’s house – THANK YOU Bill!!!)
Lots of “creativity and cooperation” in use of “tools,” placing league shirts, 3 banners (2 RMSS, 1 “Senior Softball is a Passion”), Bill Miller’s trophy, etc. on the float.
Bruce Borgschatz, Jim Cook, Bill Miller, Bill VonWald, Ben Borgen, Jim Renn
[After the parade – 3 guys with 3 flashlights put the float back into its “as picked up” condition. The float was returned Saturday morning.]
Champion Float Puller: Bruce Borgschatz (Shorewood)
Parade Walkers and Float Riders
Blacks: Bill Beaupre, Ben Borgen (RMSS shirt), Jim Renn
1st Chiropractic: Duane Petersen, Bob Hewitt
C&M: Dave Warnke, Lois Douglas. Lois did a FANTASTIC job waving her hand and a bat at the crowd as we traveled the parade route!
Eagles: Glenn Barry, Mike Ewen
Edward Jones: Jim Favre, Jim Roth
Prime Time: Barry Oakland, Rocky O’Dell [Should have listened to Rocky on picking up additional goodies to hand out!]
Shorewood: Jim Cook, Randy Kahl
Thrivent: Prime Time’s Tom Kowalesky in a Thrivent shirt
Bruce Borgschatz’s granddaughter Kaitlyn Borgschatz, , Bill Gosse’s grandson Maverick Beauperlant, Duane Petersen’s son, Justin rode in the float – just to keep us old folks “loose” during the parade!
All parade walkers worked the crowd handing out “goodies,” stopping and talking to some parade watchers, and waving at the crowd.
We finished about 8:30 PM and 2 of us headed over to Bill Millers to “put the float back together” – in the dark, ready to be towed back to Kasson Saturday morning.
o Another golf outing is planned for Tuesday 6/21 starting at 9:30 AM
at the Piper Hills Course in Plainview. This will be our third event of
the year with more planned about biweekly. Arrive by 9:00 AM to
practice and be drafted by a team leader. We have
had 10 and 9 at the last two events. Nine holes and then lunch in
Elgin. Winners of the 2nd event were the team of Duane Petersen, Tom Kowalewski and Ben Borgen with score of 35(-1) in a best shot format. July golf outings are planned for 7/12 and 7/26. More details will follow.
o RMSS will participate in the 6/24 RochesterFest Parade with a float, 25 walkers handing out candy and other items w/o throwing them, several players on the float, etc. Bruce Borgschatz will pull the float with his new Ford pickup - Thanks! We will be decorating the float starting about 1:30 PM at Bill Miller's house. Sign up to walk or ride via Jim Cook. Participants will arrive at Soldiers Field at 5:15 PM to get organized.
o Plan to attend our 7/6/2016 RMSS picnic as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of RMSS along with all former and current sponsors, former and current players, et al. FUN will be had by all!
o Here's a great article on Jackson Douglas (Lois' grandson) who will be pitching for the Rochester Honkers tomorrow (Friday) starting at 7:05 PM at Mayo Field. Many of us have gotten to know Jackson over his awesome baseball career and practicing in the RCTC Dome this past Winter with his friend Ryan Goll (200' long toss with two super arms). This will be a great opportunity to see Jackson's skills and sit with the Douglas family to cheer on the Honkers!
To all of the Great RMSS Members:
Session 1 ended today on a rainy note. 3 of the 4 games were not played due to the rain and poor field conditions. The game on Field 2 was completed with a short rain/lightning delay. Despite the early rain, the Session 1 picnic was a success. Congratulations to Session 1 winners Shorewood with a 6-0-1 record. Go here for full standings. Session 2 starts next Wed on June 1. Check out the Session 2 rosters.
The highlight of the day:
Our first RMSS golf outing will be next Tuesday, May 31, at Piper Hills golf course in Plainview. We'll try to get started about 9:30am. Format will be a team best shot with various prizes. No need to sign up, just show up if you want to play.
We need people who are interested in becoming managers for future sessions, this season and next year and also board members for next season. Please contact Bill Von Wald for details.
Parade info from Media Coordinator Jim Cook
RMSS participation in the Rochesterfest Parade on June 24th.
RMSS has been “accepted” into the parade. We have been given some rules already - more details are supposed to come after June 1st.
For now, we – RMSSer, need to do some planning and get some parade participant commitments for approximately 25-30 RMSSers to participate in the parade (starts at 6:15 PM, need to be “in sequential position” by 5: 15 PM).
Some ”rules” already known are:
- Only 25 “walkers” (around the float) are allowed. Some other number of participants can be on the float.
- No throwing of “stuff” (eg super soft balls with RMSS stamped on them, pieces of candy, etc.)l We can hand things out.
- Parade route: Starts at 6th St SW, approximately in front of the Soldiers’ Field memorial. Heads west to 7th Ave SW (corner of Edison School (District Administration building. At the Edison building, turn south several blocks, then diagonally northeast back to approximately where the parade started. Looks to be less than 3 miles.
Please read the following and, if you can participate in the roles listed below, please let one of the following “Parade Committee” members know ASAP (Ben Borgen, Jim Cook, Tom Schreiber, Rocky O’Dell). Also this email offers a proposed “float environment” while moving along the parade route. Feel free to make additional suggestions that you could carry out!!
1. Thanks to Deb Warnke and Tom Schreiber, we have a float reserved from Kasson’s J&J FLOATS – Kreidemacher. We need person[s]/vehicle[s] to drive out to get the float, hitch it up, get back to our Rochester parade “slot”, pull the float and then bring the float back to Kasson, no later than noon on June 25th.
2. The RMSSers responsible for “decorating the float” need to be available approximately 1:30 PM on June 24th. As of today the float appears to be already “basically decorated’” with colored papers. I SUGGEST the following to add our own RMSS touches – obviously indicating senior softball players
a. Put one of our pitching screens on the float. Have an RMSSer wearing at least his/her then team jersey, “pitching” a ball (?? Nerf ball, wiffle ball, ??) over the net. A second RMSSer catching the ball on the other side of the screen. One RMSSer posing as a non-swinging batter.
Determine if one of the float “players” is leaning on a crutch or wearing knee braces!
b. Try to come up with some way to indicate to those watching the parade, that we do perform some community service activities. Our parade committee members will come up with a “short script” that RMSS participants can “recite” to any “media folks” that may interview us along the route. The script would include words on “fun, fellowship, service activities/organization we have already worked with.
[As part of the parade application form, we did include a “set of words” to be announced as our group passes some “parade announcers stand.” Jim Cook will bring a copy to our parade committee members next week to see if we can do some further “netting out.”
c. Assume we have 3 RMMSS banners. Ben Borgen to provided details on our two banners with our “current RMSS logo.” Bill Miller to have our older “Softball is a Passion” banner. TO be decided which banners are “on the float” and which are carried by RMSSers walking alongside the parade route - front/back and sides of the floats/float tow vehicle.
3. Identify (get commitment from) the approximately 25-30 RMSSers, wearing their team jerseys and either standing on the float or walking. The walkers would be handing out (no throwing) “RMSS logoed soft balls and ?? candy.” Matt Halleck is currently in charge of ordering, obtaining our balls and candy to parade walkers.
4. Determine whether we want, and in consideration of the already float/tow vehicle length, want additional “vintage vehicles” in our group.
Agenda for the upcoming June 1, 2016 Board Meeting:
ROCHESTER MINNESOTA SENIOR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
BOARD MEETING AGENDA
WEDNESDAY JUNE 01, 2016
11:30 AM EAGLES CLUB
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL OFFICERS, MEMBERS, & GUESTS
SECRETARY’S REPORT Deb W.
TREASURER’S REPORT Randy K.
WEB SITE REPORT Mike E.
ACTIVITY CALENDER REVIEW Bill VW
UPCOMING DATES & TASKS
Park & Rec. Discuss last game date.
MEDIA PLAN Matt H. & Jim C.
July 6th 10th Anniversary Picnic
1. Face Mask Check out system update
2. Player Management Committee report
3. August 3rd playing fields
1. Publication of Meeting Agenda
2. Publication of Meeting Minutes
3. Charity Activities
B. Medical updates
WOW - we had an awesome day at the D&R Pool Tournament yesterday. Our workers included Bill Miller, Bruce Gibson, Mike Ewen, Rocky O'Dell, Gary Thomas, Gary Oldenburg, and Ben Borgen.
First record - we took in $418 in tips on Saturday compared to $193 on Saturday in 2015!
Second record - our tips reached $863 from Thursday - Saturday of this year compared to the old record of $650 in 2015!!!! FANTASTIC! I will be depositing this money and then writing a check to RMSS at our May 4th RMSS Board Meeting. The money will go into our general fund and can be used for picnics, charities, celebrations, etc.
Thanks to our dedicated and perseverant RMSS workers who worked exceptionally hard all three days but especially yesterday - very minimal breaks! What a team!
Well - Fridays are notoriously slow at the pool tournaments and yesterday was no exception. Our workers took in $55 in tips to raise our total to $445 for two days with Saturday to go. Saturday morning's workers don't need to show up until 8:30 AM for a 9:00 AM bar opening.
Thu - 4/21
Thanks to our RMSS workers today (Bill Beaupre, Kerm Bitz, Mike Ewen, Ken Granle, Matt Halleck, Bill Miller, Tom Kowalewski, Gary Oldenburg, Gary Thomas, Bill Von Wald and Ben Borgen), we broke our own World Record with a first day D&R Pool Tournament take of $390!! We easily demolished our previous record of $310 in 2015 and $287 in 2014. We primarily completed beertending but also helped out with bar tending as we have done in the past. West Bar #1 took in $170, East Bar #2 $146, and North Bar #3 $74. We will be working on Friday and Saturday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM as we attempt to break the 3 day record of $650. You can stop by Graham Arena to see your RMSS team in action and some excellent pool playing.
The cost to play the 2016 season will be $48.00 ($40.00
if paid before or on April 6, 2016). You can "sign up" for playing both
Monday and Wednesday or only one of these days. 2016 early bird sign up sessions will be:
- 3/16 Wed 8:15-10:30am at the RCTC Dome
- 3/30 Wed Noon-3pm at the DAHLC (Don Abrams Healthy Living Center)
- 4/6 Wed Noon-4pm at the Historical Society
The last pre-season sign ups will be at the regular $48.00 rate:
- 4/8, Fri Noon-4pm at the Eagles
- 4/20, Wed Noon-4pm at the Eagles
Go to the Registration and Waiver page for full details and to print out a registration form.
Go here http://kimt.com/2015/12/31/softball-indoors/ to see a KIMT TV news clip on senior dome softball featuring our own Ben Borgen