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Whistling Zebra


Northern Officials Association
Summer 2009 Edition    9/1/09
Jerry Blum --Editor
(847) 438-2231

Welcome to the Summer edition of the Whistling Zebra for the 2009-2010 school year. Please feel free to send me suggestions on how to make this publication work for you.  If there is anything you want to have printed send it to me.

NOA Officers (2008-2010)

General Chairman:
Don Swanson
Jerry Blum
Randy Steen
Membership Chairman:
Mike Roseman
Football President:
Al Smigiel
Basketball President:
Troy Whalen
FB Assignment Chairman:
Bob Brown
BB Assignment Chairman:
Mike Babicz


NOA/AOS combined Joint Meeting will be held on Wed. Oct. 7th.  We will meet at Hackney’s of Lake Zurich @7pm. More information will be sent out a few weeks ahead of that date.

Welcome   to the 2009-2010 High School sports season. Make sure you have all your
Registrations up to date. Check your availability and make sure it is correct and record the number of games you are working this year. Remember we are professionals and need to act and show that by all of our actions, from when we get to the site until we leave.
Take care of yourself and make sure you are ready for each contest you are working. Remember to call before each contest to confirm the date and time. It is also a good idea to check in with Your partners as to the time and date of the contest. Have a great year and stay healthy.

A Note from the IHSA

The IHSA staff has informed us to remind all officials to make sure they have updated their availability and the number of games you will officiate at the beginning of each sport season. Many basketball officials did not receive post season assignments because they had zeroes in the number of games officiated. This is the info they pull up when assigning the tournament, so if you have zeroes in that area they don’t see you officiating any games.

Fund Donations- Donations for The Norm Geske Fund, and The Bob Brown Fund can be made any time by writing a check to N O A and sending it to Randy Steen at 2157 N. Dogwood Ln., Palatine Il 6007 

From Randy Steen - Only 40% of current NOA members have paid their 09/10 dues.  If you are part of the 60% who have not paid, please submit your dues to Randy Steen promptly.  You can mail your check to 2157 Dogwood Ln; Palatine, IL 60074.  Dues are $40 for one sport and $70 for two.  Thanks for your attention to this. 

Keith Ryan Dinner - From Mike Babicz  ( )  (847) 838-1535
The 21st Keith Ryan Scholarship Fund Sports Banquet including the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame induction will be Thurs., Oct. 1 at Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth.  Social Hour is at 6 pm with a sit down prime rib dinner at 7 and the program to follow.  Billy McKinney, for Zion HS and NBA star and current director of scouting for the Milwaukee Bucks will be the featured speaker.
Hall inductees include Tom Baba as an official nominated by the NOA, Tim Albers of Libertyville, John Martin, Lindsay Borkan and Judy Harwood of Stevenson, Larry Hanzel and Rufus Woods, both of North Chicago; Kyle Kessel of Mundelein, Don Kloth of Zion-Benton, Tom Maple of Grant, Chuck Ramsey of Warren; and three inductees into the Waukegan Sports Hall of Fame - Covance Cabel, Tim Labus and Jim Stanczak.
Jim Bernardi and Mike Babicz, both of the NOA, are Ryan Committee members and have tickets. The NOA has reserved a table which results in a $5 discount on the ticket price.  Persons desiring to attend should contact either Bernardi or Babicz to reserve a ticket at $45 each (regularly $50).
Proceeds benefit the Keith Ryan Scholarship Fund which awards two College of Lake County students annually.
Questions or for tickets, contact Bernardi or Babicz.

President – Al Smigiel

We have three more football meetings left for this season. They are at Grayslake Central H. S.
Starting at 7 pm. Your top 15 application is due online to Al Smigiel  by Tuesday Sept. 2. Go to
The NOA website and fill it out. You will need to bring your schedule on Wed. night. To be
Considered for the Top 15 you need to have your dues paid for this year. 


President – Troy Whalen –  or

New Meeting Location - Grayslake Central High School is the new meeting location for NOA basketball meetings.  We will meet in the cafeteria from ,7-8:30 pm,  annex with the hopes of getting court time throughout the meeting dates.  Please enter through the main entrance located off of school street and security will direct you to the destination point.

Meeting Dates
October 7th            NOA/AOS Mixer at Hackney's
October 14th
October 21st
October 28th
November 4th
November 11th

Specific meeting topics to follow.  Once again, I am looking for volunteers to present. Volunteer and show your knowledge and/or creative side.  Email me at or

We will also will take 20 questions at a time of the part 1 test for discussion at each meeting.

 From Mike Babicz BK Assignment Chairman

The 2010 Quentin Road Baptist High School Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament will be Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 & 16.  To those of you who would be interested in working this great tournament, notify me of your interest and please keep those dates open.  Games begin at 9:30 am each day in two different gyms.  These are 3-person games and you would work two.  The NOA has gained a great reputation because of this tournament and we want to continue to do so.

Personal Info- Please keep me informed of any thing you would like me to include in the Zebra.


Board Meetings
The next Board Meeting will be Sept. 21, 2009. If you have anything you want to be discussed please send me an e-mail.