V.S.O.A. Annual Meeting Report
9am, Sunday, August 13, 2017
Hartford High School
8:30 Registration / Check in was smooth
9 am Meeting Called to Order; Welcome by President Cook
Board: President Tom Cook; VP David Barra; MAL Bruce Schmidt; Rules Interpreter Marty Adams; Past President Jessica Christian; Sec/Treas Joe Gonillo
We then observed a moment of silence to honor the passing of our referee brothers and sisters: Dick Stewart, Norm Messier, and Sara Thompson keeping in mind any others in our family who may have passed.
Caleb Magoon, vendor from Power Play Sports, sold reffing gear.
Marty Adams, in his final presentation, gave another informative talk on rules interpretation and changes. Thank you, Marty, for your time and effort!
We moved to the mini clinics and broke into (3) groups:
The Nuisances of Calling the Game by Frank Martel
The Observations and Training by Craig Iverson
The Importance of the AR position by Gunther Sihler
All clinics were concise and informative.
After a short break, we heard the President’s Message from Tom Cook. A review can be found in your directory.
The Secretary’s Report and Treasurer’s Report followed. Both were accepted.
Bruce Schmidt reported on the Scholarship Committee’s work and named scholarship award winners Tara Barney and Justin Morand.
Bill Duval announced that the Fees & Dues Committee proposed to membership that we continue status quo at $75. Motion accepted.
Matt Fitzgerald spoke for the Grievance Committee reminding all of the proper procedures for submission.
Craig Iverson is heading up the Training Coordinator’s group with Gary Blodgett and Frank Martel assisting. $$’s again are allocated this summer/fall for training and assessing.
Gary and Frank then gave their respective assignor’s reports covering topics such as professionalism, uniform and equipment, checking in with your partner the night before your game, giving ample time for kickbacks, keeping track of mileage, arriving early/on time, checking nets for weights, reviewing your schedule, and other information.
Membership accepted probationary members and requests for both active and inactive status for the fall.
Scholarships – Bruce Schmidt presented Tara Barney and Justin Morand $500 scholarships. Thankful acceptance letters were read by proud fathers. Congratulations!
10 Year Award - Bob Richardson, Jay Vallieres, Jessica Christian
20 Year Award - Jim Bellinghiri, Parke Fitzgerald, Dave Barra
25 Year Award - Randal Adams, Scott Ryan
No 50 Year Awards this summer
Dick Stewart Awards honored Parke Fitzgerald (North) and Kyle Wilson (South)
Photos were taken and will be added to our website.
Recognition of Officials Working Semi’s and Finals 2016
Roger Ranz, Stephane Oliveira, Ezz Fatnassi, Elvir Jandric, Dennis Filion, Ryan Gates, Mike McCaffrey, Eric Corredera, Jim Marshia, Mike Clark, Brian Barney, Stu Maynard, Mike Browne, Sonja Duncan, Jessica Christian, Roland Noel, Tucker Myhre, John Woodruff, Shannon Sweet, Darcy LeBlanc, Emmanuel Riby-Williams, Brian Hurlbert, and Roland Billings.
Mark Paquette Center, George Cook, Christopher Dawes; Kirk Abrahamson; Bud Laudenslager, Jamie Falco, Marty Adams, David Doenges, Randal Adams; Rich Ogilvie, Eric Evans, Steve Blongy; Gunther Sihler, Paul Austin, Randall Dewey; Bruce Schmidt, Scott Ryan, Jeffery Reed.
Division 1 Boys at Burlington
Frank Martel, Marvin Pritchard, Mike Clark, Rick Desorda
Division 1 Girls at Burlington
Kyle Wilson, Paul Austin, Bruce Schmidt, Gary Blodgett
Division 2 Boys at South Burlington HS
Andy Gingras, Jim Bellinghiri, Joe Gonillo, Art Thompson
Division 2 Girls at South Burlington HS
Bob Richardson, Miles Etter, Carol Weston, Art Thompson
Division 3 Boys at Bellows Falls HS
Craig Iverson, Greg Hartmann, Bill Edwards
Division 3 Girls at Bellows Falls HS
Dave Barra, Roland Noel, Elvis Jandric
Division 4 Boys
Rich Ogilvie, Eric Evans, Bud Laudenslager
Division 4 Girls
Chris Buckley, Pat Whalen, Marty Adams
We had no Twin State Officials this summer as NH assigned.
Secretary/Treasurer - Joe Gonillo returns 2nd year
Rules Interpreter - Andy Gingras followed Marty Adams and was voted in by
Vice President - Bruce Schmidt
Member at Large - Sonja Duncan
A discussion of Old Business followed. Tom Cook once again proposed and offered VSOA warm ups. Contact Tom with questions. Reminder to get order in asap.
New Business centered around these topics:
Executive Committee will discuss possibly making members with 35 years of membership eligible as Life Members.
VSOA pink wristbands and/or sweatbands will be available for purchase for Breast Cancer Awareness in October.
VSOA recommends to the VPA that a representative of each school meet with our rules interpreter before the annual meeting each year to discuss new rules.
The Passing of the Gavel followed from outgoing President Cook to Incoming President Dave Barra.
His first order of business after accepting job and responsibilities was to thank and acknowledge Hartford High School for the meeting location. He now begins the search for next summer’s meeting location. The 2018 date is Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Fitness Test and Assessment Meeting were held at the end of our meeting.
Another reminder to complete NFHS Rules Test and submit results to secretary by September 1, 2017.
2018 dues were collected immediately following meeting.
Submitted - Joe Gonillo 8/18/17