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Notice of Election
Puget Sound Region of USA Volleyball
This spring, the membership of the Puget Sound Region of USA Volleyball will elected two members to the regions Board of Directors. Members or their clubs will be receiving ballots in the coming days and weeks. The following is a statement of candidacy and contact information for each of the five candidates. If you have any questions about the election process please contact the chair of the elections committee Paul Berendt at email@example.com
Puget Sound Region Volleyball Board of Directors
Statements of Candidacy
It is an honor to be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for Puget Sound Region Volleyball. I was introduced to the game of volleyball in middle school while playing in the intramural program. That was when I fell in love with the game of volleyball and have played the sport ever since. Throughout my playing career I have met many great teammates and opponents that have become my mentors. They helped me define my core values of: respect, passion, integrity and dedication.
I was introduced to coaching club volleyball in 2010 where I discovered the amazing and rewarding experience of helping players discover their potential as athletes, as well as helping them to become better individuals by sharing my core values. I co-founded REACH Volleyball Club in 2012 and currently serve as a director and coach where I continuously strive to make an impact on young athletes.
My vision as a member of the Puget Sound board of directors is to assist the region to work with local communities to advocate a variety of volleyball programs. My goal would be to grow the sport of volleyball in the Puget Sound Region.
I wish to serve on the Puget Sound Region Board of Directors. I have been a member of PSR since 1984. My experience within the Region includes many years as a player which included playing from a "AA" level to competing as a Master and doubles player. I pursued a goal to be a Regional and National Referee and retired after 12 years as a National Referee. I worked with the Region to develop the High Performance Program and served as an IMPACT instructor for 4 years. My coaching experience includes Junior girls and boys, High School girls, College women, All-Army men’s and women’s teams and being a coach for Armed Forces Championships and World Military Games competitions.
I also worked for the volleyball management team that organized the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. I was selected to represent the US military on the Board of Directors for United States Volleyball.
My experience fits into the Regions Mission "To promote, develop and expand volleyball opportunities in the community and cultivate personal growth through the sport in the Region". Volleyball has been a passion of mine since learning to play in college. I would like to continue that passion for volleyball as a Puget Sound Board Member.
My name is Allan Chinn and I would like your vote to join the team of dedicated Volleyball leaders in moving this region forward into 2014 and beyond.
For the last 35 years my passion is Volleyball. I am a player, coach, official, USAV arbitrator and administrator. I played with Geezers, Strike Force and Team Red Card; I coached with Cascade and Momentum VBC, a national USAV and Pac12/WAC official, USAV Arbitrator for 15 years, served on the USAV executive board for 6 years and as the founding Commissioner of the Puget Sound Region. I continue to officiate in the region and have recently served the Puget Sound region as Boys program director.
The business experience I bring to this board includes Long Range Strategic Planning (LRSP) and financial reporting from another 501c3, The Seattle Chinese Garden. I served as their treasurer for two years and currently on the long range strategic and the fundraising committee. This experience will compliment others on the board. I also bring 16 years of IT experience running a network consulting company.
Paula Schwan has been involved with volleyball for over thirty years and has coached over twenty-two years. Her experience in the Puget Sound Region includes: High Performance Camp, High Performance Championships, coaching one of the top club teams in the Region, winning Patriot Division at 2013 Nationals; she served as PVL Head Coach; and has played at the highest level of women’s volleyball in the region.
Paula is involved in every aspect of coaching. She prides herself on ethical, positive coaching and leading by example. She works hard, is dedicated to volleyball and its growth as a sport in our region.
Paula coaches, runs tournaments, plans camps, and is fully involved. She attended the 2014 USAV High Performance coaches’ clinic at the Olympic Training Center. Paula is always working to expand her knowledge of the game by attending clinics, reading books by successful coaches of all sports, and learning the psychology of the game to pass on to the athletes of our region.
Paula is also the parent of two great volleyball players. Paula’s information, vast knowledge, forward thinking, even-handed, objective, and open-minded approach would be a beneficial addition to the board and its positive progress in the region.
I have been an active member of the PSR since 1985, first as a player, and later a coach. I have coached middle school, high school and club and hold a CAP Level 3 certification. I coached with Northwest Juniors, Rain City, and Seattle Juniors (1998). In the summer of 1998 I helped to form Washington Volleyball Academy (WVBA).
During these 29 years I have watched the PSR grow in membership and programs. I filled a vacated seat in January of 2010 and was elected for a 3-year term in 2011.
Since joining the board we have improved communication with our membership and grown in membership and clubs. My primary interest is helping the juniors community gain a bigger voice and influence for improvements still needed in the region.
I am seeking a final 3-year term on the Board to help to facilitate further improvements to our tryout process, reduce the length of power league play days, and help junior members participate directly in planning and change for the region. I believe we are on the verge of significant growth in youth volleyball. We need to ensure we have sufficient clubs and courts for them to play on.
Nominations are open for two Board positions
Individuals may nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member. Nominations shall be submitted to the Puget Sound Region Office, Commissioner John Bryant or Election Chair Paul Berendt.
• Ballots will be mailed to the membership on March 10th
• The Election shall take place until April 15th
• Winners will be announce April 21st
• Winners take office on July 1, 2014
The Puget Sound Region of USA Volleyball (PSR) is a non-profit organization that is organized under the laws of the State of Washington.
The Puget Sound Region (PSR) Board of Directors meets on a regular basis to discuss progress towards our strategic goals and resolve any timely issues. You can submit topics for discussion at Board meetings or give a short presentation.
Our Mission Statement reads:
To promote, develop and expand volleyball opportunities in the community, and cultivate personal growth through the sport in the Region and provide solid support and resources for players, coaches, officials and leaders to improve skills and enhance enjoyment of the game while providing quality playing and tournament experiences for all its members.
The Board is the governing body with oversight or our staff, officials, players and parents involved in USA Volleyball affiliated programs. We strive to behave ethically, respectfully, professionally and with integrity.
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