CALL FOR NOMINATION – ELECTIONS IN 2012
USA ROLLER SPORTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER,
AND SPORT COMMITTEE POSITIONS
2012 USA ROLLER SPORTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Nominees are solicited for the following representatives:
Figure Athlete – Three-Year Term of Service
National Official Director – Three-Year Term of Service
Grassroots – Three-Year Term of Service
At-Large Director – Three-Year Term of Service
USOC ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE FOR ROLLER SPORTS (ex officio USARS Board Member) – Four-Year Term of Service
USARS SPORT COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP – Voting Members – Four-Year Term of Service, Non-Voting Members – One-Year Term of Service
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USA Roller Sports Board of Directors - Under the current USARS By-Laws, the Board of Directors election procedures are established on staggered three-year terms. Terms for those positions listed above under this heading will begin in the fall of 2012 and conclude in the fall of 2015.
This election process begins with a call for nominations from the appropriate constituent memberships of the figure athletes, national official and coach representative positions. Resumes from all nominees are forwarded to the Chairs of two separate Nominating Committees for endorsement, which are charged with reviewing the qualifications of the candidates.
Eligible candidates must meet the criteria listed for the category of representative for which they are nominated. Nominees must be able to attend two meetings each year in order to serve as a Director on the Board. A qualified person could nominate himself, herself or another person with their written permission if received at the USA Roller Sports National Headquarters by the January 15, 2012 deadline.
Figure Athlete Board Seat – Any person who holds a current USARS member card, has reached 18 years of age or older, who meets the USOC definition of an active athlete and who has competed in figure skating in the Pan American Games, Senior World Championships or other senior international elite level competitions (World Games) within the last ten years is eligible to run for a seat on the USARS Board of Directors.
Figure Skating athletes who are eligible to vote by mail ballot in the 2012 elections, must be current USARS registered Figure Skating members, who are competing or have competed within the preceding ten years in USA Senior Elite National Championships. For Figure Skating this is defined as only those who have competed in the USARS Senior World Class National Championship events.
National Official Board Seat - Class II USARS Members with voting rights are defined as USARS Commissioned National Championship Meet Officials who are serving or have served in such capacity for at least the immediately preceding two year period. These are entitled to elect one Director. Qualified candidates shall meet the following requirements: (1) Be a USARS Commissioned National Championships Meet Official for a minimum of five years; (2) Be a current USARS member; (3) Be actively involved in USARS programs; (4) Contribute significantly to the advancement of the roller skating sport; (5) Agree in writing to abide by the USARS Code of Ethics; and (6) Submit a resume and a letter of application for the Board seat.
Election Process for Athlete and National Official Director Positions - May 15, 2012 is the deadline for eligible electors to submit names of additional nominees by petition for election as an athlete or official representative. Such petitions must contain the signatures of twenty-five (25) eligible Figure Skating athlete electors for the Figure Skating athlete board vacancy and the signatures of twenty-five (25) eligible National Championships Officials for addition of an Officials’ candidate by petition to the board seat slate. The petition must include a submitted factual biography which shows his or her qualifications for the board seat and the signature of the nominee consenting to nomination by petition. The respective Nominating Committees shall review and certify each candidate prior to submission to the membership.
Ballots shall be mailed to eligible voters by July 1, 2012. Any eligible voter who has not received a ballot by July 10, should immediately contact USARS Headquarters and a ballot will be immediately mailed. Ballots must be returned to USARS Headquarters, no later than August 1, 2012. A Certified Public Accounting firm will collect the ballots, tabulate them and officially announce the results. The new directors will assume office following the Annual Meeting of the USARS Board of Directors in September or October of 2012.
Grassroots Board Seat - In 2012, one Director shall be elected by the Board of Directors, in addition to the one currently serving in the capacity as a Grassroots Representative on the Board of Directors. Their purpose is to represent domestic and multi-discipline interests of USARS in terms of funding, management and program administration. Qualified candidates shall meet the following requirements: (1) Be a current and ten year member of USARS; (2) Possess overall knowledge and experience of the technical aspects of the sport, including but not limited to competitive skating, coaching, various official assignments and administrative experience as a club officer; (3) Be actively involved in USARS programs; (4) Contribute significantly to the advancement of the roller skating sport; (5) Agree in writing to abide by the USARS Code of Ethics; and (6) Submit a resume and a letter of application for a Board seat. .
At-Large Representative - One Director shall be elected by the Board of Directors in addition to the one currently serving in this capacity as an At-Large Representative on the Board of Directors. Eligible are business/professional persons or others with special talents to contribute to the USARS Board of Directors and who have an interest in competitive roller skating. Qualified candidates shall meet the following requirements: (1) Be a current member of USARS; (2) Possess special knowledge and experience of a technical or business nature or of the professions which could be utilized to improve the management and development of the sport of competitive roller skating; (3) Be actively involved in USARS programs; (4) Agree in writing to abide by the USARS Code of Ethics and (5) Submit a resume and letter of application for a Board seat.
Election Process for At-Large and Grassroots Directors – All candidates will be certified by the Nominating Committee before being voted upon at the Annual (Fall) Board of Directors Meeting. Additional candidates may be submitted by the Nominating Committee for consideration by the Board. Should a candidate for both At-Large and Grassroots be elected to the Grassroots position, his or her name would be withdrawn from the list of candidates for the At-Large Director position. The new directors will assume office following the Annual Meeting of the USARS Board of Directors in September or October of 2012.
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United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council Representative for Roller Sports - The elective term of office for the Athlete Advisory Council Representative will be four years, coinciding with the Olympic quadrennial (starting on January 1, 2013 and concluding on December 31, 2016). Only athletes who have represented roller sports in the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships or other major international competitions are eligible to be nominated for election to the AAC. Such representation must have occurred within the preceding ten years as measured from the first AAC meeting of the quadrennial, typically held in January. The athlete must not have served two previous terms on the AAC as a representative, but status as an alternate does not constitute serving as a term. If an alternate replaces a representative and serves over half of the quadrennial in the latter capacity, one term has then been served. Athletes cannot be paid employees of the USOC or USA Roller Sports and simultaneously serve on the USOC AAC. The representative and alternate must be of the opposite sexes in sports that represent men’s and women’s teams a single National Governing Body (USA Roller Sorts).
Solicitation of eligible athlete nominations for the AAC roller skating representative position will commence November and December prior to the beginning of the Summer Olympic Games and be conducted prior to the end of the quadrennial. All such athletes that meet the eligibility requirements may be nominated. Only athletes registered as USARS members and eligible under the AAC criteria as specified above may nominate a candidate, however, a candidate will be permitted to nominate him or herself. Only athletes in this same category may be electors.
A complete list of all nominees that are declared eligible under the rules by the AAC-USARS Nominating Committee will be placed on the ballot in alphabetical order; ballots to be mailed on July 1. At any time until the deadline, an eligible elector may request a ballot for an AAC representative, provided said ballot is returned by the established deadline of August 1. A request for a ballot shall be accompanied by a statement from the individual denoting their eligibility as an elector/nominator/candidate under the rules of eligibility.
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USARS Sport Committee Openings (Speed, Figure, Rink Hockey, Inline Hockey) - Board consideration is given to provide representation of athletes, officials and coaches on each sport committee. Following the close of the 2012 Board of Directors Meeting, on a rotating basis, positions on the USARS Sport Committees as noted below will expire. The Board will fill the openings subject to receipt of resumes from current members of the following membership classes:
Athletes - Speed, Artistic, Hockey Athletes for each discipline within USARS. Only members who have attained 18 years of age or older and who meet the USOC definition of an active athlete (meaning they must have competed in roller skating in the Olympics, Pan American Games, Senior World Championships or other Senior International Elite Level Competitions within the immediately preceding ten years) may apply to and qualify for nomination for a Sport Committee.
Officials - Speed, Artistic and Hockey Officials who are commissioned national championships officials and who have served in such a capacity for at least the immediately preceding two (2) years.
Coach - Speed, Artistic and Hockey Coaches who are USARS Advanced or Elite Coaches.
For 2012 Sport Committee openings, the deadline for receipt of resumes shall be 30 days prior to the start of the Fall Annual Board Meeting (a date yet to be confirmed):
Current Sport Committee Members and terms follow:
Members with a vote will each have four-year terms
Members without a vote shall have one-year terms
FIGURE SKATING COMMITTEE:
Jane Wojnarowsky - Staff Director/Chairperson
David Adamy (term expires 2012)
Tony Berger (term expires 2013)
John Cawly (term expires 2014)
Jessica Gaudy - Athlete (term expires 2015)
Aubrey Orcutt - Athlete (term expires 2012) - non-voting
Jim Pollard - non-voting Senior Advisor (Ex Officio-FIRS-CIPA President term - expires 2012)
RINK HOCKEY COMMITTEE:
Brent Benson - Staff Director
Bill Sisson - Chairperson/Senior Advisor (Ex Officio-FIRS-CIRH Member term expires 2012)
Don Allen (term expires 2015)
Toby Tagliapietra – Athlete (term expires 2012)
Jim Jost (term expires 2013)
Tom Hughes (term expires 2014)
Pat Ferguson - non-voting (term expires 2012)
INLINE HOCKEY COMMITTEE:
George Pickard - Chairperson (term expires 2012)
Brent Benson - Staff Director
Arlene Lehman (term expires 2015)
Keith Noll - non-voting Senior Advisor -- (Ex Officio-FIRS-CIRILH Member term - expires 2012)
Jetta Rackleff - Athlete (term expires 2012)
Mark Vittese (term expires 2013)
Charlotte Nicholson – Athlete (term expires 2014)
Jon Roux (term expires 2014)
Ed Mueller - Chairperson (term expires 2013)
Ricci Porter - Staff Director
Mike Bell (term expires 2015)
Chris Payne (term expires 2012) - non-voting
Richard Hawkins - non-voting Senior Advisor (Ex Officio-FIRS - CIC Member term expires 2012)
Buggy Allmond (term expires 2012)
Josh Wood - Athlete (term expires 2014)
DERBY COMMITTEE: (terms expire 2013)
Danielle Fairbanks – Staff Director
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RESUMES FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE POSITIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED TO – Richard Hawkins, USARS Executive Director, 4730 South Street, Lincoln, NE 68507 by mail, or to firstname.lastname@example.org by e-mail.