The Division Meeting went pretty smoothly, in my opinion. We had 14 current members and 2 not-current members show up in person and had 27 proxies for a total of 41 representative votes. A big thank you to all who attended and shared their input and concerns.
There were two main pieces of business voted on and approved at this meeting:
Incoming Division Board -
Chair: Kemmerlyn Lawrence (Salle New Bern)
Vice-Chair of Coach & Referee Development: Stephen Kmiec (East Carolina University)
Vice-Chair of Youth Development: Paul Perkins (Cape Fear Fencing Association)
Secretary & Treasurer: Liz Morey (Raleigh Fencers Club)
Past Chair: Donny Zelinski (Salle New Bern)
The other piece of business voted on was the acceptance of the new Bylaws as they were posted on the division website previously. There were no changes beyond what had already been posted to the public and so it was accepted as proposed.
Outside of the voting issues, an ROC Bid Assessment Committee has been setup to tackle the issue of whether or not it is feasible for our division to host an ROC and under what conditions. We are shooting for the 2016-2017 season with this, so as not to unduly rush ourselves. There is also momentum building for improving communications between the board and the individual members of the division, ex. updating the division website completely and taking better advantage of social media than we’ve lately been doing.
As incoming chair I also have many other projects, both personally brought up and requested by others, that I intend to get done this coming season. A brief summary of them is as follows:
An updated, comprehensive list of available referees for our division and contact information for said referees.
Updating, refining, and possibly expanding the Division Observer program.
A “Division Procedures Manual” that outlines and defines many of the practices we commonly observe but are not yet officially written down as rules within the division. Ideally, this will also double as a “how-to” manual for those wishing to take on additional responsibilities with the division such as bout committee, refereeing, and more.
Finding and implementing a division-wide solution to help fencers at every level to get to tournaments more readily than they might be able to currently. I’m already working with Coach Miller to make sure this is something all college athletes could also take advantage of.
Besides my own works, Stephen Kmiec is already talking with others about referee clinics and coaching clinics for the upcoming season. We also already have tentative plans in place for the August meeting, but I’ll leave those to be posted when they have been firmed up.
If anyone has any comments, questions, or concerns please contact the current division Chair (email@example.com) or Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it will be brought to the attention of the appropriate people.