Email Meeting of Eastern Region Council (Sept. 2021)

An email meeting of the Eastern Regional Council was held from Sept. 20-27, with a call for a vote on Sept. 28, concerning proposed amendments to the Eastern Region Bylaws (as outlined below and with the results of the vote below it).  
Pursuant to Art. XI, sec. C of the Eastern Regional Bylaws, I’m conducting an email meeting for the purpose of amending our bylaws.  There are three (3) action items:
(1)  As you may recall from the Summer Meeting, there is a conflict between the Eastern Region Bylaws and Policy & Procedures.  In particular, the relevant portion of Article V, section 3 states:  “The States of Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia shall each have two (2) Council Members and [the] balance of States shall have one (1).”  
The relevant portion of section 1.1 of the P&P states:  “States are entitled to one representative for every 250 members, up to a maximum of 2 representatives.”  I believe there’s agreement that the “250 members” should refer to AWSA members only (as opposed to all disciplines).  As none of the States have that minimum, I propose that the above-cited language of Art. V, sec. 3 of the By-Laws be removed and amended to read:  “States shall be entitled to Council representation as determined by the Eastern Region Policies & Procedures Manual.”

This change will permit the most flexibility moving forward for the Council to determine State representation, and removes the necessity of involving the USA-WSWS Board of Directors if we ever need to address representation in the future.  NOTE:  changes to the Policy & Procedures will be an action item for the Winter Meeting.

**the below items are to correct inaccurate citations in our bylaws**

(2)   Bylaws Art. XI, sec. C (regarding the holding of email meetings/voting) states:  “EVP at his/her discretion may call a special meeting as outlined in the ER P&P section 2.2.3 . . . .”  However, there is NO section 2.2.3 in the ER P&P.  I believe the procedures referred to are those in section 2.2.2 (Mid-Winter Meeting procedures/requirements).  Therefore, I propose that the Bylaws be amended to state:  “EVP at his/her discretion may call a special meeting as outlined in the ER P&P section 2.2.2.”   PLEASE let me know if there was ever a sec. 2.2.3 that for some reason never made it to the online version of the P&P.
(3) Bylaws Art. XIII sec.1 (amending bylaws) states in pertinent part:  “These bylaws may be amended . . . by a 2/3 vote of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council at the AWSA Eastern Region Mid-Winter meeting or the Annual AWSA Eastern Region Meeting, per the standards set forth in the AWSA Bylaws Article XVI“.  However, AWSA Bylaws Art. XVI concerns “Dissolution” of AWSA.  The section concerning “Amendments” is Article XV.  Therefore, I propose that the ER bylaws be amended to state:   “These bylaws may be amended . . . by a 2/3 vote of the AWSA Eastern Regional Council at the AWSA Eastern Region Mid-Winter meeting or the Annual AWSA Eastern Region Meeting, per the standards set forth in the AWSA Bylaws Article XV.        
The first amendment passed 15-1; the second and third amendments passed 16-0

AWSA Eastern Region Update from the EVP

Let’s Kick-Off 2021 with a Refreshed, Renewed Spirit!

Your Eastern Region (ER) National Directors, Ralph Hall, Doug Robbins and John Wilkins along with me your EVP, all attended the AWSA Board of Directors Winter Meeting this past weekend.  Some great ideas and important decisions were made to help shape our sport and the American Water Ski Association.

AWSA Website
The Board indicated that they were in favor of the Executive Committee proposed creation of an independent website that presents AWSA, Slalom, Tricks and Jump skiing in a more accessible and attractive format.  The hope is to provide a more welcoming introduction to our sport and provide the information that our skiers are looking for.  This is not an attempt to break away from USA WSWS, but a more focused site that can include more AWSA centered information with less digging.   Jeff will request bids and hopes to use the URL.

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Officials Nominations for 2021 AWSA Eastern Regionals and AWSA Nationals

Please Submit Nominations for Regionals or Nationals officials prior to January 7th, 2021.

We will be voting at the AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting being held on January 9th, 2021.  The meeting will begin at 9am and will be completely Virtual via the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports, Goto Meeting.  More Details can be found HERE

Submit your NOMINATIONS below.

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2020 Summer Meeting is about to Start!

AWSA Eastern Region Summer Meeting 2020
Tue, Jul 28, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
– One-touch: tel:+13127573121,,658404693#

Access Code: 658-404-693

2020 Eastern Region Summer Meeting Goes VIRTUAL

Hello Eastern Region Friends!

I hope everyone is getting out on the water and enjoying the summer.
In the interest of reducing the spread of the Corona virus and for everyone’s safety, we’ll be holding a virtual ER summer meeting.
We’ll be making use of the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports GoToMeeting and we’ve scheduled the meeting for:
 Tuesday July 28th at 7pm
Since this is a virtual meeting, you should be able to attend by phone or computer from virtually anywhere.

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News from the AWSA National BOD Meeting

On January 25th, 2020, Directors and EVPs from all 5 regions, members of the AAC, HNDs and others gathered at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex for our AWSA Winter Meeting. Gordon Hall chaired the meeting which came to order at 8:05 am and went to about 4:30 pm. Full minutes will be posted when available, but here are some highlights.

Organization of Junior Divisions to be consistent with other sports.
AWSA Board passed the final stage of its migration to 2-year youth divisions by implementing B5/G5. The board also voted to make this change retroactive to the previous nationals so that it ties into the previously formed B4/G4 divisions.

So starting today B1/G1 remains under 10, B2/G2 is 10-11, B3/G3 is 12-13, B4/G4 is 14-15 and B5/G5 is 16-17. The programming for this was released today so we would love more testing eyeballs to make sure everyone and their scores are correct. We still have some overall and qualification issues to work out but if anyone sees anything out of the ordinary please let us so we have this 100% accurate before 2020 tourneys begin.

You can find the updated tournament entry form with B5 and G5 HERE

National Junior Team and Regional All Start Teams restructured
See the full report HERE


From the USA-WSWS BOD Meeting…

1 – USA-WSWS is requiring a Safe Sport coordinator for AWSA, as well as
coordinators in each region, state, and extend to clubs.

2 – Part of the new annual Center for Safe Sport is visits to our events
by Safe Sport compliance coordinators. This will begin in 2020 in major
events. Possibly AWSA Nationals.

3 – 6/27 – 7/3 will be Get on the Water Week in 2020. USA-WSWS will
waive sanction fees, and any guest membership fees for any sanctioned
basic skills clinics any day(s) this week. Watch for more information
from USA-WSWS. This is a initiative. For clubs
wishing to participate the deadline is 3/31/2020.

4 – From the USA-WWFoundation – Tracy Mattes is
confident in completion of the new building by 2022 for water ski’s
centennial celebration year.