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2021 AGM | February 28

2021 AGM Highlights


2021 Annual General Meeting | February 28, 2021


(Plymouth Meeting, PA - March 1, 2021) The 2021 Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Annual General Meeting was held yesterday, February 28, 2021. The meeting chaired by President Jeff Sommer, was the first ever virtual meeting, necessitated by COVID-19 restrictions.

Highlights of the meeting were votes on several bylaw amendments. Mr. Sommer had proposed three amendments to rename Executive Committee positions on the Board of Directors, which passed. The Recreational and Travel Vice Presidents are now First and Second Vice Presidents, and the Registrar position is now a Member At-Large. Chair of the Arbitration Committee, Jeff Heaton had submitted amendments to what had been titled “Rules of the Appeals Committee”, to its former title, “Arbitration Committee.” The amendments made adjustments to reflect that the committee may hear a variety of complaints, not just appeals, and provided them flexibility in certain aspects of holding hearings and administering discipline. That motion also passed.

An amendment was submitted by a member, PA Rush regarding rules around player tryouts. The bylaw sought to establish specific dates and guidelines governing the tryout process in an effort to put the interests of players first. After discussion and call for a vote, the amendment was defeated, as it did not meet the necessary two-thirds majority.

Elections were held for the positions of President, Vice President of Travel and Treasurer. Mr. Sommer was re-elected, along with Bill Fuller as 2nd Vice President and Jim Brown as Treasurer. District Commissioners were elected in Districts 1, 3 and 5. In District 1, Becky Barlow defeated Edward Toy. Incumbents Bill Ross (District 3) and Scott Merritt (District 5) ran unopposed. Each position elected will serve a two-year term.

The meeting closed with a remembrance of longtime referee administrator Frank Giancroce, who passed on December 31 from COVID-19 as well as the recognition of Mike Barr, current and long-time Eastern Pennsylvania Technical Director, and nationally renowned coaching educator for receiving the United Soccer Coaches Charlotte Moran Awards for Service to Youth. Moran served terms President and later Executive Director of Eastern Pennsylvania.

CEO Chris Branscome provided his annual report with a focus on rebuilding the sport after COVID-19 setbacks. He stressed a need to assist families and clubs who opted out last year and give them confidence and the tools needed to safely return to play. The associations’ popular grant program will return, but with focus on how to grow the game. An additional report was given on the Philadelphia 2026 FIFA World Cup Host City Bid, presented by bid manager Meg Kane. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is one of the founding partners of the bid along with the Mayor’s Office, PHL Convention and Visitors Bureau the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Union.




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