Originally Published: August 28, 2018 7:38 p.m.
The Dewey-Humboldt Little League president, Lindsay Statler, earned the 2017 Dewey-Humboldt Volunteer of the Year. The town council honored Statler and presented her with a certificate at its Aug. 14 council meeting.
Statler’s proven history with the League is evident with a 40 percent increase in membership, wrote Mike Nache, D-H Little League treasurer, in his nomination letter.
“The position of president would be more than what most people would be willing to take on in addition to parenting,” Nache stated. “This past year, she spearheaded the drive to raise funds to build two baseball fields on the DHLL property in Humboldt. Under her leadership, the league has increased in size by nearly 40 percent.”
Among other tasks involved in heading up the League, Statler, a Dewey resident, takes part in monthly meetings on Sundays that take her around the state from Bagdad, Sedona and Williams to as far south as Wickenburg. She attends board meetings, league registrations, interleague games, and fundraisers, in addition to chartering teams with Little League International.
Statler also recruits coaches and umpires, and solicits sponsors for each Little League team, as well as donors for long-term projects.
In between these continuing duties, Statler must learn about and disseminate all new Little League rules that affect activities on and off the field.
She also has managed her own team and assisted at other times.
During Little League season, her duties also include enforcing the Code of Conduct for players, coaches, volunteers and parents.
She finds ballfields for practice and games, and negotiates fees with the respective municipalities. And she picks up uniforms in Phoenix and delivers them to players.
Nache said Statler would be the first to admit that she could not accomplish all of the duties of League president without a good team surrounding her.
“However, we appreciate her hard work, which inspires us all to fight harder to see the Dewey-Humboldt Little League thrive,” he said.