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State Games of Oregon, June 13-15, 2014
Oregon residents are invited to compete in the 29th annual State Games. Events are mixed. Fencers must register with the State Games of Oregon. Eligibility and registration information available at http://www.stategamesoforegon.org. Registration on-line opens May 12, 2014. Day of competition registration permitted on a space available basis. Simultaneous events will not be allowed. Only two events per day will be permitted, time permitting. Participants are urged to also pre-register on Ask-Fred.net.

Events Scheduled:

Y10 Mixed Foil
Y10 Mixed Saber
Y12 Mixed Foil
Y12 Mixed Saber
Cadet Mixed Epee
Cadet Mixed Foil
Cadet Mixed Saber
Senior Mixed Epee
Senior Mixed Foil
Senior Mixed Saber
Vet 40 Mixed Epee
Vet 40 Mixed Foil
Vet 40 Mixed Saber

The Oregon Division will be hosting its annual meeting beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014. All are welcome to attend.
 
Referee Seminar with Justin Meehan, May 24

Coach Justin Meehan, a Certified Referee Instructor, will conduct the seminar on Saturday, May 24. Then a tournament to allow the attendees to practice and be observed will be held on Sunday, May 25.

Northpointe Fencing is sponsoring a referee Clinic for all 3 weapons. Saturday will be an 8 Hour referee clinic with Justin Meehan. The following day will be a referee observation day. The Seminar and observation day are a prerequisite for written exam required for referee ratings.

Class Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Location: Northpointe Fencing
6707 NE 117th St.
Vancouver, WA

The clinic will be held Saturday, May 24, starting at 9:00am and is expected to continue until approximately 5:00pm. The observation day will be held on Sunday, May 25.

The normal price for this clinic is $60 per person. However, the Oregon Division will be offering this clinic at a subsidized rate of $35/person for the first twenty (20) OR-DIV members who sign up. Attendees from outside the Oregon Division are welcome to attend, but are not eligible for this discount and will be charged the full $60 rate. Please bring cash or check for payment, as well as a sack lunch.

The written test is now offered online at https://fencingofficials.org/test/

Please make sure that you have adequately prepared by going through the Study Guide at  http://fencingofficials.org/documents/Study_Guide_6-27-2012.pdf

Attending an official FOC-sanctioned clinic is a prerequisite for attempting the written exam. Once a passing score (90%) has been achieved on the written exam (both the general section and one or more weapon-specific sections) a referee receives a rating of "P" in each weapon passed. Further ratings improvements (1-10) can be obtained at a later date by being evaluated in a practical setting at tournaments.

The lecture and question and answer format on Saturday May 24 will provide a broad understanding of the role, responsibilities, and duties of a referee. It is not a study group for test preparation. It is expected that participants will have read the study guide and come prepared with a willingness to learn how to be a better referee and fencer.

Who should attend:
• Aspiring referees - who want to learn how right of way and rules are being applied at a national and international level
• Athletes - who want to improve their games and get a more complete understanding of their sport
• Coaches - who want to maintain their grasp of current interpretations and rules updates
• Parents - who want a better understanding of tournament format and the basics of sport fencing for their children
• Current referees - who need to fulfill their yearly requirement for seminar attendance or further their personal development

 
Division Seeks Officers, Annual Board Meeting
Division Seeks Officers - Annual Meeting to Be Held June 14th during State Games at NWFC

Interested in serving on the Oregon Division USFA Board? The Division seeks candidates for Executive Vice Chairperson and Treasurer, for a two-year term. 

Officers will be elected during the upcoming Oregon Division’s 2014 Annual Meeting, during the Oregon State Games at the NorthWest Fencing Center on Saturday, June 14th at approximately 4pm. Location: 4950 SW Western Ave., Beaverton, OR 97005. 

If you are interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it to indicate your interest in running or for more details. 
Agenda items for the Annual Meeting include:

1. Call to Order
2. Discussion and request to approve minutes from last year’s meeting
3. Any other additions to the agenda
4. Brief report on accomplishments of the 2013-2014 season
5. Treasurer’s Report will be presented/posted (financial overview of year, and planned budget for 2014-2015 year)
6. Election for Executive Vice Chairperson and Treasurer
7. Post proposed 2014-2015 Division-hosted events and call for all clubs to submit dates for sanctioned tournaments for the coming season
8. Announce upcoming need for volunteers and possible volunteer trainings
9. Comments from the floor

You can vote at the Annual Meeting or provide another member with a written proxy to vote on your behalf. To be eligible to vote, you must be at least 18 years of age and an Oregon Division USFA member (all classes) as of February 1, 2014. Thank you!

Note: According to the bylaws, 9.6, Staggered Terms for Certain Directors, the terms for the officers of the Board of Directors will be staggered as follows: (a) The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary will be elected at the annual meeting occurring on "odd" years; and (b) the Executive Vice Chairperson and Treasurer will be elected on "even" years. Somehow the division has gotten off this schedule, to which we want to return. As a result, the June 2014 Elections are for Executive Vice Chair, and Treasurer (and the June 2015 Elections will be for Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary.)

JOB DESCRIPTIONS
According to the Bylaws, the Executive Vice Chairperson performs the duties of the Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson, and duties assigned by the Chairperson, the Board of Directors, or the Executive Governance Committee.

The job description of the Treasurer is to have general charge of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the Division; receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the Division from any source and deposit the monies in the name of the Division in banks, trust companies, or other depositories selected by the Board of Directors or an authorized officer; perform all duties commonly incident to the office of treasurer and other duties prescribed by the Board of Directors or an authorized officer; and pay all bills approved by the Board of Directors, and preserve all vouchers for disbursements. The Treasurer shall, at the Annual meeting of the Division, submit a report of the financial condition of the Division and any material financial transactions involving the Division during the preceding twelve months.
 
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