Clawson Award

Dale Clawson
Spirit of Little League
Volunteer Award

The tradition and spirit of volunteerism has long been the foundation of which the success and growth of the Little League program in Montana District 2 has relied upon. Of the many volunteers, no one better exemplified the spirit and principles of Little League more than Dale Clawson. Dale was a true pioneer in Montana District 2 Little League. Since 1950, he was essential in not only helping to build the Little League programs in Missoula, but he was a leader, role model, and friend to the entire District 2 Little League Family. His dedication and commitment to helping our youth grow to be productive citizens is the example that all those involved in youth sports should aspire to. Following his passing in 2006, the Presidents and Officers of Montana District 2 saw it only fitting that each year, we recognize those people that give of themselves on behalf of our young athletes in the same spirit as Dale did, thus they created the "Dale Clawson Spirit of Little League Award".

The "Dale Clawson Spirit of Little League Award" is awarded to a deserving individual every fall at the annual District Conference. The recipient is selected by the officials in the host city and honored for his or her work at the District Banquet. The honoree is awarded an individual plaque as well as having his or her name enshrined upon the perpetual plaque that hangs proudly at Mount Sentinel Little League's Dale Clawson Complex in Missoula. We are honored and blessed to have the opportunity to recognize and benefit from the work of Dale and these fine individuals:

2007
Ned Ellingwood, Butte

2008
Bob Weigum, Sr., Great Falls

2009
Hal Karl, Missoula

2010
Joan O'Neill, Butte

2011
Kent Seaton, Great Falls

2012
Daurine Spritzer, Missoula

2013
Mike Parent, Butte

2014
Zeke Zaremski & Chuck Whitmore, Great Falls

2015
Al Johnson & Renny Malach, Missoula

2016
Bob & Dee Scalabrin, Butte

2017
Deidre Martinko, Great Falls

2018
Duane, Meiers, Missoula


Duane Meiers
- 2018-

Montana District 2 is proud to honor Duane Meiers as the 2018 including his current positions in District 2 as an Umpire-in-Chief and Safety Officer. Duane’s volunteer experiences spans decades. He began umpiring in Glasgow, Montana in 1974 and began coaching in 1979 . He moved to Missoula in 2002 and picked up right where he left off. He served as the President of Mt Jumbo East Little League as well as holding every position imaginable. Last year, he was selected to work the Western Regional Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, CA.
Duane is an essential member of the leadership team at the Western Regional Senior Softball Tournament as well as one of the architects of the Big Sky Blues Association. He was essentially in bringing the Western Region Outreach Clinic to District 2. Although, he has volunteered in other programs, Little League has always been Duane’s first priority. We are honored to have his service.



Local Sponsors

Montana Little League District 2

Keith Miller, 1925 S. Jackson Street
Butte, Montana 59701

Phone: 406-498-2640

Email: [email protected]