On Sept. 1, OUSA will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Laramie, WY, where we will conduct our annual vote for members of the Board of Directors. The Board plays an important role in ensuring that orienteering continues as a viable sport and enjoyable pastime for people in the U.S. Throughout the years, many people have stepped forward to donate their time as Board members, realizing that we are a sport run by volunteers and everyone’s efforts help make OUSA successful.
The role of a Board member is to help steer the direction of orienteering in the U.S. and to ensure we are taking all of the right steps in order to help us grow and be successful. In the past few years, this has included bringing our finances under control, making more funds available for investment in O’ projects, ongoing website redesign, offering mapping camps around the country, delivering a new option for no-fee NREs, continuing to provide a junior coach, and more.
I am excited for the upcoming years in orienteering. We are focusing on attracting more people into orienteering, especially kids, and it’s going to be a very creative time. I welcome everyone who would like to be part of the excitement!
The term of office for a Board member is three years. To be considered, you must have been a member of the Federation for at least one year, and must have been active in orienteering either by active involvement in a local club or by prominent Federation work such as committee membership, publications, etc. It is also expected that you will generally attend Board meetings, either in person or by teleconference. We schedule four Board meetings a year, always connected with a national event. If we have business to discuss between meetings, we arrange online meetings. We also communicate via email and BoardNet.
The duties of the Board of Directors are to set policy and provide guidance and strategic direction for the Federation. The Board also reviews and approves the strategic plan and annual operating plans, budgets, and other business plans. Other duties are to monitor the Federation’s compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and the performance of its responsibilities as the National Governing Body of orienteering in the United States.
The OUSA Nominating Committee, comprised of Peggy Dickison, Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Mary Jo Childs, and William Jameson, will announce the slate of candidates a few weeks before the AGM and will present the slate at the AGM. (Candidates can also be nominated from the floor at the AGM.) If you hear the clarion call to be an important member in determining the future of orienteering in the United States and you meet the qualifications, please contact William Jameson, Chairman of the Nominating Committee at email@example.com by July 15.