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National Singles / Awards
Cheryl Kirk is congratulated by Team Illinois at the National Singles Championship as she is awarded the Joe Sobek Award for her contributions to the sport of racquetball. Pictured (l-r) are Bill Roberts, Cheryl, Keith Minor, Kit Lawson, Ray Redelman and Cheryl Gudinas. At the event, Keith Minor brought home a Gold Medal by defeating Jimmy Lowe in the Men’s 50’s, and Cheryl Gudinas was a Silver Medalist in the Women’s Team Qualifying Event. Cheryl was named to the US National Team and is eligible to compete for the United States in this summer’s Pan Am games to be held in July in Toronto, Canada.

Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award – Cheryl Kirk
Few individuals have contributed more to U.S. and international racquetball than Cheryl Kirk of Naperville, Il. Kirk served on the USA Racquetball Board of Directors from 2006-2012 and as its President for the last four years of her tenure. She has volunteered countless hours as Team Leader for the U.S. National and Junior National Teams, coordinating nine events in the past three years. Kirk and husband Kit Lawson have contributed financially to USA Racquetball and in particular to the National Teams as Inaugural Benefactors for the TEAM USA Challenge campaign. Kirk serves on USA Racquetball’s U.S. National Team Committee and Women’s Committee while also filling the post of Vice President of the Illinois State Racquetball Association. She even proofreads every issue of RACQUETBALL Magazine. Additionally, Kirk is an officer on the Boards of Directors of the International Racquetball Federation and Pan American Racquetball Confederation.

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of ISRA Board Members
The ISRA Board will hold its Annual Meeting on June 9, 2015. 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 Todd Burris at trburris@comcast.net for time and location.

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

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

Marla Cusano, Mike Davern, Laurel Davis, Pam Grace, Dolores Lamberson, Pam Schubach, Rick Seaberg

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
Todd Burris (Chair), Cheryl Kirk, Geoff Peters