For the second time in its 29-year history, Slo-Pitch National will be helmed by a woman. Though Trish Harrow Rodic has been with the organization for 28 years, she’s the youngest person to hold the presidency.
Beginning her tenure with SPN in 1990 - from her early days working as an administrator in the national office, to becoming Ontario’s Regional Director, to being the Hall of Fame Committee Chairman, and many others – Harrow Rodic has served in myriad capacities within SPN’s governance. One of her special points of pride is as the creator of SPN’s signature logo in 1990, still used today. She is pleased to have been a long-time advocate of the organization’s National Umpire Program. “We’ve worked hard on enhancing our officiating program and supporting our network of grass roots umpires. She hopes to work towards changing the overall attitude toward game officials in this sport. Our goal is to emphasize respect and gratitude to the officials who put forth an effort to make the game better,” says Harrow Rodic.
Harrow Rodic has formed a vision for her term as the organization’s President: “SPN has evolved as society has moved toward using digital forms of communication and being relevant to our members is always vital to the organization. To continue that legacy, we will be concentrating on forming partnerships with business entities that will provide our membership with the best possible customer experience. Capitalizing on our many long-standing sponsorship agreements with industry leaders - like Molson Coors Canada, Worth, Rawlings, Miken, Easton and Mizuno - we will be working with travel, restaurant and entertainment companies to provide discounts and other incentives for members,” says Harrow Rodic of her vision for growth in the organization.
Harrow Rodic is also pleased that SPN is providing Canadian women with quality sport opportunities. Of the 250,000 members Slo-Pitch National has enlisted across the country, 40 per cent are female and she would like to see that number grow. As the working parent of a young child and a former enthusiastic slo-pitch player, Harrow Rodic appreciates the dedication of SPN members, from elite to recreational level players.
To deliver on her vision, Harrow Rodic looks forward to working with SPN’s executive management team of Vice President Jay Tourangeau from British Columbia, Chairman Kent Kamenz from Manitoba and Past President Bill Miller. Harrow Rodic anticipates collaborating with the volunteers in the all of the Regions across Canada to continue to grow the organization and the game of slo-pitch.
“Slo-Pitch National would like to congratulate Trish Harrow Rodic as the new President. We are confident that the SPN organization will continue to thrive under her new leadership,” says Bill Miller.