USA Weightlifting

 Board of Directors Elections

August 1, 2020

NOMINATION FORMS - Due 9/15/2020 at 5PM Mountain

The USA Weightlifting Nominating & Governance Committee has laid out the following USA Weightlifting Board of Directors elections:

Elite Athlete Director & USOPC Athlete Representative.

NGC to get nominations for male and female Elite Athletes (defined in Section 5.1(a) of the Bylaws). Other than ensuring that the nominees are female and meet the qualifications, we just issue the list for election by the Elite Athlete members. The Athlete with the highest number of votes will be elected as the USOPC AAC (athlete advisory council) representative, with the athlete with the highest number of votes of the opposite gender elected to the Board of Directors. Athlete reps may now transition to other roles without losing their terms.

Additional Athlete Representatives
In accordance with the bylaw amendment adopted May 11, 2020, two additional athlete representatives will be elected to the Board of Directors. The first athlete must have represented the United States in the (Snr) World Championships, (Snr) Pan American Championships, Pan American Games or Olympic Games while the second may have represented the United States in any competition – for full description please see the bylaws.

Technical Director

The individual must be at least a National Coach or Referee and that the person has 10 signatures from qualified technical members (at least National Coach of Referee), signatures may be delivered electronically (via email). This person is elected by the technical membership.

Grassroots Director

The individual must be a National Coach or below. This person is elected by Grassroots membership. The person may be a President of an LWC but is not obliged to be a President of an LWC. Only one of two Grassroots Directors may be an LWC President.

The vote is held by the Club President and may not be delegated.

Independent Director

The independent director must meet the definition of independent in Section 6.7. The likely major disqualifications are the Coach, Referee, Volunteer role (which includes LWC) and National event disqualifiers. The NGC are required to interview and vet candidates and will provide a 1st recommendation and 2nd recommendation to the Board of Directors (those valid until end 2020) to approve. The final decision is taken by the current Board of directors. The independent director must be appointed after the completion of all other elections to ensure board diversity (both equality and diversity of skills). Since this election guarantees over 30% female representation will remain on the Board of Directors, it is not an obligation that the Independent be Female in 2018. However, since the bylaws call for a goal of 50% gender representation, this may be somewhat of a consideration.

After some discussion it was determined that 6.7a applies at the first determination of being Independent. As a result, the individual may stand for a second term as an Independent on a Committee (NGC, Ethics, Judicial) or the Board, but must be deemed independent at the beginning of the term. The remainder of 6.7 may preclude a second term in the Independent category.

At-Large Director

This role has a board gender diversity clause and the 2020 Director must be Male. The At-Large Director is elected directly by the entire membership.

International or Above Coaches

The bylaws call for a maximum of 3 International Coach members or above on the Board of Directors. In 2020, none will remain on the board, therefore up to 3 may be elected.

Board Election Timeline 2020

The NGC agreed a modified timeline given the new bylaws and requirements, the finalized timeline is as follows:

August 1, 2018

Nomination Forms Published

September 15, 2020

Nominations Due, with Bio & Signatures.

September 17-27, 2020

NGC Review & Screen under bylaw, extend if necessary by vote of NGC

Oct 7, 2020

Nominees Announced

Oct 10, 2020

Ballots Distributed

Oct 30, 2020

Voting Ends at Midnight MTN Time

November 1, 2020

Election Results Announced to Candidates

November 15, 2020

Independent Director Appointed (Must Occur After Elections are Completed)

November 16, 2020

Election Results Announced & Finalized

2020 American Open

Joint Board Meeting

January 1, 2021

New Terms take Effect

Electronic Signatures

The NGC confirmed it is happy to accept electronic signatures for nominations, provided those email addresses are consistent with the member in the USA Weightlifting membership system. 

Members who wish to endorse a candidate electronically, must email the candidate using the e-mail address on file in BARS.

Sample message from member to nominee:

I, (member’s name), USAW # (membership number), whose USA Weightlifting membership expires (date), do endorse the candidacy of (candidate’s name) for the position of Elite Athlete Representative or At-Large Representative or Technical Director on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors.

(Member’s Name)
(Today’s Date)
(Email address)

The nominee must include all email endorsements in their application.

NOMINATION FORMS - - Due 9/15/2020 at 5PM Mountain



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