By Lou Martin, Elks Lodge
The Little League Organizational Advisory Committee met on June 4 at the local Elks Lodge to review progress on forming a new Little League in Mesquite. Committee members present were Lou Martin, Dan Wright, Travis Wakefield, Bob Snell, Nick Montoya, Natalie Anderson and Shelley Stenberg.
Anderson updated everyone on the schedule for volunteers to man the concession stand at Pioneer Park on Tuesday and Wednesday’s during adult co-ed softball games. Martin presented a check for $300 from the Elks to provide seed money for supplies. The venture is a win-win for the city.
The committee then set a goal of establishing four teams in three age classifications, 8-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Each team would consist of 12 players. The cost per team entry in Little League International is $16 dollars and $26 dollars per player
for insurance for a total of $3936 dollars. The immediate goal in fund raising activities would be $4000 dollars. The eventual cost per player participant would be approximately $120 dollars each. Fundraisers discussed were grants from the City of Mesquite and the Elks Lodge plus a proposed golf tournament in September, a pancake breakfast over Fourth of July celebration, carwashes and bake sales. Montoya recommended a tiered level of sponsorships. For example, Platinum, Gold and Silver dollar amounts will be determined.
Wright was named interim Treasurer and would establish bank accounts and begin incorporation procedures as a 501-C3 non-profit organization.
The committee unanimously selected Virgin Valley Little League as the name of the local league. The league would encompass the Mesquite, Bunkerville, Beaver Dam and Scenic areas. A new meeting is scheduled for June 18 at 5pm at the Elks Lodge.