Club Minutes

February 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Club Business | Leave a comment

shuttle_cock4Minutes of the February 19, 2009, meeting of the Asheville Badminton Club
Meeting was called to order by Leigh Svenson at 7:50 p.m.  There were 11 members present at the meeting.

Leigh referred everyone to the minutes of the August 28, 2008, club meeting that was sent out by email two weeks ago.

Discussed importance of the club working together for a single purpose.
Read and discussed the certificate that had been prepared for Dick Gilbert to honor his years as club president.  All attendees signed the certificate.

Had an open discussion on how the club should be organized:
•    Discussed having 4 vice 2 members at large and settled on 2 members.  Club officers to be a President, Treasurer, Secretary and 2 Members at Large.
•    Discussed need for liaison to coordinate with the Montford Recreation Center and selected Ken Faulkner as liaison.
•    Discussed need for point of contact to be listed on club web site.  Ken Faulkner and Johnnie Ho agreed to list their phone numbers and email addresses on the club web site for new members to contact.
•    Joanne Robert appointed club webmaster.

The following individuals were elected as club officers:
•    President            Johnnie Ho
•    Treasurer            Angie Faulkner
•    Secretary            Sonny Whitehead
•    Member at large        Ken Faulkner
•    Member at large        Leigh Svenson

It was determined the President, Treasurer and Secretary should serve for two calendar years (2009-2010) and the Members at Large serve for  one calendar year (2009).

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sonny Whitehead

Lake Norman Winter Blast Tournament

February 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Tournaments | Leave a comment

shuttle_cock4Lake Norman Winter Blast Results & Pictures

The Cornelius PARC Department presents the 1st Annual Lake Norman Badminton Winter Blast at J.V. Washam Recreation Center, on Sunday, February 15th starting at 9:00 am.  This tournament is open to adults age 30 and up.  The entry fee is $20.00 per person, pre-registration is required and the deadline is Thursday, February 12th. Participants may register at the Cornelius PARC Department located at 21445 Catawba Ave. (Within Cornelius Town Hall) or by mail to: Cornelius Town Hall, Attention John Anderson, PO Box 399, Cornelius, NC 28031.

This recreational tournament will offer current badminton players, as well as adults interested in learning a new sport, a fun and enjoyable competition.  Each participant will receive a tournament t-shirt and is guaranteed to play three games.  Refreshments will be provided and participants will need to bring their own rackets.

News from ABC

February 15, 2009 at 11:16 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

shuttle_cock4The Asheville Badminton Club is a public club in Region 3 (USA Badminton) with access to courts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Montford Center in Asheville, North Carolina. For details about scheduling changes and tournaments, please check the tab up above. This site is new as of  January 28 and a work in progress. Check back often and please feel free to give suggestions for links and information.

USA Badminton Team Without Visas for Iran

February 4, 2009 at 8:53 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

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“USA Badminton is very disappointed that our team did not receive visas to enter Iran and therefore our women’s team will not be able to participate in the 2009 Fajr International Badminton Tournament in Tehran.  Our athletes were very much looking forward to the event and are very disappointed that they will not be able to compete and meet new friends.  Friendship through sport is a good thing that should be respected and cherished.  The Iranian Badminton Federation was sincere in their invitation to us and we completed our visa applications over two months ago in plenty of time to meet all deadlines.  We were told our visas had been approved and were asked to secure them in Dubai.  It’s unfortunate that we will not be able to compete and sincerely hope we will be extended another invitation in the near future.” From USA Badminton, February 04, 2009

US to Send Badminton Team to Iran

February 3, 2009 at 9:30 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

February 2, 2009  By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 3:38 p.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP)

shuttle_cock4The Obama administration is sending a women’s badminton team to Iran this week as part of a broad bid to engage the Iranian people through educational and cultural exchanges, the State Department said Monday. Amid a wide-ranging review of U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic, the trip is the new administration’s first foray into such exchanges that began while President George W. Bush was in the White House. Past exchanges have involved athletes from other sports, artists, academics and professionals. The 12-member team — eight female players and four coaches and managers representing USA Badminton — will be in Tehran from Tuesday until Feb. 9 to participate in the Iran Fajr International Badminton Tournament, which begins on Friday, the State Department said in a statement. It said the U.S. squad was invited by the Iranian Badminton Federation and that they hoped to extend an invitation to Iran’s national team to come to the United States in July. This week’s trip is being sponsored by the State Department, which since 2006 has promoted people-to-people exchanges with Iran. More than 250 Iranians, including artists, athletes, and medical professionals, have participated in exchange programs in the United States, the department said. Previous sports exchanges, which started in Jan. 2007, have included wrestlers and weightlifters as well as basketball, table tennis and water polo players. Since then, the department has sent 32 American athletes to Iran and brought 75 Iranian athletes and coaches to the United States, it said. The badminton trip is the first to take place under the Obama administration, which is considering new approaches to Iran. Those include direct official dialogue and the appointment of a special envoy to deal with Iran, which has not had diplomatic relations with the U.S. since 1979. With tensions high over Iran’s nuclear program and alleged support for extremists, the outgoing Bush administration in late December expressed grave concern about the detention and interrogation in Iran of a prominent American academic who was participating in an exchange. The incident led the National Academies of Science to suspend educational exchanges with Iranian institutions.

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