I have been trying to get information regarding the current status of the USJA, and have a little bit of unconfirmed information from conversations with some people who think they know what is going on.
First, what is the status of Gary Goltz?
Apparently, with the election of the new Board of Directors (did anyone know that was actually happening?), there were some new organizational directions that Mr. Goltz did not find agreeable. Consequently, he is reported to have resigned a couple of weeks ago as USJA President. I am not sure who the permanent President will be, but I am told by a fairly reliable source that the interim president is Mr. Marc Coen.
Prior to Mr. Goltz resignation, there was a visit to the USJA Florida administrative office by some officials of the USJA (I think, including Mr. Goltz and some board members), and that visit resulted in closing the Florida office and terminating the services of those who were running that office. I am told, again by an unconfirmed source, that the former members of the Florida office are considering legal action for alleged "wrongful termination." I think this rumor is purely conjecture, but it could conceivably occur. That would complicate things for USJA administrative processes.
There has been some change in the administration of the association database administration. Apparently, someone is concerned about the possibility that the discontinued support of Windows XP (the OS being used for the database), will jeopardize the safety of that database. I don't know who made that decision, but, as a person with a lifelong involvement in information technology, it seems to me to be a silly and unwarranted fear. However, someone is more closely involved with this than I, so I guess they know better than I would.
Some long-term and devoted members of the Board are no longer on the Board. Apparently, some decided to leave on their own, and others were not re-elected. In the list of Board members on the Web Page, Mr. Coen is listed as President. Mr. Coen is a long-term dedicated member of USJA, so he will probably do a good job of getting things back on track.
Any time an organization goes through a major change in personnel, there are bound to be some glitches. We can hope that the new BoD will quickly bring the organization, especially the administrative aspect of the organization, back on an even keel again.
There has not been an edition of Growing Judo for April-May. I would hope that we would see editions in the near future, including a thank you to both the former board members and Mr. Goltz for their long and dedicated service to USJA. I am hoping there is not some residual rancor. For my own part, I will, right here, extend my own appreciation to those board member and to Mr. Goltz.
One thing I believe would be useful is for the new board to publish a financial statement for the membership. USJA is a not-for-profit organization, and a financial statement, including expenses, salaries, and other aspects of the financial status of the organization is a requirement for the members of such an organization. I have been informed that one of the board members is a financial professional with strong accounting experience, and that is a good thing. Therefore, he would be able to produce a well-audited financial statement to the membership as required by law. Another member of the board is actually an attorney, and he will certainly understand the need for such an accounting.
We hope we have a good group of people on the board. They will dedicate themselves to ensuring that USJA continues to serve its members effectively in the years ahead.