I am pleased to let all of you know that the USAT Hearing & Appeals Committee rejected the bogus effort to remove one of the brilliant athlete directors(& current ITU Athlete Committee Co-chair) from the USAT Board of Directors ballot.
This should clear the way for the re-run of the USAT elections. I am expecting a full-out effort by USAT's CEO and friends to pass the ill-conceived by-laws changes that were so broadly opposed when the election was first run in September-October. It is my view that the widespread opposition to the by-laws proposals was a key reason why the election was interrupted in mid-stream.
So now we'll get a chance to do it again. No word about this has come out of USAT since the hearings decision last week so once again we are in delay mode.
Sadly, while the USAT By-laws clearly state that board member terms are up on Dec. 31 of the year in which they expire, it appears that the four board members whose terms expired 12/31 are continuing to participate and vote as sitting board members. Ya gotta have a sense of humor folks! Why should triathlon politics be any different than Washington?
Stay tuned. New ballots should be coming around again sometime soon. Please PLEASE cast those ballots as soon as you get them and be sure to VOTE NO for all the USAT By-laws proposals.
Remember, these are intended - in part - to dilute the influence DC Tri has in regional and national sport politics. It's not an accident we've had great incentives tossed our way to show up in San Diego, Chicago, etc (Remember we hosted the first ITU World Championship race here in DC). We're a big club and we work together for the good of the sport. Splitting up the Mid-Atlantic Region is not a good thing for us. Changing the by-laws to eliminate the Sunshine provisions and moving USAT to Colorado to avoid the Sunshine requirements of California law are bad ideas also. See the previous thread on the elections & the Slowtwitch Forum for more information.
Next time around, we've got to get out those NO votes early and we need to count every one. If you're a USAT member -- you are USAT members, right? (LOL) please put that vote to good use for the club & Vote NO on the by-laws proposals.
From the USAT Website Election Page:
USA Triathlon to conduct revote for 2013 Elections
USA Triathlon will conduct a revote for the 2013 Elections to last for 30 days. Anyone who was an annual member in good standing on Aug. 22, 2013, is eligible to vote. Eligible members will receive ballots via email from a third-party voting system in the next few days. View candidate platforms and other elections documents at right.
PS. Don't bother with the Slowtwitch "news" article on the election and it's delay. The article has numerous inaccuracies in it that contradict USAT's minutes that are posted on line.
Please remember, when you get your ballot, to vote NO on the by-laws proposals. Please caste your vote and do not waste it. This is very important! Thank you
Now that the results are in, it would be great if our newly-elected regional rep could give us a bit of a rundown in terms of the 3 approved proposals. IIRC, I read significant pushback against these proposals. How does this affect us going forward?