VSOA Spring Executive Board Meeting
April 29, 2018
Present: Dave Barra, Andy Gingras, Bruce Schmidt, Tom Cook, Joe Gonillo, and Gary (who observed, was allowed to comment, but did not vote)
Minutes of Last meeting
Written draft amendments prepared by Bob Fletcher approved with amendments to allow Executive Board to determine the date of the annual meeting no later than its meeting the preceding fall and to remove all sections of the existing bylaws relating to the current rules interpreter position effective upon approval and changing 25 to 35 in the Life Members section. (Bruce moved, Tom seconded: passed unanimously)
Discussion regarding changing president and other board members terms tabled.
Discussion regarding moving the time/date of future meetings tabled.
Middlebury HS - Tom in charge of setting up
Discussion re more videos and keeping the membership together for all presentations:
1) offside and new rules; 2)coach input; 3) game management with an emphasis on de-escalation - Tom in charge
Pre-meeting Duties and Tasks worksheet was discussed and duties assigned.
Fitness test changes
Board voted to continue to allow USSF and NISOA test result to count as VSOA test and to continue to offer hs physical test as in the past
Joe is to check effect of bylaw change on budget: how many are at 35 and how close are others?
Board discussed use of this system for all assigning. Advantages include reducing differences geographically, increased uniformity, ease of use for members (esp those who are already on Arbiter for other sports and college soccer), potential to assign playoffs and finals, data tracking and assigning of assessors. Andy will send information to Gary and Frank and board will discuss again at next meeting.
Joe is exploring the possibility of allowing dues to be paid online. Looks likely.
Board approved spending up to $2500 for improved website (Bruce moved, Andy 2d, passed unanimously).
Board considered new types of recognition for participants in finals: coins, key chains
Board discussed importance of mentors and mentees attending annual meeting
Board discussed adding names to the scholarships awarded ($1000 each) to recognize long-time contributions of a member. Also discussed creating young/new referee award.
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report April 2018
144 Active VSOA Officials on our roster as of this week.
151 in August of ‘17
18 Inactive members listed
15 new/probationary members from last fall. Adding to roster when they confirm
Retirees 5: Kixy Austin, Tom Hall, Doug Neet, Scott Ryan, Roshi Brooklyn
ALL dues paid dues for 2018. Will begin collection in June hopefully with auto pay feature
Asking for help with website upgrading.
Looking to limit directories mistakes. Again asking officials to email me new, updated info now, asap before June deadline. Sent out one email last week and getting some responses.
Committees for 2018
Fees and Dues: Bill Duval/Chair, Mark Paquette, Scott Slocum
Nominating: Dave Barra and Tom Cook
Grievance: Stan Blicharz (Chair), Matt Fitzgerald, Rick Desorda, Randy Dewey
Scholarship: Bruce Schmidt (Chair), Andy Aldrich
Examining/New Officials Clinics/Assessments: Craig Iverson (Chair), Frank Martel, Gary Blodgett, and Marty Adams
GC - for missed mtg
Discussion - what to do re officials who miss ALL fitness tests dates by annual mtg.
USSF and NISOA tests can count.
Annual Meeting update:
Our annual meeting date for 2018 – Saturday August 11th.
Location - Middlebury HS 9AM
August check-in; check-out smooth.
Would like to collect dues at check-in too
IRS holding up TDBank action.
Registered VSOA as non-profit with VT State Attorney General’s office in Feb
VSOA polos and t-shirts - for us at annual mtg and for membership.
Breast Cancer organization with vendor, so we can purchase at mtg
$6912.65 in treasury as of 4/26/18
Pictures of finals’ referees emailed to me
Bill Duval ordering VSOA key chains for finals’ officials
Checking inventory re mugs and cups too
Submitted – 4/29/18 Joe Gonillo