Dear Dan Member,
I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. As the secretary of the Board of Directors, the Federation’s By–laws charge me with overseeing distribution of and tallying responses for all Board Director nominations and election ballots. In each region where Board Director terms are expiring, nomination forms were mailed to all Dan members eligible to vote and who had current membership. The top two nominees (or 3 if a tie between any two) from each region are listed below and each has accepted their nomination and agreed to run in this election. Board Directors elected in 2016 will serve your region for a term of three years from 01/01/2017 to 12/31/2019.
Region 1: Paul Chiasson None
Region 4: George Broyles None
Region 5: Ron Strong Andrew Whitman
Region 7: Andrea Casselton None
Region 8: Susan Fittanto None
As a Federation member you have the right to vote for your regional representative to the Board of Directors. All active Dan members over the age of 18 are eligible to vote. All voting members over the age of 18 are eligible to serve as a Board Director. This process is outlined in and conducted under the authority of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation, Inc.’s Charter and By-laws which state:
By-laws Article 1
Section 1 Eligibility: Any currently active voting member of the Federation over 18 years of age may be a member of the Board of Directors.
By-laws Article 3
Section 3-A Individuals holding Dan rank shall enjoy all rights and privileges as determined by the Board, plus the right to vote in Federation matters if they are over the age of 18 years.
Please vote online or complete the enclosed Election Ballot and return it today. Service on the Board of Directors is a serious responsibility and requires Board Directors to dedicate a substantial amount of time to conducting Federation business. A brief outline of the duties and responsibilities of Board Directors is available at www.soobahkdo.com.
YOUR VOTE MUST BE SUMBITTED ONLINE OR POSTMARKED BEFORE DEC 10, 2016.
Or mail ballot to: Board Director Elections
U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation
20 Millburn Ave
Springfield, NJ 07081
BALLOTS POSTMARKED AFTER DECEMBER 10, 2016 WILL BE INVALID.
Secretary, Board of Directors
I hope this finds you all in good health and spirits.
The Board of Directors met via teleconference on August 10, 2016.
The following are the major points of discussion.
The 2016 National Festival was hosted by Region 9 in Anaheim, California June 30-July 3. 238 members were in attendance.The Silent Auction conducted by the Foundation netted $2,405.00 with the National Festival reporting a net profit of about $18,000.00.
The location of the 2017 National Festival has not yet been determined. Region 5 has shown an interest in hosting but a final decision is still pending. A decision is expected by September 1.
Board Secretary, Master George Broyles, reported that Board Director nomination forms are online for all voting age Dans. I believe that most voting members are aware that elections rotate through the regions so that all directors are not elected during the same year. Regional Directors being elected in 2016 are Regions 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8. Please take an active role in your region and submit your nominations. The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31, 2016.
A National Discover Soo Bahk Do! Membership Drive is being initiated by the Federation. I encourage each Studio Owner to actively engage and join in the effort. The health and success of your studio and the Federation as a whole depends on recruitment and retention. Several things will be put in place to support the Membership Drive.
Board Directors have been actively supporting the Membership Drive, but this can only succeed if Studio Owners across the country promote and actively reach out to recruit new members. Together we can promote the art and take a step toward positive growth.
Ms. Andrea Casselton, Federation Treasurer, presented a financial update of the National Festival, the 2016 budget update, and the 2017 budget process. In addition, there was a lengthy discussion of the financial health of the Federation including a proposed membership dues increase that had been tabled in the last meeting. This proposal was to cover day-to-day operating expenses only. The proposed details follow:
After a lengthy discussion it was felt that there was not sufficient support for the proposal so the motion was once again tabled.
The membership should be reminded that day-to-day operating expenses continue to increase. Income must increase to keep pace with expenses. Your representatives on the Board are very mindful that raising membership dues is not a preferred approach. The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet August 25 to address all options.
Work-Group Chairman, SBN Craig Hays, reported that a teleconference will be scheduled in late August. A survey is being prepared and each Studio Owner will be called to solicit input on the direction and issues facing the Federation.
This concludes the major points of discussion. The next board meeting is scheduled for October 6, 2016.
Respectfully in the Moo Duk Kwan,