BPA 2011 Election Ballot
March 21, 2011

VOTING IS OPEN THROUGH JULY 15.

All current members of the BPA may vote regardless of membership level—including all paid pre-registrants of the 2011 World Boardgaming Championships—except those purchasing one-day Guest passes. Votes will be recorded in accordance with membership status as outlined on the membership page and are weighted appropriately by election officials. Those elected to the BPA Board will serve three-year terms through the 2014 convention season. The new Board will be introduced during the BPA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Lancaster Showroom at Lancaster Host in Lancaster, PA. All BPA members are invited to attend.

This year we are voting electronically. In order to vote, use our electronic ballot. The e-mail you supply with your vote must match the e-mail we have on file for you (and will be the e-mail this Notice was sent to). Each member may cast only one ballot, and may vote for up to three (3) individual candidates on that ballot. Multiple ballots from the same e-mail address will be disqualified. The final day to vote is July 15, 2011. In order for your vote to count, you must cast your ballot on the website no later than midnight on July 15, 2011.

For those without internet access, we will accept ballots by United States Post Office Regular Mail. Mail your ballot to: BPA, 1541 Redfield Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015 in time for delivery by July 15, 2011. Ballots delivered in any other manner will not be considered.

The last day to join the BPA in order to be eligible to vote is July 15—the "Record Date". In order for the Vote to count, a quorum of ten percent (10%) of all members who have joined the BPA as of the Record Date must cast valid ballots on or before the Final Voting Date. We anticipate the Quorum will be approximately 100 voters.

NOTE: Any person may run for election as a Director. Candidates must comply with the Board’s nomination rules in order to be placed on the ballot. The three candidates receiving the most votes will be elected.

[  ] Kaarin Engelmann, VA—As a member of the Board of Directors, I will ensure that BPA remains inclusive of all boardgame genres—from war, sports, racing and rail games to Euro and abstract games. Furthermore, I will maintain our traditions, including sponsoring WBC with a strong tournament structure and quality competition, while supporting growth in open gaming at the convention and supporting PBEM events and mini-cons. In addition, I will continue to emphasize the need to provide a welcoming atmosphere for youth and those new to the hobby and to reach out—both to enthusiasts in North America and abroad—via various public relations efforts, including a website with extensive deep content.
[  ] Ken Gutermuth, NC—My goal in seeking re-election is to continue to build upon the success of the BPA and the WBC. My business background will allow me to continue to contribute in making the BPA a strong organization in the future. As for the WBC, I intend to continue to support the cross-genre gaming while trying to enhance the experience for the next generation of gamers to participate in and enjoy the WBC experience. As demonstrated over my years serving on the Board, I will continue to work with the Board in making the WBC the best week of the year for all attendees.
[  ] Jon Lockwood, VA—I am 55, and have been a devoted boardgamer since 1968, when I was first introduced to Battle of the Bulge. I served in the Active and Reserve Components of the US Army for 30 years as an Intelligence Officer, retiring as a Colonel in May 2007.  I now work for the Department of Homeland Security as a Senior Instructor teaching various analytic courses to analysts and law enforcement officers nationwide wherein I advocate boardgames as a staff training tool.  I have also been a GM for both the Afrika Korps and Naval War tournaments for the past ten and six years respectively, and understand the needs and desires of what gamers want from the WBC experience. BPA must enthusiastically engage in outreach and recruitment efforts through its young membership to introduce a new generation of players to boardgames of all varieties and vintages. Board service is my way of giving back to a lifetime hobby.
[  ] Bruce Monnin, OH—I am running for re-election to the BPA Board of Directors because I want to help preserve the World Boardgaming Championships as the pre-eminent convention for the competitive play of boardgames.  I also wish to have the BPA continue to support other events which promote increased and improved play of these games, such as the BPA mini-cons and the BPA play-by-email tournaments. I also want to ensure that the fun remains in the WBC, through such ideas as the auction, the Team Tournament, the Caesar award and the late night events without compromising the basic competitive nature of the WBC.
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