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Missouri Governor and Springfield Mayer Welcome Pill Harriers - 1987

SPRINGFIELD MAYOR WELCOMES PILL


Proclamation

Whereas, RUGBY is an international team sport that originated in Wales  some 125 years ago, and was an olympic event in 1924 and 1928, won both times by the Americans; and

Whereas, in June of 1985, forty-five Welchmen representing the Pill Harriers Rugby Team from Newport, South Wales, came to  Springfield, Missouri, for a weekend of fun and games; and


Whereas, these Harriers readily embraced Open Sesame to enjoy all the pleasures and hospitality of the Ozarks, and it is suspected that some twenty-two of them may still be indulging in the  joy out at The Town House; and


Whereas, a second flank of twenty-eight Harriers have returned this summer to fetch those Pills back; and so long as they're here, we all may as well partake of the local enjoyments and conviviance; and maybe next year we can welcome yet another flank of Welsh Harriers for all the same reasons;


Whereas, the generous fraternity, mutual respect, and exemplary sportsmanship among Rugby players, both on and off the field, is unmatched by any other genre of homo-sapien game; and


   Now, therefore I, Thomas J. Carlson, Mayor of the City of

   Springfield, Missouri. do hereby proclaim

   May 30, 1987, as

PILL HARRIERS DAY

in Springfield, and further vouch for the fact that we are indeed honored to welcome once again our esteemed guests from Wales, and thrilled to show off our friendly Ozark hospitality and abundant nature. -- We are truly delighted to have this opportunity to share both.


Thomas J. Carlson, Mayor

24 April 1987



EXECUTIVE OFFICE STATE OF MISSOURI JEFFERSON CITY

JOHN ASHCROFT GOVERNOR

May 30. 1987

 

Dear Friends:

As Governor of the State of Missouri. it is my pleasure to   extend warm Missouri welcome to the members of the Pill Harrier Rugby Football Club. We are delighted to have you visit our state.

I extend my congratulations on the dedication to excellence and skill which has brought you to this competition, and to the spectators I extend my best wishes for a thrilling game. I hope during your stay you will have time to explore and enjoy some of our state's many attractions.

 

  Springfield, Missouri, located in the ruggedly beautiful Ozark Mountain country of our state, offers excellent accommodation sand hospitality. Whether you enjoy exploring historical sites, the beauty of untouched wilderness areas, cultural pursuits or  the family fun offered by theme parks, you will discover a city rich in natural beauty, hospitality and attractions.

 

                           My best wishes to you for a pleasant stay in Missouri.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Ashcroft

GOVERNOR

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