WESTERN PA. DIVISION of the U. S. Fencing Assoc.





The 2015 Nominating Committee is currently receiving the names of people who wish to run for the posts of Chair, 1st Vice Chair and Treasurer on the WPD Executive Committee.

These positions will be for a 2-year term beginning with the 2015-2016 fencing season.  Additional information, about the duties for these posts, can be found at the bottom of this announcement.

The members of the 2015 Nominating Committee are:

Julie Poletta         EnGarde Fencing                     jpoletta@radeletmccarthy.com

Mike Opferman    Pittsburgh Fencing Assoc.        mike73jen1@gmail.com

Paul Caputo         IUP Fencing                              p.m.caputo@iup.edu

The Nominating Committee will review candidates’ qualifications and decide who to recommend for each open post. (The Nominating Committee will use a list provided by the USFA to determine candidate and voter eligibility.)

The names of those individuals will then be put on the official ballot for this year’s elections, which will be held during the WPD Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill (additional election details will be sent shortly).

Note:   Although the Nominating Committee will recommend candidates for the “official slate”, a potential candidate doesn’t have to be recommended by the Nominating Committee in order to be elected.

Any eligible voter can recommend, and vote for, an “alternate” candidate.  Alternate candidates can be recommended when voting takes place at the annual meeting.   People have been elected for WPD posts in the past, using this “alternate candidate” route.

Details about the duties / responsibilities for each of the posts that are up for election, can be found on the “News and Announcements” page.


=====> If you are interested in running for any of the three posts:

1)  Contact one of the above people on the Nominating Committee, by Monday, May 18, 2015, and

2)  Provide them with a brief description of the experience (fencing-related and otherwise) that you would bring to your post.

The Nominating Committee will receive the names of potential candidates up until the above date and will make their recommendations shortly afterward.

(If you don’t receive an e-mail confirmation from the Nominating Committee person once you submit your name and information, re-send your message; their spam filter may have deleted your original message, so they may not have seen it.)



The Western Pa. Division’s annual meeting of the membership will be held at 1:00 PM, Sun., June 21, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center, Irene Kaufmann Building, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill), Pa.  15217

In addition to conducting the 2015 Executive Committee elections, we will vote on revisions to the WPD By-laws, recap this past fencing season, and discuss what will be happening in the coming year.

If you or your child fences, please show your interest and support for the Western Pa. Division by setting aside 2 hours to attend this meeting.  This is an opportunity for eligible voters to elect new officers and vote on new WPD By-laws, and for voters and non-voters, alike, to ask questions, and to provide suggestions for the upcoming fencing season.

The Executive Committee hopes to see as many eligible voters as possible at the annual meeting on June 21st.



The W. Pa. Division Executive Committee is asking clubs to consider hosting a fencing event for the 2015 – 2016 fencing season.

Now is the time for club administrators to think ahead and decide whether to hold an event, and to determine what type of meet they’d like to host.

Clubs that wish to host meets for the 2015-2016 fencing season, should send their meet sanctioning requests as early as August to the WPD Chair (contact info below).

Meets will be posted on the “Events” page as they are approved / sanctioned by the WPD Executive Committee.  (Each listing will have a link to its posting on askFRED.net, where you can find more details about the event and how to pre-register.)





2014-2015 Executive Committee

Nathan Forbes, Chair, nathanjayforbes@gmail.com
Storm Walden, 1st Vice Chair, swalden@alumni.cmu.edu
Erik Blank, 2nd Vice Chair, erik_blank@yahoo.com
Renee Weiss, Secretary, rjo_weiss@yahoo.com
Deb Theriault, Treasurer,

If you wish to receive e-mail announcements for W. Pa. Division news and events, please email Deb Theriault at dtheriault@windstream.net to be put on distribution.


(This page last updated 5/12/15)

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