UNITED STATES JU-JITSU FEDERATION
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL SECRETARY
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARCH 10, 2001, RENO, NEVADA
Call to Order
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, Inc. was called to order by President Bethers and a quorum confirmed.
Roll Call of Delegates
17 voting delegates were in attendance.
Present: President Bruce R. Bethers, General Secretary Bruce G. Butler,
Treasurer John F. Chatwood, Chair Central Technical Committee, George E. Anderson,
Chair Medical Committee Dr. Michael J. Dunphy, Chair Coaching Committee T.R. McClanahan,
Chair Marketing Committee Donna K. Cosper, Chair Registration Committee Lawrence A. Emmons,
Chair Police Self Defense Instructor Institute Steve Davis, Rocky Mountain Regional Director James A. Caldwell
Regional Ju-Jitsu Organizations (State Governing Bodies) Represented: USJJ of Wisconsin- Benjamin A. DeLeon,
USJJ of Oklahoma- Delva R. Mandrell, USJJ of Ohio- Dr. Michael J. Dunphy, USJJ of Nevada- Angel Garcia,
USJJ of Florida- Joseph Connolly II, USJJ of Colorado- Bob Davis, USJJ of Arizona Johnny Linebarger.
At Large Board Members: Jeff Ellis, Cleveland OH; Bo Kimly, Columbus, OH
Guest: Patrick Barton, General Director, Yudansha Ju-Jitsu Canada (YJJC)
Report of Officers and Committees
President Bethers gave an overview of the Federation's progress for this past year, highlighting the addition of approximately 15 more USA Regional Ju-Jitsu Organizations (RJJOs) in the USJJF. He stated that since the last meeting several major events have occurred, which have greatly enhanced the further development of Ju-Jitsu worldwide. The World Games (IWGA) affiliation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the USA Ju-Jitsu Team participation in the 2000 World Championships, the progress of the Ju-Jitsu North American Union (JJNAU), the expansion of the official USJJF website and the publication of the International Rank Certification Procedures was duly reported.
It was decided that the USJJF "VISION" & "VALUES" as posted on the USJJF website (www.usjjf.org) be officially adopted and added to the USJJF "MISSION STATEMENT" by the Board of Directors. m/p/u
It was decided that the Board of Directors officially adopt the USJJF Code of Ethics manual (which was designed in accordance with the JJIF Code Ethics). The manual with the revised title "Code of Behavior" as a "First Draft". m/p/u
President Bethers reported that during this past year, the Federation purchased office equipment for managing the USJJF administration. Through the successful sponsorship agreement with Zebra Mat Company, the USJJF received 21 new tatami to support USJJF programs. Century Martial Art Supply Company, as a USJJF sponsor, has started to provide uniforms, equipment & supplies to the USJJF at a very low price.
He also noted that talks about membership with the United States Olympic Committee are underway. The USJJF is already the National Governing Body (NGB) for Ju-Jitsu in the United States of America under the recognized World Governing Body for Ju-Jitsu, the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF). USJJF is now in the process of submitting its application for membership to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). It is anticipated that the USJJF will be a Member of the USOC later this year.
The President reported that the Executive Committee (EC) has been working on a long range schedule for upcoming events through the year 2005. After some years of experience, the EC learned that early April appears to be the best time for the Spring Camp, October works better for the Annual Board Meeting and the last part of July is the best time for the National Championships. It was decided that April would be the month for the USJJF Spring Camps, October for the Annual Board Meeting and July for the National Championships. m/p/u
In summary, President Bethers stated that the year of 2001 has begun with considerable activity and positive growth for the Federation (USJJF) and that he predicted continued growth and prosperity for Ju-Jitsu both in the USA and Worldwide.
Vice President: Absent, No Report Submitted.
Treasurer's Financial Report:
The Financial Summary Report for 2000, as submitted by Mr. John Chatwood, Treasurer, was accepted and approved unanimously by the Board. President Bethers provided additional highlights to the USJJF Financial Summary and answered various questions from the Board. Ms. Ann Osburn, CPA the official accountant for the USJJF, has completed the "1999" IRS Form 990 for USJJF and is working on the 2000 report. As all expenses were approved by the Board, it was decided to exempt the Executive Officers from any further responsibility and to hold them harmless for the fiscal year 2000. m/p/u
General Secretary Report:
General Secretary Butler submitted the 2000 Board Meeting Minutes for review and approval. There being no corrections noted by the Board, the motion was made to approve the 2000 Board Meeting Minutes. m/p/u
Chairman, Central Technical Committee Report:
Chairman Anderson gave an overview of the Central Technical Committee's sub-committees and their responsibilities noting that in the future, the sub-committee chairpersons would give their sub-committee reports directly. The President's appointment of T.R. McClanahan as Chairman of the Coaching Committee and Gokor Chivichyan as a member of the coaching committee. James Caldwell as Chairman of the Kobudo Committee was announced, noting that new committee members will be named in the future. The purpose of the Police Self Defense Institute (PSDI) Program was discussed. This program has had a long heritage in the USJJF and should not be lost or forgotten. A concern was voiced that the USJJF's new system known as U.S. Taiho Jutsu (USTJ) should not replace the historical PSDI because of its long time recognition and reputation, but work in cooperation. Support for Steve Davis' efforts in the Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics (or Field Tactics) training were endorsed together with the hope that the PSDI would continue to be considered as an important part of the USJJF law enforcement leadership. Chairman Anderson presented a lengthy and comprehensive outline for the Coaching Committee and its necessary sub-committees as approved by the Coaching Sub-Committee meeting during the previous day. It was decided to approve the adoption of this structure as presented subject to further text editing. m/p/u
Chairman, Travel Committee Report:
Chairman Jeff Ellis reported that the Travel Committee will soon submit a report to the Executive Committee outlining the proposed policy on Official USJJF Travel of Delegates and Athletes. The report will include proposed guidance for
different types of travel, such as training, goodwill and competition. It was decided that the report also include a method of funding for coaches, trainers and representatives. m/p/u
Special Report from our JJIF Affiliate - Yudansha Ju-Jitsu Canada
Report of Patrick Barton, General Director of Yudansha Ju-Jitsu Canada (YJJC):
The YJJC is now a Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. The YJJC is proud to be a part of Ju-Jitsu North American Union (JJNAU) with the USJJF;
like the USA, to unify the systems and groups of ju-jitsu in Canada is a major project. Progress is being made with seminars and competitions being conducted in various locations throughout Canada. He thanked President Bethers for the invitation to participate in this spring camp and he hoped we might continue to have events supported by the National Federations of the JJNAU & JJIF.
Dr. Anderson had previously explained the "good will" that could be accomplished if the Boy Scouts of America were to establish a "Merit Badge for Ju-Jitsu". He requested that the USJJF research the possibility of such a new merit badge. President Bethers reported that due to other pressing duties, the Executive Committee had not been able to undertake this challenge to date. He stated, however, "the Merit Badge for Ju-Jitsu has not been forgotten". He hoped that the EC will be able to "work this project" this year.
President Bethers summarized the issue with the American Ju-Jitsu Association, falsely publicizing itself as the USA Representative of the International Ju-Jitsu Federation (IJJF) and the European Ju-Jitsu Union (EJJU). President Bethers explained that Mr. Kirby, President of AJA, had been contacted on Dec 31, 1999 and that communication & information had been exchanged on the issue. Mr. Kirby had simply ignored the problem. Mr. Frank Furst, JJIF General Secretary, has also contacted Mr. Kirby and has agreed to send him copies of the IJJF/JJIF and EJJU trademarks. It was decided that a motion be made that the matter be turned over to the USJJF Law & Legislation Committee to seek legal action against the AJA and Mr. Kirby if the problem was not resolved soon. m/p/u
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors is tentatively scheduled for Canton, Ohio on Sunday, October 14, 2001.
The Auditors for the 2000 Audit were approved again for the year 2001. m/p/u
Bruce G. Butler
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