Charlie Baron, Pro Golf Promoter  
Thursday, November 14, 2002

So I've Heard Column

I sat near "the guiding force of professional golf in Las Vegas" at Webster's fall town meeting without realizing it.
My wife and I shared one of the short rows to the east side of the Town Hall with Geraldine A. and David W. Sherry and Charles E. Baron.
Geraldine and Charles are siblings, and David is husband and brother-in-law. They're fine people that I've known for some time. The Sherrys are well respected educators and Charles is in sports promotions.
I've mentioned Mr. Baron's hometown interests over the years--how he distributes Webster's Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg material from his Las Vegas base--without probing the depth of his professional promotions. He started years ago by trailing one of those big racing cars for Norton Co. when the Worcester industry wanted an accounting (his major) tape on their sports promotion.
Now, he mostly runs golf tournaments. I've said this before without connecting to the significance of his efforts. The "guiding force" line has been out there since Oct. 24 when a Joe Hawk commentary appeared in the Las Vegas Review Journal. I was given clips from this and another column and searched them out.
It's about a half dozen graphs into the Hawk piece but he called Webster's Charlie Baron "the guiding force of professional golf in Las Vegas for the past 18 years." Mr. Baron manages the $5 million Classic at Las Vegas.
The second clip is from Associate Editor Bill Bowman's column in the Vegas Golfer Magazine. The list of golfers who rate the Las Vegas PGA stop a must is impressive, he said, mentioning Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, and Fred Couples.
Marketing and TV time has given the Las Vegas Classic a worldwide audience, according to Mr. Bowman. The 2003 event, to be sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, will be held on three courses over five days. The USA Network will air the tournament its first three days, and ABC cameras will be there the other two.
As in the last 18 years, Webster resident Charles E. Baron will be the man behind the scenes.
Brothers Joseph A. Borski Jr. of Webster, and Ronald Borski, of Boulder, Colo., have been up to great things of late, but in different ways.
Joseph A. Borski Jr. and the Rev. Michael J. Roy, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Webster, and others were invested as Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem a few weeks ago at ceremonies in St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester.
While the Order had its origins in another age, its focus in this day and time is preserving Christianity in the Holy Land and in charitable, social and cultural activities.
I seldom comment on beliefs, but I got into this on learning that Mr. Borski was presented with a ceremonial sword and spurs as representative of the recent inductees. As I understand it, they're a reminder that the Kingdom of God is won by faith and love, and not by the sword.
There was extensive videotaping and digital photography by Mr. Borski's family, sons Jason and Justin, and daughter Christine Skiba during the few minutes he held the sword and spurs. His wife, Janice, observed with their newest granddaughter, Amelia Skiba. Friends might draw a smile from CPA Borski if they address him as "Sir Joseph." Using the appellation once will suffice.
Ronald Borski's good deed is easier to explain because it has a patriotic ring. A U.S. Navy retiree, Ronald moved to Colorado after a long affiliation with town veterans groups and the Webster-Dudley Veterans Council.
He's hundreds of miles to the west but Ron Borski keeps track of goings on in his home town, aware that a veterans court of honor will be dedicated Memorial Day 2003. Ronald Borski has emerged as a leader in Colorado veterans affairs, but he had his hometown in mind when he secured an American Flag recently f
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