HELPFUL HINTS FOR LOCALS HOSTING THE
I.A.F.F. MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The committee believes in Local autonomy but asks to keep the following objectives and rules be observed:
1. While the Tournament is meant for I.A.F.F. members, the committee has allowed civilians affiliated with the Locals to participate with the rule that a majority of the foursome be I.A.F.F. Members or Retired I.A.F.F. members to qualify for the plaques.
(Example: W-B Bureau of Fire runs two A.L.S. Units. The paramedics on the ambulances are civilians. The Drivers are Fire Fighters / EMT’s from Local 104. The paramedics work the same shifts as Local 104 members. Paramedics are allowed in the foursomes. If your Local has a similar arrangement, they are allowed. If the Host Local is from a Combination Department, their volunteers are allowed. The majority of the foursome has to be IAFF members. The Committee understands that in some combination department, the IAFF members have a very good working relationship with their volunteer counterparts. Please, no “Ringers”…..this Tournament is not meant for that.)
2. The cost of the entrance fee be kept as low as possible for increased participation.
(This Tournament is meant for even the Fire Fighter who plays once a year.)
3. The main goal of this Tournament is relaxation and camaraderie, not extreme competitiveness for prizes. This Tournament is for Members with all levels of Golfing expertise to enjoy themselves. Please take that into consideration when awarding additional prizes for the Flight winners.
(The main awards are the plaques awarded to the winners of four flights. Championship, First, Second, and Third Flights. The winners get to display the plaque at their Union Hall, Fire Station, Union Office until the next Tournament. The committee’s goal is not for extreme competition or creative scoring to get the prizes. Instruct the Golf Pro that there will be four Flights for the IAFF teams.
An example of this is in 2006, Wilkes-Barre had the winners of the four flights pick a number out of a hat. Championship Flight winner picked first, First Flight winner second, and so on. This number reflected who got to chose the prizes for the Flights first, second, and so on. That way even the winner of the Third Flight, with less talent, had a shot at the top prize.
If the Local hosting the Tournament, through Local autonomy, decides to allow non- IAFF foursomes to play in the Tournament, they can come up with prizes for these foursomes as they see fit. These Foursomes score cards should be taken out of the ones that are given to the Golf Pro to decide the four flights.)
4. The James Robeson Award was created in 2008 to acknowledge the member from the Host Local that did the most behind the scene to make the Tournament a success.
(James Robeson was a Scranton Fire Captain who died in the line of duty. He was known for working behind the scenes for the Union. He shunned the spotlight but did whatever was asked of him. The Host Local will inform the Committee of their choice.)
5. The Tournament is not meant to be a fundraiser for the Host Local.
(This Tournament is meant for relaxation and camaraderie. 50/50 holes or tickets should be used to offset the cost of the Tournament. But if the Local hosting the Tournament, through Local autonomy, decides they do not need it and a member or their Local has financial need then it is approved.)
The Committee will assist the Host Local with templates of Invite Letters and Team Registration Forms, if needed.
The Host Local will coordinate with the Committee concerning the date of the Tournament. Scranton Local 60 has traditionally entered the most teams and the Committee has tried to accommodate their work schedule.
The Local hosting the Tournament will give Local 104 about $40-$50 to engrave the name plates for the 5 plaques. Local 104 will handle the engraving and return the name plates to the winning Locals.
The original Committee consists of members from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Hazleton.
One member from the Local hosting the Tournament are given Honorary Committee Status. Thomas Burke is the Chairman of the Committee.