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Recent News

USA Racquetball Announcements
Two big announcements from USA Racquetball in the past couple of weeks! First of all, Cheryl Kirk, the Vice President of the ISRA has been elected to the USA Racquetball Board of Directors. Cheryl is excited to be back on the USA Racquetball Board – where she previously served two terms, including four years as the President of USA Racquetball. Secondly, local Open Player and Athletic Trainer extraordinaire Brent Huff is going to receive the Joe Sobek (inventor and founder of the sport of racquetball) Outstanding Contribution Award at the USA Racquetball HOF and Awards Banquet in Denver at the National Singles Championships in May. We hope that many of you will be able to attend the awards banquet and congratulate them in person. The announcements are below:

Cheryl Kirk, of Naperville, IL is a past president of USA Racquetball (2008-2012) and serves on the Executive Boards of the International Racquetball Federation, the Pan Am Racquetball Confederation, and the Illinois State Racquetball Association. Retired, following a 27-year career with McDonald’s Corporation in operations, training and special projects, Kirk regularly serves as the Team Leader for the U.S. National and Junior National Teams competing in international competition. The 2015 recipient of USA Racquetball’s Joe Sobek Award for outstanding contributions to the sport is also a member of its U.S. Team Committee and Chairs the Legislative Committee.

Brent Huff has served as the volunteer Trainer for the U.S. National Team since 2012. In this role, he spends many days at a time away from his paying job and family. Huff tirelessly supports the Team through treatments, taping, therapeutic massage and consultation on diet, fitness and readiness to play. An open level player himself, Huff knows firsthand the issues and challenges faced by National Team members. He brings a positive attitude to the delegations and his friendliness and sense of humor are infectious, giving Team members a valuable lift.


Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of ISRA Board Members
The ISRA Board will hold its Annual Meeting on June 7, 2016. As with all ISRA meetings, this meeting is open to the membership. The Annual Meeting is particularly important since all members attending have a vote in the election of the ISRA Board of Directors. If you plan to attend, please contact Marla Cusano at marcusano@comcast.net for time and location.

Board positions are staggered two-year terms. This year, there are nine open seats.

The following individuals are being re-nominated to the Governing Board:

Todd Burris, Jonelle Dubois, Doug Halverson, Michelle Halverson, Cheryl Kirk, Geoff Peters, John O’Donnell, Jr., and Joe Silius

According to Article IV, Section IV.2 of the ISRA Bylaws (ratified by the ISRA Board of Directors in December 2013 and posted on the ISRA website):
Additional Director candidates must be nominated in writing by one or more ISRA/USAR members, endorsed by signed petition of at least 50 members, and received by the President prior to May 1. If there are any additional Director nominations, the President shall first verify that the nominee is in agreement to run and serve and shall give notice of said nomination to the public via the ISRA website and email communication on or before May 15 but in no case fewer than 30 days before the Annual Meeting date. The election shall take place at the Annual Meeting in June, by ballot, with only members present voting. If there are no additional nominations, the Nominating Committee’s slate shall be accepted automatically.

ISRA President Laurel Davis’ email address is laurelmdavis@comcast.net.

Additionally, any ISRA member who wishes to help improve the quality of racquetball in Illinois and familiarize themselves with Board processes is welcome to join the Auxiliary Board. Come out and support Illinois Racquetball!

The ISRA Nominating Committee

Marla Cusano (Chair), Samuel Gomez, and Dolores Lamberson

Miscellaneous Racquetball Rollouts
We’re looking ahead to the summer and the Annual Summerfest Tournament at Glass Court – mark your calendar for the last weekend of July 29-31st for the racquetball, barbeque, snad volleyball tournament and pool party in Lombard!

And, good luck to all of our Illinois players competing at the National Singles Championships in Denver and the Junior Olympic National Championships in Minneapolis!

See you on the Courts,

Your ISRA Board