Volunteers Honored at Little League Congress Event
Several Little League Baseball and Softball volunteers were honored this afternoon at the District Volunteer Recognition Luncheon that is part of the 25th Annual International Congress being held in Lexington, Ky. The award recipients were honored in appreciation for their voluntary service that supports and perpetuates the ideals of Little League and for their commitment to the healthy development of children.
“Each of the honorees has gone above and beyond the call to help make this organization the envy of all youth sports organizations,” Stephen D. Keener, Chief Executive Officer and President of Little League International, said. “Their extensive work on behalf of the children and adult volunteers in their district is exemplary. We are very thankful to have people like those we honored in the Little League Baseball and Softball family.”
Every three years at Congress, the Meritorious Service Award is given to a deserving District Administrator (DA). The Commendation Award is given to Assistant District Administrators (ADA).
There are approximately 650 District Administrators in the nine Little League Baseball and Softball regions around the world. They are volunteers who are elected by those in their districts to counsel, direct, and provide leadership in the policies and rules of the Little League program and to serve as the liaison between the local leagues and the regional director. The Assistant District Administrators assist the District Administrators with all aspects of operations in their area.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries. The Little International Congress continues through Tuesday (March 15).
2010 Little League Baseball and Softball Meritorious Service Award Recipients
Southeastern Region - Mert Leeman, (Ft. Myers, Fla. - Florida District 9), 25 years in Little League, 12 years as a DA
West Region – Will Neal (Hayden Lake, Idaho - Idaho District 1), 30 years in Little League, 16 years as a DA
East Region – Dave Koehler (Mercerville, N.J. - New Jersey District 12), 22 years in Little League, 12 years as a DA
Central Region – Butch Faber (Silver Lake, Wis. - Wisconsin District 6), 43 years in Little League, 22 years as a DA
Southwestern Region – Jerrell Weir (Brenham, Texas - Texas District 13), 32 years in Little League, 24 years as a DA
Canada – Kevin Kvame (Lethbridge, Alberta - Alberta District 1), 24 years in Little League, 15 years as a DA
Latin America – Carlos Homs (Carolina, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico District 3), 41 years in Little League, 16 years as a DA
EMEA – John Kuykendall (Moreno Valley, Calif. - Germany District 1), 42 years in Little League, 12 years as a DA
Asia-Pacific – Eko Katoh (Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia District 1), 24 years in Little League, 1 year as a DA
2010 Little League Baseball and Softball Commendation Award Recipients
Southeastern Region – Michelle Berry (Valrico, Fla. - Florida District 13), 15 years in Little League, 10 year as an ADA
West Region – Pam White (Riverside, Calif. - California District 24), 15 years in Little League, 7 years in as an ADA
East Region – John Berardi (Woburn, Mass. - Massachusetts District 13), 25 years in Little League, 15 years as an ADA
Central Region – Max Lauritzen (Princeton, Ill. - Illinois District 20), 30 years in Little League, 15 years as an ADA
Southwestern Region – Bruce Wilson (Biloxi, Miss. - Mississippi District 20), 30 years in Little League, 30 years as an ADA
Canada – Bruce Campbell (Nepean, Ontario - Ontario District 2), 20 years in Little League, 8 years as an ADA
Latin America – Agnes Gumbs (St. Martin, Netherlands - Netherlands Antilles District 2), 17 years in Little League, 8 years as a ADA
EMEA – Lilly Rossetti (Legnano, Italy - Italy District 1), 4 years in Little League, 3 years as an ADA
Asia-Pacific – Chito Gonzalez (Manila, Philippines - Philippines District 1), 12 years in Little League, 2 years an ADA
Each of the volunteers who received awards at the Little League International Congress District Volunteer Recognition Luncheon gathered for a picture after the ceremony. Receiving the Meritorious Service Award for District Administrators was: Mert Leeman; Will Neal; Dave Koehler; Butch Faber; Jerrell Weir; Kevin Kvame; Carlos Homs; John Kuykendall; and, Eko Katoh. Earning the Commendation Award for Assistant District Administrators was: Michelle Berry; Pam White; John Berardi; Max Lauritzen; Bruce Wilson; Bruce Campbell; Agnes Gumbs; Lilly Rossetti; and, Chito Gonzalez. George Berardi, was recognized for 50 years served as a district administrator; and Rueben Hill was honored for his 50 years of service to the Little League programs in Florida.