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September 2012—

Softball Player Profile: Dominic Colonna fe

Larry Wolfe Dominic “Dom” Colonna’s early life reads like the script from American Graffit tii,, the George Lucas coming of age fi lm starring Ron Howard and Richard That’s the movie where we learned that Ron Howard wasn’t Opie from Mayberry anymore! After moving from his native Chicago to the San Francisco area as a teenager, Dom lived the American teen dream: drag racing in the boulevards, swimming in the Pacifi c Ocean and attending concerts at San Francisco’s Fillmore West to hear, among many others, the early Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. But as in that nostalgic movie,

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everyone has to eventually grow up, and Dom did, too!

After graduating from Hillsdale San Mateo High School, Dom volunteered for the draft and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and then served with the Army’s Yukon Alaska Command. Eighteen months, 11 days and nine hours later he was honorably discharged and returned to California. He used the GI Bill and a job at Sears to attend college and earn his degree in Business Administration from West Valley College in Saratoga.

Dom’s business career was primarily

in sales with several California businesses. He worked many years at Taylor Made Offi ce Systems in Concord where he rose to the position of district manager. Next he was a national account manager with Pacifi c Business Products in Burlingame. He then worked 10 years for the Bureau of National Affairs in Benicia as their district sales rep. His last two positions were as marketing director for Gene’s Offi ce Furniture in Oakland and as designer and sales representative with The Kitchen Connection, a Hayward-based custom kitchen design and remodeling company. When retirement beckoned, Dom and

his wife Beth joined many other Californians in selecting a home in Arizona due to the great home prices and lower overall cost of living as compared to the San Francisco area. Their two daughters, Veronica and

John Bell, Publicity The fi rst two Saturdays of this

cycle, July 14 and 21, were an Eclectic Tournament with scores carrying over from the 14th to the 21st to determine the winners. The results were as follows. First fl ight: fi rst place gross, Rich

Johnson; fi rst place net, Paul Brauer; second place net,

John White. Second

fl ight: fi rst place gross, Dan Paxton; second place gross, Gene Kivi; fi rst place net, Les Blaylock; second place net, Ralph Liguori; third place net (tie) Roger Beagle and Russ Grgich. Third

SPORTS CMGA tournament results

fl ight: fi rst place gross, Bill Greer, second place gross, Jack Wortley; third place gross, David Health; fi rst place net, Ron Gunnoe; second place net, Larry Guild; third place net (tie) Jim Crandal and Ray Welker. Fourth fl ight: fi rst place gross, Bill Irwin; second place gross, Terry Cronin; fi rst place net, Joe Ficek; second place net, Gene Brown. July 28 – 2 man best ball net. First

fl ight: fi rst place, Gerald Brock and Gerry Rooney; second place: Bill Mazejko and Ken Pearson; third place: Bob Schaedel and

— CMGA cont. on page 67


Valarie, and their families soon followed, so Dom and Vicki are happy to now have the whole immediate family in the area. That gives them plenty of grandparents’ time with grandkids Nathan, Nolan and Natalie. Dom will begin his third season in the

Sun Lakes Softball League this fall. He’s a strong-armed third baseman and a solid .567 hitter who loves to play the game. Besides softball, Dom enjoys golf and working out a couple times per week. He and Beth also love movies, concerts and live theatre. When asked for a favorite memory, Dom

recalled the time in 1959 when a Sister at the Catholic grade school he attended said she knew Yogi Berra and had arranged for him to visit the school. But it turned out even better. A bus with the entire Yankee team showed up! Yes, Yogi, Mickey, Whitey, Moose, Tony K, Elston, Gil, et al, got out and mingled with the kids. Can you imagine that happening today? Dom thought he was “living the dream!” And, you know what? Today he still is! 

ILGA end summer with a flurry of opportunities

Ironwood Ladies Golf Association

warmly welcomes new member Kathy Heinemann. We know she will enjoy our busy schedule of events and regular play days on Thursday mornings or afternoons throughout the year. Some of the upcoming events and no play dates include the following: Aug 9 Course closed for maintenance Aug 15 Summer League at Ironwood Aug 30 AM and PM Low Net State

Medallion round 4 and AM and PM Low Net Robson Challenge qualifying round 4 Sep 12 Summer League at Sun Lakes

Country Club Sep 24 Course closed for overseeding

through October Oct 13. No league play Once the fall season starts, calendars

fi ll up fast. Reserve space on your calendar for the Member/Guest Tournament on November 15 AM and PM. To learn more about our organization

and how to join, please access our website The last session of Ringers and Birdies for 2012 starts September 6.


Awards for the winners of the second session (May-Aug) will be presented at the November 1 luncheon. Cottonwood and Palo Verde Golf

courses are offering a Gender Day Membership to all Sun Lakes Homeowners. The membership will entitle the player to play with the appropriate golf association on gender day of play only. The membership fee for Cottonwood will be $600 plus league fee (Thursday play day) and Palo Verde will be $500 plus league fee (Tuesday play day). If the Gender Membership is purchased now, the rest of the gender day play for the present season will be free. To fi nd out more, please contact Cottonwood Pro shop at 895-9449 or Palo Verde Pro shop at 895- 0300 for any further information. 

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