Meet the Board

I’m Colin and this is my third year as the president of the Minnesota Fencing Division. I started fencing in Lincoln Nebraska when I was 12. My elementary school teacher was a fencer and he brought his gear to school for a couple weeks and showed us fencing at recess, picking some of us to spar with.  I was never picked but …

Tournament Scheduling Part 2: Individual tournaments

Hello and welcome back to the second part of organizing the tournament schedule! In this post, I’ll talk about all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running a tournament. How far out I hire referees, when I ask for bout committee volunteers, and tournament day work. Hint, if you missed part one, go here! Three to four weeks out I …

Board Meeting Notes: Sept 23,2018

Budget Tony Staples Athos Tournament Bring Your Own Fencer ref practices Ref Clinic Tournament Result Posting Banners/Posters/Printing Blog Posts Secretary of State Minute Approval Division Closet Cleaning Party Next Meeting: October 21st at 2 PM. Location TBD.

Tournament Planning Part 1: Yearly Schedule

Lastly, I upload the tournaments to askFred.net. Again, it’s not hard, just time consuming. Fortunately, Brianna is a kind, wonderful person and added me as a tournament organizer to all of last year’s tournaments. askFred will let you clone a tournament, so I cloned all of last year’s tournaments and updated the information to include relevant rule changes, close of …

D’Artagnan Discount for Youth Musketeer Challenge

Have a fencer competing in y10, y12, or y14 tournaments this year? You’re in luck! The Minnesota Division is offering a brand new package deal for all three Youth Musketeer Challenge tournaments hosted throughout the year. The D’Artagnan Discount Package offers the FIRST event (one weapon) for all three tournaments for $50.  With tournament fees normally $20 each, this offers …

Meeting Notes- March 16, 2018

Meeting notes from March 16, 2018 division meeting. Agenda included discussion of merging the HS fencing Association with the Division, current finances, the Shante Benford Tournament, renting a storage locker for the grounded strip, and the upcoming elections.

Meeting Notes 10/28/17

Brewery Tournament
-Blackstack brewery fundraiser (21+)
-Lena and Steph meeting with event manager on Sat, Nov 4th to determine space and guidelines

Meeting Notes: Sept 16, 2017

Called in: Eva, Steph, Mary, Colin, Brianna, Andrew Everyone needs to renew their USFA membership. Officers need +CheckEd (background check) and safe sport training. Eva (Director of PR): Social Media posts and posters for upcoming October and November tournaments are completed and scheduled. T-shirts are good to be sold. Monthly newsletter is out today! 76 people received the email. Steph …

2017 Election Survey

Below is a summary of the results from the 2017 Election Survey. Q2: For each potential improvement, how many dollars would you be willing to pay in addition to last season’s registration fee to have that improvement at a given tournament? Q3: If you were to volunteer for bout committee, how much would you want to be compensated? In response …

USFA FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Below is the brief summary of the 2016-17 Mn Division Season. This is is a scan of the official form (signed by President Colin McChesney and Treasurer Lena Cicha) submitted to the USFA. Lend a hand to finances, fundraising, and more!