ELECTION YEAR and Award Ballots

Posted September 7, 2016 by Larry Rutledge
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Post-Season Player Award Ballots will be distributed Sunday, September 18th.  Please start doing your research now so you know who you want to vote for.  If can’t think of anyone, vote for yourself. (It’s legal)

The date of the 2016 HDL Banquet will be announced soon.  Possible dates are:  November 11, 12, 18 or 19.


Every 2 years, the HDL requires officers to be re-elected.  All current officers: Larry Rutledge, Bo McMinn, Robert Miller and Patrick Belote terms expire at end of current season and new officers will assume responsibilities.

Voting Ballots passed out on September 18th will include space for players to nominate their choice for officers.

A good ballot submital is important for a a valid election.


This is my last year to serve as President of HDL.  I am retiring from my current role as President. For health reasons, I do not feel it is my best interest to continue involvement in the day-to-day responsibilities as your president.  There are several very capable and dedicated members who can run this operation.

See you Sunday when I return from out of town.

A copy of the ballot is attached here for you to copy and fill-out if that is more convenient.


Larry Rutledge

HDL President

Goodbye 2011

Posted December 26, 2011 by Larry Rutledge
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As the last 5 days of 2011 wind down, I am thankful for many good things accomplished this year.

  1. Completed a full year as President of the HDL baseball league.  Four teams is tough to manage. I feel 3 teams would create a much more stable league and better equalization of team strengths. New options in 2012 will likely keep the number at 4 teams.
  2. Handled many interesting projects at CBU.  I am finding it difficult to maintain my enthusiasm for being tied to a position of responsibility.  Still, earning some extra income is hard to ignore and walk away from.
  3. Projects at home are in good shape.  Latest problem, however, has the potential to become a money-sucker (roof issues). I am running out of band aids.
  4. Much enjoyment from my family.
  5. Looking forward to going to Disneyworld in 2012 with my grandsons.

The more things change the more things stay the same.

Posted April 13, 2010 by Larry Rutledge
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Two years ago I came to a fork in the road and I took it.  Now it seems I am back at another fork and this fork took me.  Prior to December 31, 2007 I had spent the previous 18 years as a leader in the Package Testing Industry with a few other assorted packaging specialties that I explored along the way.  In my position of leadership I could easily bounce ideas and questions off of my subordinates who were they themselves explorers.  But the talent that was available to tap into was exceptional.  I was almost always able to get input from experts who would feed my appetite for their grey matter. I was a grey matter vampire and didn’t know it.

So today, I am back doing what I left doing at my corporate position. Only now I am trying to give back all that I collected, borrowed or stole when I was immersed in Package Design and Development on a day-to-day basis.  As a Package Lab Consultant, I have to decide how I am going to maintain the comfortable retiree perspective I was enjoying before those who have identified me as a potential full-time contributor to their goals and objectives.  Being a Packaging Consultant was never my main priority in life, at least the remaining years of my life.  I think I prefer the “packaging career” side of me stay as an elective and not something that becomes classified as “work.”

I keep reminding myself that what I am doing is not being financially compensated, so therefore, I can’t classify it as a full-time career.  As long as it stays at that level, and I can maintain a realistic perspective as to what it is, then everything should stay manageable.  I hope so anyway.

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Posted January 24, 2010 by Larry Rutledge
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