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Awards Meeting

MDDA Awards Meeting

November 11, 2006
McFarland Municipal Center

A small group of Midwest Distance Driving enthusiasts gathered at the McFarland Municipal Center on Saturday, November 11, 2006, to celebrate the 2006 driving season and conduct the annual meeting.

From left: Gary & Katz Jackson, Roger & Dana Houk,Wes & Jane Licht, Jac & Marguerite Deweese, Glen & Susan Garbisch, Larry & Mary Clapper, Jack & Luann Shea, Gerald Millard. Missing from picture: Ramona Radtke and Becki Deweese (photographer)

The smells of good food soon permeated the facility as friends enjoyed appetizers along with their conversation. Wes then split the attendees into 3 groups for a game of Pin the Name of the Harness Part on the Horse. This required each member of each group to be blindfolded, twirled and generally pointed at a large illustration of a horse in harness. The blindfolded individual then approached the illustration with a named harness part, while his/her group shouted directions (and the other groups shouted opposing directions) and placed the named part somewhere on the illustration. The results were hilarious! It was a great ice breaker.

Susan Garbisch starts the game.

A quieter game was then run by Jane called Know Your MDDA Members where participants had to put on their thinking caps. They needed to match a list of some active members with descriptions of their involvement in MDDA, distance driving and the names of their horses. Entries were later used for the drawing of door prizes.

The groups then broke up with individuals filling their plates with a variety of excellent food and enjoyed visiting and eating. When everyone was totally stuffed and relaxed, Wes took the floor to conduct the annual meeting.

Wes announced that Connie Gray and Pauline Stollenwerk were retiring from the board while Jack Shea, Mary Clapper and Katz Jackson were newly elected to the board. Sandy Rudstrom and Wes, Gary, Jac, Jane and Roger are continuing as board members.

The membership approved changes to the By Laws revising the date of the annual meeting from February to November and allowing the board to approve expenditures greater than $300 or contracts longer than 1 year by a 2/3 majority.

After the business meeting Wes asked Gerry Millard to assist in handing out the awards. The driving awards were based on a formula for completed drives accounting for miles and placings.

First up was our excellent and active group of Rookies. The Singles drivers were led by Jack Shea , the Rookie of the Year, with Lee. Katz Jackson with Talon was a very close second, followed by Mary Clapper with Benjamin and Pair rookie driver Jim Clay with Pepe and Scarlet.

Next came the Limited Distance awards. For Singles Wes Licht had the Champion with Annie, Jack Shea was Reserve Champion and Katz Jackson placed 3rd. Congratulations to Jack and Katz for completing 5 drives to qualify for this award as well as their Rookie awards. No pairs qualified.

Then came the Competitive awards. For Singles Jac Deweese had the Champion with Scooter and Reserve Champion with Cake. Gary Jackson was 3rd with Horus. No pairs qualified.

Some other fun awards were presented for unique occurrences during the driving season.

Jack Shea received a ‘Checklist’ award in remembrance of his experience at DRAW IV.

Jac Deweese received a ‘Bulldozer’ award to commemorate Cake’s bulldozing around a mud puddle at the Louise Riedel Bra Bender drive.

Jac & Marguerite were awarded the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for their significant efforts in promoting MDDA. Connie and Pauline received Special Service awards for their many contributions in support of distance driving since its beginning in Wisconsin.

Last, Mary took the floor and surprised Wes and Jac with a “special” gift in appreciation of their help with her horse Ben and his harness. She had made a pair of beautiful driving aprons and muffs with heat packets.

The group may have been small, but it was dedicated to Distance Driving. The enthusiasm was apparent in the good conversation and pleasure exhibited by the attendees.

2006 annual meeting

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Gary Jackson misses target
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Becki Deweese is off target
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Shouting instructions
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Wes Licht directs Dana Houk
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Mary Clapper heads for target
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Concentrating on a quiet game
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Jac Deweese presents Treasures report
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Discussing business
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Gerry Millard presents Rookie awards to Mary Clapper and Katz Jackson
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Jack Shea receives Rookie of the Year Award
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Getting snacks
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Wes Licht with Limited Distance award
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Gerald Millard presents Competitive Award to Gary Jackson and Jac Deweese
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Attendees watch award presentation
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Attendees watch awards presentation
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Jac and Marguerite Deweese
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Wes Licht presents Volunteer Award
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Mary Clapper presents surprise gifts to Wes and Jac
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Mary helps Wes with apron
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Wes Licht prepares for game
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Katz Jackson is spun in preparation for game
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Larry Clapper enjoys the food
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Becki Deweese and Gerald Millard enjoy the food
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Jac, Katz and Gary Jackson share a meal
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Luann and Jack Shea share a table with Wes and Jane Licht
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Sue Garbisch shares a table with Dana and Roger Houk
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Glenn Garbisch and Luann Shea obviously enjoying the game
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Wes and Gerry hold Service awards for Pauline Stollenwerk and Connie Gray

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