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2md February 2012 (Final)

2md February 2012 (Final)

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 PLANTING NEW LOCAL LEAGUES TOPS AMBITIOUS GOALS FOR YEARThe NGFFL Board has identified its most ambitious area of attack for 2012: testing outthe viability of starting new leagues in local areas where there currently is no gay flag-football presence. Led by new Director of Outreach Chris Cormier (DC), the Board issketching ideas and plans for how it might work with local volunteers to plant leaguesfrom afar, starting with 1-2 cities as a test run. One path the Board is exploring is findingcorporate partners that have an interest in key cities where the NGFFL would like to seenew leagues, and asking that company to underwrite the expenses of recruiting and
organizing remotely. It’s an extraordinarily ambiti
ous endeavor
for an organization that’s
all-volunteer and lacks people who might ideally serve as local organizers. In addition,the Board will be helping its current local member organizations that are not yet leaguesto form them.Do you have a contact in a city where no league exists today? Want to help uncover one?Contact Chris Cormier at cormier78 at yahoo dot com.
 CITY LEADERS SAY EMPHATIC YES TO NGFFL-DRIVEN CORPORATEPARTNERSHIPSIn two separate surveys administered in recent weeks by the NGFFL Board, city leadershave offered an emphatic
to more corporate partnerships li
ke last year’s
MillerCoors arrangement, as long as the money is enough to offset the time and effort
required of local leagues to meet the corporate partner’s e
xpectations. With that input,
the NGFFL’s new corporate
-partnership director Phil Clawson (Boston) is significantlyupdating
the organization’s
corporate-partnership sponsor levels, putting the finishingtouches on that packet now. The NGFFL then plans to aggressively gather and pursuenew prospects. Have a contact at a company that might make a great national partner?Contact Phil at phillipc at aol dot com.
 NGFFL CRAFTING ALL-NEW ARRANGEMENT WITH MILLERCOORSThe NGFFL is currently working with MillerCoors to craft a new arrangement for 2012.The NGFFL has asked for a significant increase in what the company gives. AndMillerCoors
-marketing firm SPI
, which is the NGFFL’s point of contact,
isexploring focusing the giving on the cities and events where SPI has an on-the-groundpresence and thus
can better deliver on the company’s promises to local leagues
andtournament organizers. The NGFFL Board hopes to finalize the new arrangement inMarch.
 THE NGFFL BOARD WILL SOON HEAR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPOVEDGAY BOWL FORMATThe Gay Bowl Progress & Evolution Task Force is readying its recommendations to theNGFFL Board. The task force has been holding weekly calls, thoroughly exploring awide array of possible updates to Gay Bowl based on ideas from across the country. Therecommendations will likely include updates to the seeding process, pool-podcomposition, and the first ever B division. Soon, the task force will pressure test its finalrecommendations with a variety of City Leaders. The task force will then present theideas to the Board for a vote.The Gay Bowl Progress & Evolution task force is a group of volunteers led by the
Board’s Gay Bow
l Liaison Thurman Williams (Atlanta>>DC). Its participants are Mark Barr (SLC>>NY), Seth Greenleaf (NY), Wayne Knaub (Philly), Ty Law (Chicago),Brian Miller (PHX), Shawn Rea (PHX), and Chris Whitlow (Atlanta).
City leaders mark your calendars (if you haven’t already) for the NGFFL Annual
Meeting, which will be Tues., Feb. 28, 8-9:30 Eastern. Agenda forthcoming.
Who wants to host Gay Bowl in 2013?! Soon the Board will circulate the bidschedule and process. Bids will be due this spring.
Soon the Board will issue a call for nominations for the two appointed Boardpositions of Director of Officials and Director of Rules. Stay tuned.
The Board expects to hear a yes, no, or “provide us more info” from the IRS
soonon its application for 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Keep your fingers crossed.
The Florida Sunshine Cup is red hot: 12 teams from around the country haveregistered for the fun in the sun the weekend of Feb. 18. Check out the Facebook page. 
Check out the fun photos from the annual Duel in the Desert pick-up tournament,which was the weekend of Jan. 17 in Palm Springs, CA.
The hotel-room block for Chicago Pride Bowl V is already available. Book now if you plan to be there June 22-23. Stay in the heart of Boystown at The Willows,  The Majestic,and the City Suites.Rates are same as last year.
The NGFFL Board has procured Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance for thefirst time. For $385/year, the NGFFL and its Board members are now covered

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