A Letter to WRBO Parents
My name is Kevin Windham and I’ve been a part of the youth sports program for several years. The thoughts and comments in this letter are not from the Western Reserve Baseball Organization Board of Directors. I felt the need to inform everyone involved in WRBO on a few items. The board of directors is all volunteers which are made up of parents, community leaders and general citizens. Their work and dedication is a year round commitment to the kids of Western Reserve.
The board of
directors has the responsibility of running the operation of our program. The
board makes decisions that are in the best interest of all the children in our
We are required to operate our program under the rules and regulations Ohio Hot Stove and Ohio Girls Softball Organizations. Some of the specific duties include: paperwork that needs to be filed with corporate headquarters, registrations, finding sponsors for our teams, fund-raising, drafting teams, scheduling, working ball games, hosting tournaments, and having regular meetings with the local, district and state boards.
Another item that the majority of the parents in our program do not understand is what a wonderful job Berlin Township and Ellsworth Township does for our program. The Trustee’s and the entire staff do an outstanding job. Everyone needs to understand just how blessed we are and how fortunate we are to have such a great facility to play baseball and softball. We need to thank the Trustee’s and their staff every day for their work.
On Saturday, December 12 we will have our annual meeting of the general membership of the WRBO at 9:30 a.m. in the dining area of Ben’s Restaurant. The general membership consists of all managers, coaches, parents and Directors. At this meeting, we will be electing the Board of Directors for the 2016 season.
The problem every year is that we never have enough people at the annual meeting to fill the spots on the board of directors. We usually have to go out and talk to the general members and beg them to come be a member of the Board. We have 150-plus kids in our program, 200-plus parents, not including grandparents, and we cannot get 10 people to volunteer their time and talents for the kids of Western Reserve, this is sad. I have been a member for years helping in anyway as my four children played in the WRBO program and every year we have this same problem. I don’t understand this at all. We all have jobs, family and kids but we make time for other things, why not baseball/softball and our youth. My belief is that if you really believe in WRBO and want to see the program improve, you will find the time to help. We need board members that want to see the program grow for all of the kids in Western Reserve.
As my youngest moves into high school and I leave the youth sports world of Western Reserve I would like to thank all of the volunteers that have worked very hard this past year and years past. Without all of us working together, none of what we do would be possible.
I am asking for more participation at our annual meeting and also for more volunteers to serve on Board of Directors. If you are interested in our program, whether you have children playing or not, please come to the annual meeting. If you plan on coming to the meeting, please contact me so that I can have a feel on the number who will attend. My phone number is 330-770-3963 and email address is BerlinCHIEF@aol.com.
Once again, thank you for all of your help and support.
Out going proud member of WRBO
ALL BASEBALL coaches on WRBO need back ground checks every two years.
. Go to http://www.ncsisafe.com/ to get or check on your 16 digit App. ID # you need for your roster. The registration # for Meander League is 26771824. Your cost for the back ground check is around $22. If you did this last year you are good for one more year but you will need your App. #.
ALL SOFTBALL coaches need BACKGROUND CHECK
Managers and coaches visit the website at www.portagegirlssoftball.com . The background link is active. Please follow the directions to be screened. If they did it before today,
Reps will need last 4 of each coach SS# to put on their roster. Also please encourage your coaches to complete this ASAP. If they aren't in the system in a timely manner, it will delay your roster(s) being approved.
President, Portage Girls Softball
ATTENTION ALL MANAGERS, COACHES AND UMPIRES YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS TRAINING AND RETURN A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE TO THE LEAGUE AND KEEP ONE FOR EACH COACH WITH YOUR ROSTER.
It's never to early to be thinking about playing ball.
As we approach our finial year of a three year, seven field improvement program WRBO wants wants to thank CBS topsoil for braving the weather and getting 20 tons of infield dirt on the field while the ground is frozen. This year fields 2 and 3 will receive a much needed fence, dugout and infield upgrade. In 2013 the two Berlin fields were over hauled giving the middle school boys a grass infield and the "G" league teams a great infield edged in grass. Last year in 2014 the three fields in Ellsworth had close to 100 tons of dirt hauled in and hours of volunteer time regrading the slope for drainage. Also in Ellsworth field 11 should be getting a taller home run fence installed this year to allow for older kids to play under the lights. Thank you everyone for your time volunteering, money spent, and material donated giving our program a great future. March 6, 2015
Well Needed Storage
The WRBO batting barn received some new seating along with some long time needed storage. Thanks to several volunteers and about $800 of material 14 lockable 16 cubic foot storage units were built inside the batting barn. These double as a bench for the players as they wait their turn in the cage. The lockers will be used to store team bag equipment and other items used by the WRBO board members. Two extra units were built for the high school teams. Feb. 12 2015