Recommended bylaws approved by majority vote

April 12, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2014

Members vote in favor of revisions to USCA bylaws, new member region formed

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The United States Curling Association's member regions voted to approve the revised bylaws as recommended by the Governance Task Force in a majority vote during the Annual Members Meeting Saturday afternoon at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.

A total of 16,653.75 votes were cast by the members with 14,299.75 in favor of the new bylaws and 2,354 opposed. A complete breakdown of the votes can be found here.

"It's been a long difficult process but we've grown as an organization and have a better understanding of our need for policy governance. I think we've all come around to the view that this change will make us a better and more efficient organization," said Jim Pleasants, USCA president.

The accepted revisions to the bylaws accomplish the following:

1.            Modify the governance structure of the USCA to create a policy-making Board of Directors, an Operational Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and staff with volunteer support.

2.            Clarify the operational role and authority of the CEO and his/her reporting responsibility to the Board of Directors.

3.            Recognize the responsibility of a national governing body to its elite athletes and to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) in the creation, management and evaluation of the High Performance Program funded by the USOC and run by professionals.

4.            Strengthen the opportunities of direct interaction and communication between the USCA and its member States and Regions and the individual clubs through a more dynamic Members' Assembly and Operational Committee structure.

5.            Focus the Board upon its primary responsibility as the body that is to set the overall goals, create the strategic plan and establish the broad policies by which the USCA is to accomplish its dual mission of growing the sport and achieving sustained international competitive success, as well as hire, evaluate and terminate the CEO.

6.            Acknowledge, nurture, and support the mutually beneficial relationship between the mission to grow and develop the sport of curling in the United States and to win at the international and Olympic levels. 

The first members' assembly is being planned. Dates and site for this assembly will be announced in the near future.

In addition, the members voted to accept a new region - the Mid America Curling Association. The new region includes any curling clubs in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Locations not covered by other associations may be added from time to time, or as directed by USCA. Current USCA member clubs that will now be included in this new region are Aksarben, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, and Oklahoma curling clubs. The USCA is now composed of 13 member regions - Alaska, At-Large, Colorado, Grand National, Great Lakes, Illinois, Mid America, Minnesota, Mountain Pacific, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

"First of all I want to thank the USCA and its members for adding the Mid-America Curling Association (MACA) to be part of this organization with open arms. I'm very excited to be part of this new region that wants to help build the sport of curling," said Houston's David Franklin, president of the Mid America Curling Association. "Also, I'm thrilled to be here and a part of the MACA board as we have the task ahead of us and I know we're ready to get right on it."  

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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