The True South Rugby Union is administering the USA Rugby Southern Conference Congress elections for 2017.  The Southern Conference includes the Carolinas GU, Florida GU, Georgia LAU, and True South GU.  This Congress member will serve for two years starting on June 1, 2017. All clubs and players in the Carolinas Geographic Union are encouraged to participate and vote. The vote only takes a couple of minutes.

Bill Bell, from the CGRU, is in the running for the Congress member position from the region.

Elections will start on Friday April 14, 2017 and end at midnight Friday May 5, 2017.  Each member club may cast one vote

*The election runner up will serve as the Alternate Congress member in the event the winner is unable to fulfill his/her duties or term.

All nominees were contacted to verify their willingness to stand, have submitted a biographical statement, and provided written responses to these questions:

1) why the nominee wants to serve

2) what value does the nominee offer as a Congress member, and 3) what are the nominee’s top three goals/objectives as a Congress member.

The USA Rugby Congress (the “Congress”) shall be the representative body of the Members. All matters required by law to be submitted to a vote of the Members shall be submitted to the Congress, except as otherwise set forth in these Bylaws. The role, powers, and duties of the Congress shall include:

(a) To receive and review periodic reports on the activities of the Corporation and actions taken by the Board of Directors and to report back to its constituent Members;

(b) To approve, from time to time, the dues structure proposed by the Board of Directors;

(c) To elect and/or ratify the election of certain Directors of the Corporation, as set forth in Section 5.4 of these Bylaws;

(d) To remove the Directors in accordance with Section 5.7 hereof;

(e) To approve amendments to the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Corporation as set forth in Article XV; and

(f) To approve all fundamental change transactions not in the ordinary course of business, including, without limitation, all mergers, consolidations, divisions, sales of substantially all assets, and the liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation.

Congress members shall be bound by the Corporation’s confidentiality and conflict of interest policies, as such policies shall be adopted and amended from time to time by the Board.

The constituent Southern Conference unions have nominated two individuals to fill the open position.  Nominee Supporting Documentation – please click on the links to see the forms:

– Bill Bell, from the Carolina GU – nomination acceptance and nominee background

                – Martin Gardner, from the Florida GU – nomination acceptance and nominee background

To vote in the election,  please follow this link: