|New Hampshire Hall of Fame|
|This person has been active
in horseshoe pitching for more than 30 years and has made numerous
contributions to the sport on all levels. He came to Keene from
Connecticut where he was president of the Deep River Horseshoe League
and joined the Keene Horseshoe Club in 1982. He immediately started to
take major rolls in the clubs activities.
He became tournament director in 1997 and 1998 and was elected president of the club in 1999. He held this position for seven years during which time the club was brought up to date in almost all facets of the game. He organized a Thursday night handicap league, which brought many new players from the area and from out of state to the club. His meticulous record keeping and organization made the league enjoyable for all players.
He completely reorganized and ran the club's kitchen by adding new menus and cooking equipment to the facility. He also added new lights to the kitchen, streamlined the delivery system and trained the workers in the new procedures. With his expertise as an electrician, he was able to analyze and update the intricate lighting system on the courts by using sophisticated equipment to realign the lighting in all areas and added more lighting where necessary. He also placed all the wiring underground and constructed and installed new shields on the lights to prevent vandalism.
He then added portable lights to the nearby pavilion so that it could be enjoyed for evening activities. This also included adding many electrical outlets, which could be used by the club, as well as others who use the facilities. He acquired large lots of rubber material and made new covers for the courts. He then made materials and clay available to other clubs and assisted them with their needs. He reconstructed the clubs scoreboards to accommodate umbrellas for sunny or rainy weather.
He worked hard in serving dinners at the clubhouse on special occasions as well as putting on massive chicken barbeques at the end of the season for his league players. During all this he was involved in managing the court activities in many tournaments including the State Tournament every other year. And lastly he supervised the running of the New England Tournament for 7 years in which there were never less than 300 entrees. He also served on the New England Executive Board and offered many suggestions for the betterment of this Tournament.
In conclusion, this person has indeed been an outstanding organizer and his many contributions have attributed greatly to the success of the Keene Horseshoe Club, the New Hampshire State Association and the New England Horseshoe Pitchers Association.
It is my pleasure on behalf of the New Hampshire Horseshoe Pitchers association to induct ROBERT GESICK into the New Hampshire Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame as an organizer.