New officers introduced for Little League

January 23, 2000|By BRUCE HAMILTON

Hagerstown-based National Little League on Sunday brought its membership together for the first time since the October election of a new board of directors.

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After a season of turmoil in which the membership dissolved the board, 10 new board members were elected Oct. 24, leaving five seats vacant. The new board introduced its officers, gave an update of the league's finances and reviewed its proposed constitution Sunday at the Funkstown Moose Lodge.

President John Phillips said members have until Wednesday to submit comments on the constitution, which he plans to approve and submit to national headquarters by mail Saturday morning.

About 32 people, not including board members, showed up for the information meeting. The membership will be established again when registration begins in February.


"It's kind of like building from scratch," said board member Dwight Hoffman. "It's exciting."

Phillips said the elected members chose offices in the order of most votes. Michael Hyatt, who got the most votes, chose vice president. Paul N. Crampton chose treasurer. Lynn Jamison is secretary.

Crampton said the league hired an auditing firm to examine its finances. Last year's expenses were $10,500 more than revenues, he said. As of Nov. 1, the league had $18,611, but its account has grown to $20,770, according to Crampton.

All the bills have been paid except for the audit, he said.

Phillips said the board has been meeting on the second Sunday of each month and working on its constitution. He said members should not be concerned about secrecy because the board will be open.

"We are not here to hide anything," he said. "We'll give you a copy of anything. You will have a right to anything we have. I promise you that."

The five vacancies on the board were not filled immediately because the positions are nonvoting ones, according to Phillips. But last week the board added an equipment manager and it plans to fill the other four positions this month, according to Phillips.

The board is now accepting applications for volunteer coaches and managers. "We're going to put the best people in those positions," Phillips said. "We're going to fill them with the best people that's qualified."

He said he hopes to hire all major league managers within two weeks. The board is also drafting its by-laws. Pre-registration for players will be held Feb. 3, 4 and 5, according to board member Susie Hoffman.

Tryouts will be March 20, 21 and 27, she said. Opening day is April 15.

The constitution is "back to basics," according to Phillips. As board member Sean Marriner explained, the old constitution took power away from the membership and put it in the board's hands.

"We've tried to correct that," he said.

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