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21 February 2016

USA Board Meeting Agenda – February 21, 2016

A.     Call Meeting to Order (by Patricia) 6:27pm CST. (Issues with the conference call,  Finally went to Skype.)

Attending: Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Kenny Cason

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Funds – Certified Coaches and Grants to new Clubs
    1. Updates on interest: Patricia is prepared to continue until someone else steps up.
    2. Goals for 2016?
  2. Rider Locator: Still just an informational map. Security issues with connecting people. Looking for options (Facebook model, Craigslist model, etc). Do they opt-in? Messaging system within the USA membership (and clubs)? Will play with some ideas.
  3. Urban Update – sectioning NAUCC by discipline
    1. How much control should the board have for nationals? Is it out of scope? What is the penalty if the organizers do not enforce the current rules? Example: at last Unicon the street riders did not wear gloves.
    2. Since the USA name is on the event, the board should have final say.
    3. If you sign up for an event, you are saying you know the rules and will follow them. Enforcement bolsters the integrity of USA as the owner of the rulebook and the event.
    4. The board should get regular updates from the NAUCC liaison, at each board meeting at a minimum.
    5. Patricia will send an email to the membership polling them about possible NAUCC 17 hosting clubs. Now is the time to get your proposals in!
  4. Rulebook Update:
    1. USA adopts the IUF rulebook, accompanied by amendments, which are specific to USA. A draft is ready.
    2. Patricia moves to publish, Mark seconds. The motion passes.
    3. Need a better process to get USA members involved/informed in the IUF rulebook.
  5. 2016 open Board positions
    1. What areas are we missing that we think need representation?
    2. Three positions are coming open and need filled.
    3. Think about names to put in the hat.

C.   Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
    1. Successfully made the transition to San Antonio, TX. Met with Scott Wallis who is alive and well. He is showing me the local trails.
    2. There is an unaffiliated club in the SA area that should be contacted. The person in charge is Jimmy Agnew: (http://www.onewheelmanychildren.com/)
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Financials still look good. USA has about $23k, the scholarship has about $3k.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Building some new web pages to ease upkeep.
    2. Google Analytics: in the last month, about 500 hits. Mostly events, unis, etc. Not much interest in the business side. Seems to be newbies looking for information.
    3. Some good ideas about supporting these users in a more modern manner.
    4. The USA Facebook page seems better for posting pictures and such, the web site can get stale pretty quickly.
    5. www.naucc.com will likely be the “official” web site for each nationals. A link will be added on our web site under Events.
    6. Old NAUCC web sites will be deprecated, with event results saved.
    7. Scholarship: need to get a deadline for this year’s scholarship.
    8. Junior Officers: need a deadline and any updates.
  6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
  7. David Panofsky, Director
  8. Steve Walter, Director
  9. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
  10. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  11. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
  12. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  13. Owen Farmer, Jr. Director (social media)
  14. Shelley Kovacic, Jr. Director (advertising & design)
  15. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
  16. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  17. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
  18. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
  19. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  20. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  21. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester

D.   New Business

    1. Need a list of USA record holders and the associated data.
      (http://archive.uniusa.org) Wow, that’s a blast from the past! Mark will send Patricia a link to the old records. Andy Cotter seems to have worked on it but that was back in 1998. Good grief, are we that old!
    2.  Bylaws:
      1. The content of the waiver should absolve USA from liability, not just the event holder. Is this worth an amendment to the bylaws? If not, where else should it be stated?
      2. Perhaps a standard USA form that can be used every year, with the option to add additional content per host requirements.
      3. Should this go in the registration packet, and signed before you get your wristband?
      4. Can we do it electronically from the web site?
        1. Mark moves to include a mandated waiver to the USA rulebook, to absolve the USA board and its membership from liability during USA-sanctioned events. Mike seconds. The motion passed.
        2. Mark will come up with wording for the rulebook.
    3. Free and Reduced Lunch children qualify for free or reduced USA membership?: Patricia would like to bring this up again for further discussion.
      1. Would this be a new membership category?
      2. Is it free or reduced? If reduced, by how much?
      3. How do we decide who qualifies? Maybe take a look at the Girl Scouts.
      4. Mike will look at options and report back before making a proposal. Perhaps get club treasurer feedback on the amount of work to implement.
    4. No child sized T-shirts for NAUCC 2016?
      1. Kids are expected to fit into an adult small?
      2. Seems like this is not serving the children well, especially if it is the same cost.
      3. We want to encourage as many kids as possible.
      4. The NAUCC liaison needs to get involved and get us a status.

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
    2. NAUCC 2016
  2. Anything else?

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 7:23pm CST

1 November 2015

USA Board Meeting Agenda – November 1, 2015

A.     Call Meeting to Order 6:05pm

Attending: Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Richard Tharrett, Danielle Ross, Max Schulze, Mitch Wittenburg, Steve Walters, Nick Braun, Grace Luccio, Walker Orner, Rachel Sindelar, Owen Farmer, Shelley Kovacic.

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Funds – Certified Coaches and Grants to new Clubs
    1. Voted to move forward with both programs using the outline docs. Board approved 6:0 in favour.
    2. Select Heads of Committees
      1. Patricia will lead the certified coaches committee.
      2. Patricia suggested contacting Liz Wilson and Phil sanders for STEP (Startup Equipment Program). Amanda will contact.
    3. Set Deadline for Recruitment and Beginning Programs
      1. Email to out before holidays, giving a month to respond with interest.
      2. Facebook and website will be important in reaching out about these opportunities.
  2. Rider Locator
    1. There’s a map of riders in the USA created. How can they contact each other? For now, we will direct people to post on the USA Facebook page. We need Wendy to get more club contact info for the map. Mike and Mark will update the maps with the contact info from Wendy.
    2. unicycle.meetup.com is a similar concept
    3. Aiming to finish by Thanksgiving
  3. Facebook Updates
    1. Amanda will make a schedule for postings
    2. Nick can do this week
    3. Make a post about how to submit events soon
    4. Use FB to post about the programs for sure, think about where to place it on the website

C.     Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
    1. Amanda, Patricia, and Mitch’s terms are done this year
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Everything is the same. Membership went up. No expenses.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
  6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    1. Expert t-shirts could go on Facebook. Will take inventory so we can post on Facebook. Can contact junior officers to create post. Advertise the years we have. Will continue to try to get in contact with Gilby.
  7. Steve Walter, Director
  8. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
  9. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    1. Suggested adding Facebook ‘Like’ button on the USA website. Nick will email Mark and Mike with details.
  10. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
    1. Suggested using Googledoc for ideas – Walker will make and send out
  11. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  12. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Since you can’t upload files to Facebook, we should add links for OOW that take you to the .pdf on the USA website. Jr officers will post the link.
    2. Next issue should be ready in next month
  13. Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  14. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  15. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  16. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. February will be the next meeting – it will be one year from the previous and will be good for people to renew.

D.     New Business

  1. Urban competition/meet proposal – Walker and Nick
    1. Aiming for next year, spring or fall, so it doesn’t conflict with NAUCC. Some name suggestions: ucna and urbancon.
      1. Patricia questioned whether riders would choose the urban meet over NAUCC.
      2. Unicon year concerns
      3. Wouldn’t have to do national awards
      4. Make the last weekend for urban comp at NAUCC. Same length just a different schedule. Let’s think about it for the next meeting.

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
      1. Registration is open – post on Facebook
    2. NAUCC 2016
      1. Wendy will give us updates – ask for updates
  2. Anything else?
    1. Rulebook – IUF prelim version in May, reorganization isn’t ready yet so no point in rulebook for this year. Reorg should be done soon. Our rulebook session should be brief because it’s more usable for smaller comps like NAUCC now.

G.     Meeting Adjourned 6:57 pm

13 September 2015

USA Board Meeting Agenda – September 13, 2015

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 6:02 EST

Attending: Kenny Cason, Wendy Grzych, Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Danielle Ross, Richard Tharrett, David Panofsky, Max Schultze, Mitch Wittenburg, Grace Luccio, Nick Braun, Walker Orner, Rachel Sindelar, Owen Farmer, Shelley Kovacic, Steve Walter

B.     Old Business

  1. USA Funds – Certified Coaches and Grants to new Clubs
    1. (select) Head of Committee
      1. Need more details on budget, mission, etc
    2.   Determine funds for each
      1. Mike suggests $5k max for the first year (combined total), not likely to cost that much.
        1. Proposed by Patricia seconded by Steven – passed
      2. Do the clubs need to pay USA back? (TBD by the committee)
      3.  (…providing these proposals don’t infringe on the not-for-profit status)
      4. Amanda suggests using some of the $$ for social media advertising as well. Mike suggests $500 max as a separate pool of money.
        1. Proposed by Patricia, seconded by Steven – passed
      5. Google Docs to be created by Amanda to detail the particulars, everyone’s input is anticipated under threat of death.
  2. Costume Design Fund – Ms. Rogers
    1. Lump sum or an amount each year? TBD
    2. This is for outstanding costuming at Nationals

C.      Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Report

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
    1. The Seattle Muni Weekend was a big hit!
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Online Membership Updates
      1. Online going well!
      2. Some issues with returned emails by Comcast, but it turns out to be Google thinking the large distribution list was spam. Will research better method to distribute.
      3. This affected advertising for the NY Uni Festival
    2. Financials are great.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Website Updating Update
      1. Nothing new, looking forward to web site usage data.
  6. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    1. Old Expert t-shirts still available, Connie should have data from past nationals
  7. David Panofsky, Director
    1. Issues riding at skate parks?
    2. Often posted as “only bikes and skateboards” but not strictly enforced.
    3. Nobody knows of chronic issues where scooters or skateboards have been denied access.
    4. If a discussion ensues the fact we have insurance should help.
  8. Steve Walter, Director
    1. MTB race with a uni category, with cash prize, coming up in the next few weeks! Time to hit Pennsylvania.
  9. Grace Luccio, Jr. Director (shadow president)
    1. Anything I can do to help
  10. Nick Braun, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
    1. Urban riders…
  11. Walker Orner, Jr. Director (urban riders)
    1. Bring in more participation with urban riders
  12. Rachel Sindelar, Jr. Director (social media & advertising)
  13. Owen Farmer, Jr. Director (social media)
    1. Grow the sport
  14. Shelley Kovacic, Jr. Director (advertising & design)
    1. Open to suggestions
  15. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Amanda: moving OOW to Facebook
  16. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
    1. Uniusa.org link is not working for insurance forms, Wendy will email Mike
  17. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
    1. What are the requirements to become an affiliated club, is there an age limit?  A request came in from someone who seems under 18 so the question came up.
    2. Do you need an adult advisor? Yes is the answer.
  18. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
    1. Create an email list of facilities/events that require certs sent directly to them? This would eliminate the middle-man. Seems like a good idea.
  19.  Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
    1.  Checks sent for ½ the amount to the three winners this year.
    2. Doing some fund raising, stand by to be amazed.
    3. Trying to simplify the process.
    4. Receipts are required for donations >= $500
    5. Keeping detailed records of how winners have been determined.
  20. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  21. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. Waiting for her fall schedule to even out before scheduling a session

D.     New Business

  1. Jr. Directors
    1. Determine Projects
      1. We seem to already have a Facebook page, but it was created by Amanda a while ago and can’t get into it anymore.
      2. Will research whether it is still accessible. If not it needs to be deleted somehow.
      3. Need to determine what we want to post and how often.
        1. Upcoming events
        2. Committees
        3. We have no master plan so the Jr. Directors should take the lead, what do they want to see.
        4. Eventually need to develop guidelines.
      4. Advertising, what are we advertising?
        1. Again, the Jr. Directors should help answer this question.
        2. Read the USA mission statement, that is what we are trying to achieve.
      5. Moving OOW to Facebook
        1. Separate from the USA page? If separate it can be promoted on the USA page.
        2. Reading past issues will be easier as a separate page.
  2. NAUCC Hosting Committee – David
    1. Creating a rough draft
    2. Accumulating tribal knowledge and data from previous Nationals

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. Unicon 2016
      1. Registration opening in October, schedule available then as well.
      2. Qualification criteria will also be posted.
    2. NAUCC 2016
      1. Need an NAUCC Liaison position
      2. Wendy nominated by Patricia, seconded by everyone – passed.
      3. FYI: the freestyle area in S.D. is very small, so be aware.

F.      Anything else?

  1. Rules Committee: new rulebook approved by January? Checking with Scott.
  2. Need a place to store (Facebook, etc) usernames and passwords in case the entire committee is hit by a beer truck. Dropbox? Will check with Scott for his input.
  3. Do we have an alternative to Skype (max 10 participants?). Quality for Skype sucks. Keep an eye out for options.
  4. Meetings tend to be about an hour, every other month.

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 7:04pm EST

2015 USA Annual Meeting

USA Annual Meeting Agenda – July 26, 2015

A. Call Meeting to Order: 7:30pm CDT

Attending Officers: Kenny Cason, Wendy Grzych, Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Danielle Ross, Richard Tharrett, David Panofsky, Max Schulze, Mitch Wittenburg

B. Affirmation of Officers

  1. President
    1. Amanda Grzych nominated by Mary Wittenburg. Seconded by Claire Lowry.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Amanda is President.
  2. Vice-President
    1. Patricia Wilton nominated by Wendy Grzych. Seconded by Scott Wilton.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Patricia is Vice-President.
  3. Secretary
    1. Kenny Cason nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by Scott Wilton.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Kenny is Secretary.
  4. Treasurer
    1. Mike Schatz nominated by Scott Wilton. Seconded by David Panofsky.
    2. No further nominations.
    3. Vote passed. Mike is Secretary.
  5. Directors
    1. Current Directors are Mark Atkinson, David Panofsky, Mitch Wittenburg (term for Scott Wilton ended).
    2. Steve Walter nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by David Panofsky.
    3. Phil Sanders nominated by Wendy Grzych. Seconded by Heather Neimeyer.
    4. Liz Wilson nominated by Scott Wilton. Seconded by Patricia Wilton.
    5. Mary Wittenburg nominated by Addy Lowry. Seconded by Claire Lowry.
    6. First round vote won by Phil and Steve.
    7. Second round vote won by Steve. Steve is Director.

C. Old Business

  1. Scholarship Fund has been changed up this year.
    1. New systems in place that add accountability and allow anyone to see how each person was judged.
    2. Feedback on new system welcomed.
  2. Junior Officers – Amanda Grzych
    1. Closing date for Junior Officer applications is August 10.
    2. Applicants must be 14-18 years old on January 1, 2015.
  3. Rulebook Committee – Scott Wilton
    1. The USA Rulebook is based off the IUF Rulebook.
    2. Latest IUF Rulebook has lots of small but important changes. Need to be reviewed and approved for USA adoption.
    3. Rulebook Committee will be formed this fall – looking for input from riders of all disciplines.
    4. All ages can participate in the Committee, but must be 18 years old for voting.
  4. USA Funds – Amanda Grzych
    1. Four prime proposals for use of USA funds. These are not ready to be voted on, but looking for feedback.
      1. Certified Coaches
      2. Grants for new clubs to buy unicycles
      3. Donation to the Scholarship Fund
      4. Reduced/waived membership for kids eligible for free or reduced price lunch at school (‘Unicycling for All’)
    2. Committee will be formed to implement approved proposals.
    3. Budget will be based on income – est $1K-2K per annum.
    4. All ideas received good support. Most popular proposals were Certified Coaches and Grants for new clubs to buy unicycles.
  5. Online Membership – Mike Schatz
    1. Online membership launched this year. Still in its early stages. Looking for feedback.
    2. Approx. $2,000 in membership through this system to-date.
    3. Three clubs have designated membership administrators.
    4. Ultimate objective is to link online membership to the NAUCC registration website.
  6. Financial Overview– Mike Schatz
    1. Current balance $19,930 + $1-2K for membership in last few days. Exact numbers can be supplied by Mike.
    2. Note that insurance cost is approx. $7K per year, but was paid twice in this year.
    3. Currently 975 members

D. Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
    1. Lots done in past year.
      1. Online membership launched.
      2. USA became tax-deductible nonprofit with 501(c)3 status.
      3. Scholarship Committee work to improve application process and procedure.
      4. Work on USA funds projects.
    2. Reminder about Junior Officer opportunity.
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
    1. Most of this year spent preparing for NAUCC.
    2. Excited by new programs. Wants to continue to promote unicycling with youths.
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary (in absentia)
    1. Check the USA website for Board meeting minutes.
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Financials already presented, everything is in order.
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Has been working to update the USA website.
    2. Software now in place to help understand website usage.
  6. Scott Wilton, Director
  7. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
  8. David Panofsky, Director
  9. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Two OOW publications last year
    2. Looking for people to share their unicycling stories
  10. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator and Insurance Coordinator
    1. Please forward details of any new clubs
    2. Contact Wendy for insurance certificates
  12. Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  13. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  14. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. One Skype Level Tester meeting held which went well.
    2. Another Skype Level Tester meeting planned for September.
    3. Online membership system will ultimately be used to track levels.

E. New Business

  1. Costume Design Fund.
    1. Proposal by Valerie Rogers to fund an award to honor her parents to be presented at future meets/conventions.
    2. More details to come
  2. Workshop on Thursday 30th July at Track Day – ‘How to Organise a Unicycle Club’
  3. Suggestion to move OOW to Facebook?

F. Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. NAUCC 2016 –Rapid City, South Dakota. Saturday, July 9 to Friday, July 16 2016
    2. Unicon 2016 – Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain. Wednesday July 27 to Sunday August 7 2016

G. Meeting Adjourned 8:20pm CDT

12 April 2015

USA Board Meeting Agenda – April 12, 2015

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 3:00pm ET

Attending: Kenny Cason, Wendy Grzych, Amanda Grzych, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Richard Tharrett, David Panofsky, Max Schultz, Mitch Wittenburg

B.     Old Business

  1. Online Membership/Testing/Launch – Mike
    1. Some bounced emails, will send snail mail. Small bugs found but no data issues. Fixing a few small issues, nothing serious. No online memberships paid for yet but expecting some. The main USA web site will soon link to memberuniusa.com. Some password renewal requests take some time (hours…).
  2. Website Updating – Mark
    1. New Photos are up, scholarship info, club map,
      1. Want to move photos and videos into Styles of Riding
      2. Combining several tabs and rearrange
    2. To do: working with Danielle on the new riders section, merchandise – patches, propose taking down the events calendar or maintain it, move IRUS Levels since they are not official USA items. Rearrange a few things like styles of riding videos.
      1. Mark proposes we use an app to track how the web site is used (Google Analytics). Passed!
    3. Current OOW and meeting minutes need to be posted ASAP
      1. Scott has access, will figure out who else can also do it. Way behind.
  3. OOW – Richard/Rick
    1. Should be ready end of April
    2. Adding an article on the new Membership site
  4. Scholarship Committee Business – Max
    1. Member selection: selection proposal at June meeting
    2. Reminder email dates: beginning of May, will coordinate with a Junior Officers reminder. Another reminder in June.

C.      Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. On track with membership, financials look excellent
    2. Scholarship money is down – brainstorming how to increase, how it has been done in the past
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
    1. Will there be X-Style at NAUCC this year? Yes, even though it isn’t in the USA Rulebook. It is being added to the IUF Rulebook, will coordinate with Scott.
  6. Scott Wilton, Director
  7. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
  8. David Panofsky, Director
  9. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
  10. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
  12. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
  13.  Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  14. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  15. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester

D.     New Business

  1. USA Funds Allocation (committee) – Mitch
    1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/11YsJGYommMOJgCARkHJP_Z25FdHenKL1rc9CvuG8CcA/edit
      1. What should we do with our money?
      2. More discussion in June in prep for nationals
      3. Please add ideas to the above doc
      4. 2015-2016 Board Members
  2. Start thinking about who to be members
  3. Should Membership and Treasurer be split?
    1. Membership could use more than one person, or split the roles. Big job to do both M and T.
    2. Need to check bylaws

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. NAUCC 2015
      1. Madison Muni Weekend this weekend
      2. Talking with South Dakota club about 2016
    2. Unicon 2016
    3. Anything else?

G.     Meeting Adjourned: 4:00pm ET

** next meeting will be in June (preferably early) before nationals

22 February 2015

USA Board Meeting Agenda –February 22, 2015

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 4:12pm

Attending: Kenny Cason, Wendy Grzych, Amanda Gryzch, Mike Schatz, Mark Atkinson, Patricia Wilton, Danielle Ross

B.     Old Business

  1. Online Membership/Testing – Mike
    1. Difficult to load data, members are in, testing in progress – need more, TCUC acting as club admin, everyone on the board encouraged to test – an email with instructions forthcoming, does the look and feel work?, does the functionality work?, Mike has a “fake” credit card for testing, should be online the end of March, many members don’t have email addresses!, need to notify all members with and without email addresses, many are independents (300+) but otherwise each club could handle the admin
  2. Website Updating – David & Mark
    1. Updating links, waiting for update approvals, still learning WordPress – does not specify what has changed, will do a mass approval, more changes to come
  3. Skype Level Testing – Patricia
    1. March 15th at 6pm Central, notification will go out
  4. OOW – Richard/Rick
    1. Amanda will check with Richard/Rick
  5. Teen Leadership
    1. No replies so far, looking for motivated teens, will announce at NAUCC, perhaps add as a highlight on the web site
    2. Social Media?
  6. Scholarship Committee Business – Amanda/Max
    1. Made some changes to the application form (see bottom of this doc), open to feedback, transparency and impartiality is important – hoping to evaluate the apps using numbers instead of a name (anonymity), perhaps getting outside unbiased input, lots of discussion: Amanda took notes

C.     Current Board Members’ and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, V-P
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. Financials are published, scholarship has received $1500 in donations, previous scholarships have been paid out
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
  6. Scott Wilton, Director
  7. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
    1. I still haven’t heard from Gilby regarding the old expert T-shirts. If anybody knows a good way of getting in touch with him or can personally ask him to send me information regarding the T-shirts I’d really appreciate it
  8. David Panofsky, Director
    1. Wondering if there is a consolidated list of USA assets for use at NAUCC? Answer: it’s in Patricia’s basement but does not need to be. David will help do an inventory which should be maintained by the USA board
  9. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
  10. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
    1. Some club links are dead even though they are active, need to check with those clubs
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
  12. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
    1. New certificates are usually ready near the end of April
  13.  Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  14. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
    1. Will update the web site, will coordinate with Mark, could be a lot more visuals (pics/videos/etc), what about the “trickionary”? Kenny will send the SnoValley Bead Levels to Danielle
  15. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester

D.     New Business

E.      Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. RTUC’s 40th anniversary
      1. August – big to-do!
    2. NAUCC 2015
      1. Registration is going very well, some facilities are confirmed, waiting for schools to approve, distance permits are in works, goal is 225 competitors – 160 so far
    3. Unicon 2016
      1. Qualifications will be in place (mostly freestyle and track), having said that we have never been affected because our numbers are under the limits, updates to our web site are needed to better explain this. Note: no longer UNICON, now it’s Unicon. NAUCC 2015 is the qualifying event for Unicon 2016.

F.      Meeting Adjourned – 5:02pm; next meeting in April, then June

14 December 2014

USA Board Meeting Agenda –December 14, 2014

A.     Call Meeting to Order: 3:06pm EST

Attending: Amanda, David, Mark, Max, Mike, Mitch, Scott, Patricia, Kenny

B.     Old Business

  1. Online Membership/Testing – Mike
    1. Wendy and Amanda testing
      1. Registration, payment, admin
      2. What is allowed, different levels of admin/user?
      3. Scott will review a draft
    2. Max and Scott will do more testing
    3. New ETA: a couple more months
    4. Working with vendor(s) on payment options (Stripe?)
    5. Do we take checks, Paypal, etc? What are the options?
    6. NAUCC payments should go directly to USA, not through MadUni, for 501c(3)
  2. Gilby’s Old Expert T’s – Mitch
    1. Email requests for info went out, nothing received
    2. Will ping Connie and Gilby again
  3. Website Updating – Mark & David
    1. Can now logon, poking around, not making changes yet
    2. Editor permission given to Mark & David
    3. Are updates instant, or pending admin approval? Will test.
  4. 501(c)(3) letter – David/Amanda
    1. Overview:
      1. Scholarships must be recorded and saved for 3 years minimum.
      2. Must limit “too many” of one family or club on the board at one time.
      3. Anyone can request any records, can charge per IRS regulations. No need to respond if already public domain.
      4. Donations of $250 must be acknowledged and a receipt given.
      5. David suggests acknowledging any amount of donation
      6. Raffle tickets are a fund raiser, no receipt required
      7. Electronic receipts are acceptable
      8. Scholarship Chairperson is responsible for acknowledgments
      9. Making some updates to the letter (thanks, events, etc)
      10. Electronic IRS 990 must be filed every year, checking on this year
  5. Skype Level Testing (date?) – Patricia
    1. No date set yet, waiting until Patricia is stateside
    2. IUF wants to have a session as well, may do together
    3. Anyone interested please email Patricia, a letter will go out as well
  6. How to Host NAUCC – Website page – Amanda
    1. Currently documenting more, maybe a handbook eventually
    2. A blurb will be added to the website (Wendy)
  7. OOW – Richard/Rick
    1. Not available

C.    Current Board Members and Chairpersons’ Reports

  1. Amanda Grzych, President
  2. Patricia Wilton, V-P
  3. Kenny Cason, Secretary
  4. Mike Schatz, Treasurer
    1. See Mike for details
  5. Mark Atkinson, Director
  6. Scott Wilton, Director
    1. IUF Rulebook is going strong, discussions
    2. Proposals are forthcoming based on discussions
    3. USA has money sitting idle, how can we use it to promote the sport (advertising, helping clubs (loans, equipment), etc)
      1. Amanda will create a Google Doc for brainstorming, could be a separate meeting from USA
      2. Invite club leaders as well to the discussion?
  7. Mitch Wittenberg, Director
  8. David Panofsky, Director
  9. Richard & Rick Tharrett, OOW
    1. Rick not available, evidence suggests work is proceeding
    2. Need to update website with new expected dates?
  10. Scott Wilton & Mike Schatz, Webmaster
    1. Scott is hesitating to upgrade to latest WordPress, no obvious need for new features
    2. Lots of emails bounce, need to investigate
    3. Allow clubs to submit/track payments to their club and USA?
    4. Offer the ability for clubs to track member data?
  11. Wendy Grzych, Affiliate Club Coordinator
  12. Wendy Grzych, Insurance Coordinator
  13.  Max Schulze, Trials and Street Adviser/Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chair
  14. Danielle Ross, Beginner Rider Chairperson
  15. Patricia Wilton, USA Level Tester
    1. New input form for entering Level info, easier, faster

D.     New Business

  1. Scholarship Committee Update – Max/Amanda
    1. Need to make a template for donation receipts
    2. Need process documents, including transparency policy and process
    3.  Teen program: gives younger riders opportunities to contribute to the unicycling community. Great item on a resume!
    4. Must keep good records of donations and scholarship applications
  2. TopScore – Amanda
    1. Platform for tracking results historically
    2. Want to get involved in unicycling
    3. We already have this info, may be already available via Robin’s system which is open source, more investigation required

E.     Announcements

  1. Upcoming Events
    1. RTUC’s 40th anniversary in June –  Wendy
      1. More info to follow
    2. NAUCC 2015
      1. Registration is open. Woot! End of early registration is MLK Monday.
      2. Registration as a holiday gift, coupon code is setup if needed
      3. naucc@maduni.com
    3. Unicon 2016
      1. Scott in San Sebastian earlier, beautiful location.
      2. Every night will have some sort of final event
      3. Location is very central
      4. Start saving up!

Meeting Adjourned – 4:55pm EST

After-Meeting:

  • Teen Program
  • Provide a mechanism for local clubs and club members to participate in and contribute to USA on a national level.
    1. Possible Activities
      1. Create and manage social media, Facebook, hashtags, etc
      2. Pair up with board members, mentoring
      3. Create/choose a project
      4. Junior Officers to USA board? They need specific duties/tasks
    2. Ages: 14-18.
    3. Need a process to apply
    4. Patricia moves we have Junior Officers, Scott seconded. Vote was unanimous

2014 USA Annual Meeting

USA Annual Meeting Agenda – June 29, 2014

A. Call meeting to order. 2:42pm CDT

B. Affirmation and voting of officers.

  1. President.
    1. Amanda Grzych nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded.
    2. Amanda is president.
  2. Vice President
    1. Patricia Wilton nominated by Jill Cohan. Seconded by Katie Holden
    2. Patricia is Vice President.
  3. Secretary
    1. Kenny Cason nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by Shelly Stobierski.
    2. Kenny accepts and is Secretary.
  4. Treasurer
    1. Mike Schatz nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by Jill Cohan.
    2. Mark Atkinson nominated by Katie Holden. Seconded.
    3. First vote tied.
    4. Second vote won by Mike Schatz.
    5. Mike will be Treasurer.
  5. Director(s)
    1. Scott still has one year left. Mitch still has two years left.
    2. David Panofsky nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by Kirsten Goldstein.
    3. Katie Holden nominated. Seconded.
    4. Mark Atkinson nominated by Patricia Wilton. Seconded by Shelly Stobierski.
    5. Vote won by David Panofsky and Mark Atkinson
    6. David and Mark are the new Directors.

C. Old Business

  1. Scholarship Committee and Donations.
    1. Bill is stepping down from this role after 18 years.
  2. Rulebook Committee
    1. We have adopted the IUF rulebook, and just added USA amendments.
  3. Skill Level Committee.
    1. Ryan Woesner is stepping down. He has handed role over to Patricia Wilton.
  4. Current Board Members Reports
    1. Amanda Grzych, President
    2. Patricia Wilton, Vice President
      1. Worked on the rulebook comittee.
    3. Hans Mills, Treasurer:
      1. Provided the annual income statements. They are available if anyone wants to see them. Majority of the income is membership, there where graphs and discussions.
    4. James Sui, Director
    5. Kenny Cason, Director
    6. Mitch Wittenburg, Director
      1. Working on legacy expert t-shirts project.
    7.  Scott Wilton, Director and Webmaster
      1. Any website updates that are needed, just let him know.
  5. Current Appointed Positions Reports
    1. Shelly Stobierski, OOW Editor
      1. Thanks for the support, keep sending articles.
    2.  Tim Lee, Merchandise
    3. Hans Mills, Membership
    4. Carol Bricker, IUF Representative
    5. Carol Brichford, Historian
    6. Wendy Grzych, Insurance
      1.  Email Wendy directly for insurance issues.
    7. Max Schulze
    8. Danielle Ross
    9. Patricia Wilton

D. New Business

  1. NAUCC 2015.
    1. Madison, Wisconsin is hosting the event next year.
  2.  Unicon 2014.
    1. Not too late to show up as a spectator.
  3.  Ann O’Brien would like the board to look at improving membership.
    1. Discusson about ideas for improving the memberships:
      1. Dave Krack would like clubs to work together/discuss functionality.
      2. Ann O’Brien suggests a policy/grand program for whatever ideas need assistance.

E. Meeting Adjourned  3:13pm CDT