Newsletter 2018 #4

Austin Chapter Volleyball (ACV) Newsletter 2018
Issue 4
3/15/2018
 
Update to Special Olympic Volunteers
Kudos to the following individuals who officiated at the Special Olympics volleyball matches:  Bob Block, Nika Borge, Teresa Fierro, Jason Goltz, Ronnie Kaase, Larry Smith, and John Stadnick.  Thank you for representing the ACV at this year’s events. 
 
TASO Registration Early Renewal Deadline Approaching
As a reminder, all returning members will need to renew their TASO membership online at www.taso.org.  TASO sent out the announcement around December 20 with specific instructions.  Please note that the payment will be for both the annual renewal as well as for mandatory meeting component (State Meeting, Regional Clinic, on-line clinic).  The deadline for early membership renewal is this Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Registering by that date will save you $25.
 
Registration Now Open for TASO State Annual Meeting
TASO sent an email announcement that registration is now being accepted for those who desire to attend the 2018 TASO Volleyball Annual Meeting, which will be held in Garland, Texas on Saturday, July 14.  Please note that when you registered with TASO, you already prepaid to attend a State or Regional clinic.  Nevertheless, you still need to register.  At this time, registration for the Regional Clinics is still not available.  Please note that Austin will not host a Regional Clinic this year.  Instead, the nearest location to host a Regional Clinic will be San Antonio, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 29.  Taking the On-Line Clinic is also an option.
 
Message from Assigning Secretary
It is not too soon to begin taking a look at your availability for the coming season.  Janiece Nelson is asking that availability sheets be submitted by Friday, June 1.  The 2018 availability sheet will be available on the website by the end of March.  Availability sheets will be of upmost importance with the changing to Metro mileage. 
 
Condolences
Some of you may already be aware, but Gloria’s father, George Westrom, passed away recently. I am not aware of any local memorials that will be held. The family has asked that donations be made to Maggie's Hospice, 306 N. Virginia St., Prescott, AZ 86301. Please keep Gloria and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
2018 Austin Chapter Dues
Please note that you must be registered with both TASO and ACV before you are able to attend any summer training sessions or meetings as well as officiate at any summer league matches.  Therefore, please do not delay in getting your registration completed.   For those of you who have not submitted the required Austin Chapter paperwork, the reinstatement fee is now in place.  The cost is $55 for reinstatement, which includes a $25 late fee added to the $30 renewal dues.  The 2018 Austin Chapter Application is located at www.austinvolleyballofficials.com.  If you have any questions regarding the Austin Chapter Application and/or payment of dues, please contact Bonnie Caddell. 
 
2018 ACV Calendar Available in March
The 2018 ACV calendar will be available before the end of March.  Information on a training schedule will also be provided.  More details will be forthcoming.
 
Recruitment Referral Bonus
New officials are vital to covering matches during the season, especially at the middle-school level.  Remember that you can earn a $25 referral bonus if you refer a new ACV member who works a minimum number of matches during the season.  Please send the contact information of potential new members to Roni Downey to allow new officials plenty of preparation time to get started in August. 
 
Next ACV Board Meeting
The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 2018 and will be held via WebEx.  As always, please contact your at-large representative at least 24 hours in advance if you are interested in attending this board meeting.  This is particularly important for this meeting so that you can obtain the necessary participant information.
 
Summer League Assigners
TASO insurance has coverage included for those who assign officials for our summer league matches. For that coverage to be in effect, you must be an approved assigner by the Chapter. The board will make formal approvals at the April board meeting. Please submit your name to Kevin if you will be assigning officials this summer.

Newsletter 2018 #3

Austin Chapter Volleyball (ACV) Newsletter 2018
Issue 3
2/14/2018
 
Kudos to Special Olympic Volunteers
Thank you to those individuals who volunteered to officiate volleyball matches at this year’s Special Olympics.  In case you were not aware, one of the local news stations showed a clip of a Special Olympics volleyball match, in which At-Large Representative, Teresa Fierro, was officiating.  
 
TASO Registration Early Renewal Deadline Approaching
As a reminder, all returning members will need to renew their TASO membership online at www.taso.org.  TASO sent out the announcement around December 20 with specific instructions.  Please note that the payment will be for both the annual renewal as well as for mandatory meeting component (State Meeting, Regional Clinic, on-line clinic).  The deadline for early membership renewal is Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Registering by that date will save you $25.  If you did not receive the TASO announcement, please contact TASO at volleyball@taso.org.
 
Message from Assigning Secretary
Janiece Nelson will begin sending email notifications to those returning members who are not current in registering for TASO and/or ACV.  Please note that you must be registered with both TASO and ACV before you are able to attend any summer training sessions or meetings as well as officiate at any summer league matches.  Therefore, please do not delay in getting your registration completed.
 
2018 Austin Chapter Dues
Thank you to those individuals who have submitted the 2018 Austin Chapter application as well as the chapter dues.  For those of you who have not submitted the required paperwork, the reinstatement fee is now in place.  The cost is now $55 for reinstatement, which includes a $25 late fee added to the $30 renewal dues.  The 2018 Austin Chapter Application is located at www.austinvolleyballofficials.com.  If you have any questions regarding the Austin Chapter Application and/or payment of dues, please contact Bonnie Caddell. 
 
Reminder About TASO State Annual Meeting
The 2018 TASO Volleyball Annual Meeting will be held in Garland, Texas on Saturday, July 14.  Please note that Austin will not host a Regional Clinic this year.  Instead, the nearest location to have a Regional Clinic will be in San Antonio.  More information will be forthcoming. 
 
Treasurer’s Report Available on Arbiter
The ACV Treasurer’s Report for the month of January is now available under the Forms section of Arbiter.  As mentioned in an earlier email from the President, this will now be the standard practice to provide transparency of ACV finances.  Please feel free to review and submit any questions to Bonnie Caddell or Kevin Carlyle. 
 
Ancillary Positions
Congratulations to Ian Evins on his appointment for the 2018 volleyball season.  Ian will continue to serve the Austin Chapter as the Website Administrator. 
 
2018 ACV Calendar Set
The 2018 ACV calendar will be available in the coming weeks.  The ACV Trainer is also compiling a training schedule that could be beneficial to returning officials.  More details will be available soon.
 
Recruitment Time
Information is already being sent out to potential new officials for the 2018 volleyball season.  It is not too soon to think about recruiting new officials.  Remember that you can earn a $25 referral bonus if you refer a new ACV member who works a minimum number of matches during the season.  Please send the contact information of potential new members to Roni Downey to allow new officials plenty of preparation time to get started in August. 
 
Survey Results
Special thanks to those individuals who took time to fill out the survey and provide feedback.  The results have been compiled and will be sent to the board members for the betterment of the Austin Chapter. 
 
Next ACV Board Meeting
The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 and will be held via WebEx.  As always, please contact your at-large representative at least 24 hours in advance if you are interested in attending this board meeting.  This is particularly important for
this meeting so that you can obtain the necessary participant information.
 
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Newsletter 2018 #2

Austin Chapter Volleyball (ACV) Newsletter 2018
Issue 2
1/16/2018
 
Happy New Year!
The new year is upon us.  While it is only January, many of you are possibly already making summer vacation plans.  Therefore, please pay close attention to the various important dates and deadlines mentioned in this newsletter. 
 
Sincere Condolences to the Family of Bobby Rogers
Memorial services were held for Bobby Rogers and his family in Austin, Oklahoma and Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to assist with travel expenses. On behalf of ACV, $100 was donated to their GoFundMe account.  Please keep Bobby and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Ancillary Positions
Congratulations to Marilyn Wahl and Christle Miersma on their appointments for the 2018 volleyball season.  Marilyn was appointed as the Assistant Assigner while Christle was appointed as the Chapter Trainer. 
 
2018 Austin Chapter Application Deadline Approaching
Thank you to those individuals who have submitted the 2018 Austin Chapter application as well as the chapter dues.  For those of you who have not submitted the required paperwork, please note that the deadline to submit the application without a cost increase is January 31.  The renewal dues will be $30 until January 31.  Beginning on Thursday, February 1, the cost increases to $55 for reinstatement, which includes a $25 late fee added to the $30 renewal dues.  So please make plans to renew by the January 31 deadline.  The 2018 Austin Chapter Application is located at www.austinvolleyballofficials.com.  If you have any questions regarding the Austin Chapter Application and/or payment of dues, please contact Bonnie Caddell.
 
TASO Registration
As a reminder, all returning members will need to renew their TASO membership online at www.taso.org.  TASO sent out the announcement around December 20 with specific instructions.  Please note that the payment will be for both the annual renewal as well as for mandatory meeting component (State Meeting, Regional Clinic, on-line clinic).  The deadline for early membership renewal is Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Registering by that date will save you $25.  If you did not receive the TASO announcement, please contact your at-large representative.
 
Scrimmage Dates Set
Scrimmages for the 2018 volleyball season will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 3 & 4.  As per the Section F of the Stated Policies, “all members are expected to attend a minimum of three (3) hours of scrimmages.”  Arrangements should be made with the Chapter Trainer, Christle Miersma, no later than May 1st if a member is unable to meet this requirement.  Be sure to also notify your At-Large Representative and the Assigner.
 
Budget
The board reviewed the 2018 preliminary budget at the last meeting.  The proposed budget estimates, scheduled to be approved at the next board meeting, have been posted to the Forms section in Arbiter.  All members are encouraged to review and provide input prior to February 7.  Please send any questions or concerns to Bonnie Caddell or Kevin Carlyle.
 
Recruitment Time
It is time to begin recruiting for the 2018 volleyball season.  ACV needs officials, especially to cover those middle school matches.  Remember that you can earn a $25 referral bonus if you refer a new ACV member who works a minimum number of matches during the season.  Imagine recruiting two new members and having an extra $50 to spend during the holidays!  Please send the contact information of potential new members to Roni Downey. 
 
Testing of Teleconference Meetings
With all of the headaches in dealing with traffic, the ACV board has been testing conferencing software.  Initially, this will be used for upcoming board meetings as well as new member training with the possibility of expanding it to chapter meetings in the future.  We invite you to help the ACV board test the Cisco WebEx software at our next board meeting.  You can do so in the comfort of your own home. 
 
2018 Schedule of ACV Board Meetings
As mentioned in the last newsletter, the ACV board meetings for 2018 have been scheduled.  All fall on Wednesdays:  January 10; February 7; March 7; April 4: May 16; June 13; July 11; July 25.  Please note that some may be cancelled if there is no pressing business to be discussed. 
 
Next ACV Board Meeting
The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 and will be held via WebEx.  As always, please contact your at-large representative if you are interested in attending this board meeting.  This is particularly important for this meeting so that you can obtain the necessary participant information.

Newsletter 2018 #1

Austin Chapter Volleyball (ACV) Newsletter 2018
Issue 1
12/12/2017
 
Board Members
With the start of the new ACV fiscal year effective December 1, 2017, the current board now consists of the following:
President:  Kevin Carlyle; Vice-President:  Roni Downey; Recording Secretary and District Director:  David Plaisance; Treasurer:  Bonnie Caddell; At-Large Representative #1 (A-G):  Teresa Fierro; At-Large Representative #2 (H-N): Chez Slayton; At-Large Representative #3 (O-Z): Christle Miersma; Past President:  Charlie Tamez.
 
Year-End Records
ACV members should download a copy of their volleyball schedule for the 2017 season by Sunday, December 31.  Arbiter will be refreshed some time after the start of the year to prepare for the 2018 season.  Once that occurs, the 2017 records will be completely removed from Arbiter. 
 
Outstanding Payments
Please take time to review your matches for any outstanding payments.  If you have not gotten paid for a match, please contact your co-official first and see if payment was received.  Next, contact the school as needed before they leave for the Christmas break.  Remember that schools will begin the break starting as soon as this Friday. 
 
Support Paid Positions for the 2018 Season
ACV has three paid positions that are up for renewal each year.  These support positions are as follows:  (1) Assistant Assigning Secretary; (2) Chapter Trainer(s); and (3) Chapter Website Administrator.  The time commitment for each will run from February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Roni Downey by Sunday, January 7.  A job description will be provided to interested individuals in advance.  The ACV board will make the selections at the January 2018 board meeting. 
 
2018 Austin Chapter Application Deadline Extended
Thank you to all of those individuals who promptly submitted the 2018 Austin Chapter application as well as their chapter dues.  For those of you have not submitted the required paperwork, please note that the deadline to receive scrimmage credit has now passed.  However, the deadline to submit the application without a cost increase has been extended to January 31.  (The deadline was extended to coincide with the TASO renewal deadline.)  The renewal dues will be $30 up to January 31.  Beginning on Thursday, February 1, the cost increases to $55 for reinstatement, which includes a $25 late fee added to the $30 renewal dues.  So please make plans to renew by the January 31 deadline.  The 2018 Austin Chapter Application is located at www.austinvolleyballofficials.com.  If you have any questions regarding the Austin Chapter Application and/or payment of dues, please contact Bonnie Caddell.
 
Upcoming TASO Registration
As a reminder, all returning members will need to renew their TASO membership online at www.taso.org.  This should be tentatively available starting in January.  TASO will be sending out an announcement with specific instructions prior to opening registration. 
 
Next Board Meeting
The next board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  Time and place will soon be determined.  Kevin Carlyle has also proposed board meeting dates for all of 2018 so that these can be posted on the website in advance.  More information on this will be forthcoming.  As always, please contact your at-large representative if you are interested in attending a board meeting.
 
Happy Holidays!
Happy Holiday wishes are extended to you and your loved ones!  On behalf of the ACV board, we look forward to seeing all of you in 2018!!