Greeting members and school representatives of the United States Hapkido Federation,
A reminder that election of officers of the Federation will take place during the Board of Governors meeting at the upcoming USHF Fall (winter) seminar on Dec 8th. While elections are always open to nominations, this year is especially important as we have several officers stepping down, and we need new volunteers to take their place. A brief summary of their each officer’s duties is included below.
Nominations will be taken up to 24 hours prior to the seminar. You may contact a current USHF exec board member to nominate yourself or someone else (who accepts the nomination). Any member of the USHF in good standing may run for Executive Office.
Please familiarize yourself with Article VIII of the USHF constitution (available on the website homepage) for the election, but here is a quick summary of the voting procedure:
Member schools vote (not individuals). School vote(s) are weighted according to number of current members. In order to be eligible to vote, your school must:
1) be up to date on school membership dues
2) submit a CURRENT roster. Schools without rosters will be assigned the lowest level of votes
3) assign a STATED voting representative.
Refer to the constitution for absentee voting procedures, but the above requirements still apply.
General Duties of Executive Offices
- Oversee and run USHF meetings
- Oversee Board of Governors Executive Committee meetings
- Be liaison and ambassador of the USHF to the broader martial arts community
- Primarily responsible for organizing USHF seminars and events
- Fill in for the President when needed
- In charge of the black belt rosters
- In charge of the USHF newsletter
- Coordinating with the other officers on the above
- Keeping records of all USHF proceedings such as minutes at BOG meetings
- Keep email and other lists current
- Maintain USHF social media presence and maintain website, especially for communication purposes
- Bill and collect both school and individual dues, and other revenues for USHF
- Keep annual record keeping/accounting for the federation
- File necessary state/federal records associated with non profit status, taxes, etc.
- Reimburse expenses of federation.
Letters from the Board of Governors Executive Committee Officers
United States Hapkido Federation Members and Friends,
I am honored to have been given the time to serve as President of the Governing Body of the United States Hapkido Federation for the past 12 years. After much reflection and deliberation, I feel it is past time that I step down and provide space for others to take on the mantle of the leadership of the Governing Body.
Over the years I have seen the growth and contraction of our Federation of schools and individuals. During that time I felt that putting power into the hands of the constituency, in line with the tenants of our Constitution, was the best course of action. My hopes were that the breadth of experience from our diverse constituency would bring value to our Federation and keep us from stagnation. In the past few years, this has been met with only partial success. Since many of our constituents see the Governing Body as the source of leadership and power within the Federation, it was easy for me to become complacent and take membership acceptance as approval. In actually, our Federation is designed to be the opposite. Schools and dan-ranked members must be empowered to direct the course of the Federation, charging the Board of Governors with the duty to execute as stipulated in our Constitution.
As to the direction of our Federation, I’ve always tried to keep us in line with our self-defense roots. We tout ourselves as a self-defense based martial art and, if we truly wish to serve our students, current and future, we must constantly re-evaluate our curriculum and approach to education. It is all too easy to get caught up in the “old way” of doing things in the martial arts. As most of us realize, the martial arts are steeped in tradition and personality. I charge the incumbent candidates to pay tribute to the traditions in which our Federation was founded, while being open-minded and progressive so as to remain relevant in an ever changing world and allow the membership to put their own stamp on our Federation. If we find ourselves teaching concepts and techniques exactly as we taught them back in the early years, then I believe we are failing our constituents. We, as instructors, need to check our ego at the dojang door and embrace the role of student in our own practice. “It’s the way we used to teach it” as a reason to keep teaching the same material is irrelevant. Being accepting of new ways to approach the martial arts, and the self defense applications in particular, is critical. Tradition, though important to the culture of the martial arts and capable of changing lives, does not save lives.
To whoever takes the reins of the Board of Governors, I ask you to charge the member schools to enable their student’s input into Federation affairs. We need input not just from the owners of our member schools, but also from our individual memberships. The leadership needs to empower the members of the student body to find their own voice and, in turn, give back to the Federation.
All the best,
Vice President Statement
I plan to continue to serve as Vice President, if voted in, and look forward to rededicating myself to the position with the more clearly defined duties.
USHF Vice President
Over the past 12 years I have enjoyed serving as Secretary for the USHF. Organizing seminars and promotional events over the years has been an enjoyable and valuable learning experience. It is my hope that I have helped to provide ample opportunities for the organization to grow, while also encouraging individuals to grow as martial artists.
Keeping the organization’s records, marketing, and communications methods updated has been a challenging learning experience over my years of service. Working as the USHF Secretary has given me the opportunity to learn my administrative strengths, and to improve upon my weaknesses. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve.
I wish the best of luck and success to the next generation. I am excited to see the changes and fresh ideas the new leadership brings to the USHF. I encourage the next generation of leadership to make changes that will allow the USHF to adapt and survive in the coming years. I will be happy to assist in the transition in any way I can.
For the last 9 years it has been my privilege to serve as the Treasurer for the US Hapkido Federation. In that time I believe I have done what I could to make our record keeping and finances efficient, as well as helping with the operation of our semi annual seminars. Having moved out of the Midwest, I am finding it more difficult to stay engaged with the day to day business of the USHF and have been recently unable to attend seminars. Therefore I have decided to step down as Treasurer in the hope that someone with the ability to attend these meetings will fill this crucial role. I will be happy to assist whoever decides to take on the position with any questions they may have during the transition. Thank you to the Federation for this opportunity to contribute to an organization that has touched many lives, including my own.