August 1, 1016
Dear WCDC Members,
We have our annual meeting coming up on Sunday August 21, 2016. We will elect new officers by the day of the annual meeting. Below you will find information about our annual meeting, the election, the status of the DC Chapter of USAW Wrestling, our membership status, our financial status, communication status and highlights of wrestling news in DC and some of the WCDC’s major accomplishments in the past year!
If you would like to attend the annual meeting or run for officer position listed below or help the WCDC in another way, please contact us at email@example.com
Annual Meeting Information: Sunday August 21, 2016. Time and location: 3pm at 1999 K Street, NW, DC 20006.
Officer elections will take place online before the annual meeting.
Elections will be conducted electronically via a secure, encrypted, third party, online platform.
Results will be announced at the meeting. More details are available upon request. Please email Will Bouten at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the voting process and platform.
Open positions: President; Vice President; Treasurer; Secretary; Tournament Director; Coaches Director; Youth Director
Nominations: All nominations should be communicated to WCDC Treasurer Clarence Long and WCDC Communications Director Will Bouten (the nominating committee).
More help is welcome! We need to nominate and elect 7 proactive officers for the 2016 – 2018 term.
One active USAW card with DC address = one vote.
Members age 14 and older can vote on their own behalf.
Parents can vote on behalf of each child 13 and under with an active DC USAW card.
All voters must be able to verify their DC address upon request from a WCDC officer.
Students and coaches who attend or are employed by DC schools or a legitimate non-profit with a DC address and are using this address, are also allowed to vote.
For example, Jack M who has a DC USAW card listing a club address in DC, attends American University and is affiliated with the DCAC, a USAW chartered club, may vote, regardless of his permanent home address.
Second example, Joe B who resides in Maryland, works or attends school in Maryland, but lists a DC PO Box or an address where he does not reside or work on his DC USAW card, may not vote. If Joe B cannot verify that his DC address is a legitimate home or work address upon request, then he will be ineligible to vote.
The list of eligible members is set as of August 1, 2016.
Voting will take place between August 18 – August 20, 2016 using a secure, encrypted, third party, online platform so as to encourage greater participation this year.
Many of our 160 members did not include an email address when they purchased their USAW cards. We have posted this newsletter on our website, Facebook and Twitter. Please forward this information to anyone who may be eligible to vote but did not receive notice of our annual meeting and election.
WCDC Current Status
Seven (7) Member Clubs: DC Cobras, DCAC, District of Columbia Takedown Club, Hustle & Muscle Mat Club, Wrestling to Beat the Streets at Washington Latin PCS, Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC at Cesar Chavez PCS, DC Glory Youth Wrestling
Membership: 160 members including 142 athletes and 18 Coaches
Bank Balance: $1751.53
Social Media Presence by the WCDC:
Website: Posted 30 news articles; over 7500 users visited the WCDC website 10,200 times since version 2.0 launched May 2015
Twitter: 508 tweets; 250 followers
Facebook: Over 300 posts since September 2014; 543 followers
Inaugural Melee on the Metro Tournament – February 13, 2016
Despite the poor weather, more than 500 wrestlers, coaches, and fans congregated in the Trinity University gymnasium for the first WCDC high school tournament dubbed the “Melee on the Metro”. Good Counsel, DeMatha, and St. Mary’s Ryken brought home the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team trophies, respectively. The tournament raised $3000, and more than half of this money was donated to the local nonprofit, Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC.
Six wrestlers from DC schools made the 2015-2016 Washington Post All-Met Wrestling Team. First team nominees included Malcolm Robinson (126 lbs.) from St. John’s and William MacDonald (152 lbs.) from Gonzaga. Nathan Thacker (120 lbs.) from Gonzaga earned second team distinction. Gavin Stoddard (113 lbs.) and Brian Hennessy (182 lbs.) from St. John’s and Philippe Sanchez (195 lbs.) from Sidwell Friends School all earned honorable mentions.
DC sent 14 wrestlers to National Preps this year and brought home four National Prep All-Americans. Gavin Stoddard (113 lbs.) from St. John's took 4th place, Nathan Thacker (120lbs.) from Gonzaga took 6th place, Malcolm Robinson (126 lbs.) from St. John's took 4th place, and Will MacDonald (152 lbs.) from Gonzaga also took 4th place in his weight class.
This year’s DC Classic was dominated by St John’s College High School with 8 champions. Sidwell Friends School took 2nd place as a team followed by Gonzaga in 3rd place.
Washington DC’s Wilson High School Gets a New Wrestling Mat
Woodrow Wilson High School Wrestling Coach Brandon Wims and lead parent/booster Michele Keegan began raising money to buy a badly needed new mat for the team in late 2014. After contacting the WCDC, the WCDC raised $1800 of $7,800 needed to buy the mat, which was delivered to Wilson on May 5, 2015 and is still in use.
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Thank you for your time and support!