New CGRU Board Announced
September 17, 2018
After an AGM that resulted in the approval of a new Board structure for the Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union (CGRU), the members have voted in their elected representatives for the 2018/2019 season. The new board structure was established to better divide up responsibilities among the Board of Directors while also seeking more involvement. This resulted in a nine-member Board of Directors being announced. Taking over at the helm as President of the CGRU is Ted Hardy from the Clayton Rugby Football Club. He replaces Simone Bontly who finished a two-year run as the union's President.
"I feel super confident in the new board," said Bontly. "The CGRU will do great things with Ted at the helm!!"
A strong group of representatives join Hardy on the Board of Directors. The union received an unprecedented response to the new structure and that resulted in a great group of nominees that combined rugby knowledge with professional experience. The group also provides an excellent cross section of representation from throughout the CGRU.
President: Ted Hardy (Clayton)
Director of Rugby Operations: David Morris (Triad)
Director of Communications: Robert Bortins (Southern Pines)
Director of Finance: Turtle (Fort Bragg Women)
Executive Director Women's Collegiate: Amy George (Charleston Hurricanes)
Executive Director Women's D2: Kelly Ting (Columbia Bombshells)
Executive Director Men's D2: Eric Perkins (Fort Bragg)
Executive Director Men's D3: Pat Dennehy (Asheville)
Executive Director Referees: Amanda Cox (SERRS)
With the new Board in place, the group jumps straight into the competitive cycle. With over 30 clubs and almost 2000 members, the Board needs to hit the ground running. Feedback coming out of the union's AGM also provides some guidance for future improvements needed. Improving club rugby administration, coaching development, and boosting marketing efforts are high on the list of priorities for the new Board.
"We've got a big task ahead," said Hardy. "We're jumping right into competitions and have a lot of attention on delivering those, but we need to look down the road 3-5 years. Getting a strategic plan in place to cover the next 3-5 years is a major need for our union. We've identified some areas of opportunity and growth. It's important that we create a road map to help lead us there."
The new Board expects to be busy over the next 4-5 months as they settle into the new Board structure and begin to roll out plans.
"This is a member-driven union, so we need to focus on growing and improving the clubs that we have and giving them a platform to grow," added Hardy. "Then we can work on growing more clubs. We get overlooked in the Carolinas far too often. There is some great rugby being played here and we're going to work hard to put that on display."
The Carolinas Geographic Rugby Union would like to thank all of the previous Board members for their service to the union. A special note of thanks goes out to outgoing President Simone Bontly who steered the union the past two years.