This year’s MZU AGM is just around the corner! During this meeting, the MZU Board of Directors will present key details and outcomes of this past years events. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how MZU supports the sport of Ultimate in St John’s, the state of the leagues that we provide, and a chance to engage with us in discussion and feedback on what you feel went well or could go better in the future.
Date and Time: Thursday, November 16th, 2023 @ 7:30pm (ical)
Location: Quidi Vidi Brewery
We also use this time to elect our new Board of Directors for 2024, giving committed members the opportunity to directly influence and impact the future of the sport we all love so much. Truth be told, we have a number of members of the board that will no longer be able to volunteer next year due to some major life changes. As excited as we are for them, we’ll miss them dearly and thank them so much for all they have done for MZU!
This does give us an opportunity to refresh and gain some new perspectives, but we need your help! Here is an overview of what we ask for members volunteering on the board:
What’s the time commitment? Board members serve a one-year term starting the first day of December. The full board meets 6 times per year, with sub-committees having one to two additional meetings. Meetings are usually virtual, with the main in person meeting being a longer planning session for the coming year. In addition to meetings, board members undertake various duties to ensure smooth running of MZU. The busiest times for the board are just before the start of different leagues.
Who should apply? People with a passion for making their Ultimate community a better place and want to see our membership and leagues grow. Players of all skill levels and with diverse expertise and lived experiences are welcome. Eligible nominees must have played in an MZU league in the past 18 months.
How do I nominate? Individuals can self-nominate or nominate a friend or teammate by completing the online form or by self/nominating in person at the AGM.
Nominated members will have the opportunity to accept or decline their nomination at the AGM (they must be present, or have a proxy). If more than one individual is nominated for a position, MZU members in attendance will vote to decide who will fill the role. There will also be an opportunity for members who cannot attend to assign their vote to a proxy. We’ll send details on proxies closer to the event!
If you feel you or someone you know would be a good fit, read ahead on the roles that support our organization. We hope to hear from you, and see you at the AGM!
MZU’s Board of Directors is formed by the following roles: President, VP League, VP Finance, VP Spirit, VP Communications, and 6 Members at Large (MAL). All of these roles collaborate across multiple sub committees to achieve the goals and objectives of MZU. Full details of these positions and how the operate can be found in our Bylaws.
Currently held by: Lesley Butler
The President is the conductor of the MZU orchestra, ensuring that everything is properly managed and accounted for across all the directives and objectives that the board sets for itself throughout the year. You provide guidance and critical thinking to all board actions and have MZU’s best interests in mind at all times. MZU’s President acts as our Executive Manager of operations, performing the following duties/roles:
Currently held by: Kris Rogers
VP League is the foundation for planning and executing each of the many leagues MZU provides. In addition to assisting the president with the business of MZU, the VP League is also responsible for:
Currently held by: Sarah McGuire
VP Finance is responsible for managing MZU’s accounts and bottom line, ensuring that our finances are properly maintained and accounted for. In addition to assisting the president with the business of MZU, the VP Finance is responsible for:
Currently held by: Colin Martin
The voice and social media manager of MZU. VP Comms is responsible for managing how MZU presents itself to existing and potential members. In addition to assisting the President with the business of MZU, the VP Communications is responsible for:
Currently held by: Sarah Dawe
Keeping spirit as the heart and soul of MZU, VP Spirit is a crucial role to our success. In addition to assisting the president with the business of MZU, the VP Spirit is responsible for:
Currently held by: Lorne Dunford, Jack Fish, Charlotte Leese, Kris Penney, Andy Porter, and Michael Walsh
Members at Large (MALs) are a major part of our board of directors, ensuring that we are able to meet our goals and objectives throughout the year and assisting our VP’s meet their goals and objectives by serving on our various committees. MALs are asked to:
If you are interested in joining the board, you can fill out the Nomination Form, or self nominate in person during the meeting. We hope to hear from you!
We really appreciate all the support and effort that our current board members has provided for MZU this past year and look forward to what the future holds for the sport of Ultimate in St. John’s! We also want to acknowledge all of the great feedback and engagement that our community has provided this year, we truly appreciate it! We can’t do it without you!
Thank you, and see you on November 16th!