12/12/2009 3:13 PM
Cape Cod Baseball League Board of Directors
Preparing for 2010
By Ashley Crosby
CAPE COD, Mass. -- With the wet and rainy 2009 season in the rear-view mirror, the Cape Cod Baseball League Board of Directors and Executive Board committees are preparing for the 2010 season, and looking to help out over the holidays.
First order of business at the annual meeting held in late October at the palatial Hyannis Youth and Community Center was elections of league officers for the new season.
President Judy Walden Scarafile and Commissioner Paul Galop will return to their duties for 2010 and former Falmouth GM Chuck Sturtevant was elected as a new Vice President for the League, filling the void left by the passing of Phil Edwards.
The additional officers' positions will continue to be held by Jim Higgins as senior vice president, Peter Ford as vice president, Kim Wolfe as secretary and Steven Wilson as treasurer.
Returning as deputy commissioners are Sol Yas and Dick Sullivan, while John Garner is back as director of public relations and broadcasting.
For the first time in the history of the Cape League, all 10 franchises and the league are members of their local Chambers of Commerce. Cotuit joined this fall, making this a 100% effort for the league.
"This is a tremendous showing of support for our local chambers, as well as partnering with the chambers in different towns,” said Scarafile. “Here on the Cape, the Chambers play a critical role in the business community, so it’s a natural for teams to join the local organization. This is win-win situation for everyone.”
The ten organizations discussed monetary concerns for the upcoming season, with the understanding that the hard economic times make an impact on funding for the league, which runs on a 1.5 million dollar budget each season.
Orleans and Yarmouth-Dennis will continue their field improvement work thanks to the major support from the Yawkee Foundation, whose grants have also vastly improved the playing fields and safety enhancements for the other eight teams over the past five years.
Curry College, another long-time supporter of the CCBL, was the first to commit its sponsorship for 2010.
Members from the ten franchises will be helping out this holiday season, giving back to their communities who follow and support the teams each summer season.
The Turkey Project, in conjunction with Community Action Committee, helps families who cannot afford to put a nice turkey dinner on their tables for the holidays. The Cape League, working with St Mary's Church of Barnstable, put forth a massive effort that touched the lives of 120 families.
League sponsors joined in the giving and by the end of the day on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 83 turkeys were donated by Bob Burns of NY Life, Stop & Shop and Shaw’s Supermarkets. Advanced Embroidery, St Mary's Church and the Cape League created 41 overflowing boxes of turkeys and all the trimmings. Cape Abilities came on board for transportation, a project that took 12-man hours.
The Salvation Army will also get a hand from the Cape League, as members will be found around the Cape ringing the bell for donations,
The Spectacle of Trees, on display at the JFK Hyannis Museum last week, featured 21 non-profit organizations, each with a tree. Once again the Cape League participated, this time partnering with the JFK Hyannis Museum gift shop. The tree, whose theme was " The Tree that Keeps on Giving" was loaded with gift cards for super markets and restaurants, with the idea these could be used as Christmas gifts or passed on to food pantries to purchase much-needed food supplies.
Finally, on Sunday, January 24, the CCBL will also be participating in the very popular 40th March of Dimes Telethon from the Cape Cod Community College during the event’s last-ditch “Rowdy Hour” from 9 to 10 p.m.