Nelson Ranch Update

Here is a message from the Nelson Ranch Club

Howdy Members—

NRPC wants to wish everyone a Happy New Year as we begin the 2022 petanque season. We are hoping to get back to a somewhat normal event schedule this year, and we hope you will join us for all the petanque fun! 

The first order of business in this new year is membership renewals. If you haven’t yet renewed your club membership with NRPC, you have until the end of January to do so. After Jan. 31, a late fee of $5.00 will be added. It will also delay you receiving your FPUSA license. You will need this license to participate in any FPUSA events, including regionals, which will hopefully be returning to our area in the coming year.

The renewal cost is $25.00. You can give cash to any of our club officers when you see them on the courts:  Gary, Kathy, Ed V. or Christophe.

If you want to pay by check, please make it out to our Treasurer: Ed Vaissiere.

If you want to pay your dues by mailing a check (made out to Ed), please send to:

Kathy Ragan

10503 Brannon Cove

Austin, Texas  78759

Mail by Jan. 20th so we get it on time!

If you are indeed renewing, I ask that we please try to get all the renewals & new applications finished by the Jan. 31 deadline. Dealing with the current FPUSA system is a bit of a hassle, so when I have to go back later and register more members, it can create problems. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. I know the board is excited about the upcoming petanque season in Austin. Hopefully, so are all of you!

If you have any questions about your renewal, you can contact me at:


Christophe (Secretary NRPC)

LBC Holiday Party Pictures 2021

Thanks again to Gary and Kathy for putting on a fantastic party!

Jim Schwobel Passes

Sunday December 5, 2021

I am sorry to report that our friend Jim Schwobel passed away this morning.

Menzina Churchman went to visit him Saturday and he was very subdued, and when she went to see him around noon today he had passed away.

I just got a note from his cousin Michelle Connor who was with him last night. She says he did not suffer and passed away peacefully.

There will be more news about a celebration for Jim at the hangar with his pétanque buddies and his band friends.

Please do not mention this on FaceBook because not all the family has been notified yet.

So sorry to lose one of our best friends.

- Jeff

Trophy Presentation

LBC's trophy is updated with the winners of our Oct 31st Terry Plemons Memorial Tournament.

Instead of individual trophies LBC has one trophy with winners' names are added to it.

The trophy resides with the winner until our next tournament.  

The LBC also has the Terry Plemons Memorial Plaque which displays the names of the winners of the TPM tournament.

Thierry Amisse is the designer and Fine French Woodworking produced our Trophy & Plaque.

Thierry always thinks big.

We originally hoped the plaque would be hung in the gift shop of the French Legation.  To date that has not transpired and it hangs in Michael Plemons home.

Amelia Island 2021

Scenes from Amelia Island 2021

Thank you to the Longstreth boys.

Umpire Training – Updated

Gary and Shirley Jones


Here is the big idea. You may not be interested becoming an official FPUSA umpire, but you still might like to learn the rules of pétanque.

You may not want to take the written umpire test, but you might like to have a session or two with National umpire Gary Jones, the existing local umpires, and new umpire trainees to focus on really learning the rules and, at least, get a better understanding of how the whole umpire thing works.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in let us know and we will try to set up a session or two, maybe connected to regular Sunday play at the hangar, where we can get together and learn the latest rule changes as a group along with those who want to get qualified. 


Click the "I AM INTERESTED" button below and send your message. Then you can be part of the discussion on what we might possibly arrange. Thanks.

We need to decide soon, because Gary Jones will not be here very long.


Gary and Shirley Jones, from North Carolina, will be in the Austin area until around the end of the year.

Gary is a National Umpire in the FPUSA and has generously offered to, once again, train and test people who would like to become pétanque umpires in the FPUSA.

The links below have  information regarding the process of becoming a new Club Umpire or seeking promotion to a Regional Umpire.

Anyone interested should check the requirements and begin the process by submitting the application form.

Once that is done, approved applicants should begin the study of rules and measuring guidelines. 

Gary Jones is willing to meet with individuals or groups of people for as long as it may take to discuss and address any questions you may have.

It would be best if such discussion/training sessions could be done as a group.

The tests will need to be administered before December 15, 2021.

Gary says the test itself should only require 30-40 minutes and shouldn't prove too tough for anyone who has given the rules some prior attention.

If you are interested in becoming a pétanque umpire or getting a promotion click the button below and leave a message ASAP. We will get back to you. 

LInks to Information

General information on FPUSA umpire regulations.

The application for you would need to send in.

Once you complete Part One of the form it should be submitted to:

Once the candidate's application has been accepted, s/he has 90 days to make arrangements with a regional or national umpire for written and practical testing. A club president or Sport Committee Member will be required to witness the testing.

Tips concerning the different ways to measure between boules.

Last but not least, here are the Official Rules of the Sport of Pétanque.

A special bonus link to general pétanque etiquette that all players should be familiar with.

Terry Plemons Tournament Pictures and Results

Oh, where to start?

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Terry Plemons Memorial, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, Fundraising Tournament for the French Legation!

Thanks to the organizers Ed Priest and Gary Ragan for setting up the terrain and for making the tournament run as smooth as silk. I know Pat Giles helped a lot with the terrain. Sorry if I am leaving anyone out. I saw Kathy Ragan doing a lot of work on the computer.

Thanks to all the people who contributed food and beverage for the potluck.

Thanks to all the people who had entertaining costumes.

Thanks to Alex Gouyet for helping us make a cool drone video.


Everyone switched partners for each game, so the winners were determined by how many points they got overall.



1st      Kathy Ragan & Michael Kaufman

2nd    Victor Alanso & Leigh Newsome

3rd     Menzina Churchman & Edward Vassiere


1st      Gibbi Puzon & Christopher Montes

2nd    Jim Schmidt & Jacques Richard

3rd    Alex Gouyet & Stephen Johns


The total of all the funds raised for the French Legation amounted to $950.


Here are the pictures that people sent in. Thank you all for your contributions!

Thank You Jim Schwobel

Jim Donates His Wine Collection

Recently, Jim Schwobel decided to donate his collection of wine and spirits to his friends.

We, at the Legation Boules Club, are doing our best to make sure everyone gets to have some of it!

Every weekend we plan to sample another bottle.

Here we are, at the Terry Plemons Memorial Tournament on Halloween day having a taste of one of the bottles of red wine.

Thanks again to Jim and special thanks to Alex Gouyet for making this cool drone video!