Houston, November 17, 2013 – The Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association North America (GLISA NA) today completed its annual Delegate Congress in which participating members unanimously approved various reports submitted by the Executive Board and a proposal to change financial reporting procedures in the current by-laws. Members also confirmed nominations for GLISA NA’s Board of Directors and elected eight members to serve as GLISA NA’s Board of Directors in 2014.
Representatives and proxies for twenty-one active sports and human rights member organizations in Canada and the United States registered for and participated in the delegate conference via telephone dial-in and online video- conferencing, exceeding the quorum threshold as outlined in GLISA NA’s bylaws. Of the twenty-one members, twenty were voting members assigned one vote each, with one participating as a non-voting member17
The two-hour conference began with a roll call by Secretary Diane Smith, whose count of voting members was confirmed by Vice-President Duy Ngo. Bruce Townsend, outgoing President of the Board, presided over the remainder of the meeting as outlined in the meeting agenda submitted in advance to members. Agenda items included Mr. Townsend’s President Report; Financial Report for the 2013 fiscal year from Mr. Elkins; a GLISA International Report from GLISA NA’s representative to the Board of Directors of GLISA International, Mr. Gordon Dunbar; and a Host City Report from STL Equality Games, host of the 3rd North America Outgames in 2016.
Participating members unanimously approved the proposal to change the financial reporting procedures as previously written in Article 5.3 of GLISA NA’s By-Law. The proposal, submitted by Mr. Elkins and circulated to members in GLISA NA’s October newsletter, suggests additional clarity to be added to Article 5.3 of GLISA NA’s By-Laws. The newly approved Article 5.3 will now include three clauses to Article 5.3 permitting the reporting of audited financials only when GLISA NA’s fiscal yearend proceeds are $7,500.00 USD or more.
Of those nominated to stand for election to the Board of Directors in 2014, members elected the following individuals:
Debbie Storrs, from Houston, as President Duy Ngo, from Southern California, as Vice-President
Diane Smith, from St. Louis, as Secretary Victor Elkins, from Vancouver, as Treasurer
Clinton Brown, From Toronto, as voting Director Gordon Dunbar, from Toronto, as voting Director
Greg Larocque, from Vancouver, as voting Director Bruce Townsend, from Miami Beach, as Past President (appointed)
Ms. Storrs, in accepting her post as the new President of GLISA NA from outgoing President Mr. Townsend, expressed gratitude for Mr. Townsend’s service to GLISA with a Board-approved invitation to remain on the Board of Directors as voting Past President. Mr. Townsend, in addition to such responsibility, will also resume his role as Chairperson of the Host City for the 4th World Outgames in 2017. Click here to download the press release.