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Minutes of the TWF Annual Meeting 2017

September 17, 2017 8pm CST

Attendees:

Voting Members

1.Ben Bowers Chairman

2. Derek Harrison Vice Chairman

3. Jerry Teaster East Region Director

4. James Torres South Region Director

5. Nelson Shirley West Region Director

6. Peter Miller Middle South Director

7. David Isbell Middle North Director

8. Doug Badon Woman’s Wrestling Director

9. Junior Hernandez Knox Elite

10. Vic Martin Wolfpack

11. Hagee Tri City

12. Chad Laxton Higher Calling Wrestling

13. Shawn Weller Baylor

14. Longo Bartlett

15. Mark Beckwith Bluff City

16. Brian Bauke West Tenn. Takedown

17. Jeremy Doty Elite

18. Israel Cordero Mid South

19. Brandon Isbell Clarksville

20. Mrs. Isbell Knuckleheads

22. Jeramie Welder WOSBO

23. Denny Butler Spartan

Note:  24: Garrett House Membership Director Submitted his Proxy Votes to Members of the Board.

Non-Voting Attendees:

25. Jake Yost

26. Scott Taylor

27. Matt High Schoolboy National Team Coach

28. Al Miller

29. Shane Chittum

Meeting Started at Approx. 8:15 CST

Ben Bowers started the Meeting

-         Thank everyone for Attending

-         More attendees are on the conference call than ever before. Coaches from across the state represent every inch of Tennessee

-         Reminder of Parliamentary procedure was disseminated to the group, with an efference on the bylaws quoting Section 2 Article 3 and 4. Voting members vs. Non-Voting Members.                                                                                                                                                                       Section 3. Voting by Members. At all annual and special meetings of members, those members of the corporation who are then members of any club then situated in Tennessee and chartered with USA Wrestling as of the date of the meeting shall have voting rights through his or her club as hereinafter prescribed. Each such club shall be entitled to one vote. Each club may cast its vote or votes through only one of its representatives present at the meeting. A club entitled to more than one vote shall not be entitled to split such votes. The registration records shall conclusively determine questions relating to chartering of clubs and competitive memberships therein, as well as questions relating to membership in the corporation.                                    Section 4. Non-voting Members. All members of the corporation, as defined herein, who are not members of any club then situated in Tennessee and chartered with USA Wrestling, shall constitute a class of membership without voting rights. Such members may attend and participate in all meetings of members, whether or not they have voting rights as provided in Section 3 hereof.

Last Year’s Business and Numbers

-         Membership Numbers Athletes 933 Coach 137 Clubs 32

Per Garrett House: The Freestyle numbers appear to be on par with 2013-2015 with no significant change. The Greco numbers are slightly up but are record highs for the state.

-         Best of the Best- (at Summitt HS) In its second year was attendance by all 4 regions with full teams. More state champions wrestled each other than in years past. Board members are excited about this event coming back on the schedule after about a 6 year layoff. Flowrestling is interested in coming out to Stream the event.

EAST Region won the Event. Per Derek Harrison the Premier event back from the dead.

-         TWF Ironman- (at Summitt HS) 2017 Folkstyle 169 Greco 164 Freestyle 185

o   Up for vote to be moved back to Blackman High School.

-         Keller Classic- 1st Annual (at Bradley Central HS) Greco 74 Freestyle 74

-         TWF State- Greco 199 Freestyle 210

o   Woman’s wrestling had a clinic during State host by Coach Badon.

-         Southeast Regions- Freestyle 70 Greco 67 Per Garrett House: Southeast Region Participation numbers were up in 2017 versus the last couple years. Really the highest we have been since our peak numbers in 2013 and 2014.

-         Schoolboy duals- Coaches Matt High, Shawn Weller, Edward Holland Team Lead Ben Bowers. $300 for Entry. 22 wrestlers. Per Matt High- The trip was a huge success with the concentration on it being a developmental team.

o   Coach High submitted an idea for consideration by the board for Regional Training sites, so wrestlers can train year-round in the International styles. Host a site.

-         Cadet Duals- Coaches James Torres, Shawn Weller, Edward Holland Team Leader Ben Bowers. $500 for Entry. 16 wrestlers. Per James Torres the team did better than last year with 4 wins in Greco and 4 wins in Freestyle. The trip was successful with one wrestler going undefeated and several being All Tournament team.

-         Junior Duals- Coaches Jeramie Welder, Tom Herring, Nelson Shirley, Jerry Teaster, Pete Miller, Edward Holland Team Leader Ben Bowers $500 for Entry. 26 wrestlers. In Greco the Team finished 8th with also receiving the Sportsmanship Award, this is the 2nd time in 3 years. First time 6 coaches went on the Trip.

-         Woman’s Wrestling- Team Director Doug Badon- This is the teams first official year with them traveling to several national tournaments. Woman’s wrestling is the fastest growing demographic of the state.

o   Body Bar 2 National Champions

o   Took 21 to Folkstyle Nationals

o   New York Tournament

o   Detroit for AAU Junior Olympics

o   Atlanta

o   Fargo

o   North Carolina

-         Fargo- Coaches Jeramie Welder, Pete Miller, Doug Badon- Per Pete Miller Cadets Greco 23 wrestlers, Cadet Freestyle 23. Junior Greco 21, Freestyle 23.

o   No Check at Fargo

o   Bowers sent check to USA Wrestling

o   Badon went to every meeting

-         Bank Account has Approx. $1500, second year in a row the year ends with a positive account.

-         Taxes are Done. By Derek Harrison

-         Vote for Awards

o   Youth of the Year: Eli Herring, Toby Barrett, and Nate Bolger. Nate Bolger WON

Schoolboy of the year Cody Chittum WON

o   Cadet Freestyle: Bradley Williams, Cooper Flynn. Cooper Flynn WON

o   Cadet Greco: Mason Rieniche WON

o   Junior Freestyle: Sammy Evans WON

o   Junior Greco: Tommy Brackett WON

o   Girls: Sloan Kenya

o   Men’s Coach: James Torres, Derek Harrison, Jeramie Welder. Welder WON

o   Woman’s Coach: (First Award in TN history) Junior Hernandez, Doug Badon.Badon WON

o   Volunteer: Mark Beckwith, Nelson Shirley, Spartan WC Parents WON

o   Official: Thad Little WON

 

 

New Business

            Ben Bowers addressed the attendees with a reminder on how the voting shall going, being in line with the beginning of the meeting. Also that in 2016 the board voted in Terms to be reestablished per the bylaws, with a change of 2 years for all board members but the Chair and Vice Chair. Section 2 Article 6.

Section 6. Election of Directors. At the annual meeting of members, persons shall be elected, in accordance with these By-Laws, to serve on the Board of Directors for the term of his or her election, and until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified, unless prior thereto he or she shall have resigned or been removed as hereinafter provided. Any resident of the State of Tennessee who is qualified to hold any type of membership in the corporation shall be qualified to serve on the Board of Directors and shall, within 90 days of election to the Board, become a member of the corporation.

Board members shall be
elected for three-year terms, with 1/3 of the Board members standing for
election each year.

 

 Executive Board moving from 5 to 7, possibly 9 to include Chairman, Vice Chair and all 5 regions. Possibly the Woman’s team Director and ????

 

  • Voting of Board members

Position

Nominee

Nomination by

Seconded

Carried

Votes

Position to be held by

Membership Director

Garrett House

Bowers

Welder

Yes

N/A

House

Officials Director

Al Miller

Harrison

Bowers

Yes

N/A

A.Miller

Technology and Communictions

Scott Taylor

Welder

Laxton

Yes

8

____________

 

Shawn Weller

Bowers

Torres

Yes

12

Weller

West Region Director

Nelson Shirley

Bowers

Welder

Yes

N/A

Shirley

Middle North Director

David Isbell

Bowers

Badon

Yes

N/A

Isbell

Middle South Director

Pete Miller

Welder

Teaster

Yes

N/A

P.Miller

East Director

Jerry Teaster

Bowers

Welder

Yes

N/A

Teaster

South Director

James Torres

Bowers

Welder

Yes

N/A

Torres

Secretary

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Treasurer

Derek Harrison

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Derek Harrison

Vice Chair

Derek Harrison

Bowers

Isbell

Yes

N/A

Derek Harrison

Chairman

Al Miller

Welder

Laxton

Yes

4

N/A

 

Ben Bowers

Weller

Harrison

Yes

18

Ben Bowers

Women,s Wrestling Director

Doug Badon

Harrison

Bowers

Yes

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Vote for Tournament sites TABLED
    • Best of the Best
    • Ironman
    • State
  • Al Miller was voted in as Officials Director before the meeting concluded during the Q/A, Discussion portion of the meeting. Per Derek Harrison, Al Miller needs to be on the board. Al offered to be the Officials Director. Bowers seconded and took it to a vote. Vote Carried.
  • Conclusion.
    • Need face to face Meeting
    • Meeting once a month

  The meeting conclude at approximately 10:30pm CST.

 

Minutes taken Ben Bowers and Derek Harrison, then typed up by

Chairman Ben Bowers 9/21/2017

Minutes of the TWF Board meeting March 2016

TWF Minutes 3/3/16

Recorded by Derek Harrison TWF Vice-Chair

 

Attendees

Ben Bowers

Del Hawkins

Garrett House

Jeramie Welder

Dave Isbell

Scott Taylor

Derek Harrison

 

Account Standing

  • Current TWF Account Balance $5,543.43

 

Nailen Tournament Change April 9th

  • Memphis may host a tourney this weekend or another local at some point.
  • Franklin or Chattanooga (Ft. Oglethorpe) will host since Nailen is out.

 

Best of the Best

  • Comprised of 4 Regions (North-Knoxville, South-Chattanooga, West-Memphis, Middle-Nashville)
  • 2 Mat Set-Up for Tournament (1 extra for Exhibitions)
  • Garrett to look for FS Trophy TWF will purchase Greco (both if needed)
  • Adding the following Schoolboy Weights: 77, 84, 88, 91, 94, 100.
  • If any other Schoolboys at different weights wants exhibitions it can be set-up.
  • Challenge Matches after tournament.
  • Team Leaders: Derek Harrison (Knoxville), Garrett House (Memphis), Welder/Miller/Isbell (Middle), Bowers and Bosken (Chattanooga)
  • Garrett House has volunteered to officiate if needed.
  • Gate will be used to pay for officials, Concessions kept by Pete.

 

TWF Tournament Fee

  • All teams hosting a TWF event will donate $2 per entry fee back to state (does not include Iron Man or State only local tournaments).
  • 15% of State will go back to host team which is Summit this year.
  • $10 for One Style, $12 for Both (local rate)

 

Tournament May 21st

  • Central Regionals is taking place in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Chattanooga or Franklin will host tournament depending on who picks up April 9th.

 

Soddy Tournament

  • Soddy will host tournament on Sunday following the Maryville tournament on April 23rd. 

 

Fundraising

  • Pete Miller made notion to look into an indoor corn hole tournament as fundraiser.

 

Website

  • Use PA’s as a blue print for TWF.
  • Scott will add tournament flyers to site if sent to him
  • Camps and clinics can be posted on site.
  • Meeting minutes will be posted on site.

 

Officials

  • Everyone actively recruit
  • Possible Officials with Experience: Debien, Stevenson, Byron Smith, Madison Martin, Cody Davis, Josh Mackey, Josh Baulke, and Danny Coleman.
  • Cullen King to send pay scale and official cheat sheet to Harrison.
  • Pay Scale $8 (M3), $10, $12, $15, and $25 for Fila Level.  Pay goes up as rank goes up.
  • $50 travel fee for traveling 2 hours or more to tourney.
  • $250 per style for national duals payment ($500 for both freestyle and Greco)
  • Indiana Officials contact may be needed for Iron Man: Dalton 812-215-6916
  • North Carolina Officiating Contact Brandon Harrison 828-329-2099

 

Fargo

  • Get everyone on same page, possibly block off dorms.
  • Miller and Welder will be traveling down to Fargo.
  • Miller to get in touch with Cumberland to set up weekly “Fargo” practices.

 

Bowers

  • All questions and concerns should be submitted to Ben Bowers (TWF President) at 574-214-8586 or bmbowers@aol.com

 

Membership

  • Currently sitting at 352 athletes, which is up from 134 at close of January.
  • Clubs make big pushes to get charters and ensure all athletes have aau cards.

 

National Team Update

 

  • Mock-Ups being worked on with check into cash. Could drop prices down $200.
  • If guys want to only compete in one style that is okay.  Hope to bring 2 guys per weight.

 

Schoolboy

  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Training camp in Cleveland, TN at Jones Center Sat, Sunday, and Monday.
  • Competition occurs from June 8th through 12th.
  • Coaches are Bosken and Mansueto.
  • Team Leader Bowers

 

Cadets

  • York, PA
  • Training Camp at Baylor Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Competition Occurs from June 14th through 18th
  • UTC has camp *11, 12, and 13th possibly workout training with them.
  • Coaches Torres Head Coach
  • Scott Taylor Team Leader

 

Juniors

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • ? on Training Camp
  • Competition date June 21st through 25th
  • Welder Head Coach
  • Bowers Team Leader

 

 

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