Thursday June 02, 2016
South Burlington Youth Baseball & Softball (SBYBS) simply could not function without volunteers. They say it takes a village to raise a child; it is also true that it takes many of the villagers to give their time, knowledge, and effort to teach well-rounded athletes.
SBYBS, the city’s chartered Little League and Babe Ruth program, is proud to have many of the best volunteers this city has to offer. Annually, the league welcomes many new residents as they join the effort to ensure the Little League and Babe Ruth seasons are the best they can be. This season, however, the league says goodbye, and thank you, to two of its most dedicated volunteers: Barney McClean and Roger Phelps.
Barney McClean, a South Burlington resident for many years, served on the SBYBS Board of Directors for fifteen seasons including (but not limited to) the following roles: league coordinator, treasurer, and vice president. McClean was a coach for many regular seasons and All-Star seasons, including being a member of the coaching staff of the 2001 Baseball 11/12-year-old All-Star State Champions (the first in SBYBS history). McLean’s accounting firm, JMM & Associates, continues to provide accounting support to the league on a complimentary basis.
South Burlington resident Roger Phelps served on the SBYBS Board of Directors for thirteen seasons in the following roles: league coordinator, fields/sheds maintenance, scheduler, vice president, and president. Phelps also coached for many seasons and his company, Creative Sound, was a generous sponsor of South Burlington Little League for many seasons as well.
“SBYBS thanks Barney McLean and Roger Phelps for their many years of dedication and pride in serving on the board of directors,” says SBYBS President Tim Kaczmarek. He adds, “They both always had the players’ best interest at the forefront of their decision-making and you can’t ask for anything better than that.”
As Phelps and McLean leave the board, SBYBS welcomes special events coordinator Holly Baker, fields’ maintenance coordinator Michael Moore, safety officer Jeremy Watson, and sponsorship coordinator Maureen Webb. The league also welcomes back Mark Trombley as this season’s umpire-in-chief; Trombley previously served on the board from 2006 to 2013.
Volunteers interested in becoming a member of the SBYBS Board of Directors can e-mail the organization at email@example.com.
SOURCE: Donna Kaczmarek, SBYBS