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Since 2011 the Board of Directors has honored ten former members for their meritorious service during their years with the Hall of Fame. The twelve former members previously receiving EMERITUS recognition are FRED BRIGGS, TOM COLE, DICK DALY, LEN JASINSKI, JOAN LE VEQUE, JIM MASSAR, GERALD MOORE, ERNIE MYERS, NICK PAPPADAKIS, JIM RUTHERFORD, CATHY SNYDER, TOM YEOTIS.

EMERITUS status is granted to former members of the GFASHOF Board of Directors recognizing their active participation and contributions in the activities and leadership of the organization that EXCEED what may be considered normal and traditional.

This year the Board of Directors has voted to accord EMERITUS status to PHIL PIERSON and JERRY TOPOLINSKI. These gentlemen provided extraordinary leadership over an extended period of time, in a variety of capacities, that enabled the organization to successfully continue their mission of honoring individuals and teams for remarkable achievement in athletics.

PHIL PIERSON served for over 20 years as a loyal member of the Board of Directors. He was Vice President and then President from 2009 - 2012. He was an outstanding journalist with many contributions involving the Hall of Fame and the Flint Journal. He was a valued member of several Hall of Fame committees.

JERRY TOPOLINSKI was a loyal and dedicated Board member serving in many roles over the years. As treasurer, his professional skills were second to none. He transformed our ticket sales to a much more efficient process and provided guidance on our tax and accounting questions.

All EMERITUS selections are permanently listed in the annual induction banquet souvenir booklet and on the About Us page (click on the About Us tab above).