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INSIDE: What’s May 2013


Zumba with Mary ......... 60 Mr. Tennis .................... 72 Unity News .................. 75 Calendars ...............80-82 Classifi eds ..............83-91


IronOaks Pickleball players win at


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court facility. Dave Zapatka and Greg Mathers won gold medals in Men’s 3.5 doubles after playing 32 teams and not losing a game until the fi nals. Darlene Williams and Karen Eastman were overpowering their opponents but had to settle for a bronze when forced to drop out. ThisThi opened the door for Patty True and Dianne Zimmerman to get a chance at the gold but they lostlos to a great team from SaddleBrooke in the fi nal match and went home with Silver medals in 3.3.5 women’s doubles. Many other IronOaks club members did the club proud but didn’t bring home the medals.


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(At right) Diane Zimmerman and Patty True win Silver. Dave Zapatka and Greg Mathers showing off their Gold medals won in the Men’s 3.5 Bracket.


Jim Kilmartin honored at softball banquet


Thanks, Rotary! Stars and stripes fly proudly at Basha High


Jim Kilmartin (left) is presented with the Sprit of Sun Lakes Softball Award by Rich Nadler (photo by Core Photography, LLC).


Larry Wolfe Jim Kilmartin was the recipient of the


third annual Spirit of Sun Lakes Softball Award at a banquet held on March 23. Nearly 150 players, spouses and guests attended the annual affair in the Oakwood Ballroom. Jim has been playing Sun Lakes softball for over 20 years and has been a major contributor to the growth and success of the program. Red Waterfi eld received “The Legend” Award for being well, a legend in his own mind! Red runs our Monday recreational program and has also been associated with the program for over 20 years. Congratulations, guys! Thanks to Dr. Roger Spark and Jesse Washington for coordinating the event. The second annual Senior Softball


Golf Challenge was held at the Oakwood course in late March. There was a tie for the men’s title at eight under between the following two foursomes:


(1) Larry


Kaufmann, Al Grefsheim, Chuck Myrick and Henry Ellis; (2) Gary Hatch, Frank


Tanner, Jack Strauss and Mike Core. The ladies’ division winners at two under were Charlene Ellis, Lynn Tanner, Cyndy Hilby and Karen Kishpaugh. Congratulations to the 2008 Sun Lakes


Ladies Team for being recognized by the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame. See a separate article and photo elsewhere in this edition of the Splash. The Desert Cove Rehab Center team,


managed by Larry Kaufmann, clinched the Spring League Championship. Their superlative 23-7 won-lost record assured them of the title going into the season’s fi nal week. Next month’s Splash will feature fi nal standings and stats as well as a recap of the season-ending tournament and awards ceremony. On a sad note, Gene “Doc” Metcalf


passed away in March. Doc was one of the pioneers of Sun Lakes softball. RIP Doc.


A big thank you goes out to Tresha — SOFTBALL cont. on page 64


The new Basha High flagpole supplied by the Sun Lakes Rotary Club.


Norm Noble It started with a casual remark. Jim


Schilling, coach of Basha High School’s varsity baseball team, mentioned to Dwight Snyder, member of the Sun Lakes Rotary Club, that there was no fl agpole at his school’s baseball fi eld and no funds to obtain one; consequently, there was no good means of displaying the American fl ag during the singing of the National Anthem prior to each game. Dr. Snyder was presenting Rotary’s


popular “Choices” program to Schilling’s 9th grade class when the comment was uttered. “Choices” is an interactive classroom seminar that


shows middle


and high school students the importance of making wise personal and academic decisions. Members of the Sun Lakes Rotary challenge students to think about their future career options based on the level of education they decide to achieve,


as well as the impact their “choices”


will have on their future families and the world around them. They learn that every decision has a consequence. They are taught that their “choices” made about education have both short and long-term consequences. Snyder returned to Sun Lakes Rotary


with the inspiration for the club to provide not only the fl agpole, but the fl ag and the installation of the pole. He proposed that the club apply for a District Simplifi ed Grant. These grants are a tool for Rotary districts to support short-term humanitarian projects that benefi t the community. Shortly thereafter, a $2,500 grant was approved. On March 7, Snyder and several


members of Sun Lakes Rotary, including President Gene Nicholas, attended the baseball game between Basha and Mesquite High Schools, where the fl ag and fl agpole were dedicated. 


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