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Call for Nominations: USACK Wildwater Sports Division Committee

by Chris Norbury
USAWildwater K-1,
U.S. Wildwater Committee Chairman

October 26, 2003 -- Palmyra, PA

Itís nearly two years since the appointment of the current USACK Wildwater Sports Division Committee (WWC), so it is time to elect a new committee. The Committee is charged with directing all activities related to wildwater in the US for the next 2 years, commencing on January 1st, 2004. Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

Chairman (currently vacant)
The Chair is a voting member of the committee whose duties are to prepare agenda for and to call and preside over meetings of the WWC; to appoint subcommittees and act in behalf of the committee between meetings of the WWC; to assure the WWC selects an election officer for committee elections administration in odd numbered years. The Chair bears overall responsibility to set an annual agenda for committee goals of advancing ongoing instructional, competitive, and promotional programs; to act upon budget matters pertaining to WWC allocations in absence of the Treasurer.

Vice Chairman (currently held by Chris Norbury as Acting Chair)
The Vice Chair is a voting member of the committee whose duties are to preside over meetings of the WWC in absence of the Chair; to coordinate and report the activities of subcommittees as directed by the Chair.

Treasurer (currently held by Chris Hipgrave)

The treasurer is a voting member of the committee whose duties are to collect cost information on WWC committee proposed expenditures on equipment and or program activities for discussion among the WWC committee; to prepare a proposed budget for the WWC each year to be submitted to the USACK Board of Directors for review and approval; to communicate with the USACK National Office for discussion and approval of all disbursements from the WWC committee approved allocation; to work with any subcommittee with assigned purposes of improving revenue or altering budgeting practices within the WWC; to communicate any revenue improvement activities to the USACK National Office.

Events and Program Coordinator (currently vacant)

This is a voting member with the following duties; to solicit information from all sources and provide facts and opinions to the committee regarding site selections for US Wildwater Team Trials and Wildwater National Championships; to assist in promotion and coordination of training camps, junior development program opportunities, and to provide information and coordinating activity pursuant to wildwater training, development, instructional, coaching, and racing activities.

Rankings and Newsletter Editor (currently held by Michael Beavers)
This is a voting position on the committee with duties as follows; to collect and publish information regarding programs, training, competitions, and meetings organized by the WWC and those like activities of interest to the WWC membership and to collect racing results information and publication of wildwater competitor rankings twice annually.

Athlete representatives (2, currently held by Tom Wier and Middy Tilghman)
The athlete representative shall have participated in Wildwater National Championships within the past two years, or have been a member of the US Wildwater Team within the past two years. One athlete representative shall be elected from the eastern portion of the United States (inclusive of all states east of the Mississippi River, and Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas) one representative from west of the Mississippi River, excluding the states mentioned above. Athlete representatives are voting members of the committee with a duty to communicate agenda items from the committee to the WWC affiliates in their respective regions of the USA, and to gather collective information regarding input to committee affairs and programs from the WWC affiliates upon WWC affairs.

Following the election the members of the new committee will elect three co-op members of the committee, and a team manager. None of these additional members are voting members of the committee. After examining USACK bylaws it is strongly recommended that the elected Sports Division Director for wildwater be a member of the Wildwater Committee, either as a voting member, or as a co-opted member, pending further revision of the wildwater by-laws to specify inclusion of this position.

Nominations must include the names, email addresses and current USACK membership numbers of the nominee, and those proposing and seconding the nominee. In the absence of any of these details the nomination will be void. Nominations will be accepted by email at until midnight on November 15th 2003.

If you wish to submit a nomination by other means please mail the vote to;

Chris Norbury
344 Coachman Lane
Palmyra, PA 17078

Mailed nominations should be post marked no later than November 13th, 2003. Upon receipt of the nominations the names of the nominees will be published on as well as widely on the listserve. Votes will be taken for a period of 7 days after publication of the nominees, and will only be accepted with a current USACK number. Please contact Chris Norbury ( for any further inquiries.

Chris Norbury is Chairman of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and an active race and training camp organizer living in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Reach him at