December 4, 2008

Committee Adds Four New Members

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 9:23 am

The Steering Committee of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics welcomes four new members as it readies for 2009 activities.

Susan Berry, Lester Brosset, Clarence Pinion and Bill Shay, all familiar with senior activities, are the new faces

on the committee.”

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   Berry           Brosset        Pinion            Shay

“We are confident that we will better serve our constituents because we have these four new members among us,” said Committee Chairman Doyle Blasingame. “They have been active in senior games and already have begun to infuse new ideas into our plans and endeavors.”

Susan Berry, a native of New Hampshire, is a retired nurse who continues to instruct and act as a consultant for child care facilities. Her sports are golf and bowling. A member of Northwood Hills Golf Club, she has participated in several of our district golf championships, where she is expected to have an impact on conduct of events. She and her husband form a tough combination on the bowling lanes, too.

Lester Brosset is just about to move into the 75-plus age bracket and that will mean more competition for many in that part of the Senior Olympics because his interests run through many events. Among the sports where he has medaled in the past are beanbag baseball, washer pitch, throws, darts, bocce ball and shuuffleboard. From Natchitoches, he is retired military and he taught ROTC at Huntington High School and Byrd High School. He is a committee member with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency.

Les is an active Red Cross volunteer and the American Heart Association and is director of community services for the Knights of Columbus.

Clarence Pinion is a newcomer to the Shreveport-Bossier community. A native of New Orleans. he had a wonderful childhood and early adult life in the Big Easy. Clarence moved to the midwest and for 30 odd years he called southeastern Wisconsin home. His intend was to return to New Orleans in his retirement years and work on social issues. Katrina changed that plan and Shreveport-Bossier became his next choice. Louisiana was always his first choice.

Clarence says “sound minds and sound bodies are positive vehicles for addressing life’s challenges.” Exercise both mental and physical, diet and abundant rest are his mantra for productive longevity. To focus on these issues Clarence joined the NWLA Senior Olympics Steering Committee and volunteers at the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.

Bill Shay is well-known in senior athletics. He owns gold medals in volleyball at the national levels of USA Volleyball (where he was on the six-man all-tournament team in 2006) and in Senior Olympics. A basketball player in his youth, he picked up volleyball when in the service in the early 1940s, agreeing to fill out a team in what he called at the time a “sissy sport.” He has played championship volleyball in 15 states and three countries and is a certified USVA official and successful teacher and coach of the game. A Missouri native, Bill came to this area while in the Air Force and stayed to work with Southwestern electric Power Company.

Bill has worked to bring girls volleyball into Bossier Parish high schools and has coached top amateur teams.

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