2020-2021 CGRU Board Voting
August 21, 2020
We will post the link here for voting on Sunday at 3 pm we will start accepting votes and you will have until 5 pm est Wednesday the 26th to get your vote in. Votes before or after the deadline will be thrown out.
1 vote per team. So if you have 1 club, but a men's team and a women's team you will get 2 votes, and you'll need to vote twice. We know different clubs have different setups.
For Women's D2, only teams involved in the competition can vote. 5 Positions are running unopposed and will be confirmed through proclamation.
Here is a short bio of each person running, and the positions they are running for. Each person can only fill one position. You can vote for the same person for multiple positions. If a person wins two seats, they will have the first choice, and whoever came in second on the other position will be nominated. In case of a tie, we will first extend voting by 24 hours until Thursday at 5 pm and make sure that every club has had a chance to vote. If still a tie, we will have a runoff with the those who are tied the following week.
Here on the nominees
Director of Rugby – David Morris, JK Anderson, Bob Bogen
Communications – Malia Suhren, Callie Woods
Women’s D2 – Callie Woods, Renee McLane
Director of Sevens – JK Anderson, Bob Bogen
David Morris – Director of Rugby, Treasurer
Honored to be on the board for 2 years running, I ( with help ) have brought several opportunities to our CGRU over the past two years. Involved in the game since 1981. Board member for Triad Rugby, Traveling manager, and marketing for Tiger Rugby for the past 7 years. Two tours with the English premiership, initiated CGRU coaches' tours overseas with the English Premiership and our CGRU. Had a part in organizing 3 rugby combines in NC, worked with Robert Bortins in getting players from each team to attend the combines., CGRU funded this program. Constantly in communication with all CGRU teams. Always working on new ideas for teams to be involved with their communities and team fundraising. Two years ago, we did not have the support we have today with the women's rugby. 7's was a good example; men's program was supported and not as much for the women's program. Push to be 50 - 50. Once a month I have discussions with the Florida and Virgina Union directors. Weekly calls with John on Serrs and players issues, good and bad. We speak weekly during the season on all issues. I personally attend almost all tournaments that the CGRU is involved with. Weekly or bi-weekly calls with Robert Bortins on all issues with our CGRU members.
Obsessed with the Game of Rugby and our CGRU. Would, be honored to serve another year. I am available daily to serve our Union needs.
Justin-Kyle Anderson – Director of Rugby, Director of Sevens
My mission is to promote the growth and development of the game in the Carolinas. Four key areas of focus I look to expand on and significantly impact if brought on board is raising the profile of rugby in the Carolinas through strengthening member clubs, implementing and creating clear coach/player development opportunities, expanding our high-performance opportunities (men and women) to include not just the 7s game, but the 15s game as well, and increasing geographical representation through touring opportunities (social – premier).
Bob Bogen – Director of Rugby, Director of Sevens
President of Cape Fear Rugby Club. Successfully built Fear 7s into one of the largest rugby tournaments on the east coast.
He began playing rugby at the University of Tennessee in 1974
captained and coached the side in 1977 and 1978
Coached the University of Tennessee Women's Rugby Club 1977-1978
played No 8/center for the Mid South Select Side 1976-1980
founding member, and 1st captain of the Knoxville Rugby Club 1979
President of the Knoxville Rugby Club 1980
moved to Auckland, New Zealand, played for Auckland University 1981
moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, 1982 began playing for the Cape Fear Rugby Club
captained and coached Cape Fear Rugby Club 1983-1990
President of the Cape Fear Rugby Club 1990-1995
played center on the North Carolina Rugby Union Select Side 1983-1988
coached the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Rugby Club 1986-1987
Tournament Director of the Cape Fear Sevens Tournament 1995-2003
managed Atlantis Elite Men's 7s team to Caribbean 7s Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago 1995 and 1996
implemented a boys High School rugby team, managed and coached 2007-2011
Tournament Director Cape Fear 7s 2016-2018, brought it up to 79 teams, Elite Men and Women, Club, High School Boys and Girls
managed Atlantis Elite Men's and Women's 7s teams at Caribbean 7s Tournament in Barbados 2018
President Cape Fear Rugby Club 2019-2020
Renee McLane – Women’s D2
I have been playing rugby for almost half my life now, and have always been super involved in the clubs that I’m a part of, whether it’s scheduling games, coaching, or just doing what’s needed for the club. I’ve played in the Carolinas union for about seven years now, and feel like I could excel at this job with my scheduling and organizational skills and the strong connections and relationships I’ve made throughout this time. I’m also an active referee and have my level 300 coaching certification. I am starting a youth program in Savannah as well, so basically my life is rugby and I’d love to bring the my passion and experience to this position. I look forward to further growing the sport and hopefully serving on the CGRU board. Thanks y’all!
Callie Woods – Women’s D2, Director of Communications
1. Women's D2 Rep:
I would like the opportunity to continue being a part of the CGRU board this upcoming year. I would love the opportunity to further assist the union by working on growing the sport, starting with the people who are currently involved. As a player and a coach, I understand the necessity of having a representative that is readily available and always able to quickly respond to any inquiries. I would love the opportunity to help the Women's Division 2 league grow and prosper throughout this unknowing time by regularly updating teams on current regulations, helping teams through the process of restarting, and always being available to assist anyone to the best of my abilities.
I would like the opportunity to continue being a part of the CGRU board this upcoming year. I would love the opportunity to further assist the union by working on growing the sport, starting with the people who are currently involved. As a player and a coach, I understand the necessity of having a representative that is readily available and always able to quickly respond to any inquiries. Everyone in the rugby world knows the challenges associated with finding up to date information. If given the opportunity, I would like to make sure that all information areas (i.e. website, social media, team emails) are regularly updated and I hope to make it easier to access necessary information. With all of the current uncertainty, it is important that teams are regularly updated on the back to play process and are able to find it quickly.
Malia Suhren – Director of Communications
I am an 8-year veteran rugby player with a passion for the game. During this particularly challenging time, I believe it is especially crucial that the CGRU Board maintains regular communication to assist all teams in functioning smoothly. I have professional experience in managing communication with large groups, participating in and facilitating committee meetings, and managing several social media accounts with a common message. I hope to use my skills and position on the board to make a positive impact and help our community get through this difficult time.
Kelly Ting – Director of Finance
I served as the Director of Women's for two years and had learned so much. Through this position, I had the opportunity to continue the CGRU Women's 7s Select/All Star (3 years running...let's make it a 4th!) and, hopefully, become more vocal, reach-able, and transparent to the clubs about CGRU (that we do exist) and the opportunities CGRU presents. I would love for the opportunity to take what I learn, both from the rugby community and my line of work, to serve you as Director of Finance. One of my job responsibilities at work is to be a billing specialist. As a billing specialist, I have a keen eye for details and ensure the amount we are billing, paying, or receiving makes sense. Having this privilege of working as a billing specialist will allow me to resolve any financial issue, reimbursement requests, and looking into fees/costs quickly and efficiently. Additionally, my financing experience from my rugby career taught me to be flexible yet concrete with the budget. When starting Bombshells competitive 7s league and continuing CGRU Women's 7s program, I ensure my budgets factor in estimated fees and costs, expected fees and costs, and guaranteed fees and costs to maintain and create future fundings for the programs. By doing this, I was able to be flexible with spending the funds but concrete on what I had and what should be allotted to keep the program going. I hope I get the chance to serve you all for the next season!