Montana District 2: Dale Clawson Spirit of LL Award
The tradition and spirit of volunteerism has long been the foundation of which the success and growth of the Little League program in Montana District 2 has relied upon. Of the many volunteers, no one better exemplified the spirit and principles of Little League more than Dale Clawson. Dale was a true pioneer in Montana District 2 Little League. Since 1950, he was essential in not only helping to build the Little League programs in Missoula, but he was a leader, role model, and friend to the entire Ditrict 2 Little League Family. His dedication and commitment to helping our youth grow to be productive citizens is the example that all those involved in youth sports should aspire to. Following his passing in 2006, the Presidents and Officers of Montana District 2 saw it only fitting that each year, we recognize those people that give of themselves on behalf of our young athletes in the same spirit as Dale did, thus they created the "Dale Clawson Spirit of Little League Award".
The "Dale Clawson Spirit of Little League Award" is awarded to a deserving individual every year at the annual District Conference. The recipient is selected by the officials in the host city and honored for his or her work at the District Banquet. The honoree is awarded an individual plaque as well as having his or her name enshrined upon the perpetual plaque that hangs proudly at Mount Sentinel Little League's Dale Clawson Complex in Missoula. We are honored and blessed to have the opportunity to recognize and benefit from the work of Dale and these fine individuals.
Montana District 2 is proud to honor Duane Meiers of Missoula as the 2018 recipient of the Dala Calwson Spirit of Litlle League Volunteer Award. Duane's Little League service has brought him from all corners of Montana in four decades. This retired railroad worker began his Little League work as a coach and officer in Glasgow, Montana. He served as the President of Mount Jumbo East Little League and is currently the Umpire-In-Chief for Missoula and a member of the executive staff of Montana District 2. In his tenure in Little Leauge, he has served in almost every role from groundskeeper to president. Duane has always worked behind the scenes in our District. He is a crucial member of the organiztion committee of the Western Regional Senior Softball Tourrnament where he serves as the host of the umpires. The Western Regional Tournament is one of the most requested tournaments of umpires each year because of the hospitality and friendship that Duane and his family provides. He is a founding member of the Big Sky Blues Umpire Association which has serves as the backbone of our umpire program in Montana District 2 as well as one of the organziers of the Al Johnson Memorial Umpire Clininc each year (this year in Butte). Last year, Duane was selected to umpire the Western Regional Little League Baseball Tournament in San Bernardino, CA-an honor well overdue. Above and beyond the work Duane does for our District, he is a great friend to our staff and particpants!
2007 Ned Ellingwood - Butte
2008 Bob Weigum, Sr. - Great Falls
2009 Hal Karl - Missoula
2010 Joan O'Neill - Butte
2011 Kent Seaton - Great Falls
2012 Daurine Spritzer - Missoula
2013 Mike Parent - Butte
2014 Chuck Whitmore & Zeke Zaremski - Great Falls
2015 Renny Malach, Sr. & Al Johnson - Missoula
2016 Bob & Dee Scalabrin - Butte
2017 Deidre Martinko - Great Falls
2018 Duane Meiers - Missoula