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REC FALL BALL REGISTRATION
2015 Recreation Fall Ball registration is now open!!
As noted during the August meeting, nominations for the MTBA Executive Board for fiscal year 2017 will be accepted at the September monthly general membership meeting (September 13th, 7:30 PM at the Rec Center). Nominees must meet the criteria as outlined in the by-laws; voting for the board will take place at the October meeting.
-- all individuals interested in running for a Board Seat and/or voting in elections for Executive Board Seats must be a member in good standing defined as follows (from the MTBA By-Laws):
A voting member is an MTBA member in good standing. A member in good standing is defined as a person who has been in attendance at a minimum of 4 of the last 12 consecutive general membership meetings. In lieu of attending 4 general membership meetings, all Division Directors, Managers and Division Team Parents will receive credit for attendance at one (1) general membership meeting and will only be required to attend three (3) other general membership meetings in order to meet the requirements for voting privileges.
Each officer of the Executive Board must be a member in good standing of this Association for the minimum period of the last fiscal year, must be a resident of the Township of Monroe or any other town included in Monroe’s geographical boundary, and must have served the Association in some voluntary position for at least one baseball season. Further, they must be able to execute fully the duties of the Board position they seek to hold. No two (2) members of the Executive Board may be immediate family. Immediate family is defined herein as spouse, parent, child or sibling.
-- if you are interested in running for a position on the MTBA Executive Board, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know; in addition to or instead of sending an email with your intent, any prospective board member can be nominated at the September meeting by an MTBA member in good standing in attendance at that meeting
-- candidates for Board seats will be announced at the September Monthly General Membership Meeting (September 13th, 7:30 PM at the Rec Center) and elections will take place at the October Monthly General Membership Meeting
-- a term of office on the Executive Board of the Association will run concurrently with the operating fiscal year which runs from November 1st through October 31st (one year) for all Executive Board positions
MTBA Executive Board
2016 Work Bond Refunds
As detailed on the work bond form, refund checks will be issued in person at the September (13th) and October (11th) monthly general membership meetings to those that bring in the completed form and have met the outlined requirements for receiving the refund. In addition, there will be two Saturdays in the fall where you may bring forms to JMP for processing; those dates will be advertised when determined*. DO NOT mail in or leave your form at the rec center; we will not mail refunds! After the last advertised date we will no longer accept any forms so please make plans to submit your form on one of the above dates (or send it in with a friend on one of those dates).
* the Saturday dates for processing work bond refunds at JMP will be September 24th and October 29th from 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Make-A-Wish NJ "Walk for Wishes"
October 15, 2016
Save the date!
Your support is appreciated!
The MTBA is happy to share the below note from longtime MTBA volunteer Anthony Salesi in support of Make-A-Wish New Jersey. Please read and share with friends and family, every little bit helps...
Dear Monroe Baseball Family & Friends,
I am writing to ask you to support Make-A-Wish New Jersey, an organization that is very close to my heart. This fall's annual Make-A-Wish New Jersey "Walk For Wishes" will take place on October 15, 2016 at the Samuel and Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township, NJ! Hundreds of walkers and runners, including me, will be coming together to raise money for Make-A-Wish New Jersey.
Make-A-Wish New Jersey grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, & strength and joy. All proceeds from the 'Walk For Wishes' will provide the resources necessary to ensure that no medically-eligible child in New Jersey goes without a wish... (please click 'Continue' below to read on and for more information on how you can support this great organization)
Minors Championship: June 14th 7:45 PM Nationals v. Cubs CUBS WIN 10-6! Majors Championship: June 17th 7:00 PM Athletics v. Red Sox RED SOX WIN 7-4! Pony Championship: June 7th 7:00 PM Yankees v. Pirates YANKEES WIN 13-3!
Friday, June 10th at MTGSA complex (next to recycling center)
HR Derby at 6:30 with game to immediately follow
Proceeds from the HR Derby to benefit the Manning family (see related article below)
We also ask all attending to bring a new pack of crayons and a coloring book in memory of Taylor "Iron Man" Barta and in support of the Barta family's drive to help children with cancer. https://www.facebook.com/TaylorLeeBarta
Donations will also be accepted at the game for both causes.
So come out and cheer (or heckle) your favorite baseball and softball coaches and support these families!
The winning organization gets to keep the coveted Coach’s Cup for the next year! The MTBA has won the past three games, let's keep the cup!
The MTBA was victorious! Please click 'Continue' to read a note from our league president and see team pictures.
An MTBA family needs our help... Michael Manning is a player in the MTBA and very sadly his father Kevin has been stricken with cancer. Kevin’s final days are upon him, and his wife Cathy has taken an extended leave of absence from teaching to spend what little time Kevin has left to be at home with him. Hospice has started, the medical bills are mounting, and the family has begun the heartbreaking process of planning Kevin's final expenses. While there is certainly no pressure to donate, the MTBA asks our families to open their hearts to the Mannings by making a donation to a Go Fund Me page set up to assist the family; please help out in any way you can:
Cathy and Kevin were blessed to have recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary as well as Michael's 14th birthday (on the same day). Unfortunately they will not be blessed with any more milestones to celebrate together. We ask you all keep Kevin, Cathy and Michael in your prayers and hope that Kevin’s journey home will be as peaceful and kind as he is, and that his family will always feel his love.
[June 7, 2016 -- it is with heavy hearts that we must inform everyone that Kevin Manning passed away; viewing will be on Friday, June 10 at Lester Funeral Home in Jamesburg]
2016 MTBA Scholarships
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RECIPIENTS!!
Ten senior high school students and members of the MTBA family received scholarships towards continuing their education at the 7th Annual Monroe Twp Recreation Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2016...
The MTBA would like to congratulate two great volunteers, Su and Carl Reiser, in being recognized by the White House with the President’s Volunteer Service Silver Award in recognition of their 9+ years of devotion to the Special Needs children of our town in running Monroe Special Sports.
All on-field volunteers are required to complete a background check per Babe Ruth League rules. Please visit our Health and Safety page for more information and for details on how to submit the necessary info for the check if you plan to volunteer on the field. Note that this is separate from the Rutgers SAFETY certification which is also required to work on the field with the children.
Rec and travel managers need to ensure that anyone they allow to coach or otherwise be on the field or in the dugout with the kids has met both of these requirements; if anyone does not meet either requirement then they cannot be allowed to help on the field.
Support for Mikey Nichols
Please continue to support the recovery efforts of MTHS senior Mikey Nichols; Mikey is a former player and umpire in the MTBA that suffered a very serious injury playing for the Monroe Twp HS Hockey Team on January 4th, 2014.