NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE MRA IS SEEKING APPLICATIONS FROM THOSE MEMBERS THAT MAY BE INTERESTED IN SERVING A THREE YEAR TERM ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Minnesota Racquetball Association Election Committee is now accepting applications for candidates desiring to serve on the MRA Board of Directors. This volunteer job is your opportunity to use your leadership skills and racquetball experience to make a long lasting positive impact on the opportunities and challenges our sport has to offer.
Serving on the MRA Board of Directors is rewarding in many ways, including setting the direction and policy for racquetball in Minnesota, creating opportunities for juniors and adults to learn and become passionate about this sport, and to play a significant role to ensure racquetball’s future successes and growth. It’s imperative that as racquetball evolves in Minnesota that the board of directors evolves as well. New directors that bring new ideas and diverse perspectives to the board is important to this corporation to keep it fresh and exciting for the entire racquetball community; whether a beginner or advanced player, a tournament player or recreational player. Everyone that picks up a racquetball racquet in Minnesota needs to be represented on this board and you can make a difference in that.
You can complete this form digitally, print to PDF and email to email@example.com. For those without email or who prefer using US Mail, please complete the form, print and mail to 1935 Wenz Ave, Chaska, MN 55318.The application submission deadline is now extended to midnight on Monday, March 22, 2021.
The MRA Election Committee will review and approve the list of applicants and make notifications to all applicants of their acceptance to be on the ballot. The election will be administered using R2 Sports, so all active USAR/MRA members residing in Minnesota will receive an email ballot the first week of March. Voting will take place over a 10 day time period. Following the election certification by the MRA Board of Directors, notification of the election results will be posted on the MRA website and emailed out to the membership.
If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Turtle (Election Committee Chairperson) at 612-991-4852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MN Racquetball AssociationBoard of Director Criteria As you prepare your application, please keep the criteria noted below in mind so that the Election Committee can best assess all candidates. This is similar to a racquetball resume, with examples of your experience matching up to the criteria we are seeking.
The Board is looking for members who will support the Mission of our association and strengthen our organization’s governance. The time commitment to participate as a State Board of Director can vary depending on the responsibilities, but generally you may expect to spend 1–10 hours per month on the following board related duties: - Leadership skills in program development to promote growth in the recreational player, junior, high school & collegiate areas are highly desirable. - Committee participation is a substantial portion of this Board’s activities pertaining to membership development, communications, media utilization, fundraising, achievements and acknowledgments, finance, and event collaborations & board governance. - Participation in monthly phone conference call meetings, one annual in-person meeting at the state singles event in March, and special meetings as needed is expected. - Directors must be willing to be highly visible advocates for racquetball in word and deed and be prepared to identify potential conflicts of interest. - Directors are required to work in the best interest of the MRA and its community. - Directors must possess past and present demonstration of good character. - Directors must maintain a current USAR membership and be a resident of Minnesota. - Elected directors must comply with Safe Sport training and pass a basic background check.
FAQs Q: What is the legal standing of the MRA? A: The MRA is recognized by the state of Minnesota as a nonprofit 501c3 corporation and is authorized to issue tax exemption certificates to donors as well as administer fundraising campaigns.
Q: Is there personal liability in serving on the MRA board of directors? A: There are state laws that protect volunteers of nonprofit corporations. In addition, the MRA bylaws state that an additional Director & Officer Insurance policy be maintained to provide additional liability protection for all directors, officers, employees, contractors, and volunteers.
Q: If I have a child that plays racquetball can I still receive reimbursement for junior activities such as Junior Nationals or Junior Worlds? A: Yes, your child can still benefit from junior reimbursements. There is a simple process that the board will follow in these cases to ensure every junior can receive equal benefits.
Q: Are there bylaws and other supporting documents for the MRA? A: Yes. The MRA maintains Articles of Incorporation, a thorough bylaws document, and a policy and procedures manual, linked here.
Q: How many meetings am I going to be required to attend? A: There is only one scheduled face-to-face annual meeting each year, and for the convenience of both the Board of Directors and the community this meeting will take place in late March or early April. All other scheduled meetings are monthly conference calls. During the summer months the board can meet every other month if desired.
Q: Am I required to serve on committees? A: Currently there is no requirement to serve on a committee, but it is highly encouraged. As leaders of the organization your leadership in setting the direction of committees is important.
Q: Am I required to help with tournaments? A: No. There is a robust Tournament Committee with a primary focus on planning and executing events for the MRA. You're welcome to join that committee, but it is not required.
Q: What committees does the MRA have? A: Tournament and Sanctioning Committee, Junior Committee, Social Media Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Election Committee. The Board can add or change committees as needed.