By Randy Vogt, Director of Public Relations, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
August 7, 2013-Representatives from across the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) came to La Quinta Inn in Armonk on Saturday, August 3 for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Although the weather outside was overcast with light rain, the outlook was sunnier inside.
"We have lowered our fees $2 per player during my presidency and this is because of the hard work of our Board of Directors," commented ENYYSA President Richard Christiano. "We have the greatest rapport ever with Eastern New York’s adult association and we’re doing things bigger, better and becoming stronger."
Much of the discussion focused on our recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
"Although Hurricane Sandy might have devastated us, and some of our people are still not living in their homes, I’m very proud that we donated $85,000 to our Hurricane Sandy victims," President Christiano explained.
Staten Island Youth Soccer League President Bill Smith added, "I’d like to thank Region 1, Eastern New York, the East Hudson Youth Soccer League and SportsSignup for helping our league get off the ground this past spring through your financial support in our recovery."
Representatives decided to stay the course with all six Board members up for re-election being given new terms. Ken Gulmi, the former President of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League, and current Long Island Junior Soccer League President Addie Mattei-Iaia were re-elected as Vice Presidents. Lynn Thibdeau was re-elected as Secretary and Michael D’Ambrosio received a new term as Registrar. Tim Frament and Jeff Wexler were re-elected as Trustees.
"Our Board of Directors works really well together so I’m very glad that we stayed intact," Vice President Gulmi stated. "With well over 100,000 players in Eastern New York, we always have a lot to do."
16 amendments to Eastern New York’s By-Laws were proposed. 13 were approved, one was defeated and two were withdrawn.
Finally, Dimitrie Draguca was introduced as the new President of the historic Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League, which was founded way back in 1933. It was also announced at the AGM that Miller Field on Staten Island will be opening on Saturday, September 7 after it was destroyed by Sandy last October.
With 123,843 youth soccer players––68,587 boys and 55,256 girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 12 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Special Children. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.