Welcome to the Illinois State Racquetball Association

February 11, 2021

A Message to Team Illinois from ISRA President Cheryl Kirk

Greetings, Everyone,

Let’s hit the most critical part of this update first before I entertain you with a couple of bylaws changes and an announcement of a new ISRA Board officer.

There has never been a time in the history of our sport where we have so urgently needed the help of each member (past and present). If you are in a position to do so, renewing/extending your membership (even with no tournaments yet on the immediate horizon) would mean more than you can imagine.

Please catch up with us (and “like” us) on our ISRA page, Illinois State Racquetball Association. We’re doing our best to assure everyone that Racquetball will be ready as soon as we can move to a better place with this pandemic.

Please renew at www.usaracquetball.com. If you need help, i.e., accessing your USAR profile, I will be happy to personally assist you! Write to me at cherylkkirk@aol.com, and I’ll get right back with you.

Here’s some ISRA Board of Directors news:

BYLAWS CHANGE
Per the below, our Bylaws required in the past at least 17 directors and allowed up to 21. However, the ISRA has the most Board members of any state in the country (and that includes USA Racquetball’s National Board with 14!). So a discussion point for our January meeting was whether we truly needed for our Bylaws to call out this comparatively large number of directors. The Board discussed and ratified the below amendment:

Article III, Section III.3 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PREVIOUS:
The Directors of the Association shall at all times consist of at least seventeen (17) people, and shall include the eight (8) above named officers, the immediate past-president of the Association, and at least eight (8) members elected at large. Up to four (4) additional members at large may be appointed by the Board of Directors. In the event that the past president be unavailable, or hold a current office, or an individual holds more than one office, the number of members-at-large shall be increased so that the total number of directors shall at all times be at least seventeen (17).

RATIFIED AND AMENDED AS OF 1/13/2021:
The Directors of the Association shall at all times consist of at least fifteen (15) people and shall include the eight (8) above named officers, the immediate past-president of the Association, and at least six (6) members elected at large. Up to four (4) additional members at large may be appointed by the Board of Directors. In the event that the past president be unavailable, or hold a current office, or an individual holds more than one office, the number of members-at-large shall be increased so that the total number of directors shall at all times be at least fifteen (15).

For a complete look at the ISRA’s Bylaws, visit www.illinoisracquetball.com. Please also check back every so often on the ISRA website for changes in the tournament calendar (local, national, and international).

ISRA OFFICER CHANGE
Barb Vagedes has decided to resign from the ISRA Secretary position while thankfully continuing as a Governing Board member. Barb has our gratitude for her service over the past several years!

Board member John Thorson is stepping into the role as Board Secretary on the Governing Board Executive Committee. John has been on the Board for many years, and we welcome him to this new position. John is also a mentor to Junior Team Illinois players, giving up part of his weekend each Sunday morning to be there with our young players at Glass Court.

That’s our update, and we hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy in challenging times. We’re all in this together!

Sincerely,
Cheryl Kirk and Your ISRA Board of Directors