Letter of News - 5/28/09

Good Afternoon Mr. Deen,

I just saw your web site and wanted to drop a line to thank your organization for my start in football officiating. I started I believe in 1978. My assigner was Morris Middleton. I remember him as he worked next door to me at the Naval Training Center. Well my career took me from Orlando to Sacramento California and then to the High Desert area of California. I have been a member of the Mojave Desert Officials Association since 1990. I am a crew chief for varsity football and I work basketball.

For an old guy, I'm still pretty active as I will be starting my 32nd year as an official. I want to thank your organization for the tremendous start I received. It was your training and meetings that provided me with the best work ethic for this avocation. I am trying to get our association to move towards the type of training you provided me back in the late 70s. It's hard to have the young guys understand the necessary work ethic and commitment to become a sports official. I hope to be in a position to conduct our training as efficiently as I remember from my days with CFOA. I stiil remember the Daytona Beach Labor Day week end meetings and training sessions. I still have fond memories of those days.

Please give my regards and congratulation for his hall of fame induction.to Morris Middleton. Again, thank you for the best start and memorable experiences I could ever have.

Bob Vincelette
Rosamond, California

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