BRADDOCK ROAD YOUTH CLUB
MINUTES OF MARCH 1, 2007
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order with a quorum present at 8:05 p.m. by Marcia Pape,
President. A copy of the sign-in sheet is attached.
State of the Club Report
Marcia announced that this past year, which marked the club’s 40th anniversary, was a
good year for BRYC. Thanks to the efforts of Rick Elliott, the BRYC Baseball program
was revitalized and a travel baseball component was added. We look forward to
continued growth of this program in the coming years. In the Football program, ten out
of 19 total teams made the playoffs—a great percentage—and the 125-pound American
team won the Metro Bowl. Softball continues its 4-season presence, with house and
select games in the spring and fall, select games in the summer, and indoor clinics in
the winter. The Recreational Soccer program had a particularly strong showing in last
spring’s all-star tournament, and sent a record number of teams to the fall all-star
tournament. The Volleyball program, though relatively new, has been quite successful,
with rosters filling up quickly and a long list of girls who want to participate. I will note
somewhat parochially that Lake Braddock’s varsity team featured a core of BRYC
Basketball sophomore players, who did very well and promise to make the next two
years very strong ones for Lake Braddock thanks to these players developed through
the BRYC program. In Travel Soccer, four BRYC teams went to the final four in State
Cup competition, with the U18 Girls Fury and the U19 Boys Premier winning and
advancing to regional competition this summer. A new Rugby program was begun, and
we look forward to continued growth in that program this year. Most importantly, we
have thousands of area youth playing a variety of sports every week throughout the
year thanks to our many dedicated volunteers and those very committed
Commissioners you see sitting up here.
2006 also marked the dedication of the artificial turf field at Wakefield Park. This joint
venture of BRYC, the Fairfax Women’s Soccer Association, and the men’s Northern
Virginia Soccer League is one of the most obvious of our club’s efforts to improve the
county fields we use for our sports. It may still be winter, but that field is already
receiving a great deal of use.
Internally, we have made some accounting changes, including a switch to an updated
computer system, which will hopefully ease some of the paperwork burden and speed
the processing of financial transactions. We have also hired a new bookkeeper, Patricia
Dumas, and look forward to working with her.
In short, BRYC is doing very well and we look forward to continued success providing a
variety of recreational opportunities for the youth of our community.
Election of Officers
Marcia reported that there are currently 6 positions either open or up for reelection:
President – for 2007 and 2008
President Elect – vacant – becomes Club President in 2009
Secretary – vacant – term expires in 2010
Member at Large – Tex Hunt up for reelection – term expires in 2010
Member at Large – vacated by Michael Botta – term expires in 2010
Member at Large/Communications – vacant – term expires in 2009
Marcia thanked Dave Banks, who is stepping down as Past President, and presented
him with a Certificate of Appreciation for his long service to the BRYC community as a
coach, team manager, Club President, and in many other capacities. She also thanked
Michael Botta, who was not present, for his service on the Board of Directors.
Tex Hunt’s term as Member at Large expires this year. A nomination was made by
John Schaffstall and seconded by Jeff Kohne to reelect Tex for a term to expire in
2027; the motion was subsequently modified to limit the term until 2010. The
motion was adopted unanimously by the membership.
Dave Banks reported on behalf of the Nominations Committee that one volunteer had
stepped forward, Charles Osborn. Charles introduced himself and stated that he is a
parent and coach in the BRYC House Basketball Boys 10/11 League. He is also a U12
Boys soccer coach, U14 Boys League Director, and referee in the Recreational Soccer
program. A nomination was made by John Schaffstall and seconded by Jeff
Kohne to elect Charles Osborne as a Member at Large for a term to expire in
2010. The motion was adopted unanimously by the membership.
Marcia asked if there were any additional nominations from the floor; there were none.
Appointment of Sport Commissioners
Marcia reported that Gene Mishalow resigned as Soccer Commissioner on January 12,
2007, and thanked him for his service. She reported that the Travel Soccer community
voted to recommend Michelle Shircliff for Soccer Commissioner. Michelle was not
present, but submitted the following statement, which was read by Marcia:
I apologize for not being able to attend the annual meeting. Unfortunately, I will
be in St. Louis, Missouri attending the US Youth Soccer Annual Workshop and
I’d like to take a little time to provide you with my background in youth travel
soccer. I am a native of Northern Virginia and played Division 1 travel soccer in
WAGS from 1976 to 1984 (FPYC, BRYC and VISTA). I began coaching girls
travel soccer in college and coached teams for D1 and D2 WAGS from 1986 to
1991 (SYC and GSC). I served as the WAGS League Administrator from 1993
to 1997 and WAGS Tournament Administrator from 1993 to 1998. In 2002, after
a brief hiatus, I returned to youth soccer as Tournament Director for the WAGS
Tournament and have remained in this position to the present.
I also have extensive contacts within US Youth Soccer. I am a member of the
US Youth Soccer Region I National Championships Committee as well as a
member of the US Youth Soccer Region I ODP Tournament Committee.
My daughter Ryan brought me back to BRYC. She is a member of the U10
Azzurra for which I am the team manager. I also serve as Club Representative
to WAGS. I’m very excited to be back at the club level.
If the BOD sees fit to officially appoint me as travel director, I can assure all of
you that I will work very hard to promote excellence for the travel program. The
focus will be on ―great soccer‖, with superior coaching, training and team
development to help ALL players (of varying ages, ability and skill level) achieve
their full potential, giving some the chance to compete at the very highest level.
BRYC Travel Soccer will foster an environment of healthy competition and
sportsmanship to keep kids having fun while their skills improve.
Thank you very much for your time.
A motion was made by Jim Pendergast and seconded by Dave Banks to appoint
Michelle Shircliff as Travel Commissioner. The motion was unanimously
Richard DeSomma introduced Mark Thompson, nominee to take over as Volleyball
Commissioner. Mark is a volleyball player himself, has been working with Richard to
transition over the past year, and Richard believes he is ready to take over the program
and move it to the next level. A motion was made by Richard DeSomma and
seconded by Mac Squires to appoint Mark Thompson as Volleyball
Commissioner. The motion was unanimously approved.
Marcia asked whether there was any other business to come before the Membership or
if there were any announcements to be made; there were none.
Marcia thanked all members for attending and participating in the meeting, as well as for
their work on behalf of the club.
On a motion made by Mac Squires and seconded by Dave Banks, the meeting
was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.