Key items of agreement from Fall USCA Board Meeting

Oct. 09, 2017, 2:28 p.m. (ET)

Key Items of Agreement

September 28, 2017

The last fiscal year finished with a $5,000 surplus. That represents a $25,000 improvement over the budgeted $20,000 deficit. Our current cash balance is strong with more sufficient cash on hand. The annual audit will take place the week of October 23rd.

Judicial Committee Chair David Russell reviewed results of the Team Birr Olympic Trials Selection Appeal Panel, their process and the panel’s decision. Russell commended the process outlined in the current by-laws but felt that this case should not be a precedent for future cases.

Delegate Mark Swandby reported that the World Curling Federation (WCF) adopted the five-stone Free Guard Zone starting in October 2018. The WCF also added a 13th team to both the Men’s and Women’s Worlds Championships and expanded the World Wheelchair Curling Championships from 10 teams to 12, created an alternative path to the Olympics by way of a new pre-qualifier event, and signed an agreement with Kingdomway Sports of China that provides financial support for the World Series of Curling concept.

The Strategic Planning Committee, led by Courtney Schmidt, has been reviewing the current USCA Strategic Plan and applying what we have learned based on what has worked and what has not worked in the past four years with the goal of having a new Strategic Plan to present to the Board by the Spring 2018 meeting.

A new broadcast agreement between the WCF and NBC means that the 2018 World Championships will be broadcast in the USA on a daily basis.

With the consent of both regional associations involved, the Board of Directors approved the request of the Missoula Curling Club to move from the Mountain Pacific Curling Association to the Dakota Territory Curling Association.

A USCA Town Hall Teleconference will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Central. Topics of the call will include a summary of recent Board Meeting and Members' Assembly items. This call is for USCA member state/region officers, USCA member club presidents, and USCA Directors. The call is expected to last no more than 45 minutes, and there will be time for questions.

Gordon Maclean, Board Secretary