THE MEMBERS HAVE SPOKEN LOUDLY AND CLEARLY…
As you should have known from numerous emails and postings on our Calendar Section, we had an LBC Meeting on June 7, 2014 to elect Middle Atlantic Officers for the next four years. Oversight Director Richard Trindle was on hand at the meeting to make sure strict adherence was followed regarding all protocol and USAB rules. Nominations, seconds and acceptances were all recorded. Each candidate was given three minutes to address the voting body prior to the election. There were several contested positions, but the voting members made their wishes clearly and unequivocally known. As a result of the subsequent vote, the following Middle Atlantic Association ELECTED members (key word being ELECTED) will be representing your interests for the next four years in our LBC:
President: William Billingham
Vice President: Pastor David Price (my good friend)
Chief of Officials: Jamil Ali (my good friend)
Treasurer: Jeffrey McGrath (my good friend)
Secretary: Jessica Richman (my good friend)
Each ELECTED member has expressed their appreciation for your confidence and trust and will work diligently to continue to improve our LBC. We are working already to evaluate the needs of the LBC and prioritize the problems which need addressing. There are other Board of Director positions which will be voted on in the near future, but these are your ELECTED Officers for the next four years.
Now we have a UNIFIED body of intelligent (except me), reasonable-minded (except me) and good looking (only me) people representing our LBC!!! ALL WITH THE SAME NON-PERSONAL GOALS to advance your LBC even higher and further. As always, I promise a transparent Administration. NOTHING is done behind closed doors, there is NO LONGER a “good old boys club” for the privileged and someone will always have to answer for every decision made. Even my closest friends in the Middle Atlantic know that the rules are paramount and they must abide by them. I promise equal treatment to all, suspensions to those violating serious rules (so far as my authority allows), strict Code of Conduct enforcement for Athletes, COACHES and OFFICIALS, accountability for ALL actions of Coaches and Officials and an overall attempt at harmony in the LBC. (There are a few people we just have to give up on and know that they can’t be pleased because of their selfish motives.) Every decision I make is based upon the needs and goals of the LBC for the “greater good” of all.
Since I became Acting President approximately 18 months ago, our LBC has come from dead last to “a model LBC in the country.” We are finally financially solvent (as far as an LBC can be financially solvent-we could use some donations from organizations funded primarily from our LBC); we are 100% compliant with all mandates from USA Boxing; and we are boasting RECORD NUMBERS OF MEMBERS, CLUBS, SANCTIONS AND LOOT. We are well on our way to being the most POWERFUL (boxing-wise) LBC in the Nation. Our LBC had an unprecedented win at the Regional Junior Olympics (taking 7 of 13 spots to the Nationals), and an incredible presence at the National Junior Olympics, but fell a little short of my hopes.
Beginning TODAY, ALL Tournaments in our LBC will be overseen by the Middle Atlantic Tournament Director for deviation from any USA Boxing rules. There have been numerous violations in the past THAT WILL NOT BE REPEATED. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND EVERY MEMBER WHO SUFFERS A BLATANT AND KNOWING RULES VIOLATION FROM THIS POINT FORWARD TO FILE A GRIEVANCE. PAY STRICT ATTENTION TO ALL DRAWS, BYES AND BRACKETS FOR EVERY ADVANCING TOURNAMENT-GOLDEN GLOVES, SILVER GLOVES, JUNIOR OLYMPICS. THE RULES ARE CLEARLY OUTLINED IN THE USAB RULEBOOK. I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ASSIST ANYONE IN FILING THE GRIEVANCES. YOU ARE EVEN DIRECTED TO FILE THEM AGAINST ME IF A MIDDLE ATLANTIC TOURNAMENT THAT I AM DIRECTOR OF VIOLATES THE RULES; for example, if I were to post and email to all members a Tournament bracket sheet with five byes for one athlete into the Championship round. If I ever deviate from a Rule, there will be just cause and it will be made public to the members. As I will make EVERY Tournament impropriety public to the members!!!
We hoisted another National Champion at the National Junior Olympics (Atif Oberlton via Coach Chip Hart), but my goal was 3 or 4. We got a couple of dicey decisions, but unfortunately, that’s boxing. Our LBC is now in the “boxing” building stages. Administratively, we are set. Now we Coaches can concentrate on what we do best-train boxers to win National Titles. Coaches, make a goal now. HAVE ONE OF YOUR BOXERS REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE 2016 OLYMPICS. I know one of us can do it!!! We dominated the J.O. Regionals like never before. Not performing at the Nationals was sort of expected-at least by me. That’s what happens during re-growth. But now we have many Coaches and Athletes who have been to the big show and next time, it will be business as usual and a big victory for the Middle Atlantic.
I was informed after our meeting that Oversight Director Trindle has notified USAB Executive Director Mike Martino, USAB President John Brown and Assistant Executive Director Lynette Smith that our LBC has made remarkable change and is “a model to be used to turn around other troubled LBCs;” and “is now ready for self-governance.” It looks like the end of the USA Boxing Oversight of our LBC. I applaud the efforts of the Coaches and Officials for helping me to overcome the problems our LBC faced. My position is certainly not one of envy. I have to constantly make unpopular decisions, but they are always for the benefit of our 1,200 members.
A handful of members have been very helpful to me and shown an expertise in certain areas. I have appointed them to the following positions:
Harold Fulton – Sergeant of Arms
Barry Stumpf – Coaches Representative
Juan “Johnny” Rivera – Tournament Director, Sanction Chair
Andres Acuna – International Competition Travel Advisor
Albert Solis – International Competition Travel Advisor
I have other appointments in mind; if you have an area of expertise that you feel would advance our LBC, please let me know and I’m sure we can find the means to utilize your knowledge. There are many committees that I will be forming and looking for Chairs. One will be a Travel Fundraiser Committee to solicit sponsors to offset the cost of sending additional members to Regionals and Nationals; an Officials Clinic Committee Chaired by our Chief of Officials to have a Clinician from all three areas of the LBC to have monthly Officials Certification Clinics rotated in each area; a Coaches Clinic Committee to have a Clinician from all three areas of the LBC to have monthly Coaches Certification Clinics rotated in each area.
I am currently looking for a Registration Chair-this is a very crucial position to the LBC and certain requirements are mandatory-the applicant must be computer savvy, able to enforce STRICT adherence to registration rules, be very organized, reasonably accessible to the members, and report regular membership updates to the President. Phone interviews will be conducted by President Billingham to all interested.
I ALWAYS WILLINGLY ACCEPT SUGGESTIONS FROM MEMBERS. However, when you come with a great idea, be prepared to be assigned as the leader of that project. Also, if you come to me with constructive criticism, have a better idea in hand. Otherwise it’s not constructive criticism, it’s whining. Our LBC has been given new life with the assistance of Richard Trindle. Let’s take full advantage of it. Remember the 3 P’s of the Middle Atlantic: Professionalism is the Proper Protocol.
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