April 15, 2011
Last night, USYCA conducted its first-ever Annual General Meeting. The meeting was held by teleconference and was well attended.
During the AGM, reports were delivered by Vasu Ram on behalf of the
Membership Committee, Rakesh Kallem on behalf of the Constitution and
By-Laws Committee, and Mike Thomas on behalf of the Finance Committee.
Jamie Harrison also delivered the President's Report, which summarized
the successes and challenges of the past year, and gave a glimpse toward
the coming months and years.
After the President's Report was accepted into the record, the
members gave Harrison a "vote of thanks" by acclamation, indicating
their gratitude for his efforts on behalf of USYCA. Harrison thanked the
members and returning the gesture by indication his indebtedness to
them for their willingness to dedicate themselves to the work of USYCA.
He also commented on the overall high quality of individuals that the
organization has attracted since its inception.
In New Business, the members voted to
remove from membership five affiliates that had elected not to renew for
the coming year. These are: Arizona YCA, Florida YCA, Illinois YCA, New
Jersey YCA and Tri-State YCA. After a spirited debate, also approved
was a motion to accept a proposal for a new website design for
usyca.org, at a cost of $2000.
At the conclusion of New Business, items discussed in open forum
were: USYCA's 501(c)(3) application, the Pepsi ICC Development Programme
Award procedures, the creation of a "how-to" guide for the USYCA
Schools Program, and levels of affiliate activity in regard to youth
The meeting was adjourned at 11:28 EDT.
In the coming days, a detailed minutes will be prepared, distributed and published on usyca.org.