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Page 6 --WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24,2011 CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA Lions Club hosting football jamboree Saturday By Charlie Delfino Cloverdale Lions Club will be hosting a huge football jamboree this Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Cloverdale High School foot- ball field. The gates will be open for everyone to come and enjoy youth football in its truest form. There is no cost to attend and the Snack Shack will be up and running for every- one to grab some great food and support an organization that has been a fixture in our community for many years. In a program that was created 50 years ago, in 1961 and has seen liter- ally thousands of local youth suit up and represent all those small towns that didn't have a large number of players and or the resources to com- pete in Pop Warner, most of the players have continued to play into high school, on to college football, and a few have even played or are currently playing pro ball from small teams like the Anderson Val- ley Panther Cubs. The league originated with the ti- tle Vintage Empire Junior Football League and has seen many changes throughout the years. Cloverdale and St. Helena were the most prom- inent teams locally to help establish the foundation of what has become the nesting grounds for many fine local athletes on the grid iron. Joe Pardini (Norm Pardini's older brother) helped start the program in Cloverdale naming the program the Pop Warner Cloverdale Charg- ers under the Jr. Chamber of Com- merce. When the Jr. Chamber folded, Joe, being a member of the Cloverdale Lions Club, got the Li- ons Club to take over as the Charg- ers' sponsor. When Joe became ill with Leukemia in 1984, the team was renamed the Joe Pardini Youth Football League Cloverdale Charg- ers. Locals Norm Pardini and John Turner began overseeing the pro- gram promising Joe that the team and the league would never die. The two men have continued to dedicate their time to its continued success. The Lions Club has made sure to keep the goal of "develop- ing a recreation program that will provide fun and enjoyment for young players while teaching the basic skills and fundamentals of tackle football through qualified adult supervision" and "to develop a program that is low key and low pressure without the win-at-all-cost attitude." The league is run by volunteers in 10 towns who donate a t~fj~tdbus amount of their time"for three months out of every year to help the youth of today. Cloverdale (1961), St. Helena (1961), North Shore (pri- or to 1984), Calistoga (prior to 1984), Anderson Valley (prior to 1984), Hopland (1998), Covelo (prior to 1984), Laytonville (2000), Mendoci- no Coast (2009), and Point Arena (prior to 1984). Some of the teams have come and gone depending on interest and resources. Most rely on the gate and Snack Shack fees as well as donations and sign up fees to keep them going. A few have ob- tained financial help through major organizations such as the Mendoci- no County Sheriffs Activity League who has been one of the biggest contributors in recent years. Although a small organization, it's large in history and commit- ment. There is a definite camarade- rie among all those involved including players, parents, coaches, referees, and board members alike. It's no wonder this group of small communities has worked so well to- gether to build such a successful program that has lasted 50 years and looks to be around for many more to come. A program held to- gether by volunteers that help pro- mote sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, discipline, and integrity while encouraging academics and support of local schools. We salute the Cloverdale Lions Club, the many volunteers and sup- porters, and especially the two won- derful men (Norm Pardini and John Turner) who made a promise many years ago and have made sure to not only keep that promise but to bring on a group of faithful volunteers who will help them keep a great program thriving year after year. A great big thank you to Barbara Peterson for all her research and in- formation submitted towards this article. Come on out and see some great youth football, support the local Li- ons Club at the Snack Shack, and be a part of a special event honoring 50 years of excellence. It all begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Ctoverdale High School football field. Cloverdale High School FOOTBALL SCHEDULE 2011 DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME Aug. 27 Berean Christian (Scrimmage) 11:00 / 1:00 Sept. 2 McKinleyville Away 5:30/7:00 Sept. 16 Fort Bragg Home 5:30/7:00 Sept. 23 *St. Vincent Home 5:30/7:00 Sept. 30 *St. Helena Away 5:30/7:00 Oct. 7 *Clear Lake Home 5:30/7:00 Oct. 14 *Kelseyville Away 5:30/7:00 Oct. 21 *Willits Home 5:30/7:00 Oct. 28 *Lower Lake Away 5:30/7:00 Nov. 4 *Middletown Home 5:30/7:00 Nov. 11 *Fort Bragg Away 5:30/7:00 Visit cloverdaleathletics.org on the web to get schedules, rosters and scores Adult co-ed softball leagues are forming here in Cloverdale A group of Cloverdale softball fans are promoting the resurrection of an adult softball league here in Cloverdale. According to Pat Fitzgerald, who along with his wife Margaret, is working on the effort, there are quite a few younger adults here now who have indicated an interested in re-instating a league. 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