May 8, 2012
On May 4, USYCA held its second Annual General Meeting in the Board Room of the Merion Cricket Club in Philadelphia.
Mike Thomas delivered the Treasurer's Report, which revealed that in 2011, USYCA had income in excess of $60,000 (up from $9,000 in 2010), the vast majority of which was used in the acquisition of cricket sets for donation to schools.
In the President's Report, Jamie Harrison noted the organization's rapid growth, and its major achievements in 2011. Harrison also paid tribute to those who volunteer, and noted the critical role they play in building American cricket's foundation through youth cricket development.
Minutes for the AGM are available here.
Before the meeting, a number of the board members posed for a photo on the historic cricket grounds at Merion:
On the morning after the AGM, Harrison flew to Toronto for the ICC Americas Region Executive Meeting, which he attended on May 5 & 6.
On the morning of May 6, Harrison delivered a presentation to the assembled delegates from throughout the region. In his remarks, he described the history and mission of USYCA, and the role he sees it playing in the development of cricket in the United States. Harrison also explained the USYCA development program's six stages, and what participation numbers USYCA hopes to achieve in the next decade.
Harrison also made a point of explaining how each of the region's members could replicate the program in their countries, and offered himself as a resource to assist them in this process.
The presentation was very well received, with one attendee calling it "inspirational." Many of the delegates pledged to contact Harrison as they launched their own schools programs.