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I.A.F.F. Memorial Golf Tournament
History and Objectives
Feb 01, 2012

 

 
 
The history and objectives of the
 
I.A.F.F. MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.
 
In the spring of 2002, several members of Local 104 thought that a golf tournament would be an ideal way to bring together members of area I.A.F.F. locals for a day of relaxation and camaraderie. The events of September 11, 2001 weighted heavily on everyone’s mind and it seemed like the only time members of our Locals got together were during somber ceremonies.
 
The first invite letter referred to the tournament as the first annual “I.A.F.F. Local 104 Golf Tournament for I.A.F.F. members”. Local 104 reached out to Scranton Local 60 and Hazleton Local 507 for ideas and cooperation on getting interest in participation of this event. Award plaques were created for the winners of the Championship, First, Second, and Third flights and the name officially became the  I.A.F.F. MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.
 
Wilkes-Barre hosted the first two tournaments followed by Scranton and Hazleton and then back to Wilkes-Barre in 2005. The tournament grew in popularity and has since been hosted by Bethlehem and Easton. Teams from Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Nanticoke, Bethlehem, Easton, Kingston, and the P.P.F.F.A Executive Board participated annually. These Locals were associated with the North East Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association (N.E.P.P.F.F.A.). The Tournament committee’s goal was to rotate to each of the Locals associated with the N.E.P.P.F.F.A..
 
The Executive Board of the N.E.P.P.F.F.A. observed the good will this Tournament created among the members and adopted this Tournament and also pushed the Tournament.
 
Much to the delight of the committee Upper Darby Local 2493 will host the 2012 tournament.  Luzerne County Local 840 has expressed interest in hosting in 2013.
 
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.
 
2. The cost of the entrance fee be kept as low as possible for increased participation.
 
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.
 
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.
 

Helpful Hints for Hosting
Feb 01, 2012

 

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.

Tournament Locations
Feb 01, 2012

 

I.A.F.F. MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
 
2002
Wilkes-Barre Local 104
 
2003
Wilkes-Barre Local 104
 
2004
Scranton Local 60
 
2005
Hazleton Local 507
 
2006
Wilkes-Barre Local 104
 
2007
Bethlehem Local 735
 
2008
Scranton Local 60
 
2009
Hazleton Local 507
 
2010
Easton Local 713
 
2011
Wilkes-Barre Local 104
 
2012
Upper Darby Local 2493
 
2013
Luzerne County Local 840
 

Sample Invite Letter
Feb 01, 2012

 

 
 
June 17, 2011
 
Union Brothers and Sisters,
 
     On behalf of Local 104, Wilkes-Barre City Fire Fighters Union , I cordially invite your membership to join us at the 10th annual Golf Tournament for I.A.F.F. members. The I.A.F.F. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course on September 6, 2011. The format is Captain and Crew (four golfers), 9:00 shotgun start, and the cost is ninety dollars per golfer.
 
Green fees, cart, dinner, refreshments, gifts, and prizes are included in the entrance fee. Reservations are limited, so please respond by August 6, 2011.
First come first serve.
 
Registration Form included. If any further information is needed please do not hesitate to phone or fax Local 104 at 570-826-0496
 
This is not a fund raising event. This is a tournament for the I.A.F.F. members sponsored by I.A.F.F. members. All entrance fees will be put back into the tournament to ensure an enjoyable golfing experience and camaraderie with Brother Fire Fighters.
 
We will display your Union Banner at the Golf Course if supplied.
 
A virtual tour and directions to W-B Muni can be accessed at
 
Fraternally yours,
 
 
 
Thomas Burke
Tournament Chairman



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