Newsletter 2018 #4

Austin Chapter Volleyball (ACV) Newsletter 2018
Issue 4
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  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. 
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  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.