The 2020 Annual Spring Meeting was held on March 5th at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada.
Thanks to Jerry & Sue Bodden
Congratulations to outgoing Regional Commissioner Jerry Bodden and his wife Sue. Jerry officially retired at the Annual Spring Meeting in Reno in March. Thanks to Jerry & Sue for all they have done for Babe Ruth League and the Pacific NW Region.
Regional Commissioner Elected
Congratulations to Brent Stenman who is the newest member of the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors. Brent was recently elected to take over the position of Pacific Northwest Regional Commissioner due to the retirement of longtime volunteer Jerry Bodden. Brent has been involved with the Babe Ruth League program for more than 35 years, serving in a variety of positions at the local, state and regional level.
Congratulations to Ryan Blakney
Ryan is the son of Phil & Kay Blakney of Wenatchee, WA. Kay is the Assistant Regional Commissioner of the Cal Ripken Division, Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Baseball.
Ryan has recently been promoted to the full time MLB umpire staff. He was previously a call up, and had done over 600 Major League games. He has worked hard for 15 years to reach this goal.
Ryan started umpiring when he was 11 years old after injuring his arm. He continued to umpire Cal Ripken, then Babe Ruth, then High School and Community College games. After he graduated from Wenatchee Valley Community College he went to the Jim Evans Umpire School in Florida in 2006, and was invited to go to PBUC School (Professional Baseball Umpire Corp.), one of 50 asked out of 250. After graduating he umpired in many leagues including the Arizona Rookie League, the Northwest League, the Midwest League, the Carolina League, the California League, the Texas League and eventually to the Pacific Coast League.
In 2015 Ryan was assigned a major league umpire number and was made one of the five rovers for the PCL. A rover fills in for an injured or vacationing major league umpire.
Roll of Honor
The Region acknowledges the dedication and support of the 2019 recipients of the Pacific Northwest Region’s Roll of Honor Awards, Carol Welbourne (British Columbia) and Brent Stenman (North Washington).
In the picture above Carol Welbourne (British Columbia) receives her Roll of Honor plaque from Assistant Regional Commissioner Kay Blakney on August 17th in Surrey, British Columbia. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Regional Commissioner Kay Blakney and recipient Carol Welbourne.
In the picture above Brent Stenman (North Washington) receives his Roll of Honor plaque at the Regional Meeting in Reno. Pictured from left to right are North Washington State Commissioner Randy Boruff, recipient Brent Stenman, PNW Regional Commissioner Jerry Bodden, and Babe Ruth League Vice President & Baseball Commissioner Robert Faherty.
National Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to North Washington State Commissioner Randy Boruff! On August 4th, 2017 at the Banquet for the 16-18 World Series in Ephrata, WA, Babe Ruth League, Inc. President/CEO Steven Tellefsen presented (via letter) Randy Boruff with the Lefty Gomez National Volunteer of the Year Award. Congratulations Randy!
Regional Commissioner Elected
Congratulations to Jerry Bodden who is the newest member of the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors. Jerry was recently elected to take over the position of Pacific Northwest Regional Commissioner due to the retirement of longtime volunteer Gord Welbourne. Jerry has been involved with the Babe Ruth League program for more than 45 years, serving as a Coach and Board Member for the Lewiston Babe Ruth League, as a District and State Commissioner for Idaho, and as an Assistant Regional Commissioner.
Gord Welbourne Honored
Gord Welbourne with President/CWO Steven Tellefsen and Chairman of the Board James Wagoner.
Congratulations to outgoing Regional Commissioner Gord Welbourne who was honored at the Babe Ruth Board Meeting in October. He was acknowledged and recognized for his service and dedication to Babe Ruth League as the PNW Regional Commissioner and Babe Ruth League Board Member, and his retirement from those positions. Thanks to Gord and Carol Welbourne for all they have done for the PNW Region!
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