2020 WWD Annual Meeting

June 14, 2020

A recording of the meeting is available here.

  • Conducted via video conference call
  • 11 people in attendance at the start of the call
  • March / April NACs canceled
  • Summer Nationals canceled
  • Division Qualifiers will not be held
  • The WWD Championships have also been canceled
  • Waiting to hear from USFA about plans for the next season
  • Regional events for the fall are still TBD. USFA may allow organizers to cap event size to conform with local requirements. There will be some guidance on suggested sizes (e.g., if the guidance is 50 people, the event would be capped at 25 competitors)
  • Leon Auriol Open has been transferred to Salle Auriol to run; it is likely to be postponed or canceled based on the planned September date
  • Battle in Seattle – January – we will need to make provisional plans
  • Clubs are looking into best practices for reopening, in accordance with USFA guidelines
  • Considering coordinating club re-opening – we encourage clubs to discuss the guidelines amongst themselves
  • There will need to be a waiver for people to sign that they understand the risk. Looking for a volunteer lawyer to draft this.
  • Considering making use of a COVID safety video.
  • Metro Tacoma has created a document for COVID safety and will make that available.
  • Financial Report
    • All events were profitable
    • Profits to be reinvested in activities such as referee training
    • Planned expenses believed to be in line with available funds
  • Annual Officer Election
    • Chair – Dan Berke
    • Vice – Kevin Mar, Alan Geller, Rachel Peterson
    • Secretary – Mike Reiter
    • Treasurer – Sylvie Troxel
    • No nominations via email
    • Opened to nominations: None made
    • Sylvie Troxel has announced that this is her last year so if people are interested for next year, please let the Board know
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WWD Annual Meeting

  • The Division Annual Meeting was held at the Division Championships on June 9, 2019
  • Discussed how people hear about local events
  • Discussed Facebook and Instagram page
  • Discussed the Division mailing list
  • Suggestion was made for a division poster to be put up in clubs (we will do that)
  • Also discussed web page, asked for volunteers to revamp the site
  • Next season, we plan the usual mix of events
  • Leon Auriol Open will be at SAS; after this year, Salle Auriol will run it. 
  • JO qualifiers at RCFC after Thanksgiving 
  • BiS at Rain City in January 
  • D2/3 qualifiers at SAS in April
  • Championship in June, location tbd 
  • Regional events 
    • No Bladefest this year, but there will be an event at RCFC in September 
    • Others in Portland
    • 2 SYC
    • 5 RJCC 
    • Many RYCC
    • Others
  • Treasurer – we have money, but less than in the past.  Made $6.28 total at LAO. Made money on the Battle. Smaller events like qualifiers and championships mostly break even. 
  • Slate for officers: same as last year. No challengers.  All officers were re-elected by acclamation. 
    • President – Dan Berke
    • Treasurer – Sylvie Troxel
    • Vice – Alan Geller
    • Vice – Rachel Peterson
    • Vice – Kevin Mar
    • Secretary – Michael Reiter
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Benefit Tournament for Keyon Davoodian

Keyon, a fencer and coach at MTFC, recently suffered a bad fall and had to undergo emergency surgery. MTFC is running a benefit tournament for him on May 25th. Please try to attend to help out a fellow fencer!!
https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=43622

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2019 Battle in Seattle Post Mortem

  • Attendees: Dan, Sylvie, Alan, Kevin, Rachel, Mike
  • Overall the event went well but there was room for improvement
  • We had some referee complaints from fencers that have been discussed and addressed
  • We need more people for armory
  • We had excess shirts; this is likely due to inability to sell online. We need to have credit card capability. We should also consider the tech fabric for next year.
  • We had sufficient grounded strips.
  • We discussed a contest for next years medal / shirt design. Informal talks indicate this will be popular.
  • We discussed declining attendance numbers. We do not have a solid reason for this and we are looking into possible reasons. We want to reverse the trend.
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Division Annual Meeting

  • The Division Annual Meeting was held at the Division Championships on June 10, 2018
  • Division tournaments were generally profitable; we will end the year with about $3200 in the bank..
  • All officers were re-elected
    • President – Dan Berke
    • Treasurer – Sylvie Troxel
    • Vice – Alan Geller
    • Vice – Rachel Peterson
    • Vice – Kevin Mar
    • Secretary – Michael Reiter
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Division Board Meeting August 13, 2018

Attendees: Rachel Peterson, Mike Reiter, Dan Berke, Allan Geller, Sylvie Troxel

  • Web site – worth keeping? Pump up the look? Definitely get the refund form working
  • JO qualifiers – same weekend as a rain city RYC.  Looking to move – possibly weekend after thanksgiving
  • LAO set up on AskFred. Vet events added
  • We need more Leon medals. Wine for supplementary prize. 5 bottles wine, 5 bottles alt beverages.
  • Snacks needed also for 15 people
  • Alan hiring refs.  Dan – Need to look into hotels near SAS.
  • Dan to reach out to Aly for trainer
  • Armory for LAO. Andy or Ken. Alan to get them lined up
  • Need to get More championship trophies – men’s and women’s saber, and 3 weapon need to be replaced.  Action – Mike. $250 / trophy budget
  • Getting more Board representation / input – We will put a notice on the Facebook page for the next meeting for Division members to attend if they want.
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USFA Membership Help

Here’s a handy cheat sheet to help you navigate USA Fencing’s membership system to decide what type of membership you need. Click to get an enlarged view…

Thanks to David Sapery for putting this together!!
https://sapery.com/MembershipRequired.jpg

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Live Results for the 2018 Battle in Seattle

Results for the veteran events are at http://fencingtime.com/liveResults/VetBattle2018/.

Live results for the ROC events will be at http://fencingtime.com/liveResults/Battle2018/.

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December NAC Results

As usual, December was a productive NAC for Western Washington fencers. This year, having the NAC in Portland made it easier for fencers to attend, increasing the number of participants and leading to a whopping 20 medals for WWD fencers!!

Congratulations to everyone who medaled, and to everyone who participated. Remember, just showing up means you finished ahead of everyone who didn’t come!

Division medalists for the December NAC:

FencerEventResult
Jan PattersonV70MFGold
Davis CarveyV70MF5th
Mark LundborgVETMS6th
Nicole KlinemeierV40WF8th
Bonnie AherV70WEGold
Anna TellesV60WEBronze
Mark LundborgV50MS6th
Kwangsuk ChungVETMFGold
Monica ExumV50WESilver
Carola SchmidV50WE5th
Monica MorrisonVETWF5th
John VarneyV50MEGold
Toby LeeV40ME7th
Maya OuthredDV2WFSilver
Blanca MarentesV40WS7th
Zsuzsanna KláraDV1WE7th
Sebastian Grathwohl-SearDV2MS7th
Kundry HaberkernDV1WE classification5th
Carola SchmidVETWE6th
Anna TellesVETWE8th

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Pre-qualifiers for 2018 JOs

The following fencers are (unofficially) pre-qualified for this season’s Junior Olympics and so do not need to fence at the divisional qualifier event this Saturday, November 18th, at Rain City Fencing Center.

Note that all fencers are responsible for checking their own qualification. The rules are available at the Junior Olympics event page; scroll down and select the “Eligibility” tab. Both national and regional point lists are available on the USA Fencing site.

EventPrequalified Fencers
JWECatherine Ji
Ketki Ketkar
Helen Kim
JWFGracie Kim
Dolly Lampson
Jessica Lee
Lulu Tang
JWSErin Shea
Abagail Swallow
JMEMark Benack
Matthew Comes
Andrew Lee
JMFBen Lee
Austin Li
Tommy Pak
Shaw Phillips
Wesley Wong
JMSJuan Amezquita
Sebastian Grathwohl-Sear
Gabriel Holmes
CWEKetki Ketkar
Mallika Ketkar
CWFGracie Kim
Jessica Lee
Maya Outhred
Lulu Tang
CWS-none-
CMEBrian Li
CMFBen Lee
Tommy PakVanya Ponomarev
CMSSebastian Grathwohl-Sear
Gabriel Holmes
Silas Staten-Lusty

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