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News for ClieNts n williams-Keepers llC     fall 2006




                             4            for organizing your
                                          accounting system



 3   pension protection act of 2006
 6   a family affair: ensuring
     financial health across generations
 7   political involvement by 501c(6)
     and 501c(3) exempt organizations
    Dear Valued Clients:
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         Autumn is upon us, and with it comes a flurry of activity. The new school year begins,     intended to provide general informa-
    football season gears up and the growing season concludes with the annual harvest. At           tion on the subject matter covered.
    Williams-Keepers LLC, we are busy helping our clients prepare for the end of the year.          Before acting on any information con-




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         This issue of Pathways addresses topics we think you will find helpful and appropri-       tained in this newsletter, please consult
    ate at this time of year. Individuals should pay particular attention to Debbie Mathes’         Williams-Keepers LLC to determine                    N ReSPoNSe to recent cases in                   eGTRRA’s more generous treatment of             401(k) providers to offer personalized
    analysis of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which President Bush recently signed into       its applicability to your particular situ-           which employee pension plans have               compensation that may be taken into             investment advice, beginning in 2007.
    law, and Cathy Anderson’s article on your family’s financial health. John Weaver discusses      ation.                                               been underfunded and, in some                   account under a plan.
    the ways we can help get your business’ records organized and ready for the year-end using                                                           instances, defaulted upon, President                                                         •	 More	incentives	
    our accounting consulting services. And, because the November elections are near, Kathy         If you have questions or suggestions                 Bush recently signed into law the            •	 Catch-up	contributions	                         The new pension reform law also makes
    Graessle offers advice to exempt organizations on lobbying activity.                            regarding this publication, please con-              Pension Protection Act of 2006, which           eGTRRA allowed individuals age 50               permanent greater portability for 403(b)
         As a farewell to summer, we included a summary of the fun activities in which our asso-    tact:                                                strengthens pension funds and includes          and older to make additional contri-            and 457 plans and faster vesting of
    ciates recently participated. At WK, we work hard and take time to play, and I hope you                                                          other important tax law changes. A sum-             butions to IRAs, 401(k)s and other              employer matching contributions. The
    have the opportunity to do the same.                                                                    Kari dowell, editor                      mary of the Act’s key points follows.               arrangements. For 2006, you can make            Saver’s Credit was made permanent
                                                                                                        kdowell@williamskeepers.com                                                                      an additional catch-up contribution of          for funding retirement accounts and
         Please let us know if we can be of assistance.                                                       (573) 442-6171                         pension plan reform                                 $1,000 to an IRA, $2,500 to a SIMPLe            provides that the adjusted gross income
                                                                                                                                                     The Act aims to prevent troubled pension            plan or $5,000 to a 401(k) plan.                amounts used to figure the credit will be
                           Sincerely,                                                                                                                plans from folding and dumping their obli-          The new pension reform law makes                indexed for inflation starting in 2007.
                                                                                                                                                     gations on the Pension Benefit Guaranty             eGTRRA’s catch-up contributions per-            The rules allowing for Section 529 quali-
                                                                                                                                                     Corporation (PBGC), the pension payor               manent and indexes only the $5,000              fied tuition programs were also extended
                                                                                                                                                     of last resort, which already has a deficit of      401(k) and $2,500 SIMPLe catch-up               permanently. For small businesses think-
                           Russell A. Starr, CPA                                                                                                     nearly $30 billion. To ensure that deficit          amounts for inflation.                          ing of starting a pension plan, the new
                           Managing Member                                                             www.williamskeepers.com                       does not worsen, the Act calls for most                                                             law makes permanent the tax credit for
                                                                                                                                                     underfunded plans to become fully funded         •	 Roth	401(k)s		                                  start-up costs.
                                                                                                                                                     over seven years.                                   Roth 401(k)s are similar to Roth IRAs
                                        on the cover                                                Williams-Keepers LLC is a member
                                                                                                    of PKF North American Network                    permanent retirement
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and, depending on your specific situa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion, can be a valuable addition to your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New rules for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      charitable donations
    If your fInancIal records could                            clients in a wide array of indus-    (PKF NAN), an association of 95                  savings incentives                                  retirement portfolio. Until the Act was      In an attempt to crack down on the poten-
    use some organization, read about Williams-                tries. She specializes in account-   independently owned public accounting            In 2001, Congress passed the economic               passed, many employers were reluctant        tial for abuse of charitable contribution
    Keepers LLC’s accounting systems consult-                  ing, payroll and tax services, and   firms that share client service,                 Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act            to offer Roth 401(k)s because they           guidelines, the Act dictates that no deduc-
    ing services on pages 4 and 5. These services               accounting software consulting.     technical, educational and marketing             of 2001 (eGTRRA), which created many                would have expired after 2010. The           tion will be allowed for any contribution of
    are provided by John Weaver, CPA, Kim            Kim graduated from Columbia College,           resources and expertise. For additional          new incentives to encourage people to               new law makes them permanent, which          cash, check or other monetary gift unless
    Knigge and Jeanie Bloodgood.                     from which she earned a bachelor of arts       information about PKF NAN, please                save more for retirement. eGTRRA was                might encourage more employers to            you can show a bank record or a written
                                                     degree in business administration. She is a    visit www.pkfnan.org.                            temporary and had been set to expire on             offer them.                                  communication from the charity. This
              John	Weaver,	CPA, has worked           member of WK’s construction team and the                                                        December 31, 2010. The new Act made                                                              means you’ll need to either get a receipt
              in public accounting for seven         QuickBooks Pro Advisor program, having                                                          eGTRRA’s provisions permanent, includ-           •	 New	and	enhanced	incentives                  for every cash donation you make begin-
              years and has been with WK since       completed certification in QuickBooks for                                                       ing the following highlights.                       The new Act makes it easier for employ-      ning in 2007 (or earlier, if your fiscal year
              2002. He specializes in tax and ac-    2006.                                                                                                                                               ers to automatically enroll employees        begins between August 17 and December
    counting services for individuals, non-profit                                                                                                    •	       Higher	IRA	contribution		                  into the company’s 401(k) plan, making       31, 2006) or make your donation by check,
    organizations and businesses in a variety                   Jeanie	Bloodgood has been with             Change of                                      dollar	amounts	                                employees opt out in order not to par-       credit card or debit card.
    of industries. In addition, John provides                   WK since 2005. She provides               InformatIon                                     The maximum amount you can contrib-            ticipate. effective in 2007, individuals           The new pension reform law also
    on-site managerial accounting services, ac-                 accounting services to small                                                              ute annually to an IRA increases from          will be able to have tax refunds depos-      cracks down on donations of clothing and
    counting systems consultation, accounting                    businesses and individuals. In        Do you have a new phone                            $4,000 in 2006 to $8,000 in 2008.              ited directly into an IRA account. The       household items. Beginning immediately,
    software consultation and attest services.       addition to accounting services and soft-       number, home address, e-mail                         After 2008, the maximum amount                 new law also allows direct rollovers from    donated household items and clothing must
    He earned a bachelor of science degree in        ware consulting, her specialty areas include           or fax number?                                adjusts for inflation.                         a qualified retirement plan, tax-sheltered   be in “good condition” to be deductible.
    business administration with an emphasis in      payroll and income tax preparation and                                                                                                              annuity or government plan directly to       objects of art, jewelry and collectibles are
    accounting and management from Co-               campaign finance management. Jeanie is a           Please let us know.                          •	       Higher	dollar	limits	on		                  a Roth IRA and will treat it as a Roth       not considered household items for this
    lumbia College. John is a member of WK’s         graduate of Columbia College with a bach-         We would like to keep our records as up            defined	contribution	plans                     conversion if all other qualifications are   purpose. The law provides a limited excep-
    family business team and the QuickBooks          elor of science degree in business adminis-       to date as possible in order to provide you         The new law makes permanent                   met, effective in 2008. Additionally,        tion for donated single items appraised at
    Pro Advisor program, and he completed the        tration with majors in accounting, finance        with timely and accurate service. Please           eGTRRA’s higher dollar limits on               non-spousal beneficiaries can roll over      more than $500.
    QuickBooks certification course for 2006.        and management. She is also a member of           take a moment to contact Lynn Dann                 defined contribution plans ($44,000            their interests in a qualified retirement          other previously approved deductions
                                                     the QuickBooks Pro Advisor program and            at (573) 442-6171 or Jonna Gilmore at              in 2006) as well as elective deferrals         plan, government plan or tax-sheltered       have been expanded. Increased deductions
    Kim	Knigge	has been with WK since 1993.          has earned certification in QuickBooks for        (573) 635-6196 and provide your most               for 401(k)s, 457s and SIMPLe plans.            annuity into an IRA, effective for 2007.     for donations of food and books, which
    She works with small business and individual     2006.                                             current information. Thank you!                    The new law also makes permanent               The new law also allows IRA and                                        continued on page 5


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                 accounting systems: get organIzed

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                   LL CoMPANIeS, large            the accounting                                                                                                       Commonly used ACCounting softWAre pACkAges
                   and small, depend upon         software package                                                                                                      • Quickbooks www.quickbooks.com
                   accurate and timely finan-     will make the                                                                                                           • Microsoft Small Business Accounting www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/products/office/accounting/detail.mspx
                   cial information for long-     needed financial                                                                                                         • MAS 90 www.bestsoftware.com/mas90/management/default.htm
                   term prosperity. Financial     information                                                                                                               • Timberline www.sagetimberlineoffice.com/
                   data that is properly orga-    much more readily                                                                                                          • Peachtree www.peachtree.com/
                   nized leads to easier-to-      available than any                                                                                                          • Microsoft Dynamics (formerly Great Plains) www.microsoft.com/dynamics/default.mspx
    produce financial statements and reports,     manual system.
    better management of business operations,                                                                                                                                   allows for reconciliation of general       is heading and where it wants to go — and,         common accounting software packages.
    more identifiable tax planning opportuni-     accounting                                                                                                                     ledger accounts on a regular basis,       most important, if those paths are the same        In addition to tax and business consulting
    ties, and more proactive long-range busi-     systems                                                                                                                         many items can be misclassified          — they need to know where the company              services, our associates can assist businesses
    ness planning.                                A company’s financial                                                                                                            until after year-end, when the          is and where it has been. Financial projec-        by preparing monthly, quarterly, or annual
                                                  information only becomes                                                                                                          records are reviewed by an ac-         tions and professional consultations in these      compiled financial statements, dealing with
    Manual versus                                 useful to its management                                                                                                           countant for tax preparation.         planning areas will be much more effective if      payroll issues, and assisting with the setup of
    computerized records                          or its consultants when it                                                                                                          Many items that need to be           the financial data is reliable. An effective ac-   QuickBooks accounting software. offering
    Some companies prefer to keep their ac-       is accurate. Therefore, it                                                                                                           reclassified and adjusted based     counting system will ensure the accuracy of        these services gives us the opportunity to as-
    counting and financial records manually us-   is imperative to ensure the                                                                                                           on supporting documenta-           that data. The more tools that management          sist our clients and share in their success.
    ing a combination of source documents and     organization and validity of                                                                                                           tion might not have been          and its advisors have, the easier it will be to
    ledger sheets. A lot of work is required to   the data listed in the financial                                                                                                        accurately portrayed in the      arrive at a solution to meet the company’s                   For a consultation with an
    summarize that information into a format      records. By implementing an                                                                                                              company-prepared finan-         long-term goals.                                             accounting systems advisor, contact
    that can accurately portray the financial     accounting system that allows for                                                                                                         cial statements. After               A good accounting system is a very                     John Weaver, CPA at (573) 442-
    position of the company and be useful to      the verification of those numbers                                                                                                          these adjustments have        helpful tool used to gather financial infor-
    management. A manual process normally         through a series of periodic recon-                                                                                     dat a is a          been made, the taxable       mation and to allow for sustained business
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    does not allow for timely preparation of      ciliations and procedures, companies
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    processes are commonly unorganized and        in those financial statements can be                                                                                                     a large, unexpected tax bill.   counting procedures performed on a regular               were adopted in response to Hurricane
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    lack a system to verify financial informa-    relied upon for management purposes.                             ut er so      to o rga                                      With reliable information available         basis allow a business to be organized and               Katrina, were extended through
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    tion.                                         These procedures involve tying out                U sing a rt on the                                                  throughout the year, the business is able to       have more accurate accounting information                December 31, 2007. Those 70 or older
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         For companies using ledger sheets        numbers in the financial statements to             good                                                               have a more accurate view of their financial       that is readily accessible. The ease of obtain-          are able to make a tax-free distribu-
    or a series of spreadsheets to summarize      supporting documentation outside of                                                                                   position and take advantage of tax planning        ing financial data allows for better and more            tion of IRA proceeds up to $100,000
    their financial data, there are several       their software package, such as monthly                          debts, sales, cost of goods                          opportunities. If a company’s manage-              proactive management decisions, more iden-               to a charitable organization through
    accounting software packages that provide     bank statement reconciliations, comparing               sold, operating costs, overhead and                           ment team has accurate financial data and          tifiable tax planning opportunities, fewer               December 31, 2007. The new law also
    a variety of time-saving solutions. Using     the financial statement amounts for items       other key financial numbers is an essential                           remains in contact with its tax advisors           surprises at tax time, and more informed                 increases the deduction limits for quali-
    a computer software program to track          such as bank loans with statements from         component of the management function of                               throughout the year, the tax advisors can          future business planning decisions.                      fied conservation easements for 2006
    your financial data is a good start on        the bank, and reviewing the reasonability of    any business. If financial information is not                         potentially offer strategies to lessen the                                                                  and 2007.
    the path to organization, whether that        aging schedules for receivables and payables.   available until months later, management is                           effects of the tax consequences of their busi-     How WK can help
    program is QuickBooks, Microsoft Small        With a full set of these procedures in place    not allowed a reasonable amount of time for                           ness transactions. However, in most cases,         WK can assist you in setting up an account-              What the Act means to you
    Business Accounting, MAS 90, Timberline,      and performed on a regular basis, accurate      corrective action, and the financial health                           after a tax year-end has passed, so has the        ing system that will fit your needs. We can              While many of the new incentives are
    Peachtree, Microsoft Dynamics (formerly       financial information can be produced from      of the company can suffer. By producing                               opportunity for tax planning for that year.        analyze your current accounting system                   permanent, others are temporary, and
    Great Plains) or another commonly             the accounting software as needed.              accurate financial statements for review                                                                                 and help establish a method of reconciling               the effective dates of the provisions
    used software package. Simply using                                                           by management on a regular and timely                                 long-range planning                                your general ledger accounts in a way that               vary. To take full advantage of the new
    an accounting software package to enter       a current snapshot                              basis, problem areas can be discovered more                           A business’ long-term success is incumbent         will facilitate timely production of reliable            law, contact us today so we may tailor
    checks and pay bills can save a company       Successful management of a business opera-      quickly and corrective actions can be taken                           upon financial planning to help guide              monthly or quarterly statements. After the               a plan specific to your situation.
    significant time spent on accounting          tion requires that one have expertise in and    in a timely manner, which can save the com-                           the company’s future activities. Plans for         initial setup, we can answer questions, assist
    functions and provide a starting point to     knowledge of their industry as a whole and      pany money and headaches.                                             business expansion, strategic planning and         with training needs and help you clean up                           For more information on
    design an accounting system to verify that    the company in particular, including its                                                                              succession planning all include a financial        your accounting records, if necessary. Sever-                       the Pension Protection Act of
    financial information. Working within         existing financial position. Having accurate    year-end planning                                                     component. In order for a company’s                al WK associates are certified as QuickBooks                        2006, contact Debbie Mathes,
    a properly designed accounting system,        numbers for cash in the bank, outstanding       Without an accounting system in place that                            management to know where the company               ProAdvisors and have experience using other                         CPA at (573) 635-6196.


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                A family affair:                                                                                                                          considerations for 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) exempt organizations




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               ensurIng fInancIal                                  HealtH across generatIons




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                                                                                                                                                                     eCAUSe 2006 is an election         substantial part of its activities is directed      tures related to political campaigns. This
                     CCoRDING To the PBS               the week, they won’t be able to buy any-         or other incapacitating illness, the burden of               year, exempt organizations         at attempting to influence legislation, or          involves participating or intervening in any
                     documentary, Juggling Work        thing until next week’s “payday.”                handling their healthcare and finances will                  might be asked to become           lobbying. An organization is considered             political campaign on behalf of or in oppo-
                     and Family, almost 40 per-             once they’ve learned how to budget,         fall to you. You will need real information                  involved in lobbying or            to be engaged in lobbying if it contacts, or        sition to any candidate for public office.
                     cent of U.S. workers have         introduce saving for longer-term goals by        to make certain that all is accomplished in                  political activities. Before       urges the public to contact, members or             However, if a 501(c)(6) entity engages
                     children under the age of 18.     encouraging your children to set aside a         accordance with their desires.                               your organization engages in       employees of a legislative body for the pur-        in political activity, it may have a Form
                          In a 1998 national poll,     portion of their allowance for more expen-             This is also a good opportunity to                     such activity, it is important     pose of proposing, supporting or opposing           1120PoL filing requirement and would
                     more than half of Americans       sive items or family gifts. You might want       ensure your parents have completed basic          to know the rules as they apply to your       legislation, or if the organization advocates       be required to pay a 35 percent tax on the
    – 54 percent – said that they would likely         to open a savings account in which they can      documents and that you can easily access          particular type of organization.              the adoption or rejection of legislation.           lesser of the political campaign expenditures
    be responsible for the care of an aging par-       deposit these savings, as well as a portion of   them if needed. At minimum, each parent                                                         The organization may be involved in public          or investment income. If either the expen-
    ent or relative in the next 10 years.              any money they’ve received for birthdays or      should have:                                      lobbying                                      policy issues if its activities are strictly edu-   diture or investment income is $100 or less,
          As a working-age adult, there’s a high       holidays. At first, they might be reluctant to   n a will or a living trust that includes          Trade associations, which are tax-exempt      cational in nature.                                 Form 1120PoL is not required.
    probability that you’re balancing work with        “spend” money on something that doesn’t             instructions on how to distribute assets       under Internal Revenue Code (IRC)                   Whether an organization’s attempt to                To avoid jeopardizing your exempt
    commitments to both children and par-              provide immediate gratification, but once           and functions as a will at the parent’s        Section 501(c)(6), may engage in lob-         influence legislation constitutes a substantial     purpose, the lobbying or political activi-
    ents. Shuttling the kids to soccer, checking       they see the rewards of interest and how it         death;                                         bying activities. Lobbying can include        part of its overall activities is determined on     ties of your trade organization should not
    in on Mom and Dad, planning holiday cel-           grows their money, they will likely look for-    n a living will that instructs how your par-      attempts to influence legislation at the      the basis of the facts and circumstances in         represent a substantial portion of your over-
    ebrations or reunions for extended family          ward to investing.                                  ents are to be treated if terminally ill;      federal or state level through commu-         a particular case. To ensure the legislative        all expenditures or activities. If an entity
    ... fulfilling your responsibilities as a parent                                                    n durable powers of attorney authorizing          nication with a member or employee of         activities do not become substantial, orga-         wishes to make political contributions,
    and adult child can be difficult.                  ensuring your                                       someone to handle each parent’s financial      the legislative body or with a govern-        nizations other than churches and private           consideration should be given to forming a
          And while simply finding the time to         parents’ financial health                           affairs if he or she is incapacitated; and     ment official or employee who may             foundations may elect the expenditure test          Political Action Committee, through which
    spend with those you love can sometimes            Your parents might put up a good front,          n a healthcare surrogate document that            participate in formulating legislation.       under IRC Section 501(h) as a method for            such donations can be made.
    be challenging, making an effort to talk           but it’s possible they aren’t as financially        authorizes someone to make healthcare          A 501(c)(6) entity may also engage            measuring lobbying activity. The organiza-                Charitable organizations are prohibited
    about money is crucial for the long-term           secure as they would like you to believe.           decisions if your parents are unable to.       in grassroots lobbying, which is the          tion’s lobbying activities will not jeopardize      from directly or indirectly participating or
    stability of your family’s finances.               The house they’ve owned for years may be               of course, being in a position to edu-      attempt to influence the general public       its tax-exempt status provided its lobbying         intervening in any political campaign on
                                                       causing a cash crunch as they make neces-        cate your children and help your parents          on elections, legislative matters or refer-   expenditures do not normally exceed a cal-          behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate
    giving your                                        sary repairs or cope with rising taxes. They     should be a result of the steps you’re taking     endums.                                       culated amount.                                     for elective public office. Violation of this
    children a firm foundation                         could be dealing with increased medical          to create a secure financial future for you and        However, a 501(c)(6) entity engag-             organizations electing to use the             prohibition can result in revocation of the
    While younger children might know how              expenses or worrying about how they will         your family. By practicing what you preach        ing in lobbying activities is required to     expenditure test must file Form 5768,               organization’s tax-exempt status under IRC
    many dimes are in a dollar and older stu-          afford care in the future. or, they simply       you not only work toward your goal, but           notify its membership that a portion of       election/Revocation of election By                  Section 501(c)(3) and the imposition of
    dents may take classes that offer informa-         might not have planned well enough for           help those around you better understand the       the dues paid by the members is allo-         An eligible IRC Section 501(c)(3)                   certain excise taxes.
    tion on finances, your child’s school might        retirement and are dependent on Social           importance of sound money management.             cable to such activity and is therefore       organization To Make expenditure To                       As the next election date approaches,
    not include money management in its typ-           Security, living from check to check.                                                              nondeductible, or it must pay a proxy         Influence Legislation, at any time during           requests for campaign contributions and
    ical curriculum. Generally, parents are left            The most important step to ensuring                            Contact Cathy M.               tax equal to the highest corporate rate       the tax year for which it is to be effective.       pressure to engage in lobbying activities
    with the responsibility of helping children        everything is oK is simply talking about                            Anderson, Raymond James        (currently 35 percent) times the expen-       Consideration may also be given to creat-           may increase. If your organization is a
    develop good financial habits, including           finances. Many older adults don’t want to                           Financial Advisor, or Lon      ditures made by the entity.                   ing an entity under IRC Section 501(c)(4),          501(c)(6) or 501(c)(3) entity, be mindful
    how to balance saving and spending.                be a burden and tend to brush concerns                              J. Brockmeier, Raymond              Charitable organizations exempt          which provides for the exemption of social          of the restrictions relating to lobbying and
          one way to introduce the subject is          away. But discussing money while your            James Financial Advisor, at (573) 442-6171.       under IRC Section 501(c)(3) face a            welfare organizations to conduct the lobby-         political involvement.
    to provide your children with an allowance         parents are healthy and independent is                                                             number of restrictions with regard to         ing activities.
    with which they can buy “extras,” such as          crucial. even if you are confident that your     Securities offered through Raymond James          involvement in political activities.                                                                         For more information regard-
    toys and video games. Set a rule that no           parents are financially fit, you might want      Financial Services, Inc. Member NASD/SIPC              In general, a 501(c)(3) organiza-        Political contributions                                        ing lobbying activities by exempt
    matter what, when that money is gone for           to remind them that in the event of a stroke                                                       tion risks losing its exempt status if a      Trade associations may make expendi-                           organizations, please contact Kathy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Graessle at (573) 635-6196.

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  Boys of summer
  echelmeier leads team to little league world series
  THe SUMMeR of 2006                                                                                             in Columbia,” he says. “While we
  will not easily be forgotten                                                                                   were on the road, we heard so many
  by Williams-Keepers                                                                                            great stories about the things people
  LLC member owner Jeff                                                                                          were doing at home to support
  echelmeier.                                                                                                    the team and getting together to
       echelmeier helped                                                                                         watch our games. We owe a great
  lead the Columbia Daniel                                                                                       deal of our success to the Columbia
  Boone National All-Stars,                                                                                      community.”
  a select team that included
  12- and 13-year-olds from                                                                                      Wk number Crunchers
  the Daniel Boone Little                                                                                        take the field
  League, to a Midwest                                                                                           IT’S A case of throwing the record
  Regional championship                                                                                          out the window.
  and the 2006 Little League the 2006 daniel Boone national all-Stars. Front row, from left: landon                   Despite finishing with a 4-8
  World Series, which was         clapp, ford Zitsch, Jeffrey ausmus, ryan Phillips, carter Marcks and gus       record, the WK Number Crunch-
  broadcast nationally by         Jackson. Back row, from left: coach dan clapp, nick de Jong, John osborne,     ers co-ed softball team’s summer
                                  Beau Burkett, ryan schmidt, Will echelmeier and Manager Jeff echelmeier.
  eSPN from Williamsport,                                                                                        season was less about winning and
  Penn.                                                Region,” says echelmeier, whose son, Will,      losing than it was about team building and
       After dropping a 1-0 decision to                was the starting shortstop for Columbia.        camaraderie.
  Lake Charles, La. in its first game in               “our boys experienced things that were               “everyone who played this season had
  Williamsport, Columbia became the first              far beyond anything we could ever have          a great time, and I think it’s a great way for
  Midwest Region champion to win a game                imagined – playing on national TV,              us to get together in a more casual setting
  in World Series play by notching a 14-5              meeting former major league players as well outside the workplace,” says WK Director
  victory against Portsmouth, N.H. A 2-1 loss as teams from around the world. It was                   of Business Development Shawn Barnes,
  to Beaverton, ore., eliminated Columbia              truly a wonderful experience for them, and      the team’s manager. “Despite our record, we
  from the World Series, but echelmeier said           they handled it all with great attitude and     have memories that will last for a long, long
  the experiences his team gained during its           character.”                                     time.”
  championship run greatly outweighed any                   especially important to the team,               one of the most memorable moments
  disappointment.                                      echelmeier says, was the support it received of the season came when the Number
       “I was so proud of our team and the             from the community.                             Crunchers, 2-6 at the time, knocked off
  way the boys approached the opportunity                   “We were so pleased by the support         previously undefeated Privitt Auto 12-11 in
  to represent Columbia and the Midwest                we received from our family and friends         extra innings.




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