Ben Finklea posted 9/7/2018
Dear Youth and High School Coaches and Managers: I hope this message finds you well! As I finish out my last few weeks as OGLA President, I wanted to touch base with all of you on a few important topics as we begin our transition.
The current Board (from OGLA and OGYLA) met last night and covered a lot of ground finalizing our merger and started preperations for getting our new Board in place as a number of terms of current members at both the HS and Youth level have expired and it is time to welcome in some new blood! To that end, if you could help us out with the below items, it of course would be greatly appreciated!
BOARD NOMINATIONS & COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: As you might have already seen today via email and our social media, we have called for nominations to fill four open Board of Directors seats on our newly unified Board. In addition to nominations, we are calling out for those who may want to serve on committee assignments (which are more focused on specific areas like youth, high school, growth and sportsmanship). As they say "It takes a Village" and now more than ever we need NEW leaders with fresh vision to step up and join the amazing folks who are returning to the Board in 2019. We hope that those willing to serve come from not only diverse backgrounds, but diverse geography so all voices from around the state contiue to have a seat at the table. Help us stoke the fire of girls lacrosse growth here in Oregon at all levels. I would ask that you take the lead from within your program and by voluntering yourself or talking to former players or current players parents about seeing if they might be willing to serve in some capacity. To self nominate, just visit the web site at www.oregongirlslax.com
VOTING: Please make sure that the OGYLA and OGLA websites are up to date with the appropriate people and emails as it pertains to the leadership in your youth organization or high school program. This way we can insure the ballot for the Board vote makes it to the proper person and a valid vote can be cast! If you need any help on this, feel free to reach out to Jon Kruse or Ali Loeb.
HIGH SCHOOL COACHING VACANCIES: We have a SEVEN high school coaching vacancies and my ask is that you all, high school and youth, help us shake the trees to identify and encourage some new coaches to step forward. Many of these openings are in areas trying to grow, so it takes a special someone to be willing to really dig in, but we have a lot of OGLA alums who are returning home from college and even if they can help out on a part time basis with a new coach would go a long way. Information on the specific openings can always be found on the OGLA website at http://oregongirlslax.com/Page.asp?n=107678&org=OREGONGIRSLAXCOM
As always, please let us know if any questions as we proceed ahead and I look forward to announcing our new board members and committee memebers on September 21st.
OGLA President (out going)