The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 3 - January 17, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 4, Issue #3 - January 17, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844


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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Dr. Joe DeFrank's (University of Hawaii at Manoa) intro to Hawaiian Rules Bocce drew a lot of interest last week.

He followed up this week...

"I appreciate the opportunity to contact you and describe my idea for a unique set of bocce balls. The basis of my interest in a unique 2-ball bocce sets is a modified form of traditional bocce that we have developed here. We call it Hawaiian Rules Bocce (HRB), where competition is multilateral, similar to golf, and played through a series of grass links.

I have commissioned a local artist to produce original artwork inspired by the traditional Hawaiian images {petroglyphs}. The commissioned artwork will be used use for any balls I order. I am exploring corporate sponsorship for this project and that may require the inclusion of a small logo.

The sample image {above right} shows the elements of the design I had in mind: brightly colored balls (for high contrast between two-ball sets), white halo mask with petroglyph image the color of the ball and a black band (1/2 inch wide) at the equator of the ball composed of a traditional Hawaiian leaf pattern (Maile). My priority colors for 2-ball sets are: black, white (black halo), yellow, hot pink, powder blue, teal or marine (ocean color), orange, red and green.

{Sounds like the good doctor is on to something. Click the link below or the 'spearman' petroglyph above if you missed his Hawaiian Rules Bocce last issue.}


Tireless worker for Special Olympics (of which bocce is the fastest growing sport) Marie J. Bedard forwarded this message from Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, Inc. and I thought it proper to include it here…

“The scope of the tragedy resulting from the recent tsunami in the Indian Ocean is impossible to truly comprehend, especially with the known loss of life increasing daily. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of those countries directly impacted by this event.

We have received many inquiries about the status of our Special Olympics family members in the affected areas. Most of those countries have active Special Olympics Programs and, in recent years, our leaders there have been working to grow and further strengthen the movement as part of our global campaign. As of today, we are aware of the possible loss of only one Special Olympics Athlete, Ms. Malathy Joseph, who won a silver medal in basketball at the 2003 World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland. She and her mother remain on the missing list from Chennai (Tamil Nadu State), India. Both of them and their family are in our prayers.

Of course the most urgent need for these countries is for humanitarian aid, and there are other organizations that are providing that support. Nonetheless, many members of our Special Olympics family in these areas are struggling now and will continue to struggle to sustain their work on behalf of our athletes, families and volunteers. Since our athletes are frequently the most neglected population during times of crisis, it is critical that we do whatever we can to help ensure the continued benefits that Special Olympics offers through sports training and competition. Just as importantly, it is critical that we help sustain the belief that hope and joy can and will, somehow, be restored. In some ways, in times of crisis, the example of our athletes is all the more important.

In response, we have decided to focus our efforts on supporting the rebuilding and future stability of the Special Olympics Programs in the aftermath of this devastating disaster. Many have already offered to help, so for them and for others we are creating the Special Olympics Rebuild Hope fund. The Fund will work to ensure that Special Olympics Programs survive in these devastated countries — survive so that they can continue to provide the joy and acceptance of Special Olympics sport. In other times of disaster, Special Olympics has not invited contributions to devastated areas but, sadly, our Programs have suffered tremendously in those situations. This time, we will do our best to be helpful. After all, we cling to the belief that in many situations, Special Olympics is the only hope for self-respect and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities. And we hold on to this belief, now more than ever.

If you wish to support Special Olympics athletes in these countries, please make a secure online donation, or mail your contribution, marked Special Olympics Rebuild Hope, to Special Olympics at the address below. All funds received will be designated for the Programs in the region most in need. Finally, if you wish to express your support directly to our colleagues in the region, their contact information is below. Our Special Olympics Asia Pacific regional office will continue to communicate with Programs and coordinate the efforts of Special Olympics Rebuild Hope, but I am sure they would welcome your expressions of support.

As always, I send you the thanks of everyone in our movement for all you do every day to keep the spirit of Special Olympics alive and growing. Please forward this e-mail to your friends, family and colleagues who may be able to help.”

Special Olympics, Inc.
1133 19th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-3104
+1 (202) 628-3630
+1 (800) 700-8585
Fax: +1 (202) 824-0200

Special Olympics Indonesia
Ms. Avi Natakusumah, National Director
J. L. MPR II No. 8A, Cilandak
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

Special Olympics Malaysia
Mr. Rocky Loo, National Director
JKR 256 Jalan Hang Jebat
34000 Taiping, Perak

Special Olympics Thailand
Mrs. Rachaniwan Bulakul
National Director
Silom Plaza, Unit 12, 2nd Floor
491 Silom Road, Bangrak
Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Special Olympics Sri Lanka
Mr. Kingsley Munaweers, Chairman
#939 Vijithapura
Battaramulla 10120, Sri Lanka

Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Office
Troy Greisen, Managing Director
A-57 Nizammuddin East, Basement
New Delhi 110013, India
Tel: 91 11 518 25 367

Special Olympics Bangladesh
Ashraf ud Dowla, Chairman
Latifa Mahal, Ground Floor
House #69, Road #17 Block C
Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh

Special Olympics Myanmar
U Maung Myint, National Director
c/o Department of Social Welfare
64 Kabaaye Pagoda Road
Mayangone Township
Yangon, Myanmar

Special Olympics Bharat (India)
Mr. Noel Phillips, National Director
Room No. 3027
Upper Concourse, Stand 20
Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium
Lodhi Road Complex
New Delhi 110003, India

Special Olympics Tanzania
Mr. Frank Macha, National Director
Department of Social Welfare
Regional CCM Building - 1st Floor, Room 105
Lumumba Street
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Special Olympics International headquarters and Special Olympics North America offices are now located at:
Special Olympics
1133 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-3604
+1 (202) 628-3630
+1 (202) 824-0200 Fax

Hawaiian Rules Bocce

Photos of the week
This week’s photos were submitted by Bocce Bob Whitlow and they show off his 2005 Bocce USA Tournament (Illinois). Those are the winners in the photo to the right.

According to Whitlow…

“Debby’s Espresso Sippers were crowned the 2005 Bocce USA Indoor Inner League Tournament Champions at the Factory Stores of America Shopping Center. In the history-making event, Debby Bussler along with teammates Jane Meyers, Donna Ellis and Tim Weaver out-rolled Jo’s Biscotti Dunker’s consisting of Jo Dunn, Tammy Irvin, Jay Bussler and Randy Skuta to win the fun-filled event.

In the preliminary rounds, the Sippers were also the top qualifiers on the 'Joy of Bocce' court. Lisa’s Lasagna Lovers made up of Lisa Claunch, Karl Hammann, Rusty Kee and John Holland rolled three straight wins in the qualifying rounds played on the 'Playaboule Court' only to be narrowly defeated nine to eight in the semi-final round and finishing third in the tournament.

The Lasagna Lovers then hooked up with Joyce’s Vino Pollinos Group commanded by Joyce Fogleman and players Brenda Weaver, Brenda Barney and Ted James. The Lasagna Lovers defeated the Vino Pollinos to take third place. They won also a special ‘Skunk Prize’, a cash award for defeating their opponents nine to zero in the early rounds.

Brenda Barney of Hurst wasted no time in winning the $50.00 savings bond supplied by the Southern Illinois Bank. Barney, in the second frame of the first match rolled a perfect ‘Peepa’. A ‘Peepa’ occurs when a player rolls a ball and it comes to rest stopping beside the target ball (the pollino) with no daylight showing between the two balls.

Mary Lynn Whitlow’s Tortellini Twisters were also cash winners as they were the first team in the tournament to win all four points in a frame. Ned Popit, Bruce Buress and Nadine Battioli were members of the Twister team.

We had 32 players that were very serious about their bocce. In the championship match, when a player would attempt a roll, you could hear a pin drop. They were all business as everyone wanted to win the gold plaques sponsored by the Factory Stores of America Shopping Center."

Visit Bocce USA's new web site - click the photo above to view Photos of the Week

Bocce product of the week
Speaking of settling disputes over whose ball is closer...I just happen to have the finest measure for bocce stocked right on my shelves.

Still our most popular measure, this Prohawk International measuring device has been a big hit in this Ezine. I've placed photos on my website that clearly illustrate the product's features.

These measures are of very high quality and are reasonably priced (due for a price increase very shortly). The Premier Boule Measure is designed for "inside measure" which is by far the most accurate.

The tape extends to 2 meters (about 6 ˝ feet) and has a self-locking mechanism, calipers, and a game scoring mechanism. Makes a great gift for the bocce lover in your life. Every serious bocce player (and not-so-serious player) should have one. Please check them out ($19.95 plus shipping - price due to increase due to customs/duties/shipping expenses from UK).

Click to order or to learn more about the Premier Boule Measure...

Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Learn more...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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January 22, 2005 - USBF - Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - Contact Romano Lotti @ (209) 951-8256.


January 29, 2005 - United States first annual Pallino d'oro Singles Championships (International Rules). Male and female divisions. Must have or buy a U.S. Bocce Federation 2005 Membership Card before or at tournament. $100.00 per player. Will be played at Palazzo Di Bocce in Lake Orion, Michigan. Contact Danny Passaglia @ 312-226-4600, Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744, or the Palazzo @ 248-371-9987.


February 5, 2005 - USBF - M. Albanese Tourney - Los Gatos, CA - contact Ben Musolf @


February 11 - 13, 2005 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - Veterans Park – $6000 first place money GUARANTEED - 4140 Coronado Blvd Cape Coral, FL - 4 person teams - contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968 or 239-542-7424 - Cell 239-229-2348.


February 12, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - American Bocce Association Fundraiser - Antioch Indoor Bocce Courts - Antioch Fairgrounds, Antioch, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Gloria Taylor @ 510-787-2317.


February 19, 2005 - USBF - I. A. C. - 3 Person (One Woman) - contact Ron Jacobs @ (209)957-1223.


March 19, 2005 - USBF Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 9, 2005 -USBF - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open - contact Ben Musolf @


April 18-19, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - Tahoe Biltmore - North Shore Lake Tahoe, CA - Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 23, 2005 - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - hoping for 48 teams - using open rules. Will set up as many as 12 courts (Field Turf surface with Backyard Bocce’s perimeter courts). Contact


April 23, 2005 - Open -3 person teams - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 30, 2005 - April in Vallejo Open – 4 person Teams - Vallejo Bocce Federation, 333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA. Contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


May 7, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo - Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 7, 2005 - Raffa – 3 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo, 100 “B” Street, San Mateo, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 14, 2005 - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team - Martinez Bocce Federation, Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169


May 21, 2005 - Open -2 men/2 women - So. SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


June 25, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 4, 2005 - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA. Contact Russ Calhoon (does any reader have Russ' contact info? Please REPLY).


July 8-10, 2005 - Dayton, Ohio. The Bocce Classic XI tournament will field about 70 teams competing for over $7,000 in prize money and raising over $10,000 for local charities. For information check


July 14 – 16, 2005 – World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Indio, CA (near Palm Springs) Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.

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