|Dear Members, Supporters, Friends and Family,
The time has come for me to step away from running the Gaggle of Noobs Paintball Team and maintaining the web site and everything else I have done over the years.
On October 6, 2012, a group of friends ventured out to Skyline Paintball in Strasburg, VA to test out this thing called Paintball. I had already setup a group outing for 20 of us to play on October 20, 2012 but a few of us wanted to get out there and test out what we were getting ourselves into, and to figure out the layout and procedures we had to follow. I think this was actually the idea of Chanel, and I know I didn't want to get out there and look like a pack of idiots.
In the beginning there were seven of us. The "Original Seven" included; Paul Hughes, Tyrone Jones, Chanel Martino, Joe Doherty, Matt Neff, Jenn Maute and myself. That was the beginning of everything that followed. That first year, which is more or less "The Golden Era Of The Gaggle of Noobs Paintball Team", ended on May 19, 2013 with 49 total in attendance. That is when "The Gaggle" became more than just another paintball group out having fun, or work colleagues having a team building exercise.
However, my declining health is forcing me to step away from The Gaggle. No one within The Gaggle itself wanted to, or thought they could, take over from me and keep The Gaggle being The Gaggle.
The Gaggle's New Beginning started on July 3rd when I played paintball for the very last time, on the same field I played paintball for the very first time. That was Skyline Paintball in Strasburg, VA. The new era also comes with a new name. "The Skyline Gaggle of Noobs" is our new name, and The Gaggle has become the Fund Raising team of Skyline Paintball and Laser Tag.
The Gaggle now belongs to Skyline Paintball and Laser Tag. All current members and supporters hopefully want to renew their memberships for 2017 and the tradition of helping others can continue. Just bring more friends, and have more fun. The World Headquarters is now an actual place, so please visit often, and take part in Laser Tag events and help grow the Gaggle. Bring your passion for helping others to help the Gaggle help others. And you might actaully have fun in the process. Remember, Skyline Laser Tag has all kinds of things for birthday parties and other events, so please, visit and talk with Sue or anyone else on staff.
My woodsball career lasted from October 6, 2012 through July 3, 2016. We hit our Home Field and Pro Shop at least 35 times over almost 4 years. I started playing paintball at the tender age of 48 and wish I would have started playing 30 years earlier. I like to think that after my time is over, the Gaggle will continue to raise money to help others and hopefully continue what was started on 10-06-12. There are kids getting bikes this Christmas, that most likely were not even born when I strapped on the paintball gear for the first time. That makes me feel good.
Before I was told I had lung cancer, and it was terminal, I had been rolling around the idea of turning the Gaggle of Noobs paintball team into a charitable foundation. I wanted to create "The Gaggle Of Noobs Foundation", or just "The Gaggle Foundation". Then go about getting everything in order so when I retired from NFCU at the age of 55, I would have something to spend my time doing. Other than going crazy and getting old.
As luck would have it, I became friendly with the owners of Skyline, and over time I came to the conclusion that they would be the best folks to attempt to carry on what was started all those years ago. They have the store, they own the fields, they have the contacts, and the Gaggle has the name, and has shown in the past it was able to raise lots of money, and to help out lots of kids during the holiday season. So with a little luck, some hard work, and help from all around, the Gaggle will prosper, the idea will continue and this will simply be a new beginning.
So, thank you all for being part of The Gaggle Of Noobs Paintball Team over the past 4 or 5 years and thank you for joining and for helping us raise money to help the United States Marines help the Children.
The Skyline Gaggle of Noobs starts now!
I will miss you all,
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